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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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Backhanders, bribery and abuses of power have soared in China as economy surges

Bribery and abuses of power soar in China

The bribery is fuelled by the surge in China's economy but the rules of corruption are subtle and unspoken, finds Evan Osnos, as he learns the dark arts from a master
Commonwealth Games 2014: Highland terriers stole the show at the opening ceremony

Highland terriers steal the show at opening ceremony

Gillian Orr explores why a dog loved by film stars and presidents is finally having its day
German art world rocked as artists use renowned fat sculpture to distil schnapps

Brewing the fat from artwork angers widow of sculptor

Part of Joseph Beuys' 1982 sculpture 'Fettecke' used to distil schnapps
BBC's The Secret History of Our Streets reveals a fascinating window into Britain's past

BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

The Secret History of Our Streets, which returns with three films looking at Scottish streets, is the inverse of Benefits Street - delivering warmth instead of cynicism
Joe, film review: Nicolas Cage delivers an astonishing performance in low budget drama

Nicolas Cage shines in low-budget drama Joe

Cage plays an ex-con in David Gordon Green's independent drama, which has been adapted from a novel by Larry Brown
How to make your own gourmet ice lollies, granitas, slushy cocktails and frozen yoghurt

Make your own ice lollies and frozen yoghurt

Think outside the cool box for this summer's tempting frozen treats
Ford Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time, with sales topping 4.1 million since 1976

Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time

Sales have topped 4.1 million since 1976. To celebrate this milestone, four Independent writers recall their Fiestas with pride
10 best reed diffusers

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Keep your rooms smelling summery and fresh with one of these subtle but distinctive home fragrances that’ll last you months
Commonwealth Games 2014: Female boxers set to compete for first time

Female boxers set to compete at Commonwealth Games for first time

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Five things we’ve learned so far about Manchester United under Louis van Gaal

Five things we’ve learned so far about United under Van Gaal

It’s impossible to avoid the impression that the Dutch manager is playing to the gallery a little
Screwing your way to the top? Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth

Screwing your way to the top?

Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth, says Grace Dent
Will the young Britons fighting in Syria be allowed to return home and resume their lives?

Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

Tony Blair's Terrorism Act 2006 has made it an offence to take part in military action abroad with a "political, ideological, religious or racial motive"
Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter, the wartime poster girl who became a feminist pin-up

Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

The wartime poster girl became the ultimate American symbol of female empowerment
The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones: Are custom, 3D printed earbuds the solution?

The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones

Earphones don't fit properly, offer mediocre audio quality and can even be painful. So the quest to design the perfect pair is music to Seth Stevenson's ears
US Army's shooting star: Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform

Meet the US Army's shooting star

Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform