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Downtown Scranton, Pennsylvania, the ‘Electric City’: the town symbolises the demise of a once-thriving industrial centre. Photograph: Eric Baradat / AFP via Getty

At the Downtown Deli in Scranton, Pennsylvania, orders of pancakes, French toast and endless cups of coffee are piling up during this busy lunchtime. (...)

  Smart energy metres can help consumers track the cost of their electricity usage. Photograph: iStock

Most of us are blissfully unaware of our energy consumption, until we get the bill that is. The arrival of the first bill after winter usually has the(...)

Skoda Octavia Combi Style 2.0: What you get from Skoda is a spacious car at a good value price compared to equivalently roomy rivals.

Ireland’s adopted car brand, Skoda, has pulled off a marketing masterstroke. By some slick marketing direct to Irish buyers – following the Toyota pla(...)

All of the received wisdom had it that Skoda’s new Octavia would be more expensive. The fact that it would become larger, more luxurious, more stuffed(...)

Skoda Superb.

While electric cars – that is, those driven along solely by their batteries – get all the publicity, it’s arguable that, for many of us, a plug-in hyb(...)

The new Seat Leon delivers a pretty stellar all-round package of great looks, smart cabin, good tech and  usable performance

Seat has delivered a big surprise: the Spanish marque now boasts a car that’s better than the VW Golf upon which it is based. The Catalan-based car b(...)

Neil Connolly of the Connolly Motor Group says customers are very confused; there are a lot of mixed messages.

Irish car buyers, who increasingly want to go green, are utterly confused about their options and do not know if the electric vehicle (EV) market is a(...)

Seat’s first all-electric car will be sold under its Cupra sub-brand from next year

Seat’s first all-electric car will be sold under its Cupra sub-brand from next year. Clearly aimed at boosting the profile of the recently launched Cu(...)

The Czinger 21C,  which has a largely 3D-printed chassis, boasts 1,250hp to drive its featherweight 1,250kg weight.

With much of the world’s population stuck indoors, and the spectre of a major global recession on the horizon, the launch of the Czinger 21C supercar (...)

Volkswagen chief executive  Herbert Diess  will pass the leadership of the core brand VW to the former co-managing director Ralf Brandstätter. Photograph: Alexander Koerner/EPA

Volkswagen chief executive Herbert Diess apologised to the company’s supervisory board for having made “inappropriate and wrong” statements at an inte(...)

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