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Live footage from the latest stage of the Audi MedCup series in Sardinia.

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Audi Q3

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Man-Scania merger will create a new force in trucks

The German car giant Volkswagen is taking over the Munich-based truck maker Man and plans to merge the group with its Swedish truck business, Scania.

Ex-gangster Dave Courtney's stepson shot dead

The stepson of the well-known gangland author, Dave Courtney, has been shot dead in a car.

Greenpeace drops spoof VW advert

A Greenpeace video attacking the environmental record of Volkswagen has been dropped from the internet after a complaint from the creator of Star Wars.

Britain's Tony Langley wins in tough Audi MedCup conditions

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Volkwagen California

iDrive: 'The California boasts all mod-cons, but is it really worth £46,000?'

Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet 2.0 TSI

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Seat Leon 1.2 TSI Copa

Top speed: 115 mph

Acceleration: 0-62 mph in 11 seconds

Fuel consumption: 52.3 mpg

CO2 emissions: 124 g/km

Price: 1.2 TSI S Copa £16,180, 1.2 TSI SE Copa £16,940

Volkswagen launches takeover bid for truck maker Man

Volkswagen has raised its stake in the truck maker Man to more than 30 per cent, triggering a mandatory takeover offer for the whole company under German law.

Laura Mugridge's intimate tales in a campervan

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Killed at the Whim of a Hat, By Colin Cotterill

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Skoda Superb GreenLine II 1.6 TDI CR

Price: Superb range from £17,455, Greenline models from £18,685

Acceleration: 0-62 mph in 12.5 seconds

Fuel consumption: 64.2 mpg

CO2 emissions: 114 g/km

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The Giulietta delivers rapid performance with just enough practicality

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