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Probably the most handsome car released by Ford in decades, the new Mondeo look to reclaim the crown in the mid–size saloon market.

The fifth generation of the Ford Mondeo was a bit late coming to Ireland, but I think it has been worth the wait. The new car has been available in the US for over two years, but Ford’s European production schedule was disrupted as they...

This gorgeous beast may not look it, but Audi insists that it is — or will be, when it makes it to market — an off–road vehicle. More precisely, they describe the Prologue as an “all road vehicle”, emphasising its dual nature. Technically, the Prologue is a successor to the magnificent Audi Allroad Quattro, which established the class, and the Germans describe...

Renault has been Number 1 in the LCV market in Europe for over seventeen years, and dealer principal at Kearys Renault Cork, Brendan Keary, believes Renault vans are the most popular in their range because of their price, reliability and versatility. The Trafic, Master and Kangoo have been the must-have for Cork’s tradesmen and remain among the best sellers Leeside.
 
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Drive covered electric cars quite heavily at the end of last year and the start of this year, and have taken more than a passing interest in self–driving cars. But one of the biggest advances will come from the oldest element in the universe: hydrogen.

Hydrogen is, in many ways, the perfect fuel. It burns readily, releasing a lot of energy, and leaves nothing as a waste product...

Lorcan MacMuiris cruises smoothly in a barely–used–at–all 2011 Passat 2.0l Diesel DSG Automatic

The Passat has been one of the most popular cars in Ireland for decades, and has been a mainstay of Irish motoring since the 1970s. The B5 model, which crossed over from the 20th to the 21st century, is still one of the most common cars on our roads and has aged very well,...

The popular Cork News Karting Leagues are continuing at high speed at Kartworld in Watergrasshill! The results for the second round of League Two are:

1st place: Dead Bull
(Ben O’Shaughnessy, Robert Upton)

2nd place: Team Kaspers
(Kaspers Kaune, Maurice Ronan and Kaspers Viestrims)

3rd place: Dempsey Racing...

Munster Car Club’s Moonraker Forestry Rally, based out of the Abbey Hotel in Ballyvourney, will roar around the roads of the Gaeltacht this weekend. Nearly 60 crews have entered for the event and the format will be four stages repeated twice, giving a total of 64km. Championship leader Michael O’Brien (pictured) heads to the event with a narrow five–point lead in the...

The unseasonal warm temperatures (long may they last!) have caused Cork’s roads to have more than their fair share of foggy mornings before we get to the glorious afternoon sunshine that’s got everyone in good form, and with them problems for the county’s road users.

Luckily, the schools have been off and that’s reduced the early morning rush, but there are still...

Analysis of data from telematic tracking tools has confirmed what insurance companies have been telling us for years: women are safer drivers than their male counterparts.
 
The data comes from almost two thousand No Nonsense’s SmartDriver customers whose driving has been measured for three months.

Among the more interesting data are that women in their 20s drive...

Cramming 150 horses into a tiny body is a recipe for fun, as Seán Creedon finds out behind the wheel of the VW Polo Blue GT.

I thought I was going to pick up a Golf GTi last week, but it turned out to be a Polo Blue GT. I didn’t realise that VW were also offering the Polo as a hot hatch.
 
At first glance the Blue GT doesn’t look much different than...

Lorcan MacMuiris nips around town in a reborn legend: the super–agile, super–fun FIAT 500

The original Fiat 500, the Cinquecento, was an instant classic. Funky looking, usually brightly coloured, blessed with a big fabric sunroof, almost small and light enough to pick up and carry, it was a forward–looking 1950s design way ahead of its time. It practically screamed...

As we move into the second quarter of 2015 the buoyant first three months for the new car market shows no signs of letting up.

2014 is outperforming 2015 in every metric except heavy goods vehicles, where sales are down 15% in spite of a minor March surge of 5.5%. Otherwise, new car sales are up 30% on this time last year and LCV sales have increased by a whopping 59%.

Volkswagen...

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...

Definitely one for the want–but–can’t–have list (unless you’re the person who bought the €349,000 Celestial watch from Keane’s last week and are in the market for a new car), the new Wraith from Rolls Royce is the most powerful, most technologically advanced, and quite possibly most beautiful Roller ever. Shorter and wider than its predecessor, itself...

Lorcan MacMuiris has the good fortune to borrow a super–sporty Mercedes A180 from MSL Cork and is determined to make the most of it!

Two words escape my lips as I sit back and let the sport seat envelop me: “Oh yes.” It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of German design and this superb little Mercedes A180 AMG CDI has it in spades. It looks great on the...

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