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Opel’s new Corsa is big improvement on previous models and boasts plenty of premium toys

Opel’s new Corsa has been my lockdown car. Unwittingly it has become the first proper Irish Times long-term test vehicle in over a decade. I now know(...)

Mazda MX-30

Mazda is joining the race to stock up our electric car options. And its new MX-30 is a beauty, even with those rear-hinged back doors. I first encoun(...)

Motor dealers will be able to sell cars from Monday, despite the Government’s Covid-19 roadmap for reopening businesses indicating they could only open for servicing and repairs.

Motor dealers will now be able to sell cars from Monday as long as they meet the requirement for social distancing. The move marks a reprieve for the (...)

Just 9,170 vehicles in the national car fleet is fully electric, according to new figures from the Department of Transport.

Just 9,170 vehicles in the State's car fleet are fully electric, according to new figures from the Department of Transport. Despite efforts by t(...)

A deserted Grafton Street in Dublin on the recent  bank holiday weekend. Ibec has suggested a €15bn reboot of the Irish economy once the lockdown restrictions have been lifted. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Employers’ group Ibec has called for a €15 billion reboot of the Irish economy to curb the effects of coronavirus and address some of the State’s majo(...)

Skoda is one of a number of major car brands using a portable device by Sanity Systems, which uses ozone gas to sanitise vehicles

As the motor trade prepares to reopen aftersales departments from next Monday, many dealers are increasingly frustrated that sales operations cannot r(...)

Skoda’s Enyaq in convoy in Co Laois.

Skoda likes to play the Irish card. Its Celtic roots may be as tenuous as a 1980s Irish soccer international, but it’s fair to say that many here have(...)

Total new car sales were 344 last month, with the delivery of 25 new SUVs to the Army – part of a larger contract signed earlier this year – making the Toyota Land Cruiser April’s best selling car

The Army was the biggest single buyer of new cars in April as sales collapsed by 96 per cent. Total new car sales were just 344 last month, with the d(...)

Showrooms are starting to reopen in Germany, while manufacturing plants across Europe are tentatively restarting production. Photographer: Alex Kraus/Bloomberg

Motor tax revenues generated €6.2 billion for the Irish Exchequer last year, according to a new industry report. The Irish State got €1.7 billion from(...)

Paddy Magee:  has called for a two-month cut in VRT introduced in line with the new 202 registration period starting on July 1st to support jobs in the motor trade.

A short-term cut in the tax paid on new cars is needed to save thousands of jobs in the motor trade, said Renault Ireland boss Paddy Magee. Mr Magee,(...)

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