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More bad news for the motor industry this week, with the announcement that new car sales in October slumped by 23.05%. Read the full story here.

The credit crunch continued to bite, as BMW confirmed cuts in production of the Mini at its plants in Oxford and Swindon. Details are here.

In other news, the Department for Transport announced that Britain's roads are becoming safer and less congested. Could this also be related to the economic downturn and price of fuel? The new figures are here.

So, the Government is telling us that the roads are becoming clearer and safer, but are we really any better off? Are you a happy motorist? Tell us your thoughts here.

A new study also tells us that the road network could be significantly improved and extended without causing harm to the economy, or environment – despite commonly held beliefs to the contrary. Read the myth-busting details here.

It's not all doom and gloom, though. The wheels are still turning on the motor industry and new cars are still being released. To start with, here's a first look at the face-lifted Peugeot 107. It's here.

Audi has also created a rare blend of styling and economy with their new diesel-powered A5. Enjoy the curves and fuel consumption figures here.

It's not just manufacturers doing their bit for the economy, though. A simple tree fungus, discovered in the Patagonian rainforest could hold the key to a new, sustainable biofuel. The full story is here.

How to play the classifieds – and win
Buying, or selling a used car? Follow our guide to make the classifieds work for you. Read it here.

Hot deals
The best discounts, offers and equipment upgrades this month. Choose the type of car you want and we'll tell you the rest. The hot deals are here.

First drives
Audi S4 Avant

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What Car? TV latest
This week, we took a look at a whole clutch of posh sporty cars from new brand Infiniti that will be making their way here soon. Click here to tune in.

Other news

See the Laguna Coupe at Renault's F1 HQ
What Car? is offering readers the chance to enjoy a private tour of Renault’s F1 factory in Oxfordshire, followed by an exclusive preview of the stylish new Laguna Coupe. Full story here.

All I want for Christmas…
Not sure what present to buy the car nut in your life this Christmas? More here.

London Mayor promises to help motorists
Boris Johnson has vowed to end 'the punishment of motorists' who have no alternative but to use their car. Find out more here.

Driver jailed after jumping road block
A driver who collided with Highways Agency traffic officers while trying to pass a rolling road block has been jailed. Read more here.

BMW cancels CS coupe
BMW has cancelled plans to build its CS four-door coupe. Details here.

Euro NCAP demands stability control
Safety organisation Euro NCAP will award a maximum five-star rating only to cars fitted with stability control as standard. Read more here.

What's Lewis Hamilton's road car?
Ever wondered what car Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton drives to and from work in? Full story here.

The Lamborghini Gallardo police car
Now here's a police car with a difference – a Lamborghini Gallardo! More here.

Satellite tracking of cars attacked
Proposals to track every motorist by satellite have been described as 'hopelessly over the top' by the former head of technology at the Department for Transport. Find out more here.

Caterham needs you!
Caterham is offering you the chance to design its next road car – regardless of whether you've ever laid hands on a spanner or set eyes on a drawing board. Read more here.

Citroen C1 to get a face-lift
The Citroen C1 will receive a face-lift and an engine upgrade next year. Details here.

Average-speed cameras raise £800K
Average-speed cameras through a section of roadworks on the M1 motorway will have raised more than £800,000 in fines when they are taken down next month. Read more here.

Uninsured drivers add £30 to premiums
Uninsured drivers are adding an average £25-30 to the premium of each insured driver, according to the latest Government figures. Full story here.

Graphic TV ad for seatbelt campaign
Graphic images of the fatal damage caused to internal organs in a car crash will be used to kickstart a campaign to make drivers belt up. More here.

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