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

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Renault is shaking things up with the launch of its Dacia budget brand in the UK by pitching the new Sandero five-door super-mini at just £5,995. That's thousands of pounds cheaper than any alternative, and a lot less than the previously rumoured sub-£7,000 price-tag which already looked ambitious enough. In fact, it's hard to disagree with Renault's claim that the Sandero is the UK's “most affordable new car”.

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Renault launches “shockingly affordable” Dacia budget brand in the UK

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Nissan chief executive defends pay deal

Nissan chief executive Carlos Ghosn highlighted the quick recovery of the carmaker from a year of disasters as shareholders questioned low dividends and a lagging stock price.

Volkswagen Golf 235 GTI Edition 35

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Engine: capacity 4 cyls, 1984cc, turbocharged, petrol

Power: 232bhp @ 5500-6300 rpm

Torque: 2211b ft @ 2200-5500 rpm

Performance: 153mph, 34.9mpg (combined), CO2 189g/km

Renault's A 110-50 with a predecessor in the background

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Car price inflation up to 8.5%

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Renault starts build-up for UK Dacia launch

Renault has started a big push to raise awareness of its budget Dacia brand before large-volume imports start at the beginning of next year. An initial batch of twenty-two Duster SUVs has been brought into the country and will be on show at dealerships to generate interest in advance of the main sales effort.

Rosberg takes first career pole in China

Germany's Nico Rosberg, driving a Mercedes, took the first pole position of his Formula One career at the Chinese Grand Prix today.

Renault Twizy: list prices do not include the Twizy's battery pack, which must be leased separately

Renault Twizy

No doors required. Renault reinvents the electric car

Audi A1 Sportback - First Drive

Audi A1 Sportback 1.4 TFSI Sport S tronic
Engine: 1.4-litre four-cylinder petrol, turbocharged
Transmission: seven-speed dual-clutch DSG
Power: 122 PS at 5,000 rpm
Torque: 200 Nm between 1,500 and  4,000 rpm
Fuel consumption (combined cycle): 53.3 mpg
CO2 emissions: 122 g/km
Top speed: 126 mph
Acceleration (0-62 mph): 9.0 seconds
Price: £16,475

Seat Ibiza (Revised 2012) - First Drive

Engine: 1.2-litre four-cylinder petrol, turbo-charged

Transmission: five-speed manual, seven-speed dual-clutch DSG available as an option

Power: 105 PS

Fuel consumption (combined cycle): 55.4 mpg

CO2 emissions: 119 g/km

Top speed: 119 mph

Acceleration (0-62 mph): 9.8 seconds

Price: 1.2 TSI models from £13,700, revised Ibiza range from £9,995 to £16,840

Renault Twizy: list prices do not include the Twizy's battery pack, which must be leased separately

Renault Twizy in the UK from 13 April

The Renault Twizy will be launched in the UK on 13 April. The radical tandem two-seater battery-powered vehicle will be much cheaper than full-sized electric cars, even though it doesn't benefit from the government's generous £5,000 plug-in car grant.

Renault Megane Collection 2012 - First Drive

Significant under-the-skin improvements still make this an important revision for Renault’s big-selling rival for the Focus and the Golf

Petrov appeared to be on Formula One's scrapheap at the end of last season

Vitaly Petrov has point to prove in Formula One

Vitaly Petrov heads into a new phase of his Formula One career this weekend with a point to prove.

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