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Editor’s note

Editor’s note

It may have been a cold January across Ireland, but the cockles of many a heart (in the motor industry and government alike) were warmed last week when the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) released new car sales figures for the first month

Mazda’s baby SUV is set for big things

Mazda’s baby SUV is set for big things

New CX-3 shows how flexible Mazda’s ‘SkyActiv’ tech is as the profits roll in, writes Nik Maher.

BMW 1 Series’ new face to the world

BMW 1 Series’ new face to the world

BMW launches its facelifted 1 Series, but, Shane O’Donoghue asks, do Irish buyers really need all-wheel drive?

Kia’s new Sorento arrives in Ireland

Kia’s new Sorento arrives in Ireland

New car sales for the first two months of 2015 in Ireland are up 28.31 per cent on the same period last year. More eye-opening again is the increase in registrations of vehicles categorised as ‘SUV Prestige’ - sales have jumped 85.06 per cent accordi

Two new Peugeots arrive

Two new Peugeots arrive

Peugeot hopes to make a splash with its all-new 108 and revamped 508 ranges, writes Shane O’Donoghue.

Volvo’s new XC90 doubles up with Twin Engine power

Volvo’s new XC90 doubles up with Twin Engine power

Clever hybrid ‘T8 Twin Engine’ model good for townies, XC90 D5 diesel will do for the rest of us, writes Nick Maher

Mazda’s successful new releases

Mazda’s successful new releases

Mazda had the chance to make mid-life improvements to the CX-5 and Mazda6. Did it take the opportunity, asks Paul Healy

New car sales continue to soar in Ireland

New car sales continue to soar in Ireland

Simi announces latest car sales and jobs numbers, writes Shane O’Donoghue

New Golf R is the pick of the fast VW Group

New Golf R is the pick of the fast VW Group

There are a bewildering number of ‘fast’ cars on sale, even just within the Volkswagen Group stable. Here, we sample the latest Golf R, writes Shane O’Donoghue

Seat Cupra punches above its weight

Seat Cupra punches above its weight

Practical body style gives more reason to consider a Seat Leon ST Cupra, writes Dave Humphreys.

Mercedes gets very serious with AMG

Mercedes gets very serious with AMG

The recipe may be the same for the latest AMG-fettled Mercedes-Benz C-Class, but it’s a far more accomplished car than ever before.

Opel’s Irish launch on the double

Opel’s Irish launch on the double

The first international car launch in Ireland in 15 years brings a pair of Opels to the market, writes Shane O’Donoghue.

New Audi lights up the road ahead

New Audi lights up the road ahead

Advanced lighting technology is set to enhance the form and function of Audi models, writes Dave Humphreys.

Ford revamps its old favourite

Ford revamps its old favourite

A remodelled Focus has arrived in Ireland – and Ford has already sold 1,000 of them. Shane O’Donoghue reports.

Volkswagen’s new Caddy van to boost LCV sales

Volkswagen’s new Caddy van to boost LCV sales

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has revealed a new version of its popular entry-level van, the Caddy, which is due to arrive later this year. It is the first of a trio of new models due to be introduced by the commercial vehicle division over the next