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Roger Wood is planning to buy a large German luxury saloon and have it converted to run on liquid petroleum gas (LPG), which costs half as much as petrol. Roger wants guidance, although he has set his heart on the Volkswagen Phaeton. He wonders if that is the right model to buy and what the running costs would be on this sort of vehicle.

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Around 250 new jobs are to be created by a company making emission-free luxury cars, it was announced today.

Ram-raiders target Hindmarch store in latest luxury goods raid

One of the country's leading fashion designers has blamed a "complete lack of visible policing" in the West End of London for fuelling a spate of robberies from luxury goods stores.

Bang & Olufsen fires CEO as sales slump

Bang & Olufsen has dismissed its long-serving chief executive Torben Ballegaard Sorensen as a result of a dismal sales performance over the past six months and concerns over the strategic direction of the high-end stereo and TV manufacturer.

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Cadillac's first station wagon is not bad, but it lacks soul and authenticity, says John Simister

Motoring: It's a classic: Here's one they made earlier

The first production Porsche, the 356 of 1948, was a big sister of the Beetle which Ferdinand Porsche designed for Hitler prior to the Second World War. In fact, it created the template for every Porsche thereafter up until the quirky 914 of 1969, and its front-end styling, rear-engined layout and two-plus-two seating arrangement remain the Porsche design constant.

Yes, the world of F1 is hugely sexist. Is there a problem with that?

Of course Formula One is a macho environment and has attitudes to match. But, Jane Nottage argues, women can still survive - and thrive - in it
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