Children and parked cars are colour-coded on a monitor inside a Mercedes S-Class car. Photograph: Michaela Handrek-Rehle/Bloomberg

Car giants say they need smaller start-ups to help develop autonomous car technology

Across 4,850 cars put through the measurement system, all diesel-engined cars exceeded the current NOx limits in real-world conditions.

True survey claims real-world emissions from diesels in excess of permitted limits

While the volume of car imports is up by 12.56 per cent year on year, the amount spent on those imports has risen by 14 per cent, according to Fexco. Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images

Spending on used imports up by 14 per cent, according to Fexco

The Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio is, for now, the world’s fastest SUV, or at least the one which has posted the fastest lap of the famed Nurburgring race track

Jeep’s new Wrangler and the high performance Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio land on Irish shores

Gillian Whittall, Opel Ireland’s general manager: “The brand share has grown cumulatively for the last four consecutive months. We have plans in place to ensure it continues to do so.”

Irish sales still struggling, but plans are in place for a turnaround

BMW Group Ireland has announced that its full BMW and Mini range are now compliant with the new WLTP regulations for fuel economy and emissions

330e and M3 models will be trimmed from the lineup because of new WLTP standards

This famous Ferrari 250 GTO  has, apparently, recently been sold privately for as much as €70 million (€60 million).

Is a €70 million Ferrari the point where old car prices start to plummet?

It’s simple to sum up the subversive new Mercedes-Benz C63S AMG estate: unbeatable

Cartell says   Irish car buyers are now spending, on average, €30,130 on new cars in the first six months of 2018

Irish car buyers now spending more than €30,000 on average for a new car

Four door saloon sales continue to dwindle but the 6 is still the best of them

If there’s a hosepipe ban in place, surely it’s just not a good idea from the high-minded citizen point of view to be out using commercial high-pressure systems in the first place, legally or otherwise?

There are plenty of promises, but perhaps it’s better to opt for a bucket or wait until the rain returns

All new underneath and with the option of seven seats, but there’s no diesel CR-V. Welcome to Honda’s brave new world…

Hyundai’s come a long, long way and the i30N is the pinnacle of its achievements

Hyundai’s first hot hatch leans on European expertise, and not for the first time…

All new underneath and with the option of seven seats, but there’s no diesel CR-V. Welcome to Honda’s brave new world…

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Our choice of the best sports cars - and coupes - on the market right now

Currently, car makers are scrambling to get their cars re-tested under the new legislation, which says that from September 1st, all cars must display their new Co2 emissions and fuel economy data

New fuel economy rules could see a widening of the tax bands to soften the blow to consumers and dealers

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Our choice of the family hatchbacks on the market right now

Our choice of the best family SUVs on the market right now

Our choice of the best premium sports saloons on the market right now

New engines and a cabin upgrade for Merc’s sports saloon

The Camry of the early 2000s was a firm family favourite - and popular with the Garda drivers and taxi drivers as well

A favourite of families, taxi drivers and gardai, the comfy four-door saloon is set to return

A look at the cars which come out tops in the ratings

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Car-to-car tech is the next step on the road to robotic cars that can talk constantly to each other. Photograph: iStock

Wifi-enabled cars are already available, but the technology has endless potential

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For the most part, the Mercedes-Benz models affected will include the C-Class range, the GLC crossover, and the Vito and V-Class vans, although other models will also be caught up. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

774,000 Mercs across Europe to have emissions software removed

Bremerhaven in Germany, Europe’s biggest port for car exports. According to eco-pressure group Transport & Environment, out of the top 50 selling cars just six received upgrades or replacements in 2017. Photograph: Getty Images

T&E says car-makers are keeping older, thirstier models on sale longer than needed

A sign in Hamburg’s Max Brauer Allee warns motorists that older diesel veichles are banned. Photograph: Daniel Bockwoldt/AFP/Getty Images

Are blanket bans the right solution to the air pollution crisis? Not everyone is convinced

The Shannon centre’s  150 employees will  have an influence over the future of Jaguar and Land Rover quite out of proportion to its size in the 43,000-strong global employee roster

CEO wants Shannon to be JLR’s centre of excellence for electric and – later – autonomous cars

Tracking data: your car’s satnav system probably records everywhere it goes. Photograph: Moment/Getty

The Jastine Valdez case flags privacy issues around vehicle electronics

The issue of rising insurance is causing serious problems for returning construction workers. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Construction workers returning from abroad are being driven away by the cost of car insurance

Traffic signs which ban diesel cars are installed by workers at the Max-Brauer Allee in downtown Hamburg, Germany May 16, 2018. Photograph: Reuters

Honda make the case for diesel as Bosch claims revolutionary new tech

It is one of those cars that seems almost mystically dialled-in to Irish conditions

Do faster small hot hatches than this exist? Of course. Are they better? Not necessarily

UBS bank predicts billions in revenue for Google if we all take up the robot car offer

New V60 carries plenty, but looks more stylish than most

New S60 will not come with a diesel option

The Cullinan is the first 4x4 from Rolls-Royce

Advertisers will be keen to target owners of autonomous cars who will have nothing else to do behind the wheel

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The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is good looking but underdeveloped underneath and less than satisfying to drive

Eclipse Cross looks smart, but fails to mount a convincing mid-size SUV challenge

BMW’s i8 Roadster is a car that can  thrill, visually excite, and even give you a dose of the aural tingles, yet all shot through with a genuine environmental conscience

First drive: sports car brings open-air posing to the eco-friendly yurt village

The Lexus RX 450hL SUV is 110mm longer than the standard RX, and the rear of the car has been redesigned  to give those third-row passengers more space

Hybrid starts from €82,450 and boasts comfort and five-star safety technology

WLTP, combined with our VRT system, could result in confusion and price hikes

The best selling car in April was the recently introduced Volkswagen Polo, a unusual return to a love of small hatchbacks by Irish car buyers, following two years of SUV obsession.

Sales up 3% on back of extra working days in April, but overall sales for year remain down

David Twohig: “I studied electronics because, it was obvious even back then in the late eighties, that electronics were going to be big in the car industry.”

Veteran car engineer David Twohig shifted gear to join start-up Byton

BMW iX3: stylistically, it’s much quieter looking than i-branded models, and is basically an X3 with a slightly tweaked bodykit and a blanked-off “kidney” grille at the front

SUV with likely 400km one-charge range to make its global debut at Beijing motor show

Almost 19,000 candidates did not show up for their driving test in 2017

RSA blames no-show test takers for huge number of long-held provisional licences

We reckon that in mixed driving 200-250km should be easily achieved in the new Nissan Leaf

Second-gen electric hatch boasts impressive range and is a pleasure to drive

Gillian Whittal, Opel Ireland’s general manager. She  confirmed that the shake-up was taking place, but refused to speculate if  it would result in a smaller network

All dealers will have their contracts terminated in April 2020, subject to negotiations

Calls for ‘unfair’ system to be replaced as costs pile up for lower-income drivers

Maserati Levante: the Range Rover rival has started racking up significant sales, and now accounts for around half of all Maserati-badged sales worldwide

Great beauty on tap, but can Maserati take on the German premium grandees?

2017 Honda Civic Type R (FK8)

Hottest Civic has fairytale split personality

Classic saloon: we used to buy the likes of the Ford Cortina, but they’ve been eclipsed by bigger, pricier SUVs

Peugeot’s new 508 is a fillip, but the classic saloon looks doomed to extinction

Big new 4x4 comes only as a diesel at first; plugin hybrid later

The Kia Niro plugin  gives the Mini a good kicking when it comes to saving fuel

Underperforming Mini Countryman S E-Hybrid beaten by lower-priced Kia Niro plugin

A conveyor belt carries chunks of raw cobalt at a plant in Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo, before being exported, mainly to China, to be refined. Inset: an electric battery. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Amnesty report suggests child labour used to mine precious metals for batteries

Kitty Hawk’s autonomous personal aircraft, Cora,   is designed to fly at speeds of up to 180km/h for about 100km before it needs to land and recharge. Photograph: Richard Lord/AFP/Getty Images

Larry Page-backed Kitty Hawk project aims to fly in New Zealand this year

Long range: according to the newest, tougher economy  test, the I-Pace will put some 480km between charge-ups

New all-electric I-Pace expected to go on sale in Ireland this summer for about €85,000

Motor dealer says ‘surely if there was a flaw in the system it would have presented itself by now’

The Lamborghini Huracan Performante Spyder, one of the multiple supercars unveiled at the Geneva show. For all the talk of eo-friendly motoring and low emissions, there’s still some menace on offer in the motoring world

Ferrari, Lamborghini, McLaren, Aston, and Bugatti all bring the noise to the Geneva show

Will a switch to battery motoring mean brown-outs and lukewarm tea for the rest of us?

The 2030 deadline for fossil-fuel cars can be met by the grid, but e-car owners will have to pay for public charging

Whether hybrid or plugin, Geneva 2018 marks the start of an unstoppable march towards electric cars

New A6 is a smaller version of the A8, while Nissan’s IMX concept can now read your mind

The new BMW Concept M8 Gran Coupé is displayed as World premiere at the German car maker's booth during a press day ahead of the Geneva International Motor Show on March 6, 2018 in Geneva. The show opens to the public on March 8 and runs through March 18. / AFP PHOTO / HAROLD CUNNINGHAMHAROLD CUNNINGHAM/AFP/Getty Images

New four-door 8 Series arrives next year with M power, and Subaru’s Viviz Tourer concept harks back to classic fast Subaru estates

Some 33,000 cars were bought with PCP deals in Ireland in 2016, new research shows. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Finance plans risk ‘significant consumer detriment’, protection body warns

Concerns over trade-wars, diesel sales, and Brexit are undermining the glamour of all the new car launches in Geneva

The autonomous urban concept car Renault EZ-GO at the Geneva motor show

EZ-GO is a vision of a futuristic, fully-autonomous ride-hailing service from Renault. Audi’s E-Tron Quattro goes on sale later th(...)

The new Volkswagen I.D. Vizzion (left is makes its world debut at the Geneva motor show

Skoda, Seat, and Bentley shine the focus on electric, hybrid, and even compressed gas

New Kia, Land Rover, and Toyota revealed as trade-wars questions over the use of stand models rumble away in the background

From diesel bans to driverless cars the motor industry meets in the Swiss city with existential battles raging on several fronts

Based on the same chassis as the E-Class saloon and coupe, the CLS gets an all-new engine lineup which, for now, comprises Merc’s new 3.0-litre straight-sixes in petrol and diesel forms, and all of the petrol models are now mild hybrids

First drive: New four-door coupe is technically impressive, but lacks some of the visual drama of old

Valeo test vehicles have been spotted on Irish roads in recent years

NUIG, Lero, Valeo teamwork will lead to robotic cars better able for bad weather

VW will chop the roof of its popular new crossover

Porsche: the company has stopped sales of the Macan S and Panamera 4S diesel variants. Photograph: Bloomberg

Macan and Panamera engines pulled as more emmissions cheats suspected

The grille, lights, and rear haunches are all a touch more sculpted

Both pricey and thirsty, the new XV nonetheless represents another step forward for the oddball Japanese brand

Eagle-eyed reader spots new Focus being filmed in Portugal

Delivery charges give car dealers a  crucial bit of wiggle room when it comes to discounting.

Gap between a retail price and a dealership price can be as much as €1,500

The Rolls Royce SUV: coming to a country estate near you this summer.

Cullinan, named for the famous diamond, will be Rolls’ first 4x4

Skoda’s Karoq wants a slice of the Tucson’s and Qashqai’s cakes

The SpaceX Falcon Heavy takes off from Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida,

Tesla Roadster fired towards Mars at 20,000km/h

Big SUV gets a major makeover with styling touches from the smaller Kona

Lake Torrent, a former clay pit mine, lies just east of Dungannon, and the track’s owners and builders have promised to create hundreds of jobs, build a local bypass, and build a facility that includes race circuit, pits, medical centre, restaurant, hospitality suites, six business units and even a crèche

Still under construction, new Lake Torrent track has signed up its first racing series - and it's a global event

New 2019 compact crossover to be previewed at the Geneva motor show

Bright orange and turbocharged, the new Megane RS treads a deft line between hooligan and home-maker

The taxi grant is the latest in a series of measures being introduced by the Government to promote electric car ownership.

Minister creates new incentive for public service vehicles to go electric

A recent survey suggested commercial demand for driverless cars may not be as strong as we assume.  Photograph: iStock

Some firms banking on customers’ love of driving as bulwark against autonomous technology

VW’s head of procurement Ralf Brandstätter said: “Together with the I.D family, the introduction of the upcoming Golf generation will be the most strategically important product launch for the brand.”

VW confirms production date of critical Golf No.8 at supplier conference

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

Stephen Norman: ‘Opel Ireland is not, effectively a subsidiary of Vauxhall Motors, but a subsidiary of the Opel-Vauxhall group in Europe, acting just as any other major country’

I need to come to Ireland and look at Opel’s situation before I can make any comment on how the operation should continue to be ru(...)

Longer range, more sober styling, and improved quality for Nissan’s second-gen EV

Henrik Fisker at CES in Las Vegas, says the solid-state batteries have the potential to be much cheaper to make than lithium-ion batteries.

Former Aston Martin designer to challenge Tesla with claims of dramatic breakthrough

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