No modern Audi would be complete without its virtual cockpit digital screen right in front of the driver, and there is also a high-resolution, full colour head-up display as well.

First drive: Audi inches closer to lifting its A8 high enough to tackle the mighty Mercedes S-Class

Mercedes-Benz is reportedly recalling thousands of its cars over a potential problem with its airbags

Up to 400,000 cars affected in UK but no firm numbers yet for Irish market

Mercedes-Benz is reportedly recalling thousands of its cars over a potential problem with its airbags

Up to 400,000 cars affected in UK but no firm numbers yet for Irish market

Volvo Cars Ireland attributes its sales growth in 2016 to the popularity of its new XC90 SUV

Swedish premium car brand points to Brexit as major challenge to the Irish motor trade

 Liam Kavanagh, MD, The Irish Times presenting the overall Irish Times Innovation award to John Browne and Dr James Kennedy from Kastus at the Irish Times Innovation Awards 2017 which took place at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham. Photograph:  Conor McCabe

Teen entrepreneurs Kate and Annie Madden of win ‘new frontiers’ category

Skoda Karoq

First drive: Skoda Karoq - ‘predictable, dependable and arguably a little dull’

Minister for Finance and Minister for Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe’s budget offered few surprises, which was perhaps a surprise in itself

Business Today: the best news, analysis and comment from ‘The Irish Times’ business desk

Starting with our liveblog from 10am, we will have up-to-the-minute news and expert analysis on every nuance of Paschal Donohoe’s maiden budget speech

Business Today: the best news, analysis and comment from ‘The Irish Times’ business desk

Grants for firms to install public charging points and free tolls for electric vehicles on the likes of the Port Tunnel and East Link Bridge are being proposed by Simi in its pre-budget submission

Motoring lobby group calls for stability on Vehicle Registration Tax, motor tax and fuel duties with no increases or structural ch(...)

Velar is no doubt stunning, but is there substance behind the obvious style?

Housing completions are two-thirds below official estimates, according to a new report from Goodbody

Business today: the best news, analysis and comment from ‘The Irish Times’ business desk

Wind energy accounted for about 27 per cent of overall electricity generation on the island of Ireland in September, compared with 22 per cent in August.

Wholesale electricity prices up 10 per cent and gas up 8 per cent last month

Frank Keane’s BMW and Mini dealership in Blackrock, Co Dublin has reported profits of €435,034 for 2016

Firm’s recently purchased VW outlet in Deansgrange generates €403,000 loss

Kia Stinger: the company hopes its new model will lure some buyers away from the Audi A5

With its Alfa looks and serious engineering, the Stinger is the Korean make’s big bet

Opel’s OnStar system connects car occupants to a 24-hour call centre at the touch of a button.

System offers traditional roadside breakdown assistance along with an SOS service

Mercedes’ Project One supercar  can hit 200km/h in six seconds with a top speed in excess of 350km/h. Photograph: Getty Images

Mercedes’s Project One hybrid supercar steals the show as VW, BMW and Honda among those to unveil upcoming EVs

Fritz Steinparzer: “I’m disappointed that some manufacturers, like a French one, is offering cars under Euro 6 EU emissions standards that actually has the same emissions levels as a Euro 5 standards when it comes to the street level.”

Diesel advocate comes out fighting for the engine format and hinting towards a future for plug-in diesel hybrids

Dr Harald Krüger, chariman of BMW Group (third from right) joins the firm’s executives as he introduces the BMW i Vision Dynamic

Frankfurt motor show: Harald Kruger says ‘no cheating at BMW’ as he commits to 25 new electric models by 2025

The electric Jaguar I-PACE concept SUV will go into production, arriving on our roads next year

Jaguar’s first fully electric SUV - I-Pace - will go on sale next year

The  LC is the latest stunning addition to the Lexus range, a sports car set to rival the likes of the BMW 6 Series, the Aston Martin DB11 or even the Mercedes Benz S-Class coupé

New luxury grand tourer will help Japanese carmaker increase its presence in Europe

Volkswagen’s eGolf electric model. VW says the new scrappage deal brings to €14,000 the incentives and discounts available off the car’s official list price.

Unlike rival incentives, German car giant will remove traded-in diesel models from service

The Arteon is based on the same principle as the stylish four-door coupe variant of previous Passats

Road test: The car is far more distinctive and impressive than the run-of-the-mill saloon

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Ford Kuga ST-Line: It deserves to be in the running against the best-sellers on the market

This is a solid, well-equipped family crossover well up to par with its Asian rivals

A hose for an emission test is fixed in the exhaust pipe of a Volkswagen Golf 2.0 litre diesel car. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Manufacturers offer incentives to older car owners to trade in for low emissions models

Dieter Zetsche, chairman of   Daimler  and head of Mercedes-Benz cars, at a press conference after the so-called “diesel summit” on August 2nd in Berlin

Move follows similar announcements and discounts for Irish motorists by BMW and VW

Models  in BMW Ireland’s new incentive scheme include the i3 electric city car

German firm offers €2,000 off cleaner models to counter backlash over diesel emissions

One of the new additions: Joe Duffy’s new Jaguar Land Rover outlet in Airside, Swords. The new facility is located on the premises formerly operated by Bill Cullen.

Motor dealer group is in the midst of €25m expansion that will add to its network

Oliver Schmidt, who was chief of Volkswagen’s environmental and engineering centre in Michigan,  plans to plead guilty to charges in relations to the diesel emissions scandal.

Move comes as VW executive pleads guilty in US court

Activists protest in front of federal ministry of transport in Berlin prior to the diesel conference. Photograph: Steffi Loos/Getty Images

Only legal solution currently available is to ban affected cars from roads, lawyer says

Chief mechanic Ueli Portmann loads a software update into a Volkswagen  Amarok. Photograph: EPA

Irish consumers face diesel tax hikes in budget

The latest S-Class does seem to have done enough to see off its rivals for now

Volkswagen is the best-selling brand so far this year with 12,215 new car registrations. Total new registrations stood at 118,925 by the end of business on Monday, down from 131,207 this time last year.

Sharp discounts in UK diesel sales could lead to more imports

A  result of PCP repayments is that people can weather financial uncertainty without losing their car. Photograph: Philippe Huguen

About 33% of Irish people are choosing not to buy their car but rather pay for its usage

The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission’s study will  analyse consumers’ understanding of PCPs, including the structure of the product and the options available to them at the end of the agreement. Photograph: Getty Images

Commission to examine experiences of consumers who opt for ‘complex’ PCP deals

David Thomas, managing director of Volvo Car Ireland and  Tony Doyle, managing director of Creane and Creane Insurance Brokers.

Car firm hopes to ‘reduce customers’ insurance premiums by demonstrating that Volvo cars are less likely to be involved in road ac(...)

The Quadrifoglio is a wonderful icon for the Alfa-Romeo brand, encapsulating its legendary DNA

Car review: The Alfa Romeo Quadrifoglio may bear some resemblance to a family saloon, but its DNA is much closer to the Italian sp(...)

The Hyundai Tucson remains favourite amongst Irish buyers

Hyundai out in front while its Tucson remains favourite among Irish buyers

Audi’s new A8 takes full control up to 60km/h but the rules of the road will have to change before you can use the latest system

Volkswagen’s flagship Arteon has arrived in the Republic with prices starting at €43,295. The spacious five-seater is not only a replacement for the coupe variant of the last Passat, the CC, but is also meant to signal a further upmarket shift by the German brand.

New Volkswagen Arteon has arrived in the Republic with prices starting at €43,295

The Irish trial will see 300 AA member’s cars fitted with a smart device that will connect to the engine management system and share data from it with the AA in real time

Irish motorists to feed data into project as advances in car tech herald major changes

The new Mercedes-Benz E-Class convertible

Mercedes lauds the success of its E-Class over premium rivals from the mountain top

Hyundai’s new ‘baby’ SUV crossover, the Kona

Koreans plan to be the leading Asian car brand in Europe by 2021 - and the Kona will play a big part in delivering on this ambitio(...)

Funky: the new Citroën C3 Aircross has individual character

November arrival aims to steal sales from Renault Captur

VW executives still believe there is plenty of room in the market for its new family coupe

But it’s sleek and surprisingly spacious, which can’t be said for many of its premium rivals

Mazda 6

Mazda’s unimpeachable quality hard to beat while, Skoda, Ford and Toyota have much to offer

If you like to drive, you need look no further than the BMW 2 Series

“I love doing what I’m doing,” says the octogenarian. “ I don’t know what else I would do. I can’t stand playing golf because I was lousy at it.” Photograph: Mark Stedman

The long road from driving demo BMWs to Donegal to handing over the (car) keys to the next generation

Judging The Irish Times Innovation Awards 2017 were, front row from left: Bebhinn Behan, KPMG; Eric Donald, Teagasc, Dr Marion Boland, Science Foundation Ireland; Michael McAleer, The Irish Times. Back from left, Dr Ciaran Heavey, UCD; Gearóid Mooney, Enterprise Ireland; and Robert Love, AbbVie. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The 21 finalists this year include teenage innovators with a new equine supplement and a device to control children’s online activ(...)

David Hurley, chief executive of Merrion Fleet: “We are very excited to join ALD and believe this is very positive news for our customers and staff.”

New owners ALD Automotive currently manage 1.4m vehicles in 41 countries

Volvo is opening a ‘pop-up’ shop in Dundrum Town Centre for the month of June. It will be similar to the store it ran in Manchester’s Arndale shopping centre in April (above)

Car firm hopes to reach consumers who are not visiting the suburban dealerships

The new Volvo XC60 is the company’s most important new car to date.

New release improves on bigger XC90 as safety-conscious Swedes lead driverless revolution

The infotainment system of the new Volvo XC60: the Swedish-based car firm has agreed a partnership with Google for future in-car systems

Chinese-owned carmaker to break with Microsoft platform on next generation models

VW Golf 1-litre 110bhp 6-speed 5-door Highline

Long-term Golfers will struggle with the idea of buying a 1-litre petrol-powered version – but petrol is regaining popularity

After California Norway is the biggest single market for electric cars on the planet.

Oil-rich nation sets the standard for promoting eco-motoring in Europe

Opel’s Ampera-e: €34,950 in Germany after tax incentives

Norway’s drivers – second to Californians in their love of electric cars – have ordered 4,000 from Opel

Toyota is the best-selling car brand on the Irish market with registrations of 8,329, ahead of Volkswagen with 8,133, Ford with 8,075 and Hyundai on 8.073

Toyota is best-selling car brand, but more buyers are looking to used imports

BMW has joined forces with the  Ted conference  to identify pioneering mobility ideas.

Those with brightest ideas will get to speak at Ted conference in New York

Skoda’s new Vision E concept: offers a glimpse at a new production crossover on the way

New crossover concept Vision E follows on from success of Kodiaq and should worry rivals

As the motor company marks its centenary in Ireland this year, we look back at the life of founder Henry Ford

Thomas Pringle: “The truth of the matter is that the banks are not interested in addressing the needs of communities. They will always be driven by profit margin”

Independent TD Thomas Pringle says An Post identified 265 post offices as non-viable

Luca De Meo, chief executive officer of Seat SA, says “we have one structural advantage which is we are part of the VW Group so in fact we can access state-of-the-art technology”. Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg via Getty Images

De Meo says the focus is on luring younger tech-savvy buyers to a range of cars that offer high levels of online connectivity

Over the coming months the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission will be conducting unannounced inspections of motor garages across the country

Consumers who have been misled about a car are encouraged to contact the CCPC

The number of new private cars taxed for the first time fell 14.5 per cent in March compared to the same month last year.

CSO figures suggest pre-registrations concealing troubled state of car market

The new Seat Ibiza has already picked up design awards

New supermini is built on the latest derivative of the VW Group’s award-winning platform

The BMW 5 Series event at Mondello showcased the best of the new car’s attributes

Can the new BMW hold off the challenge from the Mercedes-Benz E-Class?

Kia Rio: Its brief from head office in Seoul is to be a sporty and youthful but   instead of funky you get ample practicality

Functional rather than funky supermini misses a trick in market where styling is key

Opel’s plant at Rüsselsheim: Each worker is expected to complete up to 7,830 tasks during their shift.

Nearly 800 cars roll off the line each day as staff convert metal shells into shiny marques

The new Opel Insignia is now sleeker in profile and  less imposing than the current Mondeo

The lighter model really puts it up to rivals and manages to be very competitive in price

Audi Ireland’s Henning Dohrn: “We will have three fully electric vehilces on the market by 2020” Photograph: Alan Rowlette

While self-drive and electric cars are imminent, people don’t want to buy cars online

Vovlo CEO Hakan Samuelsson at the launch of the new Volvo XC60 at the Geneva motor show earlier this month: “When it comes to autonomous cars, people will think twice before they really sit back and relax and watch a movie.” Photograph: Denis Balibouse/Reuters

Game changer Hakan Samuelsson is betting big on the self-driving revolution

Matthias Mueller, chief executive officer of Volkswagen,  launching Cedric, a self-driving car. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Shows like Geneva are palaces of promises, mainly around electric and self-drive cars

Vovlo chief executive Hakan Samuelsson at a presentation of the new Volvo XC60 car during the 87th International Motor Show at Palexpo in Geneva, Switzerland. Photograph: Denis Balibouse/Reuters

Volvo, Opel, Honda and Ford were among the majors showcasing cars to the industry

Audi’s new Q8 concept

RSQ8 with its 476hp hybrid engine is cool, but our hearts are stolen by the 450hp RS5…

Top Gear’s Chris Harris leads a discussion on the future of driving and performance cars in the age of autonomous motoring

On eve of Geneva motor show Top Gear’s Chris Harris leads a discussion on the future of driving in an autonomous world

Peugeot 3008: Chief executive Jean-Philippe Imparato with  trophy  next to the 2017 European car of the year. Photograph: Alain Grosclaude/AFP/Getty Images

New French crossover pips the Alfa Romeo Giulia and Mercedes-Benz E-Class

The Hyundai Ioniq scored impressively in two test categories. It was a joint best performer in the  automatic emergency braking test and recorded the fastest 0-60km/h time in the snow, with a time of 8.2 seconds

In trying conditions in Finland, only Mercedes and Volvo models achieve a perfect score

Recall covers certain A-Class, B-Class, C-Class, E-Class and CLA cars and GLA and GLC SUVs

Recall covers certain A-Class, B-Class, C-Class, E-Class and CLA cars and GLA and GLC SUVs

Toyota is the best-selling brand this year with 6,156 new registrations, taking a slight lead over Hyundai with 6,033.

February figures shows 17,128 new car registrations, down 21% on same month in 2016

The nominees: Nissan Micra, Alfa Romeo Giulia, Citroen C3, Toyota C-HR, Volvo S90, Peugeot 3008 and Mercedes E-Class. Photograph: Alexander Babic

We look at features and flaws before the winners are revealed at the Geneva Motor Show

Five-star Land Rover knows how to drive in any terrain and still keep you comfortable

The Toyota C-HR: worth the wait

This stylish crossover is a premium player at a mainstream competitive price

The Golf GTI Clubsport has the extra punch that should have been delivered by the “regular” GTi

Menacing hot hatch delivers right mix of performance, refinement and fun behind the wheel

Hyundai was the best-selling new car brand in January, ahead of rivals Toyota, Ford and VW, while Mercedes-Benz pulled ahead of Audi and BMW in the luxury car bracket. Photograph: SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg

39,019 new cars sold in January as motor industry warns of bumpy year ahead survey of 4,000 motorists reveals the car brands Irish buyers love and hate

More than two-thirds (68 per cent) of motorists support the introduction of 30km/h speed limits in city centre areas. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Survey shows many drivers blame badly run insurance firms for premium rises

On the loose snow and ice the GT86’s rear tail can be swung like a pendulum with the merest input of throttle and the flick of the wheel

Where better to test Toyota’s latest rear-wheel drive sports car than on the snow and ice of the Arctic Circle

SUV crossover is a premium model, but will car buyers find it too dear for a ‘small’ car?

A Volkswagen car dealership in San Diego, California: Along with a $4.3bn settlement  with the US justice department and EPA,  VW will plead guilty to charges, including wire fraud and violating the US Clean Air Act. Photograph: Reuters/Mike Blake

Volkwagen is paying out billions in the US while playing hardball in Europe

Unofficial figures show 15,554 new 171 registrations up to close of business on Tuesday, up from 14,889 last year.

Over 15,500 171 registrations over first 10 days of year as Hyundai returns as top brand

Korean hybrid’s interior trim is smart and clean and its controls are simple and intuitive

Fuel-efficient Niro proves a viable option for diesel motorists ready to make the switch

Toyota overtook its rivals to become the best-selling new car brand of 2016.

Total Irish sales up 17.5% last year with 146,672 new cars on the road in 2016

Renault Ireland Ltd saw growth in both new vehicle sales and spare parts in 2015

French car brand saw turnover of €208m last year at its Irish operation

The Lexus LC  boasts a grille that wouldn’t look out of place on a truck.

The LC is straight out of an anime dream – and will give European designers nightmares

The new Opel Insignia Grand Sport offers motorists a more engaging drive and ample headroom

New refined saloon will debut in March at Geneva Motor Show

The new BMW 5-Series: even fans will have to look twice to spot the difference.

Executive buyers are spoilt for choice with a revolutionary new Volvo S90 and a new top-class Mercedes E-Class – but BMW just abou(...)

Hyundai’s new Ioniq: figures for the year to date show the Korean firm has a slight lead over Volkswagen in terms of sales.

Figures show 146,175 new cars sold to date with Korean firm ahead of VW and Toyota

Peugeot 3008: Forget what you think about French cars – this is a revelation

Winner of hotly contested award to be announced before Geneva Motor Show in March

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