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For the third day running in Jerez, Red Bull were forced to bring an early end to their test.

Motorsport legend Nelson Piquet and son Nelsinho accept damages from F1 team

Motorsport legend Nelson Piquet and his racing driver son Nelsinho today accepted substantial undisclosed libel damages from the Renault Formula One Team.

Nissan Leaf: Car of the Year

Worthy winner, but it’s not really a ‘proper’ car

Life term for double murder dentist

A dentist was sentenced to life imprisonment today for the murders of his wife and his ex-lover's husband who were poisoned by carbon monoxide fumes almost 20 years ago.

Renault wins its war with 'Zoe'

Morris and Maurice may have disappeared from both roads and the birth columns long ago but you will soon be able to take the wheel of a Zoe.

Mercedes previews Magic Sky Control folding SLK roof

Mercedes has provided a glimpse of the new Magic Sky Control vario-roof to be offered as an option on its next-generation SLK roadster, which is due to be launched next year.

French Collection: Sleek and sexy models at the Paris Motor Show

From a range of new vehicles by Lotus, to energy-efficient electric cars, this year's Paris Motor Show has something for all types of driving aficionado, writes David Wilkins

Hi-tech bubble car pops back into fashion

Congested roads, the fight against pollution, and dwindling oil reserves have revived interest in the smallest car on the block

Abarth 500c

Price: £17,500
Top speed: 128 mph 0-62mph 8.1 seconds
Consumption: 45.3 mpg
CO2 emissions: 151g/km
Best for: Fiat's bottom line
Also worth considering? Mazda MX-5, Mini John Cooper Works Convertible, Renault Wind

Guy Parker: The avenger with truth on his side

The advertising watchdog tells Martin Hickman why firms which make false claims about products should be afraid

Dacia Duster

If Ned Ludd were seeking a car, he might go for this

Renault Mégane Coupé-Cabriolet

Renault has made a competent job of its new Mégane Coupé-Cabriolet – but where's the va va voom you expect from a convertible?

Grosjean forgets Renault rejection to thrive in new championship

Just over a year ago Romain Grosjean was about to make his Formula One debut for Renault alongside former world champion Fernando Alonso. By the end of the season it had all gone horribly wrong: he was injured, isolated and after seven races Renault dropped him for 2010.

Renault Wind

Renault's new coupé-cabriolet is a little gem that thinks it's a sports car

Car Choice: No need to replace your lovely old car – restore it instead

Helen McLennan is looking for a car to replace the family's old and ailing Peugeot 206 GTi. Ideally, she would like to buy exactly the same again, but failing that she wants a smallish hatchback with what her husband calls "a bit of poke". Helen mostly uses the car for shopping and occasional longer journeys. She would like to spend up to £10,000 but would consider a bit more.

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.

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Taken over the course of four years, Adams' portraits are an astonishing document of the aftermath of war
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The drugs revolution starts now as MPs agree its high time for change

Commons debate highlights growing cross-party consensus on softening UK drugs legislation, unchanged for 43 years
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Gotcha! The camera is turned on tabloid editors

Hugh Grant says Richard Peppiatt's 'One Rogue Reporter' documentary will highlight issues raised by Leveson
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Ouija boards, demon dolls, evil children and clowns are all classic tropes of horror, and this year’s Halloween releases feature them all. What makes them so frightening, decade after decade?
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Rose Rouse's safari in modern Britain

Rouse decided to walk and talk with as many different people as possible in her neighbourhood of Harlesden and her experiences have been published in a new book
Welcome to my world of no smell and odd tastes: How a bike accident left one woman living with unwanted food mash-ups

'My world of no smell and odd tastes'

A head injury from a bicycle accident had the surprising effect of robbing Nell Frizzell of two of her senses

Matt Parker is proud of his square roots

The "stand-up mathematician" is using comedy nights to preach maths to big audiences
Paul Scholes column: Beating Manchester City is vital part of life at Manchester United. This is first major test for Luke Shaw, Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao – it’s not a game to lose

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Beating City is vital part of life at United. This is first major test for Shaw, Di Maria and Falcao – it’s not a game to lose
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Manchester City will rise again but they need to change their attitude

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