The Borgward BXi7 all-electric SUV

Borgward Coming To Ireland

The Borgward BXi7 all-electric SUV
The Borgward BXi7 all-electric SUV

As a key part of its global expansion plan, Stuttgart-based Borgward Group AG has entered into a strategic partnership with the automotive sales specialist International Motors and IM Group Ltd to bring Borgward vehicles to Ireland and the UK.

Borgward currently manufactures a range of premium SUVs but over the past three years, the German car manufacturer has consistently pursued a “go-west” strategy: starting in China, the manufacturer has since expanded into more than a dozen countries worldwide, including South-East Asia, Russia and the Middle-East.

In the summer of 2018, the brand also returned to the German home market. The petrol-engine BX5 and BX7 are already available in Europe but the brand’s intention is to sell electric vehicles once production starts on the BXi5 and BXi7 all-electric SUVs.

Production of right-hand drive variants is expected to start in early 2019 in anticipation of a UK and Irish launch towards the end of 2019. Price, specification and line-up for Ireland will be announced closer to the time.

Tom Anliker, Senior Vice President of Global Marketing, Sales and Service for Borgward said “We’re very pleased to find such a professional and dedicated organisation that will re-launch Borgward back to the UK and Irish markets”.

Andrew Edmiston, Managing Director of IM Group Ltd added, “Our company originated from a heritage brand so we’re particularly excited to resurrect this famous brand from the past. Borgward is known for its innovation and style and we see this continuing in the future with this exciting new range of products”.


The CUPRA Ateca is coming to Ireland!

CUPRA Ateca Pricing For Ireland

The CUPRA Ateca is coming to Ireland!
The CUPRA Ateca is coming to Ireland!

SEAT Ireland has announced details of pricing and arrival time in the Irish market for the new CUPRA Ateca, the first model in SEAT’s new dedicated CUPRA sports car brand.

The new CUPRA Ateca is available to pre-order now and will be available to test drive at Airside CUPRA, Ireland's only specialist CUPRA dealer, from January 2019.

Prices for the CUPRA Ateca start at €49,990.

The CUPRA Ateca has a turbocharged, direct-injection, four-cylinder 2.0-litre TSI petrol engine that produces 300 hp and 400 Nm of torque. Power is delivered through a seven-speed DSG automatic transmission and 4Drive all-wheel drive.

According to SEAT, as the SUV market continues to expand, the CUPRA Ateca will create its own niche upon its introduction to the Irish market from January 2019.

Niall Phillips, Brand Director at SEAT and CUPRA Ireland commented, “We are thrilled to be welcoming the CUPRA Ateca to Ireland in January next year. It marks the birth of our new CUPRA brand, which we are very excited about.

The introduction of the CUPRA Ateca and indeed the CUPRA brand allows us to target a new customer base, and we are very confident that it will resonate with Irish motorists. The introduction of this new SUV as part of our new brand, is a defining moment and key milestone which we are very proud of.”


Some of Opel's new

Special '120 Years' Edition Opel Models

Some of Opel's new "120 Years" models including Corsa, Astra, Crossland X and Grandland X
Some of Opel's new '120 Years' models including Corsa, Astra, Crossland X and Grandland X

Opel is launching ‘120 Years’ special editions to celebrate 120 years of car manufacturing in 2019.

Passenger car models such as the Corsa, Astra, Crossland X, Mokka X, Grandland X and Insignia will be available in the ‘120 Years’ trim.

The special edition trim sits directly above the SC trim in most models and depending on the model, features include park assist, cruise control, heated seats, heated steering wheel and velour floor mats.

On the outside these models get stylish alloy wheels, chrome elements, door sills with Opel lettering and a ‘120 Years’ badge.

The special edition Corsa is already available from €16,650, while the 120 Years anniversary Astra starts at €23,895.

Opel Ireland has announced that order books for the Corsa, Astra and Insignia ‘120 Years’ edition models are open now, while the Crossland X, Mokka X and Grandland X order books will open in December.


The new Ford Edge ST-Line

Ford Edge ST-Line 2.0 TDCi Review

The new Ford Edge ST-Line
The new Ford Edge ST-Line

Caroline drives the Ford Edge ST-Line.

When it comes to building flagship SUVs, Ford knows how to bring out the big guns. While the smaller Ford Kuga is the runaway winner of Ford SUV sales in Ireland, it’s the presence and prestige of the Ford Edge that y’all probably wanting.

Yet with pricing starting at €47,995, the Edge is completely different territory to the Kuga and actually sizes up against some considerably tough premium competition. But Ford is not afraid to take on those Teutonic tanks; the Edge is clearly pitched as a luxury SUV for the well-heeled.

The Ford Edge has been on sale in North America since 2007, though the Edge is a brand new model for the Ford brand in Europe since 2016. The American SUV roots are very clear in the styling with the high bonnet, big grille and considerable bulk.

What's new in the Ford Edge ST-Line?

This year Ford Ireland added a sporty ST-Line (from €50,425) to the Edge line-up. Cosmetic updates include 20” alloy wheels, black grille and body kit, while inside there are part leather seats and aluminium pedals. Under the skin there is a sport suspension to sharpen up the driving dynamics.

The interior of the new Ford Edge ST-Line
The interior of the new Ford Edge ST-Line

The Ford Edge is a spacious five seat SUV with large footwells, a good wide rear bench and generous headroom all round. A handsfree power tailgate comes as standard and opens to reveal 600 litres of boot space.

Inside the cabin design and finish is similar to the likes of the Ford S-MAX MPV. The material quality is good for Ford and it all appears well-built; however it's lacking the plushness of premium rivals like the Jaguar F-PACE and BMW X3.

Still the cars are comfortable and well equipped with auto high beam, parking sensors, cruise control, touchscreen, Ford SYNC 3, dual zone climate control, auto lights and wipers, traffic sign recognition, and ambient lighting.

Diesel power for the Ford Edge

The Ford Edge is offered in Ireland with a choice of two 2.0-litre TDCi diesel engines, one with 180PS (manual) or a bi-turbo version with 210PS (automatic). Four wheel drive comes as standard. Fuel consumption for both models is rated at 5.8l/100 km, while motor tax accounts for €390 per year.

Rear seating in the Ford Edge
Rear seating in the Ford Edge

On the road the Ford Edge is swift, comfortable and powerful. The engine/gearbox combination is reasonably refined too and the cabin is well-insulated for peaceful long haul trips on the motorway. The automatic gearbox definitely makes light work of manouvering this machine. It's got nicely weighted steering and is tidy through corners; though there's no escaping some body roll.

Over a week of driving my fuel consumption was 8.1l/100 km so it is quite a thirsty beast.

What's the verdict?

For those already committed to the Ford brand and looking to upgrade, the Ford Edge is very desirable and does a good job of holding the throne of flagship SUV. The ST-Line trim level really suits the Ford Edge with attractive sporty styling and a stiffer suspension improving the handling without compromising ride comfort.

However the Edge does not exist in a vacuum and buyers with around €50,000 to spend on an SUV can choose from any number of premium SUVs with more prestigious badges and interiors. It's contentious territory but the Ford Edge does provide all the comfort and refinement of a high-end SUV, and is spacious and well-equipped.

Caroline Kidd

The Ford Edge ST-Line is available in Ireland from €50,425
The Ford Edge ST-Line is available in Ireland from €50,425

Model tested: Ford Edge ST-Line 2.0 TDCi 210hp
Price: 
€55,075 (Range from €47,995)
Engine: 2.0-litre turbo diesel
Power:
210 hp
Torque: 450 Nm
0-100km/h: 
9.6 seconds
Top speed: 211 km/h
Economy: 
5.8l/100km
CO2 emissions: 
152 g/km
Motor tax: 
€390 per year


The new Ford Focus is the first Ford vehicle in Ireland to feature FordPass Connect

What Is FordPass Connect?

The new Ford Focus is the first Ford vehicle in Ireland to feature FordPass Connect
The new Ford Focus is the first Ford vehicle in Ireland to feature FordPass Connect

FordPass Connect is onboard modem technology that connects the car to the Internet and turns it into a mobile WiFi hotspot with internet connectivity for up to 10 devices.

It first appeared in Ireland on the 2018 Ford Focus but will be rolled out on future models also.

FordPass Connect also enables Live Traffic updates for the navigation system as well as providing up to the minute information on the location of nearby service stations, parking and food or leisure options. Live Traffic is complementary with FordPass Connect for the first two years.­

FordPass App

You can download a FordPass mobile app on Android and Apple devices, which allows a vehicle owner to remotely control some key functions on a vehicle with FordPass Connect, including:

  1. Door lock and unlock – taking away that occasional doubt sparked by the question ‘did I lock the car’
  2. Vehicle locator – helps owners to find their car in large car parks
  3. Vehicle status – among other items, it can check fuel levels, alarm status and oil life
  4. Remote start – (vehicles with automatic transmission) provides the ability to de-ice the windscreen and warm the car on cold mornings.

The Remote Start facility on FordPass has built-in safety elements that prevent the car from being driven away when started remotely and will shut off automatically after a set time period.

In the event of an accident, FordPass Connect can automatically place an eCall to the emergency services and provide them with your vehicle’s location. You can also press an SOS button in your car to contact the emergency services directly if you witness an accident or require emergency assistance.

FordPass Connect in Ireland

FordPass Connect comes with 3 months or 3GB of complementary data. Afterwards you can buy data bundles for a day, a month, or even a year from Vodafone.

FordPass Connect is currently available on the new Ford Focus and the Transit Connect commercial vehicles.  In the coming months, FordPass Connect will be extended to other vehicles in the Ford range.

Ciarán McMahon, Chairman and Managing Director of Ford Ireland, said: “We are delighted to launch the FordPass cutting-edge connectivity on some of our top-selling car and van models such as Focus and Transit Connect.  FordPass has great benefits for the average motorist and even more so for the business user who is managing a fleet of vans – one FordPass account can be used to connect with multiple vehicles providing a fleet manager with the ability to remotely monitor a company’s vehicles.”

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The new Renault Mégane R.S. is now on sale in Ireland

2018 Renault Mégane R.S. 280 EDC Review

The new Renault Mégane R.S. is now on sale in Ireland
The new Renault Mégane R.S. is now on sale in Ireland

The Renault Mégane R.S. has built up its own loyal following of fans who like their hot hatchbacks the Renault Sport way. With the arrival of the new generation of the Renault Mégane in 2016, we always knew that the full fat, high performance Mégane R.S. was on the horizon. 2017 saw the launch of the 205hp Renault Mégane GT in Ireland to whet the appetite.

But now the halo car of the Mégane range has arrived. Recently Renault Ireland provided me with the Renault Mégane 280 EDC for review. This was my first time to experience Renault Sport engineering so I was duly excited. Even more so when I saw the loud and proud Renault Mégane R.S. in blazing Volcanic Orange. The winter sunshine on my Mégane R.S. photoshoot early in the week gave way to more dull and damp November conditions. Yet I was soon to find out that nothing could dull the spirit of the Renault Mégane R.S. 280 EDC.

The recipe for a French hot hatchback is relatively simple of course – put a high octane engine in a hatchback, tune the car and pad it out with a body kit. But reading about the Mégane R.S. cannot prepare you for the raw energy of getting behind the wheel and feeling the R.S. flex its athleticism beneath you. And then unleash the power…

The new Renault Mégane R.S. loud and proud in signature Volcanic Orange
The new Renault Mégane R.S. is loud and proud in signature Volcanic Orange

Power and control in the Renault Mégane R.S.

This time the power driven to the front wheels comes from a new 1.8-litre turbo petrol engine putting out 280hp and 390Nm of torque. 0 to 100 kmh is 5.8 seconds, going on to a top speed of 255 km/h. There is a wider front and rear track with bespoke front and rear wings, a rear spoiler to improve aerodynamic performance, rear bumper with diffuser and central exhaust, and Brembo® brake callipers for stopping power.

The new Mégane R.S. is available with a manual gearbox or an EDC 6-speed automatic gearbox. It goes on sale in Ireland from €41,995, with the EDC version on test available from €44,995. There’s the option of a Sport or Cup chassis, with the Cup version being the super stiff one, ideal for frequent track users.

One of the unique features of the Mégane R.S. among hot hatchbacks of this class is the ‘4CONTROL’ four-wheel steering system. At high speeds, the front and rear wheels turn in the same direction for extra stability. At low speeds, the front and rear wheels turn in opposite directions for more agility.

The interior of the new Renault Mégane R.S.
The interior of the new Renault Mégane R.S.

On the road in the Renault Mégane R.S.

The Mégane R.S. is naturally quick and exciting to drive. It gets more explosive the harder you drive it and the more you fiddle with the settings. To spice things up there is a Sport mode, a Race mode and a personalised setting ('Perso') where you can set the car up until it's just right for you by altering things like the urgency of the throttle response, suspension stiffness, ESP activation threshold and exhaust note.

And then you begin to approach a corner. Ah now this is where we see the prowess and sheer brilliance of the Renault Mégane R.S. There is nothing left to do other than drive into the corner with intent for this is where you awaken the magic of the Mégane R.S. This car can sniff out cornering lines like no other and stick to them. The steering is not the most tactile unit but it's heavy and direct and gives you absolute confidence to steer into the corner, plant your foot on the throttle and follow the curve.

The engine provides a backing track of powerful grunts and cheeky burbles that add to the cool experience of the Renault Mégane R.S. For me the engine was a real highlight of the car – sweet and strong – though I would prefer the manual gearbox for a more tactile extraction of power. The four wheel steering I'm sure contributes to the car’s handling brilliance, but there were a few times when I felt that it interfered a little too.

The 2018 Renault Mégane R.S. has a new 1.8-litre turbocharged petrol engine putting out 280hp
The 2018 Renault Mégane R.S. has a new 1.8-litre turbocharged petrol engine putting out 280hp

In terms of running costs motor tax for this model is €750 per year and my fuel consumption was 9.4l/100 kms over a week of driving. I may have been having too much fun ahem.

Can I use it every day?

There is a firm edge to the suspension but it’s still remarkably comfortable for a performance hatchback. In terms of practicality the Renault Mégane R.S. is now a five door hatchback with space for five (though two will probably be most comfortable in the rear) and a good 384 litre boot. I was impressed with the sophisticated cabin ambience imparted by ambient lighting and the beautiful Alcantara trimmed steering wheel (€350) and sports seats (€1500). The material quality is a mixed bag and I do find the portrait style touchscreen a bit fiddly to use on the move. But overall I really enjoyed being in the cabin of the Mégane R.S.

The Alcantara sports seats add to the sophisticated cabin ambience of the Renault Mégane R.S.
The Alcantara sports seats add to the sophisticated cabin ambience of the Renault Mégane R.S.

Standard equipment includes grey ‘Estoril’ 18” alloy wheels (19” ‘Interlagos’ fitted to test car for €350), rear parking sensors, Multi-Sense driving modes, seven-inch touchscreen with European mapping, dual-zone climate control, cruise control and handsfree keycard with automatic locking.

So what's the verdict?

Over a week of driving the new Renault Mégane R.S. really endeared itself to me. I have a few niggles with the car but my overarching opinion is that this is a passionate high performer that just gets better the harder you push it. The Renault Mégane R.S. is laugh out loud good and moments of pure wicked power and handling talent prove its raison d'être!

Caroline Kidd

Would you like to watch a video review of the new Renault Mégane R.S.?

Model tested: Renault Megane R.S. 280 EDC
Price: 
From €44,995 (Range from €41,995)
Engine: 1.8-litre turbo petrol
Power:
280 hp
Torque: 390 Nm
0-100km/h:  
5.8 seconds
Top speed: 255 km/h
Economy: 
40.9 mpg
CO2 emissions: 
155 g/km
Motor tax: 
€750 per year

The Renault Mégane R.S. is wickedly fast and fun!
The Renault Mégane R.S. is wickedly fast and fun!

The new Toyota Corolla Saloon

New 2019 Toyota Corolla Saloon Hybrid

The new Toyota Corolla Saloon
The new Toyota Corolla Saloon will arrive in Ireland in early 2019

The new Toyota Corolla Saloon will arrive in Ireland in early 2019, priced from €26,820.

For the first time ever, the Toyota Corolla Saloon is arriving as a petrol electric hybrid and will feature a 1.8-litre, 122hp self-charging hybrid powertrain.

There will also be a purely petrol variant, however Toyota Ireland predicts that 90% of Corolla sales in Ireland in 2019 will be hybrid.

The new Toyota Corolla Saloon is built on the same Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform as the rest of the models in the Toyota Corolla Hybrid family including the hatchback and estate. However, the Saloon's individuality within the Corolla family is reflected in its unique front and rear styling.

The Saloon also benefits from the same extended 2,700 mm wheelbase as the Touring Sports, ensuring more legroom and comfort for rear seat passengers.

The interior of the new Toyota Corolla Saloon
The interior of the new Toyota Corolla Saloon

Toyota has released fuel economy values for the two Corolla Saloon models with the 1.8-litre Hybrid achieving 4.3l/100 km and CO2 emissions of 98g/km on the new WLTP cycle.

The improved 1.6-litre petrol engine (132hp) with six-speed manual transmission delivers fuel economy of 6.1l/100 km and emissions of 139g/km on the WLTP cycle.

Further pricing and specifications on the new Corolla range are available from Toyota dealerships. Before its official arrival in Ireland, members of the public can view the new Corolla range on December 13th in the Clayton Hotel, Dublin. In January 2019, all Toyota dealerships across Ireland will host the new models as part of the 2019 Hybrid Roadshow. Toyota is asking customers to check what date in January the Roadshow will arrive at their local dealer.

The new Toyota Corolla range for 2019
The new Toyota Corolla range for 2019

The new Honda CR-V is now on sale in Ireland

2018 Honda CR-V 1.5 Review

The new Honda CR-V is now on sale in Ireland
The new Honda CR-V is now on sale in Ireland

Caroline drives the 2018 Honda CR-V.

Following on from the arrival of the award-winning Honda Civic in 2017, Honda Ireland has recently welcomed the new Honda CR-V. Honda’s large family SUV first emerged back in the 1990s but with the explosion of SUVs in recent years, it’s just as relevant today as the Civic, if not more.

When this new generation of the car was revealed last year, the Honda CR-V grabbed headlines because Honda confirmed no more diesel for this model in this part of the world - it was to be the first CR-V to be exclusively powered by petrol and for the first time as a petrol electric hybrid.

The CR-V Hybrid will arrive in Ireland in early 2019, but 1.5-litre petrol launch models are already in Honda dealers. A few years ago one might balk at the idea of a petrol engine in a big bruiser like the CR-V, but with Honda’s skill in making great engines and a general shift in public consciousness, this CR-V looks well primed for the future.

What's new with the 2018 Honda CR-V?

Benchmarked against premium-brand products, Honda says that the new CR-V delivers improved ride quality, steering response, body control and refinement. The new CR-V is built on the same platform as the new Honda Civic and the slightly larger exterior proportions, longer wheelbase and wider stance give it a significantly larger interior over its predecessor. There’s also a wider, deeper boot with a longer load bay.

The interior of the 2018 Honda CR-V
The interior of the 2018 Honda CR-V

On the outside the styling has evolved again but the 2018 Honda CR-V retains a familiar silhouette and imposing physical presence. The wheelbase is longer and there are larger wheels and dual exhaust tailpipes for a sporty stance. LED headlamps come as standard and aerodynamics have also been improved using Honda's Active Shutter Grille system.

Inside, it’s immediately apparent that the CR-V has gone upmarket. The quality and build is rock solid but it’s the material quality and design that really elevates the 2018 Honda CR-V. It’s a sleek design with slick features like the screen integrated neatly into the centre stack. A soft touch panel sweeps across the width of the cabin and the wood effect trim is a very nice addition adding some contemporary coolness to the cabin.

Will it make a good family car?

Standard models are five seat but for the first time there is a seven seat option on petrol AWD models (from €40,300). The longer wheelbase means that there is more space inside and the CR-V is definitely one of the more spacious family SUVs of its ilk, with a good wide bench in the rear, large footwells and loads of headroom. In five seat models, there is a boot of 561 litres (472 litres in seven seat models). There are plenty of practical bins and spaces around the cabin to accommodate family life too.

The new Honda CR-V is available with five or seven seats
The new Honda CR-V is available with five or seven seats

The new CR-V is available in four trims in Ireland: Comfort, Lifestyle, Elegance and Executive. Standard equipment includes the Honda Sensing suite of safety features, 17″ alloys, climate control, auto lights, 5″ monitor audio with DAB digital radio and Bluetooth, and automatic high beam. The Lifestyle model on test added Honda Connect with 7″ touchscreen and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, 18″ alloys, parking sensors and a rear view camera.

Smooth, petrol power for the 2018 Honda CR-V

At launch the Honda CR-V comes to Ireland with a 1.5-litre VTEC turbo petrol engine with 173hp (manual) or 193hp (automatic). In February 2019, a hybrid version will arrive. The 1.5-litre 'Lifestyle' five seat model on test has a list price of €35,500.

The new Honda CR-V has a lighter and more rigid chassis with the wider body stance and longer wheelbase improving stability. On the road the 2018 Honda CR-V is a star performer with great comfort for all on board, while also delivering considerable prowess when the roads get twisty. For a large SUV, it's smooth to drive and neat to manouvre - it's not laboursome to drive, even with a manual gearbox.

The new Honda CR-V goes on sale in Ireland priced from €33,500
The new Honda CR-V goes on sale in Ireland priced from €33,500

The 1.5-litre petrol suits the short hops in and out of town while also settling down for a hushed cruise on the motorway. The engine has plenty of power, though diesel fans will miss the immediate shove of torque from low down in the rev range - the petrol engine builds its speed in a different way. Still it's very pleasant to drive around town.

Over a week of driving my average fuel consumption was 7.1l/100km, while the CR-V 1.5 qualifies for motor tax of €390 per year.

Would you buy it?

The 2018 Honda CR-V is a formidable family car with a spacious interior and high quality finish that make it highly desirable. While this time the CR-V launches with no diesel option, the 1.5-litre petrol makes particularly good sense for drivers that will spend a lot of time in suburbia. Next year's CR-V Hybrid promises to offer even more efficiency. A seven seat option for the first time should boost the CR-V's fortunes even more.

Caroline Kidd

The Honda CR-V is a formidable family SUV
The Honda CR-V is a formidable family SUV

Model tested: Honda CR-V 1.5 VTEC Turbo Lifestyle
Price: 
€35,500 (Range from €33,500)
Engine: 1.5-litre turbo petrol
Power:
173 hp
Torque: 220 Nm
0-100km/h: 
9.2 seconds
Top speed: 210 km/h
Economy: 
6.3l/100km
CO2 emissions: 
143 g/km
Motor tax: 
€390 per year


The new Peugeot 508

2019 Peugeot 508 Pricing For Ireland

The new Peugeot 508
The new Peugeot 508 will officially arrive in Ireland in spring 2019

Peugeot Ireland has released prices and specification for the new Peugeot 508 fastback.

The new Peugeot 508 will retail from €32,400 in Ireland, plus delivery related charges and a five year extended warranty will come as standard.

Built on the EMP2 platform, the new 508 will be available with a choice of four trims: Active (from €32,400), Allure (from €34,930), GT Line (from €38,170) and GT (from €49,120).

Two petrol engines and four diesel engines will be available, depending on trim, including a 1.6 THP petrol 180bhp automatic 8-speed S&S; a 1.6 THP petrol 225bhp automatic 8-speed S&S (GT only); a 1.5 BlueHDi diesel 130bhp 6-speed manual S&S, 1.5 BlueHDi diesel 130bhp automatic 8-Speed S&S; a 2.0 BlueHDi diesel 160bhp automatic 8-Speed S&S; a top of the range 2.0 BlueHDi diesel 180bhp automatic 8-Speed S&S.

Standard equipment includes the i-Cockpit® with 8” touchscreen, compact steering wheel and customisable heads up digital instrument panel, Mirrorscreen connectivity, 16” Alloys, spare wheel, speed limit recognition, lane keeping assist, cruise control and speed limiter, active safety brake, AGR (ergonomic) seats, visibility pack (automatic wipers and lights), visiopark 180 (front and rear parking aid with camera), electric folding mirrors and electrochrome rear view mirror.

The Allure gains a 10” touchscreen with satellite navigation, blind spot monitoring, high beam assist, road sign recognition and recommendation, advanced driver attention alert, 17” alloys, USB x 2 in the rear, keyless access and start, lumbar support and dark tinted rear glass.

The GT Line adds 18” alloys, wireless phone charging, adaptive cruise control, full LED headlights and 3D LED rear lights, 2nd row armrest with ski flap, electric lumbar support and tilt, GT Line exterior and interior styling (GT Line badging, chequered chrome radiator grille, stainless steel scuff plates, perforated leather steering wheel with GT Line emblem) and iCockpit Amplify (choice of two interior ambiences: Boost or Relax) with Driver Sports Pack.

The range-topping GT 2.0 BlueHDi 180bhp automatic version comes equipped with 18” alloys, Focal sound system, Nappa leather seats with full electric driver’s massage seat, active suspension control, an electric tailgate and GT exterior and interior styling (GT badging).

Dealer demonstrator models are arriving before the end of the year, ahead of a late spring 2019 launch for the Irish market.

Colin Sheridan, Sales and Marketing Director at Gowan Distributors said: “A simply stunning car that promises to shake up the D Segment, the new 508 meets stringent Euro 6.2 engine emissions controls and is packed with standard comfort and safety equipment. Highly favourable press reviews from the international press launch in late June have already signalled the new PEUGEOT 508 is very special indeed and we are recording strong enquiries from Irish customers, particularly since it was previewed in September at the National Ploughing Championships.”

He continued: “Whilst every PEUGEOT Dealer will have a demonstrator in early 2019, due to unprecedented demand in countries where it has already been launched, we currently anticipate a late spring customer launch in Ireland, potentially March 2019.”

An SW estate version will arrive in Ireland some months after the launch of the fastback, whilst a plug-in hybrid petrol drivetrain will be sold on the new model from autumn 2019.


Follow these tips from Liberty Insurance on what to do if your car breaks down

What To Do If Your Car Breaks Down

Follow these tips from Liberty Insurance on what to do if your car breaks down
Follow these tips from Liberty Insurance on what to do if your car breaks down

In the Real World, things don’t always go to plan. Liberty Insurance get that, that’s why they’re here to help when things get real. In the first of their Real World Blog series, we look at the measures you need to take in the unfortunate event of a car breakdown.

Most drivers don’t expect a breakdown, but the essential thing to bear in mind in these situations, is to stay safe. Be sure to contact your breakdown service provider right away.

Here are a few simple tips to keep you, your passengers and other road users safe if your car breaks down.

Motorways & Dual Carriageways

By far the trickiest place to suffer a car breakdown is on a motorway or dual carriageway, particularly if you are in the outside or overtaking lane when the issue happens. The RSA has a list of recommendations which we’ve listed below:

  1. If you can, pull into the hard shoulder as soon as possible. Put your hazard lights and side lights on and then point your front wheels away from the road.
  2. If you have a visibility vest, wear it. Visibility vests are relatively cheap and don’t take up much storage space so it’s a good idea to get a few and leave them in the car.
  3. Exit your vehicle on the left hand side, away from the traffic on the road. Be safe and stay away from the fast moving cars on the other side! Make your way up the embankment and if there is a barrier, climb over it if possible. You and your passengers should stay well away from the hard shoulder.
  4. Don’t attempt to make any repairs on the car, no matter how small they seem to be. Plenty of people have warning triangles in their car, BUT you should not attempt to place this behind your car on the motorway. There will be cars speeding by and it’s risky to even attempt it.
  5. Call the local authorities. If you do this from your mobile phone, they will need to know your location. If you use one of the roadside SOS phones on the motorway network, they will automatically know your location. Next contact your breakdown service.
  6. If the repair services can get you back up and running there and then, that’s great but be very careful when it comes to re-joining the motorway. You’ll need to build up your speed on the hard shoulder before merging into traffic. Be aware that other vehicles may have stopped on the hard shoulder.
  7. If for some reason you are unable to follow the above advice, you should stay in your vehicle with your safety belt securely fastened and switch on your hazard lights. Then, as above, call 999 and wait for assistance. You should also contact your breakdown service provider to let them know.
what to do if your car breaks down
If you have a breakdown on a rural road, pull into the left as far as you can

National, Secondary & Minor roads

If you break down on any road smaller than a motorway, you’ll need to do things a little differently to make sure you remain safe throughout. Again, we’ve taken the advice of the RSA to give you the best information on how to handle the situation.

  1. If you can, pull over to a safe place. Some national roads have a hard shoulder, but if there isn’t one, pull over as far left as you can.
  2. Turn on your hazard lights and if the light is poor or visibility is low, turn on your side lights also.
  3. Although the cars will be passing a little slower than those on the motorway, you should still only get out of your car on the left hand side of the road.
  4. Put on your high visibility vest and place your Red Warning Triangle 50 metres behind your car to alert oncoming traffic.
  5. In contrast to actions on the motorway, no matter where on the road you breakdown, be it in the middle of the road in town or out on a narrow country road, you should get back in your car once you’ve put out your triangle. That’s the safest place to be.
  6. Once in your car, ring the Gardaí for assistance and then call your breakdown service provider to let them know.
what to do if your car breaks down
It's a good idea to use a Red Warning Triangle to alert other drivers

Even experienced drivers might not know the above protocols for what to do if you breakdown, but now that you’ve familiarised yourself with them, you’re ready for any breakdown.

All Liberty car insurance policies come with 24/7 breakdown assistance with Home Start as standard and it won’t affect your no claims bonus.

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