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Market Report: Stalled car production in Japan hits UK suppliers

Blue chip groups involved in the car industry were left in reverse last night after both Toyota and Honda announced they were delaying the restart of production in Japan.

Toyota looks to hybrids for boost

Toyota is to focus on hybrid vehicles and emerging markets and push for global sales of 10 million cars by 2015, the Japanese car giant said yesterday.

Car Choice: Retired couple seeks low cost, easy access runaround

Paul Jackson is 60 and has just retired; his wife is just about to. They have a Subaru Impreza Sport, which has been brilliant, but it is getting old and expensive to run. They do about 10,000 miles a year, local and motorway, and hope to do more journeys. They would like a five-door car that's easy to get in and out of and performs like the Subaru, but would like low road tax, insurance and are flexible about the fuel. Their budget is £6,000 to £7,000.

Mini Rocketman – that's more like it

At next week's Geneva Motor Show, BMW will unveil a new concept car, the tiny Mini Rocketman, a “3+1” (passenger) design that is just three metres in length.

Toyota Verso-S Multidrive S

David Wilkins takes a look at the new model from Toyota

Geneva Motor Show: A glimpse of the future

David Wilkins enjoys a sneak preview of next month's Geneva Motor Show

Volvo readies first diesel plug-in hybrid

Volvo will display a diesel plug-in hybrid version of its V60 estate at the forthcoming Geneva motor show. The car will be put into production in 2012, and the Swedish car-maker claims it will be the first in the world with such a drive-train.

Williams floats out of the slow lane

The Formula One team hopes its Frankfurt listing will succeed, but insists it doesn't need the cash. Christian Sylt reports

Stephen Foley: How the hysteria over Toyota's tribulations spiralled out of control

US Outlook: Call it "The $5bn Injustice". For the best part of two years, Toyota has been fighting a tide of innuendo about the safety of its cars.

US investigation clears Toyota over electronic throttles

A 10-month inquiry by the US Department of Transportation has found there was no link between electronic throttles and unintended acceleration in Toyota vehicles. That result vindicated the car-maker's long-held position and lifted its shares more than 4 per cent in New York trade.

Toyota recalls vehicles after leaks

Toyota recalled nearly 1.7 million cars yesterday following reports of fuel leaks, adding another dent to its tarnished reputation after a series of recalls in the past year.

Toyota recalling nearly 19,000 cars in the UK

Car manufacturer Toyota is recalling nearly 19,000 cars in the UK due to potential problems with their fuel systems, it was announced today.

Reinvented GM revs up to take on Toyota's lead

Toyota clung on to pole position in the global car industry in 2010, despite mass recalls which damaged the Japanese giant's reputation for quality in the all-important US market.

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