The latest motoring news and car reviews from the Irish Farmers Journal

Ford revamps for an attractive Transit Custom
Michael Moroney
Ford’s best-selling van range the Transit Custom has been upgraded with a new design along with engine power performance changes and some improved performance features.
BYD broadens electric car range
22 May 2024 Motors
BYD broadens electric car range
Ireland’s newest all-electric car brand, the Chinese-built BYD range, has two new models and is making impressive inroads into the market, based on range and value. Michael Moroney reports.
Renault blends new hybrid system smoothly in Arkana refresh
8 May 2024 Motors
Renault blends new hybrid system smoothly in Arkana refresh
Four years after Renault first launched the Arkana SUV, it has refreshed the mid-size model and given it a full hybrid drive treatment with ambitions to deliver diesel-like economy.
Toyota enters the BEV market with competitive bZ4X
Toyota’s first full battery electric car (BEV), called the bZ4X, has a name that’s either easy to forget or hard to remember.
24 April 2024 Motors
Opel’s Astra delivers diesel economy in Sports Tourer
To say that he liked the new Opel Astra Sports Tourer would be an understatement. For Michael Moroney, it was a welcome return to economical and open range diesel driving.
10 April 2024 Motors
ICE age is still part of the van future
The Stellantis Group, which owns the Citroën, Fiat, Opel, and Peugeot van brands, recently unveiled new battery electric vans. The subtext was that internal combustion engines are not going away.
27 March 2024 Motors
A Hyundai tale of two Kona SUVs
With the increased supply of electric cars, there are now more options available in the new Hyundai Kona that was launched towards the end of 2023. The Kona range has doubled with eight electric cars.
13 March 2024 Motors
Grenadier 4x4 excels in the rough
The new Ineos Grenadier has true off-road pedigree based on the passion and belief of the owner, British billionaire Jim Ratcliffe, so not surprisingly it’s truly at home in the mud.
28 February 2024 Motors
Kia’s big EV9 sparks some statement
You’ll definitely notice the new Kia EV9 when you see it on the road. The big all-electric SUV is Kia’s statement of intent that it aims to be a leader on the electric car market.
14 February 2024 Motors
Amarok moves Volkswagen to a higher comfort zone
More recently, Michael Moroney has got acquainted and comfortable with the German brand workhorse, that owes much of its new pedigree to the success of the Ford’s very popular Ranger 4x4 pickup.
3 January 2024 Motors
What diesel car choices are left in Ireland?
With so much publicity around the growth in the sales of new electric cars, this week we look at what diesel engine car choices are left for Irish new car buyers.
20 December 2023 Motors
BYD delivers a new electric car challenge
Electric car sales are increasing at a significant pace, despite the slow rollout of more public charging points and the Chinese-built BYD Atto 3 is an attractive new option.
18 October 2023 Motors