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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

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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.

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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.

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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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