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04th January 2021
2020 New Car Registrations down 25%
The Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) today released their official new vehicle registrations statistics for 2020. Total new car registrations for 2020, finished at 88,324 -25% down on 2019 (117,109).
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10th December 2020
Five-Star award for new Kia Sorrento in Euro NCAP test
Kia’s new Sorento SUV has been awarded the highest-possible safety rating by Euro NCAP. The entire Sorento line-up, including the upcoming Plug-in Hybrid, achieved the maximum five-star rating from Europe’s leading independent safety testing organisation. The Sorento achieved 82% for adult occupant protection, 85% for child occupant protection, 63% for pedestrian protection, and 87% in the ‘Safety Assist’ category.
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07th December 2020
SEAT’s new Ateca set to star in 2021
Comact SUV’s/Crossovers are the popular choice for the nations’s carparks, Easy to get into and even easier to alight from, a raised driving positon, roomy interior, with information, entertainment and connectivity only the touch of a finger away, form the main ingredients of this ever-growing segment.
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07th December 2020
MG Motor Ireland announces dealers and models
The MG brand will make an electric return to the Irish market this month, with a family friendly range of electric and plug-in hybrid cars. Under the stewardship of the very experienced Frank Keane Group, the reintroduction of MG to the Irish car-park adds a real ray of sunshine to 2021, in the aftermath of the gloom of 2020.
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07th December 2020
Honda Ireland bring home charging home
Having just introduced their all-electric Honda e to Irish customers in the past few weeks, Honda Ireland have teamed up with SSE Airtricity to make the transition to driving electric hassle free. The compact, all-electric Honda e will go on sale in Ireland from the end of November 2020, priced from €29,995 inclusive of SEAI grants and VRT relief totalling €10,000.
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01st December 2020
Car Showrooms open as retailers gear up for business
The Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) today released their official new vehicle registrations statistics. New car registrations for November seen an increase of 20.11% (914) when compared to November 2019 (761). While registrations year to date are down 25.0% (87,728) on the same period last year (116,885). Light Commercials vehicles (LCV) are down 3.2% (830) compared to November last year (857) and year to date are down 14.8% (21,431). HGV (Heavy Goods Vehicle) registrations are down 30.5% (82) in comparison to November 2019 (118). Year to date HGV's are down 21.9% (2,038). ​​​​​​​Used car imports for November (8,647) have seen a decrease of 13.6% on November 2019 (10,008). While year to date imports are down 35.4% (67,151) on 2019 (103,900).
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30th November 2020
Twenty-three new Stars set to twinkle in 2021 for Mercedes-Benz
Mercedes-Benz have a busy future, with some 23 new model introductions scheduled and arrivals spread across eight months beginning January through to December 2021. Of these, six will be conventionally powered vehicles with an overarching feature being the arrival of an additional five new fully electric models and a further 12 new PHEV plug-in electric hybrids.
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30th November 2020
Second-generation Toyota Mirai to demo here in ‘21
Toyota, having begun development of a hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle in 1992, when they introduced the Mirai saloon, have announced their second-generation Mirai will be available in 2021. Toyota Ireland are looking to bring in a demonstrator model here in 2021, with limited numbers arriving in 2023, in conjunction with the Hydrogen Mobility Ireland Roadmap
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30th November 2020
Bill Sheehan brings Opel to Terenure
Opel Ireland has appointed Bill Sheehan & Sons at Rathdown, Terenure to the Opel Dealer Network. Established Family Business in Terenure Operating in the automotive trade in Rathgar since the mid-1950s, Bill Sheehan & Sons, a true success story of the automotive industry in Ireland, was formally established in the early 1960s from humble beginnings, when Bill Sheehan Senior began servicing cars from a small garage in Rathgar. The family run business has over the years employed three generations of the Sheehan family. Today, sixty years later, Dealer Principal, Michael Sheehan and his son, David Sheehan, are firmly recognised as pillars of the local community they operate in, enjoying a strong reputation for excellent customer service.
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30th November 2020
Audi eScooter provides a nice little kick
Electric scooters are an everyday sight on our urban roads. There is no doubt about their popularity or easy convenience, whilst users here need to make sure they are compliant with Road Traffic regulations, which are undergoing some amendments to include this new mobile phenomenon.
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30th November 2020
Audi readies to open its doors with new models
With Authorised Audi dealerships set to reopen nationwide from December 2nd, Audi Ireland has announced updated details of its 2021 Milestones Sales Event taking place in authorised Audi dealerships nationwide. The full 2021 model line-up has been unveiled with exclusive APR available on select models. Appointment based test drives with full health and safety compliant measures to provide customer peace of mind and to ensure the utmost convenience will continue to be available.
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17th November 2020
Nissan LEAF reduced prices
The cost of buying a 100% electric Nissan LEAF has fallen by up to €1,843 as a result of the recent Budget with Nissan also making it now possible for Irish motorists to get behind the wheel of a new electric vehicle (EV) for €27,595. James McCarthy, CEO of Nissan Ireland, commented, “The Budget VRT changes and recent VAT changes have had a very positive impact on the cost of buying a new Nissan LEAF and this in turn has led to a significant upsurge in interest from EV buyers online and across our dealer network.”
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17th November 2020
Ford’s new E-Transit here in ‘22
Ford, which has been making Transit family vehicles for 55 years and commercial vehicles since 1905, has just introduced the new E-Transit van that offers customers enhanced productivity enabled by its fully electric powertrain, software solutions, services and Pro Power Onboard options. It is due to arrive in Europe in Spring, 2022.
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02nd November 2020
OCTOBER NEW CAR REGISTRATIONS SLIGHTLY UP: YEAR TO DATE MARKET DOWN 25%
The Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) today released their official new vehicle registrations statistics. New car registrations for October seen an increase of 6.2% (2,315) when compared to October 2019 (2,179). While registrations year to date are down 25.2% (86,870) on the same period last year (116,124). Light Commercials vehicles (LCV) are up 56.2% (1,667) compared to October last year (1,067) and year to date are down 15.3% (20,587). HGV (Heavy Goods Vehicle) registrations are up 15.7% (155) in comparison to October 2019 (134). However, year to date HGV's are down 21.5% (1,951).
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14th October 2020
BUDGET 2021 INCREASES TAX ON CARS
Budget implications for the Motor Industry Budget 2021, announced this afternoon by Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe, and Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Michael McGrath contains a number of measures specific to motoring:
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01st October 2020
BUDGET 2021 REDUCE VEHICLE REGISTRATION TAX
The Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) today released their official new vehicle registrations statistics and reiterated their call to Government to reduce Vehicle Registration Tax (VRT) in the upcoming Budget. A reduction in VRT would protect the 40,000 people employed in the Industry, sustain business, stimulate new car sales while helping to decrease emissions from transport and protect Exchequer Revenues.
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09th September 2020
Toyota Ireland’s asks motorists to “FaceItDown”
National FaceItDown Awareness Week will run from Monday, September 14th to Sunday, September 20th. This national awareness week campaign is calling for more widespread adoption of Toyota Ireland’s innovative app, FaceItDown app, which was developed by them to help change Irish driver behaviour. Since its launch in 2017, FaceItDown has recorded more than 28.9 million kilometres driven in Ireland with phones faced down. The free app is available to all motorists, whether they drive a Toyota or not, from Apple Store or Google Play.
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07th September 2020
Blackstone Motor Group add Opel to their family
Blackstone Motor Group have just been appointed by Opel Ireland to the Opel Dealer Network. The appointment sees the introduction of the Opel franchise for New Vehicle Sales and Aftersales to Blackstone Motor Group's dealerships in both Cavan and Louth.
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01st September 2020
REDUCE VRT, SAVE JOBS IN THE MOTOR INDUSTRY!
The Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) today released their official new vehicle statistics. New car registrations for August were down 4.2% (4,875) when compared to August 2019 (5,088). While registrations year to date are down 28.6% (78,920) on the same period last year (110,527). Light Commercials vehicles (LCV) are down 11% (1,683) compared to August last year (1,891) and year to date are down 23.8% (16,700). HGV (Heavy Goods Vehicle) registrations are up 20.13% (185) in comparison to August 2019 (154). Year to date HGV's are down 25.6% (1,641). Used car imports for August (8,143) have seen a decrease of 16.1% on August 2019 (9,706). While year to date imports are down 45.1% (39,672) on 2019 (72,214).
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27th August 2020
KIA’s New Sorento PHEV Set for Early-21 Debut
Kia Motors has revealed the new fourth-generation Kia Sorento, this variant a Plug-in Hybrid, (PHEV), SUV, their offering in the very popular D-segment. It comes with generous luggage space plus the choice of five- and seven-seat layout. This is the second electrified model in the new Sorento line-up, and sits alongside the low-emissions Sorento Hybrid. This new PHEV combines a turbocharged petrol engine with a high capacity battery pack and high-output electric motor, allowing drivers the option to complete shorter drives on all-electric, zero-emissions power.
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10th August 2020
New Car Sales Continue to Disappoint July Registrations Down
The Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) today released their official new vehicle statistics. New car registrations for July were down 14.1% (21,213) when compared to July 2019 (24,681). While registrations year to date are also down 29.8% (74,069) on the same period last year (105,439).
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01st July 2020
Bridgestone and Microsoft develop world-first monitoring system for detecting tyre damage issues in real-time.
Bridgestone, the world’s largest tyre and rubber manufacturer, is collaborating with Microsoft to develop a world-first monitoring system for detecting tyre damage issues in real-time. These issues are a serious matter, contributing to some 30% of all car accidents caused by technical failure, (according to UK Department for Transport Statistics (2018) ‘Contributory factors in reported accidents by severity, Great Britain, 2018”)
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01st July 2020
New 202 Registration brings some hope for Motor Industry
The Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) today released their official new vehicle statistics. New car registrations for the month of June declined 28.2% (1,011) when compared to June 2019 (1,408). New car registrations year to date are down 34.5% (52,891) on the same period last year (80,758). Light Commercials vehicles (LCV) were down 24.1% (568) compared to June last year (748) and year to date are down 30.9% (10,579). HGV (Heavy Goods Vehicle) registrations are down 67.9% (101) in comparison to June 2019 (315). Year to date HGV's are down 32% (1,224).
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01st July 2020
Citroën’s new C4 here for Year-21
Citroën Ireland have announced details of their new 10th generation compact hatchback, their all-new Citroën C4 and fully electric ë-C4. It will be launched in Irish dealerships in Quarter-1 2021. This 2021, all-new C4 marks the 10th generation of compact hatchback from Citroën and with 92 years of segment experience and a related 12.5 million compact hatchback sales globally.
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17th June 2020
Appraisee bring Price My Car App to the Palm of your Hand
After three months of enforced study, Irelands motor-buyers are ready to sprint out of the blocks, their ‘friend’ Mr. Google providing them with all manner of new information, knowledge and wisdom. That aside, everyone needs reliable information and assistance before they outlay on the second biggest purchase of their lives – say Hello to Price My Car App. The Irish car industry, akin to some others, has been hit severely, as the bat-bug Covid19 seeks to ravage every community – no leniency given. It should be no surprise that car dealers are suffering particularly hard, as sales of both new and used vehicles have been reduced to practically zero.
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17th June 2020
Jaguar/Land Rover announce 202 offers
Land Rover has announced details of new 202 offers across the Discovery Sport and Range Rover Evoque premium compact SUVs, with monthly payments from €413, with 3.9% APR finance available across both models, coupled with an optional 3-month payment holiday, New Discovery Sport and New Range Rover Evoque are compact SUVs, offering more space, more comfort and quieter interiors, both coming with a completely new infotainment interface and the latest connectivity. Under the skin, new electrified engines include a 48-volt mild hybrid to help reduce emissions and fuel consumption.
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17th June 2020
Range Rover Celebrates Fifty Years of High-Rise Luxury
Range Rover has just celebrated 50 years of pioneering innovation, refinement and all-terrain capability with the introduction of the new Range Rover Fifty. The original luxury SUV has defined the market since 17 June 1970 and, five decades on, the Range Rover has evolved to become a family of desirable and capable luxury vehicles. Its compelling blend of design, refinement and engineering innovation has ensured its place as the benchmark for all luxury SUVs.
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05th June 2020
Opel unveil Pure Panel Cockpit and reveals design direction of new Mokka
Opel Design Vice President, Mark Adams and his team have released sketches of the interior of the new-generation Mokka, hinting at the new interior design direction the Opel brand will take for future models. The new Pure Panel is a high-tech, digital cockpit that is minimalist and uncluttered. The sketches have been revealed ahead of the official unveiling of the new-generation Mokka, scheduled for later this month. The new Mokka will arrive in Ireland in early 2021.
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02nd June 2020
72% decline in May new car registrations as Motor Industry gets back to business
The Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) today released their official new vehicle statistics. New car registrations for May declined 72.3% (1,751) when compared to May 2019 (6,320). Retailer’s showrooms remained closed until the 18th of May, as a result of COVID-19 impacting heavily on sales. Registrations year to date are down 34.6% (51,904) on the same period last year (79,350). The commercial vehicle sector was also impacted. Light Commercials vehicles (LCV) down 70.3% (510) compared to May last year (1,717) and year to date are down 31.3% (10,016). HGV (Heavy Goods Vehicle) registrations are down 69.8% (90) in comparison to May 2019 (298). Year to date HGV's are down 23.2% (1141). Used car imports for May (857) seen a decrease of 90.8% on May 2019 (9,347). While year to date imports are down 58.9% (18,525) on 2019 (45,066).
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26th May 2020
New Ford Ranger Thunder Ready to Rumble
I like trucks, whether it’s the cowboy in me, the lure of far-away hills or something more ingrained. I care little - I like trucks. Last year I got to share some time and space with Ford’s Ranger Raptor, a truck that can turn dirt tracks to motorways and your licence to confetti with little effort.
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26th May 2020
Motor Industry Appoints New SIMI President Gillian Fanning
Gillian Fanning, Marketing Director of automotive distributor Serfac Limited, Dublin was elected President of the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) at the organisation’s AGM held virtually today. She is the first female President of SIMI in the Society’s 98 year history. Speaking at the virtual event, Gillian commented that she was “looking forward to her term as president, despite the significant challenges currently facing the Industry.” Ms Fanning remarked: “The past decade has been difficult for the Irish Motor Industry. Recovery from the 2008 financial crisis has not been in line with economic outlooks and while we had reason to be optimistic at the start of 2020, COVID-19 has since had a devastating impact on our industry.
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25th May 2020
New GLB from Mercedes-Benz
As we emerge from house-arrest and our horizons move further away, it is good to also see new car models making their debut into our showrooms. Mercedes-Benz have now launched their second SUV launch in as many months, the new GLB. The new GLB arrives against a backdrop whereby every third vehicle produced by Mercedes-Benz is an SUV and every fourth a compact car. Initial models and pricing for the GLB Progressive 180 Automatic start from €42,350, with the GLB Progressive 180d Automatic from €43,190. Where it fits
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18th May 2020
ŠKODA Doors are Open – the Welcome Mat Awaits
ŠKODA car dealerships will resume sales and service operations on Monday, May 18th, following the temporary closure caused by the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent government regulations. Strict hygiene regulations, which aim to minimise health risks for customers and employees while providing a full range of services, have been implemented.
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18th May 2020
SEAT Dealerships Ready to Rock Once More
SEAT retailers will also be reopening for both Sales and Aftersales across the entire network from Monday 18th May. Akin to other marques SEAT will be the reopening both Sales and Aftersales across its retail network. SEAT Ireland has been working with its Official Dealer and Authorised Service networks to adapt its facilities and processes, ensuring customer and employee health and safety takes priority as dealerships reopen and return to operations next week. As a consequence of the exceptional circumstances created by the COVID-19 crisis, SEAT Ireland has already put in place a series of measures to ensure the safety of customers as restrictions are being lifted next week.
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18th May 2020
Happy Mondays Return as Toyota Dealerships Open for Business
Toyota Ireland dealerships will be reopened from May 18th for sales and servicing, in line with the updated Government guidelines announced. With dealerships being closed for the past six weeks, Toyota has developed and will implement a series of new measures to ensure the safety of all customers and staff, and is now ready to reopen its dealerships nationwide. These measures include:
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18th May 2020
KIA Provides Details of its Electric Future
As we endeavour to restart our motoring world, Kia Motors has outlined details of its shift towards electrification, following record sales of the brand’s electric vehicles (EVs) in Europe in the first quarter of 2020. At the start of the year, Kia Motors announced ‘Plan S’, a new mid- to long-term strategy aimed at progressively establishing a leadership position in the future automotive industry, encompassing electrification and mobility services, as well as connectivity and autonomy.
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18th May 2020
Bridgestone Partners with Milestone for RIDE 4
Bridgestone, the world’s largest tyre and rubber company, has announced a partnership with Italian game developer, Milestone, on the latest instalment of the popular RIDE videogame series, RIDE 4. RIDE 4, the ultimate competitive gaming experience for two-wheel enthusiasts, will launch worldwide on October 8th 2020 on PlayStation 4, XBOX One and PC. Through this partnership, Bridgestone aims to solidify its position as a market leader for motorbike tyres, as well as showcase its products and legacy in the competitive racing world – and all in innovative and engaging way for motorbike and videogame lovers worldwide.
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18th May 2020
Motor Industry Back to Business 18th May
SIMI welcomes the Taoiseach’s announcement that the Government has decided to re-open car showrooms for sales, service and repair, from Monday the 18th of May. In preparation for re-opening, the Motor Industry will comply with protocols to protect the safety of customers and employees. SIMI has already issued guidelines to its members in this regard, as have the Vehicle Manufacturers to their franchise holders. This has included a significant level of investment in hand disinfectant, PPE equipment, signage, training, acrylic glass, specialist vehicle sanitising equipment as well as other procedures.
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01st May 2020
96% decline in April Car Registrations: Industry Prepares for Social Distance Selling
The Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) today released their official new vehicle statistics. New car registrations for April declined 96.1% (344) when compared to April 2019 (8,904). As a result of COVID-19 retailer’s showrooms have remained closed since Mid-March, impacting heavily on sales. Registrations year to date are down 30.7% (50,626) on the same period last year (73,030). The commercial vehicle sector is also feeling the impact of closures, with Light Commercials vehicles (LCV) down 87.3% (229) compared to April last year (1,799) and year to date are down 25.3% (9,603). HGV (Heavy Goods Vehicle) registrations are down 67.8% (98) in comparison to April 2019 (304). Year to date HGV's are down 9.9% (1,070).
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27th April 2020
Opel Ireland Ready to Deliver ‘Peace of Mind’ Test Drives & at Handovers
Opel Ireland, together with the Opel Dealer Network of Ireland, have signed a contract with Sanity Systems, affirming their commitment to employee and customer welfare, amidst the ongoing corona crisis. Sanity Systems Ireland provides a highly acclaimed sanitising solution for building premises and vehicles and their services are now used by the HSE, other state agencies and local authorities.
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16th April 2020
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLA Compact SUV Awaits Our Return
It may be spinning at a slower rate, but the motoring world is most certainly alive. Late last year we were looking forward to welcoming some twenty new models from Stuttgart, their planning and manufacture already at an advanced stage. Just being placed into the nations Mercedes-Benz showrooms is their new compact Sports Utility Vehicle, the GLA and while I have yet to drive it, like everyone else, I look forward to the day when the shutters go up once more.
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07th April 2020
New Opel Corsa-E awaits our Release from Captivity
Amid all our isolation, where possibly, cars have not been moved in weeks, there is still activity within the Irish Motor Industry. On an average year some 55/60 new cars will debut on our forecourts, with at least the same number of refreshed or mid-life updated models on the new car menu. Before COVID-19 put the brakes on the world, the big decision many had to make this year was whether to go petrol, stay with diesel, join the hybrid family, or go full EV. Now as we sit at home, we certainly have more time to trawl the myriad of marques and educate ourselves as to what’s on offer.
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01st April 2020
Windsor Adapts to Social Distancing with Online Car Sales and Contactless Delivery
Windsor motor group in Ireland has adapted to social distancing by enabling customers to buy cars online from the comfort of their home and to arrange for contactless delivery. The motor group is experiencing a significant surge in interest from online car buyers as consumers adapt to the crisis and the temporary closure of car sales showrooms nationwide.
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01st April 2020
March New Car Registrations Down 63% as Covid-19 puts Brakes on Sales
The Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) today released their official new vehicle statistics. New car registrations for March were down 63% (6,174) when compared to March 2019 (16,687). Registrations year to date are also down 20.5% (51,015) on the same period last year (64,126). Light Commercials vehicles (LCV) are down 52.9% (1,434) compared to March last year (3,044) and year to date are down 15.2% (9,378). HGV (Heavy Goods Vehicle) registrations are up 17.67% (313) in comparison to March 2019 (266). Year to date HGV's are up 12.59% (993). Used car imports for March (4,656) have seen a decrease of 48.1% on March 2019 (8,970). Year to date imports are down 34.9% (17,471) on 2019 (26,832).
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01st April 2020
SEAT Leon Production Line Switches to Manufacture of Ventilators
The SEAT Leon line at the Martorell plant is almost unrecognisable, cars no longer being manufactured. Instead, automated ventilators are being produced in collaboration with the Spanish healthcare system in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis. Going from producing cars to ventilators in record time is the result of the intense work of many SEAT employees and a very powerful driving force: solidarity.
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30th March 2020
Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Ireland Offer Priority Service for Customers Providing Essential Services
Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles will endeavour to keep essential service vehicles operational during the duration of the current COVID-19 situation. Alan Bateson, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Ireland Director, said, “We know our customers are always incredibly busy, but we also know that at present, many of our customers are providing hugely important front-line services to our nation. Therefore, it is our focus to provide these customers with priority dedicated time within our service centres which will hopefully make their lives a little easier and support the vital work they are doing every day. At this time, I would also like to personally thank our Retailer network who are going above and beyond to provide these services to these essential customer groups whilst ensuring they also follow all governmental guidance”
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20th March 2020
June Date for New Škoda Octavia
Sixty years after the production of the first Octavia in 1959, the Škoda Octavia first appeared in 1998 and with this latest fourth generation, promises to be better, more spacious, safer and more connected than ever. It will be available in Ireland from June 8th, 2020, with specifications yet to be finalised. With current customer demand for higher specification models, Škoda is expected to discontinue the entry Active version and offer Ambition and Style specifications from launch.
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19th March 2020
New Kia Sorrento here in Quarter Three
The new Kia Sorento has just been unveiled; the fourth generation of Kia’s midsize SUV will be built for Europe at Kia’s Hwasung manufacturing facility in Korea. It joins the Seltos, Stonic and Sportage in Kia’s SUV offerings. European sales are due to commence in the third quarter of 2020; the car will be available to order in most of Kia’s global markets by the end of the year. It will be sold in Europe with Kia’s seven-year, 150,000-kilometre warranty as standard.
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19th March 2020
Road Safety Authority announce derogation of certain provisions of the EU driving and resting time rules
The Road Safety Authority (RSA) and the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport have agreed to allow a temporary and urgent derogation in respect of certain provisions of the EU driving and resting time rules. The proposed derogation will apply to all operators and drivers subject to the EU driver’s hours and tachograph rules engaged in the carriage of goods (including oil supplies etc).
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11th March 2020
Mercedes-Benz Continue Support for Sneem Digital Hub
Fergus Conheady, Mercedes-Benz Commercial Vehicles sales manager, has announced continued support for Sneem Digital Hub. Building on their success in their first full year, one in which demand for the Hub’s facilities far exceeded expectations, Mercedes-Benz will continue to support Sneem Digital Hub’s work by providing them with the use of a Mercedes-Benz Vito van for a further year.
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11th March 2020
SEAT and Cupra Showcase their Electric Future
SEAT Groups electric path is now clearer, their plug-in hybrid Leon, Cupra Leon and the new Cupra Formentor, which with the cancellation of the Geneva International Motor Show, was presented via a web video conference. The. Formentor is the first vehicle designed exclusively for Cupra. All hybrid offerings feature an electric range of 60km and CO2 emissions of less than 50g/km., SEAT’s goal to become a CO2-neutral company by 2050, both in terms of its cars as well as its production activity.
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11th March 2020
New Audi A3 Sportback comes Fourth
This fourth-generation Audi A3 will make its debut here in late Spring with additional details announced closer to the time. Outside look Audi from any angle, this fourth generation A3 wears its design lineage with ease. This 2020 Audi A3 Sportback front end is dominated by a wide Singleframe grill and air inlets that trap your eyes immediately. The body-line is very pleasing, with the high shoulder line extending rearward to the light units, while the lower line of the body is curved inward.
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11th March 2020
Peugeot Appoint Jana Solovjova as their new Marketing Manager
Gowan Distributors, Peugeot Importer in Ireland has announced the appointment of Jana Solovjova, to the position of Marketing Manager. Jana will be charged with overseeing a national marketing and communications strategy. Jana takes up the reins from Emma Toner, who moves to Opel Ireland, acquired by Gowan Group in late 2019.
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11th March 2020
An Post goes Green with new FUSO eCanter
The iconic GPO was the chosen location for An Post to fly its Green credentials with both the launch of the FUSO eCanter, the first FUSO eCanter into the Irish Market, coinciding with them becoming the very first postal service provider in the world to attain zero carbon emission delivery status within a capital city. This follows the addition of two FUSO eCanters to their Dublin city fleet. The FUSO eCanter brings commercial silence to the streets, being 100% emission free, it is almost silent, courtesy of a 156bhp electric motor, with a max torque of 390Nm.
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03rd March 2020
Dacia’s Spring Electric Readies to add to the Silence
The electrification of our streets continues with the unveiling by Dacia of their Spring Electric: a concept car previewing its first all-electric model as it joins the silent revolution. The Spring Electric, with its all-electric powertrain and battery, is adapted for everyday urban and suburban use. It seeks to meet the practical needs of urban and suburban mobility. It comes with a robust SUV design, which aims to give private and fleet owners the full range of benefits of electric vehicles: low running costs, ease of driving, silent operation, zero-emissions, simple to charge and easy to maintain.
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03rd March 2020
Cupra Formentor – Potency has a New Name
A new name with a new model – say Hello to Cupra’s new Formentor, the first model developed from the ground up by the Spanish brand. Deliveries of the Cupra Formentor will begin in the last quarter of 2020. This is a high-performance crossover is named after the most beautiful and wild cape on the Spanish island of Mallorca, in the Balearics. Formentor dimensions The 2020 Cupra Formentor is 4,450mm long, 1,839mm wide and 1,511mm in height, with a wheelbase of 2680mm, and a boot capacity of 450l. It stands on standard 19” alloy wheels, which are also available in Copper, with 18” Brembo performance brakes.
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03rd March 2020
Failte Superb iV – Škoda’s Plug-in Hybrid takes to our streets
Without doubt, this is the year of the Plug-in Hybrid and Electric Vehicle. They are the hot topic when it comes to vehicle offering and choice. All motor manufacturers are now bringing either a full Electric or Hybrid choice to the market, the latest being Škoda, with the Superb iV, which will retail for €40,350 for the Liftback Ambition model. The popularity of hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles has seen sales doubling in Ireland in the past two years to 11,540 vehicles in 2019. Škoda Ireland has advised customers to place their orders early to avoid disappointment, as availability will be limited to 250 units in 2020.
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03rd March 2020
Peugeot 208 announced European Car of the Year 2020
Last week, Ireland was introduced to Peugeot’s B-segment hatchback, the very talented 208. At its launch I got to drive it in petrol, diesel and full-electric, and it certainly impressed in all its variants. Looks wise, it is a delight, both outside an in, its street presence particularly pleasant. This week, motoring journalists were focusing on the happenings at the annual Geneva International Motor Show, its cancellation due to the global health concern while a major disappointment, understandable. But behind that disappointment the work goes on and true to tradition, the European Car of the Year title has been announced – this year’s winner the Peugeot 208.
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02nd March 2020
February sees further disappointment in new car registrations
The Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) today released their official new vehicle statistics. New car registrations for February were down 7.7% (13,915) when compared to February 2019 (15,069). Registrations year to date are also down 4.9% (45,096) on the same period last year (47,439). Light Commercials vehicles (LCV) are down 6.9% (2,294) compared to February last year (2,465) and year to date are down 0.8% (7,946). HGV (Heavy Goods Vehicle) registrations are up 14.5% (300) in comparison to February 2019 (262). Year to date HGV's are up 11.04% (684). Used car imports for February (6,196) have seen a decrease of 30.1% on February 2019 (8,859). Year to date imports are down 28.2% (12,818) on 2019 (17,862).
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02nd March 2020
Mini Brings Silence to the Streets
Mini is bringing silence to the streets in this its sixtieth year with the arrival of their first fully electric offering. Deliveries will take place in March, the Mini Cooper SE coming in three trim levels, a monthly lease from €309 and prices from €27,765 OTR, including SEAI grant (€5,000) and VRT Rebate (€5,000). The top style Mini Electric is available at €35,695 OTR (including SEAI grant and VRT rebate).
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28th February 2020
Geneva Motor Show Cancelled
The 90th edition of the GIMS, which was supposed to welcome the media from next Monday and the general public from 5th to 15th March 2020, will now not take place. This is an injunction of the Federal Council of 28 February 2020 that no events with more than 1,000 people are allowed to take place until 15 March 2020. The decision falls 3 days before the opening of the exhibition to the media.
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26th February 2020
Bandon’s Best is Ireland’s Best
Bandon-based dealership Finbarr Galvin Ltd., has been announced as SEAT Ireland’s Dealer of the Year 2019. This is the third time the Cork dealership has claimed the SEAT Dealer of the Year award having claimed the title in 2015 and 2016. The dealership has consistently been one of SEAT’s top-performing retailers and employs 16 staff in the SEAT side of the business, and 32 staff in their entire operation.
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26th February 2020
SEAT & Cupra Set to Spark at Geneva Motor Show
This year’s Geneva Motor Show will include the World Premiere of the Cupra Formentor, the first model exclusively developed for Cupra, and the public debut of the first Cupra Leon. SEAT will also celebrate the public debut of the all-new SEAT Leon in its complete line-up of alternative versions – mild-hybrid and plug-in hybrid - as well as the Premiere of the SEAT Tarraco FR.
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26th February 2020
Peugeot to the Four with New 208 and Electric Models
Not content with introducing the new Peugeot 208, Gowan Group recently took the opportunity to showcase an additional three other models, the all-new Peugeot e-208, 3008 Hybrid4 and 508 Hybrid, to a gathering of Irish motoring journalists. The two-day event highlighted their comprehensive choice of propulsion; Electric, Hybrid, Plug-in Hybrid, Petrol and Diesel, the latter two firmed up in their need and presence by Colin Sheridan, their Sales and Marketing Director.
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24th February 2020
Volvo Cars introduces refreshed S90 and V90 models, plus mild-hybrid powertrains across entire line-up
Volvo Cars has revealed refreshed versions of the S90 saloon and V90 estate, including a refined exterior design and a brand-new, state-of-the-art sound system by Bowers & Wilkins. Some of the offers and services described may vary, depending on market. In a broader portfolio upgrade, the company's 48-volt mild-hybrid powertrain options are now available on every Volvo model.
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24th February 2020
Cupra debuts first Cupra Leon at its new HQ
The Cupra brand in celebrating its second anniversary at its new headquarters, a 2,400 square metre eco-efficient building, aptly called the Cupra Garage, unveiled the range of the first CUPRA Leon, including new racing cars, and its first hybrid model.
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24th February 2020
Mercedes-Benz at the National Construction Summit
Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicles division is set to be amongst the leading exhibitors attending the forthcoming 6th Annual National Construction Summit, taking place at the Sport Ireland Campus in Blanchardstown on March 24th next.
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21st February 2020
Exceptional Businesses Highlighted at the Irish Motor Industry Awards
The SIMI Irish Motor Industry Awards in partnership with sponsor Bank of Ireland Finance, took place at the Clayton Hotel in Dublin last night. Oliver Callan announced the accolades in front of over 700 senior Motor Industry figures. Brian Cooke, SIMI Director General and Derek McDermott, Managing Director of Bank of Ireland Finance presented eight award categories in total. The award winners, adjudicated by an independent panel, operate in all sectors of the Irish Motor Industry. Companies selected demonstrated an award-winning level of excellence and best practice over the last 12 months. A special recognition award, in conjunction with the Road Safety Authority, was presented by Ms Moyagh Murdock CEO of the RSA to Professor Denis Cusack of the Medical Bureau of Road Safety in recognition of his work and commitment to road safety.
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20th February 2020
2020 Land Rover Defender debuts in Dublin
The all New Land Rover Defender had landed, albeit static and a left-hooker and at its Irish launch. Coming in two models, a 90 and a 110, there are six grade models available; Defender, S, SE, HSE, Defender X and First Edition. Commercial models are set to join the line-up later in the year. Pricing starts from €68,160 for the Defender 110 2.0 SD4 AWD Auto model.
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19th February 2020
Ten New Mercedes-Benz Models set for Geneva Unveil!
Mercedes-Benz are redefining the term ’busy,’ with the launch of ten new models making their world premiere at the forthcoming Geneva Motor Show. Leading the line-up will be their facelifted E-Class Saloon which appears alongside a new plug-in hybrid Estate and E450 4MATIC All-Terrain variant.
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19th February 2020
Mercedes-Benz Ireland give Olympian Aoife Star Support
Great to see Mercedes-Benz has extending its on-going support to 21-year-old Olympic sailing hopeful and Howth native, Aoife Hopkins, as she attempts to qualify for the forthcoming 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. The continued support sees Mercedes-Benz retain its status as the only vehicle manufacturer supporting Ireland’s bid for further Olympic glory in the Laser Radial class.
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19th February 2020
2020 Citroen C3 - Revamped and Re-Energised
Citroën Ireland have announced details of their new B-Segment, C3 facelift which will arrive in Ireland this July for the 202-plate change. In Ireland the C3 was the brands best-selling model for Citroën in 2019, accounting for 21% of all passenger car sales. Order books for the new C3 will open in June with first vehicles arriving in Ireland in July. Prices and specifications will be announced in late April.
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19th February 2020
Ford Puma – a Known Name – a New Horizon!
Just arrived in Ireland, the new Ford Puma introduces Ford’s EcoBoost Hybrid 48-volt technology in a compact crossover that by design and function, will please those shopping in this very competitive buying segment. Mild hybrid assistance to its low-friction, 1.0 litre, three-cylinder, turbo-petrol, adds a lovely injection of torque to the 125bhp on tap low-friction, three-cylinder 1.0 litre EcoBoost petrol engine to delivering 125 PS.
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14th February 2020
Mitsubishi Motors Ireland and Bohemians FC Team up Once More
Mitsubishi Motors Ireland along with Dublin dealer, Westbrook Motors, have just announced they are to continue as the official vehicle sponsor of Bohemians Football Club for 2020.
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14th February 2020
Ford Accelerate their Electric Programme to Mach-E
Ford has just revealed the all-new Mustang Mach-E to the European public for the first time, the all-electric Mustang Mach-E spearheads a rapidly expanding Ford electrified vehicle range, which will give Ford customers in Europe a choice of 18 electrified vehicles by the end of 2021, up from 14 by the end of this year.
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13th February 2020
Škoda’s New Electric Vehicle has an Irish Accent
Few manufacturers put as much effort into naming their offspring as of Škoda. One can easily imagine a ‘think room’ littered with post-its, all carrying the prospective title for a new driveway tenant. Škoda’s entry into electric motoring has just been ‘Irish’d’ with the confirmed of naming their SUV, Enyaq, which is due to be launched here in early 2021.
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12th February 2020
New Peugeot 2008 SUV ready to pounce
Having introduced the first 2008 to Irish motorists on 2013, Gowan Distributors, Peugeot Importer in Ireland, has announced pricing for the latest Peugeot 2008 SUV. Coming initially with diesel models, with petrol powertrains due in March, and the e-2008 arriving on April, they will retail from:
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12th February 2020
Renault’s 2020 Koleos pretty & priced
Renault Ireland has announced pricing and specifications for their new Renault Koleos, the second phase of its flagship model, available now at Renault’s 27 Irish dealerships from €40,990 RRP, with a 201 offer of €3,500 Guaranteed Savings with finance from Renault Bank.
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12th February 2020
Toyota Corolla GR Sport – Added Pepper on Demand
Now over fifty-years old and in its twelfth generation, everyone in motoring has heard of and probably been driven in a Toyota Corolla. Ireland has loved the Corolla since it arrived here with its high-back front seats and in-built radio in the early 70’s. Its recent generations, including its temporary replacement the Auris, maintained a more conservative forecourt stance than the competition, their offerings lacked the sparkle to attract younger drivers, added to the trend today where brand loyalty is a tad fickle.
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12th February 2020
Ford EcoSport – Compact Crossover Finally Makes it
If ever Ford made a ‘marmite’ car, this is it, the EcoSport, a car built on the very talented Fiesta platform, and raised to partake in the ferocity of the small Crossover/SUV segment. The EcoSport was originally sold in the South American and Asia markets, before being revamped and offered in Europe with its awkward rear door opening, complete with spare wheel mounted to it.
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12th February 2020
New Renault Zoe Ready to Charge!
Renault Ireland has launched the third generation of their 100% electric Zoe, which will arrive on Irish forecourts this month, with an increased range of 395km on a single charge and is priced from €26,990.
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10th February 2020
Peugeot 508SW – Elegance on the High Street
Try as I might, it is impossible to find an angle where the new 508 Peugeot estate does not look elegant and stylish. In its saloon form, the 508 is a stunning car, magnetising your eyes outside and in, delivering a very decent drive and with the same 1.5HDI, will not have you dipping into fuel stations with any great frequency. Having shared the company of the 508SW across city and country, I found it very easy to live with, the sheer, easy practicality of the estate, coupled to one of the best interiors you could live with, made every journey a pleasure.
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05th February 2020
New Škoda Octavia RS iV Ready to March in Geneva
Škoda have always been a confident brand, their models very capable, with little fear of being audacious if the mood takes them. Their first Octavia rolled onto our streets in the mid-nineties and impressed everyone with its space and grace, the influence of its new parent VW setting out its intent immediately – Škoda was going to be a player.
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04th February 2020
New Juke - Rocking to its Own Tune!
Designing and delivering an innovative car for public consumption is the goal of many manufacturers. Most will not take the chance and simply follow a trend introduced by someone else, the risk of failure reduced dramatically in the process. This cannot be levied at Nissan, who’ve given us Qashqai, a weird word that introduced the world to the phenomena of ‘crossover’ and elevated motoring. Ten years ago, Nissan gave us Juke, a B-segment ‘compact crossover’ that put a whole new visual profile to the street, some ten-thousand Juke’s finding Irish homes.
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04th February 2020
Opel’s New 2020 Corsa is Big on Being Small
Opel’s sixth-generation Corsa, their best-selling model is now on the forecourt of Opel Ireland’s thirty strong dealer network. Great to see that it features a high level of safety and technology features, some innovative to the segment. It promises much-improved fuel and CO2 efficiency and is available in petrol and diesel guise, with an all-electric version due in Ireland this April. The 2020 Corsa will retail from €17,975 plus delivery related charges.
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03rd February 2020
Disappointing January for New Car Sales
The Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI), today released the official 201 new vehicle registration figures for January along with their Motor Industry Review Update 2020. New cars registrations for January are down 3.5% (31,251) when compared to January 2019 (32,370). Light Commercial vehicles (LCV) are up 2.1% (5,666) compared to January last year (5,548). HGV (Heavy Goods Vehicle) registrations are showing an increase of 8.8% (385) in comparison to January 2019 (354).
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31st January 2020
E-Golf Offer from Volkswagen Ireland
With every motoring conversation now including the word, electric, customers now must include the potential changes to our national car park in the next decade, as we swap of fossil fuel internal combustion engines, (ICE), for the more earth-friendly hybrid and full electric alternatives.
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30th January 2020
Luca De Meo takes the top Seat at Renault
Luca de Meo has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer of Renault S.A., and Chairman of Renault s.a.s., effective July 1, 2020. This follows his departure as the former Chief Executive of SEAT, the selection process to his appointment led by the Governance and Compensation Committee, the Board of Directors, under the chairmanship of Mr. Jean-Dominique Senard.
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29th January 2020
New SEAT Leon set to Strut this Summer
Due here in May, SEAT has just launched its fourth-generation Leon at its Martorell facilities in Barcelona. The 2020 Leon has been designed and developed to take it to the next level in terms of connectivity, efficiency, dynamism, and safety. SEAT have invested some 1.1 billion euros in order to bring vehicles with more efficient engines, next levels of connectivity and driving assistance, great dynamism and more eye-catching aesthetics to the market.
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28th January 2020
New Fifth-Generation VW Caddy 2020 – the Long and the Short
Due to be unveiled to the world in February, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ fifth generation Caddy will be available in two wheelbases, entering the ring in the competitive A segment of commercial urban delivery vans and privately used family MPVs. This is a hunting ground that has been very fruitful for the previous Caddy, appealing to the manual trades, service providers and families.
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23rd January 2020
2020 Toyota RAV4 Plug-in Hybrid Going to be Popular
Since its launch in 1994, the RAV4 has certainly grown and had gone through several style changes, cosmetic updates and methods of propulsion. The 2020 RAV4 is a Plug-in Hybrid, (Petrol & Electric), Toyota’s new flagship vehicle for its hybrid line-up.
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21st January 2020
New 2020 Captur Set to Capture Hearts Once More!
Renault’s 27 dealerships will host local launches for the All-New Captur from 23rd-25th January, where customers can test drive and order the new-look model. Priced from €21,995 RRP, customers can avail of €3,500 Savings Guaranteed on All-New Captur for 201, as Renault is rewarding customers for choosing a cleaner, lower emissions car with Renault Carbon Rewards, a simple and transparent new offer for 201 registrations. Customers will receive €1,000 Carbon Cashback and 2.01% APR until 31st January 2020 through Renault Bank.
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31st October 2018
Ford Focus 191 Price Promotion
As part of Ford Ireland’s 191 new registration promotion, Ford has announced revised prices for the All-New Ford Focus which arrived in Ireland in September.
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31st October 2018
FUSO eCanter Irish Debut
The world’s first all-electric light truck in series production the FUSO eCanter was revealed to Irish customers recently. The event was attended by Minister Denis Naughten who took a test drive in the electric eCanter.
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30th October 2018
Subaru to sponsor Flying Fifteen World Championships 2019
Subaru have been announced as the main sponsor and vehicle partner of the Flying Fifteen World Championships 2019 to be held 2nd – 13th September next year at The National Yacht Club, Dun Laoghaire and Dublin Bay.
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30th October 2018
De Niro fronts launch of Kia e-Niro at Paris Motor Show
Kia’s first fully-electric crossover utility vehicle, the e-Niro was revealed in European specification at the 2018 Paris Motor Show, the launch fronted by Oscar-winning actor Robert De Niro.
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23rd October 2018
New Ford Transit Custom
Ford’s new one-tonne Transit Custom commercial hopes to build on the success of the outgoing model, which became the top-selling van in its segment across Europe since 2015.
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23rd October 2018
2019 Ford Wagon Mondeo Hybrid
Ford’s Mondeo Hybrid petrol-electric vehicle range 2019 will include the introduction of the Mondeo Hybrid wagon variant. Ford will release full specification and pricing for the enhanced Mondeo Hybrid range –closer to the model’s on-sale date.
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23rd October 2018
New BMW 3 Series Debuts in Paris Ahead of Irish Spring 2019 Launch
BMW New 3 Series Ready for Irish Launch in March 2019
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22nd October 2018
Mercedes Benz A-Class - Exuberance in the Stars
Buyers seeking an upmarket and stylish hatchback will be interested in the 2018 Mercedes-Benz A-Class
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