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13First new Land Rover Discovery Sport rolls off assembly line

When Land Rover revealed the new Discovery Sport at the Paris Motor Show, it didn't just present a new model; it kicked off a whole new era for the British purveyor of sport-utility vehicles. And that new era has officially started now with the production of the very first model you see above.

4Land Rover Discovery Sport put to the test ahead of September 3 debut [w/videos]

Engineers have a heck of a job on their hands developing any new model, but when it comes to an SUV, they've got to conduct testing both on the road and off. That's why, in preparation to launch the all-new Discovery Sport, the development team at Land Rover has built 181 prototypes that have already covered some 750,000 miles over all manner of terrain. The prototypes have waded through two feet of water, climbed up 40-degree inclines and down 45-degree grades and endured temperatures from -33

5Virgin Racing signs Jaime Alguersuari, Sam Bird for Formula E

The roster of eligible drivers for the nascent FIA Formula E Championship keeps growing. This time it's Virgin Racing which has brought in the latest recruits, and they're both proven drivers with real race experience behind them.

11Virgin Racing signs on for Formula E

Can't hack it in Formula One? That's all right, because the Formula E championship seems eager to accept the rejects. Of the ten teams that will take part in next year's inaugural season of electric racing, series organizers have now announced nine. And like several others, this latest team briefly campaigned in F1.

9Lotus, Renault and Virgin F1 teams change names for 2012

What's in a name? More than you might think, particularly in Formula One where two teams have been fighting for use of the Lotus moniker for a couple of years now.

5Virgin Racing signs technical partnership with McLaren

Getting ahead as an F1 team is a costly affair. There's an endless stream of expenses, but even all the cash in the world doesn't buy experience and expertise.

3Virgin Racing fires technical director as it changes direction

It's safe to say that Virgin Racing hasn't been a huge success so far. One of three new teams that joined the F1 grid last season, Virgin has largely been performing better than perennial back-markers HRT, but has failed to keep pace with Lotus, which is itself still far from competing with even the bottom end of the established teams like Williams and Toro Rosso. But Virgin has little intention of staying at the back, and to that end is shaking things up.

7Report: Pat "Crashgate" Symonds finds his way back into F1 with Virgin

Say hello again to Pat Symonds. The former Renault F1 technical director was thrown out of the sport in disgrace along with Flavio Briatore in the wake of the Crashgate scandal for having ordered Nelsinho Piquet to crash his car on purpose. But now Symonds is back.

5Lotus Renault GP, Virgin confirm drivers for 2011

Jerome d'Ambrosio (above left) and Vitaly Petrov (above right) the latest drivers to be confirmed for 2011

21Richard Branson loses F1 bet, will cross-dress as Air Asia stewardess

You don't get much higher stakes than Formula One. And while some teams have their own airplanes, there are a couple this season that have their own airlines: Richard Branson's Virgin, and Tony Fernandes' Lotus Racing and Air Asia.

3Marussia acquires stake in Virgin Racing F1 team

As Red Bull Racing aptly proved this season, you don't need an automaker's backing to rise to the top of the Formula One ladder. Any consumer company with a popular image will do the trick. Virgin has been trying to follow in Red Bull's footsteps with the launch of its own F1 team, but as Richard Branson and company have discovered, it's more than most can chew. So it should come as little surprise that the upstart team has pursued – and secured – an automaker's support for next seas

9F1 bosses place bet that involves cross-dressing flight attendants?

Things are heating up in Formula One. As you may recall, earlier this year, Lotus head honcho Tony Fernandes jested that he would retire and kill himself if his team was bested by Virgin. A gaggle of reporters recently pinged Virgin boss Sir Richard Branson to see how he felt about Fernandes' oath of victory or death, and Branson responded with a challenge for the Lotus guru. The boss of the losing team will have to serve as a stewardess on the winning team's respective airline.

27Poll: Sir Richard Branson, Jeremy Clarkson best fit for UK transportation minister job

If you've stuck your head outside of the automotive maelstrom for half a second, you've probably caught wind of the fact that the UK is going through a major political shake up right now. Jolly Old has just appointed David Cameron from the Conservative Party as its new Prime Minister, and that means plenty of change is in store.. That also means that a new Transportation Minister is likely to pop up in the near future. According to a new AA/Populous pole, the Brits wouldn't mind seeing Sir Richa

16Virgin Racing VR-01: Revealed for the very first time

2010 Virgin Racing VR-01 – Click above for image gallery

12Video: Marussia shows up on the catwalk, in commercials, and in F1 with Virgin Racing

Marussia B1 commercials – Click above to watch video

8Space Cadet: Niki Lauda training to be an astronaut with Virgin Galactic?!

From left to right: Rubens Barrichello, Sir Richard Branson, Niki Lauda

2Branson wants to buy Honda team only if F1 goes green and cuts costs

Richard Branson would like to go racing with his Virgin brand that is known around the world. The withdrawal of Honda from Formula One at the close of 2008 provided a perfect opportunity to pick up all the pieces that are needed on the cheap. But you don't get to be as wealthy as Sir Richard by doing dumb stuff, and Branson is apparently aware of Roger Penske's warning about using racing to make small fortunes out of large ones. Therefore, before he proceeds with taking on the remnants of Honda'

AddStagecoach grows better than expected

Bus and rail company Stagecoach has reported better than expected growth since May 1st. According to the company, Stagecoach's UK bus business was up 9.3 percent, while rail revenues rose nine percent. The company said that the increases were due to people switching to public transport because of the rising cost of private motoring. The company is pleased with the figures, because high fuel prices and inflation in the UK could have hurt their financial results. Virgin Rail, a company in which St

11VIDEO: GM says "millions" of fuel cell vehicles possible in the next decade

"Reports of my death" the fuel cell might say "have been greatly exaggerated." Market Watch spoke with Larry Burns (see video below the fold), VP Research & Development & Strategic Planning for GM, at the launch of Virgin's fuel cell fleet and he is very bullish on fuel cells. Burns said that while today there are hundreds of fuel cell vehicles on the roads today, there will be thousands by 2012 and then hundreds of thousands or even millions "within our grasp" in the "next decade." A lo

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