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

Insurance is really the deciding factor when it comes to any first car choice. If you’re under 30, you’re going to get hammered for that first-year premium. Photograph: Getty Images/Ikon Images

Insurance and running costs are more the deciding factors than personal taste

Buying private always comes with greater risks, from checking the vehicle’s mechanical situation to whether the seller is actually the rightful owner.

How prevalent is the problem of outstanding finance and what you can do to protect yourself?

The Ariel Nomad relies on rear-wheel drive, chunky tyres, and low weight to keep itself mobile when the going gets slippery or sandy

Test drive: Ariel’s scaffold-on-wheels off-roader is possibly 2019’s perfect ‘car’

“If a consumer purchases a car with outstanding finance on it, the car could be repossessed by the lender, even if the consumer has already paid the previous owner for it,” says a v spokesman.

Study shows one in six used cars for sale carried outstanding debt

The legs can walk with a mammalian or reptilian gait, depending on what’s right for the terrain, and can fold up into the body, leaving the wheels touching the ground so that the Elevate can be driven like a normal car. It can climb a 1.5-metre wall or across a 1.5-metre gap

‘Elevate’ concept is a walking car for especially tricky terrain or rescues

Mitsubishi’s updated plug-in SUV continues to impress with improved engine and price cut

The group, part of the UL Bernal Project, hopes to create batteries that charge up more quickly and hold onto that charge for longer, allowing electric vehicle drivers of to break free from current worries over ‘range anxiety’

Grant of €8m for Bernal Institute’s battery tech plans to tackle range anxiety and reduce the use of valuable cobalt in electric v(...)

Anti-Brexit protests at the Houses of Parliament in London: The Society of the Irish Motor Industry is calling on the Government to step up its preparations for a potential no-deal Brexit

Motor trade group SIMI says it’s a question of survival if the UK tumbles out

The first electric flight across the English Channel took place three years ago, in an Airbus E-Fan prototype aircraft.

Bombardier says it could take 40 years for aviation to catch up with current technology

The Irish Times top car for 2019: Jaguar’s I-Pace

Jaguar I-Pace comes out on top in what is set to be a banner year for plug-in cars

Electric vehicle sales have increased by 98 per cent so far this year.

A sneak preview of the best in electric, hybrid and diesel motors coming to a forecourt near you

Sadly, the e-Niro is pretty ordinary to drive. It’s a pity Kia couldn’t engineer some of the  new Ceed into the e-Niro’s steering and suspension

First drive: As with the growing number of electric cars on offer, what’s really holding Kia’s e-Niro electric car back is the cha(...)

New Skoda Scala is actually a replacement for the somewhat unloved (and very cheaply-made) Rapid, but will be a deal more sophisticated than that car

New hatchbaxck replaces the unloved Rapid, but will push to be a bigger rival to the big-selling Ford

“Producing cars in a Co2-neutral manner is only half the battle. Cars must be used in a Co2-neutral manner as well” said Herbert Diess, VW’s chief executive.

VW pledges that its last internal combustion engine will be launched in 2026, as VW Ireland announces a BIK-special electric Golf

Toyota Ireland has confirmed that its Yars GR Sport will cost from €23,750, and you can order one now for 191 delivery

GR Sport model arrives alongside Y20 edition celebrating 20 years of Toyota’s Yaris

Audi has used the Los Angeles motor show to reveal its much-teased electric four-door coupe, the e-Tron GT

Sleek four-door coupe based on the upcoming Porsche Taycan is set for 2020 production

On the surface, the influence of the Range Rover Velar is clear - the headlights and tail-lights are almost a direct lift from Land Rover’s mid-size luxury SUV, and so too are the pop-out door handles

Styling changes are very subtle for new small Range Rover and mild hybrid version is coming

The Lexus RX450h-L: the combo of big, smooth V6 and the extra torque from the hybrid electric motor means your journey will likely be effortless

RX450h-L Hybrid gets extra seats in the boot, but they’re pretty small

The potential amount to be earned from providing in-car data services, entertainment, and advertising could be as high as $750 billion  by 2030. Photograph: Getty Images/Ikon Images

Cars are generating more data about us and our movements every day, but how will that affect us?

The final selection was played by three renowned musicians from the Detroit Symphony Orchestra: They are Adrienne Rönmark, violin; Eric Nowlin, principal viola; and Joseph Becker, principal percussion

Lincoln badge has suffered in sales and image terms, but Ford reckons it can still sing when needed

Some 300 lamp posts and low-lying bollard have been turned  into EV charging points in London

Some 300 lamp post charging points are already in London, but sadly no Irish plans yet

The debate over the future of diesel power kicked up a gear this week as campaigners and car makers butted heads, and disagreed over figures

War of words erupts as the European Diesel Summit calls for more clean-air action

Hybrid imports are up by 193 per cent this year. Photograph:   Steven Miric/Construction Photography/Avalon/Getty Images)

Hybrid prices spiking in the UK second-hand market, in spite of tax changes

Ralf Brandstätter, chief operating officer of Volkswagen was joined on stage by supermodel and actress Cara Delevigne. It is her 41-million Instagram followers that VW found much more tempting than the traditional surrounds of a motor show

VW introduces its new T-Cross - due in Ireland next year - with the help of Cara Delevigne and her 41 millino Instagram followers

It  would be so easy to dismiss the Audi A6 based solely on its styling, but spend a bit more time with it and the subtleties emerge

It’s not exactly brimming with personality, but neither was snooker legend Steve Davis

According to a study published in the renowned scientific journal Nature, dealer sales staff seem at best unsure, and at worst positively hostile, towards electric power

New study suggests car sellers are actively steering buyers away from electric vehicles

Tetsuya Tada: “What’s changed at Toyota is what is seen as successful inside the company. It used to be about revenue and margin, but now people are starting to see what value each car brings to its customer.”

Akio Toyoda and Tetsuya Tada are changing the face of the most successful car-maker in the world

There has been little recent investment in public chargers.

We all want to make the right vehicle choices, both for financial and environmental reasons. So what’s an eco-conscious fleet mana(...)

Most recently, Volvo launched the new XC40 with a “pop-up” shop on Dublin’s busy Grafton Street .

Will the current ‘plate-glass’ model be superseded by shopping centre outlets?

“Fully automated vehicles that can own the driving task from A to B, with no need for driver involvement whatsoever, won’t be available for many years to come,” said Matthew Avery of Thatcham research.  “Until then, drivers remain criminally liable for the safe use of their cars.” Photograph: Concept 26

Volvo says you can sleep behind the wheel by 2021, but ‘ autonomous’ systems are not flawless

The Jaguar i-Pace is fast, fun, sure-footed, and intriguing to look at

First all-electric Jaguar is more impressive than its US rival, but small concerns remain

VW’s UK sales were down by 55%   in September, and by 62%  in the same period in Germany

Volkswagen has 33% fall in Irish sales, compared to total market fall of 17%

Porsche’s new 911 Speedster has a tradition that stretches right the way back to the original 356 Speedster of the 1950s

911 Speedster is the last of the current model, while Audi’s LMS race car closely previews the next-gen R8

Two new concept cars previewed ahead of 2019 celebrations

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