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Skoda, once the butt of many a joke, has gone from strength to strength in recent years. The new Fabia is no exception, says Seán Creedon.
 
The way in which Skoda cars have improved beyond all recognition is one of the great success stories in recent years. Last week I tested the new version of the Fabia, one of the most successful cars ever made by the Czech company....

Stopping distances are of major importance to any motorist and there are a lot of things we can do to be safe. Normally when traffic is travelling slowly due to heavy rain, snow or sleet the tendency is to drive closer to the vehicle in front: most of us do this without even realising. Our concentration level is reduced as the speed is lower, but this is when simple accidents can happen.

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Lorcan MacMuiris sets out for a voyage in a special edition Volvo V60, built to celebrate the Volvo Ocean Race.

Even back when Volvos were essentially giant reinforced boxes on wheels, built like houses and wonderfully spartan, I had a strange sort of a grá for them. I’ve owned two myself, and I loved them. When Ian at Johnson & Perrott said “we have a Volvo for...

The smallest member of the Ford Transit family, the Transit Courier, has been named Continental Irish Small Van of the Year for 2015 by the Irish Motoring Writers Association.  The win for the Transit Courier comes on the heels of the company’s flagship Transit model being named overall winner of the Irish Van of the Year title for 2015 at the main Irish Car and Van of the Year...

They may be a sleek, good–looking car, but most motorists will hope not to see any of the 20 new high performance Opel Insignia Sports Tourers that have just been delivered to An Garda Síochána. These custom specified Insignias feature a 2.0CDTi BiTurbo diesel engine with an output of 195hp that ensures rapid engine response from low revs, making them ideal for high...

Punctures could soon become a thing of the past, when which is currently technology being developed by Michelin comes into popular use.

At its recent Challenge Bibendum event in China, the venerable tyre maker demonstrated the effectiveness of its ‘Selfseal’ puncture–prevention technology.

China is the ideal test bed, where...

Car Gas Systems – Cork Car Mechanic has been operating in Cork since 2008, starting out as a small in Five Mile Bridge before expanding and relocating as a specialist LPG conversion workshop to the Matthew Hill Business Park at Pouladuff Road in November 2012.

Proprietor Robert Strojkowski notes that they have seen a huge upturn in interest in the number of vehicle owners...

With a pedrigree stretching back to World War II, Jeep remains one of the most iconic of all marques. Seán Creedon takes the newest version of the Cherokee out for a spin to see if it lives up to its pedigree.

A few years back I was mildly reprimanded by a PR man from a well known brand for describing one of his SUVs as a Jeep. I suppose we all use the word ‘Jeep’ too...

Lorcan MacMuiris has a whale of a time in Nissan’s ultra–popular Qashqai courtesy of Keary’s Nissan, and for once doesn’t feel so bad about being stuck in traffic… 

The Qashqai set out to become a world beater pretty much as soon as it was launched in 2007 and, with more than one and a quarter million of them on Europe’s roads, the momentum...

With wintery conditions set to last until the end of the month, the RSA has issued the following advice for drivers who have no choice but to brave the snow, sleet, hail, fog and ice which will beset us until Springtime comes:

Check local and National weather forecasts before setting out on a journey. Clear your windows and mirrors before you set out, carry a screen scraper and de-icer...

New car sales in Cork were up by 18% in first 10 Days of 2015 whilst the number of imported used cars declined significantly.

The latest figures on new car sales show the number of new cars registered in the first 10 days of 2015 has increased by more than 18% on the same period for 2014, with an additional 1,747 units sold around the country. As 2014 was the best year for new car sales...

Following the example of Volvo, who gave the world the three–point seatbelt after they invented it, and Elon Musk, the real–life Tony Stark behind Tesla motors (and PayPal and, quite probably, the future of space exploration), who released everything to do with his electic cars to the world, Japanese giant Toyota has freed up well over 5000 of its patents on fuel–cell...

Seán Creedon gets ready for takeoff in the powerful 2015 edition of Audi’s legendary TT.
 
Writing on these pages about the Audi A4 Quattro Sport last month Lorcan MacMuiris said he could feel the acceleration in his kidneys while he drove it. Well, I got a somewhat similar thrill last week as I tested the new Audi TT.
 
At the launch of a new...

Two years ago the VW group introduced three small cars which very similar: the Skoda Citigo, VW Up! and Seat Mii. Now Skoda has introduced a sporty version of the Citigo with the Monte Carlo.
 
This is the second Skoda to get the Monte Carlo treatment: in 2011 the company introduced a sporty version of the Fabia to celebrate 100 years of the famous Monte Carlo Rally.
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This January, as usual, will see thousands of cars brought under the NCT net for the first time, as well as the annual return to the test centres of thousands more. There’s more hinging on your test this year than previously, too, as drivers can now expect penalty points if they’re stopped by gardaí and don’t have a valid NCT certificate. The new penalty is part of an...

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