How we're marking time again; Special dealer; classic run, award wins; van-tastic
So, the biggest luxury you can have is more time with your partner or family.
That's what more than half Irish adults believe, according to Volvo research linked to the unveiling of their new S90 flagship saloon here last week (sad to miss it but had no option).
The findings are not startling or controversial but they do show, I think, how people are finding less 'family' time.
The study says: "People's sense of luxury in Ireland has moved away from asset and ownership-related wealth towards more fundamental values such as increased time and life-enhancing experiences."
But, call me cynical if you like, I'm not as convinced of such prevailing sentiment now as I would have been a couple or three years ago before the so-called Recovery when we were, I think, a lot nicer to each other too.
What do you think?
More than half (55pc) of those surveyed valued more time with family and friends over the latest technology gadgets (24pc) or designer luxury accessories (8pc).
In terms of buying, 35pc said they would be most influenced by a positive product/service review. So maybe car reviewers have a role to play?
Looking forward to driving the new Volvo S90 soon. As I've revealed here before, it starts from €48,400.
Ballincollig & District Vintage and Classic Car Club's Gougane Barra Run and Memorial Service takes place this Sunday.
It starts at Applegreen Service Station, Classis, Ovens, (beside Ballincollig Rugby Club) at noon. Registration is from 11am.
Vehicles up to 1996 will be accepted.
Another week another Toyota award. Congratulations to Grange Motors, Mullingar who have been named as one of the 46 top performing retailers in Europe for Customer Recommendation.
That is a major achievement.
Nice to see the new Kia Sportage has been crowned Diesel Car magazine Car of the Year as well as Best Medium sized SUV. Fair going.
I've seen it in the flesh and genuinely can understand why more than 6,500 people worldwide, with lots and lots of money of course, have applied to own a new €400,000 Ford GT.
But there is a strict limit of 500 cars being made and even money won't buy you a GT if you're not in time. Though you could queue when the next order book opens in 12 months.
Peugeot has introduced a new Professional model to its Partner van range. The reason I mention it is, like so many vans these days, I am surprised at the level of kit. Gone are the days when a van was a metal shell on four wheels. The Professional has Bluetooth, USB socket, on-board WIFI, MirrorLink or Apple Car Play and voice controlled SMS, intuitive colour touchscreen, Hill Assist, electric windows, rear parking aid, electric mirrors, front fogs and so on. Prices start from €17,225 ex-works.