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Why do cars fail the NCT
Jul27

Why do cars fail the NCT

A bit of essential maintenance by motorists could cut the number of cars failing the National Car Test (NCT), Suzanne Keane explains the most common reasons for failing Lesss than half of all cars tested for the NCT pass on the first go. Retest results are more encouraging with more than 90% passing and only 0.1% falling into the “Fail Dangerous” category. The most common failures are as follows – Front Suspension Generally your...

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New survey finds 84% of Irish drivers use electronic devices behind the wheel
Jul25

New survey finds 84% of Irish drivers use electronic devices behind the wheel

A new survey highlights bad Irish driving habits  Four out of five (84%) Irish drivers admit to using electronic devices or consulting maps while driving compared to two thirds (66%) of drivers in the UK. When it comes to sending text messages while at the wheel, a quarter (26%) of Irish drivers admit to this offence, exactly double the number in the UK (13%).  That’s according to recent research commissioned by Aviva which looked at...

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A car by any other name
Jul25

A car by any other name

We recall some of the more eccentric names put on cars by firms that really should know better writes Geraldine Herbert The global success of cars such as the Ford Focus or the Volkswagen Golf confirm that the holy grail for car markers is to produce something that appeals in all four corners of the world. But coining a name that conveys the same amount of allure and panache across different cultures is something entirely different....

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Skoda Kodiaq 2.0TDI 190HP DSG 4×4
Jul24

Skoda Kodiaq 2.0TDI 190HP DSG 4×4

Skoda has arrived fashionably late to the SUV party with its seven-seat Kodiaq, writes Geraldine Herbert What is it?  Skoda’s Kodiaq arrives on the market at a time when, despite the popularity of Crossovers and SUVs, if you need space for up to seven and want an affordable family-sized crossover or SUV, there aren’t a huge amount of options. Seven-seat SUVs tend to fall into the very pricey category such as Audi Q7, Volvo XC90,...

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What you need to know about the Mercedes Benz recall
Jul21

What you need to know about the Mercedes Benz recall

Mercedes is to recall millions of diesel cars over harmful emissions writes Geraldine Herbert   The numbers?  Mercedes-Benz is to recall more than 3 million diesel cars in Europe.   What is the background to this recall?   The German authorities has put all diesel engines under close scrutiny since DieselGate in September 2015 and as part of that there has been an investigation into Mercedes and possible manipulation of...

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5 Things to know about the All-New Ford Fiesta
Jul19

5 Things to know about the All-New Ford Fiesta

The all new Ford Fiesta will be here at the end of the month, here’s five things to know about it writes Geraldine Herbert   Special Screening The all-new Fiesta’s heated leather steering wheel has been tested by Ford engineers to ensure it is resistant to damage or staining from sunscreen on the driver’s hands. Sunscreen is just one of the everyday substances that were used to test the Fiesta interior. Leather seats are...

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