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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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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