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

The ASA has ruled that a car cannot be advertised as being ‘one owner’ if the previous registered owner was a fleet operator or rental company

UK authorities warn sellers that full compensation could be aid out if ex-fleet or rental cars are advertised as one owner

This swell of UK imports has hit the Irish motor trade hard, with claims that imports are chiefly responsible for the ten per cent dip in new cars sales here last year.

A decade on from the CO2 tax change, Irish drivers could be looking at another round of residual value reductions

The Japanese car giant has developed a system it calls Brain-to-Vehicle (or B2V) which uses a medical-style skull-cap, festooned with sensors, that monitor your brain wave activity

Japanese car firm brings brain-reading tech to CES in Las vegas

Until longer-range models arrive, and until there’s a proper network of  charging points, the old-school hybrid can still teach plugins and EVs a thing or two

It’s a much smaller step to go from driving around in your plugin hybrid to a full-electric model, than it is to make the jump to (...)

Nissan’s big-selling family crossover gets an update, but little has really changed

Diesel or petrol: which one best suits your driving habits? Photograph: Getty Images/EyeEm

With 181 registrations looming, the question of how to fuel your next car becomes critical

18 cities write to European Commission president calling for improved pedestrian protections

The Porsche Boxster GTS’s acceleration is fantastic: 100km/h from standing start in 4.6secs

Not complicated, not showy, just pure fun: the 718 GTS models are Porsche, undiluted

Glossy presentation breakdown forces Lamborghini back to no-frills approach for new Urus reveal

The new seven-seat Lexus RX - coming to Ireland next year

Seven-seat hybrid SUV will come to Ireland late next year

E-Class cabin and new turbo straight-six engine but car’s design is disappointing

Mercedes charges into the pickup market (with a little help from Nissan)

Håkan Samuelsson, Volvo’s chief executive: “The automotive industry is being disrupted by technology, and Volvo Cars chooses to be an active part of that disruption.”

Up to 24,000 autonomous-ready cars to be supplied to ride-hailing firm

Terrafugia started out  with a vision  of transportation with practical flying cars

Chinese giant Geely invests in Terrafugia

PSA Group outlines its plans for Opel, but doubts remain over factories in UK

Toyota predicts a slump in new diesel car sales, which fits with its decision to  no longer develop new diesel models

Diesel share of Irish market predicted to slump to 55 per cent in 2018

According to environmental pressure group, Transport & Environment (T&E), an internal VW document showed that the car firm was prepared to go much further than the Commission’s proposals, but chose not to

Internal VW document showed that the car giant was prepared to go much further than the EU’s proposals, but chose not to

Skoda Rapid Spaceback: once well priced at €17,000, the cheapest Rapid now retails at  €19,595.

Will buyers opt for the new Rapid or Citigo over the Octavia, Karoq or Kodiaq? Not likely

Style-wise, the Crossland X is actually quite handsome from the front

Firm’s new small crossover looks nice, but feels too ordinary

Some 46 years on from the car’s 1970 debut season,  it follows the efforts of former F1 racer and Le Mans winner Paolo Barilla to resurrect just one of four 312Bs built in that year, and his ambition to bring it to the Monaco Historic Grand Prix

The title character of this new documentary may be the red car, but the story is about the man who created it, and the men who’ve (...)

The European Commission is calling for co-operation among EU car makers to create bigger, better batteries for electric vehicles (EVs) as there are concerns that the US and China are both outstripping Europe when it comes to electric car technology

European leaders worried China and US are pulling ahead in EV developments

The Renault Koleos doesn’t look quite as smooth as the very good-looking Kadjar, but it has a pleasant, bluff uprightness

Nissan X-Trail-based Koleos is comfy and relaxing, but where are the extra seats?

Hyundai’s new Kona small SUV starts with a price of €20,995 for a Comfort model, using the 1.0-litre T-GDI petrol turbo engine

Korean car maker continues to invest in petrol and diesel, as Chinese sales tail off

The International Council on Clean Transport (ICCT), a part of the research group that first uncovered the VW scandal two years ago, has released a report that points an accusatory finger at BMW over the performance of its big-selling 520d diesel executive saloon

ICCT claims BMW 520d performs strangely on emissions tests, as anti-trust scandal whirls

On course: the finished Lake Torrent track will be a 3.6km course, with 12 corners, attended by the usual collection of pit, paddock and support buildings

Co Tyrone track near Belfast will be a rival for Mondello Park in Co Kildare

The Jeep Compass,  Kia Picanto and  Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet have come under criticism after  Euro NCAP carried out a crash test on the vehicles.

Euro NCAP’s crash test finds carmakers not paying enough attention to rear-seat safety

VW’s Scirocco: For all its plain-ness, it was a proper, pukka, precise drivers’ tool. It’s gone now. I shall miss it.

Named for a hurricane wind, VW’s coupe is confirmed as no more in the week a real hurricane hits Ireland

First and foremost, if you can turn around safely and find another route, do so. It’s always better to avoid floods than to try and tackle them

Ophelia is going to dump a lot of rain on us, so here’s how to safely navigate a flooded road

A ‘Launch’ package, at $2,000 per month, gets you the choice of a 718 Boxster S or 718 Cayman S, a Macan S, or a Cayenne

Luxury sports car firm trials a monthly $3,000 payment scheme that lets you drive any Porsche you want

The new  Range Rover Sport P400e is powered by a 300hp turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol four-cylinder engine and a 116hp electric motor

New P400e first step in Land Rover’s plan to offer hybrid versions of every car from 2020

The dramatic fall-off in the value of Sterling relative to the Euro has triggered a tsunami of imported second-hand cars from the UK

Hard-hit Donegal dealers want tighter legislation on cars coming in from the UK

After completely new signs were stuck over the top of existing ones, self-driving cars were fooled 100 per cent of the time. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA

No need for hackers – just tampering with road signs seems to do the trick

The real meat of the Stonic range lies in the “K2” spec models, using the 1.4-litre engine, and those start at a slightly more robust €21,099

Stylish small SUV shines against rival compact crossovers but outside its segment it proves substandard

Mercedes Ireland has warned that the Irish car market could be heading for a major financial implosion, and has indirectly criticised its major competitors for fuelling the fires of what could be serious devaluations in the values of used cars.

Fake registering, not UK imports, is the greatest threat to the heath of the industry, according to Irish executive

The improvements to the interior are welcome though – the overall sense of quality is much higher now, and the cabin is less plastic-y

Updated Yaris is much improved, and the pricey Hybrid makes perfect sense for city dwellers

Greenpeace members protest against diesel emissions. According to T&E, if one takes a measurement of a car’s whole-life carbon dioxide emissions, as opposed to merely localised exhaust pipe emissions, diesel cars actually cause the emission of more CO2 than an equivalent petrol car.

Research by Transport & Environment finds that diesel cars emit more CO2 over their well-to-wheel lifetime than petrol cars

German Chancellor Angela Merkel (C) is flanked by Volkswagen chairman Matthias Mueller (C-R) and Volkswagen board member Herbert Diess (C-L) as she visits the booth of Volkswagen (VW) at the Frankfurt motor show

It’s the biggest car show in Europe but what did we actually glean from all the glamour?

Frankfurt Motor Show: Continental shows off ultra-clean, ultra-frugal diesel concept

A couple sits inside the Renault prototype Symbioz

Frankfurt Motor Show: Symbioz concept integrates car and house, while Toyota adds grunt to its C-HR Hybrid

Chery Exeed TX seems to lift design elements from various Lexus, Land Rover, and even Renault products

Exeed TX could rival Audi and BMW, while Suzuki gets back to basics

 Ferrari’s new Portofino

Frankfurt Motor Show: New Portofino and Aventador S Roadster make surprisingly low-key entrances at Frankfurt

Mercedes AMG Project One: with a price tag in the region of €4m it’s unlikely to be  coming to a showroom near you

Frankfurt Motor Show: Car makers know the future’s electric, but the present has to stick with petrol and diesel

Hot new Toyota Yaris

Frankfurt Motor Show: Audi and Toyota bring traditional hot rods to the show, while Subaru plays it safe

New Dacia Duster: keeps the same basic structure as the current car but  gets new styling and an updated interior, which is of higher quality than the old one, and at last puts the central infotainment screen up high where you can see it

Frankfurt Motor Show: Mercedes focuses on electric and hydrogen power while Dacia just keeps on being cheap

Opel’s new Grandland: aiming to win favour with current Nissan Qashqai customers

Frankfurt Motor Show: Honda’s 2019 urban electric car, Opel’s Grandland X and its plugin hybrid, and Hyundai’s sleeker i30 Fastbac(...)

Kia’s Proceed concept: showcasing the look of the upcoming Ceed hatchback range

Car makers get bullish over electric cars even as profit warnings are sounded

Volkswagen has revealed its updated ID Crozz concept car at its regular pre-show bash ahead of the Frankfurt motor show

Frankfurt motor show: Volkswagen shows updated electric crossover concept, and promises all models will be available with batterie(...)

BMW will also bring to Frankfurt the Concept X7 iPerformance, a plugin hybrid concept car that’s a pretty thinly disguised version of its upcoming seven-seat rival to the likes of the Volvo XC90 and Range Rover, the X7

BMW’s new i5 saloon leaks ahead of Frankfurt show

T&E points out that “the advertising budget for  electric cars in Norway, where more than one in three new cars sold are now electric, is much higher than elsewhere. BMW spends 24 per cent of its budget on promoting BEVs in Norway, and Daimler spends 14 per cent for its BEVs.”

Car firms hit back against accusations of lazy electric efforts

Volkswagen’s T-Roc compact SUV on display during its world premiere event at Villa Erba Congress Center in Cernobbio, Italy recently. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

There will be tough questions asked – and VW will be coming in for more than anyone else

Honda will announce that it’s no longer going to offer a diesel engine in the CR-V SUV when it shows off a new hybrid version at the Frankfurt motor show.

New high-tech hybrid replaces DERV in Honda’s big-selling SUV

Ultimately, buying a car with ethics in mind comes down to one thing – you

Is it possible to dodge the diesel debacle, and the environmental excuses, and buy a big hunk of mobile metal?

Both the BMW i3 electric hatchback and its sporty i3s version will appear at the Frankfurt motor show in two weeks’ time

Hotter i3 to appear alongside facelifted standard model at Frankfurt show

The T-Roc (an unusual name, where the T is derived from the larger Tiguan and Touareg, and the Roc from, well, rocks) could well give the Golf a bit of a hard time in the sales charts not least because it’s more practical.

New small SUV coming to Ireland in November as diesel scandal continues to swirl

There’s no question that the new Insignia is a fantastic-looking car

Opel’s big new saloon impresses in many areas but fails to reach necessary heights

The modern face of the SUV, carrying the same moniker as the vehicle that did battle on the beaches

For a history buff finally taking the time to follow in his grandfather’s Normandy footsteps, there’s only one vehicle of choice

Hyundai’s new Kona blur-in electric crossover

390km battery Kona SUV due next year

Activists attach a banner that reads “Welcome to Fort NOx” to Germany’s ministry of transport as ministers and car executives meet to discuss ways to cut inner-city pollution. Photograph: Reuters/Hannibal Hanschke

The reputation of diesel technology is in tatters following growing claims that the car firms have been playing – and in some case(...)

Small, slow and apparently fragile, the 2CV nonetheless stands up  well to modern-day traffic conditions.

What can a classic in modern Paris tell us about the French auto industry?

Low and curvy, with that priapic snout inciting all sorts of Freudian complications, the Jaguar F-Type is still one of the most striking cars on the road.

Four cylinder engine is no barrier to pleasure with big cat’s sports car

The Velar owes a great deal to the Jaguar F-Pace, the basic aluminium underpinnings of which it shares.

First Drive: Midsized SUV seamlessly blends on-road performance with off-road prowess

Volkswagen is the best-selling brand so far this year with 12,215 new car registrations. Total new registrations stood at 118,925 by the end of business on Monday, down from 131,207 this time last year.

Sharp discounts in UK diesel sales could lead to more imports

Long-gestating project: Ten years ago, BMW used a tiny number of hand-built electric Mini prototypes to start getting a feel for how people would use and drive electric cars.  Photograph: Christian Bruna/EPA

Munich promises battery Mini hatch for 2019, and i-Next for 2021

By  mid-July 2017, 50,836 used cars were imported into Ireland from January 1st. Photograph: Getty Images

Our survey of top 10 most imported cars reveals serious value across the Border

 “As a road approaches its maximum capacity, small changes in traffic volumes can cause proportionately larger changes in congestion delays”

Cost-per-mile could be cut to less than €1, but the taxi industry will suffer badly

The recipe for the new CX-5 is very much a steady-hand, don’t-rock-the-boat one

Family crossover is quite similar to previous model but has been tweaked in all right areas

Tweak the “Manettino” switch on the bottom of the steering wheel to Sport and the Lusso will accelerate with undisguised ferocity, and all the noise your ear canals can safely carry.

GTC4 Lusso mixes V12 music and all-wheel drive tech to distinctly old-fashioned effect

Increasing imports of cars from the UK mcontinue to be driven by a weakened Sterling exchange rate. According to industry watchers motorcheck.ie, 13,381 cars have been imported from the UK so far this year, a rise of some 41 per cent.

13,300 cars brought in from UK so far this year

This new Ibiza is something of a revelation. Sit in and clunk the door shut, and you’ll notice immediately that the cabin has taken a major step forward.

New small hatchback has more room, more toys, but is still well priced starting at €14,995

BMW 3 Series

The BMW 3 Series wins but the Audi A4 and Mercedes-Benz C-Class are worthy contenders

Jeremy Hicks, MD UK, Jaguar Land Rover, speaks in defence of diesel at the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) International Automotive Summit conference  in London

Jeremy Hicks says new-build diesels are environmentally sound as buyers plan to desert DERV

The new BMW X3 looks generally similar to the outgoing model, but takes on the bigger grille and more upright lights of the smaller X1

New X3 prices start at €58,580 and the new car looks generally similar to the outgoing model with design touches from the smaller (...)

Hyundai i10: it  bestrides the  small car class like a  Colossus

We identify the best in class and some rivals to consider

BMW 1 Series

BMW 1 Series has transformed from an ugly ducking to ... a slightly better-looking duckling

Volkswagen Golf: is consistency personified

We identify the best in class and some rivals to consider

Jaguar has now revealed, in part, its baby brother to the F-Pace: this is the E-Pace and it will be Jag’s rival to the Audi Q2 and BMW X1

Smaller F-Pace that will rival Audi Q2 and BMW X1 should significantly boost Jag’s sales

French driver Stephane Sarrazin (R) and English driver Mike Conway react after teammate Kamui Kobayashi’s No 7 car goes out of the race in the middle of the night.

Hybrid wondercars humbled by pro-am LMP2 racers in the round-the-clock French classic

While the Polo has shifted more than 14 million cars since its first generation was launched in 1975,  in Ireland it’s outsold by its own close relative the Golf and by its key rival, the Ford Fiesta

Volkswagen’s new Polo, launched in Berlin, gets new chassis and more space

BMW’s 6 Series GT: gets new badge and slightly sleeker design

5 Series GT replacement gains posher name, but is still a very niche concept

King of the executive saloons:  the Mercedes-Benz E-Class might just be the best  car that you can buy at the moment, offering gorgeous styling and strong performance from its engine

Mercedes-Benz E-Class rises above the rest, offering improved performance and styling

King of the supercars: the Porsche 911 cannot be beaten when it comes to responsive steering

BMW i8, Aston Martin DB11 and Lexus LC excite but are no match for Porsche 911

Suzuki Vitara:  behind the fashionable facade, it’s a proper car

The well-built Suzuki Vitara trumps its rivals, offering comfort and plenty of space

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