Wednesday 24 April 2019

Motoring in-briefs: 'I saw parents leaving their young boy alone in their car'

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Merc C-Class
Merc C-Class
Eddie Cunningham

Eddie Cunningham

I didn't think it would happen, but it did. The parents (I presumed them to be) left a six or seven-year-old boy alone in the car. "We'll be back in a minute." They were five. The child never moved. I waited for the alarm or something to go off because of his presence, but not a tweet. They came back gushing with "good boy" and sweet things and a happy family slipped out of the car park. Nothing happened. Thank God.

* My daughter phoned a fairly well-known garage in Dublin to get something done with her car and rang me immediately in surprise and shock at what they told her. They only deal with German cars. No, it is not, repeat not, a main dealership that sells a German brand. What a way to turn people off. They were so snobbish they wouldn't even refer her to one that didn't turn up its nose at non-German cars.

* I don't want to be accused of getting in a sneaky plug (but I will be anyway because I am). It's just I was so overwhelmed to see so many people from the motor industry at the launch of my collection of short stories (Letters in the Sky and Other Stories) that this is the best platform to extend my thanks.

Many, many thanks to all who made such a huge effort. And thanks also to the staff at the Citywest Hotel. Wonderful evening.

* Ford is extending production of its GT for two years such has been the demand (seven potential buyers for every car).

I understand a "small number" have been bought in Ireland, by the way.

The company now plans on producing around 1,350 of the supercars.

The Ford GT application window is to re-open for one month from November 1.

Ford previously announced a run of just 1,000 vehicles over four years.

The GT has a twin turbocharged, 3.5-litre EcoBoost V6 engine, carbon fibre architecture, active aerodynamics and a 347kmh top speed.

A company spokesperson told Motors: "A small number of 2018 GT models have been purchased and delivered to owners in Ireland."

* The revised Mercedes C-Class (pictured) has just arrived in showrooms.

There are external design changes, the latest engines and a restyled interior, as well as upgraded multimedia and infotainment layout.

It comes as a saloon, estate, coupé and cabriolet with two styles and equipment lines (Avantgarde and AMG). Prices begin from €37,710.

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