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Category: First Drive

Charged Up! – The Opel Ampera

Charged Up! – The Opel Ampera

Opel’s eagerly awaited zero-emission Ampera is due in Ireland next month. We find out if this really is the world’s first usable electric car? Few people in Ireland have opted  for electric cars and only 46 EVs found Irish homes last year. Price and limited range has been seen as a major deterrent. In addition [...]

Proving Size Doesn’t Matter – The Ford Focus 1.0 litre EcoBoost

Proving Size Doesn’t Matter – The Ford Focus 1.0 litre EcoBoost

 Powered by a tiny 1.0-litre three-cylinder EcoBoost engine, the Ford Focus 1.0-litre EcoBoost   manages   the same amount of power as from a 1.6 litre engine! Ford has taken downsizing to a whole new level and offers this 1.0 litre engine with two outputs; a 74kW/170Nm with a five-speed manual or 91kW/170Nm with a six-speed [...]

The All New Lexus GS

The All New Lexus GS

The fourth generation Lexus GS saloon has arrived in Ireland. Priced significantly less than its predecessor, Lexus aims to lure buyers away from their Audi A6, BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class. Inside and out it is completely new. Dramatic, bold and distinctive Lexus have certainly ditched evolution in favour of revolution with the styling [...]

Mazda’s New Compact SUV – The CX-5

Mazda’s New Compact SUV – The CX-5

Mazda’s new CX-5 may be a late addition to the compact SUV market but it is both attractive and athletic. The CX-5  is also the first Mazda to get the full SkyActiv treatment,  a new engineering philosophy to ensure that all the basic elements of the car, from engine and transmission to body and chassis, work [...]

The 2012 Honda Civic 1.4 Petrol and 2.2. Diesel

The 2012 Honda Civic 1.4 Petrol and 2.2. Diesel

With so much choice in the car market and a multitude of models for every sector there has never been a better time for buyers. The competition in the C segment is where car wars are at their fiercest. The latest challenger from Honda is the 9th Generation Honda Civic and the most important in [...]

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