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Mark Whitaker, CEO of the Johnson and Perrott Motor group, is preparing his range of gleaming new Volvos for their appearance at the hotly anticipated Volvo Cork Week 2014, Ireland’s longest-running and most prestigious sailing regatta.

Hosted at the venerable Royal Cork Yacht Club since its inception 36 years ago, this year Volvo has lent its considerable weight as key sponsor...

Yesterday I took a 2013 Mercedes E-250 CDI Cabriolet out for a little spin. Past everybody I know. Twice.

A nice man from MSL Mercedes Cork handed me the keys- they delivered the car to me; this is high-calibre service all the way – and politely overlooked the pool of drool at my feet. This spectacular Cabriolet is polar white, with a raspberry soft-top and toasted almond leather...

Seán Creedon is delighted the find out that one of his all-time favourites has become even better when he drives the new Nissan Qashqai

It was always going to be difficult to be objective this week as I’m writing about one of my favourite cars, the Nissan Qashqai. Potentially my first choice if purchasing a new car and obviously a very popular motor with car buyers in...

ŠKODA has won the ‘Drivers Choice’ category at the 2014 Irish Taxi Driver Federation Industry awards. There are currently 14,000 full time and 8,500 part time taxi drivers in Ireland. This accolade reflects the opinions of professionals who truly value quality vehicles which serve to provide quality, reliability, durability and comfort.

ŠKODA dealerships in...

Drive’s Seán Creedon gets in an antipodean mood with Subaru’s enormous Outback and its innovative engine…

When you mention a Subaru to somebody for the first time the response is usually a reference to the speedy Impreza. But, of course, the Japanese company has several other cars in their range besides the one favoured by boy racers or those who crave...

Opel has increased sales across Europe in the first five months of the year, selling 95,143 units to produce a market share market share of 5.96%.

“We have already received more than 240,000 orders for the Mokka across Europe, over 90,000 for our lifestyle ADAM and more than 100,000 for our flagship, the new Insignia,” says Board Member for Sales Peter Christian Küspert...

 A survey conducted by Continental Tyres in conjunction with the top Irish soccer fans’ website youboysingreen.ie has found that Argentina is the most popular World Cup team amongst Irish fans. 21% of fans cited Argentina as the team they are supporting at the tournament, followed by Germany on 18% and Spain on 15%. England and Brazil, in joint...

Servicing costs are a key element in the overall cost of motoring, so Ford Ireland’s launch of its Motorcraft 5+ Service offer targeted at owners of Ford cars five years or older is a very welcome development.

For June, July and August, customers who have a Motorcraft 5+ Service carried out on their car will also receive a free fuel voucher to the value of €20.
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Seán Creedon climbs aboard the new Ssangyong Rodius, successor to the ugliest car ever made, and is impressed with its comfort if not its looks…

Now that Bill Cullen has become one of the 15 Ssangyong dealers in Ireland, the Korean car manufacturer is getting a bit of extra publicity.

Bill, who was previously associated with Renault, returned to the motor trade...

Bill O’Herlihy, John Giles, Sarah Hayes, Marketing Manager Hyundai Ireland and Eamon Dunphy

Hyundai, Irelands fastest growing car brand has announced that they will sponsor RTÉ Sport’s coverage of the FIFA World Cup 2014 across all platforms; RTÉ television, RTÉ radio and online and mobile on RTÉ.ie and RTÉ Player.

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A public consultation process has begun to decide the future direction of driver education and driver testing in Ireland. 

The first driving tests in the State were carried out 50 years ago and the RSA is using the milestone to encourage members of the public to voice their opinions on how the test can evolve in order to best take into account modern technology, motorways and...

An award-winning New Holland family dealership in Millstreet, County Cork, celebrated its 60th brand anniversary with an open weekend and celebration night recently. 

Although it launched in the 1940s, Colemans Millstreet Ltd. first opened its doors as a Ford Tractor outlet in 1954 when work horses were still a common sight on the farms around Ireland.

It is now flying the...

Seán Creedon takes SEAT’s sporty León estate for a nippy spin but wonders just where the target market lies...

This was the third week in-row I got a press car with the automatic 2.0-litre VW diesel engine. First it was the Golf GTD, then the massive SEAT Alhambra and last week it was the same engine once again in the sporty FR version of the new SEAT León ST...

One of the most attractive urban hatchbacks to be launched recently, the new Kia Soul is available in two models initially, the EX (€24,495 ) and the Platinum (€28,495), both powered by a 128hp 1.6 diesel engine.

The EX is generously equipped with comfort ,technology and safety features including 17” Alloy Wheels ,Bluetooth ,Cruise Control/Speed Limiter, climate control...

O'Briens Garage Mallow (formerly O'Connells of Mallow) have announced their continued sponsorship of Mallow GAA for the coming season. The club won the North Cork Under-21 Championship for both hurling and football last year and hope to take home even more silverware this season. Salesman, Pat Gowen presented the cheque to representatives from the club, wishing the team all the best for 2014...

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