It may be winter, but some motorists are already thinking ahead to spring, long balmy summer days, and the pleasure of open-top, wind-in-the-hair motoring. Please don't wake me up yet.
Anyway, one model that would certainly fit into that picture is the restyled Mercedes-Benz two-seater SLK roadster, versions of which are arriving about now.
First launched in 1996, followed by a second generation in 2005, the SLK roadster is a familiar sight on Irish roads.
In its new form, it has been given a more pronounced arrow-shaped front and diffuser-style rear. Its modified interior includes a new three-spoke steering wheel and instrument cluster. Enhanced audio and telematics systems provide better in-car entertainment.
Available in four-cylinder and six-cylinder versions, all engines are more economical and emit lower levels of CO2. Prices start at €52,970 ex works. An AMG version also heads the new line-up.