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Toyota Corolla Verso 7 Seater
Price: €10,950
Engine: 1.8 Petrol
Transmission: Manual
Year: 2009
Mileage: 50,500 miles
Colour: Silver...

The French have an expression for window shopping; ‘faire du lèche-vitrines’; literally, licking the windows. That’s what I’m doing at MSL Mercedes Cork; face pressed against the glass wall, staring at cars as muscled and sleek as a showroom of resting panthers.

Today, my three year old daughter and I are test driving a 2011 Mercedes CLS 350 CDI Blue...

It’s difficult to know where to begin with this week’s test car, the luxurious BMW X5. Straight away let me say that this massive SUV is "luxury with a capital ‘L’".

I will start with the cream leather seats, which give the interior a massive lift. It'll be difficult keeping those seats clean if the driver is wearing mucky wellingtons and operating in a...

Stylish and made out of faux leather, the Halfords Steering Wheel Cover helps provide protection and prolongs the life of your steering wheel. €12.99, Halfords, Mahon Point.

Offering you the space equivalent to that of a large car, the Exodus 470L Gloss Silver Roof Box is made from ABS material, which is extremely strong and scratch resistant. €299.99, Halfords, Mahon Point.

The Tom Tom TTST20EURLTM 4.3 Inch Europe and Lifetime Maps is ideal for anyone who's getting a sat nav for the first time - or for those who only occasionally need help getting from A to B - like holidaymakers heading to the coast. €139.99, Soundstore.

The Mini 0801 is a tiny, discreet dash camera that packs all the punch of much larger and more expensive units. The camera is small enough to mount out of sight behind the rear view mirror, which means it wont obscure your view of the road and wont attract unwanted attention from thieves. The Mini 0801 can be set up so that, after initial installation the power supply and motion detection take...

New car sales have continued to grow with a strong start to the 142 registration period. 18,776 sales in July implied a 61% increase on the same month last year, which was the first year of dual registration plates. So far this year, 84,474 new cars have been sold, an increase of 30% on 2013 and 10,000 more cars than were registered in the whole of last year.

HGV registrations are also...

Labour TD Ciaran Lynch is warning drivers to desist from using their phones while driving or risk facing harsher penalties. Under new road rules the penalty points will increase from two to three for those caught using a mobile phones while driving.

“New research which shows that 10% of Irish drivers use their phone while on the road is deeply concerning. Conducted by Easy Trip,...

Under 15k

Right Price Cars
Mazda 5
€9,950

O’Learys, Lissarda
VW Polo
€13,950...

Seán Creedon test drives a special edition Mitsubishi ASX

Korean company Kia provide a seven-year warranty with their new cars, but Japanese manufacturer Mitsubishi go one better and offer an eight-year warranty, the longest of any car company in Ireland. And the guarantee stays with the car, so if you sell after four years, you can offer a four-year residual warranty.

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A vision in Meridian Blue awaits me on the forecourt of Lee Garage, the gleaming trident emblem making me feel devilish before I even sit into the flawless nappa leather seats. Conversely, it felt like being cradled by angels.

This 2000 Maserati 3200 GT was the first model to be built under the auspices of Maserati owners Ferrari so the styling is glorious; all brooding Italian menace...

Ice explorer and adventurer Mike O’Shea joins broadcaster Miriam O'Callaghan to help launch the forthcoming Bumbleance Mega Push fundraiser.

Mercedes-Benz will be adding its weight to the forthcoming Bumbleance Mega Push – described as a spectacular and challenging fundraiser that will see the distinctively illustrated Mercedes-Benz-powered children...

In just two years since launching the Dacia brand in Ireland there are over 3,000 Dacia Dusters, Sanderos, Sandero Stepways and Logans on Irish roads.

The brand caused a stir in the Irish motor industry when Dacia’s arrival was announced in July 2012 in the midst of one of the worst recessions in history, and some doubted its ability to capture Irish consumer’s attention....

SEAT Ireland has announced year on year sales growth of 11% with over 1,800 vehicle registrations so far in 2014. SEAT also increased its market share, leaving the brand with 2.8% market share overall for the first half of 2014. These strong results for 2014 follow on from an equally impressive 2013 which saw SEAT increase its overall sales by 62%.

The SEAT Ibiza and SEAT Leon five-door...

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