Tuesday 11 December 2018

Motor news by Eddie Cunningham

Kia Ceed
Kia Ceed
Skoda concept
Eddie Cunningham

Eddie Cunningham

We're losing the run of ourselves again.

I can't get over how so many drivers feel it's okay to park on a corner, clog up an entire pathway or happily commandeer two parking space by planting wheels firmly in each.

And don't get me started on how disabled parking slots are completely ignored.

I'm not coming over all sanctimonious, but I am regularly shocked at how slipshod and selfish we've become. We had more manners in the Depression.

* It's a great time of year for concepts, so here's hoping KIA stick with the look of their new Ceed concept (above) and Skoda bring on their urban motor (right).

The Ceed (no longer cee'd) hatchback will debut at Geneva alongside its estate (wagon) sibling.

It's scheduled to arrive here by late summer. There will also be a 'shooting brake' - to be revealed at Paris in the autumn but a 191-reg car.

* It's 30 years (January 26, 1988) since the FIAT Tipo made its first appearance.

Coinciding with the anniversary is the arrival of Fiat's latest Tipo, the S-Design hatchback. It is in showrooms now and costs from €22,995 for the 1.4 T-Jet 120hp petrol and €24,745 for the 1.6 M-Jet 120hp diesel. Here's to another 30 years.

* Last week's story outlining how incorrect tyre pressure could get you penalty points sparked a fair bit of reaction.

One email, in particular, caught my eye: "So if I drive slowly through a pothole, the tyre brushes against the side, drops pressure, I have seen it happen; checkpoint down the road, I get points. That is not fair."

* It's worth noting, I think, that new-hybrid car buying is up 75pc (by 1,600) to the end of January, with Toyota the largest beneficiary.

Remarkably, of the 4,393 models it sold to the end of January, 48pc were hybrid. That is a revolution of sorts. It has been quietly ticking over but looks like it's picking up a lot of pace this year.

Worldwide, the company sold 1.52 million electrified vehicles last year (hybrids, plug-ins etc) - that's three years ahead of their 2020 target.

What will drive your next car? Email ecunningham@independent.ie

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