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Mitsubishi aims to soften its image with new compact crossover

Mitsubishi Motors today announced that it would introduce a new compact crossover model next year. First sales will be in Japan in February 2010.

Dinky car revolution: Why more drivers are swapping their gas guzzlers for cute compacts

There's a terrible secret that the car-makers don't really want you to know about, or at least properly appreciate. You don't need a big car. Not just in the sense that you don't actually need four-wheel drive to nip down to Sainsbury's (as Alexei Sayle pointed out some many years ago), or that you don't need a V12 twin turbo-charged piece of Italian lunacy to nip up the M6 to see your mum (especially given that you shouldn't really be doing more than 70). Or even that you don't need seating for seven in your mega-people carrier when you have a family of four. No: You don't need a big car – and you shouldn't even desire one – because small cars are so fantastically good these days, as well as greener, cheaper to run and easier to park in clogged up streets. The scrappage scheme, the still stratospheric cost of fuel – all contribute to the small car revolution. Perhaps more of us are being persuaded, by attractive design and harder economic times, that, no, we don't need such a large set of wheels as maybe we'd assumed.

Mazda launches revamped CX-7

Mazda will be selling this revised new version of its sporty CX-7 people carrier/SUV crossover from the beginning of November.

Car Choice: What does the future hold for Ronnie after the Jazz age?

Ronnie Wilson is a pensioner and sadly, due to illness, his wife can no longer drive. They currently have a 2005 Honda Jazz, which has been an excellent little car for them, but now they want something more comfortable for long trips. The main criterion is that the car allows the passenger seat to be raised, to give Ronnie’s wife better vision. Economy and easy maintenance are a priority, and their budget – including trading in the Jazz – is around £10,000.

Dom Joly: Lebanon is the only place where a Hummer makes sense

Last week I wrote about how I was looking forward to driving in Lebanon again. I even mentioned that there were a couple of places in the world that might be more dangerous to drive in. I was wrong, dear reader - so very, very wrong. I'd forgotten just how "out there" driving in Lebanon can be. It's in a league of its own.

Ten best SUVs

If you think big is beautiful, then these are the cars for you.

Live report: Frankfurt Motor Show

Dispatches from the floor of the Frankfurt Motor Show on the press day

Range Rover Sport Supercharged

Price: £61,995
Top speed: 140 mph 0-60mph 5.9 seconds
Consumption: 19 mpg
CO2 emissions: 374g/km
Best for: People who were thinking of buying a normal Range Rover
Also worth considering? BMW X5, Range Rover, Porsche Cayenne

Skoda Yeti

There's nothing abominable about Skoda's new SUV. It's rugged without being aggressive and tough, yet sensitive

Toyota Urban Cruiser

Price: from £14,500
Top speed: 109mph 0-60mph 12.5 seconds
Consumption: 51.4mpg
CO2 emissions: 129g/km
Best for: farmers who live in the city
Also worth considering? Kia Soul; Ford Kuga; Daihatsu Terios

Police shoot dead Carolina serial killer

The serial killer who terrorised a South Carolina community by shooting dead five people before police killed him was a career criminal paroled just two months ago, authorities said today.

China may veto Hummer deal on green concerns

The little Chinese company that plans to buy Hummer, the maker of hulking off-road vehicles which is currently owned by General Motors, was last night trying to shore up confidence in its ability to do the deal, after a state-owned radio station in China said regulators planned to block it.

Deborah Orr: Can we for once forget the rules?

I can't help it. School nativities, passion plays, I still think that theatrical renditions of the life of Christ are wonderful and precious aspects of folk culture, with valuable and affirmative things to teach our children.

The Swedish speed merchant

Koenigsegg's purchase of Saab is the sports car maker's latest fast-lane manoeuvre. Sean O'Grady reports

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Apple still the coolest brand

Despite PR disaster of free U2 album
Scottish referendum: The Yes vote was the love that dared speak its name, but it was not to be

Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

Boyd Tonkin on the fall-out from the Scottish referendum
Manolo Blahnik: The high priest of heels talks flats, Englishness, and why he loves Mary Beard

Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written

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'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
Dance’s new leading ladies fight back: How female vocalists are now writing their own hits

New leading ladies of dance fight back

How female vocalists are now writing their own hits