Volkswagen Group of America President and CEO Michael Horn testifies before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations on the Volkswagen emissions cheating scandal

US boss appears before US legislators as Irish MD due before Oireachtas committee next week

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said he was convinced other buildings throughout the country were in a similar condition to the Longboat Quay development. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

SF leader calls for Government intervention to assist tenants

Volkswagen says 27,404 used imports in Ireland  are also affected in the software scandal, along with nearly 80,000 cars sold through its Irish dealerships

Volkswagen says 27,000 privately imported VWs, Audis and Seats are affected

Volkswagen Group Ireland has launched a website to let Irish owners check if their cars are affected by the software scandal

Reports that cheat software installed after finding €1bn engine family would not meet US standards

A Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI being measured for emissions at a repair shop in Frankfurt. Photograph: Patrick Pleul

Volkswagon emissions debacle may finally transform the motor industry

Volkswagen has confirmed the number of Irish cars from Audi, Skoda, Seat, and VW cars and commercials affected by the scandal.

Another 30,000 used imports could be affected - though VW says this is not clarified

Scandal-hit car giant said it was going to “refit” the estimated 11 million vehicles worldwide. Photograph: Karl-Josef Hildenbrand/EPA

VW Ireland’s managing director has been asked to appear before transport committee

Zombie-proof: Elon Musk with Tesla’s new Model X. Photograph: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Bond villain-style Model X has a bio-weapon defence button – just in case

Volkswagen UK have confirmed around 1.2 million vehicles in Britain, including Audi, Seat and Skoda cars, were affected by the emissions software at the centre of an investigation into rigging of vehicle emissions tests.

Audi, Seat, Skoda and VW models feature the cheat software - still no word on the estimated 80,000 affected

VW owners will be told  if their vehicles require a refit. Photograph: Julian Stratenschulte/EPA

An estimated 80,000 Irish owners of Audis, Volkswagens, Skodas and Seats are affected

German firm ÜV-Nord has developed a testing system that will provide proper on-road test results. It is due to be intorduced to the German certified testing regime next year.

Loopholes - like removing interior trim to save weigh and over-inflating tyres - are all allowed, making a mockery of the test reg(...)

Matthias Müller’s appointment has the support of a majority on the 20-member supervisory board, according to sources. Photograph: Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images

Porsche chief Matthias Müller expected to be named new Volkswagen CEO

Volkswagen AG shares fell again on news of the widening scandal. Photograph: Bloomberg

Audi confirms version of engine at centre of emissions scandal used in best-selling models

New car sales statistics show nearly 80,000 new Audi, Skoda, Seat and VW cars were sold in Ireland with 1.2-litre, 1.6-litre, 2-litre diesels between 2009 and 2014.

Audis, VWs, Skodas and Seats could all be affected, as VW admits issue extends to Europe

  Analysts and green groups have been warning for years that actual vehicle emissions were likely much higher than reported ones - creating a false sense of confidence in the quality of the air we breathe, and preventing adequate measures from being taken.  Photograph: Getty Images

US emission findings are likely to halt diesel’s share of the market

Volkswagen chief Martin Winterkorn resigned after an eight-hour crisis board meeting on Wednesday. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

Four candidates are likely replacements for the reeling German carmaker

Volkswagen AG’s Chief Executive Officer Martin Winterkorn has resigned over the US emissions scandal. Photograph: Reuters

Martin Winterkorn resigns due to cheating story but denies “any wrongdoing”

Irish owners are rightly concerned about the impact of the VW scandal on their cars

From NCT re-tests to tax implications, what it means for owners of VWs, Audis, Skodas and Seats

The models affected were built between 2009 and this year and involve Golfs, Passats, Beetles and Jettas along with Audi A3s. Photograph: EPA

Little urgency to recall cars in Europe even if the nefarious software was fitted to cars here

Opel Karl: a city car that will appeal to those who seek little more than a small functional runabout, where price and practicality usurp all other potential features

New OnStar system sends out an alert if crash occurs, allowing for emergency response

Martin Winterkorn, chief executive officer of Volkswagen: “I’m very sorry, I’m utterly sorry. The violations of these diesel motors by our company go against everything that Volkswagen stands for.”

EU regulators in contact with VW as impact threatens European car sector

A visitor wears a Samsung Gear VR headset as he tries a virtual reality drive of a Ford Edge car during the media day at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Photograph: REUTERS/Ralph Orlowski

Established car firms are not prepared to become mere hardware suppliers to the software giants

The new Astra Sport at the Frankfurt Auto Show. Photograph: Hannelore Foerster/Getty Images

European car sales increase 11.5 per cent year-on-year in August, industry data shows

Porsche Mission E: the company says its electric concept car has a 500km range. Photograph: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

Jaguar’s F-Pace SUV looped the loop, Porsche surged ahead in the electric-car race, but China was flagged as a tougher challenge i(...)

A Jaguar F-Pace, driven by Terry Grant in Frankfurt on Monday night, breaks the Guinness World Record for largest loop the loop drive in a car to mark the global launch of the firm’s new SUV.

Better late than never the premium brand has launched its first SUV

New car sales in Ireland this year exceeded 100,000 for the first time since 2008.  Photograph: Barry Batchelor/PA Wire

US motor finance firm provides stock finance to car dealers

The 1.5-litre is actually faster than the outgoing 1.8-litre, hitting 100km/h from standing start in 8.3 seconds.

Fourth generation of iconic sports car more lightweight, economical and faster than previous models

Despite the unusual looks, the vehicles are proving popular in Asia and North America

By opting to abandon the “twindoor” system that configured the car as a kind of cross between a saloon and a five-door, the new Superb is much better in looks

Spaciousness and efficiency have been improved while price is very competitive

Car lives up to reputation for turning out smart people carriers that are fun to drive

BMW Financial Services Ireland offers finance and leasing deals to BMW and Mini customers

Growth in hire purchase contracts has proved huge boost to total revenues

Citroen’s Irish operations are to be taken over by independent UK car distributor IM Group.

UK independent auto importer IM Group is to take over the French car brand’s Irish operations

New car sales have already reached 109,960, the first time they have exceeded 100,000 since 2008. Registration figures for July show that 27,633 new cars were registered, up 47.68 per cent on the same month last year.

July sales up 48% on same month last year with VW still out in front

Below par: Ford overhauled its EcoSport, built in Thailand, after barely a year  on the market. Photograph: Dario Pignatelli/Bloomberg

Motor sales are predicted to reach 120,000 in 2015, but, having been late to field a full line-up, the US firm is struggling to st(...)

For a family-oriented, seven-seater SUV this Volvo ticks all the right boxes

Hyundai is the surprise sales leader in the first 10 days of the new 152 registration plate

Provisional figures reveal 15,203 new cars registered with Korean brand at head of pack

Hybrid delivers on performance and practicality while helping environment

Opel is launching its OnStar in-car connectivity system from September, with prices starting at €99 a year after 12-months free trial

System offering real-time emergency response and high speed in-car wifi will feature in new cars from September

Make-or-break premium saloon designed by elite project team to halt brand tailspin

Tenor Andrea Bocelli performing at the launch of the new Alfa Romeo Giulia in Milan. Photograph: LaPresse

The Giulia is pitched to take on the likes of the Audi A4 and BMW 3- Series

Alfa Romeo’s new Giulia Quadrifoglio - the 510bhp V6 range topping version for the brand’s new premium saloon

New model targets BMW 3-Series and Audi A4 and aims to start a ‘rebirth’ for the brand

Crossover is a strong and stylish contender in a busy crossover market

Government should consider scrapping biannual system, says Hyundai chief

Porsche 919 Hybrid number 19 driver Nico Hulkenberg of Germany crosses the finish line to win the Le Mans 24-hour

German brand returns to podium proving to 263,400 attending why hybrid power is setting new racing records

Aggressively styled JCW addictive in terms of performance and handling prowess

Paul Mulvaney, executive director of innovation at the ESB: his presentation on Wednesday is likely to map out the ESB’s plan to remain the big player in Ireland’s energy pool. Photograph: Chris Bellew/Fennell Photography 2015

The semi-State is trying to stay ahead of the game through innovation and investment

New Nissan X-Trails on display in a showroom: New car registrations in Ireland are up 26 per cent so far this year, with 80,913 new cars registered up to the of May

80,913 new cars registered up to the of May with VW still the best-selling brand

New Opel Astra: will arrive in Ireland in late autumn

After the deluge of spy shots and lightly camouflaged cars on test drives, the new Astra is finally revealed to the public

Supermini boasts sporting charm and nimble agility on winding country roads

Audi makes much of connectivity and design yet the little touches also impress

Toyota, Nissan recalling 6.5m vehicles, including over 40,000 in Ireland

Toyota and Nissan recalling thousands of cars: The move is the latest in a series of recalls involving airbag inflators made by Japanese parts supplier Takata.

Concerns over potentially faulty airbags lead to global recall of 6.5 million vehicles

Aimed squarely at the middle class buyer, the new Jaguar XE is going head to head with German rivals BMW and Audi

According to figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO), 65,709 new private cars were taxed for the first time between January and April.

Volkswagen the most popular brand, ahead of Toyota, while number of goods vehicles up 54.4 per cent

Ford’s new Mustang fastback - the raucous noise and taut chassis made it incredible fun to drive on German roads

Proper americana muscle now with an engine that won’t quite break the bank for Irish buyers - its an alluring proposition

Slim and sporty: the new Opel Astra takes to the forest roads between France and Germany

Substantial weight loss has clearly benefited the new sleek Opel Astra due to be officially unveiled at Frankfurt auto show this a(...)

BMW’s 2 Series Gran Tourer may prove a hit among badge-conscious family buyers, though this front-wheel-drive seven-seater people (...)

The new Golf retains all the practicality of the original but with added pep

Barry Cryan, Pat Walsh, Conal O’Neill and Anthony Killeen from PanelDuct: the Co Mayo engineering firm  won the overall Innovation of the Year award at The Irish Times InterTradeIreland Innovation Awards 2015. Photograph: Conor McCabe Photography

Co Mayo company crowned overall winners of InterTradeIreland Innovation awards

Barry Cryan, Conal O’Neill, Pat Walsh and Anthony Killeen from winning Mayo company PanelDuct. Photograph: Conor McCabe Photography

North’s Minister for Enterprise welcomes winners to Belfast at awards ceremony

New car sales are up by over 30 per cent based on both registration and licensing figures for the first three months of 2015

A 54% rise in the number of new goods vehicles on our roads this year is regarded as a bellwether of economic activity

Volkswagen has its nose in front in the Irish new car sales market, ahead of rivals Toyota.

Luxury car sales strong with Porsche sales up 113%

A new Citroën DS5 with a vintage Citroën DS (left) at the International Motor Show in Geneva last month. Photograph: Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters

As DS range rolls out brand’s new boss Yves Bonnefont hopes world will say ‘oui’

The Lexus RC-F: Has the dramatic look to turn heads and the meaty performance to prove that Lexus knows how to pack a punch

With its 5-litre V8 engine, the new Lexus RC-F is a growling beast of a muscle car, unashamedly flying in the face of the premium (...)

The Google offices  on  Barrow Street, Dublin:  Ireland is home to headquarters for 29 out of 30 of the world’s largest data firms,  making the Irish Data Protection Commissioner   a heavyweight player in regulating data issues for those companies’ operations throughout the EU. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

It pays to pay attention to those who have access to an increasingly detailed profile of our health, wealth and every move

Firm reportedly poached large number of top car engineers to work on secret project

Auto executives welcome idea of Apple and Google entering market

The Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 Concept at the motor show in Geneva. Photograph:  Martial Trezzini/Keystone

Veritable feast of high-end, high-power supercars and concepts on display

The new Volkswagen Passat at the 85th International Motor Show in Geneva. Photograph: Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters

Passat wins car of the year but BMW 2-Series Active Tourer takes my top points

Established car firms welcome talk of Apple and Google entering the car market. The firms are already working with car makers on in-car infotainment systems

Executives see entry of tech firms into car market as a positive development as it could also bring younger generation of tech foc(...)

Heinz-Jakob Neusser, VW Head of Technical Development, accepts the Car of The Year award for Volkswagen Passat during a ceremony on the eve of the 85th International Motor Show in Geneva.

New Passat wins prestigious European award by significant margin ahead of Citroen C4 Cactus and Mercedes C-Class

New Opel Karl: city car arriving in Ireland this summer with prices likely to start at about €12,000

Karl hopes to lure small car buyers to the brand and is the latest in a major product offensive by the brand

 Ferrari 488 GTB lost some of its showstopping appeal due to the fact so many supercar rivals were unveiled on the same day

Time for a breather and a catch up at Europe’s most important motor show

Mercedes C-Class: Finally Mercedes has a model that really does compete with the A4 and 3 Series

Motoring Editor Michael McAleer offers his views on the seven models on this year’s shortlist

The latest Volkswagen Touran, due to go on sale in the autumn.
New VW Touran unveiled

Volkswagen’s new people carrier boasts more space and a lot more tech gadgetry

All-wheel drive, smart interior and that dealbreaker for families – a seventh seat

The hidden cameras roll as each man meets up separately with stunt-driver Prestin Persson at a Dallas-area coffee shop under the auspices of a blind date.

Take a 2015 Mustang and a female professional stunt driver. Then, ask a bunch of unsuspecting guys to meet her on a blind date the(...)

BMW 2-Series Gran Tourer: Prices starts at €35,940 for the petrol version and €36,580 for the diesel

Prices starts at €35,940 for the petrol version and €36,580 for the diesel

Road test: Mazda2

Mazda2 is the best looking supermini but avoid the sparse spec entry-level model

Toyota was the most popular new private car brand last month, according to figures from CSO

New private cars licensed for first time up 26 per cent last month at 20,105

Lars Himmer: “I came from having daily sales meetings, from standing on a step in the office every Friday rallying the staff and running the business on a daily basis, into the truck business, which is most certainly not run on a daily basis.”

The new managing director of VW Ireland is setting his sights on claiming a leading share of the Irish car market

Volkswagen has spruced up the Passat to make it more refined if a little conservative, but though it’s better-equipped and competi(...)

Toyota was the best-selling car brand in January, overtaking VW, which has topped the sales chart in recent years.

Toyota the best-selling brand ahead of Volkswagen

Judges for Innovation Awards 2015 (front, from left) Dr Bernadette McGahon, Tim Brundle and Marion Boland, and back row (from left) Niall Campbell, Pat Daly and Frank Roche. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The_Irish_Times

The shortlist of Ireland’s most ingenious innovators offer cost-saving advances in a range of fields

Audi retains unique design after 16 years on road despite being wider, longer, taller

Crossover model scores well on build quality, fuel economy, price and image

Steve Tormey, chief executive Toyota Ireland. Photograph: Eric Luke

Toyata Ireland’s new chief executive, Steve Tormey, is predicting a significant leap in sales this year

 Toyotas at the Shanghai  automobile industry exhibition. The company  is likely to miss its  objective of selling more than 1.1 million vehicles in China because of a faster-than-anticipated economic slowdown. Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

Nearly 8,000 new vehicles registered by January 6th, with Toyota leading sales

A great car to drive in the city, practical and capable of coping with two adults in back

Fianna Fáil spokesman Seán Fleming said the 2014 supplementary estimate of €1.2 billion was the biggest of its kind in the history of the State. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Minister for Public Expenditure rejects FF criticism of supplementary estimates

Irish customers concerned over the safety of their airbags are advised to contact their nearest franchised dealer

Manufacturing problems at Japanese car parts supplier Takata have led to a spate of airbag malfunctions, with the inflation system(...)

European car of the year finalists are: BMW’s 2 Series Active Tourer; Citroen’s C4 Cactus; the Ford Mondeo; Mercedes-Benz C-Class;(...)

The new Discovery Sport is the replacement for the outgoing Freelander model.

Land Rover replaces its Freelander model with more rugged premium SUV but it’s still not a match for nature’s Arctic blizzards

Gavin Hydes, group managing director, said he is confident the business can benefit from an overall rise in consumer confidence, although he warns that the recovery is still fragile.

Jaguar/Land Rover facility in north Dublin and new Porsche facility planned

Korean carmaker’s new model delivers on road but lacks funky supermini sparkle

Eddie Murphy, outgoing MD at Ford: “This year, from a passenger car perspective, it was a difficult year because we didn’t have the new Mondeo.”

Outgoing MD Eddie Murphy reflects on 14 behind the wheel at Ford

 Toyota Motor Corp emblem: David Shannon is handing over the keys to Toyota’s Ireland operations on December 31st to his deputy Steve Tormey. Shannon was behind the wheel at Toyota for 20 years as managing director.  Photograph: EPA/Kimimasa Mayama

It’s all change at the top at Ford and Toyota but no MD announced yet at Volkswagen

Saloon market still vitally important to mainstream car giants but who wins out in the battle for buyers?

The directors’ report of General Motors Ireland’s says the firm had a 6.2 per cent market share in 2013. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Staff numbers at Irish arm of US car giant rose significantly in 2013

New Ford Mondeo: prices released for range as cars arrive in dealerships next week

Entry-level Style version expected to start at €27,500 with new Mondeos in showrooms from next week

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