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VW's Audi division buys Ducati motorcycles

Volkswagen's Audi unit is to buy the Italian high-performance motorcycle maker Ducati from Investindustrial Group. The move gives VW another glossy brand to go with its Lamborghini, Bugatti and Bentley luxury car makers.

Volkswagen CC TDI 140 Blue Motion Tech

Volkswagen CC

Volkswagen CC TDI 140 Blue Motion Tech

Price: £25,345 (CC prices from £24,205)

Engine: 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel, turbocharged

Transmission: six-speed manual (also available with six-speed DSG dual-clutch gearbox)

Power: 140 PS at 4,200 rpm

Torque: 320 Nm between 1,750 and 2,500 rpm

Fuel consumption (combined cycle): 60.1 mpg

CO2 emissions: 125 g/km

Top speed: 133 mph

Acceleration (0-62 mph): 9.8 seconds

Father and son among dead in crash

A boy of 14, his father and an elderly woman died in a head-on car crash which left the teenager's mother and nine-year-old sister seriously injured, police said.

Three killed in horror crash are named

A 14-year-old boy, his father and an elderly woman died in a horrific car crash which left the teenager's mother and nine-year-old sister seriously injured, police said today.

Audi A1 Sportback - First Drive

Audi A1 Sportback 1.4 TFSI Sport S tronic
Engine: 1.4-litre four-cylinder petrol, turbocharged
Transmission: seven-speed dual-clutch DSG
Power: 122 PS at 5,000 rpm
Torque: 200 Nm between 1,500 and  4,000 rpm
Fuel consumption (combined cycle): 53.3 mpg
CO2 emissions: 122 g/km
Top speed: 126 mph
Acceleration (0-62 mph): 9.0 seconds
Price: £16,475

Seat Ibiza (Revised 2012) - First Drive

Engine: 1.2-litre four-cylinder petrol, turbo-charged

Transmission: five-speed manual, seven-speed dual-clutch DSG available as an option

Power: 105 PS

Fuel consumption (combined cycle): 55.4 mpg

CO2 emissions: 119 g/km

Top speed: 119 mph

Acceleration (0-62 mph): 9.8 seconds

Price: 1.2 TSI models from £13,700, revised Ibiza range from £9,995 to £16,840

Video: Batman pulled over by police

Police in the US pulled over a motorist dressed as Batman, but the caped crusader escaped - legally - without a ticket.

Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCT - First Drive

Engine: 1.4-litre four-cylinder petrol, turbocharged
Transmission: six-speed Alfa TCT dual-clutch automatic/sequential
Power: 170 bhp at 5,500 rpm
Torque: 230 Nm at 2,250 rpm (250 Nm at 2,500 rpm in Dynamic mode)
Fuel consumption (combined cycle): 54.3 mpg
CO2 emissions: 121 g/km
Top speed: 135 mph
Acceleration (0-62 mph): 7.7 seconds

Price: from £21,855 (Lusso trim)

The new Mercedes SL

New Mercedes SL appears at Germany's Techno Classica

Europe's biggest annual event for classic cars, the Techno Classica, opens in Germany today. The show, which accommodates more than 1,200 exhibitors and 2,500 cars spread across 20 halls at Essen's vast exhibition complex, is expected to draw 180,000 visitors this year.

Ferrari F12 Berlinetta

Geneva Motor Show 2012 round-up

The Geneva Motor Show, held on neutral territory in Switzerland in the spring, always produces a bumper crop of new models, and this year's is no exception.

Feet of genius show we’re all connected to the Internet of Things

The online and physical worlds are merging, requiring less human involvement. Rhodri Marsden examines how a new era of unprecedented super-connectivity is changing our lives

China's luxury cars appetite lifts GKN

Strong sales of luxury cars in China have helped the car and plane parts maker GKN to a 15 per cent jump in profits for 2011.

Fun to drive: The Volkswagen Up is smooth, perky, supple over bumps and handily, crisply agile in the way a small car should be

Volkswagen Up

Take the high road: How do three new versions of VW's latest compact measure up?

New figures show Italy's PM, Mario Monti, earned more than €1.5m in 2010 and is worth more than €11

Ministers' earnings and taxes laid bare in move for a more honest Italy

But while Italians rush in to learn of PM's wealth, one judge warns country is as corrupt as ever

Ford Focus 1.0 EcoBoost

Ford Focus 1.0 EcoBoost - First Drive

Engine downsizing is now an established trend in the motor industry. Look under the bonnet of a Jaguar XF or a Mercedes CLS and it's quite likely that you will find a 2.2-litre diesel instead of the big six or eight cylinder petrol engine that you'd previously have expected.

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