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Mini Qashqai or giant Micra? Seán Creedon takes the Juke for a spin to find out…
 
I left my wife sitting in my revamped Nissan Juke in the local supermarket car last week while I ran into the shop for a message. When I returned to the car she told me that a man had been admiring it, but said he wouldn’t buy a two–door car.
 
Trouble...

With new looks and a new attitude, Kia is fast becoming a popular choice. Seán Creedon finds out why
 
by Seán Creedon
 
The Sportage is Kia’s best seller worldwide, but the Korean manufacturer’s flagship motor in Ireland has been the Sorento, which has been doing very well for them here over the past ten years....

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...

A few weeks ago we brought you a sneak peak at a very much under–wraps new Opel Astra. The Germans have finally revealed the 11th version of its ultra–popular small car and proudly announced that it’s 200kg lighter, fully wired (or rather wireless) for entertainment, always in contact with Opel’s diagnostic servers, significantly cheaper to run and, we have to agree,...

The motor industry continues to put in a strong showing as we approach the half–way point of 2015, with every single metric showing a significant improvement in terms of sales and jobs over the last few years.

New car registrations for May are up 11% in just 12 months, bringing 2015’s total sales for new cars up a very encouraging 25% in comparison with last year....

If you’re anything like me, you’re well used to the sound of things rattling about in your boot like steam in a kettle every time you go around a corner. For me it’s usually groceries, screenwash, fuel additive, a half full container of motor oil and, oddly enough, boots. A few weeks ago we reminded you to clear out your boots to improve fuel efficiency, but there are times...

League One of The Cork News Karting League in association with Kartworld in Watergrasshill has drawn to a close and after months of intense competition we’re proud to announce the Top 5 championship finishing positions:

1st Place: Team Chuppa Chuppa — Maurice Malone, Jamie O’Rourke, Nathan Cashman

2nd Place: Team McMullen — Damien McMullen, Brian Mason,...

We’re loving Škoda cars on the Drive team lately. They’ve been getting better and better over the last few years — thanks in no small part to the influence of adoptive parents Volkswagen — but the latest crop has really seen the venerable Czech makers (120 years on the go this year) really come into their own. No longer the clunky boxes of old, the newest...

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...

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