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Protest meetings – and even a protest picnic - held at the site as petition with 5,000 signatures urges council to reconsider

Volkswagen Golf SE 1.4 TSI

You can always tell when there’s a new Golf on the block - err, no, actually you can’t.

Company doctors reap recession bonanza

Business restructurers Zolfo Cooper are knee-deep in work, and it shows no sign of letting up, they tell Simon Evans

You don't have to go small to go far in the city streets

Marion Charles is a first-time car buyer. She needs a super-mini or a small hatchback for herself and husband Robert. They will use it mainly for city driving and the occasional country trip. She wants something that needs little maintenance, is comfortable to drive, and has a petrol engine. She has £2,000 to spend.

More than 600 jobs at risk at BA and car parts firm

The imminent administration at Wagon Automotive and cuts by British Airways threaten more than 600 UK jobs as the chill of recession spreads from the financial sector to the manufacturing and transport industries.

Jobs fear as car parts firm 'faces collapse'

Fears were growing today that the UK arm of a leading car parts business is to go into administration, threatening more than 500 jobs.

Car Choice: Keep the home fires burning – if you can fit in the logs

Patrick Elsdale loved his Subaru Forester, which has just been sold, and he wants to replace it with something that feels just as indestructible and roomy. Patrick needs to get a bike inside as well as logs for his wood burner. Ideally it needs to be much greener and more economical than the old Forester. He has £3,000 to £4,000 to spend and is looking forward to owning a vehicle that is not only comfortable and roomy but also feels solid.

Volkswagen Scirocco GT 2.0tsi

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Car Choice: Help! My family has grown, but my car's still the same size

After 10 years, Antonia Stowe wants to replace her reliable but uncomfortable Vauxhall Astra. She needs space for her husband, two growing boys and the dog, so the new car must be at least Astra sized. She wants an automatic gearbox, easy-clean leather upholstery and a sunroof. In the longer term, she wants to convert the car to run on liquid petroleum gas (LPG). She has between £10,000 and 15,000.

Family of man shot dead by police while under surveillance is denied inquest

Eleven weeks before Jean Charles de Menezes was shot dead at Stockwell Tube station, Scotland Yard killed a 24-year-old Londoner on a suburban road in Edgware.

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Citroën C5 Tourer 2.0 HDi

The Citroën C5 Tourer took me serenely across Europe. But the drive was so stress-free it made me nostalgic for a car with a few rough edges

Car Choice: You can combine space and economy, especially with the right tyre pressure

Andy is starting a new job that requires him to spend long hours on the road. He also needs a fair amount of space. Andy is concerned about economy and he does not want his car to produce needless emissions. With a budget of £4,000 Andy knows that the car will have to be around five or more years old, and worries that it may not be reliable. In any case, it must be cheap to fix. Andy says he would be happy with an estate car.

Car Choice: Long journeys are wearing on hips and knees, I need a comfortable ride

David McNamara, 69, is starting to suffer from osteoarthritis. A long car drive can become wearing on the joints. According to his physiotherapist he would be better off in a car with a driving seat that allows him to sit up straight, to ease the pressure on his hips and knees, and is higher off the ground, so it's easier to get in and out. At present David drives a five-year-old 1.6 VW Golf Estate, worth about £4,000 or £5,000. He would be prepared to spend up to £15,000. Seating space for grandchildren and boot space would be welcome.

As far as it goes: Simon Usborne takes a breather after his two-and-a-half-day epic journey

The hitcher: A road less travelled

You'd have to be mad to hitchhike - wouldn't you? After all, anything could happen. Is it even possible, in these fearful times, to catch a free ride across Britain? Simon Usborne braves the loneliness of the long-distance thumber

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