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BMW in car recall over brake fault

BMW has become the latest automotive giant to launch a major recall after a problem emerged with the brakes on potentially 350,000 vehicles.

Rolls-Royces and BMWs recalled over brakes

The BMW car company is to recall around 26,000 BMW models in the UK as well as about 1,200 Rolls-Royces due to a braking problem, it was announced today.

Britain the loser as Coca-Cola triumphs in battle of the brands

Britain is no longer home to any of the world's leading brands, according to the influential Best Global Brands index which was published last night. The survey, compiled annually by Interbrand, concluded that no UK company figured in the top 30, indicating that Britain's businesses are falling behind those from Germany and France.

Toyota Auris HSD

Price: £18,950
Top speed: 112mph
0-60mph: 11.4 seconds
Consumption: 74.3mpg
CO2 emissions: 89g/km
Best for: Those seeking a low profile
Also worth considering? Ford Focus ECOnetic; VW Golf Bluemotion; Honda Insight

Prius gets sound option to protect pedestrians

Toyota's Prius hybrid is becoming a little less quiet with a new electronic humming device that is the automaker's answer to complaints that pedestrians can't hear the top-selling car approaching.

Infiniti announces M35h 'driver's hybrid'

Infiniti has announced that it will introduce the M35h saloon, a so-called "driver's hybrid" in Europe and the US in 2011. The message is very similar to that used to sell rival Lexus hybrids, which stresses the performance, rather than economy, strengths of the technology.

Car Choice: In need of a bit of extra legroom for grandad

Jane Beale's father has a hip problem which means that he can only fit into her Volvo V70 in the front passenger space with the seat pushed back as far as it will go. If Jane travels in the back of any car she is sick, so her husband, who is 6ft 2in, has to sit behind the driver's seat – leaving her two teenagers with precious little room behind their grandpa. So, is there anything that will take all of the family in comfort and safety within a budget of £10,000?

Driver error in Toyota incidents

Driver error may have played a key role in many of the "unintended acceleration" incidents in Toyota cars, the US government's preliminary investigation has concluded.

Nissan starts taking orders for all-electric Leaf

Nissan has opened its order books for its Golf-sized Leaf electric vehicle (EV) in Ireland and Portugal. Customers in the UK can place their orders from the beginning of September. The first deliveries will take place in January (Portugal), February (Ireland) and March (UK).

Toyota recalls in UK, US and Japan

Toyota is recalling nearly 430,000 cars in North America, Japan and the UK to fix steering problems. The latest recalls comes on top of some 8.5 million vehicles recalled by the Japanese car maker since October for a spate of problems, including faulty floor mats, defective gas pedals and braking software glitches.

Toyota launches another vehicle recall

The troubled Toyota motor company today announced yet another recall, with the latest involving 348 vehicles in the UK.

Martin Hickman: A cautionary tale of corporate hubris and high-handedness

Apple's reputation for reliability and probity has been tarnished, much like the screens of its first iPods, which it claimed, for a while, could not be scratched.

Toyota's throttle 'not to blame' for faulty speeding, says US report

An official investigation is believed to have found there were no problems with the electronic-throttle system in Toyota's cars, despite thousands of complaints claiming its cars had accelerated outside of drivers' control.

Honda offers three-year support deal

Honda is providing an attractive three-year support package on selected Jazz, Civic and Insight models. The campaign lasts until 28 September.

Car giant Toyota begins new recall

Toyota started recalling Lexus and Crown luxury vehicles in Japan over an engine defect in the latest setback for the car manufacturer beset with quality problems.

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