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One of four former Volkswagen executives uses his laptop as he goes on trial in Braunschweig, northern Germany, on Thursday. Photograph: Julian Stratenschulte/AFP via Getty

Three former Volkswagen managers and a former board member have gone on trial in Germany accused of involvement in the global diesel scam that has cos(...)

Dublin’s Dean Rock can demand €1,300 per sponsored Instagram post – he has nearly 37,000 followers on the social media platform.   Photograph: Evan Logan/Inpho

GAA players may not be getting paid to play the sport they commit so much of their lives to but ‘pay for posts’ is well and truly here. Payment can b(...)

  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(...)

Chinese president Xi Jinping. Photograph: David W Cerny/File Photo/Reuters

Although some countries in central Europe throw open their economies to Chinese investment, others are raising red flags over potential security threa(...)

Skoda has revealed its fourth generation Octavia. With sales of 6.5 million the Octavia is Skoda’s bestseller and Ireland’s fifth best-selling passeng(...)

 Cyclists taking part in the  Ring of Kerry cycle.  Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Ring of Kerry Cycle Background: The ROK Charity Cycle has been going for 36 years and brings together 10,000 participants on an annual basis making (...)

Diesel cars and SUVs had almost 66 per cent market share in western Europe six years ago, but that has now dipped to around 50 per cent.  Photograph: Reuters

When Germany’s minister for transport and digital infrastructure, Alexander Dobrindt, appeared before the press last week, his handlers insisted he co(...)

Skoda Yeti scores on build quality but will only be around for one more year

The light is fading around the Yeti now as it enters its last year or so of life, and it is about to be overshadowed, literally and figuratively, by i(...)

Popular: Skoda Ireland says 22 per cent of its new cars in 2015 were ordered with factory-fitted towing systems

It’s common on Irish roads to see a car towing a trailer while clipping along at the 120km/h speed limit, despite the fact that the legal speed limit (...)

Each car is hand-built over 10 days and only 60  units are produced   for the worldwide market each year

How do you increase the list price of a car more than 10-fold and make a small family compact competitive with a high-end Ferrari at the same time? Th(...)

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