The Autobest 2016 awards

by Dave Humphreys on 21 Jan 2016

Last month I undertook one of my most important tasks in role as a motoring journalist, by casting my votes in the Autobest 2016 awards. This organisation is made up of one motoring journalist from each country, and now stretches across 26 markets from Ireland to Russia. Its role as an organisation is to determine the best car for consumers to buy, with that caveat that it must cost no more than €20,000 excluding all local taxes in each country. The car buyer is at the very centre of this so it's a task that I take pretty serious.


Hong Kong in the back of a green Rolls-Royce

by Neil Briscoe on 17 Jan 2016

My arrival in Hong Kong was something of a disappointment. Which is not to say that my flight with Cathay Pacific was anything other than lovely. Quite the opposite; it was, in spite of its length and long-haul nature, one of the nicest flights in my memory. The staff were lovely, the seats comfy and the food better than decent. It's just that, when we came in to land, all we did was descend through the cloudless, blue sky over the South China Sea and drop in for a gentle landing on the purpose-built airport island of Chek Lap Kok.

Who owns whom in the car industry

by Melanie May on 15 Jan 2016

Me: "I really like the Subaru BRZ and the Toyota GT86"
Mr. Know It All Motoring Journalist: "You know they are, essentially, the same car, right?"
Me: "Of course I do!"

I then spent the next hour crying into my pillow, yet again, over how little I appear to know about cars, wailing "there's just too much to learn".

But learn I must and what followed was a frantic Google session in which I learned that, at the time of the production of the BRZ and GT86, Toyota owned around 16 per…

Editor's picks from the 2016 Detroit Auto Show

by Dave Humphreys on 14 Jan 2016

Most seem to be in agreement that 2016 won't go down as a vintage year for the Detroit Motor Show, or NAIAS, as it's more officially known. It was very much a case of sense and sensibility from most of the big players, with the previous week's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) seeming to play stage to the more interesting advances in the automotive world. Incidentally, here's our excellent round up of CES 2016.

The big news from a European perspective was the unveiling of the new tenth-generation

Everything auto you need to know about CES 2016

by Melanie May on 13 Jan 2016

Last week, the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) took place in Las Vegas and whilst we at brought you the coolest car tech from the show as it happened, we thought we'd do a handy round-up guide and cover a bit more of the techfest for you, because we are nice like that, and also we can't get enough of this nerdy nirvana.

CES is actually the world's largest trade show, with over 3,600 exhibitors, including manufacturers, developers and suppliers of consumer technology hardware, content, technology delivery systems and more. Last year, over 160,000 geeks, I mean people, visited…

From Paris to Dublin in the new Peugeot 308 GTi.

by Dave Humphreys on 05 Jan 2016

Sometimes this job can throw up some unexpected surprises and, thankfully, usually of the good kind. There I was strolling back to the office from the bank on a quiet Tuesday morning when my phone rings with a call from Peugeot. "Would you like to go to Peugeot Sport headquarters outside Paris and collect a new 308 GTi for us and drive it back home to Dublin for the weekend?" Needless to say it didn't take me a terribly long time to answer.

This would be a somewhat special task, as this would be the first 308 GTi to come…