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Seán Creedon takes the feature-packed Ssangyong Korando for a spin and finds that the crossover's facelift prompts positive comments, but can it beat the Qashqai?

Ssangyong is back on the Irish car market after an absence of five years. The Korean company has been saved by a huge investment from Indian conglomerate Mihandra And Mihandra and this time around the cars are being...

Nissan’s Qashqai is long established as the leader in the crossover market, with more than 20,000 sold in Ireland since 2007. The zippy motor appeals to C-segment drivers looking for additional style, technology and excitement as well as downsizing buyers seeking greater efficiency. 

The all-new 2014 Qashqai is set to cement Nissan’s position when it goes on sale in...

Not only has the Yeti received a facelift from Skoda, the Czech company has produced two new versions, one for city driving and the Yeti Outdoor, which should be popular with people who work in a rugged terrain.

I travelled with a group of Irish motor writers to Germany to drive the new cars this week. Both motors had been brought across the border from Skoda’s factory in Mlada...

Laurence Kinlan who plays Elmo in the hit RTE TV show, had become a Seat Ambassador. Laurence now drives a Seat Leon and will soon be hosting workshops for aspiring actors in Seat dealerships around the country.

Love/Hate seems to be attracting more and more viewers every Sunday night and in work places and canteens around the country it’s the main topic of...

Customers who pre-book a test drive of the new C4 Picasso at their local dealership at citroen.ie could win a 400km Free Fuel voucher. The New Citroen C4 Picasso is available from €279 a month with the new low rate Elect 3 Finance Offer. And if that’s not enough to convince you, all 141 registrations come with three years’ free servicing. Just ask your local Citroën...

Video game aficionados now have an extra-special reason to look forward to 2014. The first update to Asphalt 8: Airborne makes it the only game to feature Clio Renaultsport 200 Turbo EDC, the latest performance model to come out of the Renaultsport stable in 2013. Available at the App Store and soon via Google Play, the game’s launch will coincide with the start of a Renaultsport...

Gowan Distributors Limited has announced its Peugeot Sensation Days event, taking place in Peugeot Dealerships nationwide from  November 11th to December 31st. During this period, the new and ultra-modern Peugeot 308, the new 3008 crossover and the new 5008 7-seater MPV will arrive in Peugeot Dealer showrooms. The launch of the three new models, together with the newly launched Peugeot...

Toyota has been producing their popular Corolla since 1966. Since then, over 40 million units have been sold worldwide. The first edition never went on sale in Ireland - we had to wait until 1973 for the second edition - but over the past 40 years over 200,000 units have been sold here.

People with only the slightest interest in cars will be aware of the tried and trusted reputation...

Honda's new CR-V is now on sale in Ireland, priced from €31,995 and equipped with a class-leading new 1.6 i-DTEC diesel engine.

The CR-V is the latest model to benefit from Honda’s ‘Earth Dreams Technology’ series of advanced engines with the new 1.6 i-DTEC. The lightest engine of its type in the world, it offers class-leading emissions of 119g/km for annual road...

Audi Ireland has announced pricing and order information for its new flagship model, the A8, which will arrive in Ireland in January 2014. The latest flagship combines revisions to its weight-optimised, predominantly aluminium body with a raft of technological advances including an upgraded line-up of EU6-compliant engines.

The new A8 features optional headlights employing MatrixBeam...

Suzuki's new C-segment crossover has been highly rated among the 5-star vehicles tested by Euro NCAP in 2013. The S-Cross performed notably well on its pedestrian protection, the top-class rating for the newly adopted test methodology brought into effect this year.

Euro NCAP now releases one overall star rating with a maximum of five stars. The number of stars reflects how well a...

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) is advising all road users to take particular care on the roads following widespread rainfall. We asked them for their top tips on staying safe:

· It takes longer to stop a vehicle on wet roads so slow down and allow extra distance between you and the vehicle in front, 4 seconds at a minimum (use the 2 second rule and repeat it twice).

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Many years ago there was an old ad on RTE  promoting a product for cows called Cheno Unction. "It’s a quare name but great stuff," was the memorable line. I was reminded of that when I collected the Renault XMOD, a massive car with another unusual name.

These days we tend to take People Carriers and SUVs for granted but it was not until the mid 1990s that we first...

Mercedes-Benz is adding an AMG look to their current C-Class saloon to give it a more sporty, modern appearance at no extra cost to customers.

As a consequence, C-Class mercs being sold in Ireland from next January are being equipped to varying degrees, depending on model choice, from a range of extras worth some €4,500 which will be added without any price increase.

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New research indicates that safety standards among Irish drivers - and especially younger drivers - are becoming worryingly lax.

Less than half of respondents to the Liberty Insurance survey said they felt confident about fitting child seats in their cars, and almost one third underestimated the minimum age a child must reach (12) before being allowed to travel in a car without a...

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