Refugees fleeing the Azovstal plant, Mariupol, Melitopol. Photograph: Chris McGrath/Getty Images

Customers invited to drop off essential suppliers to dealerships for delivery to Ukraine

The BMW boasts a battery pack with 81kWh of usable power, claiming a range of up to 589km under the official WLTP testing regime

The i4 excels on the road without trading comfort for competency

The Polo’s steering is tuned for stable, comfortable motoring. It’s nimble, if not agile.

While many small family hatchbacks have become behemoths, this model has not

ESB ecars is increasing its fees for public charging of electric vehicles by up to 47 per cent from May 5th

Kilowatt-hour fees to increase by between 30% and 47%

Supply delays are impacting on sales for many brands, but the new car market in the first quarter is still up 4 per cent on last year. Photograph: Getty Images

Toyota is the best-selling brand with Hyundai’s Tucson Ireland’s favourite new car

Used car prices jumped 7.9 per cent in the first three months of this year, leading to a 53 per cent rise in prices since January 2020. Photograph: Getty Images

Annual inflation for used car prices now 30 per cent, data from DoneDeal shows

Lexus NX450h: A quality premium crossover with plug-in appeal

New compact SUV offers impressive steering, ride quality and plush interior

VW Taigo: Smart, but too expensive for what is a relatively forgettable car. Photograph: Paddy McGrath

German carmaker’s latest offering has smart tech features but is expensive for what it is

Subscribers to the Ionity electric car fast charging network have reported being charged seven months of subscription fees from their bank accounts on one day.

Irish subscribers report seven months of subscription fees withdrawn on one-day

Kia’s EV6 all-electric crossover comes out on top as Europe’s car of the year.

Seven finalists compete for coveted title from longest-running international car award

The BZ4X is Toyota’s first bespoke foray into fully electric cars. BZ is the brand’s new sub-brand for its dedicated electric vehicles.

Buyers will have to wait several months for all-wheel drive versions of new BZ brand

New car prices have risen nearly 20 per cent in the last five years, with the average new car price in November last year at €35,199

The average price of new car last year was €35,199

Mercedes C-Class C200d AMG saloon has impressive touches of premium comfort and tech powered by what might be diesel’s last hurrah

Car has premium comfort but there is no escaping that diesel seems gruff in current age

The I-Pace is a deeply tempting car

The four-year-old Jag is still very competitive in a market that should have left it behind

Hybrid cars are outselling diesels in the Irish new car market, while sales of all-electric cars account for 10.8 per cent of new registrations. Photograph: Jack Taylor/Getty Images

January sales only matched last year, when Covid lockdown forced showrooms to close

Two new entrants to Irish market are a funky all-electric city car or a practical seven-seat petrol-powered people carrier

Two new entrants to Irish market are a funky all-electric city car or a practical seven-seat petrol-powered people carrier

The AA says 60% of the price paid at the pumps is tax, including VAT and carbon tax. File photograph: Getty

State the 17th most expensive country worldwide for fuel and 12th in Europe, says AA

Chief executive of Gowen Group Mick Dwan: ‘If I was in a pure electric car – and I drive around the country – I would be a little nervous about the car going to Cork or to Belfast.’ Photograph: Dara MacDónaill/ The Irish Times

Interview: ‘No heads have rolled. Someone got it wrong,’ says dismayed company boss Mick Dwan

According to Volkswagen, GTX sits alongside GTI, GTE and GTD. Stellar company indeed.

Volkswagen has built a superbly comfortable electric crossover and should stop there

Longer waiting times for new cars has  incentivised consumers to turn to the used car market

Registration figures for first 10 days of new year show hybrids are now the most popular new cars

The winner: Hyundai Ioniq 5, a rare car from a mainstream carmaker that so dramatically pushes back the styling envelope

It was a very tight race between two Koreans and a French entry

Over 585,000 electric vehicles will need to be added to the national fleet in the last three years of this decade if the Government’s Climate Action Plan target for EVs is to be met. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Government’s Climate Action Plan target is for 945,000 EVs on the road by 2030

This year the Lexus RX450h wins  the best luxury hybrid award

The new car market is reshaping utterly. These are our picks of the most popular types of vehicle

Promising a range of 450km, the new EV is claiming to deliver serious off-road ability

Volkswagen ID.4: Ireland’s best-selling new electric car

Motor industry warns changes to grants will undermine climate targets

BMW iX 40 M Sport  makes a strong statement about the company’s priorities when it comes to larger family cars: comfort and refinement mixed with handling prowess

Electric family SUV offers comfort and impressive handling but comes at a price

New all-electric models dominate the shortlist for Europe’s prestigious Car of the Year 2022

Six of the seven finalists are all-electric models

Audi Q4 40 e-Tron Advance

Lined up against latest array of all-electric models on the market, it looks a little bland

The data stream from autonomous test cars can be as large as 150 terabytes each day. Photograph: Getty Images

By gathering data over the next decade, Seagate expects to launch autonomous cars

Petrol prices are up 27 per cent on this time last year, while diesel prices have increased by 28 per cent

Petrol prices have risen 27% in a year and diesel 28%, hitting low-income families hardest

Impressive: the new Renault Megane looks better than the VW ID.3, is sharper to drive and seemingly more intuitively laid out. It also seems remarkably well put together

French carmaker’s renaissance continues as fifth-gen Megane overtakes its opponents

Kia EV6: none of its rivals can its looks, while the fit and finish of this Kia can match – and beat – anything on offer from the established premium brands

Korean carmaker’s new gem offers impressive 400km-plus range and fast-charge tech

Some 44%  of car-buyers say they are willing to pay a premium for earlier delivery of the car they want

Covid-19 pandemic has led to an overhaul in the way we buy cars, according to a new report

Currently, e-scooters are classed as ‘mechanically propelled vehicles’, meaning they cannot be used in a public place without tax, insurance and an appropriate category of driving licence.  Photo: Getty Images

60% of those surveyed do not think e-scooters are used safely in Ireland

The Tesla Model Y claims 488km on a full charge for the performance version and 507km for the long-range one.

Coming in at €70,000, it is at the top end of the price range for these mid-sized crossovers

Nissan Motor Co’s Ariya electric crossover sport utility vehicles (SUVs) at the company’s plant in Kaminokawa, Tochigi Prefecture in Japan.  Photograph: Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg

Analysis: Government is delivering some certainty, but still faces a few roadblocks

Motorists face a rise in petrol and diesel prices due to carbon tax increases

Budget 2022: Petrol and diesel prices go up from midnight

Legislators are equally concerned about the cost of tax incentives to the public purse, particularly as the volume of new EV sales grows. Photograph: iStock

Recent overhaul of regime in Denmark represents a major U-turn on tax breaks

The look is only slightly tweaked from the outgoing one

The original Qashqai was a crossover hit, but the update is on the conservative side

Danish police man a checkpoint. While FDM, the Danish equivalent of the AA, supports a crackdown on reckless driving, it  takes issue with the seizure of cars not owned by the offending motorist. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Measures were introduced with cross-party support following a spate of fatal crashes

The Department of Finance’s Tax Strategy Group has proposed increasing vehicle registration tax on regular cars with emissions above 100g/km by  2-5 per cent.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Increasing VRT on electric vehicles and low-emitting cars ‘entirely unconscionable’

Volkswagen says the changes proposed by the Tax Strategy Group to the VRT rebate would mean the price of the popular ID.3 Family increase by about €4,100. Photograph: Paddy McGrath

Proposed changes to electric-car tax relief characterised as anti-electric vehicle

Tax relief on electric vehicles should be extended beyond the end of this year, according to proposals from the Tax Strategy Group. Photograph: iStock

Budget 2022: Tax Strategy Group calls for extension of VRT relief and changes to BIK rates

BMW iX3: manages to find a balance that’s well worth a close look

Handling is on par with combustion-engined rivals, with lovely weighting to the steering

The ID Life is a fully electric small car to be launched in 2025 at a cost of about €20,000 in Germany in a bid to make battery-powered cars affordable for the masses and younger generations

Car makers also facing more immediate crisis due to ongoing semiconductor shortage

Prices start at €28,990 for the 1.3-litre petrol and €30,490 for the hybrid version

Plenty of room in the car, which is surprising given the coupe lines of the silhouette

Dacia has revealed its new seven-seat family crossover, arriving in Ireland next year

New model will also come with a hybrid option from 2023

At the premium end of the market, BMW has the narrowest of leads with 3,959 registrations, ahead of Audi with 3,951.

Hybrids now account for over 25% of the new car market

There is nothing rugged about the Bayon’s looks.

Compact hatchback faces fierce competition in crossover SUV market segment

New Yaris Cross: prices start at €27,260 and is positioned below the company’s C-HR

New hybrid Yaris Cross comes in below the C-HR with prices starting at €27,260

Tesla CEO Elon Musk at a Model 3 delivery ceremony in Shanghai, China in January 2020. Photograph: STR/AFP via Getty Images

A new book looks at the rise, near-fall and spectacular comeback of the Tesla boss

As with many eleectric cars, you get a sense of stepping onto the Ioniq rather than into it

With heat pumps as standard the Ioniq’s performance is on par with VW’s ID.4

A Volvo XC40 Recharge P8 AWD in Glacier Silver. Starting at €64,314, the all-electric XC40 isn’t cheap, coming in at nearly €12,000 more than the plug-in hybrid version of the same car,

The Swedish brand’s decision to opt for the XC40 crossover as the entry point makes sense

Used imports so far this year are down by 35% on the same period in – pre-Covid  and pre-Brexit – 2019. File photograph: Getty

Supply constraints and demand are pushing up prices, but cost of change key for most motorists

Renault Ireland recorded a 35% drop in turnover last year to €127.6m, resulting in a 76%  fall in operating profit. Photograph: Getty Images

Carmaker still losing market share as sales recover in first half of 2021

VW Touareg R PHEV: The all-wheel drive SUV has the full panopoly of off-road features, including specific drive settings for gravel and sand.

Volkswagen’s high performance SUV shares a platform with the Bentley Bentayga Hybrid

The car transforms into a rainbow-hued disco-fest when brought inside.

Using Amazon Web Services, the team in charge of Formula One’s 2022 regulations are trying to stay one step ahead of the teams

Lisa Brankin: ‘We’re running a much tighter ship. And we’re taking the tough decisions to restructure and design our business.’ Photograph: Joe Pepler/PinPep

Interview: Lisa Brankin, managing director, Ford of Britain and Ireland

The Puma ST can accelerate from 0-100km/h in 6.7 seconds.

Top-notch hot hatch crossover balances family and fun

Tesla Ireland  sold 780 new cars in 2020 – compared to 270 the previous year – despite Covid lockdown restrictions introduced in March.  Photograph: Bloomberg

Turnover at the electric car company’s Irish operation rose 256% last year

The AA is stopping its Roadwatch Traffic and Travel reports, broadcast on RTÉ.

Broadcasts will end from today with the AA focussing on other areas of its business

Mercedes-Benz S-Class: These days it faces major competition, not just from its usual array of rivals, but from a set of newcomers

For decades it has been a pioneer of the latest automotive innovations and luxury trends

BMW’s new 220i - a return to form with a normal-sized grille

Refraining from the growling grille on recent models the rear-wheel drive coupe starts at €48,515

The styling of the 308 SW  is in keeping with the sharper, more muscular lines the brand first showcased on concept cars like the e-Legend, and which has gone on to be seen in the latest 508 saloon and 208 supermini

The SW variant of the range will be popular on the continent but a relatively small seller in Ireland

BMW 128Ti: Gets the mix of performance and refinement just right

This powerful, racy BMW hits the sweet spot between performance and refinement

The Hyundai Santa Fe adds premium looks and a plug to its family crossover favourite

This roomy seven-seat SUV is a great family car for well-heeled motorists entering the electric world

Kevin Davidson, MD BMW Group Ireland: ‘The greenest electric car on the planet will come from BMW.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Interview: What will happen to showrooms? Pandemic fuels revolution in how new cars are sold

The Opel Mokka’s   eye-bleeding green colour is not for everyone  but I guess when you want to draw attention to a major change, discretion isn’t on the cards

Cool and comfortable Mokka could entice many to make the move to electric

Mercedes-Benz GLC300 de PHEV 4matic

GLC 300 de PHEV 4matic offers a diesel engine and electric power at a competitive price

Toyota Highlander: The Highlander has a lot of the same muscular looks from its larger Land Cruiser sibling

Seven-seat SUV is reasonable value, but the plug-in hybrid Kia Sorento may have stolen its thunder

Mercedes-Benz E300e PHEV

Road test: The E-Class still has edge on rivals, with sharper steering an added bonus

Impressive: Hyundai’s new i20 is on par with the  class-leading Peugeot 208 in terms of driving dynamics

Korean firm has created a dynamic i20 that Toyota, Peugeot and VW need to take note of

Toyota is the best-selling brand this year, with 6,320 registrations, ahead of Volkswagen with 5,245. Photograph: Getty

New car sales in first quarter down just 3.2% on last year; registration of used imports up 5.5%

Kia Sorento PHEV

Road test: For lugging a family about in comfort it’s really impressive

VW says 25% of sales will be for the high-spec versions of ID.4.

New arrival is marketed as an all-electric crossover SUV, so it also boasts towing ability

Premium brand Lexus  showcases its new all-electric LF-Z sports car concept

Premium Japanese brand promises several new all-electric models in coming years

Kia’s new EV6: two battery formats will be offered: a 58kWh with a range of 400km and a 77.4kWh version with a range in excess of 510km

GT version will deliver a 0-100km/h time of just 3.5 seconds

Dealers highlight the large size of dealerships and the low average footfall. Photo: Gettyimages

Size of dealerships and low average footfall supports a safe reopening, argues SIMI

The Citroën C4 was a finalist in this year’s Car of the Year and rightly so, but the engineers could have been braver. Photograph: Matthew Howell

First drive: Remarkably restrained but overall ride felt firmer than expected

The Fiat 500 electric.

First drive: Fiat has gone retro with this foray into the all-electric world

The M3’s grille is a ‘love it or loathe it’ look for which BMW makes no apologies.

German giant’s sixth-generation M3 combines agile handling with three-litre, twin-turbo power

“Trinity is going to be a time machine,” said VW brand boss Dr Ralf Brandstatter. VW’s ID.3 and ID.4 pictured at the company’s Wolfsburg facility. Photo: AFP/Getty Images

Car giant is planning over-the-air software updates for its ID cars every 12 weeks

New car sales in February are up 5.3 per cent on the same month last year despite the Level 5 Covid lockdown restrictions

End of reduced VAT rate from March 1st led to strong pre-orders last month

The new Toyota Yaris has been named Europe’s Car of the Year 2021.

Supermini’s victory partly down to rave reviews for its rally-inspired GR version

Convest, through its Gowan Motor Group subsidiaries, holds the Irish franchise for vehicles from Peugeot, Opel and Honda cars. Photograph: Tobias Schwarz/AFP via Getty

Group will own 10% share of new car market after it regains control of Citroën

The MG ZS EV  is the first mass market Chinese-built car to go on sale in Ireland. Expect a lot more to follow

A spacious family EV for under €30k sounds tempting, but there are drawbacks to consider

This is what’s likely to be the sweet spot for Formentor sales: a plug-in hybrid with a nice mix of power and eco-friendliness.

Formentor is a welcome alternative to the boxy copycat hybrids on the market

Similar in proportion to the VW ID.3, the new Ioniq 5 is built on Hyundai’s all-new electric platform, called the E-GMP.

Ioniq is set to be the subbrand for its assault on electric rivals. First up is the Ioniq 5

Ford’s new all-electric  Mustang Mach E is the first of a growing range of electric models from the brand.

US brand says it will abandon petrol, diesel and hybrids at the end of the decade

Gavin Hydes, CEO of Joe Duffy Motors Group. He is “cautiously optimistic about the future when the rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine is completed”. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

Company plans to expand its used car business in 2021, opening a new ZuCar supermarket in Dublin

First drive: New Mokka-e shows the German brand is now pointing in the right direction

The GR Yaris might even seem like a sound buy to a dedicated petrolhead.

€50,000 price tag may seem steep, but it’s not outlandish given what the car delivers

The Volkswagen ID.4 is better looking, and a little more substantial, than its ID.3 sibling

The German giant’s new electric vehicle arrives hot on the ID.3’s heels. Which is better?

New car sales fell 17.8%  in January compared to the same month last year as the motor trade faced lockdown restrictions. Photograph: Getty Images

Lockdown restrictions hit new car sales but market was only down 8% until final day of January

Stylish: this new Tucson turns heads

You expect major tech advances when you buy a Merc. But a Hyundai? Hats off

Kia unveiled its new logo last week in a major fireworks and drone display in Seoul

Korean car company plans seven new electric models by 2027

According to Renault design director Gilles Vidal, the Renault 5 prototype “embodies modernity, a vehicle relevant to its time: urban, electric, attractive”.

New boss of French car company plans leaner, electric future

The first three months normally account for up to 57%  of total annual new car sales. Photograph: Getty Images

Car companies call for VAT reduction to run until June

Amid a plethora of awards these days, the Car of the Year for Europe remains a benchmark

Despite Covid-19, new cars are coming on the market, and it’s motor hacks’ duty to judge them

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