Renault Captur

2018 Renault Captur 1.5dCi Review

Renault Captur
The 2018 Renault Captur

Caroline reviews the 2018 Renault Captur.

The Renault Captur is one of Ireland’s favourite compact crossovers and since launch in Ireland in 2013, it’s established itself as a good value small car with mini-SUV appeal.

The Captur is Renault’s smallest SUV, with the Kadjar and Koleos completing Renault’s SUV range.

For 2018, Renault has given the Captur a mid-life refresh with the front-end getting some cosmetic treatment in the shape of a new lighting signature and revised grille. The 2018 Renault Captur is still ‘a good-looking bus’ with a colourful, fun presence and lots of style. The two-tone colour scheme is still a big selling point and new colours have been added for 2018.

The interior design has not changed much but Renault says it’s enhanced the material feel and quality. Hard plastics still prevail and some of the switchgear is starting to feel a bit dated against newer rivals. Still buyers will love the elevated driving position and large feel to the cabin upfront.

Interior of the Renault Captur
Interior of the Renault Captur

There is rear seating for three with reasonably well-sized footwells though like many of the rivals, it will be a tight squeeze for three widthways in the back. The boot is spacious for the class at 377 litres and is practical for easy loading.

Engines for Ireland include the 0.9-litre Tce turbo petrol (90hp) and 1.5-litre dCi diesel with 90hp or 110hp. Manual and automatic gearboxes are available.

My test car was a 1.5-litre dCi 110 in Signature X Nav trim. While the Captur range starts at €20,290 in Ireland, my test car retails at €25,490.

In Ireland there are four trim levels: Expression+, Dynamique Nav, Signature X Nav and a new trim, Signature S Nav. Standard equipment includes 16" alloy wheels with black inserts, auto lights and wipers, cruise control and speed limiter, Bluetooth® audio streaming and hands free calls, handsfree keycard with push button start/stop and manual air conditioning.

What's special about the Renault Captur Signature X Nav?

My Signature X Nav model has a particularly nice spec with the two tone look coming as standard (black roof with contrasting body colour - mine was Desert Orange if you're interested!).

There's also 17" alloy wheels with black inserts, automatic climate control, front and rear parking sensors, Renault R-LINK Multimedia system with 7" touchscreen, TomTom LIVE Satellite Navigation system and Android Auto™ compatible, reverse parking camera, automatic folding door mirrors, leather steering wheel, full LED front headlamps, and rear privacy glass.

Renault Captur
The Renault Captur range starts from €20,290 in Ireland

This model also includes Grip Xtend advanced traction control system and Mud & Snow tyres for extra peace of mind over challenging road surfaces.

Renault Captur 1.5dCi on the road

On the road, the 1.5-litre dCi is a trusty companion in the Renault Captur offering excellent power and economy. It’s reasonably refined and not too noisy. The controls are light making the Captur easy and effortless to drive - perfect for nifty manoeuvring in urban environments. It’s compact and agile, and though the steering is a bit woolly, the car holds itself well though corners.

The Renault Captur has been a real success story for Renault, especially in Ireland. The Captur is a reliable compact crossover recipe – high ride height buyers lover, compact, and good value. It’s not the sharpest or most fun to drive small SUV among its competitors but the Captur’s pricing, good looks and recognition among the Irish public keep it a strong competitor in its segment.

Caroline Kidd

Model tested: Renault Captur 1.5dCi Signature X Nav
€25,490 (Range from €20,290)
Engine: 1.5-litre turbo diesel
Torque: 260Nm
11.4 seconds
Top speed: 180km/h
Claimed Economy: 
CO2 emissions:  
Motor tax: 
€190 per year

Jaguar I-PACE

Jaguar I-PACE Irish Pricing And Specifications

Jaguar I-PACE
The 2018 Jaguar I-PACE

The new Jaguar I-PACE will arrive in Ireland later this summer priced from €84,085, including government grants of €7,500.

The all-electric I-PACE will be available in S, SE, HSE and First Edition trims.

The new Jaguar I-PACE has 400hp, 696Nm of torque and all wheel drive. It delivers an electric range of up to 480km.

Owners will be able to achieve a 0-80 per cent battery charge in just 40 minutes using DC rapid charging (100kW). Home charging with an AC wall box (7kW) will achieve the same state of charge in just over ten hours.

I-PACE S standard specification includes:

  • 18" 15 spoke 'Style 1022' alloy wheels
  • LED headlights
  • 8-way semi-powered Luxtec sport seats
  • Touch Pro Duo, Interactive Driver Display and Meridian™ Sound System
  • 360 Park Aid and Park Assist
  • Connectivity features include: Remote, Navigation Pro, Connect Pro (Smart Settings, Pro Services, a 4G Wi-Fi Hotspot), InControl Apps and Secure Tracker

I-PACE SE standard specification includes:

  • 20" 6 spoke 'Style 6007' alloy wheels
  • Premium LED headlights with signature Daytime - Running Lights
  • 10-Way Grained leather sport seats with memory
  • Touch Pro Duo, Interactive Driver Display and Meridian™ Sound System
  • Drive Pack
  • Connectivity features include: Remote, Navigation Pro, Connect Pro (Smart Settings, Pro Services, a 4G Wi-Fi Hotspot), InControl Apps and Secure Tracker

I-PACE HSE standard specification includes:

  • 20" 5 spoke 'Style 5068' alloy wheels with Diamond Turned finish
  • Matrix LED headlights with signature Daytime Running Lights
  • 18-Way Windsor leather sport seats with memory
  • Touch Pro Duo, Interactive Driver Display and Meridian™ Surround Sound System
  • Driver Assist Pack
  • Connectivity features include: Remote, Navigation Pro, Connect Pro (Smart Settings, Pro Services, a 4G Wi-Fi Hotspot), InControl Apps and Secure Tracker
Jaguar I-PACE
The new Jaguar I-PACE goes on sale in Ireland priced from €84,085

Joe, Luke, David, Ben with the 2006 Renault Clio that's going to take them from Mayo to Mongolia!

Mayo To Mongolia In A Renault Clio

Joe, Luke, David, Ben with the 2006 Renault Clio that's going to take them from Mayo to Mongolia!
Joe, Luke, David and Ben with the 2006 Renault Clio that's going to take them from Mayo to Mongolia!

Four Irish guys will take on the Mongol Rally this summer in a 12-year-old Renault Clio. I recently spoke to Ben Ruddy about this adventure of a lifetime, all in aid of raising funds for the Dublin Simon Community.

1. Tell us what is 'Mayo to Mongolia'?

Mayo to Mongolia is Ireland’s entry into the Mongol Rally 2018. We are three Mayo men (Ben Ruddy, Joe McGing, David Kelly) and one Wicklow native (Luke Cafferky). Billed as ‘the greatest motoring adventure on the planet’, the Mongol Rally is an unassisted rally from Europe to Mongolia that takes place every year to raise money for charities across the world.

There are only three rules for the rally:

1. You can only take a farcically small vehicle with an engine of 1.2-litres or less.

2. You’re completely on your own.

3. You've got to raise a minimum of £1000 for charity.

Always wanting to push the boundaries, we aim to rally to Mongolia and back again over three months this summer. We’re considering Mongolia the half-way point, not the end point. We’ll take the Silk Route there by heading south through Turkey, the Caucuses, Iran, and almost every ‘Stan’ on the map.

On this path we’ll cross several deserts (such as the Gobi Desert), drive through the remnants of the Aral Sea, and hit over half the height of Everest traversing the world’s second highest road called the Pamir Highway in Tajikistan. Our way home will take us north through Russia, Ukraine and Eastern Europe.

2. What motivated you to take this trip?

Having previously backpacked all over the world, we wanted to see if we could do a trip spanning the world overland. Of course, we could have made this trip in a 4x4, but we wanted something to challenge us. We’re thinking that ‘If nothing goes wrong, everything has gone wrong’. Taking a totally unsuitable vehicle to cross the world in sets the stage for some fun happenings and plenty of break downs.

Participating in the Mongol Rally gives us a chance to help others too. While we’re financing the trip ourselves, we’ll be using it as a platform to raise awareness for the great work the Dublin Simon Community are engaged in, and to raise money on their behalf. To date we’ve raised almost €4,000 for our charity and hope to reach €5,000 before we depart on July 9th.

3. What vehicle are you using? 

We are using a Renault Clio generously sponsored to us by J.J. Burke Car Sales in Co. Mayo. It’s only had one female driver from new in 2006 so it’s probably been driven very well up until now. The poor thing doesn’t know what it's in for very shortly! We’ll definitely be putting it through its paces as we cover the 20,000km+ and 40 countries on the round trip between here and the Far East. We chose the Clio because it fits within the 1.2-litre guidelines for the rally, although it will make for some interesting times looking for parts if we break down in Asia with a car from Europe.

The modifications to the 2006 Renault Clio have begun adding a sump guard to the car
The modifications to the 2006 Renault Clio has begun with the addition of a sump guard to the car

4. How are you preparing the car for this journey?

We’re in the process of fitting a sump guard to the bottom of the car at this very moment, and we’ll certainly need it as the roads become almost non-existent, particularly in Mongolia. We also have our eyes peeled for a set of all-terrain tyres with steel rims, because at the moment the Clio is sitting pretty (if not appropriately) on some shiny alloys.

Recently we refitted the car with a leisure battery, power invertor, several USB charging ports, front spot lights, and side mounted lights for illuminating our camp site at night time. We plan to spend the vast amount of time camping to reduce costs on the journey.

On top of the car we have a half-sized roof box for storage, mounted next to which is a flat panel box for a spare tyre, two jerry cans, and a high-lift jack.

5. What will you be playing on the stereo on the way?

While there’s four of us doing the rally, and each with different tastes, we’ll try to keep it appropriate for the moment we are in – blasting “Back In The U.S.S.R.” will be a must for the Russian border crossing; the English version of the 1979 Eurovision hit “Dschinghis Khan” will guide us as we crisscross the Mongolian Steppe, and Lionel Richie’s “All Night Long” playing on loop will keep us going as the sun sets on the horizon.

The guys have also been refitting the interior of the Clio to prepare for their journey
The guys have also been refitting the interior of the Clio to prepare for their journey

6. If people want to support you on your mission how can they do it?

I have to say, we are extremely happy to have some wonderful sponsors behind us as we undertake this charity journey. J.J. Burke Car Sales for our wheels, Irish Ferries to get us across the ocean to the continent, Irish start-up company Hairy Eyes Sunglasses for helping keep our retinas safe in the blazing sun of the deserts, Tracker Shop Ireland for fitting our car with GPS tracking, and ABL CCTV for helping with modifications.

Our efforts to fundraise for our charity take precedence as we prepare to hit the road, and we would encourage people to donate to our GoFundMe page for the Dublin Simon Community We have signed a pledge with the Dublin Simon Community that 100% of donations received will go towards them.

The team would like to also raise at least €500 for the international NGO ‘Cool Earth’ who work to halt rainforest destruction, in an effort to offset the carbon footprint of our undertakings. If readers would like to donate to this very worthy cause, they can see our fundraising efforts here.

7. How can people follow your journey?

Please follow along on our journey from July through October on Facebook or on our website. We will have live bi-weekly updates from the road with Mid West Radio (96.1 FM), and if you’re curious where we are in the world, you can track our precise location online with our friends at

We wish the guys a safe journey to Mongolia and back!

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Audi Ireland Launches Exclusive Augmented Reality Consumer Experience

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Audi Ireland is debuting a new Augmented Reality experience for customers entering the dealership 

Audi Ireland has announced the launch of its new augmented reality (AR) consumer experience, exclusively across a number of select Irish Audi dealerships.

The new AR technology will allow Irish customers to be the first in the world to immerse themselves in the latest technology features of the new Audi A7, and is set to represent a global first in the automotive retail industry.

Audi Ireland has partnered with leading Irish experiential technology agency, vStream to launch Audi’s first global pilot programme in Ireland.

Using Microsoft HoloLens, the world’s first self-contained, holographic computer, customers can interact with bespoke built, holographic digital content that augments the latest Audi models and provides a better customer experience in the dealership.

Taking a step beyond virtual reality software, a mixed reality platform was chosen to provide the optimal immersive experience for Audi customers. Instead of peering into a virtual world through a VR headset, customers will now be able to experience the technology’s augmented reality projected on to their real-world surroundings within the Audi showroom.

The experience, which takes approximately 10 minutes, is broken into three modules; Exterior Design, Interior and Technology. As part of the experience, Simone, a holographic character, acts as a guide to the bespoke holographic graphics, 3D sound and video files to tell the Audi technology story.

Richard Molloy, Head of Marketing, Audi Ireland said: “We, at Audi Ireland, are excited to be at the forefront of customer experience technology for the Audi brand on a global scale. For us, it represents the next step in the evolution of one of our core objectives - to become the leading customer experience brand. We are excited to join forces with vStream and by the prospect of creating a first for our customers, a first for Audi and a first for Ireland. We are encouraging Audi fans and customers to call into our Dealers and check out the state of the art technology experience for themselves.”

Andrew Jenkinson, Director & Co-founder, vStream said: “As an international experiential agency at the forefront of augmented reality and mixed reality technology, we at vStream are excited to be working with a global brand such as Audi to launch a global first in Ireland. For us, working with Audi Ireland represents strong synergies in terms of a shared goal in spearheading unique customer experiences through cutting-edge technology.”

The world first AR experience is now available in three Audi pilot dealerships: Audi North Dublin, Audi Centre, and Audi Galway.

Spirit Jaguar Land Rover Opening New Showroom

Spirit Jaguar Land Rover Opens New Showroom In Sandyford

Spirit Jaguar Land Rover Opening New Showroom
Land Rover ambassador Brian O'Driscoll, Jaguar Land Rover Global CEO Dr. Ralf Speth, OHM CEO Declan McCourt and Jaguar ambassador and TV presenter Kathryn Thomas pictured at the opening of the new JLR showroom in Sandyford

Spirit Jaguar Land Rover celebrated the launch of a new 20,000 sq/ft showroom in Sandyford, Dublin, with a special event attended by Jaguar Land Rover CEO, Prof. Dr. Ralf Speth.

To celebrate the official opening, Dr. Speth joined the Spirit Jaguar Land Rover team in unveiling the new all-electric Jaguar I-PACE, which made its public debut in Ireland.

RTE broadcaster and Jaguar ambassador, Kathryn Thomas, was MC for the evening and welcomed Land Rover Ambassador and former Irish Rugby International Brian O’Driscoll, as well as loyal Jaguar Land Rover customers and enthusiasts.

According to Spirit, the new showroom is the "ultimate reflection of the Jaguar Land Rover ethos, offering customers a truly premium sales and ownership experience". Over the last 12 months, the Spirit Jaguar Land Rover showroom has been "transformed into a landmark building in the local community with a warm, refined and eye-catching design," featuring free wi-fi, a coffee bar, a new colour and trim space and lounge-style waiting area.

The full range of Jaguar Land Rover vehicles can be displayed in the new showroom, in addition to an Approved used car showroom, accommodating 8 vehicles. In addition, electric charging points have been installed throughout the site to facilitate Jaguar Land Rover’s range of electric and hybrid models.

Spirit Jaguar Land Rover has also included new handover bays, where customers receive a VIP handover experience before driving straight out of the showroom.

Spirit Jaguar Land Rover Opening New Showroom
Guests explore the new Jaguar I-Pace at its unveiling at the new JLR showroom launch in Sandyford

Eddie Kavanagh, Managing Director of Jaguar Land Rover Ireland, said: “This is another significant milestone in the redevelopment of our entire retailer network which will be complete later this year.  Jaguar Land Rover is enjoying a period of rapid growth with the introduction of several exciting new models, not least the ground-breaking new Jaguar I-PACE.  This new flagship facility is a fitting home for our fantastic range of Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles.  I’d like to congratulate the team in Spirit Motor Group and wish them every success in the future.”

Jim Ryan, Dealer Principal at Spirit Jaguar Land Rover said: “This redevelopment is another essential step in our growth plans for Spirit Motor Group.  It further demonstrates our commitment to Jaguar Land Rover and our ambition to provide first class service and facilities for our valued Jaguar and Land Rover customers. We look forward to welcoming customers old and new to our flagship facility here in Sandyford.”

The 2018 Subaru Outback

2018 Subaru Outback Specification And Pricing For Ireland

The 2018 Subaru Outback
The 2018 Subaru Outback

Subaru Ireland is introducing a revamped 2018 2.5i Subaru Outback Lineartronic in time for the new 182 registration in July.

Pricing for the new model remains unchanged from the current diesel Outback, though the new car has some styling revisions and updated features. The 2018 Subaru Outback will start from €46,995 for the entry level SE Model and €49,995 for the SE Premium.

SE models are equipped as standard with Eyesight, adaptive cruise control, hi-beam assist, Subaru rear vehicle rear detection, automatic LED headlamps and headlamp washers, 17-inch alloy wheels, heated front seats, keyless entry and push-button start, and privacy glass, as well as an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, incorporating audio, smartphone connectivity and rear, front and side view parking cameras. The system also incorporates Subaru STARLINK and is Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible.

SE Premium models add leather seats in a choice of ivory or black, 18-inch alloy wheels, sunroof, power tailgate, 8-way power adjustable driver’s seat with memory function and lumbar support and electrically-adjustable passenger seat.

What's new for the 2018 Subaru Outback?

The front grille, bumper, door mirrors and headlights have been redesigned.

There is a new front view camera, which can monitor a 180°-degree area in front of the car that would normally be in the driver’s blind spot. These images, as well as visible guidelines, are displayed on the touchscreen to aide drivers in gauging potential hazards in front of the car and improve overall manoeuvring.

The 2018 Outback SUV is fitted with an additional side view camera mounted at the base of the passenger door mirror. Displaying the area diagonally in front of the passenger side of the Outback, the resulting imaging allows drivers to navigate through narrow spaces with greater ease. A “view” switch has also been positioned next to the X-Mode button allowing the driver to move between display options on the centre touchscreen.

Lane Keep Assist has also been added for 2018.

Steering Responsive Headlights are also new to Outback, improving driver safety and increasing visibility at night. The headlight beams mirror the driver’s steering input to illuminate corners when turning.

Inside there are new decorative gloss black panels and silver surrounds, whilst the touchscreen size has been increased from 7” to a new 8” multifunction colour touchscreen for the SE Premium model, which is also compatible with both Apple CarPlay™ & Android Auto™ and DAB radio functionality.

The Outback is powered by a naturally-aspirated 2.5-litre petrol unit with 175PS and 235Nm torque.

The new Ford Fiesta Active Crossover

Ford Fiesta Active Crossover On The Way This Summer

The new Ford Fiesta Active Crossover
The new Ford Fiesta Active Crossover

The all-new Ford Fiesta Active will go on sale in Ireland this June priced from €21,900.

The Fiesta Active is the first in a new family of Active crossover models from Ford inspired by sports utility vehicles (SUVs) that combine "rugged styling and enhanced versatility with true Ford fun-to-drive dynamics and sophisticated comfort and driver assistance technologies, for Europe’s growing numbers of SUV and crossover customers".

The Ford Fiesta Active features a raised ride-height and a higher driving position as well as a number of cosmetic upgrades. There is also Drive Mode technology that enables drivers to choose between Normal, Eco and Slippery modes. Powertrain options include Ford’s multi-award-winning 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine offering up to 140 PS.

Irish pricing and specifications for the Ford Fiesta Active

In Ireland the new Ford Fiesta Active will be available in two versions Active and Active 2.

Standard features on Fiesta Active (from €21,900) include 17” 5-spoke alloy wheels with rough metal machined finish, rugged body-styling kit, silver roof rails, rear LED lights, rear privacy glass, Active front wing badges, and rear electric windows.

Standard features on Fiesta Active 2 (from €23,200) include 17” 5-spoke alloy wheels shadow black machined finish, black contrast painted roof and mirror caps, black roof rails, B&O Play premium audio system with 360° sound system with 10 speakers, 8” touchscreen, cruise control, auto high beam, driver alert and traffic sign recognition, rain-sensing wipers and auto-dimming rear view mirror, sport cloth seats with unique luxe yellow trim, yellow colour theme to key interior areas and a black headliner.

Citroen C3 Aircross

Citroen C3 Aircross 1.2 Petrol Review

Citroen C3 Aircross
The Citroen C3 Aircross

Caroline reviews the Citroen C3 Aircross.

The Citroen brand is undergoing a styling renaissance that began with the C4 Cactus in 2014 but really hit its stride with last year’s colourful Citroen C3 hatchback. At the end of 2017, Citroen entered the competitive B-SUV segment with the equally quirky Citroen C3 Aircross. This summer will see the launch of a new Citroen C4 Cactus.

The new Citroen C3 Aircross is based on the C3 hatchback and is a blend of curves, colour and plastic cladding making it a very distinct competitor in its segment. Other features include a raised ground clearance, elevated driving position, and front and rear skid plates.

There’s also a lot of choice to personalise the car. The bi-tone roof is available in three colours and can be complimented by one of four exterior colour packs that accentuate the light surrounds, door mirrors, wheel centre caps, rear quarter window and roof bars.

Citroen C3 Aircross
The interior of the Citroen C3 Aircross

Get comfortable in the Citroen C3 Aircross

The Citroen C3 Aircross is effectively the replacement for the C3 Picasso, which was pitched more as a compact MPV. For its compact size, the Citroen C3 Aircross is a very spacious and practical car. The interior has a unique ‘living room’ feel with soft but supportive seats in beautiful fabric and a fabric dash panel that would not look out of place on a designer sofa. It’s very chic and rear passenger space is generous too, while the boot has a low flat loading sill and 410 litres of space.

Infotainment is provided via a touchscreen and the ventilation controls are accessed from the screen too.

In Ireland the C3 Aircross is available in three trim levels: Touch (from €20,695), Feel (from €21,995) and Flair (from €25,095).

Standard equipment includes manual air con, rear parking sensors, four electric windows and lane departure warning. Equipment on Feel includes 16″ alloys, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, and rear privacy glass, while Flair includes wireless phone charging, 17″ alloys, satellite navigation, keyless entry and start, and more safety equipment.

My test car was a 1.2-litre turbo petrol Flair model with 110hp. This model retails at €25,095. Other engine options include a 1.2-litre petrol engine with 82hp and a 1.6-litre diesel with 100hp.

Citroen C3 Aircross
The Citroen C3 Aircross range starts from €20,695 in Ireland

What's the Citroen C3 Aircross like to drive?

On the road, the C3 Aircross really shines with the 1.2-litre engine. It has a lovely spread of power and is good for town and motorway driving. The C3 Aircross is softly sprung and is comfortable for this class of vehicle. There is not much in the way of feel from the steering but the Citroen C3 Aircross can still hold its own through a series of corners. This model is cheap to run with motor tax of €200 per year. My fuel consumption was 6.3l/100km over a week of driving.

The Citroen C3 Aircross stands out in the compact crossover class for its quirky design and colourful presence. It’s not the sharpest handling small car, but it has some excellent petrol engines at its disposal giving an injection of fun behind the wheel. Comfort, practicality and a chic cabin ambience make the Citroen C3 Aircross a great accompaniment to modern life.

Citroen C3 Aircross
Citroen C3 Aircross: A colourful accompaniment to modern life!

Caroline Kidd

Model tested: Citroen C3 Aircross FLAIR PureTech 110
€25,095 (Range from €20,695)
Engine: 1.2-litre turbo petrol
Torque: 200Nm
11.3 seconds
Top speed: 185km/h
CO2 emissions:  
Motor tax: 
€200 per year

Airside Suzuki Dealership

New Airside Suzuki Dealership Opens In Dublin

Airside Suzuki Dealership
The new Airside Suzuki dealership in Dublin

Suzuki Ireland has announced the opening of the new Airside Suzuki dealership at Airside Motor Park in Swords, County Dublin. It's the largest standalone Suzuki showroom in the country, and brings the dealership network in Ireland to 21.

The seven-car dealership, which is part of the very experienced Ashley Group, has been fully refurbished to create a contemporary and welcoming setting. The full Suzuki range is on display with test drives available of all models, including the newly-launched Suzuki Swift Sport supermini.

Going forward, Airside Suzuki customers will also enjoy access to a comprehensive choice of Approved Used Suzuki cars on the forecourt.

Designed as a “one-stop-shop” location for added customer convenience, the new dealer is equally a Suzuki Service Centre, and offers routine maintenance and repairs. Adhering to Suzuki’s Service Promise, vehicle owners will benefit from, amongst other advantages, the supply of courtesy cars, pricing that is transparent, the use of genuine Suzuki parts during any work, and a complementary health check during every visit.

Dale Wyatt, Director of Automobile at Suzuki GB PLC, said: “Airside Motor Park is one of the busiest vehicle retailing hubs in Dublin, and is therefore a prime location to expand Suzuki’s presence in the region. With the Ashley Group bringing over three decades of expertise and know-how in the sector, this is invaluable to helping communicate the multiple benefits that the Suzuki product range offers to today’s motorists. We are delighted to have Airside Suzuki on board, and we look forward to working closely with the business.”

Pat Devitt, Brand Manager for Airside Suzuki, added: “We are proud to have created a showroom which promotes the very best that the Suzuki brand has to offer coupled with a relaxing environment away from the hustle and bustle of the Motor Park where customers can take the time to choose a car which is right for them. Furthermore, with the arrival of the eye-catching third-generation Swift Sport, it’s perfect timing to have joined the retail network. We have already welcomed a number of customers since opening our doors, which is a very encouraging start.”

Airside Suzuki is located at Unit D1 / D2, Airside Enterprise Centre, Airside Motor Park, Swords, Co. Dublin, K67 XC90.

For further information on the Suzuki product range, or to book a test drive, call 01 8957580 or visit

Volvo hybrid range

No More Diesel For Volvo S60 Saloon

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Volvo's T8 Twin Engine range

The new Volvo S60 saloon will be the first Volvo to be produced without a diesel engine, highlighting Volvo Cars’ commitment to a long-term future beyond the traditional combustion engine.

All new Volvo models launched from 2019 will be available as either a mild petrol hybrid, plug-in petrol hybrid or battery electric vehicle.

According to Volvo, this is the most comprehensive electrification strategy in the car industry and Volvo Cars was the first traditional car maker to commit to all-out electrification in July 2017.

“Our future is electric and we will no longer develop a new generation of diesel engines,” said Håkan Samuelsson, President and Chief Executive of Volvo Cars. “We will phase out cars with only an internal combustion engine, with petrol hybrid versions as a transitional option as we move towards full electrification. The new S60 represents the next step in that commitment.”

Last month, Volvo Cars reinforced its electrification strategy by stating that it aims for fully electric cars to make up 50 per cent of its global sales by 2025.

The new S60, a premium mid-size sports saloon, is based on Volvo’s in-house-developed Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) platform, which also underpins the company’s award-winning new 90 series and 60 series cars. The S60’s estate sibling, the Volvo V60, was launched earlier this year in Stockholm.

The new S60 will initially be available with a range of four-cylinder Drive-E petrol engines as well as with two petrol plug-in hybrid versions. Mild-hybrid versions will follow next year.

Production of the new S60 will start this autumn at Volvo Cars’ brand-new manufacturing facility outside Charleston, South Carolina. The Charleston plant will be the only manufacturing location for the new S60, meaning American-built S60s will be sold in the US market as well as overseas through exports.