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In the papers today - 18 July

Ford Motor Company is to invest £1bn over the next six years in development of greener cars. The research and development will be carried out in the UK and will be used to design lighterweight models across their Ford, Jaguar, Land Rover and Volvo vehicle ranges.It will investigate a range of technologies including replacing steel with aluminium, new transmission systems, hybrid systems using electric motors along side the conventional internal combustion engine, and systems to encourage fuel efficient driving The Guardian
Isambard Kingdom Brunel's 40 a day cigar habit nursed him through some of the greatest triumphs of British engineering. Unfortunately, it also represents an upturned middle finger towards the politically-correct mandarins of modern academia. With this in mind, Brunel University has removed the famous stoogie from a new, life size statue of the eminent Victorian The IndependentA newly created airports and aviation company, Dubai Aerospace, is planning to invest £8.5bn in building new airports, mainly in China and India, in the coming decade, said the company chief executive Bob Johnson International Herald & TribunePrivatising the railways has led to higher running costs and hindered expansion of the network, admitted the Tories yesterday. Shadow transport minister called for the division between track maintenance and train operations to be scrapped, saying the structure - introduced by his party - was the source of many problems. - MetroA package of measures to protect UK interests in the Airbus programme was unveiled yesterday in the event that BAE Systems sells its 20 per cent stake. The Government will retain the right to a 16 per cent work share on the programme, helping preserve the 100,000 UK jobs which depend on production of Airbus wings at sites in Broughton, north Wales and Sliton near Bristol. In addition EADS, the Franco-German aerospace group which owns the remaining 80 per cent of Airbus, has agreed to set up a research and development centre in the UK to work on civil and military technology and will also examine a secondary listing of its share in London The IndependentRelated links:Today's top stories

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