New Opel Karl: city car arriving in Ireland this summer with prices likely to start at about €12,000

Opel’s new city car makes its world debut tomorrow ahead of a summer arrival in Irish showrooms. The Karl is filling a gap in the brand’s market last (...)

Opel’s new lineup of diesel-engined cars, but  have the improved models come too late for a market that is returning to petrol-powered cars?

It did feel a trifle odd, I must admit. Usually when a car maker has something new and whizz-bang to show us, we get shuttled off to somewhere warm an(...)

Cee’d GT line has sporty bodykit plus new 1.0-litre petrol tubrbo and uprated 1.6 diesel.

Kia is going to have a busy Geneva motor show. While brother brand (and frequent rival) Hyundai will be unveiling its new Tuscon compact crossover _ t(...)

Toyota was the most popular new private car brand last month, according to figures from CSO

The number of new private cars taxed for the first time rose by nearly 26 per cent in January compared to the same month last year. There were 20,105 (...)

Opel is now the only mainstream car maker to have hot versions of all of its core models – the Corsa, Astra and Insignia

Opel’s hot Corsa, the OPC (which stands for Opel Performance Centre – think of it as AMG for hatchbacks) will gain 17bhp over the outgoing version to (...)

Battery version of the Karl should be on sale by 2018

Before the first petrol-engined versions have even been released to the public, Opel is prepping an electric version of the new Karl city car, which s(...)

The NCT centre at Font Hill Road, Dublin. The average pass rate per centre is 48 per cent. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill 2:13

More cars than ever are failing the National Car Test (NCT) new figures show. A total of 52 per cent of cars – or more than 650,000 – did not p(...)

Toyota’s Rav4 SUV has helped boost US sales and keep the Japanese car giant in top spot for the third year in a row.

Toyota warded off German giant Volkswagen to remain the world’s top-selling car firm for a third consecutive year, driven by record US deliveries of (...)

The 2016 Audi AG Q7 sports utility vehicle. European car sales rose 4.9 per cent in December from a year earlier

European car sales in 2014 rose for the first time in seven years on demand for low-cost motors from Renault and Volkswagen. The gradual revival from (...)

Major European cities, including London and Paris,  have proposed outrightbans on diesel cars

When Rudolf Diesel, inventor and engineer, plunged to his death from the deck of a cross-channel ferry in October 1913, he left behind a mystery (did (...)