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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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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee