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Toyota cuts UK production after earthquakes

Toyota has become the third Japanese car maker to announce production cutbacks in UK factories as a result of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

Toyota cuts North American output

Toyota will begin cutting production at its North American factories this week in response to supply disruptions caused by the earthquake in Japan. The carmaker, which like the wider industry is adjusting to parts shortages, will suspend production at its vehicle plants on 15, 18, 22 and 25 April. The company will also implement shut downs at most of its plants on 21 April, except for its factory in Georgetown, Kentucky. Toyota's engine and component plants will follow the same schedule.

Car Choice: New drivers – beware the elephant in the showroom

Denise Pieri wants to know what type of car is economical, reliable, and has reasonable tax and insurance costs. Oh yes, and it has to be "good looking" enough for an 18-year-old. Her daughter is hoping to take her driving test this month, and Denise's husband feels she should have a car. They can probably come up with about £3,000 – either to buy a used car or as a deposit on a new one.

Japan to pump radioactive water into sea until Sunday

Japan will pump radioactive water into the sea from a crippled nuclear plant until Sunday, a day later than previously planned, its nuclear safety agency said.

David Prosser: Cars are the sum of all their parts

Outlook The wonderful Honda advertising campaign, in which automotive components combine to produce an extended domino effect, made the point very effectively: the 21st century car is a complicated beast with a myriad of working parts that each plays a crucial role in driving the thing forward (or backward sometimes).

Toyota teams up with Microsoft

Microsoft and Toyota have agreed to join forces to develop internet-based services for the car manufacturer's customers around the world.

Honda cuts production in UK after Japan quake

Swindon factory output is halved because of parts shortages

Carmakers brace for parts shortages after Japanese quake

Ford is the latest car giant to cut production as the industrial fallout from the Japanese earthquake and tsunami ripples through the global automotive industry.

Car Choice: Little cars that go a long way for your money

Jubran Makhouly, 62, is after an economical small car, and rather likes the look of the latest Polo. In fact, Jubran seems to be mostly taken with the fact that the new Polo 1.2 diesel does 65-plus miles to the gallon. He wonders if there is any other small cars out there with the same economy? His budget is around £10,000.

Toyota scales back in US as disasters hit supplies

Toyota has told workers at its car plants in the US that they will have their hours cut and may even be sent home, as the effects of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami ripple through the global manufacturing supply chain.

Taxi driver held after body of missing Wiltshire woman is found

Hopes of finding the missing personal assistant Sian O'Callaghan alive were dashed last night as police announced that they had arrested a man on suspicion of murder and had been told the location of two bodies.

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