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

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

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