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Hyundai Ioniq 6 is a sleek EV saloon.

Ioniq 6 is a Sleek Cruiser

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Hyundai’s Ioniq 6 EV must be one of the most strikingly designed saloons to hit the market for some time. Its looks tend to polarise opinions but I have to say I like the sleek lines that mark it...
BYD Atto 3

BYD Atto 3 – the car you’ve never heard of

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BYD cheerfully admit they’re the car brand you never heard of but if that’s the case, they’re also one of the biggest car battery brands you’ve never heard of either. BYD, or Build Your Dreams, are primarily a battery company,...
The new BMW i5 eDrive40 in Portugal.

New BMW i5 EV majors on technology

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A new BMW 5 Series is always a big event and with this eighth generation, there’s an even bigger change, with the move to an electric i5 and a strong emphasis on technology. Along with the standard 5 Series, which...
The new Kona from Hyundai is bigger than before.

All New Kona Bigger Than Before

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Hyundai have launched the second generation of their Kona mid-size SUV and it’s in dealers now around the country. While the styling takes on elements of the bigger Tucson, particularly at the front, it’s clear to see that the new...
The Renault Mégane E-Tech has been designed from the ground up as an EV.

Renault Mégane goes Electric

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Renault have lots of experience with EVs at this stage with their Zoe supermini and they can also call on technology from their partners, Nissan, who were first out of the blocks with an electric car for the masses. You’d...
Volkswagen's Amarok pickup is now in its second generation.

Second Generation Amarok Launched

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Volkswagen have launched their second generation Amarok pickup, which again comes with a choice of either 2.0 litre TDI or 3.0 litre V6 engines. The first generation model, introduced in 2010, has seen 830,000 sold worldwide, with the V6 engined...
Peugeot 408

Peugeot 408 Irish Launch

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Peugeot held the Irish launch of their new 408 in Cashel recently and the car is now available to order. The 408 is a fastback design with its five door body based on a lengthened 308. I Think the 308...
The new Kia Sportage comes with a plug in hybrid variant.

An Eco Sportage

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I wrote about the Kia Niro PHEV a few weeks ago and here is its bigger brother, the Sportage, also a plugin hybrid variant. Like the Niro, it’s also available with more conventional petrol and diesel power so there’s a...
Kia's Niro comes with PHEV, EV and hybrid options.

Niro with a Plug

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Kia recently gave their Niro a major update and in actual fact it looks like a brand new car. Sleeker lines and a much more modern front end, inspired by the larger Sportage are the main takeouts but there’s a...
Volvo XC40 Recharge Twin.

XC40 – an electric Volvo

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When I picked up the Volvo XC40 Recharge from Dublin, it only had 40% charge. No bother – I’d just stop at Junction 14 for a quick top-up on the way down while I enjoyed a coffee and job...
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