Traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange: the dollar index fell for a fourth day on the latest batch of soft US data, which dampened expectations for US interest rate hikes this year. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Another volatile trading session saw European stocks end the day lower, although the London market rallied and made gains of more than 1 per cent. Fl(...)

Volkswagen Financial Services, a bank owned by Volkswagen, in Braunschweig, Germany. Volkswagen Financial Services has helped VW’s growth, but its focus on the company’s cars could endanger profits if the emissions-cheating scandal continues to undercut sales. (Gordon Welters/The New York Times)

Volkswagen is more than just a scandal-plagued automaker. It is also one of Europe’s largest banks, and its loan portfolio appears vulnerable to the (...)

Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary: results due Monday. Photograph:  EPA/OLIVIER HOSLET
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Volkswagen accounted for 24.8 per cent of new cars sold in Europe in 2015 Photograph: Reuters

Volkswagen’s market share in Europe fell for the first time since 2007 as the German carmaker’s emissions-rigging scandal deterred buyers in the final(...)

Look, ma,  no hands: A self-driving Toyota Lexus on busy Tokyo streets – it’s unnerving at first. Photograph: Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP

Automakers, not technology companies, are in the driver’s seat in developing self-driving, “autonomous” cars, and Toyota is best positioned to lead th(...)

A toy bull sits in front of the DAX Index curve at the Frankfurt Stock Exchange in  Germany on Monday: financial markets started 2016 on a bleak note and China is at the centre of it. Photographer: Martin Leissl/Bloomberg

Irish and European markets fell on Monday as a slide in Chinese equities fuelled investors’ fears that a slowdown in the world’s biggest market will h(...)

Year of the drone: software has improved, with drones increasingly capable of autonomous flight. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

This year consumer interest in drones and quadcopters really took off (if you’ll excuse the pun). By the end of the year, two million units may have b(...)

Mayor of Los Angeles Eric Garcetti during the Connected Car Expo in Los Angeles. Photograph: Patrick T Fallon/Bloomberg

Autonomous vehicles still struggle with mundane challenges such as tumbleweed, police officers giving traffic directions and wild animals, a Volksw(...)

The struggling Spanish Seat nameplate,  owned by VW, fell 11 per cent, but premium badge Audi rose 4.1 per cent. Photograph:   Scott Olson/Getty Images

Slowing sales at Europe’s biggest carmakers, including scandal-hit Volkswagen, took the pace off growth in the market last month, as registrations inc(...)

German authorities have found signs of elevated pollutants in diesels from several carmakers

Volkswagen has set an end-November deadline for its whistleblower programme meant to encourage staff to reveal to hired investigators what they know a(...)