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The nominees: Nissan Micra, Alfa Romeo Giulia, Citroen C3, Toyota C-HR, Volvo S90, Peugeot 3008 and Mercedes E-Class. Photograph: Alexander Babic

This year’s magnificent seven took to the French forests last week in a final effort to win the coveted title of Europe’s Car of the Year 2017. The (...)

Almost three decades on from when the original LS400 made its Detroit show debut, and rocked the world of premium motoring to its core, Lexus is using(...)

Djakadam has been runner-up in the last two Cheltenham Gold Cups: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Believe some headlines and the spectacular Thistlecrack is already past the Gold Cup post. However, the more stolid Djakadam can prove perseverance co(...)

New cars  at the National Vehicle Distribution in  Baldonnell, Co Dublin. Timing is everything when buying a  car. Photograph:  David Sleator

1. A falling market is a buyer’s paradise Since 2013, for the most part, the Irish car trade has been having something of a purple patch. While new c(...)

Many Clouds ridden by Leighton Aspell won the Crabbie’s Grand National  at Aintree in 2015. Photograph: Alex Livesey/Getty

Oliver Sherwood concedes his Grand National hero Many Clouds faces a “big ask” in next week’s €150,000 Lexus Chase but believes the Leopardstown trac(...)

The Mercedes E-Class . . . 2016 car of the year

€2 billion. Just for the engine. That’s how much development cash Mercedes sunk into creating a new range of 2.0-litre diesel engines for the E-Class,(...)

The Lexus LC  boasts a grille that wouldn’t look out of place on a truck.

Japan has long bowed to the power of the computer processor, favouring order over the individual. Yet this is also the land of the Takumi craftsman(...)

Lexus RX: the interior is little short of lovely.

The Lexus RX is something of a curious concoction. It’s a hybrid that’s not especially frugal, for a start. Counter that by saying that its 3.5-litre(...)

BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe

Best in class: BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe A controversial choice this, nipping in ahead of the more obvious choice, the BMW 3 Series which is both a s(...)

Kia Sorento
Irish Times best buys: SUVs

Best in class: Kia Sorento The SUV, in its terminology and its physical type, is really an American invention, but the car that does the best Yanke(...)

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