The curse of the coupe crossover strikes again. Where BMW led with its X6, Mercedes has chosen to follow. And the end result is as oddball and ridicul(...)

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(...)

AIB shares fell 9.52 per cent to 7.6 cent. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The fallout from yesterday’s rout in Chinese markets cost investors in European stocks around €450 billion yesterday. Stock markets in Fra(...)

 Rory McIlroy at Whistling Straits: “I feel like I can be very competitive for the next few weeks.” Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

If Rory McIlroy departed this 97th edition of the US PGA Championship empty-handed, with no further addition to his trophy cabinet, at least he did (...)

A Tesla  Model S P85D vehicle sits plugged in at a charging station in Nephi, Utah

Electric car and battery maker Tesla said it was looking to raise about $642.5 million through a share sale, above the $500 million it announced on Th(...)

Apple, for whom China is a key growth market, fell 3.4 per cent on Wall Street early in the day. Photograph: Paul Miller/EPA

The Iseq in Dublin closed down 2.7 per cent on a chastening day for European stock markets. Bourses around the continent extended the week’s sell-off (...)

Kingspan was one of the day’s better performers, climbing 1.25 per cent to €23.01

Car makers, miners and luxury goods manufacturers led a near across-the-board fall in European shares triggered by China’s decision to devalue its cur(...)

Shane Lowry is hopeful his breakthrough win in the WGC-Bridgestone invitational will open the floodgates for more success. Photograph: Getty 0:38

Ireland’s Shane Lowry believes his breakthrough win on the PGA Tour will kick-start the next level of his career. The 28-year-old admits his frustrati(...)

BMW Financial Services Ireland offers finance and leasing deals to BMW and Mini customers

BMW’s finance arm in Ireland recorded a 41.5 per cent rise in profits last year. Accounts for BMW Financial Services Ireland show a profit of €9.12 mi(...)

Transylvania is a fascinating place to visit because it is the last remaining medieval landscape in Europe. It is like being in a time warp

I am sitting in the midst of a 1,000- year-old wildflower meadow in Transylvania. Wild sweet pea, orchids, marguerite daisies, wild sage and thyme,(...)