The way in which cars work hasn’t  changed that much since 1923. That was the year that Herbert Austin launched the first Austin 7. Image: iStock

It’s not just that cars will change in the next few years, it’s that our whole idea of how they work will

Major car makers are chasing a purported €300-billion pot of autonomous gold, the predicted level of cash to be made from autonomous car services by 2030.

Silicon Valley tech is about making money, not saving or improving lives

Mercedes is expanding out its EQ-branded electric and plugin-hybrid technology to its smallest, and tallest, models, the A-Class and B-Class, and the V-Class-based new EQV

As much as 75km electric range for Merc’s new plugins

Is hydrogen fuel going to be the fuel of the future?   Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg via Getty Images

New consortium Hydrogen Mobility Ireland seeks to create a H2 refuelling network in Ireland

Now you see it, now you don’t. Most of the keyless car thefts take place outside the homes of the car owners

Report from WhatCar reveals astonishing vulnerability of keyless-entry systems

If a car buyer has the choice between a BMW 320d with diesel power, or a new BMW 330e with plugin-hybrid electric power, which one should they choose?

Impressive official figures mean the 330e should be future-proofed against tax changes

A woman cooks nshima – a porridge made from ground  corn – in an old, cracked saucepan on an open fire in Fwalu village, beside South Luangwa national park in Zambia. Photograph: Tina Stallard/Getty Images

Irish organisation Vita says it can offset emissions in a socially impactful way

The idea of offsetting is that to compensate for the carbon emissions from your own lifestyle, you pay to have an equivalent amount of carbon reduced from another location, or to at least have enough trees planted to absorb the carbon your pricey German sports machine has emitted

You can now salve your 911-driving conscience for a year

The cost of the Ford-Centrica home chargers has not yet been announced, but most home charging systems currently cost between €900 and €1,000, installed, but are eligible in most cases for a €600 grant. Photograph:  Reuters

Move comes ahead of launch of Ford’s new long-range electric Mach One SUV

Could we open up our motor market, and cure the import ills, by changing to the right side of the road?

Porsche now expects to build around 40,000 Taycans in 2020, the first full year of production. That’s more than double the original estimate.

Porsche Centre Dublin says ‘customer interest is growing’ in the new Taycan

Delightful: the BMW 3 Series Touring is a pleasure to drive and the steering is the best you’ll find in any car this side of your local Porsche garage – it bursts with feel and feedback

Estate version of the 3 Series sells strongly, and that could accelerate as higher Co2 taxes start to hit SUVs

The Audi S4 TDI

Defeat devices? Electric revolution? Never mind that, feel the torque…

The market for new cars in Ireland is under severe pressure, according to a new report. Photograph: Balint Porneczi/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Government needs to urgently change motor tax regime to account for new emissions testing system, says SIMI

The X-Storage system is designed to be charged up overnight, storing energy in a compact battery pack, about the size of an electricity meter box, that mounts on to the wall of your house

X-Storage system can be charged up with low-cost night-rate power, or from solar panels

Astronaut Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin on the moon on July 20th, 1969, during the Apollo 11 mission. Photograph: Nasa/Liaison

Radio chatter from the Apollo 11 landing still sounds like science fiction 50 years on

British brands in the chase with Porsche’s Panamera hybrid also in the running

The Merc is still the boss, but there’s now a Tesla giving chase

It’s a dwindling market as more buyers move to crossovers, but there are still families who need the space

The MX-5 boasts old-school charm, but the 2 Series Coupe is a sweetheart

Asian rivals are closing in, but the German still has a lead

Mini has revealed its first electric model, the Mini Cooper SE, and it will go on sale in Ireland later this year at a price of €27,765 or €309 per month on a PCP finance plan

Mini will go electric in its 60th anniversary with a little help from an Irish engineer

A view of the new Renault Clio (2019)

Renault likely onto a winner as it treads a careful – but largely successful – path with the new Clio

VW’s Golf still in the race though, while Mazda 3 is gorgeous alternative

Citroën’s C3 has the flair, while Seat’s Ibiza is a common sense choice

Germans have total control of this sector - even with a bit of British flavour

Skoda Superb lives up to its name, but Camry’s return adds some life to dwindling saloon market

German technology giant Continental has presented a vision of the future that posits autonomous delivery vans that roam our cities and towns, stopping to unleash a pack of robotic, intelligent, delivery drones that bear more than a passing resemblance to Snoopy the dog.

Small robotic drones known as delivery dogs may soon be dropping parcels to a door near you

BMW and Daimler-Benz, the parent company of Mercedes, have announced plans to co-own a mobility services provision company. The as-yet-unnamed joint entity will offer users access to car-sharing schemes, taxi and ride-hailing services, parking, and electric car charging points.

Car companies seek similar for close relationship, possibly more

The Germand rule the roost in this luxury end of the market - but don’t discount Land Rover

Improved engines keep the premium SUV market humming along

Of the rest, VW has a tempting offer in the larger Tiguan Allspace

The Government’s target to have 950,000 electric vehicles on the roads in the Republic by 2030 is already being described as unrealistic within the motor trade. Photograph: Alexander Becher/EPA

New tighter emissions testing could push vehicles into higher tax brackets

The C-HR is our top pick but Peugeot 3008 and Seat Ateca have family appeal when space is a requirement

Global demand will dictate supply for now, but what’s our top three - and wild card - in motoring with a plug

Volvo has the edge over rivals but the Lexus should be included in any shortlist

There’s also a Korean, French and surprise Italian option on our list

The Union Of Concerned Scientists studied the ‘well to wheel’ conundrum and came up with the following conclusion: “We found that battery electric cars generate half the emissions of the average comparable gasoline car, even when pollution from battery manufacturing is accounted for.”

Debate over plugin-hybrids re-ignites controversy over just how good for the environment an EV can be

An electric charger for a Citroen SUV C5 Air Cross plug-in hybrid   is on display at  the Paris Motor Show. Photograph: Chesnot/Getty Images

Department of Environment ‘considering all options’ when it comes to promoting low-carbon motoring

Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 4MATIC: There are new bumpers and lights, new grilles, some new colour options, and a revised interior with (optional) digital instruments and a bigger (also optional) touchscreen for the MBUX infotainment system.

Diesel, plugin-hybrid, V8 or hydrogen power? The GLC can cater to all whims

Florent Grelier, clean vehicles engineer at T&E, said: “The industry has had four years since the diesel scandal broke but has failed to deliver even on its own commitments to fix manipulated cars”

Pressure group says Ireland lagging behind when it comes to cleaning up diesels

‘Hybrids are supposed to be powered by a mixture of petrol and electricity, but the NSX’s engine note will have you convinced that this one runs on venom and rage.’

Hybrid turbo V6 supercar monsters Mondello Park

In March 2018, Elaine Herzberg became the first person to be killed in by  a robotic autonomous car. As she crossed the road in Tempe, Arizona,  a Volvo SUV being tested by  Uber failed to take avoiding action and hit  her

While we are constantly told by Silicon Valley geniuses that software will always make safer decisions than a human, it’s clearly (...)

 The Audi A7 h-tron concept plug-in hydrogen hybrid  at the LA Auto Show’s in 2014. Photograph:   Getty Images

Luxury brand says it’s reviving its hydrogen car plans despite VW pushing electrics

The new BMW 1 Series, which looks very much like someone conjoined a 2 Series Active Tourer and an X2, then flattened the resulting shape a little, will be officially revealed at a BMW event in June, before appearing at the Frankfurt motor show in September

The model has long struggled against front-drive rivals from Mercedes, Audi and VW

New supermini takes on the styling of the larger Grandland X

Electrifi has signed a €40 million deal with UK-based Evolution, which has been supplying both fully-rebuilt and upgraded original E-Types, and parts for those cars, for some time now

450hp battery-powered classic will be in direct competition with Jaguar’s own plans

The new Audi A4 has been restyled, equipped with new engines and given a buffed-up interior

Will new styling and sporty S4 diesel model ensure A4 remains best-selling sport saloon?

The Mini Cooper S 60 Years Edition isn’t the fastest hot hatch around but it still has the lightning steering response that you expect from a Mini, and it’s still gloriously good fun to drive

Sixtieth anniversary models of this car remind us of the brand’s storied history

Land Rover tries to distract us from new Defender’s styling by using Prince Harry

In a surprise result, Peugeot has topped the latest JD Power rating for the most reliable car brand

Influential consumer ranking agency finds Peugeot as more reliable than Japanese or European rivals

‘It’s easy to do autonomous cars in California or Arizona, where the roads are big, the lane markings are clear, and you have great weather,’ says Cormican

Jaguar Land Rover and Valeo plan west of Ireland expansion for autonomous vehicle tech

Switching to electric power for our cars could well be a key factor in saving the planet, but it seems likely to come with a significant societal cost.

Irish motor trade is sanguine for now, but the broader industry is braced for a jobs shock from electric vehicles

In the future, headlights  will be able to do so much more than just dip and rise.

Vehicle headlights have achieved a peak of luminescent perfection. So what’s the next step?

Toyota will offerthe five-seater business version at  €56,907 - significantly less than the €104,630 asked for the previous passenger Land Cruiser model

Tax-break special SUV makes a comeback on the Irish market

Four-door saloon makes rock-solid comeback to Irish shores after 15-year absence

With all cars expected to be fully connected   by 2030, the FIA says that time is running out if Europe’s aftermarket parts, servicing, and services sector isn’t to be destroyed. Photograph: Getty Images

FIA warns increasing car connectivity could lead to monopoly on vehicle data in just over a decade

George O’Connor, managing director of Enterprise Rent-A-Car.

Using a managed car club, rather than buying and running your own fleet, could save money and stress

The new GLB will sit in the Mercedes range between the existing (and just-facelifted) GLC SUV and the upcoming new GLA compact crossover

A-Class-based SUV meant to evoke the image of the rugged G-Wagen off-roader

Mercedes-Benz CLA: new model features a stunning design and is a dream to drive

Smart-looking four-door coupe might have to fight for attention with new A-Class saloon

BMW i8 plug in hybrid: Damian Dolan from Hi Line Energy gets a closer look at a  at the SEAI Energy Show. Photograph: Alan Betson

With increasing interest in electric vehicles, which ones are worthy of the attention?

Electric cars are coming but are we ready?

Sales of electric cars in Ireland are growing, but are they growing fast enough?

Millennials’ lack of car buying has simply been down to them not having enough access to ready cash.

Reports of millennials’ motoring disinterest is likely down to a simple lack of funds

The rush for imports, driven in large part by the Brexit-affected value of Sterling relative to the euro, has been blamed for the 10 per cent fall in new car sales so far this year (on top of lower sales figures for 2018 and 2017 as well)

Flood of imported UK cars is depressing the Irish used car market

The Taycan is expected to have exceptional performance, with the top-spec model (likely to be badged, confusingly, as Taycan Turbo) boasting a 500km driving range and more than 600hp power output, with 0-100km/h acceleration of just 3.5secs for the top-spec ‘Turbo’ model

Car giant is already ramping up production for the Taycan due to hit markets this autumn

Layering on extra electronic driver aids doesn’t necessarily improve safety. Photograph:  Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Analysis: 2022 introduction of mandatory speed limiters may have unintended consequences

The Seat Tarraco:  it  suffers from that same hesitancy that we’ve seen  in other VW Group vehicles

Its combo of comfort, space and just a modicum of style lift it a hair above its internal competition from VW and Skoda

Although overall numbers are still relatively low, electric car sales have grown by 539%  so far this year, while plug-in hybrid sales are up 166%.  Photograph: Getty Images

First private 50kW fast charger opens in Monaghan

Top down in -20 degrees is probably not the life that many people envisage when they buy a sports car

Japanese carmaker’s lastest offering proves that sports cars and bad weather can mix

Interior shot of a self-driving Lexus car.

Ford and the PSA Group are the latest to back away from fully robotic vehicles

The price of the Mazda 3 has yet to be released but it could be about €25,000-€26,000

New Mazda 3 certainly looks the part, but is it as good to drive as it is on the eyes?

An electric car recharging ahead of the Geneva International Motor Show on Monday. Some European carmakers are said to be delaying electric car launches until the next round of European emissions legislation is introduced. Photograph: Stefan Wermuth/Bloomberg

Carmakers accused of throttling electric car sales as they wait for new legislation

Fiat's Centoventi concept. It’s a 120th birthday present to itself (Centoventi…) and is, in is simplest form, a concept version of the next-generation Panda

2019 event heralds greener models, but high levels of uncertainty threaten progress

Fiat’s Centoventi is its 120th anniversary revival of the Panda, this time as an electric car

Swedes mental metal contrasts with more earth-bound Mazda CX-30 crossover

Gorgeous new 208 hatch and high-performance 508 plugin hybrid star on Peugeot’s Geneva show stand

Kia’s Geneva stand is all-electric, while the Honda e-Prototype retains its cuddly concept styling

Bugatti’s ‘La Voiture Noire’ is most expensive car ever, but will the mysterious Piech concept eventually out-do them all?

Q4 e-Tron concept the star of Audi’s stand while Nissan’s IMq is a Qashqai preview

Seat’s  El-Born “concept” is  a compact halfway house between a hatchback and a crossover, and is said to be about 95 per cent production ready

Czech and Spanish electric concepts are largely ready for road

Nissan’s IMQ concept crossover: Is this the face of the next generation Qashqai?

Electric cars to the fore, but robot driving takes a back seat

Electric confidence at Swiss show, but what lies beneath?

The view from Liberty Hall of  traffic crossing the Liffey from Tara Street, in Dublin. File photograph: Getty Images

A Maine city has seen hundreds of hours saved for drivers thanks to an innovative system

A car dealership in Tianjin, China. Global demand for cars is starting to stall, according to Deloitte, with  recent forecasts showing annual growth limited to between 1.5 and 2.5 per cent. File photograph: Yilei Sun/Reuters

Industry worried about falling Chinese sales, along with Brexit and tariff threat

Green Light Optimized Speed Advisory (GLOSA) uses vehicle-to-infrastructure communication technology to allow the car to ‘talk’ to the traffic lights near it, and get data from them as to how long it will be before they switch from green to red or vice-versa

‘GLOSA’ technology predicts the speed you need to drive at to get the next green light

Striking: The BMW 8 Series is a seriously good-looking coupe

The huge BMW is supercomfortable, but Porsche’s 911 is still the performance benchmark

  Toyota Ireland CEO Steve Tormey: “You don’t need to go full electric just yet. We can meet our 2021 emissions figures, that 95g/km average, easily with hybrid power.”

Hybrid power is taking off, in sales terms, but is it about to be swamped by battery power?

The four-door Corolla saloon will be the best-selling version of Toyota’s new line-up in Ireland

The estate is quieter, more conservative, less threatening. Traditional Corolla buyers will love it, and that’s probably the point

No rocking but rolling in Ford’s bed.

No more hogging the space as technology makes ‘lane-keeping’ easier

510hp Stelvio Quadrifoglio is the most pointless, but also the most fun, SUV we’ve driven

The world’s major car makers are ramping up production of electric vehicles. Photograph: Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

Car makers are investing billions, but Deloitte says that the market’s not ready for mass electrification

Seat's new Tarraco joins the battle of the seven-seat SUVs

VW-owned brand feeds the current craze for seven-seat SUVs while prices rise by €800 for Toyota’s hybrid

The Audi Q3 is not perfect, but it’s alright

We’ve (grudgingly) accepted that pricey crossovers are a thing, but Audi’s Q3 is good

The growth in cars available with hands-free “keyless” locking and ignition systems is dramatically increasing our vulnerability to car theft. Photograph: Getty Images

Germany’s ADAC finds most hands-free ignition systems vulnerable to having wireless signals intercepted

Insurance for older motorists: In one case, the difference between the cheapest and the dearest premium quoted was over €800

Gap between best and worst renewal quotes for the over 70s as much as €800

Drivers of cars powered only by batteries were to be given a 50 per cent discount on tolls, while those buying a plugin hybrid electric vehicle   would get 25 per cent off. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Full rate being charged at tolls despite scheme to incentivise use of electric cars

The Vitara gets the fundamentals right. It’s compact, but usefully practical. It’s designed to be light, nimble, and easy around town, but equally adept at dealing with demands of a more rural nature

The updated diesel-free Vitara is solid, competent, decent – but it’s not the Jimny

Renault Clio: The Clio is an icon, and the latest features the very best of the previous generations.  Photograph: Renault

Renault’s big-selling small car will get a full debut at the Geneva motor show in March

The new RAV4 is  an intriguing proposition. A car that combines surprising levels of ruggedness, with forward-looking hybrid tech, and big-saloon-style refinement and comfort on a motorway run.

First drive: The new crossover might be all-hybrid, but it’s surprisingly rugged if you go for the AWD version

More articles