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

Ford Mustang Mach-E

Mach E will arrive in Ireland next summer with prices starting at €50,000

The latest EY Mobility Consumer Index shows that people aged  between 24 and 39 will make up 45 per cent of all first-time car owners over the next six months. Photograph: Getty

Despite Covid-19’s economic impact, dealers are buckling in for a bumper sales year

Toyota is to launch its first all-electric crossover, possible arriving towards the end of next year

Japanese company also continuing to invest in development of solid-state battery packs

The most striking feature is the styling as the Sorento follows the trend towards bigger and bolder front grilles.

Stylish, roomy and comfortable seven-seater is awash with gadgets

According to SIMI, with the key New Year selling period only weeks away, Monday’s  re-opening of sales showrooms comes at an opportune time. Photo: Getty Images

Private buyer market is down just 9.4%, compared to a 30% drop in corporate sales

Toyota Mirai: It’s a big car at nearly five metres long. Its engineers promise a 30 per cent improvement on range compared and a 10 per cent improvement on fuel economy.

Japanese giant heralds new family car with evangelical zeal of its original Prius launch

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,

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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

Business Today: the best news, analysis and comment from The Irish Times business desk

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

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