Citroen Ireland claims that you would have to cover 136,000km to break even on buying a diesel.

Citroen launches new frugal petrol engined range as worries over diesel’s effect on air quality continue

Bentley Continental GT V8: The Continental GT has been a soaring success for Bentley – it was the first model launched under Volkswagen ownership and instantly took the venerable British luxury brand from making a paltry couple of thousand cars a year to runaway sales success.

Can eight be greater than 12? That’s the question facing the wealthy elite for whom the Bentley brand is on their motoring shortli(...)

308 R concept’s performance puts the hot hatch into the BMW M3’s league.

308 R Hybrid previews a new breed of GTI

End of the road: Belfast-Waterford-Dublin-Waterford-Belfast, over the course of four days. By the end I was deaf, my left leg had developed a cramping twitch and my wallet was sucked dry by the 25mpg thirst.

Land Rover’s Defender is on the way out. Will a new one be able to match it for charm and capability?

Take-up of high-tech car safety systems is far lower among Irish buyers than it is across Europe

Extra cost of VRT is holding back safety options compared with Europe

Next SLK will go front-drive and become an Audi TT rival

Volkswagen trimming back on range of different cars it produces

Aircross’ styling is meant to be friendly and unthreatening.

C4 Cactus’ success is prompting Citroen down the SUV track

Lantern-jawed styling for the new Vitara

Re-invented SUV does well off-road though suspension becomes noisy on rural terrain

Mercedes’s  pickup will be launched on global markets by 2020.

Manufacturer aims to take on the Amarok and Hilux in the medium-sized market

New Kia Optima has changed its look dramatically

Kia’s family saloon will get new engines, an estate option and a plugin hybrid

Luminosity chief executive Sharon Kavanagh-Banks says the standard of automotive recognition (Soar) system was initially developed as a form of quick and easy stocktaking for vehicle importers who have to deal with huge marshalling yards of cars awaiting delivery to dealers.

New NFC-based system could replace tax discs and service stamps

New RX has more dramatic styling and will come with the option of seven seats, eventually.

Seven-seat RX will be critical to the Japanese premium brand’s comeback and will be available in Ireland later this year

The choking off of UK imports is killing the Irish used car market.

A 30% rise in new car sales masks a serious fall in used car sales with estimates put at an 8% decline so far this year

Electric cars could go longer between plugs if LG Chem’s technology works.

New battery tech from LG could stretch electric vehicle touring ranges and with the work of the likes of Tesla as well, could push(...)

Magnifying glass at the ready to spot the changes on Jaguar’s new XF.

Challenger to the crown of the BMW 5 Series may look the same on top but is all-new under the skin

Exit M-Class, enter GLE

Big SUV gets new badge but is really a facelifted M-Class

Lantern-jawed styling for the new Vitara

Original SUV gets re-invented but can it beat the latecomer rivals?

There was a five per cent drop in the number of used cars imported in January as a result of the euro’s value decreasing

December by far the best month to buy second-hand cars, figures show

X5 xDrive40e: new hybrid model gets a 313hp turbo-charged 2.0 litre four-cylinder engine

X5 xDrive40e brings i8 supercar’s tech to more workaday models

Trans-USA drive for Delphi’s robot car, but does an emissions sting in the tail lie in wait for autonomous cars?

Self-driving Audi will take itself from San Francisco to the east coast for the New York motor show

Volkswagen has developed a robotic car that can learn the contours of a race track and put in laps faster than a human driver

You think self-driving cars are the future? No, they’ve already been here for a while

Lancia-based Chrysler Ypsilon has utterly failed to attract Irish customers.

Fiat-Chrysler Autos will concentrate on Jeep instead

XF won’t stray far from the current version’s shape.

New generatio of challenger to the dominance of the BMW 5-Series will be unveiled at New York motor show

Well equipped: Discovery Sport has Terrain Response Control and Hill Decent Control to keep it moving when going off road

Discovery Sport may be the best all-round product Land Rover has ever created

A collection of 60 antique cars, dating from the 1930s to the 1970s, are parked on in makeshift shelters at the Gaillard property in the western French town of Echire. Photograph: Xavier Leoty/AFP/Getty Images

Why so many valuable classic cars are now being found in dusty barns

Subaru’s  Forester SUV  can now be had with a “Lineartronic” CVT automatic transmission

Mercedes hopes CLA Shooting Brake will end stigma of purchasing an estate

Modern look: Mazda’s baby SUV will give the Renault Captur some serious competition in the eye-catching stakes

New mini SUV from Mazda proves to be a handsome grafter when pitted against the likes of Nissan Juke or Peugeot 2008

Mercedes-AMG looks to have F1’s 2015 season sewn up before it even starts.

Williams, Ferrari and Red Bull closest to the all-conquering Mercs ahead of Melbourne

Punch-gate’ controversy could spell the end of Jeremy Clarkson’s BBC career, but is Sky poised to swoop?

‘Punch-gate’ could spell the end of Clarkson’s BBC career, but is Sky poised to swoop?

The XC90’s squinty-eyed stare: think Clint Eastwood with metal teeth

New Volvo XC90 confirms Scandinavian brand as a fully-fledged premium player

BMW says it is not helping Apple build a car

Munich says recent discussions have not included an Apple car

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 Ferrari 488 GTB - one of the big draws at this year’s show

New turbo supercar said to be easier to drive for ’non-professionals’

Concept GTE previews a new Passat-based four-door coupe.

GTE concept combines big power with tiny fuel consumption

Sci-fi styling for Lexus’ small car concept.

LF-SA concept previews a possible Lexus Mini rival

As well as entertainment, OnStar can call the emergency services in the event of a crash.

New connected infotainment system launches in August

iK2 concept is a hint at the styling of the 2016 Swift.

Japanese small car firm also showcased the likely look of the next generation Swift

Striking styling but will the Micra name survive?

Striking styling is believed to be close to final production version but will the Micra name be dropped?

The new Hyundai Tucso: replacing the ix35

Korean will drop plans to call its SUVs iX names and instead return to the Santa Fe and Tucson model names after US buyers indicat(...)

High-riding DBX previews an SUV future for Aston Martin.

Coupe SUV previews a new future for James Bond’s personal car maker

Volkswagen was back on top as the best-selling new car brand by the end of February. Last month Toyota took the lead on the German giant.

New car market up by 28 per cent so far this year with Volkswagen back on top as the best selling brand after two months of 151 re(...)

Land Rover announced the Evoque Convertible in the tunnels of London’s Cross-Rail project.

Land Rover officially announces new soft-top Range Rover deep under London

Will front-wheel-drive hold it back against the Focus RS?

310hp and race-bred tech for fastest-ever Civic is certain to give Ford’s RS a fright and a fight

Lamborghini Aventador SV packs a 760hp punch.

Supercars and confidence everywhere you look at the Geneva motor show

 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

Will anything generate more Geneva headlines than Ferrari’s gorgeous 488 GTB?

It’s Europe’s most important motor show and here’s what to expect from all the brands from A to Z

BMW’s S1000RR has a special track setting for running on slick racing tyres.

Irish Motorbike and Scooter Show revs up for the RDS this weekend as the bike market kicks back to life

Low-slung styling is a hint towards the looks of next DB9 and Vantage.

Massive price tag, massive power and only for the track

Sixt’s Corporate CarSharing setup aims to save as much as 30 per cent on traditional leasing costs.

Sixt Ireland launches a company car sharing scheme but will both business and employees see the benefits?

Avensis update is also low-key but there is the new BMW-developed 1.6-litre diesel.

World’s No.1 plays its car cards close to its chest ahead of Geneva

Opel’s new lineup of diesel-engined cars, but  have the improved models come too late for a market that is returning to petrol-powered cars?

But have the new DERVs come just as the world turns against diesel?

Sharp, aggressive lines of Sway will become the styling template for the new Micra.

Sway concept car shows off 2016 Micra’s aggressive new styling, taking its look from the likes of the Juke

Vulcan is Aston Martin’s answer to the lucrative track-only hypercar boom

Vulcan will take on the Ferrari FXX-K and McLaren P1 GTR, but only on the track

Cee’d GT line has sporty bodykit plus new 1.0-litre petrol tubrbo and uprated 1.6 diesel.

Kia’s first ever mid-size estate is on the way

Number of cases of people using lookalikes to sit the driving test for them is on the rise

The  Personal Contract Plan was created  to help car makers sell you a car today and to more or less guarantee that in three years you’ll be back for another

The Personal Contract Plan is the people’s choice of car finance, but is it necessarily the best way to go?

Rolls-Royce claims that the new SUV won’t actually be its first off-roader...

Rolls-Royce confirms in an open letter that it’s getting into the off-roader market

New Superb is bigger but emits as little as 95g/km of Co2.

New Superb bigger than ever but will hatchback boot put off traditionally-minded Irish buyers?

Leon X-Perience: power comes from the VW Group 2.0-litre four-cylinder TDI engine in either 150hp or 180hp format and standard equipment includes 17-inch alloy wheels

New Leon-based 4x4 is Seat’s first crossover that will rival Nissan Qashqai

One in 20 new Irish cars sold since 1999 has been a Ford Focus.

Beaten into third place in the sales charts by VW and Toyota, Ford is hitting back hard in 2015 with a heavily revised Focus.

Paris has followed the lead of Berlin and is instigating a plan to ban the most polluting vehicles from its city streets.

Pre-2001 heavy vehicles the first to be excluded from Parisian roads

Mark Newson, who designed this influential Ford concept, is now working on Apple’s car project.

Computer giant hires car engineers to hit back at Google

Honda’s updated CR-V boasts lower emissions and a new nine-speed automatic gearbox

Motorists can now have a 4WD Honda with Band B emissions

Jaguar F-Type convertible: “With the roof optional, the Cobra comparison is complete – a lithe and gorgeous British roadster with a stinking great V8 doing the heavy lifting.”

Four-wheel drive and open roof bring new dimensions to 300kmh roadster

Focus ST: a proper quick car that is easily capable of piling on three-figure speeds between corners

Ford’s hot Focus rekindles childhood dreams, but all dreams come at a price…

The Civic Type-R gets Honda’s trad Championship White colour scheme.

New Type-R will hit a claimed 280kmh

CX-75, Range Rover Sport SVR and Defender Bigfoot will square up to Bond’s Aston in Spectre.

JLR is supplying the bad guys’ cars for the new Bond film, in keeping with its recent ‘Good To Be Bad’ ad campaign

Brake failure is only affecting right-hand-drive Suzuki Celerios. A fix is still a couple of weeks away.

34 Irish cars affected by right-hand-drive brake problems

Volvo’s self-driving tech will allow cars to go to the filling station while you’re otherwise engaged.

Autonomous technology could see cars popping off for a fill-up while you relax

Opel is now the only mainstream car maker to have hot versions of all of its core models – the Corsa, Astra and Insignia

New Corsa boasts 207hp and means that Opel is now the only mainstream car maker to have hot versions of all of its core models – t(...)

Levelling off is a sign the industry is “returning to normality”

Average age of an Irish car now sits at 8.83-years

Battery version of the Karl should be on sale by 2018

Electric Opels still to come, even as Ampera is finally killed off

New Focus RS less visually aggressive than before but 4WD and 323hp means it should be super-fast.

First all-wheel-drive RS model since the 1990s Escort Cosworth

Renault has decided that the best way to take on the hugely successful Nissan Qashqai in the lucrative crossover segment is to base its new Kadjar on the Qashqai itself

Qashqai-based crossover set to become the French brand’s best-seller

The new Jaguar XE has been very carefully crafted into as direct a rival to the 3 Series as could possibly be

Suddenly Jaguar has has a serious competitor in one of the most sought-after sectors - it’s an astounding comeback

While hire-by-the-minute services such as GoCar already give members access to cars, these services are limited and, if you have a long journey in mind, can be prohibitively expensive. Photograph: Conor McCabe

Why actually owning your own car is fast becoming yesterday’s story

New Q7 will spin-off into Q8. Both will face increasing competition as luxury SUVs boom

Car maker’s super-SUV will be its range topper

New smartphone app might help you avoid becoming one of the 37,000 sued for not paying their M50 toll

Video shows disguised versions of Ford’s new 300hp-plus hot rod sliding around its Belgian test track

Can Ford’s Euro-ised muscle car really take on the German grandees? The Mustang arrives in Ireland in the summer

UK price suggests a €45,000 starting point for Irish pony cars

73 per cent of Irish respondents to the Eurobarometer survey said  the car is the form of transport they would most often take. Photograph: Eric Luke

Only Cyprus higher in car-use table compiled by European Commission’s Eurobarometer public opinion department

Mercedes boss Dieter Zetsche said the Maybach brand would show up other than just on the S-Class

Gigantic Maybach-badged SUV on the way

BMW 1 series has new three-cylinder petrol and diesel engines

Gone is the cross-eyed styling of the old 1 Series, replaced by a whole new front end, new lights and new three-cylinder petrol an(...)

Major European cities, including London and Paris,  have proposed outrightbans on diesel cars

Tougher air quality rules and city centre bans could push diesel engines to the brink of extinction

VW’s new Passat comes with a starting price of €27,295

More private buyers than fleet buyers for VW’s new saloon

Pushed by cost into smaller, older cars younger drivers are more at risk on the road.

US survey shows most teens killed on the road were driving small, old cars

Ariel Cars is branching out from pure sports models and making it’s first ever SUV. The Nomad is a chunky, but still lightweight (just 670kg) off-road buggy that is also fully road legal.

Flyweight Atom evolves into chunky off-roader

New VW Golf estate starts at €22,280 in Ireland, just €1,000 more than the 5-door hatchback model

Cargo-carrying Golf starts at €22,280, just €1,000 more than the 5-door hatchback model and will be available with the same trim a(...)

In order to give the Defender a good send off, Land Rover is putting three special edition models on sale, dubbed Autobiography, Heritage and Adventure

Legendary off-roader reaches the end of the line 68 years on

Pre-reging can drive down used car values

Car makers deny it, but as many as one-third of new cars sold in 2014 may have been pre-registered to boost end-of-month sales tot(...)

Made from high-strength caron-reinforced polymer, the F015 is a little lower, shorter and wider than a current S-Class but around 40 per cent lighter

Car makers abandoning traditional motor show model and embracing CES exhibition

Lack of slickness and sophistication means new model doesn’t quite live up to Golf name

Paulo Alvez, Managing Director, BMW Ireland, Colm Quinn and RTE presenter Marty Morrissey at the launch of the Colm Quinn BMW showroom in Galway.

Having been a blank spot on the BMW map of Ireland since 2009, Galway has a franchise for the brand again

The Aston Martin Vanquish: Gorgeous to look at and to listen to, but hamstrung by a nuggety ride quality

The Vanquish and Rapide are gorgeous cars, but may be only for Lotto winners

The Hyundai i30 Turbo will be available in both three- and five-door format

Among the cars is the i30 Turbo, the company’s first ever hot hatch

Sketch of the new Skoda Superb

As expected, the new Superb looks very much like a larger Octavia with detailing and some of the sleek styling of the Vision C con(...)

New model is a step up from dull Almera but falls short in comparison to Qashqai

The current obsession with the cost of motor tax has resulted in  an oddly-skewed market

We look at motor tax, maintenance and mpg in part three of our guide to buying in 2015

Lars Himmer will take up the reigns at VW Ireland from January. Photo: Bloomberg

Lars Himmer will take up the reins at VW Ireland from January

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