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Opel’s venerable Corsa is getting a long-overdue facelift as a Christmas present and the latest generation - the Corsa E - is packed with treats, says Seán Creedon.

Opel’s Corsa is the latest car to get a makeover just in time for the New Year 151 C number plates.

Once again it’s a case of evolution rather than revolution and, like the Polo last week, the...

Volkswagen’s cool little supermini may not be the best–known car on our roads, but it’s certainly among the most fun, writes Lorcan MacMuiris

I’m not entirely sure how they managed it, but Volkswagen have obviously roped The Doctor into their design team and his influence is plain to see in the TARDIS–like Up!; ultra compact on the outside but almost...

It’s been nearly four decades since Volkswagen’s little Polo geared up to take on the world, writes Seán Creedon, and the latest iteration continues to refine the popular runabout.

The VW Polo that I drove last week was really lively, but I wasn’t tempted to copy a young English man and take a drive on a race track while a race was in progress. That’s what...

Quick Fit at Little Island has won the Independent Workshop of the Year 2015 award at the Irish Auto Trade Association's Awards.

"We would like to thank everyone who supported us over the years, said Seamus O’Brien, M.D., Quick Fit Cars, “and we’re delighted that we’ve been able to attain such a high standard, not only being voted ‘Best Garage in...

Vorsprung durch velocity! Lorcan MacMuiris has a whale of a time in an Audi A4 Quattro Sport courtesy of Audi Cork, and briefly contemplates an exciting career as a car thief.

“This,” I think to myself as I slide into place on the beige leather seat, “is where I ought to be sitting every morning on my way to work.” As far as The Cork News is concerned it may be a...

Kearys celebrated the launch of their new state-of-the-art Nissan dealership on the Carrigrohane Road, formerly the premises of Windsor Motors, by giving away a brand new Nissan Juke in association with Cork’s Red FM.

Bernard Fitzpatrick from Maryborough Hill in Douglas won the brand new 151 Nissan Juke in a game called ‘Kearys Finders Keepers’.
 
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Johnson & Perrott at Mahon Point have further secured their reputation as the only name in town when it comes to Peugeot with the announcement that Peugeot Brand Manager David Ryan has been awarded the Peugeot Sales Person of the Year 2014 title. Following an eight-month sales challenge, the top ten Peugeot sales executives in Ireland were brought to Stuttgart to take in the sights and to...

Seán Creedon resists the urge to put the pedal to the floor and elects to sit back and relax in the new Insignia Tourer from Opel.
 
It’s probably as easy to get penalty points for speeding in a 20-year-old car as it is in a new one, but if you are driving new cars every week the temptation is always there to see how fast they can go. That’s why I was happy...

Space is the final frontier for Peugeot’s roomy new 308 SW, says Seán Creedon, as the French maker continues to turn out impressive cars
 
Peugeot cars sell very well in their home country of France and in mainland Europe but, while they are reasonably popular here, the French company doesn’t enjoy the same high volume of sales in Ireland as they do “...

The hot hatch is ever-popular across the car market, as increasingly discerning motorists demand fuel economy, green credentials and attractive styling without compromising on performance. They want their bread buttered, vehicularly speaking, on both sides.

This week I drove a car that ticked all the boxes; a 1.4TSI SEAT Ibiza Cupra from Blackwater motors. It’s a gleaming polar...

Roomy, airy, smart and medically certified; Opel’s new Meriva is not only good for your pocket, it’s officially good for your body!
 
I suppose every new car should have some item that makes it stand out from the pack. In the case of Opel’s Meriva it’s the rear flex doors, which open forward. They brought me back in time to my national...

Geraldine Fitzgerald roams with nomads in the Nissan Qashqai+2

To do this week’s test car justice, I recruit the children of friends.

After picking up the burgundy 2013 Nissan Qashqai from Lee Garage I round up what looks like the Broadway cast of Annie and buckle them all in. I’m given a list of instruction: no junk food; bottled water only;...

The Swedes have safety sussed. Volvo has long been considered one of the safest cars on the market, and although many years ago were known for somewhat boxy bodies; these days offer curvaceous and sleek styling that doesn’t look like anything else on the road.

This winning combination of beautiful design with comfort and technology makes them a serious contender against the...

Toyota’s collaborative, go-getter-oriented Aygo is great around town but its edgy styling may not age well, says Seán Creedon

If you are producing a small city car that shares its underpinnings with two other cars by different companies, then you have got to be imaginative with the colour design. That’s what Toyota have done with their small Aygo,...

As the second-hand car market begins to follow the new-car market and pick up, better-quality used cars are becoming more readily available and, as supply starts to equalise with demand, prices are once again coming down. David Quirke, owner of Cork’s Volkswagen Specialists Blackwater Motors, has these recommendations when it comes to buying secondhand.

“First things first,...

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