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

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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(...)

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 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

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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(...)

Toyota GT86

Best in class Toyota GT86 When Toyota gets things right, it gets things really, really right. When it came time to create a replacement fo(...)

Mazda 6

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Skoda Fabia

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Mazda’s CX-5: SUV got off to good start by being Japan’s top-selling SUV in 2012 and 2013

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