Renault-Nissan has announced that it has passed a significant milestone - the group as a whole has sold 250,000 electric cars

Franco-Japanese alliance has now sold 250,000 electric cars

Hyundai had a strong June, keeping ix35 sales on the boil.

VW continues to dominate sales ahead of Toyota as the market prepares for new 152 plate with sales for first six months up 25%

Self-driving just one of the hugely expensive technologies in which car makers now need to invest

Report says car makers face mounting investment worries

Subaru needs to make greater strides in the engine department. The  gearbox strains and bellows under full acceleration

Revamped 4x4 too expensive and in need of a bigger engine, yet curiously appealing

Buyers are in increasing danger of having their cars reposessed if the previous owner defaults on their finance.

Cartell.ie warns of increasing number of used motors sold with money still owed on them

Has Lexus really created a Back To The Future-inspired hoverboard?

Japanese firm claims to have fulfilled Back To The Future’s 2015 promise

 A man taking photos beside the Volkswagen logo at the 16th Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition in Shanghai, China, in April. A  vast shopping spree  in past years built up the now titanic Volkswagen Group. Photograph: How Hwee Young/EPA

Car firms buying up others is nothing new, but are we on the verge of super-mergers as groups look for new partners?

Porsche has topped the JD Power quality survey, ending years of Japanese domination

Porsche and Kia owners complained the least about their newly purchased vehicles

Top Gear’s new host Chris Evans: How will the Top Gear faithful react? It’s hard to say, and certainly there are some extremists out there.

BBC confirms ginger car nut will be Clarkson’s successor

A Ferrari 250 GTO from the personal collection of Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason

Classic car prices are already in the ascendant. A famous name on the logbook just pushes them ever higher

For as little as €3,000, criminal gangs are arming themselves with sophisticated electronic devices, which allow them to  access  vehicles’ computer systems.

Gangs are able to erode layers of electronic security supposedly protecting our cars

Hyundai i10

Your guide to the pick of 152-plate models

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
Best buys: Eco-Cars

Your guide to the pick of 152-plate models

Ford Mustang V8

Your guide to the pick of 152-plate models

Toyota GT86

Your guide to the pick of 152-plate models

Mercedes-Benz S-Class

Your guide to the pick of 152-plate models

BMW 5 Series

Your guide to the pick of 152-plate models

BMW 3 Series

Your guide to the pick of 152-plate models

Audi A3

Your guide to the pick of 152-plate models

Volvo XC90

Your guide to the pick of 152-plate models

Kia Sorento

Your guide to the pick of 152-plate models

Nissan Qashqai

Your guide to the pick of 152-plate models

Fiat 500x

Your guide to the pick of 152-plate models

Seat Alhambra

Your guide to the pick of 152-plate models

Toyota Verson
Best buys: MPVs

Your guide to the pick of 152-plate models

Opel Meriva

Your guide to the pick of 152-plate models

Mazda 6

Your guide to the pick of 152-plate models

Volkswagen Golf

Your guide to the pick of 152-plate models

Skoda Fabia

Your guide to the pick of 152-plate models

Chris Evans will replace Jeremy Clarkson in a new series of Top Gear.

BBC confirms that TFI host and recognised car fan will take the lead presenting duties

The most expensive plate yet sold was auctioned off by the DVLA last November – registration 25 O was bought by John Collins, a specialist Ferrari dealer. The plate is intended to grace one of the hugely expensive Ferrari 250 GT cars which pass through his hands.

Michael Noonan says N0 W1Y to personalised plates

Mercedes has a vision for self-driving cars, but is is Utopia or Dystopia?

But could robot cars cripple car makers?

When it s Porsche not a Porsche?

Now it’s the Porsche Macan’s turn to be ‘photocopied’

7 Series for 2016 shows up online ahead of June 10th official reveal

Ford’s Le Mans challenger makes most F1 cars look effete.

F1 has reached its nadir just as endurance racing finds its ascendance

New Honda Civic Type-R: surprisingly docile for a car with 300bhp on tap

Volcanic power but chassis is cool and collected

1975 E21 (far right) gave birth to 3 Series name but 1982’s E30 (second right) created its birthright.

In many ways it’s the iconic middle class car that made BMW a market success, but has it also developed a mid-life crisis?

Diesel emissions testing is to be taken out of the lab and on to the street

New ‘real-world’ emissions testing will be resisted by worried car-makers

Mazda’s CX-5: SUV got off to good start by being Japan’s top-selling SUV in 2012 and 2013

Mazda’s SUV passes the million mark after just three years in production

China’s cheap, domestic brands are elbowing aside the foreign imports in the race for SUV sales.

China’s cheap SUV sales are hurting prestige car makers

Fiat’s first mid-size car for almost a decade was unveiled at the Istanbul motor show

Hatch and estate version planned but they are unlikely to be called the Agea

DS5 2.0 BlueHDI 150hp: Can it now be taken seriously as an Audi rival?

DS used to be premium and affordable, now it’s luxury only and still no rival for Audi

The tightly cropped over-the-shoulder shot of the 3.0 CSL Hommage

The new 3.0 CSL Hommage has been inspired by a legendary model of the past

With a manual gearbox, the Cooper S Works can sprint to 100kmh in just 6.3 seconds

Most powerful Mini ever sports 231hp engine

New Superb Combi estate boasts a 660-litre boot.

Skoda reveals spacious new Superb Combi

Future Jags could be able to read your sub-conscious reactions.

British car firm wants to tap deep into your brain

Porsche’s new, smaller Panamera will draw on the looks of this concept car

Hydrogen fuel cells also on the agenda for luxury brand

A 2016 aluminium Jaguar XF is shown at the 2015 New York International Auto Show in New York City in April. Photograph: Mike Segar/Reuters

New inline engines could allow for a small hatchback model

 VW says new tech will mean its W12   is the most efficient 12-cylinder engine  in the world

Car maker shows off technology at International Vienna Motor Symposium

Minor updates and wider engine range put A1 ahead as rivals go backwards

Irish Honda customers will be contacted in the coming weeks to have their airbags replaced.

Car firm says 9,200 airbags made by Takata must be replaced on Irish cars

The all-singing, all-dancing Maserati Ghibli S signals an Italian sports saloon renaissance

Jeep will revive the Grand Wagoneer name for a super-luxe Range Rover rival.

Top-spec Jeep Grand Wagoneer should arrive in 2018 with seven-seat format and promises of a vastly improved interior on the curren(...)

Super-GTI goes on sale next year to mark 40th anniversary of the original hot Golf.

Annual Worthersee party will see debut of 261hp Golf

The latest BMW 3 Series seems barely changed at all on the exterior

Facelifts from Germany and Spain - both all but invisible to most and hard to spot the differences between the current models and (...)

As many as 2,500 lives could be saved by having mandatory auto-dial systems

New EU rules means all cars get auto dial system which calls for help in an accident

Audi has just this week made its first small batch of one of the world’s first entirely eco-friendly hydrocarbon fuels

Car maker has created its first batch of entirely eco-friendly e-diesel

Bright and shiny: new car sales figures suggest the car trade will finally break the 100,000 sales this year, for the first time since 2008

Sales continue to strengthen nationwide as the industry recovers strongly from the recession

Prices for the new Mazda MX-5 start at €27,995  when it goes on sale in Ireland in August

Latest version of the iconic sports car is €5,000 cheaper than the outgoing model while diesel CX-3 will start at €24,195

Chunky 500x is Fiat’s best styling work for a while.

New 500x seeks to win over Irish buyers by appealing to their crossover desires

Peugeot, Citroen and Dongfeng will co-develop their next generations of cars.

Dongfeng and PSA Peugeot Citroen will co-develop new car platforms

Super-luxury XC90 Excellence previews Volvo’s move into more premium markets

Specced-up XC90 will appear in China first, followed by 5-Series-rivalling S90

Sergio Marchionne wants to find a new owner or partner for Fiat but it’s a tall financial order

Italy’s top dog seeking new suitor for Fiat-Chrysler before he retires in 2018

Mercedes’s CLA Shooting Brake estate is impractical, yet, paradoxically, still good

No it’s not he Land Rover Evoque - this is in fact the Land Wind X7, though we can see how you might be confused

When is an Evoque not an Evoque? Perhaps when Chinese firm Landwind offers its take on the crossover market

GLC Coupe will be one of seven Mercedes SUVs.

Mercedes hopes its rival to the BMW X4 and Range Rover Evoque will hit markets next year

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

It may have been created in the Big Bang, but hydrogen could turn out to be a damp squib

Car makers are proclaiming a hydrogen revolution, but will it reach these shores?

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’

More articles