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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.

Bank of Japan to support markets as state fears economic impact of quake

The Bank of Japan is ready to step in and stabilise the country's financial markets with an injection of up to Y3 trillion (£22.8bn) into the banking system today, as a senior government official admitted the economic impact of the disaster could be "considerable".

Nissan Leaf

Price: £23,990
Top speed: Over 90mph Range 109 miles (EU NEDC test)
Tailpipe C02 emissions: zero
CO2 impact: depends on power station fuel mix
Best for: short journeys
Also worth considering? Lexus CT 200h, Mitsubishi i-MiEV, Toyota Prius

Geneva Motor Show: A glimpse of the future

David Wilkins enjoys a sneak preview of next month's Geneva Motor Show

One man heads back to the drawing board

Chris Reitz has left his role at a major manufacturer to help develop a hydrogen fuel-cell car.

Grafitti artist kills four in New York knife spree

A graffiti artist armed with five knives went on a 28-hour rampage across New York City, fatally stabbing his stepfather, ex-girlfriend and her mother, running down a pedestrian with a stolen Lexus, and wounding four other people before being arrested in Times Square.

Nissan Juke 1.6 DIG-T - iDrive

It feels like a blood-engorged but fearsome beast

Briton chosen to lead Olympus to new heights

Olympus has joined the select group of Japanese companies with foreigners at the helm by naming a Briton as its new head. Michael Woodford, who has been at the camera maker for three decades, will take over as the company's president and executive officer at the beginning of April.

David Beckham rescues stranded motorist

Paul Long from Hertfordshire was having a rather bad start to the day yesterday, when his Nissan Primera broke down on a roundabout halfway through the school run. A man in a hoodie approached his vehicle to see if he needed help, who turned out to be David Beckham.

Davos: The mountain resort where money talks

As the global business elite prepare for their annual gathering, Sean O'Grady and Poornuima Subrammaniam offer a guide to what Davos is really all aboutpresent a guide to the global summit

Renault-Nissan boss denies spy scandal was about technology

The boss of Renault-Nissan spoke out yesterday for the first time about allegations of industrial spying on his company's rapid advances in electric cars which shook the French-Japanese car giant this month.

Infiniti M30d GT

Nissan tries to take on Jaguar and BMW with its new high-end saloon

GM boss voices concern over industrial espionage

The chief executive of one of the world's biggest car makers has acknowledged that industrial espionage is a major threat to the company that worries him "every day".

Top bosses gather for summit

Leading industrialists have been invited to a high-level Advanced Manufacturing Growth Summit at the department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) on 25 January to discuss how to boost the UK's manufacturing economy.

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