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Rover bosses paid £42m before collapse

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Rover workers warned payout could be months away

Former MG Rover workers awaiting a payout from a trust fund set up to help them following the company's collapse four years ago have been warned it could be several months before they receive their money.

Car Choice: Sic transit Gloria's Metro...

Gloria Johnson is looking to buy a replacement for her beloved automatic Rover Metro. She actually wants something just like it – small but powerful, nippy, easy to park, and surprisingly roomy. Ideally with power steering and air-con. It will be used for the daily station run, vet visits, grocery shopping, teenage ferrying, and several long motorway journeys each year on the university run. Gloria has £10,000 cash and wants to take advantage of the £2,000 scrappage scheme.

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James Moore: Pursuit of the Phoenix Four is a diversion

Outlook: Nearly a decade ago, John Towers was hailed as a hero as he entered stage left with a bold promise to save Rover as a mass-market UK car maker, something BMW, which knows a thing or two about the motor industry, had conspicuously failed to do.

Google captures Coronation Street on Street View

Coronation Street is to make history as the first fictional location to appear on Google Street View, it was confirmed today.

Fraud office to probe MG Rover collapse

The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has been asked to investigate the collapse of MG Rover after a four-year probe into the Midlands car maker's demise, it was confirmed today.

Fraud probe into MG Rover collapse

The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) is to investigate the collapse of MG Rover after a four-year probe into the Midlands carmaker's demise, it was reported today.

Car Choice: Scrap that Metro, Gloria, and get your hands on a Hyundai

Gloria Johnson wants a replacement for her much-loved Rover Metro. She wants something small but powerful, nippy, easy to park and surprisingly roomy. Gloria would be even happier if it had power steering and air-con. She has £10,000 cash and will be taking advantage of the £2,000 scrappage scheme.

Inspectors finally deliver report into Rover collapse

An official report into the collapse of MG Rover has finally been submitted to the Government, more than four years after the car-maker's demise, it emerged today.

Cycle market: Moving into the fast lane

The bike industry is booming – and not just on Tube strike days. James Thompson reports

20 years on, man held for clifftop murders

IRA was originally blamed for execution-style killings

Jeremy Warner: Fiat's marriage in heaven is triumph of hope over experience

Outlook: I'm sorry, but I just don't see it. Sergio Marchionne, chief executive of Fiat, is self-evidently an inspirational business leader with a superficially compelling vision for creating a global auto manufacturer of sufficient scale to survive and prosper.

Car Choice: What's small and cheap, with a touch of class?

David Crawford fondly remembers the Mini Clubman he learnt to drive in. He now has a family (some of whom are of driving age) and needs to replace their Skoda Favorit. He has up to £2,500 for a car that's cheap to run, fix and insure, and can carry four. Good for in town, plus the odd motorway trip. A bit of style, like the old Mini, would be a bonus.

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