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# Motoring

Last year
2022
# national car test
Revealed: The makes, models and test centres with the highest (and lowest) NCT pass rates
Three of the top four cars are SUVs.
All time
# Motoring
Irish car buyers shopping abroad as figures show drop in number of new vehicles taxed during 2018
It has been suggested that drivers are buying from the UK on the back of a strong Euro.
# Drive On
Car hunters driven abroad as Ireland sees record number of used vehicle imports during 2018
Statistics from the Society of the Irish Motor Industry show that 100,755 used cars were imported last year.
# Oil be damned
The price of petrol and diesel has gone up again
And it’s more expensive in Dublin.
Voices
New year, new car? Here's what you should consider before you buy
Some timely advice from The AA’s Barry Aldworth for those considering a move to a ’181-’ reg plate.
# buying advice
Going continental: 4 French and Italian motors that are surprisingly reliable
The brands ditching the ‘style over substance’ stereotype.
# Age Friendly
New 'age friendly' parking spots are popping up around Cork
The initiative wants motorists to leave the spaces free for older people.
# roads to remember
My Favourite Drive: Leah Cullen on the rewarding road to Dublin's Strawberry Beds
‘As an instructor, it’s nice to show my students that driving doesn’t always have to be stressful.’
# roads to remember
My Favourite Drive: Geoff Walker on braving French rainstorms in a car with no roof
‘We soon figured out that the only way to stay dry was to avoid stopping.’
# Motoring
Metro North, expanded Dart and a Cork-Limerick motorway 'need to be delivered'
Engineers want a body to be established in order to support the new 10-year capital spending plan.
# roads to remember
My Favourite Drive: Race driver Sean Doyle on hitting top speeds in the Austrian Alps
Last summer, race driver Sean was selected for the only Irish team at the European Le Mans Series.
# roads to remember
My Favourite Drive: Chris Pratt on racing past Cavan's lakes with his two boys
‘You feel as if the world has just gone numb for a minute’
# roads to remember
My Favourite Drive: Colin Delaney on exploring Wicklow with a car full of kids
There’s nothing like the promise of an ice-cream later to keep three kids happy in the back.
# picnic spots
5 picnic spots around Ireland to seek out by car this summer
From a West Cork forest hideout to Ireland’s only fjord.
# Motoring
All Blacks warm up for the Lions with imposing 12-try demolition of Samoa
Steve Hansen’s men were in sensational attacking form at Eden Park.
# all the facts
FactFind: Is Shane Ross right to say his drink-driving bill could save 35 lives?
We take a closer look at the facts surrounding the Minister for Transport’s controversial proposals.
# driving them mad
Elderly Japanese people to be given cheaper funerals if they give up driving
Nearly 5 million people aged 75 or older hold a licence in Japan.
Open thread: What's the best bit of car advice you've ever been given?
Share your wisdom.
# sponsored by ford
QUIZ: How Much of a Car Expert Are You?
Vroom vroom – let’s find out.
# sponsored by mini
WIN: A weekend surf adventure for two - and a brand-new MINI Countryman for the drive
We’re giving you a free trip, surf lessons – and the lend of a new MINI Countryman to get there and back.
# fresh car smell
The cost of buying a car has gone down, but fewer new ones were sold last month
The cost of fuel and insurance have increased, however.
# Lock Hard
A new app wants to help you find car parking space in Dublin
The app also maps your route to the parking space.
# going underground
Dublin's Port Tunnel is getting a new system to catch people speeding
The cameras calculate car speed based on how long it takes motorists to get through the tunnel.
# trading up
2016 was the biggest year for new cars since the recession, but which maker sold the most?
Last year saw more new cars sold than any year since 2008.
# sponsored by donedeal
QUIZ: What Car Type Best Suits Your Personality?
Beep beep. Buckle up and let’s find out.
# The Grand Tour
'More power': Clarkson's new show is bigger, louder and loved by viewers
The first episode began with a reference to Clarkson’s controversial BBC departure, which sparked the beginning of this show.
# sponsored by eflow
QUIZ: How Good A Driver Are You, Really?
Strap in. We’re going to tell you.
# Citroen Cxperience Concept
Citroen channels its much-loved CX for new concept car
Citroën will showcase this innovative plug-in hybrid concept car at the 2016 Paris Motor Show.
# Mercedes-AMG
Mercedes-AMG previews its GLC 43 4Matic Coupé
AMG shows off its 367hp version of the GLC Coupe.
# skoda kodiaq
Skoda launches its first seven-seat SUV: the Kodiaq
The Kodiaq is “a pioneer for the brand”.
# ultimate playlist
The Ultimate Driving Home From Work Playlist
Freedom at last!
# sponsored by kbc
QUIZ: Can We Guess What Kind of Car You Drive?
Beep beep. Let’s find out.
# rock n road
Tunes to Take You to a Happy Place
The school run is back on and we’re going to get you there in a cheerful fashion.
# sell your car
Selling your car? Here's how to get started
Follow our tips to get your car ready for sale and increase its value.
# rock n road
Tunes to Get You Pumped
Inspired by Analise Murphy and the O’Donovan Brothers to get moving? Here’s a soundtrack to kickstart the motivation.
# rock n road
Your Pacific Highway Road Trip Playlist
If you can’t travel Highway 1 with the top down this summer, listen and live it.
# reader routes
My Best Road Trip: A wet and wild adventure to Angkor Wat
This week’s best road trip sees Liam and Victoria Casey tackle Cambodia in a tuk-tuk during monsoon season.
# sp-oil yourself
Motor oil decoded: How to choose the right oil for your vehicle
Confused when it comes to buying engine oil? We’ve got oil (!) you need to know.
# rock n road
The Ultimate GAA Season Soundtrack
If you’re up for the match, you’re up for our GAA-inspired driving playlist.
# reader routes
My Best Road Trip: An American adventure of life and death
This week’s best road trip sees Scout Mitchell travel from Duke City to Duck Nation with her fish Cecilia.