first battery model is a two-seat ‘ultra-compact BEV.’

Nameless tiny two-seater part of Toyota’s plan to maximise battery life

Those expecting this to be a panel-van version of Merc’s incoming 450km-ranged EQV MPV will be disappointed.

The truth is e-Vito will never leave you - until you need to charge it

From the sketch shown, it’s clear that the eighth Golf looks like… a Golf - hardly a surprise, and VW was never going to mess with a winning formula

First look: See Volkswagen's eighth generation Golf hatchback inside and out

The Budget 2020 tax on emissions of nitrogen oxide has the potential to be a game-changer for the Irish car trade, and for where and how we buy our cars.  Photograph: Andreas Rentz/Getty Images

New tax on harmful emissions could change the balance of where we shop for our cars

The first 60mg/km of NOx emissions from new cars is to be charged at a rate of €5 per mg. Photograph: Andreas Rentz/Getty

Tax based on NOx emissions to replace diesel surcharge as carbon taxes inflate fuel prices

The Vehicle Certification Agency’s website is, rather obviously, the official one and it’s the one whose numbers are likely to be accepted here by those rubber stamping such things

Now that nitrogen oxides look like forming part of our car taxation system, which cars will hit your pocket the hardest? And which(...)

23 years on, a chance to drive an iconic A80 Supra back-to-back with the new model

Is going all-battery the right solution for today? File photograph: iStock

Adding batteries to your car is clearly part of the motoring future, but how many is the right number, right now?

There are few motoring-related anxiety attacks more acute than seeing the low charge light start flashing in an electric car when you’re still short of a charging point. Photograph: iStock

With bigger batteries than ever, have new electric cars wiped out the worry of finding a charging point?

The cars identified in the report are strong-selling models, accounting for more than 5,000 new car sales so far this year. Photograph: Getty

Models from Ford, Hyundai, Skoda, BMW, and VW would see reductions in VRT rates

Royal Dutch Shell’s first UK  hydrogen refuelling station. Hydrogen’s big advantage, as a fuel, is that it’s quick and easy to use by a driver. File photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Currently only two hydrogen-fuelled cars available and neither is sold in Ireland

You may be surprised to learn that we do, actually, already recycle old cars. Photograph: Oliver Bunic/Bloomberg via Getty Images

With plans for one-million EVs on roads in 10 years, what happens to the ones that get scrapped?

With ride-hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft investing in autonomous vehicle technology, the obvious conclusion is that they’re seeking to take human drivers out of the equation. Photograph: iStock

The future of the brave new world of autonomous driving might not be that bright after all

The Toyota Daily Rental app operators hope to have some 500 cars available for rental by next March. Photographer: Akio Kon/Bloomberg

App users get lists of cars available to rent from nearby Toyota dealers

As late as 2007, it was still being built, new, in China and Nigeria.

Fifty years on this durable, unfussy model still feels right: an ultimate motoring detox

Hyundai’s 45 Concept car look so much like a modernised Austin Princess from the 1970s. Hyundai openly says — the car is inspired by the original 1974 Pony Coupe Concept

The biggest European motor show reveals a retro trend amongst car makers seeking some comfort in an age of great uncertainty

A futuristic concept car from Mercedes, on display at the Frankfurt auto show.

Digital experience will drive car sales and use in a decade, tech giant says

Chinese-built car, designed by a Corkman, goes on sale in Europe in 2021

The new Honda e: arriving in Ireland in 2021 with a range of 200km on  a single charge and a price tag we can guess will start close to €30,000 depending on grants

Honda’s electric city car is coming but will not land in Irish showrooms until 2021

Liverpool football club manager Juergen Klopp helps launch the new Opel Corsa-e

Audi's AI-Trail is an autonomous Mad Max creation for the Generation-i

Honda presents its Honda E electric car

Smaller stands and fewer media, but Frankfurt might might just show a brighter future

Hyundai’s 45 concept shows an exiting retro-future as Ford makes electric promises

Distant motoring cousins linked by electricity but the Lamborghini shades it with 819bhp

New all-electric hatchback will go on sale in Ireland next year from under €30,000 after grants

Frankfurt this year will see several (literally) electric debuts, a new Land Rover Defender, and the fastest Lambo ever built

Porsche’s Taycan will likely set you back about €200,000 when it arrives in Irish showrooms

Big performance numbers but electric supercar falls short of 500km range

The Enzo museum is hugely impressive. You enter a vast, vaulted haul in which are, unsurprisingly, a troop of Ferrari’s on display, like the LaFerrari (centre)

A visit to Ferrari’s, Lamborghini’s and Pagani’s museums sparks some musings on the message from the famous Italian brands

Sisk has estimated that the EV car move will reduce its overall company emissions by 560 tonnes. Photograph:  Florian Gaertner/Photothek via Getty

EV move acknowledged as first step on the road to decarbonisation

Ford’s concept crossover. The company says it will be ‘adding to our product line-up and by 2020 we’ll have the freshest showroom in the industry’.

Carmaker appears to keep options open by registering Mondeo Evos name in Europe

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

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