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They don't make them like this anymore By Brian Foley

In 1935, officials at Allegheny Ludlum Steel Division and the Ford Motor Company collaborated on an experiment that would become a legacy and a tribute to one of the most dynamic metals ever developed. Allegheny Ludlum, a pioneer producer of stainless steel, proposed the idea of creating a stainles ...Continued

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First Citizen enters the Irish Car Finance Market with €150,000,000 Revolving Credit Facility By Brian Foley

First Citizen Finance Ltd (“First Citizen”) enters the Irish Car Finance Market - led by Chris Hanlon, one of the leading figures in the Car Finance Industry in Ireland over the past two decades and former Chief Executive of permanent tsb finance Limited.

Mr. Hanlon confirms that Fir ...Continued

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Claudia Schiffer is European Opel Brand Ambassador By Brian Foley

Claudia Schiffer has graced the cover of over 1,000 magazines and is named as one of the most beautiful women in the world. Her global appeal has ensured an internationally successful career spanning over 25 years. She is UNICEF ambassador and incontestably a real world star. Originally from the Rh ...Continued

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NEW OPEL INSIGNIA HIGH TECH/HIGH SPEC By Brian Foley

The new Opel Insignia comes in a comprehensive range of high tech and high spec. models, representing the epitome of German automotive engineering excellence that compares favourably to any of the so-called premium brands and at very attractive prices. Subtle styling changes are in the interests o ...Continued

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Ford to Debut New EcoBoost Race Engine at 2014 24 Hours of Daytona By Brian Foley

As part of its continuing strategy to introduce product-relevant technology into motor racing, Ford will bring its 3.5-litre V6 EcoBoost racing engine to the 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship 12-races series in the US, commencing with the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona on January 25.26th.
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Over 2 Million Ford EcoBoost Engines By Brian Foley

Ford Motor Company has built over 2 Million of its EcoBoost engines, since the 2009 launch of the fuel-saving engine line.

Growing customer demand for EcoBoost-powered vehicles in Ford’s major markets worldwide is driving engine production, with output now averaging more than 100,00 ...Continued

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Opel at 65th Frankfurt International Motor Show By Brian Foley

This year’s Frankfurt Show was also an ‘Opel Show’ with the German brand sporting no less than seven world premieres The new Opel Insignia OPC has a fresh look, re-worked chassis and innovative infotainment. The Insignia Country Tourer (sporting estate) joins as the hatchback, saloon and Sports Tour ...Continued

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Ford to Offer Choice of Three Electrified Vehicles in European Dealerships by 2014. By BRIAN FOLEY

Ford Motor Company will offer a choice of three distinct electric vehicles in its European showrooms by 2014 Coming next year will be the new C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid and the Mondeo Hybrid. They will join the Ford Focus Electric, a zero emission battery electric vehicle built in Saarlouis, German ...Continued

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PEUGEOT REVEALS LINE UP FOR THE 65th FRANKFURT MOTOR SHOW By Brian Foley

Peugeot's thirty-car exhibition at the 65th Frankfurt Motor Show will feature for the first time the all-new Peugeot 308, alongside the thrilling 308 R Concept, the new RCZ R Sports Coupe, the 208 T16 Pikes Peak projectile, a 2008 Hybrid Air Concept and the 208 HYbrid FE demonstrator. The range of n ...Continued

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GET A GRIP - THE PEUGEOT 2008 HAS IT WITH GRIP CONTROL! By Brian Foley

Competitively Priced New Peugeot 2008 now on sale...

The smart new Peugeot 2008 is now on sale at very competitive prices as compared to other similar size compact crossover models. The 2008 is by no means a cut price special, as it comes fully equipped and with all the first class bu ...Continued

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ALL GO FOR IRISH FESTIVAL OF SPEED By Brian Foley

The first Irish Festival of Speed in 2011 attracted a record crowd to Adare Manor in Co.Limerick. Now its all systems go for the 2nd Irish Festival of Speed which will be bigger and better at the new permanent venue of the Limerick Racecourse at Greenmount to be staged over August 2nd- 4th of the B ...Continued

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NEW PREMIUM AUDI A3 SPORTY SALOON By Brian Foley

NEW PREMIUM AUDI A3 SPORTY SALOON

Irish motorists traditionally favoured the three-box saloon over the hatchback and estate alternatives, and whilst motoring attitudes and choices are constantly changing, the appeal of the saloon car continues to hold sway. In fact, 28% of cars sold ...Continued

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VOLKSWAGEN DRIVES & BEETLEMANIA! By Brian Foley

Lots of Volkswagen drives so far this year from the Passat and Golf to the New Beetle, and there is more to come.

The Volkswagen Passat is a well established family favourite, spacious, comfortable, steady as she goes on all roads, and with a choice of petrol and diesel engines to s ...Continued

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NEW MERCEDES-BENZ CLA, E-CLASS COUPÉ AND E-CLASS CABRIOLET By Brian foley

Three of the latest Mercedes-Benz models on the Irish market ar the 4-door CLA derived from the A-Class and with similar coupe styling to CLS, plus a new E-Class Coupé and Cabriolet.

New CLA The sporty CLA scores big on style appeal at the expense of rather restricted accomoda ...Continued

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Honda return to the FIA Formula One World Championship By Brian Foley

Honda Motor Co.return to the FIA Formula One (F1) World Championship from the 2015 season under a joint project with McLaren, the UK-based F1 team.

Honda will be in charge of the development, manufacture and supply of the power unit, including the engine and energy recovery system, wh ...Continued

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NEW PEUGEOT 308 for FRANKFURT SHOW DEBUT By Brian Foley

The all new Peugeot 308 makes its world debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September and is due to go on sale in Ireland in early 2014.

The 308 is an all new design and style from cover to cover, on a new modular platform for which there are 116 patent applications. In addition to ...Continued

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Ford and Schaeffler Demonstrate eWheelDrive Project By Brian Foley

Fiesta-Based Research Car Could Improve Urban Mobility and Parking

Ford Motor Company and technology partner Schaeffler have produced the Fiesta-based eWheelDrive car, a driveable research vehicle that could lead to improvements in urban mobility and parking by making possible small ...Continued

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New Peugeot 2008 - Compact FWD Crossover with all terrain capability By Brian Foley

The Peugeot 2008 is the latest in a new line up of compact SUVs, a Crossover based on the 208 hatchback with all the advantages of extra height for a command driving position, the sure-footed roadholding of the 208 plus the very effective Grip Control which endows this front-wheel-drive vehicle with ...Continued

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GM to invest €230 Million in Opel/Vauxhall By Brian Foley

• European Product Development Centre strengthened as integral part of the global GM development network

• Main investment in new dynamometer lab on Ruesselsheim campus

• Additional new chassis testing capabilities at Dudenhofen proving grounds

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Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak Challanger By by Brian Foley

Always ready for a fresh challenge, record nine-times World Rally Champion Sébastien Loeb and Peugeot Sport will contest the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on June 30. The Frenchman will tackle the world's highest hill climb at the wheel of the 208 T16 Pikes Peak which was specially engineer ...Continued

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MERCEDES-BENZ E-CLASS - PUTTING ON THE STYLE By Brian Foley

The latest Mercedes-Benz E-Class comes in two distinctly different styles. Classic and Elegance versions feature the traditional triple-louvre grille and bonnet-mounted star.

The different CLS-inspired Avantgarde versiom has a more sporty look sporty look with a large central star in ...Continued

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"NEW LOOK" MERCEDES-BENZ E-CLASS AT PRICES "CLOSELY COMPARABLE" TO CURRENT RANGE By Brian Foley

One of the most significant new arrivals this year is the restyled Mercedes-Benz E-Class Saloon due at the end of March/early April.

Long a dominant player in the luxury segment, the E-Class range accounts for some 50 percent of all Mercedes-Benz cars sold in Ireland. For the first ti ...Continued

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NEW MAZDA6 - FAMILY MOTORING IN STYLE By Brian Foley

The all-new Mazda6 is not just another standard type large family car, as with its stand out looks it is a refreshingly exciting style statement. Priced from €28,745, the Mazda6 comes in Saloon and Tourer (estate) versions.The striking exterior is complimented by four new body colours – Soul Red ...Continued

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NEW KIA SORENTO By Brian Foley

Highlights of the new Kia Sorento are:

- Fresh new look with premium appeal for popular Sorento SUV
- Improved C02 for 2.2 D engine –moves to Band C
- Annual Road Tax €390
- 7 Seats – Flexible Folding 2nd & 3rd Row
- Stronger body shell improves ri ...Continued

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KIA CROSS GT CONCEPT UNVEILED IN CHICAGO By Brian Foley

New Kia models, production, near-production and concepts, keep popping up like mushrooms. Latest is the Kia Cross GT, a luxury concept unveiled at the Chicago Auto Show and obviousdly aimed more at the American market than elsewhere. Kia's intention is to produce a premium and larger SUV than the S ...Continued

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PUTTING ON THE STYLE WITH AUDI and MERCEDES-BENZ By Brian Foley

Audi and Mercedes-Benz are certainly putting on the style with their latest 4-door Coupe models.

The Audi RS7 Sportback is powered by a 4.0 litreV8 Biturbo engine mated to an 8-speed transmission with the quattro (4-wheel) final drive system. Ultra sophisticated technology inclu ...Continued

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SKODA CITIGO AND YETI - LITTLE AND LARGE By Brian Foley

The Skoda success story covers the remarkable journey of the original Czechoslovakian independent and very individualistic marque from relative obscurity to a top brand under Volkswagen ownership. The sixth place of the Skoda Octavia in the new cars sales charts for 2012 is proof positive of the ri ...Continued

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MIGHTY MERC By Brian Foley

MERCEDES-BENZ M-Class
ML250 BlueTEC 4MATIC

The Mighty Merc is the the latest and greatest Mercedes-Benz M-Class, undoubtedly one of the world's best 4x4 SUV's with typical Mercedes luxury for road driving comfort plus outstanding ability to maintain forward motion in t ...Continued

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Sensational new Audi R8 Supercar By Brian Foley

Despite global recession the era of the supercar still lives, and the sensational new Audi R8 is now more dynamic and powerful than ever before thanks to numerous improvements. New look R8 V8 and V10 Coupé and Spyder models adopt S tronic twin-clutch transmission as part of comprehensive programm ...Continued

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FORD FIESTA - PUTTING ON THE STYLE By Brian Foley

The new Ford Fiesta is certainly putting on the style for 2013, and with a smile thanks to the new frontal look with a dsistinctive grille and various other subtle body changes, plus lots of the latest technology trends - featuring voice-activated in-car connectivity system Ford SYNC, Active City St ...Continued

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NEW MERCEDES-BENZ A-CLASS COMES WITH WIDESPREAD APPEAL By Brian Foley

The new compact Mercedes-Benz A-Class sports distinctive styling to match the driving dynamics and is certain sure to appeal to a new and younger generation of motorists, as well as older dedicated owners opting for downsizing whilst remaining loyal to Three Pointed Star brand. First models are now ...Continued

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BMW 3 Series wins IMWA Continental Irish Car of the Year Award By Brian Foley

The BMW 3 series has been voted Continental Irish Car of the Year 2013 by the Irish Motoring Writers’ Association. The awards were presented at a gala event in the Convention Centre Dublin attended by leading figures from the motor industry. It marks the first time that BMW has taken the title. < ...Continued

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NEW FUTURE FOR THE CROSSLE CAR COMPANY By Brian Foley

A charming red brick period house and adjoining workshops located near Holywood, Belfast is the unlikely location of the longest surviving constructor of racing cars in the UK, the Crossle Car Company, and is also the home of John and Rosemary Crossle. John Crossle built and raced his first car b ...Continued

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FOCUS ON FORD - EcoBoost has the Edge. By Brian Foley

The Ford Focus is the world's best-selling car and also Number 1 in Ireland. There is no hidden secret about the Focus success. Its a straightforward and pretty standard front-wheel-drive design that does everything well, is use-friendly, well built and kitted out, and comes with reliability and t ...Continued

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NEW SANTA FE LEADS HYUNDAI DRIVE By Brian Foley

The new Santa Fe leads the Hyundai drive to be one of the top selling brands in Ireland, which is rapidly being achieved thanks to a comprehensive range of competitively priced models and an extended dealer network. Hyundai Cars Ireland now have the most modern and high quality models, backed by a 5 ...Continued

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HYUNDAI VELOSTER HAS THE VROOM FACTOR By Brian Foley

The Hyundai Veloster is not a performance car or a hot hatch, but its rather kinky styling gives it the vroom factor to appeal to sporty types and which makes it stand out in a crowded street or car park. The Veloster takes over from the Hyundai Coupe which brought supercar styling down to an afford ...Continued

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Thrilling Toyota GT86 on Test By Brian Foley

The Toyota GT86 is not exactly in the supercar league, both performance and price wise, but there is plenty of power for thrills in a sporty car that needs to be driven with finesse and a certain amount of controlled enthusiasm to be enjoyed to the full.

The GT86 is a joint de ...Continued

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SMART NEW KIA CEE'D SPORTSWAGON ON TEST IN THE WEST By Brian Foley

Anyone recently passing the Glenlo Abbey Hotel in Galway (pictured) could well have thought that a fleet of unusual cars had landed from outer space. Well the all new Kia cee'd Sportswagon is certainly a 'space wagon' , not from the compact outside but from the inside. The estate-type rear gives a ...Continued

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New Ford B-MAX First Drive By Brian Foley

The new Ford B-MAX, featuring a unique design and all new small car technology among the most advanced in Europe, has arrived in Ireland.

With a maximum 5-star Euro NCAP safety rating, the B-MAX’s Ford Easy Access Door System provides unobstructed entry and exit with hinged front ...Continued

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LUXURIOUS LEXUS GS450h WITH BIG FUN FACTOR By Brian Foley

The brand name Lexus literally translates into luxury, and the latest GS450h combines luxury with high performance and the eco-friendly advantages of a hybrid. Not only is the GS450h a large and exceptionally comfortable saloon, but it has three distinct personalities. In electric mode it glides si ...Continued

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BMW 5 Series - Best Selling Executive Car By Brian Foley

The BMW 5 Series is Ireland's best selling executive car, which duals as a spacious and comfortable family car for motorists who can afford to go the extra for all the prestige, quality and driving dynamics that automatically comes as standard with the premium German brand. In this year's January- ...Continued

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50 years of Opel compact saloons By Brian Foley

The beginnings of Opel’s success story in the compact saloon market can be traced all the way back to 1962 when the Opel Kadett was launched to give affordable mobility to millions in the pre-boom early ‘sixties.

Fifty years later, the new Opel Astra saloon is due to make its Iri ...Continued

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RENAULT MAKES DONATION OF AN EXCLUSIVE ALL-ELECTRIC VEHICLE TO POPE BENEDICT XVI By Brian Foley

• French carmaker Renault has presented His Holiness Benedict XVI with an electric vehicle designed and built especially to meet the Pope’s mobility needs.

• The vehicle is based on Kangoo Maxi Z.E. and was developed in association with the French coachbuilder Gruau. Renault also ...Continued

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ALL-NEW ALUMINIUM RANGE ROVER By Brian Foley

The all-new Range Rover joins the revised Freelander and Defender in the Land Rover 4x4 stable. Since its intro. over forty years ago the Range Rover has reigned as the UK King of The Road and Off-Road. The latest version of the Range Rover 4x4 takes it into an even higher realm, both engineering ...Continued

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Ford Unveils All-New Mondeo By Brian Foley

Ford choose their Amsterdam-based "Go Further" event to introduce a number of important new models. Just a day after unveiling the stylish new Fiesta, Ford announced the long awaited new Mondeo, also a compact SUV for future production and the latest Transit commercial vehicles.

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All-New FIAT Panda 4X4 to Debut at Paris Salon By Brian Foley

The all-new FIAT Panda 4x4 makes its debut at the Paris Motor Show on September 27th 2012. Thirty years since the original was launched, the third-generation Panda 4X4 remains the only all-wheel-drive vehicle in the city-car segment and thanks to its light weight construction, robust powertrain and ...Continued

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SPORTY ALL- NEW AUDI A3 By Brian Foley

The new Audi A3 is now on sale, initially in a range of 3-door hatchback models, to be followed in 2013 by a saloon version. The 1.4 TFSI is now available from €27,400, the 1.6TDI diesel from €28,400 and from November the 1.2TFSI from €25,900. These are OTR (on-the-road) prices. Three petrol engine ...Continued

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NEW TOYOTA LAND CRUISER MULTI-PURPOSE SUV By Brian Foley

The Toyota Land Cruiser celebrates a notable 60th Birthday this year. Notable is indeed very appropriate as the mighty Land Cruiser is worldwide recognised as one of the strongest, toughest, most versatile and multi-purpose 4x4 vehicles for serious off-road work, also towing, plus smooth on-road per ...Continued

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The New Opel Astra model range with innovative technology. By Brian Foley

The new Opel Astra comes with innovative technologies in a line up of compact 3 and 5-door hatchbacks and a 4-door saloon. Engines are 1.4, 1.6 and 2.0 litre petrol; 1.3, 1.7 and 2.0 litre petrol. Engine options and prices will be announced by Opel Ireland priorto October sales of the Astra model r ...Continued

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The new BMW X3 sDrive18d By Brian Foley

BMW offer a more accessible way into X3 ownership with the first rear-wheel-drive model in the range, the new BMW X3 sDrive18d. Contrary to virtually all 4WD SUV’s, which have the option of front-wheel-drive the X3 is unique in having the drive to the rear wheels for sporty handling but without the ...Continued

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OPTIMA - FLAGSHIP OF THE KIA FLEET By Brian Foley

The Optima is the flagship of the Kia Fleet, a great value-for-money mid-size saloon with top quality finish and equipment to match the smart classic styling - plus the added attractive bonus of Kia's unique 7-Years Warranty. During a recet test drive of the Kia Optima, the car attracted lots of a ...Continued

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NEW TOYOTA AURIS FOR PARIS DEBUT By Brian Foley

The all new Toyota Auris makes its debut at the Paris Salon in September, and is expected to go on sale shortly in Ireland - exact launch date, prices and specs. to be announced by Toyota Ireland. This is a major model for Toyota, the Auris effectively being the hatchback alternative to the Coroll ...Continued

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The Last Auto Union Type D Twin-Supercharger Silver Arrows Grand Prix Car By Brian Foley

• Audi Tradition buys back the second “Karassik restoration” car
• Auto Union Type D built in 1939, then lost in the USSR for many years

“This is one of the most emotional moments in our heritage work for AUDI AG – we have come full circle,” says Th ...Continued

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THE ALL-NEW RANGE ROVER By Brian Foley

The Range Rover set a trend for luxury SUVs when it was introduced 40 years ago.The basic shape and style of the 4th Generation Range Rover may not look all that different, but there are many significant changes, as follows:

• Lighter, stronger and more refined.
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OPEL AMPERA PIONEERING THE WAY FORWARD FOR ELECTRIC CARS By Brian Foley

The Opel Ampera and its sibling the Chevrolet Volt are the first practical electric cars for everyday driving, from slow city traffic to longer distance motoring, thanks to the elimation of the dreaded range anxiety which is a major negative factor with all other EVs to date. The Ampera and Volt ...Continued

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OPEL CLASSIC WORKSHOP By Brian Foley

An absolute treasure throve of Opel models of yesteryear is to be found in a totally inconspicious building in the Opel HQ at Russelsheim, near the German industrial city of Frankfurt. By comparison with the many clinical modern museum buildings with their bright lights and highly polished floors, ...Continued

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NEW 4th GENERATION RENAULT CLIO By Brian Foley

• The 4th Generation Renault Clio makes it's world debut at the Paris Salon in September, and is due to go on sale in Ireland in early 2013.
• This is the first model to feature new Renault corporate identity
• New engines with low CO2 and impressive fuel economy: First Renault ...Continued

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DACIA DUSTER - PRICE BUSTER AT €14,990 By Brian Foley

The 1.5 litre diesel Dacia Duster goes on sale in January 2013 at the remarkably affordable price of €14,990 for an SUV in Band B tax category. This is a well built and finished compact SUV that drives well on the road in front-wheel-drive mode. For an extra €4,000 there is the alternative of 4-wh ...Continued

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The trendy all-new Opel ADAM arrives in January 2013 By Brian Foley

• Opel’s first urban car engineered and produced in Germany
• ADAM introduces premium technologies to A-segment
• Unique Infotainment system brings smartphone integration to car
• Bold design and unlimited trim combinations

With the all-new ADAM, Opel is ent ...Continued

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ALL GO FOR SKODA CITIGO By Brian Foley

The Skoda Citigo, a sibling of the Volkswagen up! city car, has arrived on the Irish car market, listed from €9,995 (plus delivery)

The Citigo is available in 3 and 5-door hatchback models with two petrol engine options including 1.0 Litre 60bhp and 75bhp power units with fuel ...Continued

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NEW MERCEDES-BENZ A-CLASS IN DECEMBER By Brian Foley

The new Mercedes-Benz A-Class is due here in December, later than perhaps originally expected and as a result will miss out on eligibility for the IMWA Continental Irish Car of The Year award for which the cut-off date is end of October. The new model is distinctly different from the previous mode ...Continued

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BMW 3 SERIES – THE HALLMARK OF QUALITY By Brian Foley

BMW is the hallmark of quality, the epitome of German automotive engineering excellence, as appreciated and indeed even revered by devoted BMW owners, aficionados and dedicated enthusiasts. For drivers who enjoy driving, BMW is synonymous with sporty performance and handling. For motorists who are ...Continued

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CHEVROLET MODEL PRICES By Brian Foley

Chevrolet Ireland - Pricing

Model     RRP in Euro
Spark 1.0 with air con     11,995
Spark 1.0 LS     12,395
Aveo 1.2 LS     15,495
Aveo 1.2 LT     16,795
Aveo 1.3 LT Eco     18,995
Cruze HB 1.7 LS     21,495
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CHEVROLET BACK ON THE IRISH MOTOR MARKET By Brian Foley

• New Irish network announced for Chevrolet
• 10 existing Chevrolet dealers to retain franchise
• More dealers to be named through the rest of 2012

The first 10 dealers to sell the newly relaunched Chevrolet brand across Ireland have been named, following the deci ...Continued

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TOM McQUEIRNS HEAD UP IRISH CHEV. OPERATION By Brian Foley

• Tom McQueirns appointed Country Director, Chevrolet Ireland
• Extensive motor industry background
• Announcement comes as Chevrolet names Ireland model range

Chevrolet has announced that Tom McQueirns has been appointed Country Director, Chevrolet Ireland. ...Continued

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WHAT'S IN A NAME ? CHRYSLER DELTA and YPSILON By Brian Foley

The Chrysler name is associated with large American cars and 4x4 vehicles, and in Europe with the Americanised Chrysler 300C. Since the takever by Fiat, the Italian influence is very evident in two smaller Chrysler models, the compact Delta 5-door hatchback and the Ypsilon city car. There is lots ...Continued

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JEEP COMPASS By Brian Foley

Jeeps are jeeps, full stop. The iconic Jeep name associated with go anywhere ability since WW2 should not be confused with any other brand of 4x4 vehicles. However when it comes to the Jeep Compass there is a contradiction in that models with the 4x2 designation are front-wheel-drive only. For all ...Continued

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FAMILY FORDS C-Max and S-Max on test. By Brian Foley

Titanium is a precious metal. So the dictionary tells us. In Ford speak, Titanium denotes the more up market model versions, but does not necessarily include all the extra cost options.

The traditional family car was a large saloon to accomodate at least five adults with an equa ...Continued

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FORD KUGA 20TDCi TITANIUM ON TEST By Brian Foley

The Ford Kuga is a compact SUV and very well equipped in the Titanium version. As a street car the Kuga's tidy size makes it handy to manoeuvre in traffic and parking, whilst as a road car the travel comfort over virtually all surfaces is at least as good as any mid-size saloon. The high seating p ...Continued

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NEW SKODA RAPID IN Q4 By Brian Foley

The new stylish SKODA Rapid will make it's public debut at the Paris show in September and is expected on the Irish market in Q4 of 2012 - pricing and specs. to be announced in advance.

The ŠKODA Rapid is a roomy, elegant, economic and affordable family saloon, incorporating the ...Continued

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The New Opel Astra Range By Brian Foley

The new Opel Astra range features a sharper exterior and interior appearance. The model line up features the new 4-door saloon, 5-door hatch,, Sports Tourer (estate) , 3-door GTC coupé and the high performance OPC version.

Dave Sheeran, Managing Director of Opel Ireland said ...Continued

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Ford 1.0-litre EcoBoost Wins ‘International Engine of the Year’ Award By Brian Foley

The new Ford 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine has won the 2012 “International Engine of the Year” Award. The new engine was also nominated “Best New Engine” and “Best Engine Under 1.0-litre” in the awards presented by Engine Technology International magazine. The EcoBoost system combines turbochar ...Continued

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NEW NISSAN JUKE NISMO - SPORTS CROSSOVER By Brian Foley

Following a limited production run of the Juke-R, Nissan will go all the way in 2013 with the Juke Nismo for volume sale early in the year. Based on the Juke, the Nismo is aptly called a Sports Crossover in a new market segment for compact SUVs with sporting performance, upgraded brakes, steering a ...Continued

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September arrival of stylish New Opel Astra Saloon By Brian Foley

This September sees the arrival of the stylish new Opel Astra saloon in Ireland. With lots of styling similarities to the Insignia, the latest Astra is quite a sporty and elegant design to appeal to motorists who still prefer the traditional saloon to a hatchback. With this new 4-door saloon, 5-do ...Continued

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BAVARIA CITY RACING - GOING DUTCH IN DUBLIN! By Brian Foley

There were mixed reactions to the Bavaria City Racing on a cold and damp June Bank Holiday Sunday. There was lots of noise and the smell of burning rubber in downtown Dublin what was basically a glorified stunt show rather than an actual motor racing event, sponsored by a Dutch beer brand. Apart fro ...Continued

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OPEL ASTRA GTC By Brian Foley

OPEL ASTRA GTC
Stylish, enjoyable and keenly priced.

With it’s dramatic supercar looks, the Opel Astra GTC is a real style statement, unquestionably one of the smartest cars on the road. And the most amazing thing about the GTC is that it does not cost a small fortune, w ...Continued

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TOYOTA GT86 - SUPERCAR STYLING for AROUND 40K By Brian Foley

The new Toyota GT86 comes with supercar styling for around the 40K mark, actually €39,895 plus delivery and whatever discount deal can be done. Not a sports car in the time honoured sense of a two-seater roadster, like the much lamented mid-engined Toyota MR2, the GT86 is four-seater GT with a c ...Continued

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THE NEW BMW 7 SERIES By Brian Foley

THE STYLING REMAINS BASICALLY AS BEFORE, BUT THERE ARE SUFFICIENT CHANGES TO THE BMW 7 SERIES TO MORE THAN JUSTIFY THE 'NEW' DESCRIPTION.

Small exterior changes include new optional Adaptive LED headlights, whilst the interior features an enhanced control display and a new option ...Continued

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Eddie Jordan Counts Down to Bavaria Dublin City Motor Racing Festival By Brian Foley

Dublin City centre to host FREE spectacle featuring Grand Prix ace Jenson Button

Bavaria City Racing takes place on the streets of Dublin on Bank Holiday Sunday 3rd June in a full five hours of FREE non-stop motorsport entertainment.

The spectators will expe ...Continued

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LATEST BMW MODELS By Brian Foley

Latest BMW models are the 6 Series Gran Coupe and revised X1, in addition to the updated models all across the range and of course the new 3 Series. The 6 Series Gran Coupe is the first 4-door BMW Coupe and features 4x1 seating. Specification is similar to the 6 Series Convertible and Coupe, very m ...Continued

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NEW OPEL ADAM URBAN CAR By Brian Foley

The new compact Opel Adam will be launched later this year at the Paris Salon. The model name Adam could have been derived from Adam Opel (1837-1895), the founder of Adam Opel AG, or maybe its a Teutonic rib-tickler in answer to the Volkswagen up! For sure, the name Adam is bound to be a talking ...Continued

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Peugeot's new 208 R2 'Little Sport' By Brian Foley

Peugeot Sport has revealed the new 208 R2, which will open the road for competing cars at Tour de Corse (May 10 - 12), the fourth round of the 2012 Intercontinental Rallye Challenge. Peugeot Sport driver Stephane Sarrazin and co-driver Benjamin Veillas will drive the hot hatch ahead of the field at ...Continued

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NEW MAZDA CX-5 By Brian Foley

Latest SUV on the scene is the Mazda CX-5, a crossover type model similar in size to the Nissan Qashqai and just six inches longer in overall length. The CX-5 comes with two and four wheel drive options, of which the combination of FWD and diesel power will no doubt be the most in demand. Prices s ...Continued

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NEW HONDA CIVIC - FUN AND FRUGAL By Brian Foley

The new Honda Civic retains much of the streamlined shape of the previous model, a styling statement that stands out in a crowd of so many look-alike models. The distinctive 'split' rear window is retained which may not be to everyone's taste and it does restict rear visibility, which can be rathe ...Continued

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TOYOTA AVENSIS - RELIABILITY IS STANDARD By Brian Foley

What's in a name? Ask that of the Toyota Avensis and the answer is simple, and its customer satisafaction. Add in reliability, peace of mind and a whole lot more happy motoring miles (and kilos), and that in a nutshell as it were sum up the Avensis. The Avensis was never a stunner in the styling s ...Continued

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New Peugeot 208 - putting on the style for summer launch By Brian Foley

Irish sales of the all new Peugeot 208 start on June 30th. The 3 and 5-door hatchbacks are a real style statement, modern and youthful in compact size models that will undoubtedly have widespread appeal., The 208 is the latest in a long line of successful Peugeot superminis, from the iconic 205, 2 ...Continued

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NEW M-CLASS – LATEST MERCEDES-BENZ LUXURY SUV By Brian Foley

The new third-generation Mercedes-Benz M-Class is the latest luxury SUV to challenge the likes of the Audi Q7 and BMW X5 for quality and prestige at very competitive prices in the premoum category.

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NEW MERCEDES-BENZ SL IS COMING! By Brian Foley

ETA for the new Mercedes-Benz SL roadster in Ireland is April.

This is the 60th Anniversary of the SL and whilst the new SL roadster is very much in the spirit of the long line of Mercedes sportscars it comes with all the modern safety and driving aids plus years of development. ...Continued

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Opel Ampera to Make Irish Debut at the Energy Show By Brian Foley

The Opel Ampera, the revolutionary electric vehicle, will make its Irish debut at the Energy Show in the RDS Ballsbridge on Wednesday 28th and 29th March 2012. The Opel Ampera has won the ultimate accolade of “Car of the Year” 2012, its big plus being the elimation of 'range anxiety' which is a m ...Continued

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THE VOLKSWAGEN up! HAS ARRIVED IN IRELAND By Brian Foley

The Volkswagen up! is now on sale, with a starting price of €10,995. The up! is a 3-door sub-compact, powered by a 1.0-litre 3-cylinder 75 PS petrol engine with zippy performance, outstanding fuel economy and low-emissions. The up! comes to Ireland as a 3-door model, but it will be joined in the sec ...Continued

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TOYOTA FT-Bh - FUTURISTIC CONCEPT By Brian Foley

The Toyota FT-Bh is more than just a futuristic concept, its in fact a preview of the shape and style of models to come from the innovative and creative Japanese marque.The aerodynamic FT-Bh is only slightly longer than the current Yaris, but at less than 800Kg it is 25 per cent lighter. The hybrid ...Continued

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CHEVROLET IN IRELAND By Brian Foley

Nissan Ireland no longer handle the Chevrolet brand, and Chevrolet sales and parts in the Republic are under direct control by Chevrolet UK.

Mark Terry, Managing Director for Chevrolet UK and Ireland, said: “While the Irish market isn’t one of the biggest in Europe, it represents ...Continued

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All-New FIAT Panda Arrives in Ireland By Brian Foley

FIAT Group Automobile has announced pricing and specification details for the third-generation FIAT Panda, which goes on sale in Ireland mid-March. Slightly larger than the model it replaces, the new Panda boasts improved safety standards, more interior space and fresh interior and exterior designs ...Continued

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Peugeot 208 GTi Concept... A Legend Returns? By Brian Foley

Peugeot is hinting at the return of an iconic legend with the reveal of the Peugeot 208 GTi Concept car at the Geneva Motor Show this March. The GTi Concept is powered by the 6-speed manual 1.6 THP 200bhp petrol engine from the Peugeot RCZ. Saluting the legendary 205 GTi, a brushed aluminium GTi Co ...Continued

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NEW JAGUAR XF SPORTBRAKE By Brian Foley

Jaguar eveals details and the first images of the XF Sportbrake, a derivative of the XF saloon.

Entirely new from the B-pillars backwards, the versatile XF Sportbrake has a load-space capacity of up to 1675 litres in an estate-type model with all the style of the XF saloon.
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MORE KIA MODELS By Brian Foley

For a relatively new brand Kia is virtually never out of the news with innovative models either coming soon or being developed for future production. The wraps will be off the all new at the Geneva Motor Show in March. The new 5-door hatchback is longer, wider and lower than before, on the same wh ...Continued

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PORSCHE CENTRE OPENS IN DUBLIN By Brian Foley

• A new Porsche Centre opens for 2012 sales in Dublin.
• Full range of new car sales, Porsche Approved pre-owned car sales, also parts and service facilities.

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NEW FORD 1.0 litre TURBO ENGINE By Brian Foley

• Unique new 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine offered across Ford Focus range
• Up to 125PS – same as 1.6 naturally-aspirated engine
• Fuel economy of up to 58.9mpg
• CO2 emissions as low as 109g/km, resulting in zero road tax (VED) in first year
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FORD’S HANDS-FREE PARALLEL PARKING IN BIG DEMAND By Brian Foley

• More than 100,000 customers have placed orders for Active Park Assist, which helps drivers parallel park with the touch of a button and without ever touching the steering wheel

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New 2013 Ford Fusion Road and Race Cars. By Brian Foley

Fusion previews previews New Mondeo

The American Ford Fusion (right)) is a preview of the new Ford Mondeo coming in 2013 and is pictured with a NASCAR racing version. The Fusion racer will make its debut in the famous Daytona 500 in February 2013. The new Mondeo will be the E ...Continued