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Thinking of heading to West Cork for a couple days? MSL Cork have the machine for you. The new Mercedes-Benz Marco Polo sets new standards in homeliness and comfortable practicality. In brief: It's the ideal vehicle for discerning individuals who wish to combine independence with maximum comfort and day-to-day utility.

Call MSL on 021 240 8600 for details.

What do you see when you look in the rear view mirror of your car? Traffic building up behind you, a Garda car maybe, or a motorcyclist about to overtake?

After driving the new Ssangyong Rexton W for a week I am still haunted by the feeling of being in a Black Maria, an old fashioned prisoner transport vehicle. I drove the commercial version of the Rexton last week and it had a wire...

The Baby Elegance Head Hugger surrounds your infant’s head, making any car seat snug and comfortable. €14, The Baby Nursery, North Main Street, Cork.

Every responsible driver should carry an emergency kit. Team PR Reilly have put together everything you need in this handy emergency bag, which includes a safety vest, gloves, a torch and a tow rope. €19.99, team.ie.

This handy universal USB car charger is ideal for juicing all portable devices with a USB connection on the move. €4.99, Soundstore

With so much data, the Garmin nüvi 3597LMT (€349.99, Harvey Norman) makes it easy to find addresses and millions of businesses, stores, restaurants and other destinations all over Europe. New maps are available for download up to four times per year, for the life of your device, with no fees.

(The new Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate. Set to go into production in September, it will be the first of a number of new models to be introduced here by Mercedes-Benz before year end, others being an S-Class Coupe AMG, an S-500 Hybrid, new versions of the CLS Coupe and Shooting Brake, an electric-powered B-Class and an AMG GT competitor for the Porsche 911.)

Mercedes-Benz in...

Call me old fashioned, but when I think of Mercedes, their famous three-pointed star comes to mind. Last week I drove the new CLA, which had the Mercedes logo embedded on the bonnet, but I missed the pointed star.
It’s known that trouble-makers have, in the past, been known to break off the famous hood ornament with their hand, so the German company put their logo to the bonnet....

It won’t break any land-speed records, but Lorcan Mac Muiris finds the perennial Passat is all about getting around with a minimum of fuss

Volkswagen’s cars have two major selling points: high-grade German engineering and encouragingly low depreciation rates. Compare the Passat to competing models from Ford, Toyota and Citroen and the difference becomes...

The Ripspeed Carpet Boot Tidy (€19.99, Halfords, Mahon)is made from a carpet material and fits snug inside your car boot... no more rolling bottles and knick knacks.

Perfect to use in an emergency, Chidlow Booster Cables/Jump Leads will help get you up and running when your car just refuses to start. A bargain €10 from Halfords, Mahon Point.

Developed on the base of the powerful GTS, the Vespa GTV’s styling pays homage to the distinctive vintage look of classic Vespas from the 50’s and 60’s, namely the headlamp which has been positioned on the front mudguard, as it was on the very first Vespa prototype. Around €5,450, vespa.ie.

Plug in and mount the screens on the headrests in your car to watch your favourite movies or view your JPEG photos with friends and family in the back seats. The vivid high resolution 9" LCD displays will bring all your images and videos to life. The Philips PV9002i Twin Screen Video Player is €101.59 from...

Perfect for keeping in your car door, next time you drop your keys in the dark or need to change a tyre, this torch from Active Products (€14.99) will light your path. LED bulbs use less electricity than conventional bulbs, so you'll have more light for less energy. Order yours from Team.ie.

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