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At least five people have been killed in an explosion at a chemical factory in central Japan, according to news reports.

Mitsubishi I-Miev

Price: £23,900 after subsidy
Top speed: 81mph Range Up to 100 miles
CO2 impact: Depends on fuel used at power station
Best for: Good, clean (subsidised) fun
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Car Choice: You need a Rolls, but a Honda or Mitsubishi will do

Paul Bunting is 63 and thinking ahead to 2012, when he will have saved £25,000 to replace his 1995 Ford Escort. Ideally he wants a long saloon with a flat floor. He rightly observes that low seats make it a problem for the elderly and disabled to get in and out. Paul hates the clutter between the front seats and would like to be able to get out of either side of the car, useful when parked next to a hedge or wall.

Ministry of Sound incident led to 'breathtaking lawlessness'

A minor incident inside the Ministry of Sound nightclub led to "breathtaking lawlessness" in which a man was nearly decapitated, the Old Bailey heard.

Investors query Fairfield listing

Institutional investors have started to shun next week's $500m London listing of Fairfield Energy, the North Sea oil explorer and producer, due to fears over a loan and future liabilities.

Far East cars prove the most reliable

Far East cars are the most reliable, according to a study out today.

Equestrianism: Impressive Ruder takes lead after dressage

German rider Kai Ruder, on Leprince Des Bois, both first-timers here, impressed the judges with a near foot-perfect dressage test to head the leader board at the Mitsubishi Motors Horse Trials yesterday. Their 33.8 penalties put them 5.2 pts ahead of Ruth Edge riding Two Thyme, with reigning European Champion and Olympic gold medallist Kristina Cook on Miner's Frolic just 2.7 adrift in third.

Mitsubishi names its price for electric i-MiEV

Mitsubishi has named the price at which it will sell its forthcoming i-MiEV electric car when it goes on general sale early next year. Customers will pay a steep £33,699 including VAT, even after the £5,000 per car grant that the government is introducing in order to encourage the sale of hybrid and electric plug-in cars.

Mitsubishi to invest £100m in UK wind turbine research

Mitsubishi Power Systems Europe (MPSE) is investing £100m in offshore wind turbine research in Britain and will create up to 200 jobs by 2014.

Mitsubishi to invest £100 million in UK wind turbine centre

Hundreds of new jobs are to be created under a £100 million investment in a new wind turbine research centre, it was announced today.



Lawyer jailed over £6m airline scam

A high-flying City lawyer who conned millions of pounds from her bank bosses to help a friend's ailing airline has been jailed for five years.

Mitsubishi to show ASX crossover at Geneva

By David Wilkins

Mini and Mitsubishi start UK electric car trials

Mitsubishi and BMW's Mini launched their UK electric vehicle trials at the weekend; both initiatives are part-funded by the British Government's Technology Strategy Board which will support tests involving 340 alternative fuel vehicles from several manufacturers.

Volkswagen and Suzuki link up

German car-maker Volkswagen is entering into a long-term strategic partnership with Suzuki of Japan. The relationship will be cemented via the establishment of a cross-shareholding between the two companies; VW will buy 19.9 per cent of Suzuki, which will in turn invest up to half of the proceeds in Volkswagen shares.

Peugeot Citroën eyes tie-up with Mitsubishi

PSA Peugeot Citroën is in talks with Japan's Mitsubishi Motors Company in a move that could lead to full-blown "strategic alliance".

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