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

Renault has lent to over 12,000 Irish motorists since it introduced its banking arm to Ireland.

French car firm’s banking arm has lent to 12,000 Irish car buyers since 2011. Bank also passed ECB stress tests.

Interior of new Opel Corsa takes many cues from Opel Adam

Big news is addition of firm’s three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine to the range

Ciarán McMahon, currently Ford’s national sales director, will replace Eddie Murphy as managing director of Ford Ireland from January 1st, 2015

After 14 years at the helm of Ford in Ireland, Eddie Murphy is retiring as chairman and managing director. Ciarán McMahon, curren(...)

Audi’s A4: nearly 3,000 are being recalled  in Ireland over a potential airbag problem

Problems relate to front airbags that may not inflate correctly in the event of a crash

Volkswagen are recalling 1,256 Polo 1.2 TDIs built between 2010 and 2014 over potential fuel leaks

Manufacturer issues alert over 1,256 Polo 1.2 TDI diesel cars and 117 Skodas over potential issue with fuel lines

A late arrival on the European market, the new Mondeo, powered by Microsoft Sync, still has a certain tech excitement

Renault Twingo: star car for city streets

Renault has added some panache to the new version of its reliable model

New electric version will arrive next Spring with prices in the region of €35,000 after grants

New Audi RS7 on the Hockenheimring with autonomous-driving technology

It was a race between a driverless RS7 and one with a human at the wheel. Driveless car won by 5 seconds.

The VW XL1 - the world’s most fuel efficient production car - in Dublin this morning. Photos: Paddy McGrath

VW XL1 achieves nearly 300mpg and draws more public attention on Irish streets than any supercar

New Volkswagen Passat: smart looks and premium appeal but it needs the larger engine options to live up to its potential

A new VW Passat is sold every 29 seconds somewhere in the world, averaging 3,000 a day and making it the true ‘people’s car’ from(...)

Opel’s OnStar system will offer the capability to connect up to seven devices to the car’s 4G wifi connection. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images

OnStar system to be rolled out in Ireland next autumn, first on new Corsa

Composed coupé turns into a supercar beast at the slightest tickle of the throttle

The French brand goes back to its roots with an offbeat but well-executed – and good value – concept geared to the suburbs

French? Yes. International? Yes. Dominated by the Germans? Of course...

French are recovering but German rivals like VW have moved well ahead

Opel’s Adam: one of the models along with Corsa and Corsavan affected by the safety recall

Recall announced for Corsa, Adam and Corsavan owners delivered since May this year

Lexus NX: stylish creases and curves give the car a real presence

Much-needed addition to the premium car brand’s range has bold styling and hybrid economy with prices starting at €44,000

New 508 arrives later this month with prices starting at €26,750

Revised 508 hopes to keep French brand in public mind as new Mondeo and Passat arrive but it’s the 1.2-litre 308 hatchback that’s (...)

At the launch of the 2015 Irish Times InterTradeIreland Innovation awards were  (from left) Stephen Lennie of Choc-O-Bloc; Helen Kirkpatrick of InvestNI, Bernadette McGahon of InterTradeIreland, Tracy Hamilton of Mash Direct, Dr Paul Beaney, University of Ulster and Michael McAleer of The Irish Times

‘Irish Times’ InterTradeIreland Innovation Awards launched last week

BMW’s new i8 sports car - a hit with the Irish public despite its hefty price tag

No test car has attracted as much attention from the Irish public as this BMW sports car

The new fourth-generation Mazda MX-5

Fourth generation roadster brings Mazda’s SkyActiv format to the sports car segment

New Volkswagen Passat: will arrive in Ireland in January

Scene is set for sales battle between VW’s eighth-generation Passat and Ford’s new Mondeo

Volvo desperately needed a new XC90 to compete in the SUV segment, given that the outgoing model was first launched in 2003.

New XC90 SUV will appeal to market where drivers like to be noticed

The Aygo is a hip-looking budget car, but it could do with a more powerful engine – and VW Group’s more conservative, solid city c(...)

The new third-generation Skoda Fabia.

Third generation of Skoda supermini will be unveiled at Paris Motor show

After 11 years and $11bn investment Volvo introduces new tech and design for the brand’s future models with its latest SUV

2-Series is a welcome break from BMW’s new people carriers and bizarre crossovers

After a 10-year absence, the Golf Estate will go on sale in Ireland in October

Accumulated losses fell by €2.96m in the last year of operation as an Irish-owned franchise

Accounts cover final period of the Irish franchise

Simon Elliott, outgoing chief executive of Volkswagen Group Ireland and new managing director of MAN UK. Photograph: Robbie Reynolds

VW Group brands under Elliott now account for 27% of Irish passenger car market

The Amarok, a charming American-looking pickup, is worth a look by the horsey set

Opel is badly lacking a competitive crossover or SUV for the family market

On the road, new model is still the nimble little go-kart motorists have long loved

Nama has briefed the Department of Finance on potential inducements for its debtors. Photograph: Frank Miller /	THE IRISH TIMES

Plan aims to stop debtors declaring bankruptcy in Britain

The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV offers practical cost savings

Dated interior and €40,000-plus price tag balanced by usability of hybrid power

All 65 vehicles allocated for the UK sold out despite six-figure price tag

German carmaker leads in use of social media, including Twitter, Facebook and Intstagram

The ratio of overall tax to GDP across the 28 member states of 39.4 per cent, according to figures from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.

The overall tax-to-GDP ratio in the Republic was the fifth lowest in the EU with labour tax main source of revenue

The Kia Soul is one of the best-looking cars on the market, practical and spacious, with funky interior styling

Hire power: Rental cars often come back to the market as low-mileage bargains. Photograph: iStockphoto.com

VW, Nissan and Opel top the hire-car market

The best-selling car models in Ireland so far this year are the VW Golf, Nissan Qashqai and Ford Focus.

Volkswagen remains best-selling brand, followed by Toyota and Ford

The BMW X4 is a little too weighty on bends

The new BMW X4 won’t set the world on fire, but the 4-Series Gran Coupe really shines

After a hiatus, Audi is back in battle with this soft-top A3 that retains the tidy styling of the saloon but adds premium cachet (...)

GLA doesn’t quite deliver on its promise and lacks of sparkle in terms of looks

Wayne Byrne and Eoin Casey of OxyMem, overall winners in The Irish Times InterTradeIreland Innovation Awards. Photograph: Conor McCabe Photography

The island's hottest new innovators received some well-deserved recognition at this year's awards where Enda Kenny presented UCD s(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny presents The Irish Times/InterTradeIreland Innovation Award to Eoin Casey and Wayne Byrne of Oxymem, the overall winners of The Irish Times/InterTradeIreland Innovation Awards held at the RHK, Dublin, last night. Also pictured are InterTradeIreland  chief executive Thomas Hunter McGowan (left) and Liam Kavanagh (right), managing director of The Irish Times. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Athlone-based firm scoops top prize for creating pioneering system for waste-water facilities

The Tourneo Connect: it looks like a van and drives like one as well – and that’s a big part of its charm

Tourneo range answers increasing demand for more affordable seven-seater transport

Luca de Meo: “There is nobody better placed than [Audi] to integrate in the right way consumer technology in an automotive environment”

Luca de Meo hopes his Italian charm can put carmaker ahead of Mercedes and BMW

Jaguar F-Type: looks as glorious in the metal as it does in its photographs

Pricing is attractive when pitted against its rivals at Porsche – and also against the more niche F-Type convertible variant alrea(...)

Mary Barra,  chief executive of General Motors  is scheduled to testify at a US congressional hearing  into why GM took more than a decade to recall vehicles linked with a  dozen deaths. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Recent events have thrown a sinister light on the Japanese company’s recent actions

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class arrives in Ireland at the end of May, with prices likely to start at €40,500

Mercedes-Benz is hoping the C-Class will close the gap between its older and younger buyers, with help from technology such as its(...)

Connect 5: The BMW 518d’s ConnectDrive system gives full access to the internet for music, maps and apps

The entry-level BMW 518d is priced to attract a new cohort of loyal customers, and though its output has been lowered, the 5 Seri(...)

Isme chief executive Mark Fielding: “The survey results continue to paint a bleak picture of the SME lending landscape. Photograph: Frank Miller

Refusal rate rises four percentage points in three months

About 23 per cent of Ireland’s electricity demand was met last month by wind generation, which displaced more expensive gas-powered plants and this helped lower Irish wholesale electricity prices. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Wind generation helps lower Irish wholesale electricity prices

Ulster Bank chief economist Simon Barry: “The February results of the Ulster Bank Construction PMI point to further rises in Irish construction activity.”

Two sector indices show growth

Smaller sibling to X6 will arrive in Ireland in July

As the Geneva motor show opens to the public - hoping to shift the smell of sweaty journalists - here is our top 10 cars from th(...)

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