CO2 Gas emissions 1 - Fuel Gauge with Diesel to zero

Greenhouse gas emissions – Falling diesel sales make for higher carbon emissions

Posted by Michael Rochford on 24 April 2019 in Electric Cars | Comments Off

Greenhouse gas emissions from cars are rising across Europe & that could spell restrictions on car sales, or the choice of cars available.

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RENAULT KADJAR 1 Red model front and side view

Motorcheck Used Car Guide: Renault Kadjar

Posted by Michael Rochford on 10 April 2019 in Used Cars | Comments Off

Space is good, and somehow the Renault Kadjar manages to feel more spacious than the Qashqai in a subjective sense but is not in fact bigger.

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EU court ruling could render most diesel car sales illegal next year

Posted by Michael Rochford on 27 March 2019 in News | Comments Off

If diesel car makers can demonstrate that the latest tech can make their engines cleaner then they can continue to sip from the black pump.

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Winter Electric car 1 i PACE Winter testing front and side view

Cold weather can cut electric car range almost in half

Posted by Michael Rochford on 6 March 2019 in Electric Cars | Comments Off

Car makers still have some educating to do as 1 in 4 listed fear of the unknown as their main reason for not buying an electric car or hybrid

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Used imports 1 Motorpoint dealership with cars on display

Used Imports: UK car industry turmoil means bad news for Irish dealers

Posted by Michael Rochford on 19 February 2019 in Used Cars | Comments Off

Cheaper used diesels in the UK means a likelihood of more imported used imports & reductions in the sale of new diesel cars here in 2018.

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Kia Optima 1 Blue front and side view outdoors

Motorcheck Used Car Guide: Kia Optima

Posted by Michael Rochford on 5 February 2019 in Used Cars | Comments Off

The Kia Optima was Kia’s 1st entry into the 4-door family saloon sector, arriving with sexy styling & large interior space & great comfort.

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Should we ban Used Car imports from the UK?

Posted by Michael Rochford on 22 January 2019 in Importing from the UK, News | Comments Off

Motorcheck examines how the prospect of banning Used Car imports from the UK might affect the market.

Well, should we? Some interesting, ‘terrifying’ if you’re looking at them from a certain perspective, figures came out of 2018. 120,000 new cars were sold, a 4.4 per cent decline on the sales of 2017 (which were themselves down on 2016). It’s not a terrible figure, perhaps. Given that the Irish car market collapsed to fewer than half that number in the dark days of the recession, it’s actually not half bad, not least because a majority of those cars are of higher value than they would have been a decade ago

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Volvo V60 1 Front and side view in a park

Motorcheck Used Car Guide: Volvo V60

Posted by Michael Rochford on 8 January 2019 in Used Cars | Comments Off

    Years built: 2011 to 2018   Bodystyles: Sports estate (and a saloon too, but that was the S60)       What is it?   Volvo’s mid-size estate was a big step up from the old V40 estate when it first arrived in 2011. Sleeker, sexier, and safer it made thoroughly good use...

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Should we copy the UK, and let learner drivers learn on motorways?

Posted by Michael Rochford on 28 December 2018 in Road Safety | Comments Off

In the UK learner drivers can be given lessons in motorway driving, accompanied by a qualified instructor who are in a dual-control vehicle.

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Electric car 1 RAV 4EV electric badge

Cautious welcome for electric car charging investment

Posted by Michael Rochford on 13 December 2018 in Electric Cars | Comments Off

Government’s stated strategy is to to put 500,000 Electric cars on Irish roads & achieve a ban on new sales of non battery powered by 2030.

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