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I’m not bragging, but if you drive a different car every week it’s difficult to get fully acquainted straight away with all the quirks that a new car offers. For example, when you disengage the central locking can passengers enter and exit without the driver pressing a button to allow them to do so? Often they cannot.
 
So, it was a pleasure to drive the Ford Focus...

Audi Cork has scored a coup and will unveil the company’s brand new, ultra–modern, ultra–efficient Q7 on June 4th as part of the pre–launch nationwide tour. The event will give Cork’s Audi fans a sneak peek at the luxury model before its official market release. Unfortunately, you’ll still have to wait until July for delivery, but the event, taking place...

We covered Opel’s brand new (and as yet pretty top secret) Astra on Drive a few weeks ago, and the Germans have revealed that in addition to the goodies we mentioned the new model will feature what they call “ground breaking” light technology.

Few things are as irritating — or as potentially hazardous — as driving against someone with maladjusted headlamps...

Summertime is when the car really comes into its own for most Cork families. Not longer just a commuting machine, or a school bus, or a ‘mum, take me to soccer practice!’ taxi; in Summer, the car can be the hub of a road trip, or an excited journey to the beach, or even a little home away from home as you hop on to a ferry to take it on a nice long foreign holiday.

The...

Seán Creedon takes to the wilds of Wicklow to try out the newest member of the Jeep family.

Jeep do have some catchy names for their vehicles, like Cherokee and Wrangler. Now the American company has come up with another classic, the Renegade.

Now you could say that ‘renegade’ is a word where the meaning has changed a little over the years. When I was young, to...

Last year here in Drive we wrote about a novel experiement in Holland which saw road surfaces transformed into solar panels with the aim of driving up electricity production ahead of a boom in electric car sales.

Now, the results of the experiment are in: the Dutch scientists and engineers behind the project say that a test track near Amsterdam has proven significantly more successful...

Electric Vehicle parking is to become even more of a feature of Cork City Centre following a decision by Cork City Council to increase the number of EV parking spaces and crack down on drivers of regular cars who park their cars in them.

The new dedicated charging spaces follow on from new legislation published by the Department of Transport which allow local authorities to declare it...

Mini owners of Cork take note! The Mini Club Of Ireland is going to tackle The Wild Atlantic Way — or rather 700k of it — in order to raise much–needed funds for The Cork Association for Autism.

Next Friday, May 22nd, a convoy of Minis of all ages, from vintage and classic 1959 models right up to brand spanking new 151C examples, will depart from Kinsale, making their...

Taking tiny to a new level of tough, FIAT’s 500X will arrive in Cork this weekend.

The Italian company’s new crossover comes in two ‘flavours’: urban and off–road, with a wide range of engine and transmission options. Based on the historic 500 platform — a favourite for generations — the metrolpolitan Pop is a larger (yet still svelte) version...

Love it or loathe it, or feel sort of “meh” towards it, there’s no denying that the Opel Astra has been one of the mainstays of Irish motoring for generations. The German company, which was founded in 1899 and is now a part of General Motors, has been turning out what it calls its “compact car” for 10 generations now — beginning as the Kadett in 1937 before...

With its tiny 1.5l engine firing out 131 horsepower and two levels of trim — 1.5G and Roadster GT — on offer, the new Mazda MX is shaping up to be every bit as sporty and desirable as its venerable ancestors.

Orders are now being taken for one of the archetypal ‘small racers’, which will go on sale officially here in Cork at the end of the summer. Both models...

Stylishly Spartan on the inside, pleasingly minimalist on the outside, Volkswagen’s nippy, oh–so–fun Up! (don’t forget the exclamation mark, it’s a vital part of its personality) is a little dune buggy of a car; brilliant to drive, a joy to manoeuvre and more adept at city life than any of the cast of Friends could ever have hoped to be.

A few weeks ago I...

A standard 1.6-litre BlueHDi 100bhp Stop–Start Peugeot 208 has set a new long-distance fuel consumption record at a test circuit in France.

43 litres of diesel saw the bog–standard, off–the–shelf 208 cover a phenomenal 2,152 kilometres (nearly 1.340 miles in old money), meaning its average fuel consumption worked out to 2.0 l/100km. That’s 141.2...

It’s international tyre safety week and as the roads warm up at long last, and people start to make summer road–trip plans, it’s well worth taking a close look at your connection to the tarmac, as it is at every change of the seasons.
Winter tyres are rare enough in Ireland, but some people do use them. If you’re one of them, you’d best make sure they...

Audi has just announced that their brand spanking new Q7 will hit the Cork market in July, just in time to be among the first of the ‘152 C’ generation of cars.

Vehicles as big as as the ‘Q’ line suffered a more significant setback than smaller, cheaper cars during the slump in car sales which followed the death of the Celtic Tiger, but appear to be roaring back...

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