New Honda Insight hybrid on the way

Thu, Dec 18, 2008

Honda's new Insight hybrid will make its world debut in January 2009 at the Detroit Motor Show.

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Changes big and small to Ford line-up for 2009

Thu, Dec 18, 2008

As new VAT prices are announced, the New Year sees changes to both ends of the Ford range, with a transformed small car offering and lower CO2 emissions and improved economy on larger diesel models.

The new Ka Style is available from January with a price tag of €11,535, a saving of €800 on the outgoing entry level model. Despite the low price, the Style lives up to its name with sassy alloy wheels, fog lights, and MP3 connectivity as standard.

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New Alfa Romeo MiTo gets five star Euro NCAP rating

Thu, Dec 18, 2008

The Alfa Romeo MiTo has been awarded a prestigious five-star Euro NCAP rating, setting it at the top of its segment in the field of safety.

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Want a drink? Then don’t drive

Thu, Dec 18, 2008

The Irish Advanced Motorists/IAM Fleet has this week issued a simple reminder to keep safe on the road this Christmas. If you are going to drive, then don’t drink; if you are going to drink, don’t drive.

With the season’s festivities upon us with Christmas parties and family get-togethers we can all get a bit carried away. Christmas can be a time of overindulgence and the odd tipple to toast the festive season is too easy.

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New generation Mitsubishi Colt delivers more

Thu, Dec 18, 2008

The new Mitsubishi Colt range has gone on sale in Ireland.

Mitsubishi Motors Ireland expects to sell 650 units in 2009. Sales will be split 70/30 in favor of the 5-door model with 1.1L variants expected to account for 90 per cent of all sales.

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New Mercedes dealership, new models, and lower prices

Thu, Dec 18, 2008

Early in the New Year, we will see a new Mercedes-Benz main dealership appointment in Galway. This announcement is expected in January and comes with further new dealership appointments for this marque in Cork and Wexford, writes Padraic Deane.

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Car key of the future with integrated credit card

Thu, Dec 18, 2008

BMW Group Research and Technology has developed a prototype for a multifunctional car key which enables cashless payment and personalised vehicle access.

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New Alfa Romeo MiTo gets five star Euro NCAP rating

Thu, Dec 11, 2008

The Alfa Romeo MiTo has been awarded a prestigious five-star Euro NCAP rating, setting it at the top of its segment in the field of safety.

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Toyota says new iQ is the smallest and safest

Thu, Dec 11, 2008

It is a common assumption that the smaller the car, the more vulnerable driver and passengers are in an accident, but the new Toyota iQ – the world’s smallest four-seat production model – is proof this need not be the case.

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New VW Golf Plus premieres at Italian show

Thu, Dec 11, 2008

Volkswagen has today unveiled the second generation Golf Plus at the Bologna Motor Show in Italy.

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New generation Mitsubishi Colt delivers more

Thu, Dec 11, 2008

The new Mitsubishi Colt range has gone on sale in Ireland, and Mitsubishi Motors Ireland expects to sell 650 units in 2009.

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Galway rally fans urged to contact Rally Ireland

Thu, Dec 11, 2008

Galway rallying fans are being urged to contact Rally Ireland if they wish to work on one of the largest sporting events of 2009.

From January 29 to February 1 Rally Ireland will take place across the north west of Ireland with the world’s best rally drivers battling it out in the first round of the World Rally Championship 2009 over 19 stages.

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Never a better time to buy a used car

Thu, Dec 11, 2008

Used cars are the biggest issue in motoring right now. The country is awash with used cars with stocks having built up to worrying proportions over the past year or so. This is bad for car dealers, importers, and manufacturers, but for motorists it might just be the best opportunity to buy a well priced used car, writes Padraic Deane.

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Government continues daylight robbery of motorists

Thu, Dec 11, 2008

Successive governments have been taxing motorists far too heavily. We've been charged crazy levels of Vehicle Registration Tax on all new and imported used cars. VRT is applied as a high percentage of the vehicle's cost price with blatant double taxation then applied by adding Value Added Tax on top of the VRT. That's right - our government in its haste to plunder motorists further, actually taxes its own tax. Half of the price you pay for a new car in Ireland is tax.

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Car key of the future with integrated credit card

Thu, Dec 11, 2008

A prototype for a multifunctional car key which enables cashless payment and personalised vehicle access has been developed by BMW Group Research and Technology.

“As part of our research project we first integrated a security chip into the key casing, which communicates across short distances by radio with a card reader,” says BMW's spokesman on this project.

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First sight of the new Volvo S60 Concept

Thu, Dec 04, 2008

The first glimpse of the Volvo S60 Concept car which will be unveiled at the Detroit Motor Show in early January gives an indication of what the new Volvo S60 will look like when it is launched in 2010.

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Important car battery advice

Thu, Dec 04, 2008

Forecasts of arctic weather sweeping the country may cause a great many motorists to ponder on the ability of their car battery to last them through a trouble-free winter.

There are a number of measures drivers can take to check that the battery is up to the job of getting the car started in the sub-zero temperatures we can expect next week to avoid what has become known as winter battery strain.

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Lexus reveals the new advanced hybrid RX 450h

Thu, Dec 04, 2008

Lexus will take its advanced hybrid power technology to a higher level in 2009 with the launch of the new RX 450h.

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Third generation Nissan Cube will come to Europe

Thu, Dec 04, 2008

In 2002 a new second-generation Nissan Cube was introduced in the Japanese market.

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500 Abarth is Hot Hatch of the Year

Thu, Dec 04, 2008

It is not even on sale in Britain or Ireland yet, but the eagerly-awaited 500 Abarth is already picking up top industry awards.

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