PARKING'S FINE: A "parking ticket Santa" brought Christmas spirit to motorists in Birmingham by paying their fines.

Shoppers who got parking tickets returned to their cars to find £30 (€45) in cash and a Christmas card from the mystery benefactor stuck under their penalty charge notices.

FOCUS ON FORD: A specially adapted Ford Focus is being shown at Ford dealers as part of a roadshow aimed at disabled drivers who require adaptions to their cars. The specially equipped Ford Focus 'assessment' vehicle, has €20,000 worth of disabled driver aids and technology. Disabled drivers benefit from full relief on VRT and VAT.

Also Ford Ireland grants members of the Disabled Drivers Association a double fleet discount and three years roadside assistance.

KIA NUMBERS UP: Kia Motors Ireland has launched its 1,2,3 offer to customers of Picanto, Cerato, Magentis and Sedona ranges, with one year's road tax, two years' service and three years' warranty and RAC membership to new customers to March 31st, 2006.