08th August 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.
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.”
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.
27th June 2023
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.