The new Mini John Cooper Works convertible

Thu, May 21, 2009

The Mini John Cooper Works convertible is the world’s fastest small premium cabriolet.

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Many great days out start with: ‘Are we there yet?’

Thu, May 14, 2009

Parents wanting a stress-free day out with the kids should leave home at 8.37am and travel no more than 83km. These are the findings of a recent expert study into what makes a “great day out”.

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Ford Rangers drive O2 Grand Slam Trophy Tour

Thu, May 14, 2009

Ford lreland has teamed up with O2 by providing a fleet of Ford Rangers for the company’s Grand Slam Trophy Tour. The tour has been bringing the Grand Slam trophy to rugby fans in towns all over the country.

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Citroen C3 and C5 versions are tops in diesel awards

Thu, May 14, 2009

Citroen’s stylish C5 Tourer and the new C3 Picasso have been named “Best Estate Car” and “Best MPV” respectively at the 2009 What Diesel Car of the Year Awards.

The dynamic Citroen C5 Tourer saw off 30 contenders to take top spot in the “Best Estate Car” category. It particularly impressed the award judges with its excellent economy, refinement, and great ride quality. What Diesel commented: “The Citroen C5 Tourer is a quantum leap forward from its predecessor, and recalibrates what to expect from an elongated hatchback load-carrier.”

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Peugeot gears for success with 308 Ecomatique

Thu, May 14, 2009

The Bill Clinton line from the 1992 presidential campaign "it's the economy stupid" come very much to mind when it came to this test review.

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RSA launches Register of Approved Driving Instructors

Thu, May 14, 2009

From May 1 learner drivers paying for driving lessons should only be using an approved driving instructor who registered with the Road Safety Authority.

That’s the RSA’s message to learner drivers following the introduction of new laws which, for the first time, regulate driving instructors in Ireland. Learner drivers looking for their nearest approved driving instructor can visit www.rsa.ie or www.drivingtest.ie or www.theorytest.ie to download the list of full permit holding approved driving instructors.

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Fiat 500 is the 2009 Design Car of the Year

Thu, May 14, 2009

The Fiat 500 has been voted 2009 Design Car of the Year by 59 journalists from around the world, beating 51 short-listed cars from the world’s top car makers. Galway Advertiser’s motoring correspondent Padraic Deane is the Irish juror.

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Porsche extends Cayenne range with new diesel and hybrid

Thu, May 07, 2009

Despite many doubts when it was first announced, I must admit that the Porsche Cayenne has turned out to be a success story. To date, more than a quarter of a million examples have been sold since its launch six years ago, and the success story rolls on. In the last year 45,478 examples of the Cayenne were sold around the world – more than ever before in a 12 month period.

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New Irish Land Rover distributor from June

Thu, May 07, 2009

Jaguar Land Rover tells us it has been exploring new opportunities to distribute its vehicles following the sale of the company by Ford to Tata Motors Limited.

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Volkswagen Golf is the 2009 World Car of the Year

Thu, May 07, 2009

The new Volkswagen Golf was declared the 2009 World Car of the Year at the New York International Motor Show.

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May deals at Monaghans

Thu, May 07, 2009

Monaghan and Sons on the Tuam Road has announced details of its May Madness Campaign.

Nigel Donovan, group sales manager with Monaghans, says this is a “one of a kind deal which cannot be repeated”.

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Drivers advised to carry out regular vehicle safety checks

Thu, May 07, 2009

Almost seven out of 10 vehicles inspected as part of a free five-point safety check at Advance Pitstop centres during Irish Road Safety Week were found to have been in need of some basic safety work.

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Jaguar XF tops UK's biggest driver satisfaction poll

Thu, Apr 30, 2009

Readers of Auto Express magazine have voted the new Jaguar XF Britain's best car in the 2009 Driver Power survey.

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New Ford Ka is better in every way

Thu, Apr 30, 2009

Shortly after the original Ka went on sale in 1996, I recall seeing one that had been involved in a serious collision. The single occupant survived with remarkably minor injuries. This helped give me a new respect for the structural designers of small cars.

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Mitsubishi reduces Outlander SUV Invite price

Thu, Apr 30, 2009

Mitsubishi Motors has announced a price reduction on the Outlander Invite passenger and commercial models.

The passenger model will drop from €36,144 to €29,950, a reduction of more than €6,000, while the commercial will be reduced from €29,950 to €24,950 including VAT, a reduction of €5,000.

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The BMW Sterling Collection arrives at Tom Hogan Motors

Thu, Apr 23, 2009

Galway’s BMW franchise holder Tom Hogan Motors has unveiled a unique initiative for prospective car buyers.

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New Peugeot 3008 Crossover is so much more

Thu, Apr 23, 2009

Every now and then a car that offers a different perspective comes along. The new Peugeot 3008 Crossover is the latest example. Peugeot place it at a crossroads among an SUV, an MPV, and a hatchback, which probably is not too far off the mark. Yet, that does not even paint the full picture. You see, if you or I were to picture our favourite model in each of those segments and try to roll them into one vehicle, I bet we couldn't, and that why this new car is more than a crossover.

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Fiat 500 is the 2009 Design Car of the Year

Thu, Apr 23, 2009

The Fiat 500 has been voted 2009 Design Car of the Year by 59 journalists from around the world, beating 51 short-listed cars from the world’s top car makers. Galway Advertiser’s motoring correspondent Padraic Deane is the Irish juror.

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Citroen C3 and C5 versions are tops in diesel awards

Thu, Apr 23, 2009

Citroen’s stylish C5 Tourer and the new C3 Picasso have been named “Best Estate Car” and “Best MPV” respectively at the 2009 What Diesel Car of the Year Awards.

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Ford Fiesta steals Europe's top spot in March

Thu, Apr 23, 2009

For the first time in a year, the hugely popular Volkswagen Golf has lost its stranglehold as Europe’s most popular model, handing the accolade to Ford’s well received new Fiesta. The Golf is still number one in the year-to-date (first quarter).

The Fiesta’s success is set against an overall European new car market which fell nine per cent in March 2009 compared to March 2008. Year-to-date the market fell 16.9 per cent compared with the same period last year.

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