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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's electric i-MiEV arrives in the UK

The first batch of Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric cars has arrived in the UK via Portbury Docks near Bristol. The 25 cars are destined for the West Midlands where they will be taking part in a government trial being carried out in cooperation with Coventry University.

Peugeot starts selling electric i0n

Peugeot has started taking what it describes as pre-reservations for its i0n electric car, which is expected to be introduced at the end of 2010. Although private customers can register their interest, it seems that the i0n is initially being aimed mainly at company and local government fleets.

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Mitsubishi aims to soften its image with new compact crossover

Mitsubishi Motors today announced that it would introduce a new compact crossover model next year. First sales will be in Japan in February 2010.

Man hacked to death in front of pregnant wife, court is told

A father was hacked and beaten to death in front of his heavily pregnant wife — who gave birth the next day — and seven-year-old daughter, a jury has heard.

Mitsubishi's electric i-MiEV is for real

Mitsubishi's four-door electric car is no longer just a design study or a prototype – the company has just announced that by the end of August, it had delivered 387 units to companies and local authorities in Japan. Sales to individuals won't begin until April next year, but a number of pre-orders have already been received.

Gorman will succeed Mack as CEO of Morgan Stanley

John Mack will step down as CEO of Morgan Stanley in January but remain as chairman, having navigated guided the bank through the stormiest period for the US financial industry since the 1930s.

Wrong-way driver was four times drink-drive limit

A man drove the wrong way down a dual carriageway while he was nearly four times the drink-drive limit, an inquest heard today.

Revealed: the bid to corner world's bluefin tuna market

Mitsubishi freezing fish to sell later as stock numbers plummet toward extinction

Hyundai Grandeur

Some car manufacturers don’t make life easy for themselves. A few years ago, for example, Mitsubishi brought out a saloon which wasn’t exactly the Madonna of the showrooms. Inexplicably, they decided to call their mid range entrant the "Carisma". Predictably, the Carisma became the subject of easy ridicule, whatever its virtues.

Billy the Hunted One captivates Kiwis

He may be armed and dangerous, but New Zealand's most wanted man, William Stewart, has become a folk hero, captivating the nation with his exploits as he slips from town to town, evading police and stealing cars and meat pies.

Nomura seeks ¥302bn in new capital to shore up balance sheet

Nomura, Japan’s biggest brokerage, has announced plans to raise up to ¥302bn (£2.19bn) in new capital to shore up a balance sheet weakened by losses from the financial turmoil.

Hostage fears of man who snapped armed 'robber'

A photographer who caught on film an armed robbery suspect as the man fled before being shot by police in the US said today that he feared being held hostage.

The electric car that can break the speed limit signals a new road order

New Mitsubishi can reach 87mph and travel 100 miles without needing a recharge

Japanese firms to dig deep for Teck's $14bn miner

Leading Japanese companies are understood to be eyeing a minority stake in Fording Canadian Coal Trust, the miner on which Vancouver-based Teck Cominco spent $14bn (£9bn) just this summer.

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