Drivers who find that the fuel efficiency in their new car doesn’t match up to the claims made by the manufacturer, now know it is not their driving to blame. A new report reveals that carmakers routinely manipulate official UN-backed miles/gallons tests, with a series of tricks including stripping the car down to weigh as little as possible, overinflating the tyres and testing in the thin air at high-altitude tracks.

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From the Archive - 2 July 1980:

The death of the MG marks the end of one of the most perfect products of free enterprise, born out of the voracious will to succeed of one man and the burgeoning market for middle-class status symbols.

Source: Reuters/NHRA

Drag racer Matt Hagan emerges unscathed after his car explodes in a ball of fire. Debris from the car is scattered across the track, and an angry Hagan picks up a piece of the wreckage and slams it down in frustration. Spectators were stunned to see Hagan walk away from Sunday’s accident in Charlotte, North Carolina

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The Austin Mini Se7en De Luxe - the oldest surviving unrestored mini to go to auction. How old is it and how much is it expected to fetch?