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

Kris Meeke, Citroen’s lead driver for2017 and at the heart of the development of the new C3 WRC. For the Dungannon-born driver, 2017 could represent his best chance of a tilt at the title

Irish duo lead new Citroen challenge as Toyota comes back to sport that made its name

New cars  at the National Vehicle Distribution in  Baldonnell, Co Dublin. Timing is everything when buying a  car. Photograph:  David Sleator

Don’t cross the threshold of a dealership before you’ve read the following guide

A Tesla electric-powered sedan  at a  charging station in Germany. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

As 500km range electric cars are set to become common the question of power arises

The new Discovery, which Land Rover calls its ‘Digital’ Discovery, is supposed to represent a leap forwards in sophistication and efficiency

New, lighter model is more sophisticated but it is still able to handle the tough conditions

Opel may have to issue a recall for Corsa D models built between 2006 and 2014 due to a  possible fire risk

Short-circuiting electrics blamed for spate of fires breaking out in Corsa models

On-demand refuelling service being trialled on 300 drivers in San Francisco

The Tipo’s steering feels springy and weighted with a touch of sporting heft and the suspension feels smooth and calm

Cut-price hatch makes for surprisingly appealing family car that may sway Irish buyers

The boys are back: Richard Hammond, James May and Jeremy Clarkson are back pratting about with cars on screen in Amazon’s The Grand Tour

Former Top Gear trio are back with Amazon dollars and sweeping visuals but episode one feels a touch too familiar

Dublin solicitor Dermot McNamara suggests court action might clarify the root cause of the problem with BMW’s N47 diesel engines, which were fitted to the 1, 3 and 5 Series. Photograph: Christof Stache/AFP/Getty Images

Irish solicitor ‘inundated’ with BMW owners keen to sue over N47 diesel engine failures

Jaguar’s first fully electric vehicle, the Jaguar I-PACE concept car, is revealed for the first time in Los Angeles

New all-electric SUV will be on sale in 2018 claiming 500km range

Volkswagen’s new Golf comes with new bumpers at the front and rear, standard LED lights for the back and optional ones for the front and new alloys

New fuel-efficient 1.5 TSI petrol engine and a longer-range eGolf arrive early next year

Hyundai Ioniq: Available as a conventional petrol-electric hybrid; a plug-in hybrid; and a battery-only electric vehicle

New hybrid and pure-battery model set to take on Nissan Leaf and Toyota Prius

Porsche aficionados are annoyed by the new 718 but it still sets the benchmark

With a contrasting roof and a range of bright colour options and stickers, the new C3 is quite distinctive and rather handsome. You can either go nuts with bright greens or oranges, or class everything up with blues or greys and either version looks nice

Mechanically unadventurous but the new C3 does have a welcome dose of style

A Tesla Model S charges at a Supercharger station. The tech car firm has announced Irish prices for the Model S saloon and Model X SUV. It will open a store in Ireland in 2017 and install Superchargers in four sites. Photograph: Sam Mircovich/Reuters

News comes as hybrids and plug-in hybrids overtaking pure electric cars in sales figures

The day when you can rent your own car out for short hire when you’re not using it is fast approaching

IBM’s Dublin-based research division is finding ways to make use of cars even when they’re standing still

The more wifi hotspots and Bluetooth interfaces, the more open cars are to a malicious attack and takeover

Sprawling lines of code will give hackers more room for manoeuvre

Fiat Tipo saloon: being promoted on price and  equipment

New boss Paul Hunt has plans to resurrect Irish fortunes of one-time Italian bestseller

The Giulia saloon: Alfa Romeo hasn’t skimped on the mechanical specifications.

Giulia’s starting price at €39,000 includes an eight-speed automatic gearbox

Lynk & Co 01 compact SUV is the first of its planned full range of globally-available models. At 4.5-metres long and 1.6-metres tall, it’s smack dab in the middle of the burgeoning compact SUV sector

Carmaker’s new Lynk & Co 01 global model comes with Volvo-engineered engines

‘Our experience of previous periods of high insurances costs suggest that car maintenance will reduce, increasing the risk of accidents and the incidence of uninsured driving is also likely to increase,’ says Alan Nolan, director general of SIMI. Image: iStock

Insurance increases and stalling cars sales have the motor trade worried

Audi’s Q2 compact crossover, which goes on sale in Ireland this week. For the moment, only prices for the diesel models have been announced, which kick off with the 1.6-litre 110hp SE model at €32,490 while an S-line version costs €35,790.

Next-generation Audis to drop unique platforms and use more Volkswagen parts

With the drop in Sterling, the Republic’s car buyers are looking to the North for savings - and not just for top end Ferraris and the like

With sterling’s drop, car buyers in the Republic in search of a bargain can make big savings shopping in the North

Citroen Ireland says online car buying is a ‘medium term project’

BMW joins forces with car-sharing firm Go Car to launch its new longer-range electric i3

As part of Bentley’s Connected Car Strategy, it’s introducing a trial partnership in California with private fuelling company Filld. Filld already operates an app-based service that lets you call a compact tanker van out to your location to refill your fuel tank, saving you the hassle of going to the petrol station.

Concierge service refuels your car wherever you are, ensuring your car will never run dry

Buyers of much more workaday fare have been finding that they are making savings by personally importing a car. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty

Mass-market car buyers starting to find prices are luring them north or to Britain

Electric cars to the fore in Paris, but diesel and petrol still relevant says the industry

960hp hybrid convertible kicks off Ferrari’s 70th birthday celebrations

No right-hand drive production for new electric car, but an EV for Ireland and the UK is in the works

The handsome new Audi Q5 SUV has been unveiled at the Paris motor show, and if recent sales results are anything to go by, it could soon be the best-selling car that Audi makes.

Mega-hatch set to take on the AMG A-Class and CLA, Q5 could be Audi’s ultimate cash cow

Finally, someone makes a coupe-like crossover that actually looks nice

Striking UX will eventually become Lexus’ Q3 rival

Seat’s press conference was all presented using virtual reality headsets: the future of car buying?

Seat’s rival to the Juke and Captur will launch next year, based on the Ibiza

Volkswagen’s ID concept: vitally important for the image of the brand

Paris 2016 brings electric power into the mainstream but there are big brands missing from the lineup

New small hatch joined on stage by updated Carens and sportier Soul

The new Mercedes-Benz EQ concept

Sexy all-electric SUV is Mercedes’ answer to the Tesla Model X

Nissan’s new Micra

Nissan promises that the new Micra is more sporty and more high-tech than ever before

380hp 4WD super-hatch is a sign of Korean things to come

The new Renault elecric supermin Zoe promises a range of 400km on a single charge

Dramatic leap in battery range could undermine VW’s new electric car debut

New seven-seater has Co2 emissions starting from 159g/km

Mercedes has dramatically confirmed that it will make a mid-engined hypercar to cash in on its enormous success in recent years in Formula One

New hybrid supercar will put Mercedes into direct competition with Aston Martin and Red Bull

New concept boasts electric range of between 400km and 600km

The Hybrid C-HR’s prices kick off at €29,350 for a Luna model, rising to €31,950 for a Luna Sport and €32,950 for the top-of-the-range Sol

€26,000 starting point for Toyota’s new compact SUV

Volkswagen’s all-battery electric car is set to go on sale as a Golf-sized EV hatch in 2019.

New battery rival to Golf could be star of Paris motor show this week

Citroën’s  striking CXPERIENCE concept will be shown  at the 2016 Paris motor show

Volkswagen will be centre stage in Paris, despite the efforts of French and Asian rivals

New Renault Scenic: has the looks but has it missed the market?

Challening road ahead for revamped Scenic as SUVs become increasingly more popular

The new Hyundai i3: all models come with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, while a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic is available on certain versions.

Korean firm’s hatchback will take on Volkswagen Golf, Ford Focus and Opel Astra

The new Land Rover Discovery are about to find that their favourite car will get both Range Rover-esque styling and a much more efficient powertrain

Next big Land Rover to be unveiled at Paris motor show will get lower emissions

Peugeot has replaced its current  5008 people carrier (MPV) with  an SUV  seven-seater aiming to  compete with the likes of the new Skoda Kodiaq and the Hyundai Santa Fe.

Revamped model comes with surprise in the boot: the new eFO1 folding electric bike

 Range Rover Evoque:   compact SUV’s new jewell-like headlamps with their ghostly outline of LED daytime running lights smarten and freshen up a familiar face

In battle between two excellent mid-size SUVs, which of the British crossovers comes out on top?

Skoda’s new Kodiaq SUV: this seven-seater could push the brand up against some long established premium players in the SUV ranks

Incredibly spacious seven-seater expected to be big seller among Irish buyers next year

The latest twist and turn in the Apple car story could be a link up between the computer and tech giant and BMW. Photograph: Bloomberg via Getty Images

US analyst suggests companies could collaborate on Apple’s ‘Project Titan’ car project

Amazon Vehicles has just been added to the retail giant’s US website, and while you cannot yet purchase a car directly from Amazon itself, you can peruse models, prices, specifications, colours and options to your heart’s content.

‘Amazon Vehicles’ section added to site ahead of Jeremy Clarkson motor show launch

Opel’s  Ampera-e hatchback is expected to go on sale for about €38,000.

All-electric compact hatch boasts 322km range, outclassing Nissan Leaf’s 250km

Subaru Levorg  has been introduced to Ireland as a result of customer demand – but just how well will it actually sell?

Costly and no diesel option but car has secret weapon: its role in British racing series

A top-down image of a cartoon 5 Series. The idea is to publicise BMW’s new ‘Remote View 3D’ system, which uses the car’s all-round parking cameras to allow you to view remotely what’s happening next to or near your car.

Short on detail, but grainy ‘3D’ image is first undisguised photograph of new G30 5 Series

Andy Bruce of Lookers: ‘We have for many years been building a strong, leading position in the new and used car market in Ireland’.

Lookers, owner of Audi South Dublin, posts big profits and increased sales revenue

The 2008 has a taller, flatter face with more aggressively angled and indented headlamps and a bigger, more toothy grille

Peugeot’s updated small crossover looks more stylish but is as useful under the skin as it was before

The Vision coupé is 6m long, purely a design statement but a hint at where future Mercedes-Maybach models are going.

Failed Mercedes ultra-luxury brand is on comeback trail with a 6m-long coupé

The plan calls for a year-on-year rise of 2.18 cent a litre for diesel over five years. The move would push prices up over 117 cent. Photograph: Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty Images

Series of diesel tax rises, to match duty on petrol, proposed due to air quality concerns

Car hacking: the more complex the electronics – and the more interaction they are allowed with the outside world – the more vulnerable you and your car are to unwanted attention

Electronic systems are attractive but they also open vulnerable access points

The lower house of the Dutch parliament has given initial approval for the proposalto ban the sale of new combustion-engined cars from 2025.

Initial backing given for ban on sale of new petrol- or diesel-powered cars

Self-drive? Mercedes attempted to clarify the situation, saying there was on-screen text in the advert reminding viewers that the car can’t drive itself completely

Carmaker is still investing in electric cars and has bought stake in Hailo

Late afternoon traffic in Auckland, New Zealand, where a no-fault insurance model for cars has been operation since 1928

Using a more radical proposal to reduce the cost of car insurance such as New Zealand’s ‘no-fault’ system could work in Ireland (...)

Ford’s S-Max also comes in ‘Shadow’ black and ‘Frozen’ white

Spacious, comfortable seven-seater family model sees car maker back to its best

The average age of cars on Irish roads today is nine years

New figures from Cartell show that the Irish car fleet is ageing fast

The number of imported used cars from the UK was 5,707 in July, a rise of 35 per cent compared to July 2015, but that’s not out of line with historical figures. Photograph: iStock

Used car imports are up on last year, but the fall in sterling’s value is not the reason

According to VW’s head of group R&D: “Particulate filters for diesel engines are already proven and established. The gasoline particulate filter will now reduce the particulate emissions of direct injection petrol engines by up to 90 per cent.”

Think petrol is automatically cleaner than diesel? Think again

On average, the cost of car insurance has risen by 38 per cent in the past year: According to the insurance industry, there are solid and sadly sensible reasons for   this. Illustration: iStock/Getty

Lawyers and the insurance industry are at loggerheads with motorists stuck in the middle

Safety experts in Australia are up in arms over the RS’s “Drift Mode”, the technology which, when enabled, helps and encourages you to slip and slide your RS in the manner of a rally ace.

Orders for 220 cars put back to 2017; safety experts call for disabling of RS’s ‘Drift Mode’

Mercedes’s leaked product plan for 2017

Line-up will include new crossover coupes and the now-famous pickup truck

Tesla’s autopilot system in operation: China has banned the use of experimental autonomous vehicles on its roads

Volvo also apparently cooling on idea of total vehicular autonomy following Tesla crash

According to economist Jim Power, “despite the still-positive economic outlook, growth in car sales could be low or maybe even flat in 2017”.

Auto trade rattled by fall in consumer confidence and post-Brexit uncertainty

Irish driver Martin Donnelly: “We should still be excited about F1”

Stepping back on safety isn’t how to make F1 exciting again, says Martin Donnelly

July could outpace the more traditional January in the sales race this year. Photograph: Tobias Schwarz/Reuters

More than 13,000 new cars registered in just the first seven days

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