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Police are appealing for witnesses following an attempted hijacking of a taxi in west Belfast last night.

It's a Mini PR adventure: 30,000 cars recalled in UK

Nearly 30,000 Mini Coopers are to be recalled in Britain after makers detected an electrical fault which could lead cars to catch fire.

End of the road for ministerial chauffeurs

Senior ministers including William Hague and Andrew Lansley have lost their right to a full-time ministerial car and driver, it emerged yesterday.

Michelin sees 50% increase in sales of cold weather tyres

Michelin is reporting a substantial increase in sales of cold weather tyres this winter, despite the unusually mild weather enjoyed by most parts of the UK in the final three months of last year.

Fine effort: Kia Optima 1.7D

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Kia's roomy saloon seems destined for the minicab ranks

Los Angeles police officers arrest a man after a shooting

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Computer profiling allows LAPD cops to target areas where criminals may operate. Guy Adams reports.

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The numbers guy?

Pilkington picks longevity swap

The glass maker Pilkington has agreed a £0.8bn pension longevity swap with Legal & General. It brings the total number of swaps completed last year to five with a total value of liabilities covered to £7bn.

Volkswagen records 2011 sales increase

German car giant Volkswagen said today that it saw sales of more than eight million vehicles last year, putting it ahead of Japan's Toyota.

Chinese super-rich drive Rolls-Royce to record sales

A record number of Rolls-Royces were sold in the UK, China, the US and worldwide last year, the latest indicator that the super-rich remain insulated from global economic strife.

World Rallying Championship in trouble after plug is pulled on promoter

Rallying's governing body was last night in urgent talks to try to secure the future of the World Championship after cancelling its contract with promoters North One Sport (NOS) just 10 days before the Monte Carlo season-opener.

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