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Living on a small island on the extreme western seaboard of Europe, most bulky items that are offered for sale here have to come by sea. Every time I see a car transporter carrying new cars to a local garage I am reminded of the various species of geese I see every morning in public parks feeding furiously after making their long journey to Ireland. However, unlike the birds that come from the...

Ford has given the world a sneak preview of their upcoming Focus RS, which they say is optimised not only for speed and handling, but also for fun and enjoyment.

The 2.3l 320PS Focus RS is described by Ford as a “high performance road car that delivers class–leading cornering speed, thrilling performance and unbridled driving enjoyment” and has highlighted the car...

Comfort, top–class ergonomics and as much space as the old R&H Hall silos (RIP), this enthusiastically red Avensis from Grandons will get you wherever you want to go, and it’ll do it better than most.

You always know where you stand with a Toyota. The smoothness, the feeling of efficiency, the sense of reliability. There’s a good reason the company hails its...

I’ve written quite a bit about electric and hybrid cars on these pages over the past few months, especially seeing as Cork is leading the way when it comes to the Drive4Zero and the insfrastructure the city is putting in place to support the transition from fossil fuels to greener alternatives.

However, it hasn’t been until now that we’ve really been able to get a...

Citroën’s funky new C4 Cactus has scooped the ‘Most Beautiful Interior’ of the year prize at the 30th International Automobile Festival in Paris.

Every year, the International Automobile Festival features a display of concept cars, celebrates automotive design and pays tribute to the year’s finest automotive and artistic achievements. Prizes are awarded by a...

Opel has released their ultra–powerful hot hatch Corsa OPC — or rather the first official pictures of it — into the wild. Benefiting from the significant revisions in technology, interior andexterior design, and the new chassis showcased in the recently launched regular Corsa, the OPC is set to raise the bar for small, fast hatchbacks when it arrives in Ireland this summer....

One of the most popular cars in Ireland for generations, Volkswagen’s Passat has been updated for 2015 with sleeker styling, more gadgetry and, of course, that Volkswagen reliability. Seán Creedon takes a spin and likes what he finds.

At the launch of their new Passat in Wicklow earlier this month VW showed the media a nostalgic video where Irish people expressed their love...

Jonathan Leonard, Service Technician at Eamonn Tarrant & Sons Ltd in Banteer, has been awarded the prestigious title of national ŠKODA Service Technician champion, as part of the ŠKODA service challenge 2014. Jonathan will now go on to compete in an international competition representing Ireland in the Service Technician category and compete for the title of Individual World...

Opel is set to welcome over 550 journalists from across Europe to Ireland next month for the international launch of two brand new engines. It has been over 15 years since there has been a major international launch by any car manufacturer in Ireland, let alone a launch featuring two brand new pieces of engineering. The new engines, a 1.6l turbo diesel and a 2.0l turbo diesel, will be...

Lorcan MacMuiris straps in for an hour of being delighted and impressed in BMW’s power–packed 530D GT; part luxury car, part low–slung SUV, part space ship.

 

The BMW 530 D GT is an odd beast. It’s a big, impressive car, and its strange looks belie the German maker’s intent for it. This car sits somewhere between the run–of–the...

A firm favourite on Cork’s calendar of events, The Monster Motorcycle Show, hosted by The Cork Motorcycle Racing & Vintage Club, will return to the Silversprings Moran’s Hotel Conference Centre this Sunday, February 1st and promises to be a not–to–be–missed event for fans of motorcycles.

The show will feature stars of Irish road and circuit racing such...

Dan Seaman, the patriarch of a family which is a pillar of Cork’s car market, has been in the trade of selling and servicing family and commercial vehicles for four decades. It’s a tribute to him, and now to his children, who have been part of the family business from an early age, that in 2015 he still has customers whom he first got to know in the 1980s when, having worked in the...

The new Ford Focus ST is being unleashed upon the world, and the company has hailed it as “the most advanced version yet”. And, for the first time, the ST will be available with a choice of petrol or diesel engines, along with new chassis control technologies, tuned suspension and steering, and bespoke tyre specification.
 
The 2.0l TDCi diesel is the most fuel‑...

Stopping distances are of major importance to any motorist and there are a lot of things we can do to be safe. Normally when traffic is travelling slowly due to heavy rain, snow or sleet the tendency is to drive closer to the vehicle in front: most of us do this without even realising. Our concentration level is reduced as the speed is lower, but this is when simple accidents can happen.

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Skoda, once the butt of many a joke, has gone from strength to strength in recent years. The new Fabia is no exception, says Seán Creedon.
 
The way in which Skoda cars have improved beyond all recognition is one of the great success stories in recent years. Last week I tested the new version of the Fabia, one of the most successful cars ever made by the Czech company....

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