“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

Peugeot’s stunning concept car, the e-Legend coupe

Several delights to be found on the show floor despite some big name no-shows

The new Mercedes B-Class: smart but still relatively boxy

New B-Class once again lacks a seven-seat option, while Renault takes another stab at luxury motoring with the EZ-Ultimo

The package of proposals being put before the parliament also includes major reductions in the allowable Co2 emissions from vehicles

Car makers could be compelled to ensure that 40 per cent of their range is electric

Kodiaq RS for now, Vision RS concept for later

Included on the safety roster are collision and pedestrian warning with braking function as standard. Photograph: Fabian Kirchbauer

Sharp new styling and cabin, but carry-over engines for marque’s most important saloon

K-ZE will be introduced in China first before coming to Europe

Rally School Ireland  founder David Smyth: “We want to create a practical learning environment, not just have us talking to you endlessly, but to have you doing it, seeing it, being part of it.”

A driving school in Monaghan imparts high-level skills to preserve life on Irish roads

BMW is adding a bigger battery to its i3 electric car, which can stretch its one-charge range to real-world driving range of 260km

Bigger battery for BMW’s lightweight electric car promises a real-world range of 260km

The new Toyota Camry is roomy, comfy, reliable, and rugged. It hits Irish showrooms in March next year

New hybrid Camry arrives next year and will likely impress both consumers and the Garda

One quick glance tells you that the styling of this concept, which will form the centrepiece of of Peugeot’s presence at the upcoming Paris motor show, is heavily influenced by Peugeot’s own 1960s superstar, the 504 Coupe

e-Legend is Peugeot’s gorgeous Paris show concept car, bridging the gap between the past coupe and the new 508 GT

Ferrari plans to launch 15 new models between now and 2022, and the SUV - currently known as the ‘Purosangue’ or Pure Blood - is one of them

‘Purosangue’ model will be Maranello’s first true 4x4, arriving in showrooms within three years

After 22 long years Toyota’s iconic Supra has returned and has been billed as the “Porsche Killer”

New six-cylinder sports car shares much with BMW but forges its own path

Audi unveils its first production all-electric vehicle, the e-Tron SUV, which will go  on sale early in 2019.

Secret to success of e-Tron Quattro could be hiding new tech under conventional looks

The Mini just zips along, with a sweet personality and an appetite for fun

Not everyone will care for new Union Jack brake lights, but revised Mini is a true gem

The EU Parliament’s environment committee has approved a proposal to enforce targets that would see, by 2025, car makers compelled to have 20 per cent of sales made up of full-electric vehicles

EU parliament’s environment committee says 40 per cent of car sales should be electric by 2040

FAW could, eventually, become a very serious rival for Rolls-Royce

Chairman Mao’s own car company wants to compete on the global luxury stage

“The Fiesta ST gets better the quicker you go and the harder the questions you ask of it.”

Road test: Fiesta ST still the sweetest small hot hatch but by slimmer margin

Saturday is WLTP Emissions Day: What does it mean for Irish motorists?

Thomas Schemera, head of high performance at Hyundai: “I wanted to go to Hyundai to build a very emotional brand from scratch.”

Thomas Schemera left BMW for Hyundai’s N-brand, but has ambitions far greater than merely making fast cars

Kalashnikov’s electric car, the CV-1. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Infamous weapons maker shows off concept of high-performance battery-powered car

Electric propulsion is the way of the future for cars and for motoring in general.

Electric cars are coming. But are they right for you, yet?

First Edition’ Z4 shown to prospective buyers at blue-chip classic car event

Opel’s  GT X Experimental takes that uncluttered look (Opel calls is ‘Visual Detox’), and turns it into an SUV

Show car gets electric powertrain and LED ‘Blitz’ badge

Ford Mondeo Hybrid

Road test: Conventional-looking Ford takes on Toyota’s distinctive Prius

Sporty one-tonne hauler arrives on Irish forecourts next March, continuing the rise of the pickup format outside the farms

Independent testing by consumer advocates Which? magazine shows that the vast majority of modern diesel-engined cars still cannot pass their emissions test

Which? Magazine’s independent tests show that a majority of diesel-engined cars can’t pass the emissions test

It’s still under camouflage wrap, but that can’t disguise how good this new all-important Bavarian is to drive

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…

Our choice of the best small cars on the market right now

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

Our choice of the hottest supercars on the market right now

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

Our choice of the family crossovers on the market right now

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

Our favourites of the new family saloon cars on the market right now

Our choice of the best of the post crossovers on the market right now

Hybrid prototype win marks the end of one era of the famous 24-hour endurance race, and the possible beginning of an exciting new (...)

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

Our choice of the best new eco cars on the market right now

Our choice of the people carriers on the market right now

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

Our choice of the best compact crossovers on the market right now

Our choice of the best city cars on the market right now

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

The MobilityX conference in Dublin and Mayo will discuss the future for driverless cars, but some sceptics are questioning the hyp(...)

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’

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