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01st May 2024
3.6% Decrease in New Car Registrations for April 2024
The Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) today released their official 241 new vehicle registrations statistics for April. New car registrations for April were down 3.6% (8,591) when compared to April 2023 (8,912). Registrations year to date are up 6.0% (71,110) on the same period last year (67,063). Light Commercial vehicles (LCVs) increased by 3.0% (2,212) compared to April last year (2,148). Year to date LCVs are up 29.0% (17,543). HGV (Heavy Goods Vehicle) registrations are up 37.2% (332) in comparison to April 2023 (242). Year to date HGVs are up 19.5% (1,442). Imported Used Cars have seen a 35.6% (5,206) rise in April 2024, when compared to April 2023 (3,838). Year to date imports are up 26.9% (20,694) on 2023 (16,311). In April 1,091 new electric cars were registered, which was 41.4% lower than the 1,863 registrations in April 2023. So far this year 9,028 new electric cars have been registered which is a 19.1% decrease compared to the same period in 2023 when 11,160 electric cars were registered.
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24th April 2024
OPEL'S NEXT-GENERATION GRANDLAND SUV
Powered by a fully electrified drivetrain portfolio, the new Opel Grandland has been unveiled by the German carmaker, boasting a range of up to 700km (WLTP). The newcomer brings to life many design features first seen on the Opel Experimental concept car, including a 3D Vizor with illuminated Blitz logo proudly sitting at the centre, and permanently illuminated OPEL lettering at the rear. The new Opel Grandland will make its way to Irish showrooms in late 2024.
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19th April 2024
Citroen’s new C3 Aircross set for mid-year Irish debut
Have a goo at Citroën’s first images of their all-new C3 Aircross, which enters the B- SUV segment. It will arrive here in mid-2024 and will come with new dimensions, more powerful, assertive styling, added space, with the capacity to accommodate up to 7 people, electrified offerings from hybrid to 100% electric, comfort and connectivity a given, more information about the all-new C3 Aircross will be shared closer to launch. It shares the same design identity as new C3 announced in October of last year. With plenty of space and onboard comfort, Citroen plan to shake up the market with very competitive pricing positioning - both models are based on the same Smart Car platform allowing powertrain flexibility and cost efficiency.
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19th April 2024
VW Ireland revamp their line-up, with tasty finance deals
Volkswagen Ireland has announced the introduction of finance deals on its new car range. The 2024 Volkswagen Passenger Cars line-up is now available with PCP rates starting at 2.9% APR. Meanwhile, hire purchase customers can take advantage of 0% finance rates. While Volkswagen Ireland is spearheading the transition towards full e-mobility, it has a strong portfolio of fuel-efficient petrol, diesel and hybrid vehicles to suit every customer’s needs.
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17th April 2024
AA Ireland charge ahead with EV partner Ohme
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17th April 2024
Mercedes-Benz CLE – Unlimited Horizons Await
In these days of change and charge, where plug-in propulsion flies its flag higher than those of the former choices of petrol and diesel, I sat in behind the wheel of the replacement coupe for the Mercedes-Benz C and E-Class variants, and I laughed. The catalyst for my merriment was nothing to do with the new CLE, but centered on a number on the lower right of the comprehensive driver’s console – 1420 kilometres. In this new world where charging every 400 kilometres is de rigueur, the prospect of needing to refuel for another 1400 kilometres was both the source of my merriment and reassuringly stress free – bordering on the outrageous.
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10th April 2024
Opel’s new Frontera to debut later in 2024
Opel has revealed the first full images of the new Opel Frontera, which will debut in Irish showrooms later in 2024, the price and equipment announced closer to launch. This old name on their new SUV will be available both in fully electric and hybrid powertrains. It has an upright stance, offering a functional and spacious cabin. The new Opel Blitz emblem sits at the centre of the Opel Vizor. The black vizor gives the front of the Frontera an easy identity, seamlessly integrating the headlamps. The recognisable Opel wing signature is featured, with three lighting blocks separated by body-coloured insets. The side view reveals a distinctive C-pillar, which visually splits the spacious cabin. Elsewhere, the pronounced wheel arches and wings give the newcomer a solid and modern look.
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07th April 2024
New Car Registrations: 16% decrease in March 2024
The Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) today released their official 241 new vehicle registrations statistics for March. New car registrations for March were down 16% (14,936) when compared to March 2023 (17,685). Registrations year to date are up 8.0% (62,807) on the same period last year (58,151). Light Commercial vehicles (LCVs) increased by 31.7% (4,410) compared to March last year (3,348). Year to date LCVs are up 34.1% (15,356). HGV (Heavy Goods Vehicle) registrations are up 28.2% (350) in comparison to March 2023 (273). Year to date HGVs are up 15.0% (1,110). Imported Used Cars have seen an 11.0% (5,216) rise in March 2024, when compared to March 2023 (4,698). Year to date imports are up 24.2% (15,487) on 2023 (12,473). In March 2,009 new electric cars were registered, which was 41.1% lower than the 3,412 registrations in March 2023. So far this year 7,971 new electric cars have been registered which is a 14.3% decrease compared to the same period in 2023 when 9,297 electric cars were registered. In the new car market share by engine type for 2024, Petrol cars lead the new car market at 33.37%. followed by Diesel at 23.05%, then Hybrid (Petrol Electric) at 21.33%, Electric at 12.69%, and Plug-in Electric Hybrid at 7.92%.
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01st March 2024
New Car Registrations Up 25% in February 2024
he Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) released their official 241 new vehicle registrations statistics for February today. New car registrations for February were up 25% (16,455) when compared to February 2023 (13,122). Registrations year to date are up 18.3% (47,882) on the same period last year (40,466). Light Commercial vehicles (LCVs) increased by 36.8% (3,515) compared to February last year (2,569). Year to date LCVs are up 35.6% (10,987). HGV (Heavy Goods Vehicle) registrations are up 14.2% (305) in comparison to February 2023 (267). Year to date HGVs are up 10.3% (763). Imported Used Cars have seen a 24% (4,945) rise in February 2024, when compared to February 2023 (3,989). Year to date imports are up 32.1% (10,270) on 2023 (7,775). In February 1,866 new electric cars were registered, which was 15.5% lower than the 2,207 registrations in February 2023. So far this year 5,968 new electric cars have been registered which is a 1.4% increase compared to the same period in 2023 when 5,885 electric cars were registered. In the new car market share by engine type for 2024, Petrol cars continue to lead the new car market at 32.97%. Diesel is next at 23.76%, then Hybrid (Petrol Electric) at 21.51%, Electric at 12.46%, and Plug-in Electric Hybrid at 7.76%.
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29th February 2024
‘SMART’ NEWCOMER TO IRELAND’S EV MARKET
smart, a rejuvenated automotive name, in small letters, but with big intentions, has returned to the Irish market, with the arrival here of the all-new, all-electric smart #1. As its name suggests, this is the first model in a sequence of EV models that its manufacturers say is destined to be ‘the new premium intelligent all-electric auto brand’.
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23rd February 2024
SIMI Announces Winners of Prestigious Motor Industry Awards in Partnership with Bank of Ireland
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08th February 2024
New Puma ready to pounce
Ford has just revealed their new Puma compact crossover, with space for five people plus their gear. This new Puma looks to make journeys more enjoyable and relaxing with an all-new interior, large digital displays, cutting-edge connectivity and advanced driving technologies. Designed and built in Europe, Puma is manufactured at Ford Otosan’s state-of-the- art Craiova Assembly Plant, Romania. Inside, a new sports car-style cockpit wraps around the occupants with screens mounted high and angled towards the driver, while physical buttons are at a minimum for a calm environment. Customers can use 5G connectivity to take charge of their day – whether to avoid unexpected traffic jams on the school run or ask Alexa Built-in to add coffee to the shopping list.
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08th February 2024
VW Amarok picks up International Pick-Up Award
Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ third generation Amarok has been named Pick-up of the Year in the prestigious International Van of the Year Awards (IVotY). The Amarok, which first launched in 2011, has now picked up the coveted International Pick-up of the Year award three times in just 14 years, making it a unique hattrick for Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ beloved workhorse. A jury consisting of 24 members of leading commercial vehicle publications across Europe gave the latest Amarok top marks, praising its design excellence, engineering, safety, and overall performance. Chaired by our own Jarlath Sweeney, who is also current President of the IVotY and IPUA jury, presented Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles with the trophy, adding: “Following the IPUA 2023 Group Tests, held in Greece at the end of last year, the new Amarok impressed. Although a collaboration project, the VWCV Design Team has managed to maintain the company’s unique styling and driving traits, which customers will testify.”
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01st February 2024
January New Car Registrations Up 15%
January New Registrations Up 15% The Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) today released their official 241 new vehicle registrations statistics for January. New car registrations for the month of January were up 15% (31,470) when compared to January 2023 (27,337). However, despite this growth, registrations remain 3% lower than pre-Covid levels in 2019. Light Commercial vehicles (LCV) are up 35.3% (7,500) compared to January last year (5,542). HGV (Heavy Goods Vehicle) registrations are also showing an increase of 7.8% (458) in comparison to January 2023 (425). Imported Used Cars seen a 40.7% (5,326) increase in January 2024, when compared to January 2023 (3,786). Electric Vehicle (EV) sales seen continued growth, with a record breaking 4,109 new electric vehicles registered for the month of January when compared to 3,674 in January 2023 (+12%). In terms of the new car market share in 2024, Petrol cars continue to dominate at 31.83%, with Hybrid (Petrol Electric) 23.95% surpassing, Diesel 21.77%, followed by Electric 13.06%, and Plug-in Electric Hybrid 6.96%.
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31st January 2024
BYD SEAL – A D-SEGMENT DELIGHT
Latest new model to arrive here from EV manufacturer, BYD, is their eye-pleasing sleek BYD SEAL. A four-door, all-electric, D-segment sedan, the BYD SEAL is the third model to launch here since BYD introduced its ATTO3 and Dolphin models to Ireland eight months ago - the BYD ATTO 3 winning the Continental Tyres Irish Small/Compact SUV 2024 award Model Range This BYD Seal comes with two powertrain variants: ‘Design’ and ‘Excellence’ (with AWD), a high level of equipment, plus dimensions with space for five occupants. It also has two trim levels, six body colours, two interior trim colours and several technological ‘firsts’
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28th January 2024
INEOS Grenadier – Bringing you Back to the Future
People like stuff – stuff that they will never fully utilise, stuff that is over-engineered, over specified, but purchased fundamentally because it tickles their technical fancy and their sheer, sometimes illogical desire to own, with the added kudos of bragging rights and an overt signature of their good taste. Watches are bought that can withstand being hundreds of feet under water – jackets are bought that can keep you cosy in minus twenty and duvets are bought that would keep you warm in the northernmost igloo.
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26th January 2024
New Opel battery-electric SUV, with a familiar name
Opel has resurrected the Frontera nameplate in 2024, with the name making its comeback on an all-new SUV model. Opel will release images of the new Frontera along with more detailed information on the newcomer in the upcoming weeks. The new Frontera, which will be presented later this year, promising to be a fun car with clever functional features. It will also display a new rugged interpretation of Opel's design philosophy and be the first production car from the German brand to bear the new Opel Blitz emblem. The new Frontera will be available as a battery- electric vehicle from the very start.
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26th January 2024
Fifty-years and flying - New Golf
Volkswagen’s Golf is celebrating its 50th birthday this year – and VW is launching an enhanced version of its bestseller to mark the anniversary. Customers will be able to order the new model in just a few weeks. The new Golf comes with a next-generation infotainment system, a more intuitive operating concept, a sharper front and rear end design as well as efficient drive systems. These include plug-in hybrid drives with an increased all-electric range of about 100 kilometres. In addition, an illuminated Volkswagen logo adorns the front for the first time on a Golf.
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07th January 2024
CUPRA’s Born to run in early ‘24
Those thinking of changing their car now in early’24 and go Electric, must give the offer from CUPRA Ireland some serious thought. This 5-door hatchback is right up there in terms of its technical offering, build quality and sheer ease of use. For a limited period CUPRA Ireland are offering substantial discounts on three of its Born models that deserve consideration for anyone in the market for change.
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02nd January 2024
121,850 New Car Registrations in 2023; Electric Cars up 45%
121,850 New Car Registrations in 2023; Electric Cars up 45% 121,850 new cars registered in 2023 compared to 105,398 for the same period in 2022 (+16%) and 117,109 in 2019 (+4%). 22,789 new electric cars registered in 2023 comparison to 15,678 on the same period 2022 (+45.4%) and 3,444 in 2019 (+561.7%). The Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) today released their official new vehicle registrations statistics for 2023. Total new car registrations for 2023, finished at 121,850 +16% on 2022 (105,398) and up 4% on 2019 (117,109). New Light Commercial Vehicle (LCV) registrations in 2023 saw an increase of 25.1% (29,403) compared to 2022 (23,510) and a 16.1% increase on 2019 (25,336). While New Heavy Commercial Vehicle registrations (HGV) saw an increase of 20.4% (2,655) in comparison to 2022 (2,205) and 19.9% on 2019 (2,214).
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22nd December 2023
GWM ORA land in Airside
Bright Motors in Airside Dublin has joined the GWM ORA network in Ireland. A thrilled Pat Ryan Managing Director of GWM ORA Ireland, commenting on the appointment, said: “We in GWM ORA are thrilled to welcome Bright Motors to the ORA brand in Ireland. As the 5 th dealership to join our expanding network I know the highly experienced team are the perfect match to help us grow this exciting brand in the Leinster region”.
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18th December 2023
Doyles of Courtown join the GWM Ora network
GWM ORA Ireland have announced that Doyles of Courtown in Wexford has joined the GWM ORA network in Ireland. Pat Ryan Managing Director of GWM ORA Ireland commenting on the appointment, said, ‘I would like to welcome Bernard and the team to the GWM ORA brand. 2024 is a very exciting year for ORA in Ireland with the new brand strategy and the arrival of the 07 at the end of Quarter 1. I know we have picked a great team to represent ORA in Wexford.’
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07th December 2023
Ford’s Exit Warning is an urban delight for van drivers
With the increase in on-line shopping, added to our liking to have our purchases delivered to our front door, plus the simple fact that everything in our homes arrives in a van or a truck, it is easy to see the immense role the van plays in our lives. In some busy cities in the UK, it is reckoned that delivery drivers can make up to 200 drop-offs per day during the Christmas period.
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06th December 2023
BYD Dolphin swims ashore
Extending our motor-lexicon even further, BYD – Build Your Dreams – has just released its Dolphin from captivity, from what it refers to as their ‘Ocean’ series. Its sibling, the Seal will join it on our shores in January and like the Atto 3 launched here last April, they can be seen at BYD dealerships in Dublin and Cork. Being a full battery powered choice, DOLPHIN enters the compact C-segment hatchback, (all generally in the 4.2 metre footprint). There is no getting away from the price and range of standard features, which will undoubtedly set it apart from the competition and attract those in the market for a modern urban and extended-range electric car. Price for Comfort and Design models begins from €29,318 after state subsidies. Information regarding Active and Boost models will be announced nearer to their market entry early next year.
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05th December 2023
Life – in the palm of your hand One-use lightweight defibrillator is a lifesaver
What gift can I get for the person who has everything? At Christmas and on other occasions throughout the year, it’s a question that will arise in the minds of many.    One possible answer is the arrival here of a new lightweight ‘automatic external defibrillator’.   Small enough to rest in the palm of a hand and portable enough to be carried in a briefcase, luggage or pocket, the new Australian-made device is one that could have an appeal for those ‘Good Samaritans’ who like to travel well equipped for any eventuality that might arise.
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05th December 2023
Great Wall Motors numbers its future
From 2024 on, Great Wall Motor (GWM) will introduce its “ONE GWM” strategy, this strategic shift signifies GWM's commitment to a more cohesive and recognizable global presence, particularly in the European market. With its ONE GWM strategy, GWM aims to optimize its European market entry approach and maximize its brand strength. The decision to market and distribute all cars under one brand will increase the visibility of the Chinese automaker and allow GWM's partners to apply a synergetic and efficient commercial approach from distribution down to dealer lever.
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01st December 2023
November new car registrations down 4%: Year to date up 15%
November new car registrations down 4%: Year to date up 15% The Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) today released their official 232 new vehicle registrations statistics for November. New car registrations for the month of November were down 4% (947) when compared to November 2022 (985). Registrations year to date are up 15% (121,430) on the same period last year (105,189).
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30th November 2023
New Kia Sorento arrives in Ireland this April
Kia Ireland have announced details of the facelifted 7-seat Sorento model which will arrive in Ireland in early 2024. It will be available in diesel and petrol plug-in hybrid (PHEV), with diesel models will arrive in Ireland this April, while PHEV models will arrive in July in time for the 242-registration period.
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30th November 2023
New E-Class Mercedes shines bright
The latest Mercedes-Benz E-Class, for over 75 years the mainstay of the Mercedes- Benz model range, has just glided into a Mercedes showroom near you. Models most likely to appeal to Irish motorists are E220d Saloon and E 200 Saloon, with prices starting from €80,525 and €82,130 respectively. PHEV production will begin in mid Q1 for customer orders and pricing will be released next month on both diesel and petrol plug-in hybrid engines prior to their launch.
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30th November 2023
Opel Ireland’s ‘Drive for Passion’ passes the ball
Opel, a sponsor of Irish Rugby and the official car partner to the IRFU, has announced its Driving the Passion programme, which will see the car brand donate hundreds of Gilbert rugby training balls to local rugby clubs nationwide, with a particular focus on women's teams. Opel's goal is clear: to strengthen its bond with Irish rugby by actively supporting local rugby clubs at the grassroots level to empower the future stars of Irish rugby. Having successfully collaborated with several prominent clubs around Ireland already, Opel is now gearing up to extend its reach to even more clubs in the upcoming weeks.
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27th November 2023
Smart Electric duo here in early 2024
Irish motor vehicles distributor, Motor Distributors Limited (MDL) has announced its appointment as distributors in Ireland of the smart range of passenger cars, described as ‘the new premium intelligent all-electric auto brand’.   The appointment by smart Europe GmbH – a 100% subsidiary of smart Automobile Co., Ltd., the global joint venture company formed by Mercedes-Benz AG and Geely Automobile Co., Ltd.– takes immediate effect, and allows time for MDL to make appropriate arrangements in preparation for the arrival of smart models on to the Irish market.
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23rd November 2023
CUPRA Ateca Impulse Limited Edition
CUPRA has announced the launch of the CUPRA Ateca Impulse Limited Edition, a new and exclusive variant that pushes the boundaries of performance, design, and innovation.   Available with a 1.5L petrol engine, the Ateca Impulse Limited Edition boasts a design that reflects CUPRA's commitment certainly boasts its own style. With exclusive exterior enhancements, including bespoke alloy wheels, a distinctive front grille, and a sporty rear diffuser, this limited-edition model is going to turn heads on the road.
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23rd November 2023
ELVES ANNOUNCES ISPCA AS OFFICIAL CHARITY PARTNER
With just over a month to go until Christmas, non-profit Irish company ELVES has announced the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ISPCA), as its official charity partner. ELVES, End-of-Life-Vehicle (ELV) compliance scheme, is a non-profit company set up by vehicle manufacturers to fund the recycling of scrap cars and small vans in Ireland. After several years assisting with collections for the ISPCA at popular events such as the Forever Young Festival, ELVES wished to become more involved with Ireland’s largest national animal welfare charity and support them with the life- changing differences they make to animals across the country.
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23rd November 2023
Dermot puts the grin into Glin
Adams of Glin has announced Dermot Whelan as a brand ambassador. With his strong links to Limerick and his high profile, Dermot is a perfect match for the Dealership and the Peugeot brand in the county.    A renowned figure in the Irish media and entertainment industry, Dermot is known for his captivating presence on both radio and television and more recently as a meditation practitioner and author of the best-selling book, Mind Full.  With a career spanning over two decades, Dermot has charmed his audience with his warm personality, humour, and engaging style. His talents and influence extend far beyond the airwaves, making him the ideal choice to represent Adams of Glin and the Peugeot brand.
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23rd November 2023
Double delight for Ford at International Van and Pick-up Awards
A jury of 25 commercial vehicle journalists, chaired by our own Jarlath Sweeney, has voted Ford Pro’s new Transit Custom, as the winner of IVOTY 2024. The new generation of Ford Pro’s van went on sale across Europe earlier this year, offering the widest choice of variants ever and introducing unique, digital and customer-led features such as a 5G modem for superfast connectivity;   software updates for over 30 vehicle modules; Delivery Assist that can save over 20 seconds per stop; Alexa Built- in from the factory;    a tilting steering wheel and versatile MultiCab bodystyle to build on the productivity benchmarks set by its predecessors.
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22nd November 2023
NEW RENAULT MASTER 2024
Renault has sold over three million Master vans since 1980, manufacturing them exclusively in Batilly, eastern France, since the model’s introduction. During these 40-plus years and three generations, Renault Master vans have found their way on to the roads of more than 50 countries, including South America. This fourth-generation sees this Renault Master’s high-grade interior mirroring t
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22nd November 2023
Award-winning Renault Austral ready for 2024
Launched here in early July, Renault Austral E-Tech full hybrid went on to win Irish Medium SUV of the Year 2024 at the annual Motor Media Association of Ireland Awards Irish Car of the Year Awards earlier this month. Irish customers of this SUV hybrid benefit from a specification that has been honed to deliver optimum comfort, convenience and class-leading connectivity. All versions of the Austral E-Tech full hybrid feature a comprehensive standard specification that complements the distinctive looks, advanced drivetrain and contoured cockpit.
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20th November 2023
Peugeot launch 3 new models ready for early 2024 debut
The 208 was the best-selling car in Europe in 2022 and is being refreshed, becoming a 100% electric version with a range of up to 400 km (WLTP cycle). The new 208 is available to order in Ireland now for January delivery with prices starting at €25,395 for the 1.2 PureTech and €32,780 (including SEAI grant and VRT rebate) for the E- 208.
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16th November 2023
ORA comes to Dungarvan
Great Wall Motors, (GWA) ORA has partnered with Dungarvan ORA, launching its first site in Waterford. This new appointment forms GWM ORA’s wider network growth strategy as the brand continues to open more dealerships across the country.
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15th November 2023
Transport Awards 2024
e & Distribution Ltd., received a rapturous applause and standing ovation on being announced as the 2024 Fleet Transport Irish Haulier of the Year winner at the Johnstown Estate Hotel, Enfield, County Meath on Thursday 9 November. The Tubbercurry, County Sligo based family business had due cause to rejoice having won the Regional Transport Operator category and fittingly marks the company’s 25th
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13th November 2023
Peugeot Ireland support Lyndsey at Plant the Planet Games in Kenya
Peugeot Ireland has announced their sponsorship of former Dublin Senior Footballer, Lyndsey Davey, to support her trip to Kenya as part of the Plant the Planet Games on November 17.   Davey will be one of 50 inter-county players, past and present, who will travel to Kenya on November 17 as part of the Warriors for Humanity group who will take part in the Plant the Planet Games. The players have raised hundreds of thousands of Euro as they aim to plant trees to tackle the devastating effects of climate change and raise awareness of the work of Self Help Africa.
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09th November 2023
Hyundai IONIQ 6 Takes Irish Car of the Year Title for 2024
Members of the Motoring Media Association of Ireland (MMAI), composed of some 35 of Ireland’s most experienced motoring journalists, hosted the Continental Tyres the Irish Car and Irish Van of the Year Awards event, held at the Conrad Hotel, Dublin. The event was attended by Ireland’s leading car brands, importers and distributors, where the awards are voted on by the members of the MMAI who individually assess each new car model that is launched in Ireland each year.
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01st November 2023
October new car registrations down 16.8%
The Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) today released their official 232 new vehicle registrations statistics for October. New car registrations for the month of October were down 16.8% (2,178) when compared to October 2022 (2,617). Registrations year to date are up 15.6% (120,495) on the same period last year (104,204).
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31st October 2023
November viewing date for new Opel Corsa
The new Opel Corsa can be previewed in Opel Dealerships this November, during the Opel Open Road sales event. The new Corsa, which recently celebrated its world premiere at the 2023 IAA Mobility in Munich, comes with fresh new styling, and as the best-selling small car of 2021 and 2022 in Germany and the UK, on its arrival here will be offered in three trims, retailing from €23,995, plus delivery-related charges.
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27th October 2023
Kia Ireland Announce Sustainability Partnership with Clean Coasts.
Kia Ireland have announced a sustainability partnership with Clean Coasts to promote circular economy initiatives during Circular Week . Clean Coasts, an initiative led by An Taisce, is a network of passionate volunteers committed to the protection of Ireland's beaches, seas, and marine life. Through volunteer-led initiatives and educational campaigns, Clean Coasts aims to inspire positive change in coastal and marine environments.
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26th October 2023
Opel announce new generation Combo, Vivaro and Movano
Opel has announced it will introduce new generations of its Combo compact, Vivaro mid-size and Movano large-size light commercial vehicles (LCVs) in Ireland in early summer 2024. Each model will feature new exterior styling and a redesigned cockpit, while the battery-electric versions will continue to offer good driving ranges. In addition, the German brand announced that the new Movano will also be available as a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle, in the near future.
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18th October 2023
VW ID.4 & ID.5 get upgrades
Volkswagen is launching pre-sales for the enhanced ID.4 and ID.5 models. The two electric models will now be offered with a brand-new generation of infotainment system. In addition, all Pro and GTX versions will feature a new drive system. The high-efficiency drive offers significantly more power together with reduced energy consumption. The combined WLTP range of the ID.4 as a versatile electric SUV is increased to up to 550 kilometres 3 (WLTP) thanks to the new electric drive. The spacious ID.5 SUV coupé will have a range of up to 556 kilometres 3 (WLTP) on one battery charge.
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03rd October 2023
Irish Car of the Year 2024
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02nd October 2023
Dacia brings new meaning to EuroMillions
One million is still a big number. Eight million is beyond impressive, so the folk in Dacia who have reached this milestone on sales, have every reason to whoop and jig around their showrooms. Back in 2004, this Romanian brand commenced its exciting journey, promoting a pragmatic vision for vehicles and constantly redefining what matters by focusing on offering the best value for money on the market. In the 18 years since, which has seen Dacia first expand into Eastern Europe and later into many more countries across the continent, the brand has gone from strength-to-strength. With its models marketed in 44 countries around the world, the brand has gathered an ever-growing following and a reputation for being a disruptive force in the automotive industry.
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02nd October 2023
New car registrations -10.3% in September; Government must continue EV supports in Budget 2024
The Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) today released their official 232 new vehicle registrations statistics for September. New car registrations for the month of September were down 10.3% (5,669) when compared to September 2022 (6,318). Registrations year to date are up 16.5% (118,369) on the same period last year (101,587). Light Commercial vehicles (LCV) are up 15.4% (2,021) compared to September last year (1,751) and year to date are up 30.6% (27,220). HGV (Heavy Goods Vehicle) registrations are showing a decrease for September of 17.1% (155) in comparison to September 2022 (187). Year to date HGVs are up 27.0% (2,375). Imported Used Cars seen a 0.1% (4,328) decrease in September 2023, when compared to September 2022 (4,333). Year to date imports are up 2.5% (38,339) on 2022 (37,417). For the month of September 1,493 new electric vehicles were registered compared to 1,851 in September 2022 (-19.34%). So far this year 21,707 new electric cars have been registered in comparison to 14.510 (+49.6%) on the same period 2022.
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29th September 2023
MERCEDES-BENZ GLE SUV ARRIVES
The latest Mercedes-Benz GLE has just arrived, the 2024 off-spring of the original premium Sports Utility Vehicle, the M-Class of 1997. The GLE debuted in 2015, the model prior to this 2024 upgrade taking to Irish tarmac in 2018. For those who like sloping lines, a new GLE Coupe is something to look forward to in the near future   This new GLE is electrified, coming with the choice that includes mild hybrid diesel models, with 48-volt system and Integrated Starter Generator, as well as fourth- generation plug-in hybrids – with all-wheel drive 4MATIC standard across the range and with muscle to tow loads up to 3.5 tonnes.
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22nd September 2023
Reens appointed to Fiat & Jeep network
Fiat and Jeep Importers in Ireland, has announced the appointment of Reens Car Sales Rathmore to the Fiat and Jeep dealer networks, effective 18th September 2023. Reens Rathmore, Co Kerry is a family run dealership with a strong reputation for delivering a high level of customer service in all aspects of their dealer operations. Celebrating more than 47 years in business, Reens have continued year on year to build a loyal customer base whilst consistently striving to ensure an excellent service for their customers.
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18th September 2023
VW Group Ireland ready for Worldskills at RDS
Sparks will fly at Dublin’s RDS next week as employers put on a show in an attempt to win over school leavers. More than 28,000 students are expected to descend upon RDS Simmonscourt in Ballsbridge for Worldskills Ireland 2023 which gets under way on Wednesday.
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15th September 2023
Double celebration at opening of new Frank Keane Group VW outlet
More than 400 guests gathered last week in Sandyford, to herald the opening of the new 2,500 sq. m Volkswagen Passenger Cars and Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles retail outlets by the Irish Motor icon, Frank Keane. It was a happy coincidence that the night also was an occasion to celebrate Frank’s 90 th birthday. Founder of the Group, Frank Keane, was presented with a pair of specially commissioned paintings to mark his landmark anniversary, by Alan Bateson, Brand Director for Volkswagen Passenger Cars Ireland.
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12th September 2023
Peugeot reveal its all-new electric fastback E-3008 SUV
The current Peugeot 3008 has charmed more than 1,320,000 customers in 130 countries over the past 7 years. Peugeot is committed to offer a complete EV line-up as soon as 2025 and 100% of the brands’ sales in Europe will be electric by 2030. The latest Peugeot E-3008 is the first model to use Stellantis' brand new STLA Medium platform, which has been designed to offer a range of up to 700km and a recharge time of 30 minutes.
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06th September 2023
BYD SEAL here by year end
Already here with their impressive C-segment SUV, the ATTO3, BYD have just given the world a glimpse of their next full EV, the friendly-named, D-segment saloon, SEAL. The first BYD SEAL’s will be in dealerships in O4 2023 with end-user customer deliveries from November. Customers can choose from two powertrain variants, two trim levels (BYD SEAL Excellence-AWD and BYD SEAL Design), six body colours and two interior trim colours. Final prices will be announced in the run-up to the market launch, but it is expected they will start from €40,567 for the COMFORT model, arriving in 2024, based on current subsidies.
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01st September 2023
Budget 2024 Invest now SIMI calls for extension of EV incentives and investment in charging infrastructure
The Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) today released their official 232 new vehicle registrations statistics for August. New car registrations for the month of August were down 0.3% (8,131) when compared to August 2022 (8,154). Registrations year to date are up 18.3% (112,729) on the same period last year (95,269). Light Commercial vehicles (LCV) are up 5.7% (2,217) compared to August last year (2,097) and year to date are up 32% (25,207). HGV (Heavy Goods Vehicle) registrations are also showing an increase of 24.4% (296) in comparison to August 2022 (238). Year to date HGVs are up 32% (2,222). Imported Used Cars seen a 4% (4,578) decrease in August 2023, when compared to August 2022 (4,769). Year to date imports are up 2.8% (34,012) on 2022 (33,084). For the month of August 1,776 new electric vehicles were registered compared to 1,484 in August 2022 (+19.7%). So far this year 20,218 new electric cars have been registered in comparison to 12,659 (+59.7%) on the same period 2022.
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30th August 2023
GT Coupe from Mercedes-Benz set to bring the horizon into your lap
Premium Grand Tourismo cars are always worth a look and the aspiration to one day share their exclusive company. The sector will soon be joined by the very eye-pleasing, second-generation Mercedes-AMG GT Coupé. Two salivating models are on its menu, both powered by a 4.0 litre V8 bi-turbo engine and 4MATIC + all-wheel drive, the AMG GT 63 Coupé and the AMG GT 55 Coupé. Both promise great driving dynamics synonymous with their GT badge and their Mercedes heritage.
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23rd August 2023
Opel Experimental
Feast thine eyes on the Opel Experimental, boasting cutting-edge aero-efficiency features, a spacious, illuminated interior, and a next-generation head-up display. This fully electric crossover is equipped with all-wheel drive and will make its world premiere at this year’s IAA Mobility in Munich (September 5 to 10, 2023). Mark Adams, Vice President Design commented, “Our new Opel Experimental gives a more extreme interpretation of our Bold and Pure design philosophy. It gives shape to our vision of the future. Many of the elements of its design and the mindset behind it will be visible in future production vehicles. The exterior design delivers an optimised aerodynamic performance in combination with a stunning silhouette while the interior offers an immersive and emotional user experience.” Absent of chrome, with a distinctive silhouette, the front features the new illuminated Opel Blitz sits proudly at the centre to create the signature Opel Compass. Around the front compass sits the next-generation 4D Opel Vizor; the extra dimension is the addition of advanced sight safety technologies including sensors, radar and camera systems.  The Opel Experimental’s tapering profile has clean surfacing to enhance its presence. Even traditional wing mirrors have made way for fully integrated 180-degree cameras on the C-pillars while sharp, muscular wheel-arch blisters emphasise its stance.
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14th August 2023
Enterprise adds Titan to its fleet
Enterprise Rent-A-Car is amongst the first in the country to boost their commercial vehicle fleet with the addition of 15 recently launched, new-to-Ireland, Mercedes- Benz Citan vans.   Finished with the familiar Enterprise black and green livery, and supplied by Motor Distributors Limited, the new units will be based at the Dublin and Cork branches and form part of a larger order which will see a number of Mercedes-Benz Vito and Sprinter units delivered later this year.   Marking the entry by Mercedes-Benz in Ireland into the 1-tonne panel van segment, the 4-cylinder, 1.5-litre turbodiesel Citan panel vans, feature an array of safety and driver assistance elements drawn from other models in the Mercedes-Benz passenger car range.   To the fore is multifunction steering wheel, MBUX infotainment system, smartphone integration package, multifunction steering wheel, LED interior lighting, lumbar support driver seat and cruise control.   With roots tracing back to 1957, Enterprise now operates a diverse fleet of vehicles through an integrated network of more than 10,000 fully staffed neighbourhood and airport rental locations in more than 90 countries and territories.
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08th August 2023
OPEL SUPPORTS IRELAND’S WOMEN’S TEAM AT TAG RUGBY WORLD CUP 2023
Opel Ireland, a sponsor of Irish Rugby and the official car partner to the IRFU, has announced its support to the Irish Women’s Open Tag Rugby Team, who will represent the nation in the 2023 Tag Rugby World Cup from Wednesday 2nd to Saturday 5th August at the University of Limerick.  The highly anticipated tournament will showcase rugby talent from across the globe, including Hong Kong, South Africa, France, New Zealand, Japan, Great Britain, the USA, Italy, and Australia. The event will see around 2000 of the world's best tag rugby players compete for gold medals across men’s, women’s, mixed and senior categories. Presenting the 20-stong women’s team with gift bags of sporting essentials and providing transport assistance to the group in a Mokka Electric, Jennifer Eagers, Marketing Executive at Opel Ireland said: “Opel Ireland is very proud to support the Women’s Open Tag Rugby Team with water bottles, energy drinks and Opel merchandise. I wish the team every continued success.”  The Irish Women’s Open team is a formidable force in the world of tag rugby, and they will be hoping for success at the World Cup. Comprised of talented and dedicated athletes from all around Ireland, team members have each consistently showcased skill and passion for the sport at both national and international stages with their clubs. Undertaking rigorous training in preparation for the upcoming World Cup, both as a team, twice a month for over twelve months, each of the players has also partaken in their own tag rugby club training each week, making them a force to be reckoned with.
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08th August 2023
ALL-NEW MERCEDES-BENZ CLE COUPÉ
The very eye-pleasing, all-new Mercedes-Benz CLE, 2-door, Coupé will launch in Europe next November, replacing two long-established models, the C-Class Coupé and E-Class coupé, both of which are being discontinued.   The CLE Coupé range will have three models: CLE 220, CLE 300 and CLE 450, which will include; 4-and 6- cylinder versions, mild hybrid petrol and diesel units, 9- speed automatic transmission, 4MATIC all-wheel drive, and AMG variants. A plug-in hybrid and open-top cabriolet versions will be added.    At launch, mild hybrid models are:  a 255hp four-cylinder CLE 300  a 375hp three-litre, six-cylinder CLE 450 4Matic, Both are equipped with integrated starter-generator running on a 48-volt electrical system that provides an extra 23hp boost to reduce turbo lag and smooth-out the start/stop function when the engine is running at low speed. In both models, 9-speed automatic transmission and four-wheel drive are available with multilink front and rear suspension. A stiffer sport-tuned suspension, standard on the CLE450, is offered on the CLE 300 with AMG package.
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08th August 2023
New Car Registrations: +24% in July, Record month for electric cars
The Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) today released their official 232 new vehicle registrations statistics for July. New car registrations for the month of July were up 24% (27,148) when compared to July 2022 (21,904). Registrations year to date are up 20.1% (104,641) on the same period last year (87,115). Light Commercial vehicles (LCV) are up 42.5% (5,664) compared to July last year (3,974) and year to date are up 35.3% (22,997). HGV (Heavy Goods Vehicle) registrations are also showing an increase of 27.6% (374) in comparison to July 2022 (293). Year to date HGVs are up 33.4% (1,927). Imported Used Cars seen a 4.83% (4,409) increase in July 2023, when compared to July 2022 (4,206). Year to date imports are up 3.96% (29,435) on 2022 (28,315). For the month of July 4,161 new electric vehicles were registered compared to 2,729 in July 2022 (+52.47%). So far this year 18,458 new electric cars have been registered in comparison to 11,175 (+65.17%) on the same period 2022. In July, the car market share grew, with petrol retaining the largest share at 32.29%, Diesel accounting for 22.06%, Hybrid 18.04%, Electric 17.64%, and Plug-in Electric Hybrid 7.67%. A surge in battery electric vehicles, Plug-in Hybrids and Hybrids now see their combined market share (year to date) at 43.35%.
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13th July 2023
VW California – at home everywhere
The 200,000th Volkswagen California left the production line in Hanover-Limmer this week. Easily identifiable, this successful camper van, the California, first went on sale in 1988 and has been a symbol for freedom, discovery and adventure ever since. Last year, a record 21,600 California 6.1 vehicles were delivered to customers, an increase of nearly 15% per cent compared to the pre-coronavirus year 2019. And 2023 is on course to see more California’s built than ever before. Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles (VWCV) and Volkswagen Group Services celebrated the anniversary with 600 employees at the production plant in Hanover- Limmer. The 200,000th vehicle is an “all bells and whistles” California 6.1 Ocean (2.0 l TDI, 150 kW) with 4MOTION all-wheel drive and 7-speed DSG and featuring a two-tone paint finish in Reflex Silver / Fortana Red, kitchen and cupboard unit, plus an electric pop-up roof with red bellows. “The California has been a real success story for 35 years,” says Josef Baumert, Member of the Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Brand Board of Management responsible for Production and Logistics. "200,000 vehicles are also 200,000 customers who are discovering the world with a California ‘Made in Hanover’. This outstanding success is due in particular to the employees who build what is surely the most successful camper van in the world every day with their know-how and passion at the main plant in Stöcken and in camper van production.”
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13th July 2023
Trinity Motors treble appointment
Gowan Auto, the sole distributor for Fiat, Jeep, and Fiat Professional in Ireland, have announced the appointment of Trinity Motors Wexford to the Fiat, Jeep, and Fiat Professional dealer networks, effective from 10 th  July 2023.   Trinity Motors was originally founded, some thirty years ago, by Eddie Murphy, this family-owned business has been built on a solid bedrock of putting the customer first coupled with a deep appreciation for delivering exceptional customer service and satisfaction. Today, Eddie’s sons continue this tradition by providing a warm and professional experience to all customers.    Trinity Motors Ardcavan, part of the Trinity Motor Group, has long established itself as one of the region’s leading dealerships with state-of-the-art facilities and an extremely warm welcome. The team at Trinity Motors takes pride in making it easy to do business and Fiat, Jeep, and Fiat Professional customers can look forward to exceptional levels of service, care, and an enjoyable environment in which to do business.
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06th July 2023
Northgate add Mercedes-Benz Citan to their menu
Headquartered in Dublin, and with branches in Cork, Limerick and Belfast, Northgate Vehicle Hire are amongst the first in the country to boost their commercial vehicle fleet with the addition of a number of recently launched, new-to-Ireland, Mercedes-Benz Citan vans.   Supplied by Motor Distributors Limited, all units will go into service for rental to their commercial customers.   Marking the entry by Mercedes-Benz in Ireland into the 1-tonne panel van segment, the 4-cylinder, 1.5-litre turbodiesel Citan 110 panel vans, complete with PRO specification, feature an array of safety and driver assistance elements drawn from other models in the Mercedes-Benz passenger car range.   Chief amongst them is multifunction steering wheel, MBUX infotainment system, smartphone integration package, air conditioning, heated electrically adjustable mirrors, cruise control, reversing camera and six airbags for passenger and driver.   Supplying and managing vehicles for businesses across Ireland for over 20 years, Northgate Vehicle Hire offer an extended range of tailored product options and fleet management solutions.  Northgate operates a sizeable fleet of over 4,500 vehicles, coupled with a strong infrastructure of workshops and technical centres throughout the county.
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06th July 2023
Citroen e-C4 X
Citroën have announced details of their new ë-C4 X Electric model which features a design combining the elegance of a fastback silhouette with the modern attitude of an SUV and that of a spacious 4-door. Pricing for the New ë-C4 X starts from €39,967 or from €368 a month with 3.65% APR finance. The ë-C4 X Electric is available with several safety and technology features as standard, featuring Citroën’s Advanced Comfort Programme. In a first for Citroën, this model will launch exclusively in an all-electric powertrain in Ireland with petrol and diesel models set to arrive later this year. First electric models are now available to test drive for the upcoming 232-registration period. First Impressions Viewed from the outside, the design includes a front-end incorporating Citroën’s rounded design signature, with their two chevrons central on the bonnet. That high, horizontal bonnet features concave indentations, those chrome chevrons stretch across the width of the body, connecting with double-height front lamps using LED headlights. Large 690mm diameter wheels combined with a short front overhang give the car a raised ride height which results in a more elevated driving position. When viewed in profile, the car’s roofline flows from the top of the windscreen into the top panel of the boot lid to create a fastback silhouette.  With a length of 4,600mm and a wheelbase of 2,670mm and a drag coefficient of Cd 0.29, the aerodynamic efficiency of the C4-X has been optimised thanks to the easy on the eye roofline.
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27th June 2023
OPEL UNVEILS NEW BLITZ EMBLEM
Opel has revealed a new interpretation of its emblem, the ‘Blitz’, which will feature on its new models from 2024. The Blitz will continue to form a central element of the Opel Compass, one of the main features of the German carmaker’s design philosophy, unveiled first on the multi-award winning Mokka and introduced since on the Grandland, Astra, and forthcoming new Corsa. Sitting at the centre of the Opel Vizor brand face, the lightning bolt, or ‘Blitz’ in German, is closely associated with electricity and is the ideal emblem to symbolise Opel’s approach to the era of electromobility; Opel will offer 15 all-electric models by the end of 2023, marketing all-electric models only by 2028. Mark Adams, Vice President design, said: “The ‘Blitz’ is the icon for our Bold and Pure philosophy. The sharpened, confident new ‘Blitz’, intersects the pure supporting ring, giving our iconic emblem a progressive, modern look. It is positioned proudly at the centre of our compass, which is our key graphic design principle. The compass is the backbone of our front, rear and interior design elements.”  Florian Huettl, Opel CEO, said: “Our ‘Blitz’ is more relevant than ever before. It not only symbolises our commitment to the democratization of innovation and mobility but also conveys our commitment to becoming a fully electric brand in Europe by 2028. This year, we will already have 15 electrified models in our portfolio and can proudly say that Opel is electric.”  Opel will gradually roll out the new ‘Blitz’ across its product portfolio in the coming years with the first production vehicle set to sport the new look in 2024. However, a strong hint of how it will look in production will come much sooner.
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27th June 2023
OPEL TO ELECTRIFY COMPLETLEY BY 2024
Opel has taken a major step towards becoming a fully electric brand by announcing that the successor to the Opel Crossland B-SUV will be offered with an all-electric drive in 2024, meaning that every model in the German carmaker's product portfolio will be available with a battery-electric variant as early as next year. Florian Huettl, Opel CEO, said: "With the successor to the Crossland we will make the fun of battery-electric driving available across our entire model range - and give our customers access to locally emissions-free mobility in every one of our models." Opel’s range of battery-electric Opel models includes the Corsa Electric, Mokka Electric, the Combo-e Life and the Zafira-e Life people carriers, to the Rocks Electric quadricycle, available depending on country. These vehicles have been joined by the new Astra Electric, sporting a range of 418km WLTP and available to order as a 5- door hatch and Sports Tourer estate in Ireland from late 2023, and they will now be followed next year by the all-electric successors to the Crossland and Grandland SUV. Depending on the country, battery-electric versions of the complete commercial vehicle portfolio are available, including the Combo-e and Vivaro-e, together with the Rocks Electric Kargo and Movano-e. By the end of this year, Opel will offer 15 fully electrified models.
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16th June 2023
PEUGEOT ANNOUNCE KATHRYN THOMAS AS BRAND AMBASSADOR
Peugeot Ireland has announced their partnership with TV & Radio Broadcaster and fitness enthusiast, Kathryn Thomas, as brand ambassador. As a prominent figure in the Irish entertainment industry, Kathryn Thomas has captivated audiences with her infectious energy, charm, and commitment to promoting well-being. Through her various television shows she has inspired countless individuals to embrace a healthier lifestyle and make positive changes.   In 2015, Kathryn embarked on her latest adventure and set up her own business, Pure Results. Kathryn believes everyone at some stage in their life should accomplish something that pushes them outside their comfort zone. Pure Results so that others could feel the benefits of a health and fitness kickstart.   Peugeot Ireland's Managing Director, Des Cannon, expressed his excitement about the partnership, stating, "We are thrilled to welcome Kathryn Thomas as our brand ambassador. Her passion for fitness and her ability to connect with people align perfectly with Peugeot's ethos. We believe that Kathryn will play a significant role in promoting our range of innovative, stylish, and alluring vehicles across Ireland."   Sitting behind the wheel of her new Peugeot 408, Kathryn spoke highly of her new association “I am thrilled to be on board with the Peugeot Team, with their stunning car range and support of sport and wellbeing, it is a partnership that I am really looking forward to”.
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16th June 2023
New Amarok ready and able to play dirty
An hour-long excursion through the gnarly off-road track, especially cut by what can only be described as the commandoes from Orangeworks Automotive, at Carton House, was my first introduction to the all-new VW Amarok pick-up. I sat into the original back in 2010 and in its 2.0 litre format was impressive, with all we had come to expect from VW in terms of build, finish and general competency. Roll on to 2016 and the arrival of their delicious 3.0 litre V6 and the Amarok now had the muscle to hustle, making it great company on road or green lane. Back to the giggle-weeds of Carton House and every wheel is being asked a different question, each suspension unit under an ever-changing load, the ladder chassis being asked to absorb all manner of exertions, all conducted without a creak or a complaint. Driven through a 10-speed automatic, my 3.0 litre V6 never broke sweat, the steering positive, albeit car was required on the narrow turns, as there is a fair bit of pick-up following the front due to its long wheelbase, which can easily ‘kiss’ a tree or rutted edge if forgotten. Out onto the R-roads around Maynooth, Dunboyne and Ratoath, with a return back to base via the motorway, and the Amarok dripped civility and good breeding. The driving position is excellent, the view forwards providing information and confidence in equal measure - a more extended road drive would be required to get fuel figures.
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15th June 2023
Electric & Hybrid Vehicles combine for over 50% of May new car market
The Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) today released their official 231 new vehicle registrations statistics for May. New car registrations for the month of May were up 42.7% (7,557) when compared to May 2022 (5,295). Registrations year to date are up 18.2% (74,542) on the same period last year (63,057). Light Commercial vehicles (LCV) are up 76.2% (2,528) compared to May last year (1,435) and year to date are up 31.1% (16,255). HGV (Heavy Goods Vehicle) registrations are also showing an increase of 11.9% (217) in comparison to May 2022 (194). Year to date HGV's are up 35.6% (1,424). Imported Used Cars seen a 14.9% (4,486) increase in May 2023, when compared to May 2022 (3,905). Year to date imports are up 5.2% (20,797) on 2022 (19,766). For the month of May 1,725 new electric vehicles were registered compared to 743 in May 2022 (+132.2). So far this year 12,875 new electric cars have been registered in comparison to +55.9% (8,258) on the same period 2022. Electric Vehicles, Plug-in Hybrids and Hybrids continue to increase their market share, with a combined market share (year to date) now of 42.74%. Petrol remains dominant at 32.36%, with Diesel accounting for 22.17%, Hybrid 17.51%, Electric 17.27% and Plug-in Electric Hybrid 7.96%. Brian Cooke, SIMI Director General commenting: New car sales increased again in May when compared to the same month last year, and now new cars sales are edging closer to Pre-COVID levels. Some easing of supply difficulties has resulted in improvement in delivery times, and this has led to a significant growth particularly in Electric Vehicle (EV) registrations. Year to date EV sales are now 56% ahead of last year, representing over 17% of the new car market. During the month of May nearly one-in-four new cars sold were electric, outperforming diesel sales for the month. Further analysis of the registrations highlights that when we combine Electric Vehicles, Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles (PHEVs) and Hybrids, which use battery technology for driving, they account for over 50% of the new car market for May. Commercial vehicle registrations both the heavy and light sectors, also demonstrated strong growth during the month.
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08th June 2023
Dacia offers to attract the 232-customer
The new car registration year is nearly upon us, when the lead numeric will be 232 on the latest driveway choice of new owners. Proof that the calendar only goes one direction is that Dacia is celebrating ten years in the Irish market, now holding 4.5% share, ranking seventh on the sales charts. In readiness for the new 232 year, and in conjunction with Mobilize Financial Services (MFS), Dacia have announced some attractive deals for those seeking to upgrade their mobility. Those wishing to go Dacia can choose from the very popular, 7-seater Dacia Jogger, the Sandero, or the compact SUV Duster, which the 232-customer can drive away for €7.77 a day, should they opt for that 7-seater Jogger. The other Dacia models are equally attractive, with the Dacia Sandero available for 232 from €5 per day on the road, while the robust SUV style of Sandero Stepway is available from €5.50 per day on the road. Customers choosing the Duster, Dacia’s best-selling model since it was launched in Ireland, is available for 232 for €6.50 a day. The competent Duster comes with new enhanced design elements including, new LED headlights, a new grille design, improved CO2 emissions and fuel consumption. This latest model is available with a selection of up-to-date features, including a new 8-inch touchscreen and a dual-clutch automatic EDC gearbox available on the TCe150 petrol engine, and offers a suite of new ADAS.
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08th June 2023
New Range Rover Sport SV
It’s a car that will appeal to many and available to few, the new Range Rover Sport SV is the most powerful and dynamic Range Rover Sport ever. It blends performance and dynamism with the taken for granted promise of peerless Range Rover capability, refinement and reductive design. No Irish price has been declared as yet. At First Sight New Range Rover Sport SV’s exterior design includes an airflow-enhanced front-end, reprofiled lower body sides and functional carbon fibre-tipped quad tailpipes for the active exhaust system as focal points at the rear. Carbon fibre detailing on the Range Rover script, front bumper blades, grille surround, bonnet vents and side vents can be supplemented with an exposed finish for the centre section of the carbon fibre bonnet 3 . Inside Story Inside the cockpit-like cabin, satin carbon fibre-backed SV Performance Seats feature integrated headrests, more sculpted bolsters and illuminated SV logos on their backrests. A new Ultrafabric PU interior is available, with lightweight, seamless, ‘3D Knit to form’ textile. World-first translucent edge-lit gear shift paddles nestle behind a steering wheel with more pronounced thumb grips, while black ceramic for the console gear shifter gives a cool-to-touch feel. Range Rover Sport’s crafted and reductive interior has also been enriched with intuitive new technologies, with the Pivi Pro infotainment providing intuitive control of all vehicle functions through the 13.1-inch floating glass display.
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02nd June 2023
Unique Defender
DEFENDER REVEALS UNIQUE DEFENDER 110 TO SHOWCASE  RUGBY WORLD CUP TROPHY ON COUNTDOWN TOUR With 100 days to go until Rugby World Cup France 2023, Defender has revealed the Rugby World Cup 2023 Trophy Car, a unique electric hybrid Defender 110 created to display the Webb Ellis Cup on a Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour across France. Defender is a Worldwide Partner of the Rugby World Cup in France, committed to supporting the sustainability pledge that World Rugby has made for Rugby World Cup France 2023 and has created a bespoke vehicle to display one of the most recognised pieces of silverware in global sport - the Webb Ellis Cup.  The specially modified electric hybrid Defender was developed and constructed by JLR’s Special Vehicle Operations division in Coventry, England. The Rugby World Cup 2023 Trophy Car has been designed to safely and securely showcase the Webb Ellis Cup using Defender’s advanced electrified plug-in electric hybrid powertrain.  The bespoke trophy cabinet at the rear of the vehicle has been designed with high- specification technology to ensure optimum conditions for the famous trophy, without compromising Defender’s instantly recognisable silhouette. Minimalistic Rugby World Cup France 2023 and partnership livery has been applied across the bonnet and doors. Philippe Robbrecht, Executive Director for JLR France, said: "We are delighted to be running the Trophy Tour in the host nation ahead of the Rugby World Cup 2023. Rugby embodies determination, integrity, courage, and capability – core values for Defender. Our partnership and the bespoke Rugby World Cup 2023 Trophy Car celebrate these shared values. We look forward to welcoming existing and prospective Defender customers to the Trophy Tour over the summer.” Richard Woolley, Studio Director, Brand Creation said: “I am proud of my team for creating the incredible Rugby World Cup 2023 Trophy Car. Defender is all about embracing the impossible and it is very exciting for our vehicle to play such an important role in this fantastic tournament.” The Trophy Tour commences in France on 9 June at the Top 14 Semi Finals in Biarritz. The Rugby World Cup 2023 Trophy Car will be on display for invited guests as part of Defender’s hospitality guest programme. The Rugby World Cup 2023 Trophy Car and Webb Ellis Cup will then be displayed at subsequent rugby events and Defender Retailers across the host nation. Rugby fans and prospective Defender customers will have the chance to view and photograph the Webb Ellis Cup and bespoke Defender 110. The Rugby World Cup 2023 Trophy Car and Webb Ellis Cup will be displayed at the following locations.  9 – 10 June: Top 14 Semi Finals, Biarritz, (Event is exclusive and invite only)  12 June: 17ème Retailer, Paris  15 June: Montmartre Retailer, Paris  16 June: Boulogne Retailer, Boulogne  17 June: Top 14 Final, Mortefontaine, (Event is exclusive and invite only)  18 – 19 June: Casino de Deauville, Deauville / Hotel le Normany, Deauville  15 – 16 July: Domaine de Biar, Montpellier  17 July: Marseille or Toulon Retailer  18 – 19 July: Lounge Club, St Tropez  10 August: Mas Tolosa, Toulouse / Le Manoir du Prince, Toulouse  11 – 12 August: Château Mader, Arcachon   13 – 14 August: Cap Ferret  The Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour in France and the UK began in May and will conclude on 14 August ahead of the Rugby World Cup France 2023 opening match on 8 September at Stade de France in Paris.
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02nd June 2023
KIA EV9 SUV
Coming to a driveway near you soon, the all-new Kia EV9 is their all-electric, three- row electric flagship SUV. It will be available as a six or seven-seater, with a driving range of up to 541 kilometres, according to WLTP. Built on Kia’s Electric Global Modular Platform (E-GMP), comes with a long wheelbase and completely flat electric vehicle architecture, to provide generous space for all occupants, with lounge-style comfort in all three rows of seats. When the vehicle is stationary, the customer can choose between relaxation or swivel function for the second-row seats. Size & Storage With a length of 5,010mm, the EV9 is 1,980mm wide and 1,750mm tall, with a 3,100mm wheelbase. Storage is well catered for, with additional storage space in the form of a frunk, or front trunk. The rear-wheel drive variation has a maximum frunk volume of 90 litres, while the all-wheel drive version offers 52 litres of storage space. The rear trunk offers 828 litres of storage space when 4/5 seats are upright and up to 333 litres when 6/7 seats are facing upright.
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30th May 2023
Alan Bateson takes the wheel at Volkswagen Passenger Cars Ireland
Alan Bateson has been named the new Brand Director, Volkswagen Passenger Cars Ireland. He over from Rodolfo Calixto who has moved to Volkswagen Group China, Alan brings a wealth of experience to his new role, gathered during his years as Brand Director for VW Commercials, where has a strong track record of success, having overseen significant growth and brand recognition during his tenure. Prior to that he was Head of Aftersales for Volkswagen Group Ireland from 2009. In this new role as Brand Director for Volkswagen Passenger Cars, Alan will be responsible for leading the brand in Ireland as it transitions towards e-mobility and strives to meet its ambitious sustainability goals.
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29th May 2023
MOTOR INDUSTRY APPOINTS NEW SIMI PRESIDENT PADDY MAGEE
Paddy Magee, Country Operations Director of Renault Group Ireland, was elected President of the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) at the organisation’s AGM held recently in Killashee Hotel, Naas, Co. Kildare. Speaking at the event, Paddy Magee President of the Society of the Irish Motor Industry commented that “As President I look forward to working even more closely with the Society over the next 12 months. My focus will be on continuing the work already undertaken in helping to position the Motor Industry as a leader and enabler of the green transition. The Motor Industry remains fully committed to working with Government to help achieve their Climate Action Targets. The industry is playing its part in the electrification process, and we need to build on the momentum already in the marketplace, with the right economic and taxation environment to support the uptake of new zero and low emissions vehicles.” Mr. Magee continued “We are already starting to see a reduction in EV support. Our primary focus is on Budget 2024 ensuring EV incentives/supports are maintained, No VRT/VAT increases and to see the BIK’s recent reliefs extended for the foreseeable future. Company vehicles will play a key role in helping to escalate the transition of electrification of the fleet, by increasing the number of new vehicles, we can also help supply and secure the used EVs market in the future.” Mr. Magee has enjoyed 25 years working within the Motor Industry, 20 years with Renault Ireland remarking that “I have yet to see one year which has been normal and without challenges, but I would also say that these challenges have always brought opportunities. It is exciting times, as we are seeing many changes within our industry, the continued journey towards electrification is now joined by changes in distribution along with many daily challenges.” In conclusion Mr. Magee said he is looking forward to his term as President, servicing the membership and the industry he absolutely loves and wanted to thank members of the Society for this opportunity.
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24th May 2023
THE NEW BMW 5 SERIES
It’s a car many will aspire to, a car to signify your good taste and life success. Yep, the 5-Series BMW is a road companion of great merit for decades and now in its eight generation, new owners will enter a motor world where a wealth of digital innovations and all-electric drive await. This latest model 5-Series is due here in October 2023 Like all previous model generations, the new BMW 5 Series Saloon is manufactured at the BMW Group Plant Dingolfing. In 1973, the first vehicle manufactured at the plant was a first-generation BMW 5 Series Saloon.
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24th May 2023
Autumn welcome for new Opel Corsa
Feast thine eyes on the new Opel Corsa, which is expected here in quarter 4 of this year. All grown up, this latest Corsa will be powered by completely new electric and hybrid drives. Prices and equipment will be announced closer to launch.  The Corsa was best-selling small car in Germany and in 2021 and the best-selling car overall in the UK, the popularity of this small family car is not in question. This latest Corsa wears the Opel Vizor, the brand face that adorns every new Opel model today, where the black “visor” covers the front of the Corsa and smoothly marries the vehicle grille, LED headlights, and the central Opel Blitz.  Outside view Depending on the trim level, the brand logo on the front and rear is presented in eye- catching black or matt satin silver. The optical “air inlets” in the lower front bumper area are larger and more prominent than before, giving the Corsa a more planted demeanour on the road. The “break-through” C-pillar seems to allow the roof, which comes in black, depending on the trim, to float above the vehicle. The Corsa nameplate now appears in the centre of the tailgate. Grafik Grey paintwork is also available for the first time for the Corsa,
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23rd May 2023
Brady’s of  Castleknock add CUPRA to the family
Founded by Cavan-based brothers Gerry, Philip and Thomas Brady, they have made their Castleknock outlet the motor home for many. Now, some 48-years later the name Brady adds another brand offering for its multitudes, with the announcement that they have been appointed CUPRA specialists, this premium Spanish brand undoubtedly going to find happy homes within the very personable Brady bunch. Sitting on a retail site that extends to more than two acres and graced by two modern showrooms plus a fully glazed workshop, Brady’s of Castleknock is modern and welcoming, an ideal location coupled to an experienced sales and support team to future CUPRA owners. It will be headed by CUPRA Manager Joe Gantley  and CUPRA Master Gary Coleman. Launched in 2018, the CUPRA brand has developed a range of high performance and technologically advanced vehicles, including the 100% electric CUPRA Born, CUPRA Leon and CUPRA Formentor (both available with plug-in hybrid powertrains) and the CUPRA Ateca SUV, all of which will be seen at the new bespoke CUPRA showroom.  Brady’s completed a multi-million Euro development in 2016, doubled the footprint of the original site. Meanwhile, the business has prepared for the transition to electric mobility by investing in on-site charging as well as electric vehicle-focused technical and sales training for all staff.  The business has also invested in PV Solar Power generation on the buildings as well as embracing advances in recycling of tyres, batteries, fluids, plastics, metals and packaging materials. A delighted Enda Conefrey, Dealer Principal Brady’s of Castleknock, commented: “We are thrilled to be part of the birth of the CUPRA brand worldwide and especially here in Castleknock, Dublin. We look forward to combining our vast experience with the energy and drive of CUPRA to deliver another success story for Brady’s of Castleknock and CUPRA Ireland." Gaspar Alcaide, Brand Director for CUPRA Ireland added: “The addition of Brady’s CUPRA to our dealer network is a significant statement of intent for CUPRA in the Dublin market. Brady’s of Castleknock is ideally positioned to bring the CUPRA brand’s rapidly expanding and exciting range of electric and hybrid models to market as we continue our upward trajectory. The team at Brady’s has a reputation for premium quality and excellent customer service; values that are extremely important to us here at CUPRA.”
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23rd May 2023
Mercedes EQS - Where the S is silent
Peter Roget had no idea in 1805, when he accumulated nouns and pronouns on all manner of life and living in his Thesaurus, that a company yet to exist would place an electrically-powered, motorised vehicle for public consumption, which would go some way to render his diligence as inadequate. Yep, such is the tech and talent of the Mercedes-Benz EQS, that descriptive words may fail dismally to capture what is on offer. As a physical, tactile statement of how far our human race has come technically, this new EQS should qualify new owners with a master’s degree if they fully understand its capabilities. Of course, it will judge it on its visuals, where the finest leather and advanced technologies marry with electrical propulsion to provide those within, with elegance and ambience worthy of the finest five-star hotel – it wears the term sumptuous with gracious ease. Distinctive looks, coupe design, powerful on road for a car over five metres long and close to two sand a half-tonnes, the EQS comes at a price point that will appeal only to those with the means. Definitely aimed at those who also have a lifestyle at the premium side, where their everyday contains their interaction with only the very best, the EQS 450+ will find happy homes and even happier passengers.
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24th May 2022
MOTOR INDUSTRY APPOINTS NEW SIMI PRESIDENT ANTONIA HENDRON
Antonia Hendron, Managing Director of M50 Truck & Van Centre, Dublin was elected President of the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) at the organisation’s AGM held today in Killashee Hotel, Naas, Co. Kildare. Speaking at the event, Antonia Hendron President of the Society of the Irish Motor Industry commented that she was looking forward to her term as President and outlined a number of clear priorities. “Firstly, I want to help position the motor industry as a leader and enabler of the green transition. We are a dynamic and innovative industry, and if policy makers and legislators are prepared to work with us, we will help them achieve Ireland’s ambitious climate targets.”
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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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07th September 2018
Opel Grandland X – a Name with game
Opel’s latest entry to the Sports Utility segment arrives with an immediate confidence in its talents. The Grandland X, while not a full-blown 4x4, enters a segment occupied by players with no illusions about their form and function.
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06th September 2018
Failte WLTP – Not so welcome – car prices set to rise
WLTP, World Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure, will levy a definitive rating on every car based on its weight, trim level, wheel size, engine and other options. This will obviously create a variance between a model with cloth trim and steel wheels as against the same model with leather trim and larger alloys, producing fuel consumption and CO2 emission values according to the vehicles aerodynamics, weight and rolling resistance.
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23rd August 2018
Porter Ford - New Main Ford dealership for Sligo
Ford Ireland has announced the appointment of Porter Ford at Castlebaldwin, Co. Sligo, as a Main Ford Dealer. The company will offer the full range of Ford’s popular passenger and commercial vehicle range. At start up, the Dealership will provide employment for 12 persons.
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23rd August 2018
Ford Mustang accelerates through the 10 Million barrier
Ford is celebrating the production of its 10 millionth Mustang, now in its sixth generation and the world’s best-selling sports car three years straight.
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23rd August 2018
Ford GT – avert thine eyes – temptation beyond endurance is here
Prepare to sin. Guilt by association is a given and malicious intent is an accepted fact – welcome to Ford’s GT supercar, the all-new, carbon fibre, mid-mounted, rear-wheel drive, twin-turbo, 3.5 litre EcoBoost V6, with its 647bhp and 745Nm of torque, soon to be seen on a road near you.
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23rd August 2018
Audi Q8 – Premium coupe high-rise motoring
Audi’s new Q8, a four-door, five-seater luxury coupé with the practical versatility of a large SUV and tough enough via its permanent Quattro four-wheel drive, for off-road duty, is set to launch in the Irish market in the third quarter of 2018. The Audi Q8, which will feature S Line as standard and will be available to order from authorised Audi dealerships from late August 2018, with an OTRP of €103,050 for top of the range Audi Q8 3.0TDI 286HP.
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09th August 2018
BMW ready for September WLTP changes to vehicle emission testing
From September 2018, all cars must have been homologated under the new WLTP test cycle which is designed to better replicate real life driving conditions.
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07th August 2018
Toyota Ireland - Official Supplier of 2018 World Para Swimming Allianz European Championship
Toyota has handed over a seven-car fleet of cars to Team Ireland, ahead of the 2018 World Para Swimming Championships, and has been named as an Official Supplier to the event. Toyota is an Official Partner to Paralympics Ireland and to the 2020 and 2024 Irish Paralympic Teams and this supply of vehicles builds on that partnership.
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01st August 2018
182 Registrations only slightly down on July 2017
The Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) today issued the official 182 new vehicle registration figures for July along with their second Quarterly Motor Industry Review of 2018.
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