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3.2 million people are working so hard that they risked mental or physical breakdown, study finds

Bentley is positioning the V8 as a more sporting car, as signalled by a fiercer-looking front and some small changes to the suspension and steering settings

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Why the new Bentley GT is all the better for downsizing its engine

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This small Audi SUV lacks style but oozes class

Pain on the way for EU powerhouse

The main engine of European growth crunched into reverse inthe final quarter of last year as Germany's economy shrank by 0.25 per cent, official figures show.

Volkswagen records 2011 sales increase

German car giant Volkswagen said today that it saw sales of more than eight million vehicles last year, putting it ahead of Japan's Toyota.

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Volkswagen Up

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Sales of luxury Bentleys soar, even in Britain

Bentley's sales leapt last year, driven by strong demand from the US and China for the latest Continental model.

Sales of luxury Bentleys soar, even in Britain

Bentley's sales leapt last year, driven by strong demand from the US and China for the latest Continental model.

Buyers worldwide fire up Bentley sales

The luxury car maker Bentley saw sales leap last year, driven by strong demand for its latest Continental model from America and China.

The Bentley Continental GTC has one of the most indulgent interiors around today: if it looks like metal, wood or leather, it is

Bentley reports soaring sales

Luxury car company Bentley today reported soaring sales for 2011, with a big increase in purchases in China.

Out of the office and not taking emails: victory for VW workers

German management agrees to stop sending messages to employees out of office hours

Toyota gears up to move into the fast lane

The Japanese car maker Toyota aims to step up a gear in 2012, increasing sales by a fifth to a record 8.4 million vehicles.

New car sales suffer slowdown

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

Ronnie Wallwork arrives at Preston Crown Court for sentencing

Ex-United midfielder sent to jail

The former Manchester United midfielder Ronnie Wallwork has been jailed for 15 months for selling on parts from stolen high-performance cars.

Burglars steal 'sensitive' police memory stick

A memory stick containing sensitive information about on-going police operations has been stolen, a force said today.

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