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Police hunt honeymoon carjack killers

Police in South Africa were carrying out a murder hunt today after a bride on honeymoon with her British husband was killed in a carjacking incident.

Ford C-Max

This Ford has a winning combination – fun for drivers, comfort and convenience for passengers

Seat Alhambra

Seat's MPV is longer and wider – but it's lighter, good value, and a pleasure to drive

Ford C-Max and Ford Grand C-Max

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Seat Alhambra (second generation model)

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Camerons dodge cameras to resume Cornish holiday

Samantha and Florence Cameron evaded the cameras when they left hospital in Truro, Cornwall, yesterday afternoon, after three nights in the maternity wing.

Car Choice: In need of a bit of extra legroom for grandad

Jane Beale's father has a hip problem which means that he can only fit into her Volvo V70 in the front passenger space with the seat pushed back as far as it will go. If Jane travels in the back of any car she is sick, so her husband, who is 6ft 2in, has to sit behind the driver's seat – leaving her two teenagers with precious little room behind their grandpa. So, is there anything that will take all of the family in comfort and safety within a budget of £10,000?

Car Choice: The family's growing and it's time to give up the runaround

Jamini Nair owns a 2006 Mini Cooper 1.6 which she really loves. However, her family is growing – Jamini's second child is on the way – and she is looking for a car with more seats. She is thinking of getting a people carrier, and is looking at something like a seven seater. Luckily she has a huge budget of £27,000, so what would we recommend?

The A to Z of car hire

The key facts you need on vehicle rental before you pick up the keys.

Car Choice: Wanted: A narrow vehicle fit for wide-open spaces

Camay Winfield is after a small estate or something equally spacious because she spends a lot of time out in the wild, camping with her grandchildren. She has a 2007 Vauxhall Corsa 1.2 SXi. Assuming she gets up to £6,000 for the Corsa, her budget is £7,000. The one complication is that she can't have a car any wider than the Corsa because her driveway is so narrow, with clearance in places of just six inches either side of the mirrors.

Peugeot shows off 508 saloon and estate

Peugeot has released more photographs of its new large 508 saloon and estate. The design of the new car, which will be shown in the metal for the first time at the forthcoming Paris Mondiale d'Automobile, was foreshadowed by the SR1 and "5 by Peugeot" design studies seen at other recent motor shows.

Vauxhall Meriva MPV

Vauxhall has put a lot of thought into its new Meriva – and the result is a useful, good-looking and likeable multi-purpose vehicle

Car Choice: Just grand for a grandmother on the go

Lesley Jacques is a young-at-heart grandmother with three grandchildren aged three months, six months and four years, and she has developed rheumatoid arthritis in her knees. She wants to swap her two-year-old Vauxhall Corsa Breeze for something larger. Lesley can add an extra £2,000 to the budget. She wants an automatic gearbox, three rear seats – suitable for two baby seats and an adult – plus lots of boot space.

Seat expands the Ibiza range

Seat has expanded its Ibiza range to include a third body style. A new estate model, the ST, will join the existing three and five door hatchback versions this summer.

Kia Venga

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