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The Europe-only Toyota Auris will be one of the safest cars on the road when it hits dealer showrooms in the beginning of February. The Auris was awarded 35 points (which gives it 5 stars, the highest-possible rating) by Euro NCAP for its nine (available) airbags and strong body structure.

Is Toyota going for the biodiesel? TMC and Nippon Oil Corporation declined to confirm the story to Reuters, but the news got out in the Japanese newspaper the Yomiuri Shimbun. The Yomiuri reported Monday that Toyota and Nippon Oil would partner up with Petronas, the Malaysian state oil company, to develop biodiesel from palm oil. The companies will begin testing next year, but won't start making palm-oil biodiesel until 2009. Each company has a different role to play in the agreement. According