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Michelin has come away from the Tire Technology Expo in Cologne with big accolades for a big idea; a tyre that ages completely differently to those currently in use and stays safer longer, especially on wet, winding roads like those in and around Cork. 

Reflecting Michelin’s more than €600m a year spent on research and development, the Tire Technology of the Year...

The fourth generation of Volkswagen’s enormously popular Caddy has been unveiled. 

The successor to the Caddy, which sold over 1.5 million vans worldwide over the last 11 years and is the leader in its class in Ireland, has taken a giant leap forward in terms of spec, engines, efficiency and feel. 

Volkswagen is keen to emphasise the new Caddy’s...

The fourth generation of Volkswagen’s enormously popular Caddy has been unveiled. 

The successor to the Caddy, which sold over 1.5 million vans worldwide over the last 11 years and is the leader in its class in Ireland, has taken a giant leap forward in terms of spec, engines, efficiency and feel. 

Volkswagen is keen to emphasise the new Caddy’s...

Skoda has nothing to prove anymore, having long since graduated from being the butt of many’s a joke (often interchangable with the still–laughable Lada) to being arguably the best cars, in terms of bang for your buck, coming out of Europe today. Now on an equal footing with parent company Volkswagen in terms of quality and reliability, Skoda has taken a leap into the 21st...

January’s freshly released statistics show that new car registrations are 31% up on the same month last year, which should see sales comfortably exceed 100,000 at the end of the year for the first time since 2008. In fact, the  projections show that new car sales could be close to 115,000 with light commercials, currently up by 70%, set to exceed 20,000, again for the first...

In Winter, motorists are advised to fit winter tyres as a safety precaution in bad weather.  This is great advice, provided the temperature remains below seven degrees and the ground surface is wet or icy. Manufacturers sometimes forget to highlight certain dangers above seven degrees or when mixing winter with summer and all–season tyres.

Summer and all season tyres...

 

The rear–engined Twingo has some strange quirks, says Seán Creedon, and isn’t the best for large loads, but it’s certainly a lot of fun!

More mature readers will no doubt remember the original VW Beetle with the engine at the rear. The new Beetle has the engine in the front, but last week I drove the new version of the Renault Twingo, which now has...

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...

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