The new BMW X3 looks generally similar to the outgoing model, but takes on the bigger grille and more upright lights of the smaller X1

New X3 prices start at €58,580 and the new car looks generally similar to the outgoing model with design touches from the smaller (...)

Hyundai i10: it  bestrides the  small car class like a  Colossus

We identify the best in class and some rivals to consider

Volkswagen Golf: is consistency personified

We identify the best in class and some rivals to consider

BMW 1 Series

BMW 1 Series has transformed from an ugly ducking to ... a slightly better-looking duckling

Jaguar has now revealed, in part, its baby brother to the F-Pace: this is the E-Pace and it will be Jag’s rival to the Audi Q2 and BMW X1

Smaller F-Pace that will rival Audi Q2 and BMW X1 should significantly boost Jag’s sales

French driver Stephane Sarrazin (R) and English driver Mike Conway react after teammate Kamui Kobayashi’s No 7 car goes out of the race in the middle of the night.

Hybrid wondercars humbled by pro-am LMP2 racers in the round-the-clock French classic

While the Polo has shifted more than 14 million cars since its first generation was launched in 1975,  in Ireland it’s outsold by its own close relative the Golf and by its key rival, the Ford Fiesta

Volkswagen’s new Polo, launched in Berlin, gets new chassis and more space

BMW’s 6 Series GT: gets new badge and slightly sleeker design

5 Series GT replacement gains posher name, but is still a very niche concept

Suzuki Vitara:  behind the fashionable facade, it’s a proper car

The well-built Suzuki Vitara trumps its rivals, offering comfort and plenty of space

King of the executive saloons:  the Mercedes-Benz E-Class might just be the best  car that you can buy at the moment, offering gorgeous styling and strong performance from its engine

Mercedes-Benz E-Class rises above the rest, offering improved performance and styling

King of the supercars: the Porsche 911 cannot be beaten when it comes to responsive steering

BMW i8, Aston Martin DB11 and Lexus LC excite but are no match for Porsche 911

Amazon is reportedly hiring staff in Europe with an eye to rolling out a car sales service in the next year

Retail giant wants to be your new car dealer, but must cross a skepticism hurdle first

An attendant fills with a car with compressed natural gas (CNG) at a bi-fuel pump station in Salto, Argentina, which  has the fourth highest number of gas refueling stations in the world. Photograph:  Getty Images

New-generation of gas-powered cars could tide us over until the electric revolution, so why aren’t there any for sale yet?

Skoda Kodiaq: its roomy back seats make it ideal for family life

We identify the best in class and some rivals to consider

Mazda 6

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

A device for testing the emissions of cars in real driving situations. The NEDC test has been the bedrock of official fuel consumption and emissions testing since it was first introduced in 1970. Photograph: Getty Images

New official fuel tests coming in September but Irish tax systems are not ready

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

The car buyers of the UK are turning their backs on diesel almost as quickly as voters turned their backs on the EU

Diesel sales in Britain fall by one fifth in May

Tesla Model 3: test car seems to indicate the interior will feature a  big central screen, but with no conventional dash or dials.

Elon Musk has said a great deal about the upcoming Model 3 saloon.

Mazda’s orange-and-green rotary-engined 787B. “These cars were 800bhp, 230mph projectiles, they were fantastic to drive and unbelievable to see, hurtling down the Mulsanne at 230mph.”

You spin me right round: Felix Wankel’s design brought rotary engines to life, but does the design have a future?

Land Rover Discovery

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Volkswagen Touran: quiet and comfortable, and the boot is vast when the back seats are folded away
Best buys: MPVs

VW Touran a classic pointy-nosed, high-roof, roomy MVP monobox that fits the bill

Seat Ibiza

We give you the best, two worthy contenders and a wild card entry

Tesla Model S

Fancy an electric future? How about a hybrid? We guide you to the best eco-friendly cars on the market, from city cars to SUVs

Workers inspect the quality of newly formed automobile tires during production at the Continental AG plant in Timisoara, Romania. Photographer: Akos Stiller/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Continental criticises low levels of penalty points issued for illegal or defective tyres

Legend has it that Lotus, so keen to get their new Giugiaro-designed wedge into a Bond film went to the simple expedient of parking one outside the famed Pinewood studios and waiting for the producers to take notice.

Saying farewell to the beloved actor, who died this week aged 89, in the best way possible; by remembering his iconic car chases (...)

Some dealers are reporting that as many as 70 per cent of their new car sales are based on PCP

Personal Contract Purchases are the lifeblood of the motor trade these days, but they could turn poisonous for consumers

A devilishly good-looking four-door saloon but it certainly fails to live up to its “Grand Coupe” name

It’s rather good looking and offers very smooth ride – but definitely not a coupe

An agreement to toughen up EU legislation and regulations surrounding vehicle emissions, designed to ensure that another ‘dieselgate’ scandal can never re-occur, is being held up by the German government, which wants more time to agree a compromise proposal

Emissions reforms await Berlin’s approval but UK magazine says VW’s diesel fix is making cars thirstier

Mini enthusiasts from across Europe are set to gather at Westport House in Co Mayo on May 25th for the 2017 International Mini Meet

Some 1,200 Minis and 3,000 fans expected to attend event at Westport House

The Renaul Zoe 4.0’s cabin looks quite nice and while the quality of the cabin plastics is pretty flimsy, Renault’s engineers have clearly been hard at work as there was not a single squeak nor rattle from within the car

Can Zoe 4.0 transform range anxiety into range confidence?

The 2,000hp Toyota Land Cruiser that hits 370km/h at the Mojave track in California

Former NASCAR driver Carl Edwards hits jaw-dropping speed on Mojave runway

Aston Martin DB11’s ‘smaller’ V12 still has a big heart

Sadly at circa €300,000 its reserved for only the most affluent petrolheads

Germany’s environment agency is calling for a quote system to dramatically increase the sales of electric vehicles across the EU

EU lagging behind as fears quotas needed to spur on e-car makers

BMW 530e: fully charged, the plug-in hybrid can go 50km without burning any dead dinosaurs, and a claimed 650km if you combine the battery and the truncated fuel tank

Plug-in hybrid saloon perfect for city driving but commuters likely to opt for diesel 5 Series

Look! No hands: Self-driving vehicles are on the way, sooner rather than later

Technology for robotic cars already here, but next steps could be harder than we think

So much has been written and spoken about the Model S since it was first introduced that it seems to have been around for most of forever, but here at last is our first chance to drive the car for an extended time on Irish roads

World’s most talked-about car maker opens store and starts putting cars on Irish roads

The Grandland enters one of the most hotly-contested, and potentially profitable, of all motoring sectors.

Opel’s third SUV breaks cover to enter the hotly contested market segment

Highly anticipated: The Skoda Kodiaq has generated circus-like publicity – and it lives up to the hype

The mighty seven-seater will be hated by its rivals as it entices Irish motorists with ease

Volkswagen has unveiled the ID Crozz concept at the Shanghai motor show

Shanghai motor show star is the third pillar of VW’s electric car commitments

Toyota’s FT-4X concept:  Toyota currently doesn’t have a small crossover to rival the likes of the Nissan Juke or Renault Captur, although the C-HR, generally a Qashqai rival, is almost compact enough to bridge both classes

Concept could preview a new, small, Toyota crossover to take on the Nissan Juke

The Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, unveiled at the New York auto show. Photograph: Julie Jacobson

Dodge’s 850hp Challenger Demon is the perfect car for Trump’s America

IBM patents system to help self-driving cars learn from insights and instincts of people

Belfast-based start-up Liopa  is developing software and systems which can read lips  and dramatically improve the accuracy of speech-controlled systems.

Belfast firm is building lip-reading tools to improve speech-controlled systems

Rising diesel costs: drivers of older cars will have to pay extra to drive into London from 2019

JPMorgan Chase predicts European diesel car sales will almost halve by 2020

Car models such as the updated VW Golf, the new Ford Fiesta and Peugeot’s new 3008 are not yet filling up the Irish sales charts.

Sales decline of 8 per cent in year to date shored up by end-of-month registrations

The Vision E is Skoda’s working on the Volkswagen Group’s MEB electric car architecture, an all-electric SUV coupe with a 500km range and robotic driving.

Self-driving Vision E concept promises 500km in a single charge

Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) alerts driver to low tyre pressure in a specific tyre

Car makers accused of fitting unsafe pressure monitors to save €10

The BMW at Mondello: simply brilliant

Laguna Seca was a letdown but at Mondello the M2 revealed itself as a dream car

In spite of a slightly offset driving position, the Audi Q5 is comfy and  refined

Objectively, the Q5 could be a four-star car, but I’m not feeling the love, so I could also give it a one

Renault has rejected claims made in a report obtained by French newspaper Liberation that reportedly indicates some Renault vehicles, Renault Captur and Clio IV, exceeded the legal emission limits more than 300 per cent in real-life tests. Photograph: Christophe Petit Tesson/EPA

French carmaker finds itself at centre of global diesel emissions scandal

It might not be cheap but it’s charming, fun and has seriously extended range

The Civic  feels much lower slung and more enthusiastic than the three previous models

10th-gen Civic gets more sporty feel but will petrol-only models entice Irish motorists?

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

A world debut for the Audi RS5

Climates both political and environmental weighing on car makers’ minds

The new A110 mid-engined coupe will be a rival for the Porsche Cayman and Boxster as well as the Audi TT.

Revitalised Alpine brand takes on Porsche, while 465hp Zoe tries to do a Tesla

Lamborghini Huracan Performante

Ultra-fast new Ferrari and Lamborghini compete with 640hp Lambo and 800hp Ferrari

The new Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross SUV

Qashqai-sized rival will arrive here in time for 181-plate registrations

Opel CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann

Ahead lie the years of autonomous cars, electric power, and ride-on-demand.

New Nissan Qashqai: the innovation is underneath

Nissan’s big seller looks much the same but it’s getting ready for autonomous driving

The  Bentley EXP 12 6e concept convertible hybrid at the  Geneva International Motor Show. Photographer: Luke Macgregor/Bloomberg

Bentley says 6e would be able to drive between London and Paris on a single charge

Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson at the luanch of the new Volvo XC60

Mini-me to the bigger XC90, the XC60 could become Volvo’s most profitable model

Dieter Zetsche of  Mercedes brings on stage the new AMG GT Concept that will enter production

AMG GT 4.0-litre turbo V8 Concept will go on sale later this year

Audi’s new Q8 concept

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

Hyundai’s new FE Fuel Cell concept

Conventional i30 estate sits alongside robot suits and a fuel cell car

New hot hatch Toyota Yaris GRMN

Toyota pitches its oddly-named Yaris GRMN against Ford’s new Fiesta ST

Honda NeuV

Hottest Civic arrives early this time, and Honda says two thirds of cars soon will be electric

 Volkswagen Group  CEO Matthias Mueller posing with Sedric, the group’s first autonomous car prototype. Photograph: Getty Images

Volkswagen’s electric transport is set to rival Google in the autonomous car race

Peugeot Instinct concept

Firms stick with successful stalwarts amid falling sales, Brexit, Trump and emissions

Top Gear returned with a slimmed down team of Chris Harris (left), Matt LeBlanc (centre) and Rory Reid: and it may just have snuck ahead of the bloated Grand Tour, presented by Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May

Post-Jeremy Clarkson, post-Chris Evans, the car show has a new cast of three

The new Peugeot 5008 1.2 PureTech 130hp Automatic: there is little or no decrease in absolute practicality

French carmaker bins monobox shape of previous 5008 in favour of chunkier SUV

The new Volvo system kicks in when mere braking alone will not avoid an accident and is active at speeds between 50km per hour and 100km per hour.

‘Steering Support’ emergency braking feature is next step in collision avoidance

The Peugeot 3008’s claw-shaped headlights and slashing character lines won’t appeal to everyone, but it’s certainly much more distinctive than the old 3008

Impressive and stylish new SUV undercuts and out-equips VW Tiguan

A ‘Reborn’ Series I Land Rover: Land Rover isn’t remanufacturing these cars from the ground up, it’s using original cars as donor vehicles, but neither is this traditional restoration. It’s something different again.

What goes into creating a ‘Reborn’ classic? We travel to Land Rover’s Solihull HQ to track down small things in wax paper

Since the introduction of the CO2-based motor taxation system in 2008, Irish drivers have been effectively incentivised into buying diesel-engined cars. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

The polluting fuel faces penalties as part of Government’s new clean air strategy

According to a study from the University of California, Berkeley, an obese driver is 78 per cent more likely to die in a car crash than a smaller, thinner person

Experts using chubby models to better replicate forces that impact bodies in car crashes

In some ways, PSA itself is taking a massive risk here. Opel has lost money every year since 1999, and has drained General Motors’ coffers to the tune of some €8-billion in just the last eight years.

The proposed takeover of Opel by the French owners of Peugeot and Citroen has wider ramifications for the motor industry

Ford’s new ST Line inclues Fiesta, Focus and Mondeo amongst others

Sporty line-up could help Ford clinch Irish sales crown in its 100th anniversary year

Citroen’s C-Aircross continues the company’s steady move towards being a maker of SUVs

Compact but roomy, the C-Aircross will be a replacement for the C3 Picasso

The screen mounted in the Prius was not necessary for the running of the IBM-UCD-developed navigation system, but there to show how it was working.

Risk-analysing navigation system could remove need for in-car computer screens

New 5 Series is handsome and capable but is that enough in the face of rivals?

The Lamborghini Urus has been steadily and slowly developing from a concept car, when it first appeared at the Beijing motor show in 2012

Lambo’s Urus starts production in April

The Volkswagen Tiguan: one of the models that received most praise for its relatively low real-world emissions

Germans perform well but fuel consumption claims don’t match real-world driving

The new BMW 5-Series Touring will go on sale in Ireland from June

Automated driving and big boot make 5 Series estate the ultimate grocery-run machine

The Audi showroom at the Brussels Motor Show in Belgium, which ran from from January 14th-22nd. Photograph: Stephanie Lecocq/EPA

Survey of senior motor industry executives shows startling beliefs in boardroom

Skoda Kodiaq: prices start from €29,795 for the seven-seat (€28,795 for five-seat) 1.4 TSI petrol front-wheel drive model or €36,495 if it has to be diesel

Kodiaq pricing will bring Alaskan chill to competition from Nissan and Volkswagen

The poor result has led NCAP to criticise Ford for preparing the Mustang only to American safety levels, not supposedly stricter European ones.

Experts criticise Ford’s ‘attitude to safety’ after car gets 75% occupant protection rating

Crossover stretching to 4.3 metres has bigger boot than family gem Nissan Qashqai

A concept drawing from Airbus’s Project Vahana

Prototypes and systems in development for personal aviation plans

Sports saloon is class competitive but do sufficient Irish buyers still hold the marque dear?

Portadown-born Formula E racer Adam Carroll races with the Panasonic Jaguar squad.

Irish driver shuns Formula One to break new ground with Jaguar in Formula E

The new Opel Crossland X

New compact crossover has flexible interior, but is virtually the same size as a Mokka X

The new Nissan Micra will in three engine options:  a 0.9-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine,  a 1.5 diesel and a 73hp 1.0-litre petrol engine

Revamped model has 15-inch alloys and emergency braking technology as standard

Try and be as smooth as you possibly can with throttle, brakes and steering as any movement that destabilises the car will be amplified on a slippery surface.

Time to dust off the winter driving tips as the big freeze approaches

Honda’s new Civic has been fitted with  cutting-edge engines

New hatchback starting at €23,750 will come with impressive safety package as standard

One does not expect to find sex appeal in a Micra, but here Nissan’s team have actually created some. Heavily influenced by last year’s Sway concept, the front is chiselled and athletic and there are deep character lines waving and wafting their way towards the back

Sharply-styled Micra is, wait for it, fantastic to drive and will surely attract new followers

The Volkswagen ID Buzz minibus concept is unveiled at  the Detroit motor show in  Michigan. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Battery-powered ID Buzz concept currently claims 369bhp and a 600km range on electric power

New luxury saloon gets styling cues and 10-speed gearbox from the LC500 sports car

The new Audi Q8 will make its debut in early 2018, with prices in Ireland expected to start from €90,000

With fully charged batteries, electric motor can power Q8 on its own for up to 60km

Korean firm serious about taking on German giant with new rear-drive sports saloon

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