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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

So what, then, is the best first car? If ever a question was a loaded one . . . “Your first car is the aperitif to your driving life. But it is also (...)

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

Next year is looking already starting to look like a banner year for new cars, with several genuinely iconic models up for renewal, including the new (...)

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

On the shores of the Dead Sea, in Tel Aviv, Skoda has launched its operatically-named Scala, which will hit Irish dealerships in the second quarter of(...)

Opel Astra:  arguably the best car that  General Motors ever made for Europe

Opel’s family hatch doesn’t look like it’s up to much on the surface - the styling is quiet to the point of being anonymous, aside from that odd fin-s(...)

The GSI version gets a heavily tweaked chassis and more powerful engines, which uncorks the Insignia’s full potential

Opel’s big four door swept in last year on a wave of publicity and an aggrandising name change. No longer merely an Insignia, this was now an Insignia(...)

Opel Grandland X: perfectly functional, reasonably roomy, and not bad in the corners, but we’re really struggling to think of a compelling reason to buy one

Having been taken over by PSA Groupe, the car giant that also owns Peugeot and Citroen, it was inevitable that Opel would start sharing the platforms,(...)

Opel said it is “fully co-operating with the authorities”. Photograph: PA

Germany’s transport ministry issued a recall of nearly 100,000 Opel cars on Monday, just hours after the carmaker’s headquarters was raided by authori(...)

Aidan O’Driscoll, a senior figure in the Real IRA in Munster, died after he was shot up to four times as he walked along the northside of Cork city just minutes after he had finished work.

Two men have appeared before the Special Criminal Court this afternoon charged in connection with the murder of Aidan O’Driscoll in Cork nearly two ye(...)

A road sign in Hamburg’s Max Brauer Allee warning  motorists that older diesel vehicles are banned from using this stretch of road in the north German city.  Photograph: Getty Images

With apologies to Gary Lineker, the diesel crisis is a game where two sides run around for three years and, in the end, German car companies win. Thi(...)

As with sister brand Peugeot, Citroen is introducing the first of its plugin hybrids at the Paris motor show. Citroen’s plugin is based on the incomin(...)

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