Greenpeace members protest against diesel emissions. According to T&E, if one takes a measurement of a car’s whole-life carbon dioxide emissions, as opposed to merely localised exhaust pipe emissions, diesel cars actually cause the emission of more CO2 than an equivalent petrol car.

Research by Transport & Environment finds that diesel cars emit more CO2 over their well-to-wheel lifetime than petrol cars

German Chancellor Angela Merkel (C) is flanked by Volkswagen chairman Matthias Mueller (C-R) and Volkswagen board member Herbert Diess (C-L) as she visits the booth of Volkswagen (VW) at the Frankfurt motor show

It’s the biggest car show in Europe but what did we actually glean from all the glamour?

Frankfurt Motor Show: Continental shows off ultra-clean, ultra-frugal diesel concept

A couple sits inside the Renault prototype Symbioz

Frankfurt Motor Show: Symbioz concept integrates car and house, while Toyota adds grunt to its C-HR Hybrid

Chery Exeed TX seems to lift design elements from various Lexus, Land Rover, and even Renault products

Exeed TX could rival Audi and BMW, while Suzuki gets back to basics

 Ferrari’s new Portofino

Frankfurt Motor Show: New Portofino and Aventador S Roadster make surprisingly low-key entrances at Frankfurt

Mercedes AMG Project One: with a price tag in the region of €4m it’s unlikely to be  coming to a showroom near you

Frankfurt Motor Show: Car makers know the future’s electric, but the present has to stick with petrol and diesel

Hot new Toyota Yaris

Frankfurt Motor Show: Audi and Toyota bring traditional hot rods to the show, while Subaru plays it safe

New Dacia Duster: keeps the same basic structure as the current car but  gets new styling and an updated interior, which is of higher quality than the old one, and at last puts the central infotainment screen up high where you can see it

Frankfurt Motor Show: Mercedes focuses on electric and hydrogen power while Dacia just keeps on being cheap

Opel’s new Grandland: aiming to win favour with current Nissan Qashqai customers

Frankfurt Motor Show: Honda’s 2019 urban electric car, Opel’s Grandland X and its plugin hybrid, and Hyundai’s sleeker i30 Fastbac(...)

Kia’s Proceed concept: showcasing the look of the upcoming Ceed hatchback range

Car makers get bullish over electric cars even as profit warnings are sounded

Volkswagen has revealed its updated ID Crozz concept car at its regular pre-show bash ahead of the Frankfurt motor show

Frankfurt motor show: Volkswagen shows updated electric crossover concept, and promises all models will be available with batterie(...)

BMW will also bring to Frankfurt the Concept X7 iPerformance, a plugin hybrid concept car that’s a pretty thinly disguised version of its upcoming seven-seat rival to the likes of the Volvo XC90 and Range Rover, the X7

BMW’s new i5 saloon leaks ahead of Frankfurt show

T&E points out that “the advertising budget for  electric cars in Norway, where more than one in three new cars sold are now electric, is much higher than elsewhere. BMW spends 24 per cent of its budget on promoting BEVs in Norway, and Daimler spends 14 per cent for its BEVs.”

Car firms hit back against accusations of lazy electric efforts

Volkswagen’s T-Roc compact SUV on display during its world premiere event at Villa Erba Congress Center in Cernobbio, Italy recently. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

There will be tough questions asked – and VW will be coming in for more than anyone else

Honda will announce that it’s no longer going to offer a diesel engine in the CR-V SUV when it shows off a new hybrid version at the Frankfurt motor show.

New high-tech hybrid replaces DERV in Honda’s big-selling SUV

Ultimately, buying a car with ethics in mind comes down to one thing – you

Is it possible to dodge the diesel debacle, and the environmental excuses, and buy a big hunk of mobile metal?

Both the BMW i3 electric hatchback and its sporty i3s version will appear at the Frankfurt motor show in two weeks’ time

Hotter i3 to appear alongside facelifted standard model at Frankfurt show

The T-Roc (an unusual name, where the T is derived from the larger Tiguan and Touareg, and the Roc from, well, rocks) could well give the Golf a bit of a hard time in the sales charts not least because it’s more practical.

New small SUV coming to Ireland in November as diesel scandal continues to swirl

There’s no question that the new Insignia is a fantastic-looking car

Opel’s big new saloon impresses in many areas but fails to reach necessary heights

The modern face of the SUV, carrying the same moniker as the vehicle that did battle on the beaches

For a history buff finally taking the time to follow in his grandfather’s Normandy footsteps, there’s only one vehicle of choice

Hyundai’s new Kona blur-in electric crossover

390km battery Kona SUV due next year

Activists attach a banner that reads “Welcome to Fort NOx” to Germany’s ministry of transport as ministers and car executives meet to discuss ways to cut inner-city pollution. Photograph: Reuters/Hannibal Hanschke

The reputation of diesel technology is in tatters following growing claims that the car firms have been playing – and in some case(...)

Small, slow and apparently fragile, the 2CV nonetheless stands up  well to modern-day traffic conditions.

What can a classic in modern Paris tell us about the French auto industry?

Low and curvy, with that priapic snout inciting all sorts of Freudian complications, the Jaguar F-Type is still one of the most striking cars on the road.

Four cylinder engine is no barrier to pleasure with big cat’s sports car

The Velar owes a great deal to the Jaguar F-Pace, the basic aluminium underpinnings of which it shares.

First Drive: Midsized SUV seamlessly blends on-road performance with off-road prowess

Volkswagen is the best-selling brand so far this year with 12,215 new car registrations. Total new registrations stood at 118,925 by the end of business on Monday, down from 131,207 this time last year.

Sharp discounts in UK diesel sales could lead to more imports

Long-gestating project: Ten years ago, BMW used a tiny number of hand-built electric Mini prototypes to start getting a feel for how people would use and drive electric cars.  Photograph: Christian Bruna/EPA

Munich promises battery Mini hatch for 2019, and i-Next for 2021

By  mid-July 2017, 50,836 used cars were imported into Ireland from January 1st. Photograph: Getty Images

Our survey of top 10 most imported cars reveals serious value across the Border

 “As a road approaches its maximum capacity, small changes in traffic volumes can cause proportionately larger changes in congestion delays”

Cost-per-mile could be cut to less than €1, but the taxi industry will suffer badly

The recipe for the new CX-5 is very much a steady-hand, don’t-rock-the-boat one

Family crossover is quite similar to previous model but has been tweaked in all right areas

Tweak the “Manettino” switch on the bottom of the steering wheel to Sport and the Lusso will accelerate with undisguised ferocity, and all the noise your ear canals can safely carry.

GTC4 Lusso mixes V12 music and all-wheel drive tech to distinctly old-fashioned effect

Increasing imports of cars from the UK mcontinue to be driven by a weakened Sterling exchange rate. According to industry watchers motorcheck.ie, 13,381 cars have been imported from the UK so far this year, a rise of some 41 per cent.

13,300 cars brought in from UK so far this year

This new Ibiza is something of a revelation. Sit in and clunk the door shut, and you’ll notice immediately that the cabin has taken a major step forward.

New small hatchback has more room, more toys, but is still well priced starting at €14,995

BMW 3 Series

The BMW 3 Series wins but the Audi A4 and Mercedes-Benz C-Class are worthy contenders

Jeremy Hicks, MD UK, Jaguar Land Rover, speaks in defence of diesel at the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) International Automotive Summit conference  in London

Jeremy Hicks says new-build diesels are environmentally sound as buyers plan to desert DERV

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

BMW 1 Series

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

Volkswagen Golf: is consistency personified

We identify the best in class and some rivals to consider

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?

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

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

We identify the best in class and some rivals to consider

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

Whatever your budget or motoring needs, we identify the best in class, some worthy contenders and something a bit different from t(...)

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

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