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In the vast and daft lexicon of motoring expressions, none is stupider than "people carrier". After all, apart from a single-seater Formula One racing car (a "person carrier"), all cars are people carriers.

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Motoring: More metal for your money

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The big shrink

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Upstairs, downstairs

The staff at No 10 are there to oil the wheels of state for the new Prime Minister and his wife, but what will they do for Tony and Cherie, working parents?

Blair's hymn to Galaxy man

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Motoring: A class apart: the cream of the used-car lot

The days are longer, the weather warmer and, above all, the showrooms and forecourts of the nation are getting busier. It's that time of the year when the motor trade gets excited as used-car buyers emerge from winter hibernation. Trouble is, the used-car market has never been bigger, busier or more confusing. So here is our guide to the most affordable and sensible cars in their class - used cars that will hold their value, be utterly reliable and yet still be interesting to own and exhilarating to drive ...

A motorised womb with a view

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People's car loses its grip

It is a post-war motoring phenomenon to rank alongside the VW Beetle, the Mini and the Fiat Uno. It is driven by princesses, travelling salesmen and boy racers alike. It is in its 30th year and its fifth incarnation. In short, it is one of that rare breed - a people's car. Until yesterday, the Ford Escort was also part of the lifeblood of Merseyside.

Keep the family in it

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Room for the kids, the dog and the kitchen sink

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