The new Volkswagen Passat at the 85th International Motor Show in Geneva. Photograph: Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters

Volkswagen’s new Passat has won the prestigious car of the year title in Europe. The German family saloon was awarded 340 points by the panel of inter(...)

Road test: Mazda2

After four years of hefty losses, Mazda is back in profit and as if to mark the occasion they’ve got a great looking supermini arriving here this Marc(...)

Judges for Innovation Awards 2015 (front, from left) Dr Bernadette McGahon, Tim Brundle and Marion Boland, and back row (from left) Niall Campbell, Pat Daly and Frank Roche. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The_Irish_Times

Guilt-free chocolate, a revolutionary new music creation app and a host of disruptive new cost-saving advances in medicine, engineering and tech ar(...)

Lexus sales staff must have shed a few tears of joy at the sight of shining new NXs in the showrooms. It’s a much-needed new model to a range strug(...)

 Toyotas at the Shanghai  automobile industry exhibition. The company  is likely to miss its  objective of selling more than 1.1 million vehicles in China because of a faster-than-anticipated economic slowdown. Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

Nearly 8,000 new cars were registered in the first six days of the year, up 30.5 per cent on the same period last year. There were 7,922 new cars regi(...)

The current obsession with the cost of motor tax has resulted in  an oddly-skewed market

Let’s start with motor tax, shall we? We did mention, last week, that ignoring the cost of motor tax (or at least accepting that paying a little extra(...)

Wayne Byrne and Eoin Casey of OxyMem, overall winners in The Irish Times InterTradeIreland Innovation Awards. Photograph: Conor McCabe Photography

The historic baroque architecture of Royal Hospital Kilmainham in Dublin played host to 3D presentations and a host of high-tech new innovation(...)

The Market Bar on Fade Street in Dublin has been fined for breaking the smoking ban. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

A Dublin pub co-owned by restaurateur Jay Bourke and Electric Picnic founde r John Reynolds has been (...)

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Mazda is a motoring conundrum. It’s a mainstream brand with mostly niche-model appeal. It’s a Japanese minnow holding its own on the global stage agai(...)

Lyle Watters: “I did my driving test 16 days after my 17th birthday. But it was just a mode of transport. I liked cars but I never envisaged I would have a career in this industry.” Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker

New car sales may be on the rise after five forlorn years of pain on the forecourts, but the motor industry still needs to face up to a simple truth: (...)