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If you want a neat city car for just under €12k, then look no further than the i10, says Séan Creedon.

A few weeks back when writing about the huge Hyundai ix35, I said that Hyundai could claim to be Ireland’s fastest growing car brand. No doubt some of that success must also be due to the Korean company’s smaller cars like the new i10, which I drove last week....

As thousands prepare to travel on Irish roads over the Easter bank holiday weekend to meet up with family and friends, drinkaware.ie is encouraging people, if socialising with alcohol, to remember the morning after.

Health experts warn the only secret to sobering up is time – no amount of coffee, energy drinks, cold showers or breakfast rolls will speed up the process. You might...

Pictured at the launch of the 2014 Blue Haven Kinsale Vintage Rally was Miss Cork Universe Nicola Meldrum with Charlie Chowder from the Blue Haven in a vintage Volkswagen. Picture. John Allen


One of the most exciting and spectacular weekends on the Kinsale calendar takes place from May 9th to 12th. The 25th Blue Haven Kinsale Vintage Rally will see over 100 vintage...

Seán Creedon takes Audi's new A3 for a test drive and finds "progress through technology" is alive and well.

Audi has won many plaudits for the new saloon version of their A3, which I drove last week. They previously had a three-door hatchback and five-door sportback version of the A3, but this new car is much classier than anything we have seen before in this range....

The Korean car brand SsangYong is gaining a growing reputation in Ireland following its 2013 re-entry to the market with a new range. Globally, the brand has consistently grown market share for the  past three years following large investment from Indian conglomerate Mahindra & Mahindra.

The new Rexton W has been called the ‘most anticipated’ of the range by...

The Volkswagen Golf is the most searched-for car in Ireland according to the third bi-annual Carzone motoring report.

Commenting on the findings of the report, Paul O’Sullivan, Head of Marketing, Volkswagen Passenger Cars, said: “We we were already aware that the Golf is Ireland’s bestselling car but this report reminds us that it is the car that most people want to...

Ferrari has announced that its production bonus for employees for 2013 will amount to €4,096, the highest ever awarded in the company’s history.

The production bonus is in recognition of the excellent financial results achieved last year, not least of which were record profits, in addition to other parameters, such as levels of quality.

This means that, on top of the...

The Ford Focus is the most popular used car in Cork, beating out its market rivals Volkswagen Golf, Toyota Corolla and Audi A4.

Additionally, Ford remans the most popular marque in the country overall according to cartell.ie, who have recently published the results of a survey which compiled 60,000,000 searches from carzone.ie during the last six months of 2013.

The survey also...

Seán Creedon revisits the Peugeot 308 and finds out that it's new from the wheels up.

I drove the new Peugeot 308 from Dublin to Kilkenny when it was launched in January. However, a cohort of other motor journalists and I were in competitive form that day to see who could deliver the most economical drive, so it wasn’t until I drove the 308 again last week that I realised...

The motor trade looks on target to experience its highest sales since 2008, according to figures released this week by car history experts Motorcheck.ie. At the end of the first quarter 2014 almost 50,000 New Cars have been registered, an increase of 25.4% on the same period last year. Industry experts are now predicting total sales of 95,000 units for the year.

“It’s great...

Seán Creedon takes Fiat's quirky new 500L MPW out for a springtime spin

At first glance the new Fiat 500L MPW reminded me a bit of the Skoda Yeti or maybe the old Fiat Multipla (you may remember it; the one with the three front seats). Let’s just say it wasn’t pretty, but I know a few people who did like it.

The 500L MPW is not as big or awkward looking as the...

A new qualitative study on driver distraction, conducted by the Road Safety Authority (RSA), has revealed that mobile phones and children are the biggest distractions to drivers. The results of the study were presented at the RSA’s Annual International Road Safety Conference, which took place at Dublin Castle last week and focused on the issue of distraction in particular.

The...

Cork-based Johnson & Perrott Motor Group has said it is "delighted" to be partnering with Volvo Car Ireland in their sponsorship of Volvo Cork Week 2014.

The event, one of the high points of Cork's summer each year in terms of visitors and business, is Ireland’s longest running & most prestigious regatta and is recognised as one of the premier regattas in Europe...

Hyundai's Qashqai rival has a new visage and a new name, and Seán Creedon found the ix35 CUV a joy to drive.

Hyundai can justifiably claim to be ‘Ireland’s fastest growing car brand.’ By the end of January they had climbed to third place in the new car sales charts, behind Toyota and Volkswagen, but they've dropped one place to fourth since then.

The...

Seán Creedon visits Seat's Martorell design centre...

Seat brought a group of Irish motor writers to Martorell near Barcelona last week to show us what they are capable of producing at their design centre and also to give us an idea of what the future might hold for the motoring industry.

While the Catalans are still anxious to gain their independence from the rest of...

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