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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.

Fears of mass suicide as Christian sect vanishes in wilderness

Police and volunteers fanned out across southern California before first light yesterday in a desperate search for a "cult-like" group of 13 people, including children as young as three, that had driven off into the mountains after leaving messages saying they were going to heaven to meet Jesus.

GT1 World Championship heads to Portugal

The hills surrounding the Autodromo Algarve, just north west of Portamio on the Portuguese coast, reverberated to the sound of thunder overnight, which was replaced this morning by the sound of 23 GT1 cars on track for the weekends first free-practice session. The stunning facility, 2.9 mile, 18 turn, undulating track, was officially classed as wet for the days first run.

Robert Fisk: The lie behind mass 'suicides' of Egypt's young women

Part three of our series demolishes the official claim that Egypt, where a farmer decapitated his own daughter, has no 'honour' killings

The enduring appeal of cars past

Do you secretly yearn to buy back your first car? It seems you are not alone, says David Wilkins

Nissan tweaks popular Qashqai

By David Wilkins

Nissan starts taking orders for all-electric Leaf

Nissan has opened its order books for its Golf-sized Leaf electric vehicle (EV) in Ireland and Portugal. Customers in the UK can place their orders from the beginning of September. The first deliveries will take place in January (Portugal), February (Ireland) and March (UK).

Maassen's Corvette sets the pace on day of surprises to land pole position

The Corvette of Xavier Maassen and Jos Menten was the surprise winner of yesterday's FIA GT1 World Championship qualifying race at Spa, in a contest that succeeded in turning all previous form on its head.

Japanese cars take seven of top 10 in reliability survey

If you want a reliable used car, buy a Japanese one, according to new research.

Japanese cars are still the most reliable

If you want a reliable used car, buy a Japanese one, according to new research.Japan's manufacturers took seven of the top 10 places in a reliability survey based, while the 10 least reliable cars were all European.

Government support but no cash for car firms

Car companies can expect no Government cash hand-outs, Business Secretary Vince Cable indicated today.

Explorer Fiennes to face driving charge

The explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes has been charged with careless driving over a car crash in which another motorist was seriously injured.

Car Choice: Three humans and a dog seek comfort and practicality

Simon White would like to replace his ageing Honda Jazz, which also lacks the space to cope with a growing 12 year old and the family's golden retriever, Rosie.

New Nissan project 'to create 200 new jobs'

The Japanese car-maker Nissan has started production of a new engine which could lead to the creation of 200 jobs in the North-east of England.

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