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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.

Letters: Solar scam, or a new UK industry?

Dominic Lawson's prejudices over anything vaguely climate-related have led him to the wrong conclusion ("Good riddance to the great solar scam", 15 November). Feed-in tariffs are a government programme to stimulate a new UK industry and have been successful .

Car Choice: A strapping teenage son needs room to grow

David Remmer has a Mini Cooper S, which is used for the school run and the daily journey to the railway station. However, his 14-year-old son is now 5ft 9ins, which means getting him in the back of the Mini is no longer an option. Ideally, David is looking for a car with five doors, decent rear legroom, which is small and easy to park, with an automatic gearbox. He wants lots of equipment and has a generous £25,000 budget.

Car Choice: It's time for George to turn his back on the French

George Waddel is planning ahead as he wants a new car in March 2012. He likes the Renault Megane and Renault Laguna; however, he likes the look of coupé models and wants something stylish. His budget is £23,000, plus an extra few thousand from the sale of his 2005 Peugeot 206 HDI GTI.

Nissan Micra DIG-S

It's tough to produce a low-cost first car that can also be a chic runaround ... as this Micra proves

Traffic chaos continues after M25 crash

A busy stretch of motorway that has been closed to traffic following a crash at 4pm yesterday could re-open this evening, the Highways Agency said.

Eco-rally shows off future fuels – wine, cheese, and sewage

Some of the world's greenest vehicles take part in an eco-rally today

Patchy comeback from earthquake

Japan's car makers reported mixed vehicle production figures yesterday, as the industry works toward recovery from the March's devastating earthquake and tsunami.

Mark Prisk: Ministers need to get their hands dirty

The Business Interview: The Business and Enterprise minister is keen to introduce politicians to the real world

Mother killed children 'to punish her former partner'

A mother suffocated her two children to get back at their father for rejecting her, a court heard yesterday.

Car production falls back as shortages bite

Car production fell by 4.9 per cent in May, according to new figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, with UK factories churning out a total of 99,280 units over the month. However, production remains up by 4.6 per cent over the first five months of 2011. Engine production was up by 4 per cent in May, and by 5.6 per cent.

Can playing a motorsport video game improve your performance in a real car?

It's the thinking behind an academy that aims to make champions out of couch potatoes. Jamie Merrill takes to the track to test-drive the theory

Margareta Pagano: Get Sugar off TV and Dyson into our classrooms

It's fantastic news that BMW is investing another £500m to build the next generation of Minis, a move that will protect 5,000 jobs for many years.

Ireland: Go wild on an isle of your own

Inish Turk Beg is a private island off Ireland's west coast. It's also the perfect retreat, says <b>Rob Sharp</b>

BMW praises UK staff as it invests &#163;500m in Minis

The "outstanding" quality of its British workforce was a major factor in BMW's decision to invest a further £500m in its Mini assembly plant in Oxford and other operations, the group's chairman Norbert Reithofer said yesterday.

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