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

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

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

Lars Himmer will move from  VW in Germany where he is head of group sales strategy

Lars Himmer will take over from former MD Simon Elliot in January

The new Aston Martin DB10: it’s the continuation of a 50-year association between Bond and Aston on screen

Only 10 DB10s will be made, all of which will be used on set and driven by current 007 Daniel Craig

The Opel Karl: interior follows the stylistic lead of the just-updated Corsa

Model will compete with likes of Hyundai i10 and Volkswagen Up

For younger drivers, the key to cheaper car insurance is simply to stick to smaller engined cars – 1.0-litres is all you’re realistically going to get covered on  – and don’t start adding spoilers and wings either

How to keep motoring insurance costs at bay – part two of our guide to buying in 2015

Underneath the exterior, the C1 is little more than an update of the 2005 model, and almost identical to the Toyota Aygo or Peugeo(...)

New Celerio comes with two 1.0-litre petrol engines that are outwardly identical but differ in detail.

New small car comes with two engines that are, on the surface, identical

Trading up: if you’re tired of the jalopy in the front yard, it may be time to take the plunge and buy a new car

Thinking of getting a new car? Here are some tips for re-entering the market

Prologue concept brings wide grilles back to Audi design.

LA show concept previews A9 coupe as well as next A6 and A4

Best pick for sports saloon: BMW 3

The sports cars and supercars to put on your 2015 wishlist

For environmentally friendly motoring, we have the best picks for 2015

Best pick for family hatchback: Volkswagen Golf

Our picks for hatchbacks and family saloons in January 2015

Best pick for compact SUV: Honda CR-V

The SUVs to put at the top of your new year list, and few worth waiting for

City Car: Hyundai i10

If you're looking for a small car in the new year, look no further

Best pick for executive car: BMW 5 Series

The best cars to order for January, plus the ones to consider and the ones that are worth waiting for

They’re cheaper to buy, cheaper to run – so why not forgo moving house and get yourself a car with character instead

A Coys classic cars auction: rapidly rising prices are pushing enthusiasts out of the market

Owning a classic car is rapidly becoming out of reach for average enthusiasts

Car makers are starting to have some regrets  about opening the door to Google’s software

VW and Mercedes worried tech giant is digging too deep into customers’ lives

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