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

Watch the Audi MedCup Live!

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

The Hacker: I like looking over the other side of the fence but not from a ditch

One of the highlights of my week at The Open was sharing a moment on the tee with the big-hitting American Bubba Watson. We were both sizing up our drivesat precisely the same time.

Audi Q3

If you want an SUV oozing style and Germanic quality, this new 'Q' will be tough to beat

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

Every kind of shake of the dice was thrown at the Audi MedCup fleet on the second day of the Marseille Trophy. There were more traps and windless bunkers than on a championship golf course. But out of it came an astonishing win in the second race for Britain’s Tony Langley on Gladiator as the overall leader, the American boat Quantum was last.

Volkwagen California

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

Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet 2.0 TSI

Nine years after it disappeared from the showrooms, the Golf convertible has returned – and it is an impressive improvement on its Eighties ancestor

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

Laura Mugridge's debut solo theatre show takes place in a 1978 vintage VW campervan called Joni. The show Running on Air is seen by five audience members at a time. It debuted at the Edinburgh Festival last year, where it picked up a Fringe First award and has just started a tour of the UK.

Killed at the Whim of a Hat, By Colin Cotterill

The new number one lady detective

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

Alfa Romeo Guilietta - iDrive

The Giulietta delivers rapid performance with just enough practicality

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