Property

New report reveals surprising shed statistics as 2013 Shed of the Year competition is officially launched

Skoda Citigo

A small fry worth cashing your chips in for

Fall in new car sales

New car sales fell by 4.2 per cent in November, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders said yesterday.

Kia Picanto 1 Air

As most cars seem to get bigger, it's good to welcome a small, but perfectly formed, newcomer

Seat Ibiza ST 1.6 TDI CR





Seat's Ibiza is now available as an estate. The new car joins the established three-door and five-door hatchback versions, and Seat says this means that the current model is available with a wider range of body styles than any previous Ibiza. Strictly speaking, this is true, although that's only because the saloon and estate versions of the second-generation car were badged as Cordobas.

Subaru unveils super-fast Cosworth Impreza

Subaru has unveiled a higher-performance version of the Impreza, which owes its speed to a programme of upgrades provided by motor racing specialists Cosworth.

Volkswagen Polo

Car of the year? You must be joking. A flawed voting system means the prestigious title has gone to the wrong vehicle, yet again

Lucrative corporate members tempt City Car Club to buy rival WhizzGo

Pay-as-you-go City Car Club has bought rival WhizzGo for a six-figure sum to become the UK's biggest with a network in 15 cities, 16,000 members and 500 cars.

Seat Ibiza Ecomotive

Price: £11,805 on the road

Engine: 1.4 litre three-cylinder turbodiesel

Transmission: five-speed manual

Top speed: 110 mph

Acceleration: 0-100km/h (62mph) in 12.9 seconds

Fuel consumption: 76.3 mpg (combined cycle)

CO2 emissions: 98g/km

Rivals: Ford Fiesta ECOnetic, Skoda Fabia Greenline, Smart Fortwo cdi

Kia's Venga breaks cover

Kia has taken the wraps of its new small Venga, the design of which was foreshadowed by the No 3 concept car displayed by the Korean company at the Geneva Salon d'Automobile in the spring.

Car Choice: A Cee'd could be a success, but a Fiesta might be finer

Susan Schiller is looking for a brand new automatic car. She is quite rightly proud to be a fit and very active 70-year-old, and likes the look of the Toyota Auris 1.6 auto and the Suzuki SX4 auto. She wonders which would be better value for money. Susan also wants to know if there is an alternative to these vehicle, as she thinks a medium sized car will do. Her budget is £14,000.

Toyota iQ2

Fiat 500 Abarth

The new Fiat 500 Abarth packs a lot of power in its compact frame. But why is it covered in enamelled scorpions?

Chevrolet Aveo 1.2

The old Daewoo Kalos has come a long way; it's now a revamped Chevy Aveo. But don't even think about the posher 1.4 as the little 1.2 version is much more fun

Hyundai i10

Who needs flash if you've got a Classic? Hyundai's i10 has all you could want in a true supermini, including great value and superb stereo
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Tonke Dragt's The Letter for the King has finally been translated into English ... 50 years on

Buried treasure: The Letter for the King

The coming-of-age tale about a boy and his mission to save a mythical kingdom has sold a million copies since it was written by an eccentric Dutchwoman in 1962. Yet until last year, no one had read it in English
Can instilling a sense of entrepreneurship in pupils have a positive effect on their learning?

The school that means business

Richard Garner heads to Lancashire, where developing the 'dragons' of the future is also helping one community academy to achieve its educational goals
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Lutz Pfannenstiel: The goalkeeper who gave up Bayern Munich for the Crazy Gang, Bradford and a whirlwind trawl across continents

Lutz Pfannenstiel interview

The goalkeeper who gave up Bayern Munich for the Crazy Gang, Bradford and a whirlwind trawl across continents
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Pete Jenson's a Different League

Popular Klopp can reignite Dortmund’s season with visit to Bayern
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Cantlie video proves that Isis expects victory in Kobani

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The killer instinct: The man who helps students spot potential murderers

The killer instinct

Phil Chalmers travels the US warning students how to spot possible future murderers, but can his contentious methods really stop the bloodshed?
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Clothing the gap

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Fall of the Berlin Wall: Goodbye to all that - the lost world beyond the Iron Curtain

The Fall of the Berlin Wall

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