New Lexus ES will take on big-selling German rivals like Mercedes E-Class and BMW 5-Series

Siobhan Talbot, Glanbia group managing director,  speaking at the Glanbia Co-Op Special General Meeting at Punchestown Event Centre in Co. Kildare. Photograph: Dylan Vaughan.

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Irish patients are being denied access to nine drugs that are widely available across Europe, largely on cost grounds.

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A-Class features car-sharing via an app and can give information on parking spots

 Richard McConnell and Liam McQuillan from Liopa  with Hal Wilson, Partner, techstart NI.

Technology has multiple uses including improving quality of voice control systems like Siri or Alexa

A premium pick-up, but could havebeen so much better if built on G-Wagen pedigree

For Irish buyers a pick-up is ideal for the farmyard and the forest, far less so for a city centre car park

Shares in the music streaming service Spotify climbed in the minutes after it began trading through a direct listing on the stock market

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Volkswagen is the best-selling car brand in the Republic so far this year

Volkswagen best selling brand, but Nissan’s Qashqai overtakes Hyundai Tucson as best selling car

Tesla shares were back on the ropes on Monday, dropping more 6 per cent within minutes of the opening bell as investors continue to digest the slate of negative headlines around the electric car company

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Web Summit’s co-founder Paddy Cosgrave: the Lisbon move has proved very lucrative to the firm behind the event

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BMW X2: despite its size it can tackle the rough and tumble of driving through mud or snow

BMW X2 and VW T-Roc offer the best mix of quality, styling and driving fun

Netflix doesn’t publish subscriber numbers on a country-by-country basis, but the latest findings of a survey by communications regulator Comreg, suggest it is used by at least 500,000 Irish households

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As reported in The Irish Times last Monday, the Irish Data Protection Commissioner initially raised concerns over Facebook’s data collection and process in 2011.

Seen and heard: Health sector jobs plan, a new cider on the Irish market, and new money on the Sunday Times richlist

It’s an amazing eight-hour trek in a Mazda CX-5 across frozen Lake Baikal in Russia’s far east

Volkswagen design chief Klaus Bischoff in the VW ID Vizzion at the Geneva International Motor Show

Designer Klaus Bischoff is designing the next generation of VW cars as it attempts to shake off the Dieselgate scandalVolkswagen h(...)

Tougher EU emission targets taking effect by 2021 are forcing many car brands to reconsider their model line-ups at the very least. Photograph: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images

Toyota move to end diesel car production for Europe overshadows opening day of show

The new Peugeot 508 first edition on display  at the Geneva Motor Show on Tuesday. Photograph: Getty Images

Peugeot’s 508 just what the saloon market needs to survive against the SUV onslaught

Stylish Swedish crossover saw off stiff competition from the likes of the BMW 5 Series to win the prestigious prize

A crippling shortage of chefs is forcing Irish restaurants to trawl Europe for qualified staff willing to move here to cook, as consumers’ appetite for eating out expands

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A Toyota Mirai hydrogen car on  the Toyota stand  at the Geneva International Motor Show. The car giant says it will no longer produce diesel passenger cars for sale in Europe from the end of this year.

Brand to become first mainstream firm to drop diesel from passenger car fleet in EU

Toyota Auris: hybrids  account for 6 per cent of new car sales in the Republic, totalling 3,200 vehicles.  Photograph: Darren Staples/Reuters

Toyota is best-selling brand on Irish market due to extensive hybrid fleet

This year’s seven finalists comprise the Alfa Romeo Stelvio, Audi A8, BMW 5-Series, Citroen C3 Aircross, Kia Stinger, Seat Ibiza and Volvo XC40

Seven finalists make an eclectic mix and none of them are without merits – or flaws

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Electric version of Kona crossover comes with two battery options offering a claimed range of either 300km or 470km

First drive in the new Citroen C4 Cactus pitching comfort and crossover looks

Motorists simply park over the pad, and sensors on the car show you where to steer so the vehicle can communicate with the charger

German car giant will let you recharge via a pad on the ground without having to plug in the car

Seat released a rather shady image of its new Tarraco SUV, but you can imagine a Skoda Kodiaq with a Seat badge would give you a good idea of what the car may look like.

VW Group brand is also preparing for the introduction of its Cupra sub-brand

Being able to cope with the rough and tumble of a potholed dirt track while still offering an engaging drive on the tarmac is quite an achievement

The new range boasts a very impressive 1.4-litre petrol but the key to its future will be an upcoming crossover variant

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05/10/2015 NEWS. Bord na Mona Briquettes for sale in Sandymount Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

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Opel Grandland X

Grandland won’t help brand which has slipped out of Irish top-10 best-seller list

Financial reforms are needed to avoid the next big crisis, the head of the IMF said, although the recent sharp swings on the markets are not in themselves a cause for alarm.

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It was another wild ride for investors in the global financial markets

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Mercedes tied with Audi for first place in the driver satisfaction survey, with Mazda in second and Skoda in third place

A new survey shows Audi and Mercedes drivers are most satisfied with their car choice

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Total new sales stood at 163,615 units with demand for diesel vehicles declining by an annual 25.6 percent while petrol cars rose 8.5 percent, according to data from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders. Photograph: Getty Images

More used imports into Repubic likely as diesel demand slumps in UK

Steve Tormey: Toyota’s chief executive in Ireland expects its in-house finance to put it “in a very competitive position”. Photograph: Eric Luke

Leading manufacturer expects PCPs and HP to contribute to €70m in deals in first year

Toyota was the top-selling brand with 4,393 registrations in January, ahead of Hyundai (3,933), Ford (3,740), Volkswagen (3,590) and Nissan (2,873).

Toyota best-selling new-car brand, electric car sales down on 2017 as used imports rise

Smooth ride: the Lexus LS doesn’t drive so much as waft along on gilded wings

Japanese firm’s saloon is a work of art but it will struggle to lure Mercedes owners

Bank of Ireland admitted that 14 of its borrowers lost residential properties as a result of the tracker-mortgage scandal. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

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Driven by the fall in the value of Sterling, imports surged last year to a record 93,000 cars

Imports now account for over 20% of Republic’s total vehicle fleet, according to figures from cartell.ie

 Andrew Edmiston: “If 60 per cent of our trade is with Europe, but Europe is only 17 per cent of world trade, then we’re doing rubbish with the rest of the world.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Interview: Andrew Edmiston, chief executive of Citroën and Subaru importer IM Group

If the Jaguar E-Pace had come out two years ago we’d be hailing it as the best-handling new small crossover on the market

The Jaguar E-Pace is effectively a restyling of the Evoque package into everyday wear for the masses. It’s seeking to be the chino(...)

Opel finished 2016 with new cars sales of 7,888, representing a 5.38 per cent share of the market, down from 6 per cent in 2015. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Distributor recorded profits of €1m on turnover of €131.8m, latest accounts show

If you find yourself stranded, call for assistance, wrap up warm and wait.

Logic is the order of the day when tackling the worst conditions on the road

The Polo, in many ways, is the true successor to the original Beetle

New Polo and Tiguan Allspace are at the opposite ends of the tape measure, but both are pushing into the big-bucks arena

Kit yourself out for €15: that’s the promise from Dealz as it launches its Pep&Co clothing range in Ireland

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Car firm Jaguar Land Rover is to open a software engineering centre in Shannon this year with the creation of 150 jobs

Firm’s new Irish facility will focus on developing tech for self-driving and electric cars

The CSO reports that 92,508 used imports were taxed for the first time in 2017, up 31.9 per cent on the previous year.

Used imports were up 31.9% on previous year with vast majority over three years of age

Toyota is the leading brand with 2,104 registrations, followed by Hyundai with 1,931, Ford with 1,665, Nissan with 1,351 and Kia with 1,029. Photograph: Getty Images

Initial 10-day figures show slight growth in sales but used imports up nearly 30%

Given the strength of the Hyundai brand in Ireland at present, it’s a pretty safe bet to assume this car will feature in the top five best-sellers in 2018

Starting at €20,995, Korean carmaker’s new small SUV will likely entice Irish buyers

Steve Tormey, chief executive Toyota Ireland: “The Irish market will move out of diesel far quicker than the industry would like.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Steve Tormey believes diesels’ 65% share of new car sales market will fall to 20%

Volkswagen remains the most popular new car brand with 13,829 registrations in 2017. Photograph: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Volkswagen still most popular new car brand in Irish market while hybrid sales pick up

Irish car sharing company GoCar is offering car owners the chance to trade in their old or unused vehicle in exchange for credit to use vehicles on its shared fleet

GoCar introduces scheme to let motorists move from ownership to car sharing

Ratings agency Fitch has up upgraded Ireland’s sovereign credit rating

Rating agency cites significant reduction in Ireland’s annual debt service costs

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A Ryanair aeroplane prepares to land at Dublin airport in Dublin. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne / REUTERS

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Hand-crafting meets Japanese engineering prowess in the new LS500h, for those who drive and those who are driven

BMW’s new M5 officially goes on sale at €163,800 and has an annual bill for motor tax of €2,350.

Market has begun to move on from stealthy super saloons costing €160,000

Britain and the EU have reached agreement on the divorce bill, with London expected to pay more than €50 billion

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Seat Ibiza: car of the year 2018 finalist

Alfa, Audi, BMW, Citroen, Kia, Seat, and Volvo make the cut for the prestigious title

Seen and Heard: What the Sunday papers reported

BMW’s new M5: 10 sold already in Ireland, and the car only arrives here next March

That’s more M5 sales than it has recorded in total over the last eight years

Prices start at €38,900 but the latest Swedes faces stiff competition from premium rivals in an already (over)crowded crossover ma(...)

The Jaguar E-Pace: Less stylised than the Evoque, it’s a chunky-looking, high-set hatchback

Jaguar’s new crossover has the character and price to overtake its premium rivals

The European Banking Authority (EBA) logo seen at the EBA offices in London’s Canary Wharf financial district. Photograph: Alice Dore/AFP

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One of the CCTV cameras installed in the village of Duleek, Co Meath. Photograph: Alan Betson

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Bill Ford, executive chairman of the Ford Motor company and great-grandson of its founder, Henry Ford, with Ciarán McMahon, managing director of Henry Ford and Sons Ltd, the car firm’s Irish operation

Henry Ford and Sons recorded a loss in Ireland of €941,000 for 2016

Michael Sheridan, Irish Car of the Year committee; Tom Dennigan, Continental Tyres; Des Cannon, managing director Gowan Distributors Ltd-Peugeot Ireland; David Walshe, Irish Car of the Year committee

French carmaker’s crossover wins Irish car of the year title to add to its list of accolades

Artist’s impression of the new Audi dealership in Ballybrit in Galway city

Connolly Motor Group’s new facility will create 10 new jobs

File Photo Bank of Ireland said today thatÊcustomers will soon no longer be able to withdraw less than 700 euro or lodge less than 3,000 euro at the counter in some of its branches.ÊInstead, customers will have to use ATMs or electronic banking. 21/11/2008. Banks Crisis. The Bank of Ireland has reported that it has had 'unsolicited approaches' from a number of parties interested in investing in the bank. Photo: Mark Stedman/RollingNews.ie

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Tesla’s Model S at the firm’s supercharging station at the Topaz service station just off the M8, outside Ballacolla, Co Laois.

Sales of premium electric cars rise from low base after opening of new outlet in Dublin

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Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at their meeting in Silicon Valley

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VW’s new Arteon: the German car brand remains the best-selling marque on the Irish new car market

Diesel sales fall 17% as buyers consider alternatives

Volvo XC60  T8 version

Good range, quick charge, T8 bridges gap between diesel past and electric future

Ryanair is still flying high, despite some recent turbulence, with its first half profits advancing by 11 per cent to €1.3 billion. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

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Volkswagen’s T-Roc proves that the German car giant still boasts top-class engineering talent

New crossover brings much-needed style and fun to carmaker’s crossover range

Dr Gill Pratt: “If you take the driving manual and you follow those rules precisely, you’ll often get into situations where your car will get stuck and not make any progress at all. So how do you figure that out?”

Gill Pratt is tasked with securing carmaker’s future as industry undergoes huge change

No modern Audi would be complete without its virtual cockpit digital screen right in front of the driver, and there is also a high-resolution, full colour head-up display as well.

First drive: Audi inches closer to lifting its A8 high enough to tackle the mighty Mercedes S-Class

Mercedes-Benz is reportedly recalling thousands of its cars over a potential problem with its airbags

Up to 400,000 cars affected in UK but no firm numbers yet for Irish market

Mercedes-Benz is reportedly recalling thousands of its cars over a potential problem with its airbags

Up to 400,000 cars affected in UK but no firm numbers yet for Irish market

Volvo Cars Ireland attributes its sales growth in 2016 to the popularity of its new XC90 SUV

Swedish premium car brand points to Brexit as major challenge to the Irish motor trade

 Liam Kavanagh, MD, The Irish Times presenting the overall Irish Times Innovation award to John Browne and Dr James Kennedy from Kastus at the Irish Times Innovation Awards 2017 which took place at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham. Photograph:  Conor McCabe

Teen entrepreneurs Kate and Annie Madden of FenuHealth.com win ‘new frontiers’ category

Skoda Karoq

First drive: Skoda Karoq - ‘predictable, dependable and arguably a little dull’

Minister for Finance and Minister for Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe’s budget offered few surprises, which was perhaps a surprise in itself

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Starting with our liveblog from 10am, we will have up-to-the-minute news and expert analysis on every nuance of Paschal Donohoe’s maiden budget speech

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Grants for firms to install public charging points and free tolls for electric vehicles on the likes of the Port Tunnel and East Link Bridge are being proposed by Simi in its pre-budget submission

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Velar is no doubt stunning, but is there substance behind the obvious style?

Housing completions are two-thirds below official estimates, according to a new report from Goodbody

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Wind energy accounted for about 27 per cent of overall electricity generation on the island of Ireland in September, compared with 22 per cent in August.

Wholesale electricity prices up 10 per cent and gas up 8 per cent last month

Frank Keane’s BMW and Mini dealership in Blackrock, Co Dublin has reported profits of €435,034 for 2016

Firm’s recently purchased VW outlet in Deansgrange generates €403,000 loss

Kia Stinger: the company hopes its new model will lure some buyers away from the Audi A5

With its Alfa looks and serious engineering, the Stinger is the Korean make’s big bet

Opel’s OnStar system connects car occupants to a 24-hour call centre at the touch of a button.

System offers traditional roadside breakdown assistance along with an SOS service

Mercedes’ Project One supercar  can hit 200km/h in six seconds with a top speed in excess of 350km/h. Photograph: Getty Images

Mercedes’s Project One hybrid supercar steals the show as VW, BMW and Honda among those to unveil upcoming EVs

Fritz Steinparzer: “I’m disappointed that some manufacturers, like a French one, is offering cars under Euro 6 EU emissions standards that actually has the same emissions levels as a Euro 5 standards when it comes to the street level.”

Diesel advocate comes out fighting for the engine format and hinting towards a future for plug-in diesel hybrids

Dr Harald Krüger, chariman of BMW Group (third from right) joins the firm’s executives as he introduces the BMW i Vision Dynamic

Frankfurt motor show: Harald Kruger says ‘no cheating at BMW’ as he commits to 25 new electric models by 2025

The electric Jaguar I-PACE concept SUV will go into production, arriving on our roads next year

Jaguar’s first fully electric SUV - I-Pace - will go on sale next year

The  LC is the latest stunning addition to the Lexus range, a sports car set to rival the likes of the BMW 6 Series, the Aston Martin DB11 or even the Mercedes Benz S-Class coupé

New luxury grand tourer will help Japanese carmaker increase its presence in Europe

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