RENAULT GROUP CELEBRATES BEST JULY IN THREE YEARS
Aug08

RENAULT GROUP CELEBRATES BEST JULY IN THREE YEARS

Renault Group celebrated its best July since the new registration plate launch three years ago, with Group volume up 18%, and is now at 10.2% market share. The Group came in on the podium at number three last month, and Renault LCV was the number two best-selling van range in the market. Dacia finished the month at 3.3% market share, in 11th position, ahead of established brands. Year to date Renault Group continues to perform well...

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Deal of the week 2012 BMW 520d 2.0
Jul26

Deal of the week 2012 BMW 520d 2.0

2012 BMW 520d 2.0   Full service just done 2 new tyres Full service history Efficient dynamics Very High  Spec, Auto stop/start -Keyless start Cream   Leather, Heated seats Sport automatic transmition Ambient lights Climate, Cruise control, Parking  Sensors  Front & Rear with screen display Xenon Headlights, Sun Protection Glass, Automatically Dimming, High Beam Assistant, Automatic Wipers, Bluetooth, Lovely Grey Metallic...

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Baleno is Suzuki’s new baby…
Jul18

Baleno is Suzuki’s new baby…

The luxurious Culloden Hotel in Hollywood, East Belfast was the venue Suzuki chose to launch their new car, the Baleno. Before any letters to the editor arrive, I know that Hollywood is officially in County Down and of course it’s the home place of golfer Rory McIlroy. A new car is often treated like a new baby. With a child, grandparents will try and find a link with the parents, e.g. he/she has its mother’s nose or its father’s red...

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DS5
Jul18

DS5

Citroen reintroduced the iconic DS name to its fleet a few years back. The DS range, which was originally launched at the Paris Motor Show in 1955, was brought back in 2010 when the DS3 was introduced. Then came the DS4, which was followed by the gorgeous DS5. Now the DS5 has got a makeover and Citroen are so proud of the range that they now talk about the DS as a separate entity. So is the brand with the Avant Garde styling strong...

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DS4
Jul18

DS4

Citroen introduced the iconic DS sub-brand over 60 years ago. Now the French manufacturer is keen to promote the DS as a separate entity from regular Citroen cars. It’s a difficult task for dealers, customers and sub-editors alike, but that’s the way they want it. The DS4, which has been described as ‘the spirit of avant garde,’ is very stylish. If you didn’t know it already, you would guess that it’s French. I drove the DS at the...

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Mercedes GLC
Jul08

Mercedes GLC

Call me old fashioned and I suppose I am, but I have always liked the three-pointed star in Mercedes cars. I realise the famous stars were the target of vandals who took pleasure in breaking them off, an act which was very costly for the owners as they had to replace them. No doubt that’s probably one of the reasons why Mercedes opted for their logo on the bonnet instead of the star, although I think with most vehicles in the Mercedes...

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Skoda Octavia RS230
Jul08

Skoda Octavia RS230

From a distance the Skoda Octavia RS 230 which I drove last week looked much the same as your regular Octavia. Externally the main difference is the spoiler at the back and the fancy alloys, but once you sit in you realise that this is a sporty version of one of the Skoda brand’s best seller.   In the past Skoda has described their RS as a ‘hot hatch for sensible people.’ But the Garda who stopped me last week for jumping away...

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Volkswagen Touran
Jul08

Volkswagen Touran

Some executives at Volkswagen’s head office obviously likes the letter ‘t’ as it has been used at least three times when choosing names for their cars. Last week I had the seven-seater Touran, there’s also the chunky Touareg, which I will have in a few weeks and the smaller Tiguan.   Colour makes such a difference when you are deciding on a new car and the Touran came in a very attractive Atlantic Blue colour. Of course you...

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