This hatchback-SUV crossover comes as a smooth, efficient drive, but where is the fun?

Mazda’s new MX-5 RF is a hard-top semi-convertible, more in the traditions of a Targa top than a full convertible

De facto British motor show sees Mazda unveil its hard-top MX-5 as Bristol brand hints at a return

Volkswagen Group’s price tag to settle lawsuits in the US over its rigging of diesel emissions tests has jumped to more than $15 billion (€13.6 billion) - $5 billion more than previously reported.

Deal will see $10,000 compensation and buy-backs for US owners amid calls for a similar deal for Irish owners

Fall in the value of sterling after Brexit vote is likely to lead to a surge in UK used car imports

Irish motor trade warns of major challenges to market on back of Brexit result

Outstanding chassis allows most to be made of twin-turbo 2.3-litre engine

A mechanic uploads a software update to a Volkswagen Golf as part of the recall due to the emission scandal. The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission has concluded an investigation into Volkswagen Group’s understatement of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions on certain cars.

CCPC finds VW was upfront with consumers over CO2 emissions but investigation into cheat devices on diesel cars ongoing

New Volvo S90: a real challenger in the executive new car market

New flagship saloon and estate from Swedes has the potential to really challenge the likes of BMW 5-Series

Volkswagen returned to the top of the sales table for the year as new car sales reached 99,740

Sales up 23 per cent so far this year despite drop off in May compared to last year

The sturdy Toyota Hilux is put to the test on dune, dirt-track and cross-country terrains in Namibia.

The almost-indestructible vehicle proves itself to be both workhorse and warhorse

Judges of the 2016 awards: back, from left, Prof Pat Daly, Teagasc; Prof Pat Gibbons, UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School; Dr Paul Beaney, Ulster University; Robert Love, AbbVie. Front, from left: Dr Marion Boland, Science Foundation Ireland; Niall Campbell, KPMG; Michael McAleer. Photograph: Eric Luke

This year’s contenders range from small start-ups to big multinationals

The F-Pace is sleeker than its rivals and with an engineering mix is surprisingly agile

Pictured with the Shane Holland designed award trophy is L-R Eddie Cullen head of corporate and institutional banking Ulster Bank, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Mary Mitchell O’Connor, Shaun Murphy, managing partner KPMG and vice president American Chamber of Commerce James O’Connor .

Lifetime achievement award presented to musician, film maker and broadcaster Philip King

The new Ford Edge: a long-awaited stylinsh SUV ready to challenge the likes of the Hyundai Santa Fe

The new SUV has the looks to challenge the competition but pricing seems too high to give this car the edge

 Irish MEP  Deirdre Clune: “The crux of the matter is this. Volkswagen cheated its customers. It must now make amends,” she said.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Deirdre Clune calls for VW Ireland to act on example set by mass buyback of cars in US

RC200t will appeal to those looking for an alternative to BMW, Audi and Mercedes

In  what is one of the tightest races in years, Toyota remains the best-selling brand, slightly ahead of rivals Hyundai and Volkswagen

With over 93,000 new cars sold, Toyota keeps a small lead over Hyundai and Volkswagen

Toyota Ireland said it was “satisfied that it has at all times complied with competition law”. Photograph: Paulo Whitaker/Reuters

Carmaker accused of anti-competitive practices by 15 car dealers and repair garages

Crossovers are family favourites these days and Volkswagen is revamping its offering with the second generation Tiguan

Toyota’s new Prius: The Japanese firm is now the best-selling brand on the new car market in 2016

Significant increase in commercial vehicles sales reflects recovery

Customers waits in line outside a Tesla dealership at the Westfield Mall in San Diego, California ahead of the unveiling of the firm’s new  Model 3 electric car.

The Model 3 will be firm’s most mainstream car to date, targeting current Audi, BMW and Mercedes owners

Audi’s new flagship TTS offers exceptional handling and pinpoint-sharp steering

Brand under pressure: the Volkswagen emblem. Photograph: Paul J Richards/AFP/Getty Images

Potential defect could loosen foot pedals in 800,000 SUVs worldwide

Linda Jackson,  chief executive, Citroën

Linda Jackson has clear plans for the French car brand and an end to discounting is one of them

Lexus’ new SUV with hybrid technology remarkably comfortable and fuel efficient

Last year, Volkswagen advertised for a dealer for the south Dublin area after MSL decided not to renew its dealer contract. Photograph: Suzanne Plunkett/Reuters

Motor dealer to take sole control of VW sales and service operation in south Dublin

Driving trucks close together is not only safer but also more fuel efficient, according to industry estimates

The vehicles communicate using cameras, wifi and radar while travelling in convoy

BMW VISION NEXT 100 concept

New concept car attempts to tackle some of the challenges facing established car firms in the near future

Google self-driving car crash was blamed on the fact the car calculated that the bus would stop, while the bus driver thought the car would

We’re halfway to self-driving cars but getting to where the driver is a passenger could be tricky

A Tesla Model X SUV sits on display on the first day of the Geneva motor show in Switzerland. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

SUVs the dominant theme in Geneva as VW Toyota, Audi and Seat unveil new offerings

At last, a Mercedes-Benz mid-range crossover that’s a true rival for Audi and BMW

Ford employees sing on stage in what was one of the big draws of the show: the brand announced several new strands to its product assault on Europe’s car market

Ka+ will be the blue oval’s new small car, slotting in below the Fiesta

Karl-Thomas Neumann, CEO of Opel Group, poses with the Car of the Year award next to the Opel Astra during the presentation ahead of the 86th International Motor Show at Palexpo in Geneva, Switzerland. Photograph: Denis Balibouse/Reuters

Opel’s hatchback sees off the Volvo XC90 to claim top award at Geneva motor show

Hyundai is the best-selling car brand in Ireland for the first two months of 2016. The total new car market is up 34.6 per cent

With 61,350 new cars on the road, Korean brand is 200 sales ahead of rival Toyota with Ford in third and VW holding fourth place (...)

Astra won ahead of the Volvo XC90 and Mazda MX-5 at awards event at Geneva motor show

Damien English,  rugby star Jamie Heaslip and Tegral managing director Paddy Kelly launch Tegral roofing academy in March 2015.

Athy company posts operating profit of €1.7m for 2014

The new Opel Astra is  a vast improvement on the previous car and a really impressive well-priced package of engineering talent and new tech

Audi A4 sets the bar in refinement, BMW 7-Series’ innovative tech shines, Mazda MX-5 is pure fun to drive and Volvo XC90 leads th(...)

New Lexus LC500h: premium brand returns to the sports car market for the first time since the SC430

Premium brand returns to sports car market for the first time since the SC430

Impressive 3l/100km (94mpg) will catch the eye even in the midst of cheap oil

Kia’s design team delivers the goods with a stylish, roomy blend of SUV and hatchback

Honda is to recall 5.7 million cars worldwide in the latest round of recalls involving Takata Corp air bag inflators which can explode and hurl shrapnel into the vehicle

Globally 5.7m Hondas affected in latest recall over continuing problem with Takata airbags

The new Ford Mustang: finally taking to Irish roads in right-hand drive

The new Mustang may not be the sensible coupé choice but it makes rivals seem incredibly dull

Hyundai is the best-selling new car brand on the Irish market this year, with the Tucson being the most popular model on the market last month

Volkswagen slips to fourth place as Korean brand Hyundai becomes the best-selling brand

Audi: top choice for Irish drivers

Survey of Irish motorists finds sports cars and supercars are low on drivers’ wishlists

Jaguar XF: tweaks on new model are minor when it comes to the aesthetics

Model is spacious inside with nice touches though Audi and Mercedes may have edge

Taoiseach Enda Kenny  photographed with 3D glasses as he watches a presentation of The Irish Times InterTradeIreland Innovation Awards 2015  at the RHK, Dublin, also in the photograph is Liam Kavanagh, MD,  The Irish Times. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

If you have a new product or service, entries are now open for the 2016 competition

  Matthias Muller:  had a difficult trip to the US last week. Photograph:  Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images

VW CEO appeared to suggest in US radio interview that company ‘didn’t lie’ to regulators

The new VW Passat GTE plug-in hybrid at the Brussels Motor Show this week: majority of VW owners are unfazed by recent scandal. Photograph: Laurent Dubrule/EPA

Only 22% of owners say scandal has affected likelihood of repeat purchase, survey finds

Volkswagen’s market share has slipped from 12.3 per cent last year to 7.8 per cent for the start of this year in Ireland.  Photograph: Reuters

Hyundai the best-selling brand as 15,000 new cars registered over the first 10 days of the year

New car sales are expected to top 150,000 this year as the industry confirmed 124,945 new registrations in 2015.

Figures show sales for last year were 124,975

Korean crossover brand not quite as original or head-turning as its rivals

GTE which combines plug-in electric-only power with 1.4-litre engine deserves more fanfare

Shortlisted for car of the year 2016: Mazda’s MX-5

Seven new models make it onto the list for prestigious award including new Audi A4, Mazda MX-5 and Opel Astra

Volkswagen  Group Chief Executive Matthias Müller:  Although the current situation is serious, this company will not be broken by it.”

Car giant offers update on investigations into array of emissions scandals to hit the firm

 Matthias Mueller, chief executive  of  Volkswagen: he  is due to hold a press conference on Thursday to outline the findings of the initial investigation into both emissions scandals. Photograph: Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images

Firm believes 36,000 cars involved in scandal – initial estimation was up to 800,000

Before the champagne corks begin popping in Volkswagen dealerships, it should be noted that VW has merely identified the number of current cars affected and still have to work out how many older models had wrong figures.

We still have to hear from the Audi, Skoda and Seat brands in relation to the CO2 implications

Allegations that Volkswagen lied about the carbon dioxide emissions  evaporated into thin air as the embattled German car maker said they had been proven to be largely unfounded.

Investigation finds no systematic cheating and only six current VW brand model variants sold in Ireland wrongly state CO2

Huge level of attention to fit, finish and refinement puts A4 in pole position on luxury

Report on consumer trends highlights view technology less error-prone than humans

An embellished VW logo is seen on a Volkswagen car in Germany: Volkswagen CEO Matthias Mueller is expected to hold a news conference this week to present results of the company’s efforts to clear up the diesel emissions rigging scandal.

Engineer who developed major models from VW Polo to Porsche Macan departs as CEO denies Qatar investors seeking to reduce worker (...)

Lexus to tempt premium buyers with sharper styling and improved power

BMW 4 Series Gran Coupé

Which cars are deserving of your attention come 161 plate time? Lotto winner or on a tight budget, there’s a car for you

Bill Ford, executive chairman of Ford Motor Co: “I know whatever I predict will be wrong because this world is changing so quickly.” Photograph: Justin Sullivan/ Getty Images

The great-grandson of Henry Ford is ready for some very big challenges

The group has 10 dealerships across Ireland and is due to open a  Jaguar and Land Rover outlet in Airside Retail Park in north Co Dublin

Car retailer’s 2014 turnover increases by 48% to €168m on strong recovery in car sales

Lars Himmer, managing director of Volkswagen Ireland, outlined sales procedures for new and used cars caught up in the scandal. Photograph:  Dara Mac Dónaill

Letter says failure to notify customers about CO2 emissions ‘increases risk of liability’

The figures for Fiat show the firm recorded an operating profit of €558,000 for 2014, compared with a €37,000 loss for 2013. Photographer: Patrick T Fallon/Bloomberg

However, brand has just 0.69% of national market share with Fiat 500 its best seller

New hybrid now full-sized family car boasting good fuel economy and quieter engine

 Matthias Mueller, CEO of Volkswagen. Last week VW said its internal investigation had  turned up issues with CO2 testing in 800,000 cars in Europe, including almost 100,000 petrol models

Some 9,000 Irish-registered vehicles are likely to face increased tax liabilities due to being underrated for CO2 emissions

Volkswagen  chief executive Matthias Müller:  he has acknowledged the  tax implications of the emissions scandal Photograph: Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images

Volkswagen chief executive tells Michael Noonan that emissions scandal might affect car taxes but that VW will meet cost

A Land Rover Defender vehicle  is driven off an inspection line in Birmingham.   Land Rover has recorded significant growth in recent years, up from 408 in 2013 to 532 last year.  Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Armalou Holdings accounts for 2014 show turnover up from €80.6m the previous year

German transport minister Alexander Dobrindt answers questions at a press conference in Berlin on Wednesday about developments in the Volkswagen scandal. Photograph: EPA/Saoeren Stache

Company is told to rip up governance model as emissions scandal deepens

VW’s share price has largely been in freefall since it was revealed in mid-September that software had been fitted to cars that allowed it to cheat emissions tests

VW’s shares down 8.5% as carmaker says it understated fuel consumption

“The board of management of Volkswagen AG will immediately start a dialogue with the responsible authorities regarding the consequences of these findings,” Volkswagen has said.

Admission could have tax implications for Irish owners

Look, ma,  no hands: A self-driving Toyota Lexus on busy Tokyo streets – it’s unnerving at first. Photograph: Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP

Toyota promises self-driving cars by 2020; We ride along in a Lexus self-driving car on Tokyo busy motorways

Toyota Motor president Akio Toyoda (right)  promises to bring a “wow” factor to Toyota in the future. He was presenting a range of new models and concepts including the new Prius. special guest on the stand was Miami Marlins Japanese baseball player Ichiro Suzuki (left)

Self-driving cars, hydrogen engines and sporty crossovers are the cars of tomorrow

Korean manufacturer still has work to do to improve both the steering and interiors

Volkswagen Group Ireland chief executive Lars Himmer: apologised to Oireachtas Committee over emissions scandal and said he hopes to begin recall on Irish cars in January. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

VW Ireland CEO accused of a ‘cover my butt’ PR exercise at Oireachtas hearing into scandal

Mercedes GLE: Upturn in economy means an upswing in demand in the SUV market

New GLE offers two options – a boxy SUV version and a less attractive sporty coupe

Volkswagen has said up to 11 million vehicles worldwide could contain banned software, and on Thursday announced it would recall 8.5 million vehicles in the EU.  Photograph: Alexander Koerner/Getty Images

Paris prosecutor is looking into suspected ‘aggravated deception’ by Volkswagen

BMW’s new 7 Series: flagship for the brand, with prices starting at €96,030

Growth in profit attributed to improved economy and more focused marketing

 Helen Dixon Data Protection Commissioner: her office will now get a budget increase of nearly €1.2 million

Office at the centre of ‘Safe Harbour’ case now has a budget of over €4.7 million

Motor tax for commercial vehicles is set to drop by up to €4,295 with the introduction of a new 5-band tax regime

Tax to drop by up to €4,300 for commercial vehicles; no changes for car owners

Volkswagen Group UK managing director Paul Willis addressing the British government’s Transport Select Committee hearing

Car giant announces investment cuts and focus on electrics, hybrids for future

Mike Bushell drives Ford Focus in Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship. Photograph: Ker Robertson/Getty Images

Results an improvement on the previous year, which saw operating loss of €502,000

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”

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