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The Hybrid BMW Conundrum

I fell in love with BMW’s 330e last year after my road test for the Medical Independent. So you will understand my excitement when I found out that I was to be given the keys to the new 530e. BMW’s flagship executive saloon, the 5-Series, is considered the cream of the crop by many, while…

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Electric love – e-bikes

Dr Alan Moran looks at the increasingly popular world of e-bikes About four years ago I wrote an article on e-bikes that made me a big fish in a small pond. Normally I write about cars (did I tell anyone I love cars?) and have been doing so for over 20 years. But I decided…

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Facelift for the new MINI on its 20th anniversary

The new Mini has been around for 20 years now. Doesn’t that just make you feel ancient? Maturing years aside, the retro-styled supermini has sold very well over the past two decades, so it comes as no surprise that another facelift has been organised. “With the current model revision, the MINI has reached a level…

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Forever in electric dreams with the ID.4

Dr Alan Moran reviews VW’s new all-electric SUV offering For many years, saloon cars have dominated the car market. Whether it is the VW Beetle, Golf, Ford Escort, Focus or otherwise, it is generally a saloon or more recently (in the grand scheme of things) the hatchback. Golf was VW’s bestseller, but now the Tiguan,…

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Mercedes Benz’s new sprightly seven-seater

The new GLB crossover SUV from Mercedes Benz looks like the lovechild of an A-Class hatchback and that posterboy for rugged luxury, the G-Wagon. It’s a crossover SUV with a little more to offer than its rivals in the seating department, as it comes with a seven-seat option. That’s right boys and girls, a seven-seater…

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The Swiss army knife of cars

Renault’s versatile Megane range gets a new look for 2021 Renault’s Megane, as a car, reminds me of the Swiss army knife stand you would see at any jewellers. The range varies from a blade and a corkscrew, through a broad range of options and iterations, until you get all the way to the top…

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The GMA T50 – the hypercar everyone in the industry is talking about

Gordon Murray’s new offering promises to be the next big thing It’s rare to ask a doctor how to make money, or what is a safe investment for your money. There’s enough of us in NAMA to know we’re not the best at investments. It’s funny, but it is an occasional question I’m asked, purely…

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Another hit track from Volvo

I don’t usually love crossover SUVs because they sometimes feel like cars that don’t know exactly what they are. They’re very popular and perhaps I’m just being an automotive hipster, but it saddens me that these miniature SUVs are killing the tried and trusted fourdoor saloon. But that’s my problem. This month’s car, the Volvo’s…

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The BMW you have dreamed about becomes reality

What if I told you that you could have it all? Your cake and eat it too. A four-door, family car that looks fresh and sporty; that’s a plug-in hybrid; that produces almost 300hp; that handles like a sporty coupe and all for (potentially) less than €50,000? Oh, and did I mention it’s a BMW?…

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A smart, electric offering from Volkswagen

If you were living off the planet you have probably never heard of Covid-19 or the Volkswagen (VW) ID3. Maybe I’m exaggerating a little; one isn’t very welcome, but the other certainly is. Why 3? Because the first was the VW Beetle (total sales 23 million), the second was the Golf (total sales 35 million),…

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