Positives outweigh negatives in Kia e-models

Positives outweigh negatives in Kia e-models

WE ALL knew the electric automotive revolution would eventually gather some sort of momentum and move on quickly from the Neanderthal technological base it has been operating from for the last decade or so.

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Regional roads fail test: A real danger

Regional roads fail test: A real danger

It says something significant that this year, for the first time, more used cars will be imported into Ireland than new cars sold here.

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Weak sterling driving spike in car imports from the UK

Weak sterling driving spike in car imports from the UK

A “colossal” spike in the number of imported cars from the UK has been recorded because of Brexit, new official figures reveal.

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New Focus ST is fast but not so furious

New Focus ST is fast but not so furious

Fast Fords have been with us practically since Henry invented the brand. Indeed in 1904, well before the iconic Model T which established the Blue Oval brand as a powerhouse of automotive manufacturing, the company had actually set a land speed record with an in-house design.

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What cars were revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show?

What cars were revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show?

It’s that time of year again — the bi-annual Frankfurt Motor Show. Manufacturers, journalists and prospective buyers across the world have flocked to Germany to see what new cars are on the horizon, and the latest cutting-edge concepts.

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What cars were revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show?

What cars were revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show?

It’s that time of year again — the bi-annual Frankfurt Motor Show. Manufacturers, journalists and prospective buyers across the world have flocked to Germany to see what new cars are on the horizon, and the latest cutting-edge concepts.

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Number of cars licensed in 2019 drops 7.1%

Number of cars licensed in 2019 drops 7.1%

Since January 2019, 103,582 new cars were licensed, a decrease of 7.1% on 2018, while imported cars increased by 4.7%.

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Driver filmed ‘sleeping’ at the wheel of Tesla

Driver filmed ‘sleeping’ at the wheel of Tesla

The video is the latest in a number of similar incidents using Tesla’s auto-pilot feature.

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Nissan woes deepen as Ghosn successor asked to resign

Nissan woes deepen as Ghosn successor asked to resign

Nissan chief executive Hiroto Saikawa will step down because of a scandal involving inflated stock-linked bonuses, thus deepening the turmoil that has enveloped the Japanese carmaker since the arrest of former chairman Carlos Ghosn.

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Suzuki’s solid motor for the unpretentious

Suzuki’s solid motor for the unpretentious

The new Vitara is a robust and able car offering practicality and comfort,writes Declan Colley.

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New Mazda3 can take on Focus and Golf

New Mazda3 can take on Focus and Golf

It seems incongruous in a business where pushing technological and engineering boundaries are a commonplace taken-for-granted thing, that certain cars can maintain their position at the head of the sales charts not so much for years, but for decades, without really being challenged even by a determined opposition.

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Ford recalling almost 8,000 cars in Ireland due to fire risk

Ford recalling almost 8,000 cars in Ireland due to fire risk

Certain models of the Mondeo, Galaxy and SMAX are affected.

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Did you know an Irishwoman was the world’s first car accident fatality ... in 1869

Did you know an Irishwoman was the world’s first car accident fatality ... in 1869

Robert Hume unveils the Irishwoman who became the world’s first car accident fatality.

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Volkswagen sticks to earnings outlook despite investment challenges

Volkswagen sticks to earnings outlook despite investment challenges

Volkswagen expects to lift profit margins over the next few years despite an expensive shift to electric cars and growing economic headwinds in Germany and abroad.

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Average of 129 motorists have cars clamped in Dublin every day

Average of 129 motorists have cars clamped in Dublin every day

New figures show that Mespil Road remains the top blackspot for illegal parking on the streets of the capital.

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Over 45,000 reservations made for new all-electric Mini

Over 45,000 reservations made for new all-electric Mini

Mini’s first mass-market electric car looks set to be an instant hit when it arrives on the market next year, with the firm claiming 45,000 reservations have already been made for the model.

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Volkswagen reveals T-Roc Cabriolet SUV

Volkswagen reveals T-Roc Cabriolet SUV

Volkswagen is introducing a convertible version of its T-Roc SUV, making it the only model in its segment available without a fixed roof.

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Where does your model of car rank in the NCT pass rate for 2018?

Where does your model of car rank in the NCT pass rate for 2018?

A compact SUV manufactured by Skoda had the highest pass rate of any vehicle submitted for a NCT test last year.

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Mini milestone marked with gathering of 60 cars from each year of production

Mini milestone marked with gathering of 60 cars from each year of production

Car brand Mini has celebrated its 60th anniversary by bringing together a car from each year of production.

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Thousands of jobs at risk unless Gov takes action on VRT bands, report says

Thousands of jobs at risk unless Gov takes action on VRT bands, report says

Thousands of jobs could be lost in the motor industry unless the Government takes action on vehicle registration bands (VRT) - as car sales continue to fall.

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The DS7 Crossback has just enough flair to trade on its classy legacy

The DS7 Crossback has just enough flair to trade on its classy legacy

DS7 Crossback trades on its heritage and lives up to the expectations on many levels. but there are downsides. The ride is not the magic carpet experience we once loved and expected to see again, writes Declan Colley

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One direction as BMW goes back to front

One direction as BMW goes back to front

BMW’s new 1 Series is changing from rear to front wheel drive. Packed with the latest tech, it eclipses the car it’s replacing, says Jack Evans

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Hundreds of complaints to transport authority over clamping without proper warning

Hundreds of complaints to transport authority over clamping without proper warning

Over 300 drivers contacted the NTA last year alone to complain about signage in private car parks.

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Why even Paris Hilton couldn’t save the BMW boss

Why even Paris Hilton couldn’t save the BMW boss

If BMW boss Harald Krueger has a flaw, it’s that he lacks confidence and isn’t much of a showman — criticisms that nobody has ever levelled at the heiress Paris Hilton.

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Ford to close six European plants as part of global cut

Ford to close six European plants as part of global cut

Ford will eliminate about 20% of its workforce in Europe and close six factories in a sweeping overhaul aimed at reviving the money-losing region as the company also moves to prepare for the future of electric and self-driving cars.

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Ford to cut 12,000 jobs in Europe

Ford to cut 12,000 jobs in Europe

Some 2,000 lost jobs would be salaried positions, the motor company confirmed.

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Nissan vows to repair Renault partnership to shareholders

Nissan vows to repair Renault partnership to shareholders

Nissan pledged to put more focus on mending its troubled two-decade alliance with Renault as the Japanese carmaker’s boisterous shareholders voted to give the French partner more say over its future.

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Car salesman sacked after failing to make a sale at busiest time of year loses unfair dismissal claim

Car salesman sacked after failing to make a sale at busiest time of year loses unfair dismissal claim

A Dublin-based car dealership dismissed a car salesman after he recorded zero car sales after seven weeks in the job during the busiest time of year for car sales.

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Web searches for hybrid and electric vehicles up 244% since 2017

Web searches for hybrid and electric vehicles up 244% since 2017

Online searches for hybrid and electric vehicles have increased by 244% over the last two and a half years.

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Classy offering falls down in driving stakes

Classy offering falls down in driving stakes

THE high-end small family MPV market is not one that would strike you as being terribly big, but it is sobering to note that the Mercedes B-Class, which has had something of a chequered history, has sold in pretty impressive numbers since it first emerged

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Over 24,000 vehicles clamped in Irish Rail car parks in three years

Over 24,000 vehicles clamped in Irish Rail car parks in three years

Over 24,000 vehicles have been clamped at Irish Rail car parks over a three-year period, figures released by the company has revealed.

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New car sales down 7% on 2018

New car sales down 7% on 2018

Since January, 73,781 new private cars have been sold in Ireland, a decrease of 7% on the same time last year.

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The politics of ‘merger’ plan between Fiat and Renault

The politics of ‘merger’ plan between Fiat and Renault

Fiat has a generous view of what defines a merger of equals. Its proposed combination with French rival Renault contains a premium.

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Fiat eyes Renault in €32bn mega deal

Fiat eyes Renault in €32bn mega deal

US-Italian car maker Fiat Chrysler has made an all-share merger proposal to French rival Renault as part of a new wave of consolidation in the car industry.

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Volkswagen adds T-Cross to SUV range

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 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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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Kia’s Sportage closes gap on its rivals

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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Lexus ES is a strong executive contender

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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Renault names new leaders to replace Carlos Ghosn

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

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 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

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

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

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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