Voices Paul O’Grady, is best known for his drag queen comedic alter ego, Lily Savage

He took on bigots dressed in drag  as Lily Savage in the 1980s. Now the comedian is speaking up for the plight of people on benefits

Vauxhall confirms new Astra wil be built at Ellesmere Port in £125m jobs boost

A future of a car factory has been secured for years after workers agreed to a "ground-breaking" pay and conditions deal clearing the way for investment worth £125 million.

Pay vote clears the way for Ellesmere Port Vauxhall investment

Vauxhall car workers have voted massively in favour of a new pay and conditions deal which clears the way for huge new investment in the UK motor industry.

Chevrolet announces new small SUV

Chevrolet has released a picture of its forthcoming new small SUV, the Trax, which is expected to be seen in the metal for the first time at the Paris Motor Show in September.

Vauxhall names new baby car Adam

General Motors has decided to call its forthcoming baby car Adam, a name that will resonate immediately with German buyers but probably leave their British counterparts scratching their heads.

Two found dead at bottom of Beachy Head cliffs

The bodies of a man and a woman have been found at the bottom of cliffs at Beachy Head.

Peugeot accelerates after alliance talks with GM

Shares in PSA Peugeot Citroen, the No 2 car maker in Europe, surged yesterday on news that it was discussing an alliance with General Motors of the US, which could include the two companies taking stakes in each other.

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Ford Focus Zetec S

'It's got more than enough poke to be a quick parental taxi'

New car sales suffer slowdown

New car sales slowed last month, figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) revealed today.

Driver 'lucky' to survive A12 concrete block drop

A driver whose windscreen was smashed when a rock the size of a football was dropped from a bridge has spoken of her relief at her miracle escape.

Vauxhall's new Astra steers with precision, consistency and credible weighting, making it agile and easy to place

Vauxhall Astra GTC 1.4 Turbo SRi

Does Vauxhall's new Astra coupé earn its go-faster stripes?

Woman dies in coach crash

An elderly woman has died after the car she was a passenger in was in a crash with two coaches on a dual carriageway, police said.

Vauxhall Ampera - iDrive

The Ampera finally ends electric car range anxiety

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In the family and company car market most buyers (and more fleet managers) will opt for a prestigious German badge if their budget will stretch to one and a dependable Ford Mondeo or Vauxhall Insignia if it won’t.

Firms pull News of the World ads

A host of major companies have pulled advertising from the News of the World amid rising anger over the phone-hacking scandal.

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It plays  the Mondeo at its own game

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