Analysts and green groups have been warning for years that actual vehicle emissions were likely much higher than reported ones - creating a false sense of confidence in the quality of the air we breathe, and preventing adequate measures from being taken.  Photograph: Getty Images 2:33

VW’s cheating on diesel emissions tests has shaken the motor industry to its core. This is arguably its Lance Armstrong moment. The scales have falle(...)

Volkswagen chief Martin Winterkorn resigned after an eight-hour crisis board meeting on Wednesday. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg 2:33

Scandal-wracked car giant Volkswagen will choose a new boss on Friday to lead it out of crisis after chief executive Martin Winterkorn resigned on Wed(...)

Volkswagen AG’s Chief Executive Officer Martin Winterkorn has resigned over the US emissions scandal. Photograph: Reuters 2:33

Martin Winterkorn, chief executive of Volkswagen AG has resigned six days after the firm admitted to cheating on US emissions tests. The announcement (...)

Irish owners are rightly concerned about the impact of the VW scandal on their cars 2:33

Why should Irish motorists care about the Volkswagen scandal? Put simply, it may end up costing you more in motor tax and new car prices. While the f(...)

The models affected were built between 2009 and this year and involve Golfs, Passats, Beetles and Jettas along with Audi A3s. Photograph: EPA

Why should Irish motorists care about the Volkswagen scandal? Put simply, it may end up costing you more in motor tax and new car prices. While t(...)

Opel Karl: a city car that will appeal to those who seek little more than a small functional runabout, where price and practicality usurp all other potential features

The death of a couple trapped in a crashed car for three days this summer sadly coincided with the launch of a system designed to prevent just such fa(...)

Martin Winterkorn, chief executive officer of Volkswagen: “I’m very sorry, I’m utterly sorry. The violations of these diesel motors by our company go against everything that Volkswagen stands for.” 1:35

Volkswagen chief executive Martin Winterkorn has issued another apology over the firm’s cheating on emissions tests. It came as the firm admitted up t(...)

A visitor wears a Samsung Gear VR headset as he tries a virtual reality drive of a Ford Edge car during the media day at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Photograph: REUTERS/Ralph Orlowski

Motoring is going to change more in the next decade than it has in the last century. That’s the view of industry veteran Mary Barra, boss of car giant(...)

The new Astra Sport at the Frankfurt Auto Show. Photograph: Hannelore Foerster/Getty Images

The Frankfurt motor show started with a stumble. At the opening press conference of the biennial car industry extravaganza, BMW chief executive Harald(...)

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

Frankfurt Auto Show managed a loop-the-loop, a surge and then a stumble. Which is appropriate, for that’s much like the story of the current motor in(...)