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People-carrier that sacrifices oomph for economy

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Car Choice: Musician John is in need of a change of tune

John Huw Davies is 76 and a very lucky fellow as he owns two Volvo V70s – one petrol, one diesel. But they are now a problem. The low seating means that it is becoming difficult for him to get in and out. So what John needs is an automatic diesel vehicle that can carry keyboards, music stands, and stools, with easily moveable seats. He has £8,000 to spend.

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Peter and Christine Goodhugh are looking for a vehicle with seats that are higher than average as they have impaired mobility and need to be able to get in and out more easily.

Appeal over death that sparked riot

A witness appeal has been made exactly a week after Mark Duggan was shot dead in Tottenham.

Car Choice: Try the Jazz...everything else is a waste of space

Alan Nattrass says with an exclamation mark that he does 10,000 to 11,000 miles a year! He admits to being 78 and his wife has mobility and sight problems, so they need a vehicle that is compatible with those issues. He has a generous £7,000 budget, so let's see what we can come up with.

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This rare mixture of MPV and coupé is an entertaining addition to the Citroën stable

Car Choice: A family on the road – but not on the people-carrier route

Helen Bartleman and her husband want to change cars. They are looking for a used car, two or three years old, which has room for three child seats in a row – but it should, ideally, not be a people carrier. From their previous experience they would prefer to run a diesel. Most important of all, their budget is £11,000-£13,000.

Win VIP tickets to the premiere of Pirates Of The Caribbean

Disney's latest blockbuster "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" premieres at London’s Westfield on 12 May and, thanks to Spanish carmaker SEAT, you could be there!

After 56 years, the personalised ad break is here

It is time for a commercial break and a single, male viewer watches adverts for grooming products and racy sports cars. The family next door, though, glued to the same programme, is tempted instead by package holidays and a new people carrier.

Amy Winehouse donates clothes to charity shop

Amy Winehouse donated £20,000 worth of designer clothes to charity.

Toyota Verso-S Multidrive S

David Wilkins takes a look at the new model from Toyota

Kia to show KV7 concept at Detroit

Kia has provided this first look at the KV7 concept car which it will unveil at the North American International Motor Show in Detroit next month.

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