Motoring: The dream car that's a nightmare to own

Citroen has gained a reputation for its maverick approach: mechanically advanced vehicles, individualistic in style - but often flawed. John Simister asks: does a change of bosses at the French car-maker mean a change in its approach?

Motor Racing: Prost cannot resist a swipe at the driver who got away

Alain Prost is as ambitious in team ownership as he was as a driver. Yesterday he questioned Damon Hill's ambition at the launch of his team's new car, one the British former world champion chose not to drive.

Corruption is clear winner in Kenya poll

Kenyans voted yesterday in a poll disfigured by blatant corruption. Ed O'Loughlin watched chaotic scenes of ballot rigging in the key town of Kitui.

Motoring: Rorty but nice

A car you can chuck around corners is not the marketing slogan most manufacturers would claim for their product. But, writes John Simister, in the case of the Peugeot 106 Rallye this is most definitely an asset.

Basketball: Lewis spoils Windless's revenge party

Derby Storm's Tony Windless was two seconds away from punishing Exide London Towers for releasing him during the summer. But his former team-mate Danny Lewis forced Saturday night's game at the Moorways Leisure Centre into overtime and then took control to steer the Budweiser League leaders to a 96-85 victory.

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My worst car: I had a fire extinguisher with me. A pity, really

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One night in Cardiff, one night in heaven

That was how it was for Serena Mackesy. For Tony Blair - and thousands of other M People fans - it could be one night in Wembley. And tonight's the night.

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Hunt for death-crash driver who fled in patrol car

A driver jumped a set of red lights and crashed into another car, killing a retired army officer, then fled by stealing the police car in which he was put while the lone officer tried to help the other victim.

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Motoring: Looking good for a lot less dosh

The new Peugeot 406 Coupe passes the most important test of any coupe: it feels fast and looks glamourous. John Simister gives the 2.0- litre version the road-test lowdown, and finds a good-value, good-quality ride; peugot 406 coupe

Were these ads written by a man or a woman?

And does it make any difference? Maureen Freely on the new controversy in advertising

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Mazda gets very cross when you describe its products as bland. And it's true that there are some very un-bland Mazdas, the MX-5 sports car and the shapely Xedos 6 saloon being the most obvious. But anything with a 626 badge, which means Mondeo-sized, has for the last decade or so been as visually unmemorable as a car could be. There are few cars that an expert can't immediately identify on the road, but a 626 is often one of them. And the new one doesn't change a thing.
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