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The British Open tees off in style with Mercedes concept car

Reigning Open champion, Henrik Stenson, caused quite a stir this week when he rolled up to the opening of the 2017 British Open in the Mercedes F 015 concept car. The German automakers sponsor the event and used the opportunity to show off their “Luxury in Motion” vehicle of the future. Image from: The Open Facebook Page Returning last year’s trophy for the opening ceremony, Stenson arrived at Birkdale in the electric hybrid vehicle that Mercedes claim will be able to achieve a

Drink drivers to receive 3-month ban instead of penalty points

The Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill 2017 has been approved by the cabinet and will take effect in the coming months. The Irish Minister for Transport, Shane Ross, welcomed the decision as a necessary step to deter drink driving. Speaking today, Minister Ross said, “I am pleased that this important piece of legislation has been approved by Cabinet.  This Bill proposes that instead of three penalty points, drink drivers will receive a three-month disqualification. The current limit is no

France will ban all petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040

France’s environmental minister, Nicolas Hulot, announced yesterday that the country plans to ban all diesel and petrol vehicles by 2040. These plans are part of a broader agenda to make France carbon neutral by 2050. Newly elected president Emmanuel Macron has also declared that France would stop burning coal as an energy source for electricity by 2022. These promises are in conjunction with the commitments made by France under the Paris Agreement. Last year, Car Buyers Guide reported tha

Every Volvo launched from 2019 to have electric motor

Volvo to say goodbye to internal combustion engines while the focus moves to electrification

Volvo has been making it clear for some time now that electrification is a serious goal of their's for the future. They solidified this goal today by announcing that every Volvo car that they launch from 2019 will have an electric motor - this they say will mark the "historic end of cars that only have an internal combustion engine (ICE) and placing electrification at the core of its future business." &l

1 in 10 cars that need breakdown assistance have no NCT

A study carried out by Allianz Insurance has revealed that one in ten (832) cars requiring breakdown assistance have expired NCT certificates; while 5% (325) had no certificate at all. Of the 7,042 cars that were given roadside repairs by Allianz, 97% needed to complete an NCT. Meaning that most of these drivers were aware of their vehicle's shortcomings before taking them out onto the road. In 2016, more than half (51.6%) of vehicles failed the NCT, with car tyres being the most common cause f

Garda Issue statement warning drivers over motor insurance scam

An Garda Síochána has released information warning motorists of an insurance scam known as “Ghost Broking”. This insurance fraud involves scammers passing off fake insurance policies to unsuspecting motorists looking for a deal on their car insurance. The alarming increase in motor insurance costs in recent years has given the opportunity to conmen seeking to exploit desperate car owners looking to save money on their premiums. You can read the statement below: Ghost B

SIMI Report: Car registrations for June down 14%

A report by the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) has shown that new car registrations for the month of June are down 14%, compared to June 2016. New car registrations for the year are also down 10% (91,189) on the same period last year (101,327). The top 5 selling brands so far this year are; Volkswagen, Toyota, Hyundai, Ford and Nissan. The bestselling models in 2017 are; the Hyundai Tucson, Nissan Qashqai, Skoda Octavia, Volkswagen Golf, and Ford Focus. Commenting on the figures SI

SEAT Ibiza official Irish Launch

Car Buyers Guide attended the official Irish launch of the new Seat Ibiza in Dublin this week. Last month, Daragh and Tim from the team ventured off to sunny Barcelona for the international launch of the Seat Ibiza. It will be available in a choice of a 1.0 MPI petrol engine and 1.0TSI and 1.5 TSI engines across 75hp, 95hp, 115hp and 150hp. In terms of diesel engines, the Ibiza will be available in 1.6TDI 80hp and 95hp arriving later this year. The all-new SEAT Ibiza is available in four

Skoda Academy students design electric buggy – SKODA ELEMENT

Skoda students spend 1,500 hours developing electric buggy to highlight the future of e-mobility

Every year, students from the Skoda Academy build and design a car. This year, they give us the "SKODA ELEMENT".1,500 hours went into the design and creation of this concept car. The electric buggy was created by 22 of 900 Skoda Vocational School students and their focus was e-mobility. The Skoda Element is based on the Skoda Citigo and this beach buggy, which has no roof, no doors and only two seats,

Amazon plan to sell cars in Europe

Internet retail giant Amazon is developing plans to enter the automotive industry by selling cars in Europe via their website. Amazon has recently hired Christoph Moeller, former auto industry specialist for advisory firm Oliver Wyman, to lead the e-commerce company into their newest venture. Multiple publications have reported that Amazon plan to use the U.K as the pilot market for this business, with Luxembourg being the base of operations. They are already well established in the automotive p