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Small, zippy and fun - Seán Creedon downsizes with Citroen's nimble little C1
 
A few months ago Citroen launched two new cars in Amsterdam; their funky-looking Cactus and the smaller C1. The yellow Cactus was the one everybody wanted to test drive on the first day and the poor little C1 was almost forgotten about.
 
 I acted sheep-like and...

When you consider the ludicrously high cost of keeping a car on the road in Ireland, what with tax, insurance, maintenance costs, NCT charges and depreciation, it’s no surprise that smart consumers often decide to offload the additional expense of an little-used second vehicle.

Every now and then, however, you will need that second option, which has opened up a whole new market...

The fourth-generation MX5 roadster from Mazda comes with SKYACTIV Technology, including specially tuned SKYACTIV-G petrol engines and the first rear-wheel drive version of the SKYACTIV-Chassis. Weighing 100kg less than the outgoing model and with the lowest-ever centre of gravity, the new edition of Mazda’s iconic roadster enhances the responsiveness and agility that has always been the...

Peugeot is showcasing its stunning Exalt concept in a new livery at the forthcoming Paris Motor Show. The latest beauty from the French makers is powered by a petrol 340bhp HYbrid4 drive train and blends a bare steel exterior and distinctive shark skin rear end. In the latest version, designers have uniquely used “newspaper wood” in the interior, showcasing Peugeot’s "...

“With the new Audi A6, we are writing the next chapter in an excellent success story. It represents innovative technology and Audi's premium claim,” says Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, chief of technical development at Audi. “The Audi A6 sets new standards in many technical fields: the lightweight body containing many aluminium components, the powerful...

Volkswagen has replaced their Golf Plus with a new version called a Golf SV. SV stands for Sports Van and that’s a good description as this model is very spacious and also very sporty. It’s not an estate, but more like a mini MPV.
 
Maybe it was because I was coming to the car after a few weeks driving big SUV’s, but I found the SV really lively to drive. I...

The all-new Volvo XC90 seems to have delivered on the company's promise to introduce a visually striking, premium quality seven-seat SUV for next year, featuring world-leading safety features and new powertrain technology.

Three years in the making and part of an $11bn investment programme, the XC90 marks the beginning of a new chapter in Volvo’s history, giving us a snapshot of...

For the first time since the first Mustang galloped across the US car market half a century ago, a right-hand-drive version has rolled off a Ford assembly line as global production begins. The addition of a right-hand-drive Mustang to Ford’s line up of global vehicles will allow the iconic car to be exported to more than 25 right-hand-drive markets around the world, including Ireland....

The next generation of the ŠKODA Fabia has been announced for Ireland for the beginning of 2015, and the car will make its debut in France this October.

This will be the third generation of the popular Fabia which, although it's smaller on the outside in every dimension, has managed to grow on the inside thanks to some clever design. It's also got more to offer in terms of boot...

Peugeot is continuing the renewal of its entire car and van line-up with the launch of the new Boxer van. The finalist for the International Van of the Year award has just gone on sale in Ireland, retailing from €22,000 plus dealer delivery charges, or from €17,924 ex-VAT.

Available payloads range from 1155KG to 1525K in three different lengths and two different heights: the...

Their large array of cars has been buffed to a high shine and the Lehane Motors team has settled in to their spacious new location on the South Douglas Road.

“We’re very pleased with the move”, says GM Paudie Donegan. “Much as we enjoyed our previous location in Wilton, we were a bit constrained by limited space. Here, we have lots of room to showcase both our...

Ssangyong's Korando commercial does exactly what it says on the tin, says Seán Creedon; it's reliable, powerful and predictable, with a vague hint of class.

I was back in a Ssangyong last week and it was another commercial model, which meant a wire mesh between the cargo area and the front seat. Unlike the noisy wire mesh in the Rexton a few weeks back, however, the Korando...

I’m taking my au pair to the airport as she’s going back to Spain. She’s only going for a week, and yet has more baggage than an Elton John world tour.
Luckily my test car is a 2012 Skoda Superb TDI from E. Tarrant & Sons in Banteer; the top of the range ‘Elegance’ model, with an innovative twin-door boot that can be opened as a hatchback for larger...

As fuel prices continue to climb and pollution becomes worse, car manufacturers have responded to demands for more environmentally friendly, fuel-efficient vehicles, and now all major car brands carry several hybrid options.

A hybrid car is basically any vehicle that combines two or more sources of power. The most common are cars that combine an electricity with fossil fuels, thus...

I was never great on colours and I thought the Ford EcoSport that I drove last week looked amber or rust-coloured, but when Deirdre from Ford handed me the keys of the car she said that the official colour was "Mars Red". Over 40 years ago David Bowie wrote a song wondering if there was life on Mars. We still don’t know, but there is certainly plenty of life in this urban SUV...

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