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Melbourne car rampage: James Gargasoulas jailed for six murders

Image copyright EPA Image caption James Gargasoulas drove his car into pedestrians in Melbourne in 2017 An Australian man has been sentenced to life in jail for murdering six people and injuring 27 more in a vehicle attack in Melbourne. James Gargasoulas, 29, deliberately ploughed a stolen car into pedestrians in the city centre in January 2017. He later told a court in a confusing speech that he had carried out the attack after receiving a premonition. On Friday, a judge described it as one of the worst mass murders…

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Alfie Lamb: Car death accused mum guilty of cruelty

Image copyright Family handout Image caption Alfie Lamb was described in court as “the loveliest boy you could ever meet” The mother of a three-year-old boy allegedly crushed by a car seat has been found guilty of child cruelty. Adrian Hoare, 23, failed to prevent her boyfriend Stephen Waterson, 25, from allegedly squashing Alfie Lamb in the footwell of his Audi convertible with his seat in February last year. Hoare was cleared of manslaughter while a jury failed to reach a verdict on the same charge for Mr Waterson. The…

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Apple car may be an electric van: Manager Magazin

FILE PHOTO: An Apple company logo is seen behind tree branches outside an Apple store in Beijing, China December 14, 2018. REUTERS/Jason Lee/File Photo FRANKFURT (Reuters) – A long-speculated vehicle to be developed by Apple may turn out to be an electric van rather than a car, a German magazine reported on Thursday. Manager Magazin, citing multiple unnamed sources, said that prototypes painted in black and silver had been seen. The report, which did not provide further details, said that engineers at Apple’s Cupertino, California-headquarters were now working on the…

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F1’s Williams target Wednesday new car track debut

BARCELONA (Reuters) – Williams could finally get their troubled new Formula One car on track on Wednesday, five days later than planned and well behind rivals already pounding out laps in testing. FILE PHOTO: Williams’ driver Robert Kubica poses during a news conference with Poland’s biggest oil refiner PKN Orlen on their cooperation in the Formula One in Warsaw, Poland, January 29, 2019. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel The former champions, who finished last overall in 2018 and have shed a number of sponsors, had planned to debut the car last Saturday for…

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Honda confirms Swindon car plant closure

Image copyright Getty Images Honda has confirmed it will close its Swindon car plant in 2021, with the loss of about 3,500 jobs. The Japanese company made 160,000 Honda Civics in Swindon last year, of which some 90% were exported to the EU. The decision comes just weeks after Nissan switched plans to build its X-Trail SUV from the UK to Japan. Car manufacturers have said they are concerned about continued uncertainty surrounding the UK’s post-Brexit relationship with the EU. The industry has also been hit by falling demand in…

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Honda set to close Swindon car plant

Image copyright Getty Images Japanese carmaker Honda is set to announce the closure of its Swindon plant in 2022, putting 3,500 jobs at risk, sources say. The Japanese carmaker will shut the plant in 2022 but retain its European headquarters in Bracknell, Berkshire. Sources say Honda will make an announcement on the future of the company on Tuesday morning. Honda declined to comment on the claims which were first reported by Sky News. Honda produces more than 100,000 Civic cars in Swindon for the global market. It is the firm’s…

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Man dies after tree falls on car in Egham

A man has died after a tree fell on a car in Surrey. Police said the silver Lexus was driving along the A308 in Egham when it was involved in a crash. Firefighters said that a man was cut free from the car but was declared dead. Four other people inside the car – three females and a male – were taken to hospital with minor injuries. No other vehicle is thought to have been involved. Anyone who witnessed the crash, at around 16:05 GMT, has been urged to contact…

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Germany to extend electric company car tax incentives: paper

FILE PHOTO: German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz attends a media briefing during his visit to Beijing, China, January 17, 2019. REUTERS/Thomas Peter BERLIN (Reuters) – German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz plans to extend tax incentives for electric company cars, he told a newspaper on Saturday, the government’s latest attempt to boost demand for clean vehicles. Germany is trying to increase electric car sales in the wake of a diesel emissions cheating scandal that has engulfed its auto industry in the last three years. “Half of all cars sold in Germany…

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‘Killer car seats’ sold online for £8

Image copyright Which? Children’s car seats, dubbed “killers” by trading standards officers, have repeatedly appeared for sale on online marketplaces, Which? has warned. The consumer group said the fabric seats, which can cost as little as £8, offered almost no protection in a crash and were illegal to use in the UK. The online sites – Amazon, eBay and AliExpress – all said they had removed the seats from sale. But Which? said the listings should have been deleted quicker. Crash tests Which? said the seats had been described online…

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Ferrari hope new SF90 F1 car will end 10-year title drought

Ferrari have named their new car the SF90 to reflect the team’s 90th anniversary this year Ferrari have unveiled the car they hope will end a decade-long Formula 1 title drought in 2019. Ferrari lost out to Mercedes in 2018 despite having a faster car at least as many times as their rivals, after a series of errors by Sebastian Vettel and the team. New team principal Mattia Binotto said the new car was “a development of last year’s, not a revolution”. He added the team had tried to “raise…

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