Volkswagen’s new all-electric ID.3s being unloaded at Dublin Port. Photo: Paddy McGrath

Irish arm of German car giant recorded sales of €766m across its four brands in 2019

Fully electric cars are gaining ground fast – and some old favourites have been reborn

Dublin remains BMW’s core market, making up 2,364 of its sales this year, with Cork, its second biggest market, with 379 registrations

Combined sales for its BMW and Mini brands totalled 4,533 in 2019, down 6.3%

Camera technology, radar functions and other sensors are integrated into the grille - which BMW now calls an ‘intelligence panel’

The new iX may be all about the plug-in power and automated driving features - but all the talk is of that grille

There have been a couple of rejigged Seats carrying the Cupra badge recently, this is first model designed and built specifically for the new brand. They’re off to a great start.

The chef who cooked up Cupra strategy has been shown to have recipe for success in past

Skoda’s Enyaq 60 should land on the customer’s drive - after tax grants  - for €38,762.

After grants the Enyaq 60, with a range of 390km, should reach driveways from €38,762

While most dealers find potential buyers do their pre-purchase research online these days, the final act of showroom purchase and physical test drive remains a trait of the Irish car buying routine.

Increasing number of motorists willing to be their next cars online

While the overall new car market is down 25%, private car sales are down just 9.6 per cent this year

Registrations down 25% so far this year, driven by collapse in car rental market

Megane eVision:  the car is slightly shorter than the current Megane hatchback, but with similar dimensions to the Captur

Megane eVision is an evolution on current five-door hatch but now in pure-electric crossover form

Toyota Yaris: Well-worked evolution of a popular supermini, but larger 1.5-litre engine seems the better buy while hybrid makes most sense. Facing stiff competition from impressive rivals.

New petrol Yaris does not have the edge over its rivals but delayed hybrid model could change things

The Honda e has its sights firmly set on targeting the recently launched all-electric Mini

Starting from €29,995, the small electric car offers range of 200km and unique cabin design

300bhp powerhouse arrives in Ireland next January to crown the famous GTI range

The increase in carbon tax by €7.50 per tonne will mean a €1.47 increase in the cost of a 60-litre fill of diesel and €1.28 for a similar amount of petrol. Photograph: Barry Batchelor/PA

Major reform of motor tax and VRT regime designed to encourage sales of cleaner cars

New car sales rose by 66 per cent in September compared to the same month last year, recording the first month of growth so far this year

Motor trade calls for cut in VRT ahead of changes to emissions test regime

Citroën’s Irish importer, the IM Group, is to relinquish its contract for the French car brand in the Republic from April next year.

IM Group is handing back the Irish distribution rights from next April

Skoda Octavia Combi Style 2.0: What you get from Skoda is a spacious car at a good value price compared to equivalently roomy rivals.

For family motoring at a reasonable price, the new Combi Style model ticks most boxes

Jia Mingdi, president of SAIC-Volkswagen sales company, beside a Volkswagen Tiguan X during a Volkswagen premiere ceremony in Beijing on Saturday. Photograph: Wu Hong/EPA

Proposed changes are partly driven by new emissions testing regime across Europe

Sitting on striking 20-inch alloys, the 1st Edition versions of the new VW ID.4 also boast a range of up to 520km

Initially priced from €42,995, it promises a range of 500km on a single charge

In styling terms, the new ID.3 makes the evolution to electric without abandoning the traits of traditional hatchback formats

New electric hatchback boasts impressive build quality and is a pleasure to drive - but in-car tech isn't on the same level

The paper notes that ‘fast car fleet renewal . . . can significantly add to overall emissions due to the relatively high emissions embedded in the manufacturing and end-of-life cycle of a car’. File photograph: Getty

Tax Advisory Group also suggests changes in budgets to grants for electric, hybrid vehicles

The V60 Cross Country starts at €54,550 for the diesel version.

Plenty of space and style in this latest iteration of the cross country format

Colm Brady, managing director of Europcar Ireland. Photograph: Conor McCabe

Interview: Colm Brady of GoCar is on a mission to get us to rethink car ownership

The Peugeot e-208 provides a range of 370km from its 50kWh battery pack which is enough for the vast majority of Irish drivers to complete multiple daily commutes

While it may lack full-on electric performance, the Pug is a hit on price, premium finish and useable range

The new Seat Leon delivers a pretty stellar all-round package of great looks, smart cabin, good tech and  usable performance

The last Seat hatchback to impress us so much was the second-gen Leon, 15 years ago

Access to public charging stations remains the biggest practical hurdle to electric car ownership, particularly outside the major cities and towns. Photograph: Getty

Range anxiety, the recharging network and price are hurdles preventing purchases

BMW’s fully-electric crossover, the iX3, is promising an official range of 460km on a single charge of its 80kWh battery pack

German company begins new electric offensive, with iNext SUV and sporty i4 to follow

Opel’s Grandland X Hybrid4 weighs in at more than 1,800kgs.

Biggest Opel offering in crossover market has 50km fully-electric range

Dealers say there has been a noticeable pick up in used car sales  since showrooms reopened on May 18th. Photograph: iStock

Tesla and Porsche the only brands to record sales growth this year

Kia Xceed: The €29,000 price point puts it right in the mix against regular hybrid rivals

Best stepping stone to an electric car for fossil-fuel loyalists may be a plug-in hybrid

Sales in the crucial new 202 registration period were down 18 per cent over the first two weeks of July compared to the same period last year

New car market is down 32 per cent this year

The new car is billed as an SUV coupé, a format that has had mixed success in European markets, but has proved to be a hit in Asia

New Q4 E-tron Sportback crossover shares underpinnings with VW ID.3 and Skoda Enyaq

Seat’s first all-electric car will be sold under its Cupra sub-brand from next year

Spanish car firm to introduce its new el-Born electric hatchback next year

This is the finest example of farm-vehicle gentrification since air con was fitted to a tractor

House prices fell by almost 3 per cent to an average price of €268,000 as Covid-19 struck in the second quarter of the year, according to property website, Myhome.ie

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 Fáilte Ireland will this weekend launch a €2.5 million marketing push using the slogan “Ireland, make a break for it” to persuade more people to book a domestic holiday

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Renault Zoe Z.E.50 R135 GT Line: within sight of being a class leading four-star car, thanks to a mix of usable range, competitive price and practical, smart cabin

Renault surprises with a cracking supermini that almost gets the balance right

The Arteon is unlikely to be a strong seller in Ireland, where we still can’t shake off our prejudice against estates.

German company about to launch arguably its most important car since the Golf

Eric Mosley, co-founder and CEO of Workhuman, Ireland’s second software company to achieve ’unicorn’ status

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Mini Electric: Proper premium appeal with electric fun but limited range will prove a sales hurdle

Officially this car can manage up to 270km. I wasn’t getting anything like that figure

Sobering statistics from the Central Bank showed almost half of Irish home loans are out to borrowers working in areas of the economy that have been affected by the Covid-19 crisis

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The arrival of the new Model 3 has greatly boosted the brand’s Irish sales. Photograph: Patrick T Fallon/Bloomberg

Sales of €15m last year were up €4m on 2018 but analysts warn of future risks for brand

 Irish Times columnist and awards Innovation ceremony MC  David McWilliams. Picture Conor McCabe.

Tips on getting your entry through to the final round and to the top of the pile for 2020

The new Golf is longer, wider and taller than before, which means a spacious cabin, but takes away a little from its sportier lines.

Even as its all-electric ID.3 arrives, Volkswagen insists its workhorse has life in it yet

French sports retail giant Decathlon confirming it will open its doors to the public in Ireland for the first time on Saturday.

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Pilita Clark argues that despite the focus on “massive unemployment” and government indebtedness, ongoing environmental campaigns mean the recovery will be greener than the last one. Photograph: AFP

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Mark Paul’s Caveat column has a simple solution if you want  to help Ireland recover from coronavirus: Go shopping

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Aer Lingus chief executive Sean Doyle has called on the Government to remove the quarantine restrictions on people travelling into the country by the end of June.

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Opel’s new Corsa is big improvement on previous models and boasts plenty of premium toys

New Corsa’s roominess and cabin silence help it stand out among tough opposition

Mazda MX-30

If you don’t suffer from range anxiety, Mazda’s new electric offering may spark joy

Rapid test: Seamus Gorman, chief executive of Irish company HiberGene Diagnostics, which  has got EU approval  for its new 30-minute COVID-19 test.

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Motor dealers will be able to sell cars from Monday, despite the Government’s Covid-19 roadmap for reopening businesses indicating they could only open for servicing and repairs.

Car dealers can open showrooms for sales as well as servicing and repair operations

Just 9,170 vehicles in the national car fleet is fully electric, according to new figures from the Department of Transport.

An extra 88,000 vehicles took to our roads last year, according to new figures

About 1,500 retailers will reopen their doors next Monday as the State moves to the first phase of its plan to reopen the economy

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Skoda is one of a number of major car brands using a portable device by Sanity Systems, which uses ozone gas to sanitise vehicles

Uncertainty over whether dealerships can reopen on June 8th or must wait until June 29th

An Post’s plans to enter the mortgage market in the first half of this year has been delayed as Covid-19 hit lenders.

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Skoda’s Enyaq in convoy in Co Laois.

Czech firm’s Enyaq crossover SUV aims to combine usable range and affordability

The historic Bewley’s cafe on Grafton Street is to close permanently with the loss of 110 jobs. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

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In a message posted on the Airbnb website on Tuesday evening, its CEO said he would host a meeting for the company’s Europe and Middle East teams at 8am Dublin time.

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Total new car sales were 344 last month, with the delivery of 25 new SUVs to the Army – part of a larger contract signed earlier this year – making the Toyota Land Cruiser April’s best selling car

Motor dealerships hope to be among first to reopen in any lifting of Covid-19 restrictions

Fears are growing for jobs at Aer Lingus as British Airways moves to lay off 12,000 workers in the expectation that the Covid-19 crisis will inflict long-term damage on aviation

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Showrooms are starting to reopen in Germany, while manufacturing plants across Europe are tentatively restarting production. Photographer: Alex Kraus/Bloomberg

Report finds major European markets generated €440.4bn in taxes from sales, usage

In personal finance Joanne Hunt writes on how coronavirus has completely changed our spending habits,

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Paddy Magee:  has called for a two-month cut in VRT introduced in line with the new 202 registration period starting on July 1st to support jobs in the motor trade.

New car market down nearly 30 per cent on last year with April registrations down 96 per cent

Staff may have to wear protective gear when working in stores when they begin to re-open

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Crossover version of Yaris set to challenge Hyundai Kona, Ford Puma and Peugeot 2008

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe says the coronavirus crisis has resulted in a “severe recession”

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“If we can protect the income of employees who otherwise would not be working, it gives us a fighting chance of saving the businesses for which they work,” - Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe on revisions to the Covid wage subsidy scheme

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Naomi O’Leary reports that British and EU negotiators are to reconvene today to try to salvage talks

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05/04/2020 - NEWS - Construction halted stopped at the National Childrens Hospital building site which is being constructed by BAM as Covid-19 Coronavirus restrictions remain in place.Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

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In the US, the total number of newly unemployed due to the crisis rose to 17 million. Photograph:  Apu Gomes/AFP

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The equipment levels on the Hyundai i10 will surprise even the most cynical car buyer

Roomy, stylish and a doddle to drive in tight city streets, the i10 epitomises why this format is a hit in many urban markets

 Dutch Minister Wopke Hoekstra during a video conference with the EU finance ministers, on what means should be used to absorb the economic blow of the corona crisis

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Construction collapsed at record speed to its lowest level in 11 years as Covid-19 restrictions halted building across the Republic last month

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With the world turning to video conferencing for everything from corporate meetings to cosy family chats, Ciara O’Brien offers an essential guide to the best video calling options around

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Eoin Burke-Kennedy writes that the most frightening aspect of the  ESRI  forecast is that it fears this scenario may be “too benign” to capture the full scale of the assault

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In his analysis of the economic package announced yesterday, Cliff Taylor says the Government did what it had to do

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Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has called on insurers not to reject businesses’ claims for loss of earnings

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The T-Roc R:  it asks  you to throw away the heritage of the Golf in favour of a non-descript suburban runaround

I don’t get the idea of a hot crossover that’s more expensive than the better looking and more driver-orientated hot hatch

Hybrids have proved to be the biggest hit with Irish new car buyers, up 70 per cent on last year to 5,674

CSO figures show new car market down 6.9% while used imports drop 12.1% this year

The Irish stock market slumped on Monday – bringing its losses over 11 days of trading to €22.7 billion – with share prices tumbling globally as a stand-off between Saudi Arabia and Russia triggered a 30 per cent oil price crash.

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The Irish Car Carbon Reduction Alliance has been formed to address the current consumer confusion around car engine choices and electric vehicle targets for Ireland. Photograph: iStock

New alliance highlights growing frustration in motor trade over conflicting messages from Government and carmakers

Should you buy an electric vehicle now, or wait for better prices, batteries and infrastructure?

Thousands of air travellers face disruption as Ryanair and other airlines cancel flights in response to the spread of coronavirus

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Frank Janssen (2nd L), Jury President of the “Car of the Year”, announces the Peugeot New e-208 model as “Car of the Year 2020”, during the prize ceremony of the Car of the Year behind closed doors due to the advancement of the CVID-19 outbreak, at the Palexpo. Photograph: Getty Images

French supermini sees off close race with Tesla Model 3 and Porsche Taycan to take top prize

The biggest growth is in hybrids, with regular hybrids up 60.5% to 5,498 and plug-in hybrids up 67% to 789. Photograph: Chris Helgren/Reuters

Toyota remains the top seller thanks to 60% increase in hybrid sales across the market

Global markets suffered under growing fears about the impact of coronavirus. One dealer in Dublin said: “There’s a lot of red on the screen.”

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A fresh wave of selling pressure rippled across global markets on Tuesday following further evidence of the global spread of the coronavirus and warnings by Italy and Japan on the impact of the outbreak

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The seven finalists to shoot it out for the prestigious Car of the Year title during a final testing session at the Ceram test track facility in France

Motoring’s Oscars will be announced next week. Here’s who I’ll be casting my vote for

The Toyota C-HR, which starts at €30,620, offers stylish looks and a premium finish

New C-HR offers stylish looks but some drivers would be better sticking to diesels

Pilita Clark’s  considers the use of social media by the bosses of the corporate giants like BP, arguing that while it can be risky, authenticity is rewarded by the public.

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Mobile World Congress (MWC), the telecoms industry’s largest annual gathering, has been cancelled due to concerns over the coronavirus.

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Skoda is putting the finishing touches to its new fully electric SUV, reportedly coming to markets next year. And it’s doing so on Irish roads.

Czech company claims its new Enyaq, due on sale next year, is derived from the Irish name Enya

There are about 1,200 charging points in Ireland at present. Photograph: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

Political ‘misinformation’ fuels uncertainty as electric-only age follows diesel debacle

Brown Thomas has agreed to take over two floors of the House of Fraser department store in the Dundrum Town Centre

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Toyota’s new Corolla, which is only sold as a hybrid, is  the best-selling car for new 201 registrations

Toyota is the best-seller in the new 201 registration market

According to Nissan Ireland: ‘Unfortunately, there has been little or no progress with Ireland’s public charging infrastructure since it was first rolled out a decade ago.’

Irish importer says plan for 1m electric vehicles by 2030 is ‘wholly achievable’

With housing a huge election issue and both major parties promising 200,000 new homes over the next five years, Eoin Burke-Kennedy asks what’s wrong with these numbers?

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Driving pleasure and a decent boot will make up for shortfall in range for most electric Mini drivers

First Drive: Technical advances of BMW i3 deliver energy for playful instant classic

Hybrids now account for 63% of Toyota sales in western and central Europe.

Carmaker eyes global sales of 5.5m hybrids a year by 2025 and 1m fully electric vehicles by 2030

BMW  operates from 12 locations in the Republic, with two new showrooms due to open later this year.  Photograph: Reuters/Arnd Wiegmann/File Photo

BMW registrations fell 7.9% to 4,284 with Mini sales down 11% to 555

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