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Skoda launched their new Octavia Scout at the Ploughing Championships in County Laois last September. It was an appropriate location, because this car is so powerful it could if needed, replace a tractor and pull a plough for you.
 
The Combi, which is the station wagon version of the regular Octavia, is a massive car. The Scout is very similar, but it sits slightly higher...

It’s no exaggeration to say that circumstances and persepectives have changed, and the notoriously sensitive car market has endured lots of uncertainty in the past few years. As we emerge from the financial darkness, people’s attitudes towards ownership have evolved. We’re no longer obsessed with owning the newest, best cars. In fact, in some cases, we’re not obsessed...

Jeep’s super–agile new Renegade has arrived in Cork and can be seen from today at Dan Seaman Motors on Forge Hill.

The sturdy, super–good–looking junior member of the Jeep family comes in various levels of spec and trim, ranging from the two–wheel–drive, 1.6 petrol Sport all the way up to the fully kitted–out Trailhawk Auto 4x4, with price...

Farmers, forest owners and members of the public in Cork have been warned to be alert to the risk of wildfires over the coming weeks.

A wildfire risk can quickly develop following dry weather patterns in areas where grass, gorse and heather are present, and have affected hundreds of acres of Cork’s countryside in recent years.

Minister of State at the Department of...

This week saw the most ambitious test yet of the self–driving cars of the future, as US equipment manufacturer Delphi sent their adapted Audi out onto the open roads of America to make its way from San Francisco on the west coat to New York in the east, a total distance of just under 4,150 km.

The Audi SQ5 has been outfitted with a computer brain and bank of sensors giving it a...

Renault’s funky Twingo — a good looking, nippy little thing, far removed from the ugly boxy styling of its predecessor — complete with punchy rear–mounted turbo engine and fun–oriented styling, is the 2015 GQ Car Awards city car of the year, having taken the title of “Best Answer To The City Car Dilemma” as the latest in a string of wins, including the...

Estate cars are now considered kinda sexy, as they’re incredibly handy for people with children, animals or lots of gear and give you way more bang for your buck than the standard mid–sized family car.

Today I drive a swanky Opel Astra SRi Tourer 2.0 diesel from Lehane Motors. Opel dropped the ‘estate’ description in favour of the slicker ‘Sports Tourer...

Geraldine Fitzgerald has good clean fun in a 2011 Vauxhall Insignia from Dan Seaman Motors

I’m glad the guys at Dan Seaman Motors at Forge Hill know their stuff, because today I’m supposed to be driving a 2011 Insignia 2.0 CDTI SRi-5 DR and I am utterly confused by the impenetrable matrix of Insignia variants in existence.

I fall back on “what...

Mercedes-Benz has expanded to five the choice of models in their compact car segment with the introduction of their staggeringly gorgeous new five-door CLA Shooting Brake, the first versions of which will arrive in Cork within a matter of weeks.
 
The Shooting Brake will be priced to attract those who may not have considered estate cars before, with launch models expected to...

Last year Mini broke with tradition and introduced a five–door hatch; in theory the boot is a door, but still four doors is a big change for Mini, which was traditionally a two–door car.

I got to test–drive this five–door model last week. BMW rescued the Mini range 21 years ago and has done some exciting things with the brand by introducing many new variants...

At the Irish launch of their new Celerio in November last year Suzuki staff invited the motor journalists present to undertake some nifty manoeuvres in the underground car park of a city centre hotel. It made for an interesting test and showed just how nimble and easy to manoeuvre this car is.
 
Make no mistake; Suzuki are marketing the Celerio as a city car: ‘The...

A Chinese budget car manufacturer which has made its name producing tough, cheap 4x4s is bringing a fully revamped version of one of its most popular workhorses to the Irish market.

Great Wall has announced a full equipment upgrade for New Steed, which they describe as “Ireland’s best value 4x4 double-cab pick up”.

In an effort to make greater inroads into...

 

Nissan’s resurrected Pulsar hopes to take on the mighty Focus, the legendary Golf and the popular (if boring) Astra, but does it have what it takes? Seán Creedon finds out

‘A car for the lost generation.’ That was the buzz phrase used when Nissan launched their new Almera in Ardmore, County Waterford in November last year.

The reason Nissan...

So the Editor really, really wanted to drive this week’s car. He went to get his coat and I was gone – hey; it’s dog eat dog in this business – swanning triumphant and solo into Cavanaghs of Charleville to take the much–heralded Ford Focus Titanium 2014 out for a burn.

There’s been a lot of press about this car, as it has a secret weapon under...

South Korea’s Ssangyong may have a slightly strange name and have had its share of blunders in the past (remember the original Rodius, one of the worst cars of the last decade?) but they’re coming back with a vengeance in the second half of the twenty–teens. This is exemplified in their decision to name their newest small SUV after part of Cork. 

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