Audi launches the new A8

The Audi A8 was one of the first cars I ever reviewed, and took my breath away. Fabulously comfortable, quick off the mark, bristling with technology and boasting sleek good looks, I’ve never forgotten the A8’s ability to experience hyperspace in comfortable surroundings, like a classier version of the Millenium Falcon (sorry Han, she’s still got it where it counts).

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Introducing Project Giorgio

On a recent sunny Sunday in the Powerscourt Hotel, the car park was full – as you might expect – of varying Mercedes, BMW, Audis and Range Rovers. In the midst of them all and stealing most of the admiring looks was the new Alfa Romeo Giulia.

Developed under the Giorgio platform, bringing the rear-wheel drive Giulia to life was something of a daunting task for Alfa – taking an entirely new platform from concept to tarmac within a timeline of three years as part of the brand’s expensive relaunch plans. But the result is quite stunning, visually speaking, a sporty five-door saloon that combines Alfa’s rich heritage with the driving experience you expect. There’s no denying that they’ve created a head-turning beast.

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Bag a reasonably priced Kia

Fancy owning the world’s most recognisable reasonably-priced car?

Top Gear’s famous Kia Cee’d, which carted a host of well-known faces, from Tom Cruise to Simon Pegg, around the Top Gear test track between 2010 and 2013, has been put up for sale on Auto Trader. After its stint on Top Gear came to an end it was returned to Kia for use as a promotional vehicle, before winding up in the hands of a private owner, who’s cashing in on its fame.

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VW Arteon launches in Ireland

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The Volkswagen Arteon has just gone on sale in Ireland, priced at €43,295. Volkswagen’s CC replacement, the Arteon slots in just above the Passat, a five-seater fastback that combines plenty of space with sporty driving dynamics and looks.

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Volkswagen’s talking cars

Volkswagen pWLAN

Before the decade is out, cars will be able to talk to each other while out and about. Not like in Pixar’s Cars, but using a new technology known as pWLAN, developed by Volkswagen. Due to be fitted to the first models in 2019, pWLAN will allow for the exchange of information between cars and transport infrastructure (like traffic lights) within a 500m range, such as current traffic and accidents.

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