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Same-same, but different

The Ford Mondeo has been around for almost 30 years and now the American marque has given the stalwart family saloon a contemporary hybrid engine to appeal to the surge in customer demand for electrically assisted cars Though late to the game, Ford’s Mondeo Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV) estate offers an alternative for a motorist…

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Future focused

Morgan Flanagan Creagh talks to Mike Keane, Chief Engineer at Electrifi, about their future-focused solution n a change to the usual schedule, this month I wanted to explore a future-focused solution for doctors and other astute Medical Independent readers with classic cars, or a lust for one. So, I reached out to Mike Keane, the…

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A Mustang fit for a McQueen

Channel your inner Steve McQueen with the Mustang Bullitt In 1968 Lieutenant Frank Bullitt, played by Steve McQueen, famously hurtled through the mean streets of San Francisco, hot on the heels of a dastardly, black Dodge Charger in the blockbuster film Bullitt. After the movie, the Mustang GT Fastback reached superstardom and Ford are now…

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Top of the Pops

Morgan Flanagan Creagh finds the Nissan Qashqai a decently-priced, well-built, family-friendly car The Nissan Qashqai has been wallowing happily at the top of the crossover segment in Ireland for more than 10 years, during which time they have flogged a car to what feels like everyone in the country. It’s only when you drive a…

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Safe and practical

Morgan Flanagan Creagh reviews Renault’s Mégane Grand Coupé Renault’s Mégane Grand Coupé is a very well-priced and, if you select the right extras, well-equipped family saloon. This Mégane is a fine car, but it is not a coupé, nor is it grand; it is a saloon, or sedan if you’re that way inclined. It is…

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Simply the best

Morgan Flanagan Creagh reviews the Mazda MX-5 and test-drives a special, exclusive edition that does everything it is required to do — aside from being practical I finished off summer 2019 with a back-to-back blast of automotive sunshine, starting with the Megáne RS and ending in the Mazda MX-5. Two fantastic cars, both aesthetically show-stopping…

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Rebel rebel

Renault’s full-fat RS Trophy is the toughest thug in town The ‘hot-hatch’ segment is a pretty rough neighbourhood, with big names like Focus RS, Civic Type R and Golf GTI lurking menacingly on the tyre-scorched, dimly-lit street corners. The Mégane RS is an iconic ‘hot’ hatchback from Renault, which has been in production since its…

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Soul of motion

Mazda’s Premium CX-5 explores the concept of ‘car and driver as one’ The crossover SUV segment is the car sales equivalent of the Somme, where marques battle it out to take their place on the lucrative, family SUV hierarchy, which currently sees the Hyundai Tucson and Nissan Qashqai head and shoulders above the rest. With…

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A step up the ladder

The Skoda Scala offers an impressive package and is sure to be popular It’s been an odd year so far. Car sales are down, yet the number of imports from the UK is supposed to outstrip the new car sales in Ireland for the first time ever. Is this a case of panic buying before…

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Reputation reboot

The Ford Fiesta ST3 is one of the best ‘bang-for-buck’ cars on the market The Ford Fiesta has grown up to be an understated hot-hatch that doesn’t shout about it, unlike some of its contemporaries. I’m looking at you, Honda and Mini. As can be expected, it is sportier and better-looking than the standard Mk7…

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