Volkswagen adds T-Cross to SUV range

The T-Cross is Volkswagen’s smallest SUV to date. Ryan Hirons asks whether it can be a big success.

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BMW earnings hit by EU legal and investment costs

BMW’s automotive car division swung to a loss for the first time in a decade as car prices slumped and a legal provision over alleged collusion ballooned to €1.4bn.

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VW shares climb despite €1bn charge

Sales of higher-margin sports utility vehicles and cost cuts helped Volkswagen shrug off a €1bn legal charge to meet first-quarter operating profit forecasts, sending its shares 4% higher.

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Fiat boss vows ‘house of brands’ will see it survive

Fiat Chrysler is a “house of brands” and that ensures it will be one of the few traditional carmakers to survive the disruption the auto industry is facing from the rise of electric and self-driving cars, according to chief executive officer Mike Manley.

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Nissan shareholders met with applause as they approve removal of chairman

Shareholders of Nissan Motor Co have approved removing its former chairman, Carlos Ghosn, from its board.

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30% of all new cars on Irish roads are now automatics

New research has shown that 30% of all new cars in Ireland are now automatics.

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Luxury convertible offers plenty of traction to drivers

BMW has released further information about the stunning new 8 Series Convertible, which combines open-top, four-seater luxury with sports car performance and handling and spacious interior.

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A lot left to be desired from GR Sport

In a bid to capture some of the GRMN hot hatch magic, Toyota has introduced GR Sport to the Yaris - but what's the verdict? Ryan Hirons takes it out for a road test.

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Mercedes-Benz: Sometimes all we can do is embrace change

Humans rail against change, yet change is probably the single most constant in all of our lives. Maybe not major change, but minute-by-minute change. We hate it

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Seat Ireland sees sales increase by 7% in 2019

Seat Ireland has increased its sales by 7% year-on-year for the first quarter of 2019.

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Tesla raises prices and partially reverses plan to close stores

Last month, Tesla announced the company would be closing a number of stores and switching their focus to online-only sales.

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Perfect symbol: Record price for a car

The very different realities facing the world’s population are framed in many ways.

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Future of Telsa stores in Ireland and UK unclear following closures announcement

Store closure plans by electric car manufacturer Tesla have raised questions about the future of its sites in the UK and Ireland.

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Nissan back in the game with Micra muscle

The Nissan Micra has gained a couple of new petrol engines — will they help the supermini compete with its rivals? Tom Wiltshire finds out.

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Middle-lane hogger filmed by police for three miles

Motorist on M6 Toll is reported for careless driving after failing to move over.

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Jaguar Land Rover drives Tata into red

Indian car maker Tata Motors posted its biggest quarterly loss, hurt by an impairment charge for its Jaguar Land Rover business.

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A Bullitt straight off the silver screen

The scene is ten minutes and 53 seconds long and starts at the confluence of Columbus and Chestnut in the Fisherman’s Wharf district of San Francisco and the car chase which follows has become one of the most revered in movie history, earning itself a rightful place in the pantheon of automotive cinematographic highlights.

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A sophisticated machine with luxury interiors

Never as popular as its German counterparts in the large executive class, the A6, says Declan Colley, has got everything they have to offer and more.

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Lexus ES is a strong executive contender

Can Lexus’ new BMW 5 Series rival make an impact? Ryan Hirons heads to Malaga to find out.

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Kia’s Sportage closes gap on its rivals

The new Kia Sportage has seen upgrades to its exterior and interior design, new powertrains have been introduced and a lot of new technology has been added to the mix, writes Declan Colley

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Renault names new leaders to replace Carlos Ghosn

The board of French carmaker Renault has named two new leaders to replace industry veteran Carlos Ghosn, who resigned after weeks of detention in Japan.

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Study finds 21% of used motors imported last year less than two years old

More than one in five used motors imported into Ireland last year are less than two years old, according to an analysis by a vehicle data company.

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Volkswagen brings back EcoGrant trade-in

Volkswagen Ireland is encouraging the uptake of the latest-generation, lower-emission new cars, hand-in-hand with the removal of older Euro 1-4 emissions-standard vehicles, by re-launching their attractive EcoGrant offer.

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New Focus is a class leader on all fronts

Without doubt the Focus range is the foundation stone upon which the current Ford model line-up stands. Ably helped by the Fiesta in cornering a large slice of market share, the Focus is — and has been — a car which has stood the test of time since we first saw it in 1998 and through three generations since.

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Flawless performer in the rough stuff where it counts

Tom Wiltshire finds out what Toyota’s panel-sided Land Cruiser Utility is like to drive

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Jaguar Land Rover to cut 4,500 jobs under cost-saving plans

Ford also signalled cuts among its 50,000-strong European workforce under plans to make its business more sustainable.

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Weighing up the advantages of travelling the hybrid route

So, you want to switch out of your petrol or diesel car? There are plenty of good reasons for this — perhaps you’re worried about the environmental impact you’re having, or want to take advantage of tax benefits for low emissions vehicles. Maybe you simply want to save some dosh at the pumps.

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Signs of the Kodiac are truly promising for evolving Skoda

The Skoda Kodiaq aims to offer both performance and practicality. Jack Evans finds out if it measures up

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So much more to BMW’s latest X5 SUV

The desirable BMW X5 has received a tech, luxury and handling upgrade. And thermo cup holders, writes Declan Colley

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Ford recalls over 953,000 vehicles to replace air bag inflators

The move includes 782,000 vehicles in the US and is part of the largest series of recalls in American history.

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Volkswagen up the ante with top class Touareg

I know a man who owns a Volkswagen Touareg and it is probably fair to say that he loves that car perhaps more than anything else in his life. He is a rugged, hands-on, sort of guy and he likes tough cars too.

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Peugeot unveils a serious player in the estate class

From the same stable as the impressive 508 fastback comes the new 508 SW estate, Tom Wiltshire heads to Portugal to see what it’s like

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Skoda aims to attract and convert Focus and Astra customers with Scala

Škoda is getting ready to replace its popular Rapid model and has revealed further details of the much anticipated Scala compact hatchback, with which Škoda hopes to go after some of the big boys in the family car segment.

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Audi’s latest all-electric car brings Iron Man to his feet

Audi unveil a four-door coupe concept car to take on might of Tesla, writes Hannah Elliot.

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Honda CRV delivers on its diesel alternative

Jack Evans heads to Seville to see if electrification is a real alternative to a diesel Honda CR-V.

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Splendid car with quirky characteristics

They are a funny crowd, those guys at Mazda.

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Tesco may extend Irish e-car charging points after UK move

Tesco Ireland will review a new in-store electric vehicle charging network, being rolled out by the supermarket in Britain, before expanding such services here.

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Nissan probe expanding to Renault

Nissan’s investigation into alleged misconduct by chairman, Carlos Ghosn, is expanding to include Renault-Nissan finances, sources told Reuters, in a further sign that Nissan may seek to loosen its French parent’s hold on their global carmaking alliance.

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The Abarth 695C Rivale: Will you let your heart rule your head?

Abarth’s latest Fiat-based hot hatchback is one of the most special yet. Tom Wiltshire takes it for a spin

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Arcimoto: Functionality overcomes a lack of features

A minimalist approach to new vehicle design could herald the arrival of new breeds of runarounds, writes Kyle Stock

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Kia moving on up with impressive Ceed

Useless information (Part 1): the name Kia is derived from the Sino-Korean characters ‘Ki’ which means ‘to come out’ and ‘A’ which denotes East Asia, so the combination literally means ‘to come out of the East.’

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Here are the winners in the Irish Car of the Year Awards

Ireland’s motoring journalists choose their car of the year for 2019.

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Duster’s cheap, but a little more cheerful

IF EVER there was a car that divides opinion, it is the Dacia Duster. The Romanian quasi 4x4 is belittled by many, but very many others see it as the bargain of the century.

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Mercedes C200 offers all that you’d want in a premium saloon

Mercedes has updated its popular C-Class for 2018. Jack Evans tries it in C200 form and finds plenty to be pleased with.

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Excellent alternative to German rivals

Jack Evans heads to California to test out the latest weapon in Volvo’s arsenal — the BMW 3 Series-rivalling S60 saloon.

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Green cred overwhelmed by technology

I would not maintain that you have to re-learn how to drive when you get a hybrid car, but you do — if you want to extract the maximum

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End of road for Kris Meeke and Paul Nagle’s 10-year link

The line up for next year’s Word Rally Championship is taking shape following two major announcements this week. The highest profile announcement came from Toyota Gazoo Racing with Irish driver Kris Meeke joining Ott Tanak and Jari-Matti Latvala in factory Yaris World Rally Cars.

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European car sales fall 23% on new emissions test

Passenger car registrations in Europe slumped 23% during September after new emissions test rules took hold, reversing gains made in August when car makers were hurrying vehicles out the door to beat the deadline.

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Old cars charged more by insurers as ‘NCT ignored’

Owners of older cars are facing paying higher insurance, despite holding recent NCT certificates, the managing director of an online broker has said.

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Fresh blow for motor industry as Jaguar Land Rover plans production shutdown

The country’s biggest car-maker said a ‘fluctuating’ global market triggered the decision to temporarily shut its Solihull plant later this month.

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Motorsport: Craig Breen relishing ‘home’ comforts in Wales

As the Dayinsure Wales Rally GB cranks into gear today, Waterford’s Craig Breen still awaits his maiden victory in a round of the World Rally Championship for his Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT team.

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Cork ‘20’ honours for White and O’Brien after stirring battle

Clonmel’s Roy White (Ford Fiesta WRC) claimed his first victory in a round of the Irish Tarmac Championship courtesy of his win on the Macroom based CBtooolhire.com Cork “20” International Rally.

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C4 Cactus stands out from the crowd

Quirky is as quirky does and — in automotive terms — Citroen is the king of quirk.

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Bentley’s Continental is the ultimate grand tourer

Bentley’s newest version of the Continental GT coupe is massively powerful and shockingly fast, writes Hannah Elliott, who absolutely loved the car.

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Aston Martin to plug into hybrid market with mid-engined supercar

Aston Martin has confirmed plans to build a hybrid supercar code-named “003”.

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Mazda MX-5: New engine turns great into fantastic

Tom Wiltshire takes a test drive to see if more power, plus some technology updates, have enhanced the charming Mazda MX-5.

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Ford retains Focus to continue long-lasting legacy

Automotive history is littered with car families which vary wildly in quality from one generation to another. Indeed, Ford has had a stellar record of making a great car and then turning its successor into a complete dog.

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Latest Z4 takes roadster experience to next level

Next month’s Paris Motor Show is set to feature a whole host of new and exciting machines, not least of which will be the new BMW Z4 roadster.

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Josh Moffet wins but Declan Boyle in pole for national honours

Although Monaghan’s Josh Moffett (Ford Fiesta WRC) won the Clare Rally, the penultimate round of the Triton Showers National Rally Championship, he faces an uphill battle to win the series after his main rival Donegal’s Declan Boyle, co-driven by James O’Reilly came home in fifth.

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The end of a real Volk hero

There can hardly be a family in Ireland that, at one stage or another, did not count a Volkswagon Beetle among its members.

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