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

VW Passat

Spacious family saloon, with cavernous boot and ample leg room in rear for three adults

World leaders and corporate executives gather at the World Economic Forum in Davos. Joe Brennan will be reporting from Davos this week.

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World leaders, influential executives, bankers and policy makers attend the 50th annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, which starts on Tuesday. Photograph: AFP

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Toyota has two manufacturing facilities in Britain, a vehicle manufacturing plant in Burnaston, Derbyshire and an engine plant in Deeside, Wales. The UK manufacturing operation employs more than 3,800 workers directly.

Shifting from EU standards would jeopardise UK plants, senior Toyota executive warns

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe have pulled out of joining the global elite at the World Economic Forum in Davos next week

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Volkswagen was the most popular new car brand in 2019, according to the CSO, with 13,180 cars taxed for the first time, ahead of Toyota with 11,408, Hyundai with 10,281, Ford with 9,047 and Skoda with 8,791.

Initial figures for first 10-days shows fall in used imports as new NOx tax comes into force

Renault’s new plug-in hybrid Captur and hybrid Clio:  it has tapped into its years of experience from electric modes to develop its new hybrid set-up, and securing more than 150 patents in the process

Carmaker plans to have eight fully electric models and 12 hybrids in its range by 2022

In our tech coverage today, Ciara O’Brien assesses the key trends at this year’s CES electronics show.

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Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys will attend the IDA’s annual results this morning

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Those with the tough job of driving all those new cars for The Irish Times, look back on their year behind the wheel

 Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland: “We have a reputation as a clean, green island. We want to make sure we keep that.” Photograph: Shane O’Neill

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In the Golf, Volkswagen has over-egged the tech, messed around too much with the steering feel, and in doing so they’ve lost some of the flavour that made has made the Golf so good. Photograph: Volkswagen

Eighth-gen hatch slips down the pecking order ahead of launch of all-electric ID.3

For those with shopping for presents, Ciara O’Brien has top tips on the best tech gifts

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 The development team of the new Clio has got the interior mix of physical buttons and touchscreen controls just right

The new version delivers on comfort, safety and tech, but still trails rivals in terms of driving dynamics

According to the Minister for Transport, Shane Ross: “Our priority is always the safety of our roads for all users.”

Government agrees to support a range of measures to facilitate the testing of autonomous driving technology on public roads

Central Bank governor Gabriel Makhlouf responded publicly for the first time to the head of KBC Group, saying he “may regret the fact that we will continue to be annoying”.

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Columnist Karlin Lillington argues that a unionised workforce could finally ask Google its most searching questions.

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The Mercedes-Benz GLB takes some styling cues from the company’s glorious G-Wagon, though not quite enough in our opinion

Engine choices include all-electric seven-seat version which goes on sale in 2021

New cars from Tesla, Toyota, BMW, Porsche, Ford, Peugeot and Renault make the final cut

Ronald Quinlan reports on a plan by An Post that could see the former Clerys department store on O’Connell Street becoming its new headquarters as it relocates from the GPO (above).

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Big plans for car giant’s new all-electric ID.3 and future moves into the electricity market

Beauty industry gian Coty is buying a controlling stake in Kylie Jenner’s cosmetics company for $600 million, cements her status as a business mogul at the age of just 22.

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 Minister for  Tourism, Shane Ross unveilling the Failte Ireland, 2020 Plans

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New figures show housing completions in the capital fell by nearly 14 per cent to just 1,628 during the three-month period. This was first fall since 2015.

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Three Ryanair Boeing 737s have been grounded due to cracks between the wing and fuselage, it emerged yesterday

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The Irish Times managing director Liam Kavanagh presenting the award for Overall Innovation of the year to Atlantic Therapeutics’ Brendan McCormack, Danny Forde, Dr Ruth Maher, Christina Walsh and Richard Allen. Photo: Conor McCabe

Praise for the drive and determination of the entrepreneurs in the final round of this year’s awards

Danny Forde of Atlantic Therapeutics, overall winner of this year’s Irish Times Innovation of the year award

Atlantic Therapeutics one of 100 companies taking part in Irish Times Innovation Awards

Researchers are using the gene-editing tool Crispr to turn bacterium’s machinery against itself, or against viruses that infect human cells.

Ability to alter how genes work seals votes for innovation of the decade among respondents

Web Summit, the global technology conference co-founded by Irish businessman Paddy Cosgrave, kicks off in Lisbon later today

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The best selling car this year is the Toyota Corolla with 4,388 registrations, ahead fo the Hyundai Tucson with 3,816, and the Nissan Qashqai with 3,744.

Total sales this year are down 7% compared to an 8.7% increase in imports

Family members of those who died aboard Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 hold photographs of their loved ones as Dennis Muilenburg (R), President and CEO of the Boeing Company,testifies before US Congress

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A virtual reality driver simulator at TRI-AD’s new head office in Nihonbashi tower in Tokyo

There’s a data gold rush underway in the auto industry with potentially a zettabyte of data up for grabs from the vehicles on our (...)

Mark Foley CEO of Eirgrid: Ireland’s transmission system operator has released its latest analysis of how Ireland’s electricity sector may evolve over the next 20 years.

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In a Harry Potter moment a man appeared wearing roller-skates and holding what looked like a stick with an electric wheel at the the end that propelled him around the stage

Auto giants hope to cast a spell in new age of mobility where even the broomstick is electric

Mazda’s new all-electric MX-30 is due on sale in Europe next year with a range of 200km

Tokyo motor show: New MX30 will go on sale in Europe next year with a range of 200km

Toyota’s new Mirai: Hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle due for sale in 2021

Japanese car plant says you could power its new Mirai for a year from the manure of one cow

The new Lexus LF-30 electric concept car: heralding the arrival of a fully-electric Lexus next year

Tokyo motor show: Premium Japanese brand still remains devoted to hybrid technology

In every corner of the world, people spend hours engaging with mobile screens, while the devices feed a stream of information from the user.

Innovations from smartphones to the cloud have changed countless aspects of life

The Tesla Model 3 an official range of up to 560km depending on your choice, a 0-100km/h time as low as 3.4 seconds, and a price tag starting at €48,900.

Issues with build quality and finish detract from premium saloon’s wow factor

Popular supermini offers more cabin room, more fuel efficiency and sharper design

Sales of RTÉ shows such as  Operation Transformation last year contributed to RTÉ’s commercial arm increasing its pre-tax profits by 22 per cent to €8.89 million.

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Wealthy Hong Kong investors are applying to Ireland’s golden visa programme as violence escalates in the city

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Toyota has two manufacturing facilities in Britain, employing over 3,800 workers directly.

Senior executive says prolonged Brexit disruption ‘would inevitably lead to a production stop, probably within days’

When the carbon tax hits €80, it will mean €13.76 on a 60-litre refill of petrol, or €15.72 for diesel. Photograph:   Dara Mac Donaill

Q&A: Petrol, diesel and household fuels all fall under the tax, which is on the rise

The grant, administered by the Sustainable Energy Authority Of Ireland (SEAI), was on top of the €5,000 tax rebate on Vehicle Registration Tax (VRT) on full-electric vehicles.

Government changes tax incentives for electric cars and hybrids

In a Brexit-dominated Budget 2020 there were few winners – and many losers – given the Government’s reluctance to implement any reductions in personal income tax

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The first 60mg/km of NOx emissions from new cars is to be charged at a rate of €5 per mg. Photograph: Andreas Rentz/Getty

Tax based on NOx emissions to replace diesel surcharge as carbon taxes inflate fuel prices

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