The Commission of Investigation into the shooting of Ronan MacLochlainn  was established by the Government in July of last year after the dead man’s partner Grainne Nic Gib (above) took her case to the European Court of Human Rights.  File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

A Garda sergeant who shot dead Real IRA man Ronan MacLochlainn during a botched armed raid in 1998 was shot dead accidentally by an armed colleague th(...)

When Mazda first introduced the CX-5 crossover in 2012, it was the sort of gamble that has the croupiers of Monaco taking sharp intakes of breath, bef(...)

Is Mercedes’ IAA concept the best car of the Frankfurt show?

When the bosses of Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen start name-checking major political events in their motor show speeches, you know you are at a differe(...)

The biennial Frankfurt motor show is massive, easily the most vast of motor shows, with the combined halls measuring more than 1.6km in length

It’s time to get your skates on for the biennial Frankfurt motor show, and that’s not just a cheery turn of phrase – the show is massive, easily the (...)

The 1.5-litre is actually faster than the outgoing 1.8-litre, hitting 100km/h from standing start in 8.3 seconds.

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New direction: BMW’s next generation of its 4 Series convertible is expected to return to a soft-top

When first launched on the 1995 Mercedes-Benz SLK, the idea of a folding steel roof seemed too obvious and so clever that palms were slapped on forehe(...)

Skoda has come out on top of the latest JD Power car buyer satisfaction survey

The latest round of JD Power car buyer satisfaction surveys makes for interesting reason, especially for those who’ve recently bought a Skoda or a car(...)

Renault has never been easy on the Irish tongue. We emphasise the final “t”, much to the chagrin of the sensitive French ear. To them the “ult” end(...)

 A man taking photos beside the Volkswagen logo at the 16th Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition in Shanghai, China, in April. A  vast shopping spree  in past years built up the now titanic Volkswagen Group. Photograph: How Hwee Young/EPA

“The merger is wonderful news. It will be the saving . . . of the industry. One has the know-how on the heavy vehicle side and one on the car side.(...)

The new Mazda MX-5 may boast design changes and a drop of 100kgs, but the figure that will enlighten most Irish buyers will be 139g/km, which means an annual motor tax bill of €280.

The MX-5 has always been a favourite of petrolheads and nearly one million MX-5s have been sold worldwide since it was first introduced in 1989. Howev(...)