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What do you see when you look in the rear view mirror of your car? Traffic building up behind you, a Garda car maybe, or a motorcyclist about to overtake?

After driving the new Ssangyong Rexton W for a week I am still haunted by the feeling of being in a Black Maria, an old fashioned prisoner transport vehicle. I drove the commercial version of the Rexton last week and it had a wire...

LORCAN MAC MUIRIS EXPERIENCES ‘GERMAN ENGINEERING WITHOUT THE PRICE TAG’ IN THE GORGEOUS OPEL INSIGNIA SPORTS TOURER

Opel’s Insignia has aged extremely well. A giant leap forward in terms of styling for the German arm of GM, the Insignia was one of the best looking cars on the road when it was first launched in 2008 and it remains so today. Leading by example in the...

Finbarr Galvin Ltd, ŠKODA’s dealership based in Bandon will be one of the first ŠKODA dealers in Ireland to launch the new ŠKODA corporate showroom concept. Renovations commenced in early July to install the new ŠKODA corporate style with a more modern and contemporary layout that will accommodate the ŠKODA range, which is planned to expand further over...

Duhallow Vintage Club meeting
The present Duhallow Vintage Club was formed in January 1995 and currently has around 40 active members who hail from the Duhallow region of North Cork.
Monthly committee meetings are held at the Cois Abhann meeting room, Freemount.

2014 DJD Transport, Jim Walsh Cork Forest Rally
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Thinking of heading to West Cork for a couple days? MSL Cork have the machine for you. The new Mercedes-Benz Marco Polo sets new standards in homeliness and comfortable practicality. In brief: It's the ideal vehicle for discerning individuals who wish to combine independence with maximum comfort and day-to-day utility.

Call MSL on 021 240 8600 for details.

The Baby Elegance Head Hugger surrounds your infant’s head, making any car seat snug and comfortable. €14, The Baby Nursery, North Main Street, Cork.

Every responsible driver should carry an emergency kit. Team PR Reilly have put together everything you need in this handy emergency bag, which includes a safety vest, gloves, a torch and a tow rope. €19.99, team.ie.

This handy universal USB car charger is ideal for juicing all portable devices with a USB connection on the move. €4.99, Soundstore

With so much data, the Garmin nüvi 3597LMT (€349.99, Harvey Norman) makes it easy to find addresses and millions of businesses, stores, restaurants and other destinations all over Europe. New maps are available for download up to four times per year, for the life of your device, with no fees.

(The new Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate. Set to go into production in September, it will be the first of a number of new models to be introduced here by Mercedes-Benz before year end, others being an S-Class Coupe AMG, an S-500 Hybrid, new versions of the CLS Coupe and Shooting Brake, an electric-powered B-Class and an AMG GT competitor for the Porsche 911.)

Mercedes-Benz in...

Call me old fashioned, but when I think of Mercedes, their famous three-pointed star comes to mind. Last week I drove the new CLA, which had the Mercedes logo embedded on the bonnet, but I missed the pointed star.
It’s known that trouble-makers have, in the past, been known to break off the famous hood ornament with their hand, so the German company put their logo to the bonnet....

It won’t break any land-speed records, but Lorcan Mac Muiris finds the perennial Passat is all about getting around with a minimum of fuss

Volkswagen’s cars have two major selling points: high-grade German engineering and encouragingly low depreciation rates. Compare the Passat to competing models from Ford, Toyota and Citroen and the difference becomes...

The Ripspeed Carpet Boot Tidy (€19.99, Halfords, Mahon)is made from a carpet material and fits snug inside your car boot... no more rolling bottles and knick knacks.

Perfect to use in an emergency, Chidlow Booster Cables/Jump Leads will help get you up and running when your car just refuses to start. A bargain €10 from Halfords, Mahon Point.

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