The first of the new 40 family to go on sale, in 2017, will be the XC40 crossover.

Twinned concepts preview 2017’s XC40 crossover and new V40 hatch

At €263,000, we’d hoped for more than a mish-mash of A4 and TT bits and pieces

Paul Linders and his father Joe at the new store in the Swords Pavilions shopping centre.

Renault and Dacia store to open in Pavillions shopping centre this weekend

Indian-market Renault Kwid one of several vehicles accused of offering poor accident protection to drivers in emerging markets

ICCT says the data being used to set up emission lab tests is wrong 

One-third of vehicle emissions being under reported due to incomplete testing data

New hatch is larger and roomier than a Swift, but still conspicuously good value for money

Carlos Ghosn, chief executive officer of Nissan Motor (centre), and Osamu Masuko, chairman and chief executive officer of Mitsubishi Motors (left). Mitsubishi, hit and crippled by its unfolding fuel economy scandal, has bowed to the perhaps inevitable and accepted a bid from Nissan for 34 per cent of Mitsubishi Motors

Mitsubishi will become part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance with a 34 per cent stake taken by the Franco-Japanese giant

Mitsubishi Lancer Evo V 1998

They have lost ground in sales but it’s worth recalling seven of their best including a current offering

According to car history checking service Cartell, one in ten cars imported from the UK in 2015 was previously written off for accident damage.

Cartell finds that 10.4 per cent of cars imported into Ireland last year were previously written off

The Toyota GT86 Shooting Brake concept: sadly not signed off for production

Shooting Brake concept is fully functional but sadly it’s not for production

The Road Safety Authority wants all cars fitted with ‘intelligent speed assistants’

Skoda’s long-awaited new SUV was previewed through the Vision-S concept

New seven-seater will be named after an Alaskan bear

Good to go: David Newman (centre) and Jonathan Rea, 2015 World Superbike Champion, in the Kawasaki team strip, with a volunteer from the Blood Bike Leinster charity

Data shows bikers safer on two wheels and four, says insurance chief

Ageing hatchback’s new 2.0-litre 120hp diesel engine’s performance is impressive

 Sergio Marchionne, CEO of of Fiat Chrysler: If Tesla can show me that the car will be profitable at that price, I will copy the formula, add the Italian design flair and get it to the market within 12 months.”

Marchionne throws down gauntlet to Musk over Model 3

Volkswagen chief Matthias Mueller, speaks during a news conference in Germany on Thursday  Photograph: Bloomberg

VW still expects 2016 to be a good year for sales, but costs for diesel emissions scandal are rising

Just don’t tell let them know that this plug-in X5 is still pretty thirsty . . .

Jag’s first SUV could be transformative model for brand in Ireland’s car market

Nissan Leaf: when Chris Drumm plugged his car into the charging point, “there was a bang from the charger and a smell of burning and smoke came from it”

Customer’s Nissan Leaf stopped working after he tried to charge it

Mitsubishi Motors Corp’s President Tetsuro Aikawa (centre) and Executive Vice President Ryugo Nakao (left) at a news conference at the transport ministry in Tokyo, Japan.

Company president Aikawa admits that massaged fuel figures decades as share price plunges

The insurance industry has sounded a warning to drivers not to take needless risks in cars which are not fully autonomous. The warning comes on foot of the release of systems by Tesla (above), which are partly autonomous but which still require full attention and concentration by the driver. 

Autonomous cars will still need a driver to oversee their operation

Testing times: The Equa air quality index tests are carried out by an independent firm called Emissions Analytics

New Equa tests give car giant’s Euro6-compliant diesels top grades but tests show several other popular car models well above emi(...)

A report commissioned by the Northern Ireland Bodyshop Alliance has warned against the use of non-original car parts

NI trade body says ‘pattern’ parts used in repairs compromising road safety

Mercedes E-Class. ‘The ride is perfectly smooth and unruffled, yet without an ounce of slop to the body control. It really is dynamically something of a masterclass.’

New vehicle is prime weapon in Merc’s battle to be bestselling luxury car brand by 2020

Former Aston Martin designer Henrif Fisker: His company folded after 4,000 Karma plug-in hybrids had been built and sold, but now he’s back on more familiar territory – designing a custom-built body for existing mechanicals

The man who helped reinvent Aston Martin has just designed a V10 but he is convinced of the potential plug-in hybrids offer

The  mass-market Model 3:  in just a few days since this unfinished, untested new electric saloon was first revealed to the public, Tesla has taken 325,000 orders for it. Photograph: Tesla Motors/Handout via Reuters

Stunning success of California-based electric car firm marred by Model X safety recall

Performance and fuel efficiency improved in sports car as it goes turbo

Mazda’s last rotary, used in the RX-8 sports coupe in 2012: the design had heavy oil consumption and generally lousy economy to deal with

Filing could indicate that car maker has solved tricky fuel consumption issues

 Ferrari 355 S Scaglietti racing car: sold at auction in Paris in February, the 355 S had been raced by none other than Stirling Moss

They used to be a sure-fire investment, but vintage Ferraris are not breaking records

The spacious Octavia RS 230 offers poise and comfort, as well as sturdy steering

Carlos Tavares, chief executive officer of PSA Peugeot Citroen, has promised that between now and 2021 his two vehicle brands (three if you count Citroen’s luxury DS spinoff) will launch 26 new passenger cars and eight new commercial vehicles including a pickup truck for the burgeoning one-tonne market.

Peugeot Citroen’s boss says the companies will launch 26 new models including a pickup

UK car imports: Irish consumers thinking of buying an import have been told to “grab the opportunity now because no one knows what could actually happen in the event of a Brexit”. Photograph: Matt Cardy/Getty Images

Yes vote could complicate the purchasing process for buyers, say experts

Back from the dead: the XKSS will return next year to mark the 60th anniversary of Jaguar’s original XKSS

Nine of the 1950s classics will come to market next year for €1.5m each

Mazda MX-5 Retractable Fastback: comes in 1.5 or 2.0-litre engine options and with an optional automatic gearbox version

New hard-top the best-looking MX-5 yet and perfect for our weather conditions

Oil versus electricity: Protesters attend a rally in Beverly Hills, California demanding the Los Angeles Times not be sold to the Koch Brothers, portraits of which were held up. Charles and Bill Koch have donated millions to various conservative causes, including a new lobby group opposing electric cars. Photograph:  Joe Klamar/AFP

New lobby group funded by Koch brothers will try to convince governments to end electric vehicle subsidies

Luca de Meo, President of the Seat Executive Committee

Will the turnaround be enough to secure the VW-owned brand’s future?

A diagnosis programme being run on a VW Passat TDI at a repair shop in Solingen, Germany.  Photograph: Marius Becker/EPA

Carmaker aims to make electric and part-electric models affordable

With tyres studded with small aluminium spikes and a couple of spare Jerry-cans of petrol in the boot, off we set in the Mazda CX-3. Photographs: Drew Gibson

Car maker’s small hatchback proves surprisingly adept for polar transport

Volvo V60 D6 Twin Engine: carmaker knows mixing diesel and electrics is the wrong road to follow

Not enough range on electric, not enough economy on diesel, and too pricey overall

The Citroen DS 3 Cabrio on display at the Geneva motor show: the DS 3 was among the cars used in PSA Peugeot Citroen’s fuel economy tests; it scored 4.9 litres per 100km, (57.6mpg). Photograph: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images

Transport & Environment has ratified PSA’s new fuel economy tests

Kia’s Optima didn’t need a major redesign just some tweaks to improve its appeal

Compact, and based on the same underpinnings as the A1 and the VW Polo, the Q2 is chunky and both wider and taller than the A3 Sportback hatchback

Chunky small crossover uses A1 ands Polo bits

The new Fiat Tipo: arriving in Ireland later this year

New hatch and estate join the award-winning saloon at Geneva

The tenth-generation Civic, which will go on sale before the end of this year, will be quite different. For the first time ever, it will share its structure and underpinnings with the US-market Civic

Tenth-generation Civic hatch previewed by concept

Koenigsegg says the light battery stack, encased in a sealed unit for better cooling, is at F1-levels of technology and that the Regera will sprint from 0-100kmh in just 2.8secs

€1.58-million Swedish supercar undercuts and almost out-punches the mighty Bugatti Chiron

Opel’s GT concept: a glimpse at the future with a nod to the past, in keeping with the overall show

Motoring’s most important car show can’t seem to decide whether to look forwards or backwards. Or both at the same time.

The new Mercedes-Benz C-Class convertible:  a four-seater, with a fabric roof that takes 20secs to open or close, and which can be raised or lowered at speeds of up to 50kmh.

First-ever soft-top C-Class set to be more practical than rivals

Renault is seeking to blur the boundaries between MPV and SUV with its all-new Scenic

Big-wheeled stance and mild-hybrid diesel set to be key to new MPV’s appeal

The T-Cross Breeze concept leans heavily on the next Polo’s shortened MQB platform and, in spite of the convertible bodywork on the show car, will of course come to the market with a conventional five-door body.

The little Polo-based SUV will slot into Tiguan family

420kmh top speed for Bugatti’s new hyper-car

Skoda has its own SUV in the pipeline and the VisionS concept indicates what it will look like

With a background of diesel scandal and a wobbling world economy, what treats and trepidation does the 2016 Geneva motor show have(...)

Nissan has shut down the servers powering its NissanConnectEV app  because of a security failure which could allow malicious manipulation of a car’s functions. The issue affects electric Leaf and eNV200 vehicles.

Nissan’s ConnectEV app switched off after security vulnerabilities discovered

Audi’s new S4 Avant: the S4 range get a brand new 3.0-litre TFSI turbo V6 petrol engine with 354hp and 500Nm of torque. 0-100kmh comes up in 4.7secs, while top speed is limited to 250km/h.

New S4 keeps classic quattro four-wheel-drive system but boasts a new V6 engine

Mini Convertible: its roof can be raised or lowered in a claimed 18 seconds

Mini’s stylish new offering is huge fun to drive – as long the sun is shining

It’s usually thought that a rate of €1 to 80p is the crossover point where shopping overseas for a car makes sense

Irish buyers are once again looking across the Irish Sea for used car bargains, but it’s still a case of buyer beware

Complete with ‘Volkswagen Originalteil’ (that’s original parts) on the label, VW’s own butchers made 7.2-million currywursts in 2015 to keep hungry plant workers and executives fed at Wolfsburg. By contrast, Volkswagen only made 5.8-million Volkswagens in 2015, a 4.8 percent drop from 2014’s numbers.

VW’s own-brand currywurst produced in greater numbers in 2015 than VW’s cars

The first official photos of Volvo’s new V90 estate. Closely related, hardly surprisingly, to the recently-revealed S90 saloon, Volvo Ireland has confirmed to The Irish Times that both estate and saloon will arrive on the market with cutting-edge automated driving tech as standard.

New Volvo hopes to re-ignite interest in estate format with high tech and sleek style

BMW’s M2 is fabulous. Lots of revs, endless power, tireless  brakes and pin-sharp handling balance. But there’s a but.

370hp 2 Series has the poise and power, but does it have the ultimate character?

New crossover maxes out on space but looks and drives a little too subtly for its own good

Coming to Ireland this summer: Seat’s long-awaited new Ateca crossover

Spanish marque of the VW Group aims at high targets with Qashqai rival

Opel has confirmed  a re-badged version of the recently-launched Chevrolet Bolt electric car will go on sale across Europe next year.

Re-badged Chevrolet Bolt will go on sale across Europe in 2017

From the left: Rory Reid, Sabine Schmitz, Matt LeBlanc, Chris Evans, Chris Harris, Eddie Jordan and The Stig, who have been announced as the full line-up for BBC’s Top Gear programme.

Evans and Matt LeBlanc to be joined by Eddie Jordan, Sabine Schmitz, Chris Harris and newcomer Rory Reid

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

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

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

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

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