Gridlock claimed day in our lives; A MINI saloon, really? Showrooms, fuel and runflat tyres
Apparently we sat in our cars and vans and lorries and wasted 25 hours of our lives last year in urban gridlock.
That's gridlock now, not normal slow-moving traffic. Gridlock.
Basically it was a day of our lives wiped out. I thought it would be more from my experiences in and around Dublin.
But it's nothing compared with London.
An expert on traffic in that city told us last week the average for the metropolitan area was 101 hours (4.2 days). Nearly a working week.
After experiencing it first-hand last Thursday I absolutely believe him. Atrocious, frightening - the sort of traffic in which you feel you are totally trapped and want to get out and walk.
And they expect it to get a lot worse. Don't forget that is with a system in place that already makes car use in the city prohibitively costly.
In terms of countries, Belgium is worst for traffic in Europe (44 hours) with Italy, on 19, the best.
And so we are going to get a MINI saloon, by all accounts.
It will be the fifth model in the range, it seems.
We already have the new 3dr/5dr hatchbacks, the Clubman and Convertible we know about too and there is a larger Countryman later this year.
The saloon will, according to reports, be sold mostly in North America and China but available on all markets. What do you think? Would you buy a MINI saloon?
* RTE's Des Cahill joined GAA legends Barney Rock, Bernard Flynn and Philly McMahon (see picture below) as Annesley Williams recently celebrated the opening of their new SKODA, pictured, showroom.
The entire SKODA range was showcased. Good luck to all concerned.
I see where Maxol has signed an agreement with Topaz to acquire three service stations: on the Naas Road, Kill; Greenhills Road, Dublin 12; and the junction of the Naas Road and the Long Mile Road, Walkinstown.
All three were formerly owned by Esso.
* Still on fuel. Interesting promotion to 'Win Your Fill of Fuel Around Ireland' by Valero, who market fuel in Ireland under the Texaco brand.
It means motorists who spend €30 or more at any participating station could win a €500 Texaco fuel voucher. It continues until May 6.
(Pictured at the announcement of the promotion is Valero's Bronagh Carron).
Should be great fun at Mondello today for motoring journalists to drive on Bridgestone's new DriveGuard runflat tyre which can be fitted to any vehicle with a Tyre Pressure Monitoring System.
I can't be there but we'll have a report on it for you next week anyway.
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