17 of the most anticipated car models of 2017
From Alfa to Volvo, these are our most anticipated new models of the year
From Alfa to Volvo, these are our most anticipated new models of the year
If space for the kids, scooters and the dogs are playing havoc with your car choices but you are not yet in the market for an MPV or a crossover, then a compact family car may just be enough to tempt you.
Now is a good time to buy a BMW as for a limited time only, BMW Ireland are offering savings of up to €6,000 on new models delivered before March 31 2017.
It's no surprise that the second test car of the new year is also an SUV. And there's more coming. It is getting to the stage where the lines of differentiation are closing, if not merging just yet. I know the car-makers will be angry with me for saying that, but it is the truth. The Seat Ateca is a good case in point - with one important exception.
I suppose it is only fitting I should start the new year with an 'SUV', albeit a baby one that looks more like a pumped-up coupé than an off-roader.
The week before Christmas in both our houses was almost unbearable.
Alfa Romeo price cuts, a stunning new drop-top Spider roadster, and a Fiat family-sized saloon at super-mini prices - the Italians are coming out fighting for 2017 in a determined bid to recapture their days of former glory.
I wonder what we will be looking back on in the rapidly-changing world of motoring this time next year. How many more technological breakthroughs will we have witnessed? How will global events impact nationally and internationally? It's all before us but here are 17...
I happen to think the year just ending will be regarded as one of the most significant for decades for motoring. On the one hand, we had the game-changing fall-out of the Volkswagen saga. On the other, we had unprecedented proliferation of technology wherein the process of cars becoming 'computers on wheels' was dramatically speeded up.
The trick was not to look at what was left in the battery, so Renault stuck a sticker over the information on the dash and told us: "'Forget the battery. Drive it as if it were an ordinary car."
Deep in the Scottish highlands the tough terrain surrounding Blair Castle, a landscape of thick forests and rugged mountains that sprawl across 145,000 acres, is where the all-new Land Rover Discovery is being put through its paces.
If comfort, economy and chic appeal are your priorities, then the new Citroen C3 is well worth putting on your shopping list.
Next year it will be 50 years since I passed my driving test and soon afterwards a 10-year-old Ford Thames van was bought for £27, 10 shillings.
Sometimes fate plays a hand in the car I have for certain occasions. The Citroën C3 would not have been my car of choice to help a dear friend, in a small way, to move house.
Crossover sales are expected to triple across Europe in the next seven years, according to Toyota. The accelerating shift in car designs will eat into traditional hatchback and saloon markets as more and more drivers show a preference for the elevated stance, with the...
You would be surprised how often I am asked about what car to buy for a larger family. Usually the person says their children are outgrowing their current saloon/hatchback and they'd like the option of seven seats.
I think I might have had my bluff called for a while with this week's car. You know the way I'm always going on about people buying diesels when they really don't do the mileage to justify paying a premium for one?
Second thoughts can be instructive. I get into a car and take a bit of a dislike to what they have done with it. And then a few days later a reasonable human being brings a different perspective and I have to go back and completely re-think my appraisal. It's all part of the process, I suppose.
I overtook the Hyundai on the motorway near Enfield at about 110kmph. The driver had his head down, one hand on the wheel. He was totally engrossed in talking down to a phone in his other hand, which rested on his right thigh. I happened to be on the phone, too.
When it comes to a hot hatch, there are key requirements - it needs to be balanced, responsive and fast but also should be reasonably composed, calm and comfortable enough to live with day to day.
The older I get, the more I realise the influence some small things had on my life. For instance, I once had a Hillman Avenger estate. I've had bad cars in my time, but this only came second to the Triumph 1300 that seized up three weeks after buying it. Yet the Avenger was to cost me more because it had an unquenchable thirst and a remarkable ability to break down when I most needed it.
A few weeks ago, looking forward to the day the clocks were going back, wasn't likely to be the most auspicious time to test a convertible. In fact I was on the point of changing the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet to something a bit more ordinary for the Bank...
Some weeks, when I'm driving one of today's smarter-looking cars, I wish I had its equivalent predecessor when I was young and carefree - rather than having to impose on the cousins or coax our Wanderly Wagon Morris Minor to get to dances.
The Kia Niro is a crossover/SUV that just happens to be a hybrid. And that means you have a choice, or a dilemma, depending on whether you are of a glass,half-empty, or half-full, disposition.
Irish buyers love saloon cars, we always have and despite the buoyant SUV and crossover market, more than one in every five cars we bought this year was a saloon.
This week's car prompted not one, but two clichés: "Beauty lies in the eye of the beholder", and "Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery".
It's showtime at Citroen. The company is going nationwide with a dealership roadshow of the latest models and upgrades for the 2017 sales season.
The life cycle of car models is certainly getting shorter. A newly enhanced Mazda3 has just been launched a mere two years after its previous major makeover. Irish buyers may be moving in the direction of smaller crossovers and compact SUVs but the Mazda3 remains a...
I may or may not have made a little bit of history. To a large extent that is a sideshow. The truly important thing is that I was behind the wheel of a car that, mostly, drove itself for 125km on Irish roads.
It is barely on the road and already the Seat Ateca SUV crossover has been nominated as a World Car of the Year 2017 contender. And it has received 5-star reviews and awards from two top British motoring magazines.
I remember we had a little Honda 50 motorbike when we were young that was so easy on fuel, we used to say it would go on the sniff of petrol fumes. And given the sparse resources we had at our disposal, it often did.
1: The Paris motor show opened its doors to the press on Thursday with some of big name brands including Ford, Volvo and Mazda notably absent. Luxury brands Bentley, Rolls Royce, Lamborghini and Aston Martin also skipped the show.
Suzuki is pushing the brand with new and updated models on the way but the key to unlocking wallets on the forecourts in the future will be the high-end technology built into its offerings. The Baleno hatchback was a revelation with a one-litre three cylinder petrol engine comparable in performance to a 1.8 litre unit of yesteryear and in-built technology that one would expect in cars at a much higher price level.
I started to write this in a car park near Dublin airport as the rain poured down. I'd just come in from sunny Manchester (yes, sunny) and was waiting for my daughter to arrive back from Prague. Yet again, I had been looking forward to both of us enjoying a drive south with...
THESE are the first pictures and details of Land Rover’s brand new Discovery large SUV – just unveiled in Paris ahead of the international motor show.
The popularity of electric vehicles is growing all the time, but sales in Ireland are still tiny when compared to those for conventional cars. So far this year only 361 have been sold, representing a mere 0.26pc of the total new cars bought.
X marks a new departure for Opel. In future the 'X' badge will be carried on all SUV and crossover models in the family.
It's all about numbers with this week's car. Numbers can change opinions and alter viewpoints. Which is why I wanted to see how a new little 1-litre petrol engine in the Skoda Octavia would fare in our 'mad-about-diesel' culture.
A pioneer of the compact MPV, the Renault Scenic was one of the game changers in the motoring world and redefined the family car.
The vultures might be circling but Campbell Spray would almost be happy to settle for a Suzuki Baleno
MERCEDES have gone to a lot of trouble to make sure their new E-Class estate doesn't suffer from that 'slab-sided' look that has dogged many a good car over the years.
It was a relief, in a way, to get away from crossovers and SUVs and diesels for one week. How nice to be able to drive with a sweet petrol engine under the bonnet of a BMW people carrier.
International car launches can be a mixed bag. Some are funky, some fun and some just downright boring.
Judging by recent reviews here, you'd be forgiven for thinking I was on some sort of low-price rampage. I'd prefer to think of it as being more about proper value for money.
Kia is planning to broaden the brand appeal with a number of new launches and facelifts for some existing offerings.
Driving the latest version of the Hyundai Santa Fe you could not but be struck by the quality of the seven-seater SUV and it is easy to see why the company has soared to first place in the sales table this year.
We all have our prejudices. Whether we like to admit to them or not is another thing. It is reasonable to assume, I think, that many people feel Ford, for example, should stick to what they do and have been doing for years: producing mass-market cars such as the Fiesta, Focus and Mondeo with a few high-performance RS and iconic models such as the Mustang adding a bit of spice to their line-ups.
Worrying talk in recent days speculates that budget cuts in the USC could lead to higher taxes. One option, apparently, is to increase the price of petrol and diesel by 18pc, with a VAT increase of 2pc.
One of the dangers - and there are many - of people taking a car on Personal Contract Plans (PCPs) is that price becomes almost secondary. It can be more a matter of how much your new car costs every month and if you can afford the level of repayments. Beware.
The Citroen SpaceTourer is not simply a large car, it is an enormous people carrier capable of ferrying up to nine adults and their luggage. While there are few of us who actually need that number of seats, this spatial overdose of flexible seating, side-sliding doors and a decent...
I don't like the way our acceptance levels on prices have risen these past 18 months or so. Just because there is a so-called turnaround - ask people from around the country about that - it doesn't mean we start paying through the nose for things again. And don't mention insurance.
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