Voices

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

Hyundai i40

The South Korean car manufacturer's imposing new tourer is going head-to-head with Ford

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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Israel-Gaza conflict: No victory for Israel despite weeks of death and devastation

Robert Fisk: No victory for Israel despite weeks of devastation

Palestinians have won: they are still in Gaza, and Hamas is still there
Mary Beard writes character reference for Twitter troll who called her a 'slut'

Unlikely friends: Mary Beard and the troll who called her a ‘filthy old slut’

The Cambridge University classicist even wrote the student a character reference
America’s new apartheid: Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone

America’s new apartheid

Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone
Amazon is buying Twitch for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?

What is the appeal of Twitch?

Amazon is buying the video-game-themed online streaming site for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?
Tip-tapping typewriters, ripe pongs and slides in the office: Bosses are inventing surprising ways of making us work harder

How bosses are making us work harder

As it is revealed that one newspaper office pumps out the sound of typewriters to increase productivity, Gillian Orr explores the other devices designed to motivate staff
Manufacturers are struggling to keep up with the resurgence in vinyl records

Hard pressed: Resurgence in vinyl records

As the resurgence in vinyl records continues, manufacturers and their outdated machinery are struggling to keep up with the demand
Tony Jordan: 'I turned down the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series nine times ... then I found a kindred spirit'

A tale of two writers

Offered the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series, Tony Jordan turned it down. Nine times. The man behind EastEnders and Life on Mars didn’t feel right for the job. Finally, he gave in - and found an unexpected kindred spirit
Could a later start to the school day be the most useful educational reform of all?

Should pupils get a lie in?

Doctors want a later start to the school day so that pupils can sleep later. Not because teenagers are lazy, explains Simon Usborne - it's all down to their circadian rhythms
Prepare for Jewish jokes – as Jewish comedians get their own festival

Prepare for Jewish jokes...

... as Jewish comedians get their own festival
SJ Watson: 'I still can't quite believe that Before I Go to Sleep started in my head'

A dream come true for SJ Watson

Watson was working part time in the NHS when his debut novel, Before I Go to Sleep, became a bestseller. Now it's a Hollywood movie, too. Here he recalls the whirlwind journey from children’s ward to A-list film set
10 best cycling bags for commuters

10 best cycling bags for commuters

Gear up for next week’s National Cycle to Work day with one of these practical backpacks and messenger bags
Paul Scholes: Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United

Paul Scholes column

Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United
Kate Bush, Hammersmith Apollo music review: A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it

Kate Bush shows a voice untroubled by time

A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it
Robot sheepdog technology could be used to save people from burning buildings

The science of herding is cracked

Mathematical model would allow robots to be programmed to control crowds and save people from burning buildings
Tyrant: Is the world ready for a Middle Eastern 'Dallas'?

This tyrant doesn’t rule

It’s billed as a Middle Eastern ‘Dallas’, so why does Fox’s new drama have a white British star?