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Japanese cars take seven of top 10 in reliability survey

If you want a reliable used car, buy a Japanese one, according to new research.

Japanese cars are still the most reliable

If you want a reliable used car, buy a Japanese one, according to new research.Japan's manufacturers took seven of the top 10 places in a reliability survey based, while the 10 least reliable cars were all European.

Toyota issues yet another recall over faulty Lexus engine valve springs

Toyota issued yet another wave of recalls yesterday over engine faults that could affect up to 270,000 of its premium Lexus vehicles worldwide. The scare, which could hit as many as 3,200 British drivers, is just the latest technical hitch to hit the beleaguered Japanese manufacturer.

Toyota warns of Lexus engine fault

A fault that might lead to engine problems has been found in some Lexus cars, including more than 3,000 in the UK, the firm's parent company Toyota said today.

Far East cars prove the most reliable

Far East cars are the most reliable, according to a study out today.

Government support but no cash for car firms

Car companies can expect no Government cash hand-outs, Business Secretary Vince Cable indicated today.

Cable calls time on state backing for car industry

The car industry in the UK can no longer rely on direct state support, the Business Secretary warned yesterday, adding that the sector was no longer facing the crisis that threatened to cripple it a year ago.

One dead, ten hurt in ex-worker's car rampage

A disgruntled worker slammed his car into employees at a Mazda factory in south-west Japan today, killing one and injuring 10, police said.

Toyota set for rally rehab

Toyota will begin the process of rebuilding its battered brand by entering a team in the 2011 World Rally Championship.

Seat Leon Ecomotive SE 1.6 CR

It must be one of the biggest industrial switch-over programmes in history. For over a decade, Volkswagen's 1.9 litre TDI engine with its Pumpe-Düse (PD) injection system has been providing solid service in millions of cars all over the world. VW PD engines generally provide fairly lively performance but are also rather rough and tend to deliver their go over a fairly narrow band of revs. Diesels using the common rail (CR) system first adopted by Fiat and Mercedes tend to be smoother, and a few years ago, Volkswagen bowed to the inevitable and introduced common rail engines of its own, beginning a long-drawn out programme of migration that will probably one day see the 1.9 PD entirely replaced by these more modern power units.

BMW's X5 reaches the million mark

BMW has now produced a million X5 luxury 4x4s at its US plant in Spartanburg in South Carolina.

Toyota Auris Hybrid

Eco-minded driving, without making an eco-statement

89 road deaths 'may be linked to Toyota fault'

Unintended acceleration in Toyota vehicles may have been a factor in the deaths of 89 people over the past decade, upgrading the number of deaths possibly linked to the massive recalls, the US government said.

Toyota announces pricing for Auris hybrid

Toyota has announced the pricing for its Auris hybrid; in the UK, it will be available from £18,950, making it slightly cheaper than the company's famous Prius hybrid, which is roughly the same size, but more expensive than the Honda Insight.

Toyota announces Japanese Lexus recall

Toyota said today it will recall 4,500 Lexus vehicles in Japan to fix a computerised steering problem, with another 7,000 vehicles overseas also likely affected.

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