Hit twice: drivers are paying for the poor performance of the insurance industry. Photograph: Thinkstock

Cost of cover is spiking but for once the rising costs are not the drivers’ fault

Facelifted Ferrari FF four-seat coupe  is being rebadged GTC4 Lusso (a classic name from the 1960s Ferrari back catalogue) and rear-wheel-steering.

New GTC4 Lusso revives classic name but adds new tech

Kia  wants to take on, specifically, the BMW 3 Series, showcasing its ambitions with the Nova concept

Nova concept could lead to sporty, rear-drive saloon for upgrading Soul owners

The 1957 Ferrari 335 Sport Scaglietti, one of the most iconic racing cars in the history of the sport, is to go on sale at a Paris Artcurial auction on Friday evening and could reach a record price of up to €32 million. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer

Ex-Stirling Moss Ferrari likely to set record auction price tonight, about half the winnings of last weekend’s euro millions prize(...)

 Friends actor Matt LeBlanc with Chris Evans and The Stig, as LeBlanc is to be one of the new presenters of Top Gear.

Matt LeBlanc announced as co-host alongside Chris Evans

DS’s attempt at 21st century re-invention flounders on the first try

Porsche has responded to the fall off in Boxster sales  with a new four-cylinder turbo flat-four, in either 2.0-litre or 2.5-litre capacities.

Suddenly, car makers want us to buy sports cars again

‘Voitures sans permis’: drivers as young as 14 can slip behind the wheel of one of these vehicles

Irish drivers need to be aware of the danger of ‘voitures sans permis’

On road or race track, this new RS has performance and handling to beat the best

The Lexus LC500 had its North American debut during the the 2016 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan. Photograph: Geoff Robins/AFP/Getty

The once almighty motor show was overshadowed by the headline-grabbing CES

A BMW that matches Mercedes for sheer comfort and interior appointments

Motown’s motor show clinging on to its premier-league status

Herbert Diess of Volkswagen  unveils the BUDD-e electric and connected car during a keynote address at CES

Software is now as important as engine power in the motoring world these days

Prepping for its 75th anniversary next year, Jeep is one of those brands that has things you don’t quite expect, including an off-road ability that allows it to climb to the summit of an active volcano

Revived Jeep range supposed to be Fiat-Chrysler’s cash-cow, but it needs better products to prove itself worthy

Revised bumper design and interior makeover among changes to best-seller

The new Peugeot RXH with a 2.0-litre HDI diesel engine delivering 61mpg

Diesel-only crossover estate goes (back) on sale for €41,000

Details and high quality images of the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class saloon have leaked online

New saloon is bigger and much more advanced than before

Predictions for May: The new Amazon Prime motoring series begins, and the first episode consists entirely of Jeremy Clarkson speaking directly to the camera and “just saying what’s on his mind.” Three international incidents, a dozen lawsuits and one minor war result, along with a vendetta against Clarkson from Russian president Vladimir Putin.

Predictions for the motoring year 2016 that, almost certainly won’t come to pass

Volkswagen’s new concept, possibly the Microbus, will be unveiled in Las Vegas in January

Potentially groundbreaking battery VW will debut at Consumer Electronics Show

Tesla chief executive Elon Musk demonstrates the falcon wing doors on the new Tesla Model X Crossover SUV. Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

New battery power will boost range and models will become more affordable

Fiat Tipo: a Fiat Ireland insider said it is “big, it’s well-made and comfy, and it will be a lot cheaper than the main opposition”.

Fiat’s new Turkish-built hatch and saloon to go on sale here in summer 2016

Repak ELT estimates  there are as many as 100 illegal tyre dumps around the country.

Tyre industry group says new scheme will cost Irish motorists up to €10m per annum

Walter de Silva: Italian car designer recently retired from the Volkswagen group

Retiring design chief leaves a hole at Volkswagen that may not be easy to fill

The Volvo S90 uses much the same technology as the successful XC90 SUV

Saloon will have a tough time against a new BMW 5 Series and Mercedes E-Class

Porsche has confirmed  the Mission-E electric concept saloon first shown at Frankfurt this autumn will go into production

Mission-E concept cleared for production in €700 million investment

BMW 4 Series Gran Coupé

Which cars are deserving of your attention come 161 plate time? Lotto winner or on a tight budget, there’s a car for you

Greenpeace activists demonstrate at the entrance to the Volkswagen  plant in Wolfsburg, central Germany, in November. Photograph: Peter Steffen/AFP/Getty Images

Cheating by car maker has the potential to accelerate our trajectory towards greener, self-driving cars but some think it will eve(...)

One of 14 Phantom EWBs operated by Hong Kong’s Peninsula Hotel: the Brewster Green paintwork on the outside tells passers-by precisely where this car comes from

Hotel guests can take the iconic cars anywhere in Hong Kong – that they fit

ACEA suggests that a further 30 per cent reduction in fleet emissions could be achieved simply by getting drivers into newer cars

Average vehicle age in the EU is now 10-years-old and rising

The Astra has endured its share of critical hardships but could this latest version become the true star of the hatchback segment?(...)

A man steps into the driver’s seat of the all-electric BMW i3 at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show in California last week. Photograph: Frederic J Brown/AFP/Getty Images

Dramatic concept could be preview of i5 – BMW’s all-electric mid-sized saloon

Google’s self-driving car in Mountain View, California. The driverless car observes traffic laws to the letter.   Photograph: Gordon De Los Santos The New York Times.

40km/h robot car warned by police for holding up traffic

Range Rover crosses a paper bridge to mark its 45th birthday

Stunt involved five-metre bridge made without glue or bolts - and probably says more about the quality of the paper than the SUV (...)

It should have been an Alfa: Fiat has released the first official photos and details of the new 124 Spider, which was originally meant to be an  Alfa Romeo

Los Angeles motor show debut for new sports car derived from Mazda MX-5 joint venture

The recently launched Genesis saloon: Genesis will be spun off into a separate premium brand by 2020

New range set to arrive by 2020 will include saloons, SUVs and a coupe

Opel is recalling 8,000  Zafira B models built between 2005 and 2014  over a potential fire risk in the ventilation system.

Alarm over risk of fires was first raised when a group of concerned parents in the UK formed a Facebook group

Electric vehicle owners are angered by the new prices to be  imposed from January by ESB

EV drivers unhappy with flat-rate pricing but ESB says more options are coming

 Andrea Bocelli in full voice at the launch of the Alfa Romeo Giulia in June. The car’s on-sale date has reportedly been pushed back  between three and six months

Investors wary of of broken promises as Alfa puts back the new saloon’s on-sale date

The US Environmental Protection Agency said it is now looking at 3.0-litre V6 diesel engines used mostly in larger, more expensive models such as the the Porsche Cayenne sport utility vehicle. Photograph: Denis Balibouse/Reuters

Porsche and Audi vehicles used devices to cheat tests, according to US regulators

Dying breed: by 2050, cars may be a thing of the past in Oslo

Norway’s capital is formulating a plan to eliminate all car use by 2050

Valeo’s test car - a Mercedes S-Class - spotted on the M50

Legislation will have to be changed if we want to let the robots drive

Smoky silhouette looks to be a small, mid-engined coupe which Yamaha will show to the world at the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show

Tokyo Motor Show concept could be a work of F1 car designer Gordon Murray

Chinese premier Xi Jinping with the Aston Martin DB10  during his state visit in London: the sports car will feature in the new James Bond film, Spectre. Photograph:  Chris Jackson/Getty Images

1,000hp electric super-saloon expected to be on sale by late 2017 for about €180,000

Opel Zafiras built between 2005 and 2012 are being investigated for a potential risk of fire in the air conditioning and heating system.

2005 to 2012 family seven-seaters currently being investigated for fire risk

Volvo says the time has come for electrified cars to cease being a niche technology and enter the mainstream

Swedish car company wants a Tesla rival, a small crossover and a new saloon and estate

Toyota’s Mirai hydrogen car is a vision of the future but not one we can see on Irish roads any time soon

Hydrogen fuel cell car will go for 550km between refills, according to car maker

The Hyundai-Rockar store in the Bluewater shopping centre, near London, has been a massive success in its first year, drawing 100,000 visitors to the physical store.

Dundrum Town Centre currently the favourite to land the ‘Apple Store” style no-pressure car sales outlet

Mazda says that the design of the still-unnamed concept coupé is supposed to “condense the company’s sports car history to as great a degree as possible”.

Japanese car manufacturer is to unveil a mystery coupé in Tokyo

Could petrol-engined SUVs make a comeback in the wake of diesel debacle?

The Aston Martin DB9 “looks as fresh-faced and beguilingly beautiful as Audrey Hepburn”

Iconic car may be out of reach for many but it is still staggeringly fine to drive

Volkswagen Group UK managing director Paul Willis addressing the British government’s Transport Select Committee hearing

Car giant announces investment cuts and focus on electrics, hybrids for future

The  new Hyundai Tuscon replaces the ix35 and has its sights set on stealing sales from the Nissan Qashqai - particularly with an aggressive launch price promotion

Tuscon badge may reference an arid desert but expect sales to be bountiful with prices starting at €25,245

New legal frameworks could be necessary to allow for robot cars

Toyota’s new S-FR concept: showcasing the firm’s rival to the Mazda MX-5 and upcoming Fiat 124 Spider

S-FR is small, rear-drive and goes on sale next year

PSA Peugeot Citroen is close to securing a deal that would allow it to build cars in India in factories owned by the Tata Group

Peugeot’s Indian odyssey could reap benefits for Jaguar Land Rover

Seat has admitted that more than 700,000 of its cars had been caught in the scandal. The Spanish government is demanding the VW Group refund a green tax.

Irish officials say tax implications for Irish owners is being “kept under review”

Pricey CX-5 underlines need for Mazda to launch a larger, possibly seven-seat, CX-7

Revenue was asked if any person had been prosecuted   for attempting to defraud or circumvent the system and the answer was a simple “not to date”

The tax is being returned on exported cars but number of them are effectively worthless

The Volkswagen emissions scandal has not just spooked public confidence in the cars made by the German car giant, it has rattled drivers who have made the choice to move to diesel power over the past seven years. Photograph: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

‘Dieselgate’ is bringing back the spectre of the dirty diesel: but if you want to switch what are the choices?

While dealers of VW, Audi, Skoda and Seat decline to comment, enthusiasts say they are hearing a lot of negative talk about the brands in general

Minister seeks urgent meeting with VW Group Ireland boss over emissions scandal

German firm ÜV-Nord has developed a testing system that will provide proper on-road test results. It is due to be intorduced to the German certified testing regime next year.

Loopholes - like removing interior trim to save weigh and over-inflating tyres - are all allowed, making a mockery of the test reg(...)

A BMW X3, Opel Zafira Tourer and Citroen C4 Picasso were all tested under real world conditions by the International Council on Climate Change (ICCT) and all were found to be emitting more than the official limits for nitrogen oxide (NOx)

Campaigners call out other car makers on exhaust tests amid ongoing scandal

While much is still the same, the biggest change is switch to Range Rover diesel engine

Familiar face: the new XF looks quite similar to the first-gen model but 83 per cent of the its components are unique to the car

XF keeps its predecessor’s looks on top but it’s a very different cat underneath

Ford Focus RS: a full second faster to 100km/h than the previous limited edition RS500

New 4WD 350hp Focus hits 100km/h a second quicker than the fastest limited edition version of its predecessor

The New Toyota Prius promises greater refinement than the current model, particularly at motorway speeds and during acceleration

C-HR remains a concept for another six months but new Prius is ready for the road

Time to park your cyncism: The Thunder Power claims  outputs of either 310 or 430hp, can accelerate from 0-100kmh in less than 5.0 seconds and  can go for up to 650km on one charge. It can also have a range of 300km after just a 30min charge.

New electric car player boasts of Bugatti engineering pedigree and 650km electric range from its concept car

Choosing a car: technology is changing the way people decide to buy vehicles.

Technology is creating a new type of interactive car showroom

Porsche Mission E: the company says its electric concept car has a 500km range. Photograph: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

Jaguar’s F-Pace SUV looped the loop, Porsche surged ahead in the electric-car race, but China was flagged as a tougher challenge i(...)

Seat Leon cross sport: still a concept

Leon Cross Sport Show Car is still not the finished article

Nissan’s Gripz concept: a hint of what we can expect from the next-generation Nissan Juke

Hot crossover is what Nissan’s new Z-car will be like

Renault’s new Megane

More premium-looking styling and a tablet computer styling for interior controls on Renault’s new hatchback

Hyundai N 2025 Vision Gran Turismo:  for Sony’s Gran Turismo Playstation game

Opposite ends of the motoring spectrum on display on the Hyundai stand

Lamborghini Huracan LP610-4 Spyder is such an old-school Italian supercar that you can feel your sideburns grow just looking at it.

A 610hp Italian flying wedge amongst the electrics and plugins and Frankfurt

Ford is working on  a new family of diesel-like fuels which could, potentially, give an internal combustion engine similar Co2 emissions to that of an electric car

New fuels research could created diesel cars with 3g/km emissions

The Audi Quattro electric drive  unveiled on Monday night ahead of the Frankfurt motor show: showcases the upcoming Q6 model

500km range and inductive charging for the upcoming all-electric Q6 SUV

Porsche chief executive Matthias Mueller leaves the new electric powered Porsche Mission E

New battery system potentially cuts time spent at charging points to just 15 minutes

VW has developed four distinct sub-models for the Tiguan though – a basic ‘vanilla’ model, a more rugged off-road-style version, a very sporty and aggressive looking R-Line version and, still billed as a show car but definitely destined for production, a plugin hybrid GTE model

New 4x4 will come in short and long wheelbase models depending on market

Porsche 911: a plug-in hybrid version of the long-lived sports car may not be far away

Part electric Porsche on the way as VW Group looks to take on Tesla

BMW’s  Concept M4 GTS previews a powerful and exclusive special model

Classic car event sees one hot M4, and one classic Hommage

New Mercedes-Benz C-Class coupé

New two-door C-Class has less space than it could have

The S-Class Cabriolet: though luxurious, Mercedes has been hard at work adding extra safety features too

What kind of car has Swarovski crystals in its lights? This kind of car…

Enda Flanagan, Aaron Hannon, Paul Flynn and Robert Grimes, all from St Muredach’s College, Ballina, Co Mayo

Meet the young enthusiasts will represent Ireland in new technology competition at the F1 race

Peugeot’s 508RXH: end of the road for the diesel hybrid version

Expensive technology focused on too few markets

Is Mercedes’ IAA concept the best car of the Frankfurt show?

For all the new metal on show there is a sense of uncertainty about the motor industry’s future direction

Mercedes razzmattazz ahead of its press conference this morning

We wrap up a hectic morning at the world’s biggest car show

The biennial Frankfurt motor show is massive, easily the most vast of motor shows, with the combined halls measuring more than 1.6km in length

A preview of all the new metal on show at next week’s motoring extravaganza

Car maker's plugin hybrid will still get all the plaudits and headlines, but the diesel model is now a much improved car

The Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition. Mercedes’s head of China operations said he was still positive about the country’s car market, ‘subject to some stabilisation of the stock market’. Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

Slump in Chinese stock market has spooked international car companies

Mattias Bergman, President, National Electric Vehicle Sweden: This cooperation is one of the steps for NEVS to become a front-runner in the automotive industry, with focus on electric vehicles

China’s Dongfeng links up with NEVS to develop new ‘green’ vehicles

The Chevrolet Volt is eligible for special high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes in California

Influential US state wants to remove all internal combustion engines from its roads by 2050

The sports car will start at €231,000. Time to buy a few lottery tickets

Hot or not?: the photographs of the new Kia Sportage show a car that looks a good deal less sleek and sexy than the one in the official drawings

Kia’s crucial new crossover revealed by Korean website

Since 2013, 12 Ferraris, two Lamborghinis, 12 Aston Martins, 13 Bentleys and 32 Porsches have had their residual VRT refunded. Photograph: Wolfango.it

Ferrari, Bentley, Porsche buyers taking advantage of VRT repayment scheme

New direction: BMW’s next generation of its 4 Series convertible is expected to return to a soft-top

BMW 4 Series convertible likely to return to cloth-top when it is launched in 2021

Social media leak reveals Ferrari’s last non-hybrid V12 supercar

F12 is rumoured to be getting a boost to nearly 800hp

Audi claims the S8’s aluminium space-frame chassis has one of the lowest weights in its class: just 231kg when bare

Four-litre turbo V8 delivers 605hp in a lightweight aluminium chassis

Jazz hands or Jazz blands? Depends on how you do your shifting

Honda’s new NSX: rumours have flooded the internet over the idea of a new small Honda sports car, one to accompany the upcoming hybrid supercar

Hyundai’s plans for an Alfa 4C rival could be canned but Honda’s new S2000 could be a go

Skoda has come out on top of the latest JD Power car buyer satisfaction survey

European brands catching up with Japan and Korea in reliability terms

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