Sport Honours nearly even for the two Volvo 70s in their Rolex Fastnet Race head to head as Abu Dhabi skipper Ian Walker (GBR left), first home, greets Sam Davies (GBR right) ahead on handicap in the Swedish Team SCA. Pictured centre, left to right, are Sarah Lihann (USA), Annemieke Bes (NED), Sophie Ciszek (AUS) and Annie Lush (GBR)

In miserable rain there were celebrations developing in Plymouth as places were settled in the 45th Rolex Fastnet Race, the biennial battle on the briny around a desolate rock off the south-west corner of Ireland.

Volvo S80 DRIVe

Big car, small engine. From a technical point of view, it's an idea whose time has come. The manufacturers have been wringing more and more power and torque out of their engines for years now, and so far, customers seem mainly to have been happy to carry on buying cars with the same sizes of engine as before and to take the bonus in the form of improved performance.

Volvo shows first pictures of crisp new S60

These are the first official pictures of the forthcoming second-generation mid-sized S60 Volvo saloon. The first S60 made something of an impact when it was first introduced in 2000 but has had a very low profile in recent years, at least since the arrival of the slightly smaller but fresher S40 saloon and V50 estate in 2004.

Cost cutting measures announced for Volvo race

Fast boats, less gear, sometimes less people, and less opportunity to buy success was the recipe for the world’s best round the world racers today as a raft of measures to cut costs, but no overall budget cap, was announced by Volvo Ocean Race chief executive Knut Frostad.

Volvo plans plug-in diesel hybrids for 2012

Volvo has said it wants to introduce plug-in hybrid cars from 2012.

Sailing: Fiat chief backs Volvo entry

Fiat ceo John Elkann Agnelli announces tomorrow support for an entry into the next Volvo round the world race, due to start from Alicante in late 2011. A team to be skippered by solo ace Giovanni Soldini has already bought Ericsson 3, one of the two boats in the winning team in 2008-09 race, and will initially be based in Genoa.

New Ford C-Max points the way for next Focus

This is the new C-Max. It's a much sharper looking car than the present version of Ford's Focus-based people carrier, which is rather staid in appearance and will be seen in the metal for the first time at next week's Frankfurt motor show, although it won't go on sale until next year.

BNP candidate banned from driving after refusing breath test

A senior British National Party member was disqualified from driving today after being found guilty of refusing to take a police breathalyser test.

The man who saved a million lives: Nils Bohlin - inventor of the seatbelt

Few of us have heard of Nils Bohlin, but whenever we take a car journey his invention makes us safer. As the seat belt hits its half-century, Sean O Grady celebrates his legacy

Small Talk: Bulgarian property market in doldrums

We have written a lot about the ills of the Alternative Investment Market (Aim) in recent weeks, with many pieces detailing the lack of liquidity and the particular difficulties of some sectors in a downturn.

Why BP went to Sweden for its new chairman

This Scandinavian country punches way above its weight on the business world stage, with its history of innovation and trade. Richard Northedge reports

Ericsson 4 wins Volvo world race

The Swedish yacht Ericsson 4, skippered by Torben Grael, with a third into Stockholm at the end of the ninth leg from Marstrand, is the outright winner of the 10-leg Volvo round the world race, winning the Fighting Finish trophy.

Puma holds onto slender Volvo lead

A midnight dash to the finishing line was on the cards for the ninth leg of the Volvo round the world race from Marstrand to Stockholm.

Car Choice: A vehicle that's fit for teenagers ... and their cellos

Robin Thomas wants to replace a dependable, but rusty, Mercedes E Class estate. The car is used for commuting but goes on holiday – sometimes camping – and transports several teenagers with cellos. Ideally he wants another Mercedes but has not been very impressed with the quality of the build – or indeed the reproduction from the music system, which is very important to Robin. So with a budget of £10,000 he is looking for a vehicle that is capable of shifting the Thomas clan in style.

Telefonica dominate Volvo Ocean Race

A first and a third for Bouwe Bekking in Telefonica Blue reinforced Spain’s growing dominance of the inshore stages of the Volvo race yesterday as sistership Telefonica Black scored a second and a fourth.

Volvo race hit by gale force winds

Out in the Atlantic the seven boats racing the seventh leg of the Volvo round the world race from Boston to Galway are being hit by baseball bat gusts of up to gale force, the boats are being skittled as they career down the piled up waves and they are having to make emergency repairs.

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