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 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.

Penguins and golf in Burma's hidden capital

A year ago this week, Burma saw its biggest uprising in decades when Buddhist monks and thousands of civilians poured onto the streets of Rangoon and Mandalay. But as the world watched, the targets of their fury were nowhere to be seen. The generals who rule Burma had relocated hundreds of miles to the north to a new purpose-built capital city designed to be impervious to protest or invasion.

Mitsubishi Evo X

This updated Mitsubishi might be a better car, but the oomph which made the previous model fun to drive has been designed out