• About Joanne Ahern

    Joanne is a Dublin-based journalist whose interest in new cars stems from a childhood of being let down by bangers. When not road testing motors she gets around in a Peugeot 307cc called Ben. Joanne loves chocolate and coffee and is not a fan of electric parking brakes.

    Ford opens new Silicon Valley research unit

    by  • January 26, 2015 • Motoring News, Technology

    2015 Ford Research and Innovation Center Palo Alto

    Ford aims to have one of the largest automotive manufacturer research facilities in Silicon Valley by the end of 2015 with the opening of its Research and Innovation Center in Palo Alto. While Ford opened its first office in Silicon Valley in 2012, this new facility aims to accelerate the development of ‘technologies and...

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    Spring launch for new Peugeot 308 GT

    by  • January 23, 2015 • Motoring News

    2015 Peugeot 308 GT exterior front right dynamic

    Peugeot is promising a ‘performance-oriented and dynamic drive with excellent body control’ in the new Peugeot 308 GT, which is due in Ireland in the spring. The new model joins the award winning Peugeot 308 and will be available in both hatchback and SW (estate) variants. Peugeot says that both models ‘offer assertive new...

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    Innovative Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV SUV no stick-in-the-mud

    by  • January 21, 2015 • Car Reviews, Test Drives

    2014 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV exterior front right static

    Who says a 4×4 SUV can’t be eco-friendly? Mitsubishi took that idea and totally shattered it with the Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-In Electric Hybrid (PHEV). From the outside, and on the inside too, the PHEV pretty much looks like a regular Outlander. Traditional but timidly curious drivers need not fear – Mitsubishi has not gone...

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    March date for new BMW 1 Series

    by  • January 20, 2015 • Motoring News

    2015 BMW 1 Series urban line exterior front left dynamic

    The new BMW 1 Series is expected to go on sale in Ireland at the end of March. Available in both three- and five-door models, the new generation boasts ‘interior and exterior design enhancements’, as well as an ‘increased level of standard specification’. BMW says the driver-focused cockpit in the new model is an...

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    Geneva launch for SsangYong Tivoli

    by  • January 15, 2015 • Motoring News

    2015 SsangYong Tivoli exterior front right static

    SsangYong has announced a new addition to its lineup. The SsangYong Tivoli compact SUV will be debuted at the Geneva Motor Show in March, and is expected in Ireland by the summer. The Korean car company says that the Tivoli ‘is a car that offers the fusion of great design and sensible practicality, as...

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    Stylish motoring in rugged Opel Insignia Country Tourer

    by  • January 14, 2015 • Car Reviews, Test Drives

    2014 Opel Insignia Country Tourer exterior front left static

    Car manufacturers are really upping their game when it comes to estate models and the Opel Insignia Country Tourer will give any of them a run for their money. And in wintry ice and snow conditions, its 4×4 capabilities will give you peace of mind. Long and rugged-looking, the Country Tourer is higher off...

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    New Ford GT supercar unveiled at Detroit

    by  • January 13, 2015 • Motoring News

    2015 Ford GT exterior front left static

    Ford has announced details of the new Ford GT supercar, which will be available in Ireland from next year. It says the new model ‘sets new standards for Ford innovation through performance with advances in light-weighting, aerodynamics and ultra-efficient EcoBoost engine’. The GT is powered by the most powerful EcoBoost production engine ever –...

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    New Volkswagen Passat arrives in Ireland

    by  • January 13, 2015 • Motoring News

    2015 Volkswagen Passat exterior front right static

    The new Volkswagen Passat is now available to buy in Ireland. Volkswagen says the eight-generation model boasts a brand new design, new technologies and new engines. It’s being offered in a choice of two petrol and three diesel engines, including the 1.4-litre 150 TSI petrol which uses Volkswagen’s Active Cylinder Technology. This promises ‘significant...

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