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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(...)

The thing about motoring stereotypes is that they invariably have some foundation in truth. The uniform of a black poloneck on architects is not unkn(...)

Gardaí from the Special Detective Unit and members of the Criminal Assets Bureau raided houses of suspected drug dealers in Raleigh Square, Crumlin. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Gardaí who raided the homes of suspected major drugs dealers were forced to use hydraulic equipment to break through armoured front and rear doors. (...)

New Lexus LC500h: premium brand returns to the sports car market for the first time since the SC430

Lexus has brought its new LC sports car to Europe and in turn unveiled its new 3.5-litre V6 hybrid 354bhp LC500h version. The new LC, which will hit s(...)

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