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Toyota’s collaborative, go-getter-oriented Aygo is great around town but its edgy styling may not age well, says Seán Creedon

If you are producing a small city car that shares its underpinnings with two other cars by different companies, then you have got to be imaginative with the colour design. That’s what Toyota have done with their small Aygo,...

As the second-hand car market begins to follow the new-car market and pick up, better-quality used cars are becoming more readily available and, as supply starts to equalise with demand, prices are once again coming down. David Quirke, owner of Cork’s Volkswagen Specialists Blackwater Motors, has these recommendations when it comes to buying secondhand.

“First things first,...

Citroen's far-out Cactus may look like a concept car, but it's 100% for real and has it where it counts, says Seán Creedon.

I have often felt that cars get lonely, especially in shopping centres. You know the scenario, you select your parking space, well away from the entrance, with plenty of room to open the doors, but when you come back you find cars parked...

Tony Leahy from Team PR O'Reilly in Cork passes on his advice on winter-proofing your car:

 

When it comes to winter, there are really two ways of looking at it. Firstly, you have to make sure that the car is ok. Secondly, and I see lots of people driving in the mornings who don't seem to know this; that the person inside has good visibility. You have to be able to see. Ice...

Citroen's far-out Cactus may look like a concept car, but it's 100% for real and has it where it counts, says Seán Creedon.

I have often felt that cars get lonely, especially in shopping centres. You know the scenario, you select your parking space, well away from the entrance, with plenty of room to open the doors, but when you come back you find cars parked...

"The nearest I ever got to driving a racing car" says Seán Creedon of Seat's new Leon Cupra
 
If you are a fan of the Golf GTI, then you should probably take a test drive in the Seat Leon Cupra. A self-confessed Golf fanatic told me last week that the Cupra is probably better than its GTI cousin, and that’s some praise.
 ...

Seán Creedon perfects his Gallic shrug as he tangles with the sheer power of the Peugeot RCZ R
 
 ‘‘If you don’t get penalty points in this car, you’re not getting any more cars from me.’’ I always remember that line from former Fiat PR man Joe Gantly as he handed me the keys of a sporty Alfa Romeo many years ago...

This winter, bear in mind that your tyres are the only thing keeping your car on slippery roads. Even though your four tyres are the only thing keeping you in control when you're on the road, too many motorists tend to overlook them - sometimes until it's too late.

The right pressure is vital for your safety, for maximum grip on the road and for the life of the tyre. You should check...

A white Christmas sounds romantic, but snow and ice mean dangerous driving conditions. There’s not much we can do about the weather, but by following some simple tips to winter-proof your car you increase your chances of getting through a few months of bad weather unscathed, and free of expensive maintenance or repair bills.

Adjust your tyre pressures

There...

Seán Creedon revels in the luxury of the new Mercedes-Benz C220

 

Picking a colour that you like is very important when buying a new car. A few weeks back at an appraisal day for the Irish Motor Writers’ Car of the Year awards, I drove a red version of the Mercedes C220 and it looked striking. However, last Monday when I went to pick up the car for a proper week...

Cork's Johnson & Perrot Honda will launch their first Ladies Evening, which they promise will be a "stylish, fun-filled and enjoyable event" at their showrooms in Mahon Point on Thursday October 16th from 7.30pm. It promises to be a stylish, fun-filled and enjoyable event designed especially for the ladies of Cork.

Hosted by well-known model and TV personality Alison...

The mid- and high-end versions of the new Ford Mondeo are now available to order at Cork City Ford, CAB, Abernethy's and Cavanagh's of Charleville ahead of their scheduled arrival in Cork towards the end of November.

The latest Mondeo will be available in Zetec and Titanium saloons and estates initially, and prices will start from €28,995. From early next year the range will...

Minister for Agriculture, Food, the Marine and Defence, Simon Coveney TD, with ESB Networks Managing Director, Jerry O’Sullivan, Mitsubishi Managing Director, Gerard Rice and Sales Manager, Jason Byrne, at ESB’s electric vehicle charge point at South Mall, Cork City.

In a bid to bring awareness of the advantages and practicality of electric cars to the fore among...

I called to a motoring friend last week to show him my latest test car, the Toyota Yaris. And his response was interesting; he said that small cars are getting bigger all the time. Yes, it’s true, but probably only by millimetres.
The new Yaris does look bigger than the previous model and my test car was Fire Red, which is a great colour. A safe colour to drive also; red is...

What do you do if you discover the car that you bought three months ago actually belongs to a finance company? Or if you discover the car you bought privately two years ago was previously clocked to reduce the mileage display? These are just some of the queries dealt with by the National Consumer Agency over the past year, who has received more than 2,600 contacts in relation to second-hand...

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