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Subaru XV

Engine: 2.0-litre four-cylinder boxer diesel, turbocharged
Transmission: six-speed manual
Power: 147 PS at 3,700 rpm
Torque: 350 Nm between 1,600 and 2,400 rpm
Fuel consumption (combined cycle): 50.4 mpg
CO2 emissions: 146 g/km
Top speed: 120 mph
Acceleration (0-62 mph): 9.3 seconds
Price: Diesel from £24,295 (1.6 petrol from £21,295)

Damage assessed as hot weather sparks wildfires

Damage at Britain's largest cemetery was being assessed today after dry conditions caused by the unusually warm spring weather sparked wildfires.

Ferrari F12 Berlinetta

Geneva Motor Show 2012 round-up

The Geneva Motor Show, held on neutral territory in Switzerland in the spring, always produces a bumper crop of new models, and this year's is no exception.

Land Rover reveals Evoque convertible concept

Land Rover has released the first pictures of a possible convertible version of the Range Rover Evoque.

New York street vendor who alerted police to bomb seeks office

A New York City vendor who alerted police to an attempted car bombing in Times Square is running for Congress.

Powder at Mount Hood

They like their skiing Eighties-style on the slopes of Oregon's mountains

The wintersports offering in this north-west state seems behind the times when compared with some of the bigger-name American resorts, but it's gaining ground fast. Minty Clinch puts its pistes to the test

BMW X3 30D M Sport - Wheels, Etc

A bulky-looking SUV that drives like a sports car

Mexico detains cop in deadly casino arson

Federal police arrested a state police officer in connection with last week's arson fire at a casino that killed 52 people in northern Mexico.

President Obama's uncle held by US immigration

President Barack Obama's uncle was stopped on suspicion of drink driving, told police he planned to arrange bail through the White House and is being held on an immigration alert.

Range Rover Evoque SD4

It may ooze designer style, but the Range Rover Evoque has substance – on the road, and off it

Shouts of 'baby killer' as Casey Anthony is freed

Casey Anthony walked out of jail a free woman under heavy guard in the early hours of yesterday, facing shouts of "baby killer", days after the US watched in rapt attention as she was acquitted of murdering her two-year-old daughter, Caylee.

Mercedes unveils new M-Class

Mercedes has unveiled its third-generation M-Class SUV. While the company has opted for gentle evolution where the latest M’s appearance is concerned, there are several technical improvements aimed in particular at improving economy and emissions. Fuel consumption is reduced by an average of 25 per cent across the range.

Nissan to build new Qashqai model in Britain

Nissan is planning to invest £192m to build the next version of its Qashqai crossover model in Britain, helping to safeguard thousands of jobs.

Toyota back to full output by December

Toyota forecast yesterday that its business would return to full operational capacity by the end of the year, after the devastating earthquakes in Japan disrupted its supply chain and forced it to close some plants.

Being Modern: Baby buggies

What better way to avoid the commercialisation of Mother's Day than by gathering the clan and stepping out into the spring air for a relaxing walk around the nearest green space? Avoid commerce? Relaxing? Are you kidding? It's like Brands Hatch out there. And the reason is the designer baby buggy, those things we used to call pushchairs.

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