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Seán Creedon perfects his Gallic shrug as he tangles with the sheer power of the Peugeot RCZ R
 
 ‘‘If you don’t get penalty points in this car, you’re not getting any more cars from me.’’ I always remember that line from former Fiat PR man Joe Gantly as he handed me the keys of a sporty Alfa Romeo many years ago...

Seán Creedon revels in the luxury of the new Mercedes-Benz C220

 

Picking a colour that you like is very important when buying a new car. A few weeks back at an appraisal day for the Irish Motor Writers’ Car of the Year awards, I drove a red version of the Mercedes C220 and it looked striking. However, last Monday when I went to pick up the car for a proper week...

The mid- and high-end versions of the new Ford Mondeo are now available to order at Cork City Ford, CAB, Abernethy's and Cavanagh's of Charleville ahead of their scheduled arrival in Cork towards the end of November.

The latest Mondeo will be available in Zetec and Titanium saloons and estates initially, and prices will start from €28,995. From early next year the range will...

This winter, bear in mind that your tyres are the only thing keeping your car on slippery roads. Even though your four tyres are the only thing keeping you in control when you're on the road, too many motorists tend to overlook them - sometimes until it's too late.

The right pressure is vital for your safety, for maximum grip on the road and for the life of the tyre. You should check...

A white Christmas sounds romantic, but snow and ice mean dangerous driving conditions. There’s not much we can do about the weather, but by following some simple tips to winter-proof your car you increase your chances of getting through a few months of bad weather unscathed, and free of expensive maintenance or repair bills.

Adjust your tyre pressures

There...

Cork's Johnson & Perrot Honda will launch their first Ladies Evening, which they promise will be a "stylish, fun-filled and enjoyable event" at their showrooms in Mahon Point on Thursday October 16th from 7.30pm. It promises to be a stylish, fun-filled and enjoyable event designed especially for the ladies of Cork.

Hosted by well-known model and TV personality Alison...

Minister for Agriculture, Food, the Marine and Defence, Simon Coveney TD, with ESB Networks Managing Director, Jerry O’Sullivan, Mitsubishi Managing Director, Gerard Rice and Sales Manager, Jason Byrne, at ESB’s electric vehicle charge point at South Mall, Cork City.

In a bid to bring awareness of the advantages and practicality of electric cars to the fore among...

I called to a motoring friend last week to show him my latest test car, the Toyota Yaris. And his response was interesting; he said that small cars are getting bigger all the time. Yes, it’s true, but probably only by millimetres.
The new Yaris does look bigger than the previous model and my test car was Fire Red, which is a great colour. A safe colour to drive also; red is...

What do you do if you discover the car that you bought three months ago actually belongs to a finance company? Or if you discover the car you bought privately two years ago was previously clocked to reduce the mileage display? These are just some of the queries dealt with by the National Consumer Agency over the past year, who has received more than 2,600 contacts in relation to second-hand...

Amandine Leroy from Ballincollig, winner of the Volvo Cork Week 2014 Competition for a trip to the start of the Volvo Ocean Race in Alicante this weekend, accepting her prize from Ian Dockrell, Volvo Brand Manager at Johnson & Perrott Mahon Point.

Cork's motorists are being urged to get involved in the seventh annual ‘Irish Road Safety Week’, the national drive to save lives and prevent injury on our roads, which will run from October 6th to October 12th.

Deaths on Cork's roads have remained high this year, after increasing last year for the first time since 2005. Cork and Dublin are the two counties with the worst...

Nissan's X-Trail is an SUV which is actually built for off-road. In fact, writes Seán Creedon, that might be where it's at its best.

Nissan has been very active recently with facelifts or new versions of their entire range of cars available in this part of the world. Over the past twelve months we have seen new versions of the Leaf, Micra, Note, Qashqai, X-Trail and Juke, plus a...

The universally popular Ford Focus is getting an update, and we sent Seán Creedon to check it out
 
Over 12 million units of the Ford Focus have been sold since it was launched in 1998. The car came to Ireland the following year and over the past 15 years it has sold 113,000 units here, that works out at one-fifth of all new cars sold in Ireland since then.
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Audi are hailing the latest versions of their iconic TT as "purity in its most beautiful form" and though this may be overblowing things ever so slightly, at first sight it's hard to disagree: the TT and TTS roadsters are stunningly beautiful cars. It's harder to fathom the claim of 'purity' but I suppose you can accommodate that by looking at them and knowing that they are...

The new Peugeot 508, a clear illustration of the lion-brand’s move upmarket, will be launched in Ireland this October, following its unveiling at the National Ploughing Championships in County Laois. Building on the already elegant styling and the absolute quality of the existing models, the new 508 saloon, SW and RXH diesel hybrid models benefit from new equipment, new exterior and...

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