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OK KOMPRESSOR – SONG AND DANCE ROUTINE

On Irish roads now, the Mercedes A-Class remix is entirely satisfactory

Hatch and Mercedes are in the same sentence again, except this time plaudits are singing praise. Where as the last A-Class felt more like an attempt to shore-up a lagging sector for the Daimlers (a bit like those old ad-hoc MPV Vitos, maybe?), this latest version dances to an entirely different tune. For now, just the two on-cue 1.5 litre diesel and 1.3 petrol engines, with a 2.0 performance version on the way. But they are a

A1 – TOP OF THE CLASS?

A totally reworked Audi A1 arrives in Ireland towards the end of 2018 – rivals will take note

When we say “reworked” here at CBG HQ – realise that we are not referring to the insanely brutal one-off  496bhp ‘clubsport quattro’ version of the new Audi A1 (gulp…)! Rather variants released to the “gen-pop”, as it were. So and as one would expect from any entrants to this increasingly competitive segment of the market, it is a reasonably imp

LUST FOR LEXUS: THE NEW LC500h

No doubt about it – this luxury “GT” is beauty; and a bit of beast:

Soon, people will be rubbernecking this machine – it IS one of the most beautiful things ever seen on Irish roads. First up in Eire will be the 3.5 litre petrol header, allied to a battery-powered drive. When you press the ‘’on’’ button it starts in electric mode! The 300bhp V6 only kicks in when you demand more than 1500rpm at any one time. In fact on the motorway the hybrid will h

GOLD LEAF IS NEW STANDARD

They electrified us once before (with the 280ZX!); but this new e-Leaf is shockingly “i-smart”:

One could be forgiven for looking down at the old Nissan Leaf – slightly dowdy with a possibly frumpy owner, off to walk the dog or lose the ‘’vehicle’’ in the local shopping mall car park. This new electric Nissan Leaf, though, is an entirely diffident proposition to its predecessors: it would even lend Germaine Greer some street cred (as if she needs it)! Som

AFTER EIGHTS

After two decades under wraps, there’s a new BMW 8-series on the way.

So the Bavarian sculptors are at it again – with the welcome announcement of the imminent release of their brand animal, the new 8-series! By the manufacturer’s own admission (and, ahem, “standard perceptions”) the first models, while more-than-effective performance coupes, were also technological clotheshorses (a bit like the Mercedes S-Class?), almost an exercise in motoring Narcissus. The build

ARRIVAL: ALL-NEW SUVW TOUAREG

With the all-new Touareg, Volkswagen are spoiling us!

This is the new Sports Utility Volkswagen – a bit like the bionic man, here – it is longer, wider and when the 4.0 V8 turbodiesel and the 336bhp 3.0 petrol engine arrive (towards the end of 2018), it will be faster than its predecessor. Entry level prices are a snip at €66K – but the R-line model (with panoramic sunroof, 20” alloys and a sportier look) is the pick – despite parting you with well in excess of

BEEP BEEP!

This stunning concept 'Boxter' is Porsche’s celebration of their 70th birthday!! It is quite a motoring journey for one of the most famous manufacturers on the planet. Founded in 1948 in the aftermath of World War Two, their first production variants were essentially Volkswagens, hence the almost familiar "Herbie Goes To Montecarlo" love bug vibe, that has over the decades become the hallmark of the marque. The very first Porsche was the totally gorgeous and maybe legendary P356, with its

LANCIA DELTA, ALFA SUD OR FIAT 124?

Abarth might answer this eternal question. Grand designs?

Just LOOK at it - !! This is the Fiat 124 Abarth – an upgrade version of the ‘'as standard’’ Fiat 124. Or if you are in the know - maybe even a better alternative to its "sister’’ car, the Mazda MX5. It comes with the 1.4 litre Fiat MultiAir turbocharged power plant - tweaked to 168bhp - so it is slightly faster than the MX5 2.0 litre to 60mph (6.8 seconds). It also comes with its own soundtrack –

FLY ME TO THE MOON

This major Tesla shareholder is getting restless:

Sometimes-maligned electric car manufacturer Tesla have announced immediate plans to lay off 9% of their workforce – just over 4000 units, then. For some stock marketeers, it is a sign of what they have been saying all along – Elon Musk’s endeavours are pie in the sky. Indeed there was a brief tumble in the share price; although it stabilised not least because of Musk’s announcement 24hrs later that he was buying a further

LATEST PEUGEOTS WILL TURN HEADS

Magnifique sur le Peripherique - viva la difference, as Peugeot relaunch: 

The European Car of the Year 2018 is the Peugeot 3008. The Irish Car of the Year is the Peugeot 3008. In other words the French manufacturer’s entry into the fastest-growing segment in the EU market is an entirely competent machine. Also available is the 5008…now here at CBG HQ we actually think this is the better car - !! Both are jammed with technology – almost all the mod cons you can think of: p