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Call me old fashioned, but when I think of Mercedes, their famous three-pointed star comes to mind. Last week I drove the new CLA, which had the Mercedes logo embedded on the bonnet, but I missed the pointed star.
It’s known that trouble-makers have, in the past, been known to break off the famous hood ornament with their hand, so the German company put their logo to the bonnet....

It won’t break any land-speed records, but Lorcan Mac Muiris finds the perennial Passat is all about getting around with a minimum of fuss

Volkswagen’s cars have two major selling points: high-grade German engineering and encouragingly low depreciation rates. Compare the Passat to competing models from Ford, Toyota and Citroen and the difference becomes...

The Ripspeed Carpet Boot Tidy (€19.99, Halfords, Mahon)is made from a carpet material and fits snug inside your car boot... no more rolling bottles and knick knacks.

Perfect to use in an emergency, Chidlow Booster Cables/Jump Leads will help get you up and running when your car just refuses to start. A bargain €10 from Halfords, Mahon Point.

Developed on the base of the powerful GTS, the Vespa GTV’s styling pays homage to the distinctive vintage look of classic Vespas from the 50’s and 60’s, namely the headlamp which has been positioned on the front mudguard, as it was on the very first Vespa prototype. Around €5,450, vespa.ie.

Plug in and mount the screens on the headrests in your car to watch your favourite movies or view your JPEG photos with friends and family in the back seats. The vivid high resolution 9" LCD displays will bring all your images and videos to life. The Philips PV9002i Twin Screen Video Player is €101.59 from...

Perfect for keeping in your car door, next time you drop your keys in the dark or need to change a tyre, this torch from Active Products (€14.99) will light your path. LED bulbs use less electricity than conventional bulbs, so you'll have more light for less energy. Order yours from Team.ie.

The 2014 Alfa Romeo MiTo has gone on sale in Ireland offering customers higher specification, revised interiors, subtle styling enhancements and even more advanced technologies, including the UconnectTM five-inch, colour, touch-screen infotainment system as standard equipment and the addition of the new 105hp TwinAir engine to the range.

Externally the 2014 MiTo benefits from a new,...

Peugeot has announced prices and specifications for the stylish new Peugeot 308 SW estate, as the company prepares to dispatch the first customer deliveries this month. Sharing the European Car of the Year 2014 accolade with its sister hatchback, the 308 SW boasts a stylish design, an impressive driving experience, high levels of standard specification, functionality, and outstanding load...

Opel revealed the new, fifth generation of the Corsa this week. Opel’s bestseller aims to offer a new driving experience in the small-car market segment by raising the bar for chassis, engine and gearbox performance. The new, refined and efficient 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbo engines, smooth-shifting transmissions, and redesigned suspension and steering deliver class-leading levels of...

Derek Power Clerk Of the Course, Tom O Regan IMC Motor Club, Neil Phelan from Ace Signs Title Sponsors pic by Ger Leahy

The AceSigns sponsored Imokilly Motor Club Single Stage Rally was launched at Harty’s Bar & Restaurant in Cloyne in east Cork this week. The event this year is once again a counting round of the Plasticbags.ie Southern 4 Rally...

The FARAD roof box F1 480L is a best seller for a reasons; with a modern and aerodynamic design and double side opening, its max load of 75 Kg is the ideal solution for the summer and winter season for medium and large vehicles. €299.95 from Team.ie.

Halfords Beaded Seat Cushion Back Support's padding will help to keep you comfy on long journeys. The cushion has been designed to keep you cool by allowing air to circulate between your body and the car seat. €38.99, Halfords, Mahon Point.

Attach this little Sheep Aerial Topper (€4.99, Halfords) to your car aerial and it will be easily located in busy car parks.

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