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UK car production hit a six-year high in 2013 as the number of vehicles rolling off the line topped 1.5 million.

New engine boost for car giant Nissan

Car giant Nissan has started production of a new engine which could lead to the creation of 200 jobs, it was announced today.

Mother in court charged with car boot murders

A woman appeared at the Old Bailey today accused of killing her two children whose bodies were found in the boot of a car.

Renault unveils big Latitude saloon

Renault has shown the first pictures of its handsome new large Latitude saloon, a sister model to the Renault Samsung SM5 sold in Korea. It will be introduced at the Moscow Motor Show in August and the European version will be shown at the Paris Mondial d'Automobile in October.

Car Choice: Wanted: spacious, reliable, economical and cheap

Paul Sharpe is 55, and a daily commuter travelling 500 miles a week. He has driven a diesel for a number of years, and an automatic more recently. Currently he owns a 2001 Renault Scenic automatic. However it has not been that reliable, and Paul is after a car with lots of space which is economical to run. His budget is rather limited, though, at between £5,000 and £6,000.

Cable says he will force banks to lend to business

Sean O'Grady analyzes Vince Cable's message on the economy

To Hull and back – by electric car

Yorkshire consortium hopes to lead Britain with network of charging points

Nissan Juke crossover priced from £12,795

Nissan has announced that prices for its new Juke model, which it describes as a "compact SUV meets sports car" product, will start at a keen £12,795. The range will extend to just shy of £20,000 for the top model fitted with the most luxurious Tekna trim, continuously variable automatic transmission, and all-wheel drive. Three engines will be available - a 1.5 litre diesel and a pair of 1.6 litre petrol power units, one of which is turbocharged and delivers an impressive 190 horsepower.

Campbell-Walter thrilled to have Silverstone result confirmed

The Maserati MC12, Vitaphone Racing of Michael Bartels and Andrea Bertolini headed the timesheets in the first free-practice session of the third-round of the FIA GT1 World Championship, taking place in Brno, Czech Republic this weekend. The British based Nissan GT-R, Sumo Power of Michael Krum and Peter Dunbreck was in second spot with the Ford GT of Romain Grosjean and Thomas Mutsch in third.

Nissan announces prices for electric Leaf

Nissan has announced the starting prices for its Golf-sized electric car, the Leaf. The Leaf will initially be available in four European countries – the UK, Ireland, Portugal and the Netherlands – and in each case, except in the Netherlands, it will be available for less than €30,000 after local tax incentives for the purchase of electric vehicles have been applied. In the Netherlands there are some tax incentives that accumulate during the life of the car rather than at the time of purchase.

David Prosser: Manufacturing needs more than just one day in the sun

Outlook Good news for Britain's manufacturing sector then, with industrial output rising faster in March than at any time for almost eight years. Britain's struggling economy will take any help it can and the depreciation of sterling seems finally to be providing exporters with some assistance.

Problems mounting for injured Woods as swing coach departs

It gets worse for Tiger Woods. Yesterday his swing coach, Hank Haney, announced his intention to relinquish the role.

Car Choice: It's got to be right for the rural rough stuff

Alan Corsie needs to replace his Honda CR-V. He lives in rural Perth and Kinross, which gets some snow every year – a lot this year – and his work takes him up rough farm tracks and across fields. He therefore requires four-wheel drive and good ground clearance. The vehicle also has to be the main family car at weekends, and needs to carry two adults, three children, and a dog. His budget is the trade-in value of the Honda, plus £10,000-£12,000.

New York bomb suspect 'went to training camp in Pakistan'

US says Faisal Shahzad has confessed, while family members are arrested in Karachi

Sympathy for Labour in the epicentre of Britain's manufacturing recession

Sunderland is fearful of a Tory government, finds Sarah Arnott

Hunt for bomber who targeted the heart of New York

The most audacious terrorist attack on New York since September 11th may have been foiled by "amateurish" bomb-making equipment and a quick-witted t-shirt salesman who alerted police to a car which had been filled with explosives and parked a couple blocks from Times Square, the city's busiest tourist district, on Saturday night.

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War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003
Barbara Woodward: Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with the growing economic superpower

Our woman in Beijing builds a new relationship

Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with growing economic power
Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer. But the only British soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross in Afghanistan has both

Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer

Beware of imitations, but the words of the soldier awarded the Victoria Cross were the real thing, says DJ Taylor
Alexander McQueen: The catwalk was a stage for the designer's astonishing and troubling vision

Alexander McQueen's astonishing vision

Ahead of a major retrospective, Alexander Fury talks to the collaborators who helped create the late designer's notorious spectacle
New BBC series savours half a century of food in Britain, from Vesta curries to nouvelle cuisine

Dinner through the decades

A new BBC series challenged Brandon Robshaw and his family to eat their way from the 1950s to the 1990s
Philippa Perry interview: The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course

Philippa Perry interview

The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef recreates the exoticism of the Indonesian stir-fry

Bill Granger's Indonesian stir-fry recipes

Our chef was inspired by the south-east Asian cuisine he encountered as a teenager
Chelsea vs Tottenham: Harry Kane was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope

Harry Kane interview

The striker was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope
The Last Word: For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?

Michael Calvin's Last Word

For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?
HIV pill: Scientists hail discovery of 'game-changer' that cuts the risk of infection among gay men by 86%

Scientists hail daily pill that protects against HIV infection

Breakthrough in battle against global scourge – but will the NHS pay for it?