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Automotive Infotainment Systems Aren’t Going Anywhere

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Acccording to London-based IHS Markit, an information and analysis firm, there’s big growth in the near future for automotive display systems. The firm is predicting a 17 percent jump in such systems in 2017 alone. In the aptly titled report “Automotive Display Systems Forecast”, IHS Markit is guessing that revenue for center stacks, instrument clusters, […]

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Diesel’s demise poses dilemma for Irish drivers

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Since the introduction of the CO2-based motor taxation system in 2008, Irish drivers have been effectively incentivised into buying diesel-engined cars. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto The tsunami of criticism that has pounded at the shores of diesel-powered motoring is looking ever more likely to wet the feet of the Irish motorist. As daily revelations regarding air […]

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Sorting out World Car vote, electric chat, Octavia surge, opening windows, Haiti rally

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Bentley Bentayga I’m in the middle of voting for the World Car of the Year awards and I’m struggling a bit with the overall winner. The finalists for that overall title are the Audi A5, Q2 and Q5 – yes three from the German maker, Fiat 124 Spyder, Honda Civic, Jaguar F-PACE, Mazda CX-9, Skoda […]

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Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate: Paragon of style, class and practicality

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Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate: Paragon of style, class and practicality I went racing in Leopardstown recently with a few friends and when they quizzed me about what mode of transport I would be ferrying them in, I was hardly surprised to hear a chorus of approval that they would travel in a Mercedes E-Class estate. Just […]

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BMW’s 520D M-Sport saloon was ‘sheer driving bliss’

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Sheer bliss: The classy BMW Five Series is a joy to drive on mountainous roads Valentine’s Day was spent in Southern Spain testing the new BMW Five Series. It was beautiful weather, the roads were pretty empty and you could really give the car some welly and set the pulse racing a bit. It was […]

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Which is better the MX-5 or Fiat 124?

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Fiat 124 Spider 1.4 MultiAir Lusso Plus When I was coming up to my seventh birthday, my parents told me I was getting a new bicycle. There were two in the big display window of Kennys that I loved. One was a dark red; the other a larger blue one. I spent hours, nose against […]

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New Land Rover Discovery arrives in Ireland

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New Land Rover Discovery Land Rover’s new Discovery arrives in showrooms next week giving customers the first opportunity to test the most versatile SUV on sale today on Irish roads. Gerard O’Farrell, Managing Director Jaguar Land Rover Ireland said, “We are delighted to announce the arrival of the new Discovery at Land Rover retailers across […]

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The Volkswagen ID concept

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Fear. It’s a funny emotion. It controls you, steers you, envelops you. I was freaking terrified of the literally priceless Volkswagen ID concept, the electric car that VW’s touted as the future of motoring. Here’s why I was nervous: It has no B-pillar, so it has the structural rigidity of a paper plane. The tires […]

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REPORT: Ireland’s used car industry booming

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DoneDeal, Ireland’s most visited website for buying and selling cars, has released new data on the performance of its Motor Section in 2016, giving an insight into Ireland’s rapidly growing used car industry and the nation’s favourite cars. The data showed that the value of goods advertised on DoneDeal’s Motor Section in 2016 was a […]

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Motorists now face €80 fine and penalty points for driving too close to cyclists

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1Cyclist Phil Skelton (left) Government chief whip Regina Doherty and TD Ciarán Cannon (right) promote their 1.5 metre bill Motorists are to face fines and penalty points for driving too close to cyclists under a radical new law sought by Fine Gael. The move comes after 20 cyclists have died on Irish roads in the […]

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