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With a pedrigree stretching back to World War II, Jeep remains one of the most iconic of all marques. Seán Creedon takes the newest version of the Cherokee out for a spin to see if it lives up to its pedigree.

A few years back I was mildly reprimanded by a PR man from a well known brand for describing one of his SUVs as a Jeep. I suppose we all use the word ‘Jeep’ too...

Lorcan MacMuiris has a whale of a time in Nissan’s ultra–popular Qashqai courtesy of Keary’s Nissan, and for once doesn’t feel so bad about being stuck in traffic… 

The Qashqai set out to become a world beater pretty much as soon as it was launched in 2007 and, with more than one and a quarter million of them on Europe’s roads, the momentum...

With wintery conditions set to last until the end of the month, the RSA has issued the following advice for drivers who have no choice but to brave the snow, sleet, hail, fog and ice which will beset us until Springtime comes:

Check local and National weather forecasts before setting out on a journey. Clear your windows and mirrors before you set out, carry a screen scraper and de-icer...

New car sales in Cork were up by 18% in first 10 Days of 2015 whilst the number of imported used cars declined significantly.

The latest figures on new car sales show the number of new cars registered in the first 10 days of 2015 has increased by more than 18% on the same period for 2014, with an additional 1,747 units sold around the country. As 2014 was the best year for new car sales...

Following the example of Volvo, who gave the world the three–point seatbelt after they invented it, and Elon Musk, the real–life Tony Stark behind Tesla motors (and PayPal and, quite probably, the future of space exploration), who released everything to do with his electic cars to the world, Japanese giant Toyota has freed up well over 5000 of its patents on fuel–cell...

Seán Creedon gets ready for takeoff in the powerful 2015 edition of Audi’s legendary TT.
 
Writing on these pages about the Audi A4 Quattro Sport last month Lorcan MacMuiris said he could feel the acceleration in his kidneys while he drove it. Well, I got a somewhat similar thrill last week as I tested the new Audi TT.
 
At the launch of a new...

Two years ago the VW group introduced three small cars which very similar: the Skoda Citigo, VW Up! and Seat Mii. Now Skoda has introduced a sporty version of the Citigo with the Monte Carlo.
 
This is the second Skoda to get the Monte Carlo treatment: in 2011 the company introduced a sporty version of the Fabia to celebrate 100 years of the famous Monte Carlo Rally.
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This January, as usual, will see thousands of cars brought under the NCT net for the first time, as well as the annual return to the test centres of thousands more. There’s more hinging on your test this year than previously, too, as drivers can now expect penalty points if they’re stopped by gardaí and don’t have a valid NCT certificate. The new penalty is part of an...

2015 is set to be the year of the electric car, with eco–friendly vehicles planned for launch within the next 12 months by many of the country’s favourite marques, including heavy–hitters in the luxury and exclusive market such as Audi, Mercedes and BMW.

Cork has led the country in the drive towards electrification — most recently with a free recharge scheme over...

Opel’s venerable Corsa is getting a long-overdue facelift as a Christmas present and the latest generation - the Corsa E - is packed with treats, says Seán Creedon.

Opel’s Corsa is the latest car to get a makeover just in time for the New Year 151 C number plates.

Once again it’s a case of evolution rather than revolution and, like the Polo last week, the...

Volkswagen’s cool little supermini may not be the best–known car on our roads, but it’s certainly among the most fun, writes Lorcan MacMuiris

I’m not entirely sure how they managed it, but Volkswagen have obviously roped The Doctor into their design team and his influence is plain to see in the TARDIS–like Up!; ultra compact on the outside but almost...

It’s been nearly four decades since Volkswagen’s little Polo geared up to take on the world, writes Seán Creedon, and the latest iteration continues to refine the popular runabout.

The VW Polo that I drove last week was really lively, but I wasn’t tempted to copy a young English man and take a drive on a race track while a race was in progress. That’s what...

Quick Fit at Little Island has won the Independent Workshop of the Year 2015 award at the Irish Auto Trade Association's Awards.

"We would like to thank everyone who supported us over the years, said Seamus O’Brien, M.D., Quick Fit Cars, “and we’re delighted that we’ve been able to attain such a high standard, not only being voted ‘Best Garage in...

Vorsprung durch velocity! Lorcan MacMuiris has a whale of a time in an Audi A4 Quattro Sport courtesy of Audi Cork, and briefly contemplates an exciting career as a car thief.

“This,” I think to myself as I slide into place on the beige leather seat, “is where I ought to be sitting every morning on my way to work.” As far as The Cork News is concerned it may be a...

Kearys celebrated the launch of their new state-of-the-art Nissan dealership on the Carrigrohane Road, formerly the premises of Windsor Motors, by giving away a brand new Nissan Juke in association with Cork’s Red FM.

Bernard Fitzpatrick from Maryborough Hill in Douglas won the brand new 151 Nissan Juke in a game called ‘Kearys Finders Keepers’.
 
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