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The auto market is both a symbol of recovery and a driver of it

Quake-hit Toyota swings to a loss

Toyota fell to its first quarterly loss in two years in the three months to June after the Japanese earthquake disrupted the car manufacturer's operations.

Patchy comeback from earthquake

Japan's car makers reported mixed vehicle production figures yesterday, as the industry works toward recovery from the March's devastating earthquake and tsunami.

Mark Prisk: Ministers need to get their hands dirty

The Business Interview: The Business and Enterprise minister is keen to introduce politicians to the real world

Car Choice: Wanted: A little town car that will keep the bills down

Rosalind Nolan needs to replace a 2002 reg Audi A4 1.8T Sport petrol car which has only done 74,000 miles but only gives 27-30 mpg.

VW named as Europe's least green car maker

Europe's largest car maker, Volkswagen, is accused of exaggerating its green record and resisting attempts to make popular models such as the market-leading Golf more fuel efficient.

Australians to be fined for 'obnoxious' swearing

Australians have never shied away from profanities – a television advertisement for a Toyota pick-up truck a few years ago featured only one word, repeated numerous times: "Bugger."

Japan to halt three nuclear reactors

Japan urged a power company to suspend all three reactors at a coastal nuclear plant while safety measures are taken to ensure damage from a major earthquake or tsunami does not cause a second nuclear accident.

GM poised to retake the lead

General Motors posted stronger-than-expected quarterly profits yesterday, driven by a recovery in the US market and strong sales in Asia, leaving the US giant in pole position to reclaim the title of the world's largest car maker this year.

David Prosser: The need to own up and say sorry

Outlook What is it about corporate culture in Japan that makes it so difficult to be upfront when things go wrong? One of the most striking aspects of the scandal that has seen the security of 77 million Sony PlayStation owners' personal data put at risk is that the electronics giant has taken a week to mention the problem. It may have taken action promptly to shut down the hacked network, but it was seven days before it announced why it had done so.

GM chief warns UK over parts scarcity

The head of Vauxhall has warned that the UK car industry faces serious problems because of a scarcity of parts manufacturers in Britain.

Toyota back to full output by December

Toyota forecast yesterday that its business would return to full operational capacity by the end of the year, after the devastating earthquakes in Japan disrupted its supply chain and forced it to close some plants.

Toyota fires up quake-hit Japanese car factories

Toyota was producing cars at all of its Japanese factories yesterday for the first time since the devastating earthquake and tsunami rocked the country last month.

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Isis hostage crisis

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English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

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

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