The Mercedes-Benz C-Class Saloon

2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Saloon Review

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class Saloon
The Mercedes-Benz C-Class Saloon

Caroline drives the 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Saloon.

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class Saloon is one of the stalwarts of the Mercedes-Benz range that has been endearing buyers of compact executive saloons for over two decades now.

The current generation of the car debuted in 2014 and quickly gained notoriety for its interior elegance and comfort. Now in 2019, there is an updated C-Class range with pricing starting from €37,710.

What's new for the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Saloon in 2019?

Updates include new engines, equipment and trim elements to keep it at the races against key rivals like the Audi A4 and BMW 3 Series.

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Saloon gets a slim makeover in that all the elegant, compact saloon proportions are retained but with some new trim elements, alloy wheels and headlight/rear light design.

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class Saloon has been updated for 2019
The Mercedes-Benz C-Class Saloon has been updated for 2019

Available in the classic Avantgarde trim or the sportier AMG Line, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class oozes class and prestige. AMG Line models get standard fit 18” alloys, more aggressive bumpers and a stunning diamond radiator grille with chrome pins. LED headlights come as standard.

The interior of the 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Saloon

Inside, the cabin of the C-Class is very plush and luxurious with beautiful soft touch materials and design elements, like the circular air vents and open pore black ash wood trim. The C-Class range gets a technology upgrade in that you can now opt for a 12.3-inch digital cockpit display and a 10.25-inch infotainment screen. The 10.25 inch screen as part of the Advantage pack is definitely worth considering (€3,417) as it looks a lot more premium and at home than the standard 7” screen.

There is also a new multifunction steering wheel with touch-control buttons that respond to swiping motions like the screen of a smartphone. It gives a bit more modernity to the cabin of the C-Class.

The interior of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Saloon
The interior of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Saloon

The C-Class Saloon will seat five though the rear will be more comfortable for two rather than three because of the large ‘hump’ housing the transmission tunnel. The boot is a competitive 480 litres and the boot lid lifts electronically from a button on the key or a switch in the cabin.

Equipment and engines

Standard equipment includes leather upholstery, cruise control, dual zone climate control, heated front seats, keyless start and 17” alloys. The AMG Line (from €39,250) models add sports pedals, 18” alloys and AMG bodystyling.

Engine options for the C-Class include a 1.6-litre petrol (C180), 2.0-litre petrol (C300), 1.6-litre diesel (C200d) and 2.0-litre diesel (C220d), as well as some sportier variants.

The C200 is now powered by a 1.5-litre turbo petrol with 'EQ Boost'
The C200 is now powered by a 1.5-litre turbo petrol with 'EQ Boost'

The new Mercedes-Benz C200 with EQ Boost

One of the most exciting additions to the 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Saloon range is the C200 now with EQ Boost. The new 1.5-litre turbo petrol engine has mild hybrid technology. A 48 volt on-board electrical system with a belt-driven starter/alternator gives the car a boost in performance and efficiency. The power output is 184hp and 0 to 100 kmh is achieved in just 7.7 seconds.

The C200 delivers smooth power through a nine speed automatic gearbox, and is refined at a cruise though gets noisier when you give it a heavy right foot. Over a week of driving the C200 averaged fuel consumption at 8.4l/100km, while motor tax is €390 per year for this model, so a diesel would offer superior economy for high mileage drivers.

Rear legroom in the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Saloon
Rear legroom in the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Saloon

On the road in the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Saloon

My test car featured Dynamic Body Control that alters suspension damping characteristics in three stages. The damping characteristics are tuned more tautly in the two stages “Sport” and “Sport+”. The “Comfort” mode is more comfortably tuned, unevenness is levelled out better and road roar and tyre vibration characteristics are improved.

There’s also a Sports Direct-Steer system for more agile and smooth handling.

On the road, the C-Class Saloon glides along the tarmac effortlessly offering a top class comfortable and serene drive. It offers rear wheel drive agility and is flexible through corners, though the sensations reaching the rim are not overtly sporty. I recently drove the Mercedes-Benz C200 Coupé, but I really like the C200 set-up in the Saloon.

There may be a squeeze on saloons from SUVs but there is likely to always be a market for prestigious, premium saloons like the Mercedes-Benz C-Class. This facelift has improved and modernised the interior even more, so that the car still feels current. This is a fine luxury motor for cruising and Mercedes-Benz has successfully packaged the essence of the brand in the C-Class, making it a great entry point into the premium saloon market.

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class Saloon is a very desirable compact premium saloon
The Mercedes-Benz C-Class Saloon is a very desirable compact premium saloon

Caroline
Kidd

Model
tested: 
Mercedes-Benz
C200 Saloon AMG Line Automatic
Price:
€43,600 (Range from €37,710)
Engine: 1.5-litre turbo petrol
Power: 
184 hp
Torque: 280 Nm
0-100km/h:  
7.7 seconds
Top speed: 239 km/h
Fuel economy:
6.0-6.3l/100km
CO2 emissions: 
144g/km
Motor tax: 
€390 per year


The new Toyota Camry is in Toyota dealers now, priced from €39,750

New Toyota Camry Arrives In Ireland!

The new Toyota Camry is in Toyota dealers now, priced from €39,750
The new Toyota Camry is in Toyota dealers now, priced from €39,750

The new Toyota Camry has arrived in Ireland and is available now at Toyota dealerships nationwide from €39,750 or €304 a month*.

The 2019 model is the first Toyota Camry available with a self-charging 2.5-litre hybrid powertrain.

In Ireland the new Toyota Camry will be available in three grades - hybrid, hybrid Sol and hybrid Platinum.

The new Camry delivers fuel economy of up to 5.3l per 100km or 53.3mpg, under the latest Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) emission test.

Toyota’s Safety Sense comes as standard in the new Camry Hybrid, including Automatic High Beam, Full-range Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane Departure Alert with Steering Control.

LED lights, smart entry, rear privacy glass, power retractable heated door mirrors, rear view camera, dual climate control and 3 years servicing are all included as standard.

The bestselling Hybrid Sol grade comes with leather upholstery, heated front seats and satellite navigation.


The Government has announced a €20 million investment in the ESB ecars public charge point network

€20m Investment In Electric Vehicle Charging Points

The Government has announced a €20 million investment in the ESB ecars public charge point network

The Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Richard Bruton T.D. has announced that €20m is being invested to fund the rollout of high powered chargers across ESB ecars network.

Making the announcement, Minister Bruton said, "We are funding high powered charging hubs on motorways and national roads all across the country, to tackle 'range anxiety' and encourage drivers to make the switch to electric vehicles. We are stepping up our response to climate change across the board and this government is determined to take the lead and put in place the necessary infrastructure to make it easier for people to play their part."

More than 50 high power charging hubs are being funded on motorway and national road sites. These hubs will be able to charge between two and eight vehicles simultaneously and are capable of providing up to 100 km of electric driving range in as little as six minutes.

These new sites will be in addition to the 1,100 public charge points already located across the island of Ireland.

In addition to the high power charging hubs, up to 50 locations will also see Standard 22kW AC chargers upgraded to 50kW DC fast chargers, providing additional fast charging capacity around the country.

A provisional map of the planned network
A provisional map of the planned network

According to sources, this network will be able to facilitate the public charging requirements of hundreds of thousands of vehicles.

Minister Bruton said, "This investment gives people confidence that they can make the switch. Now is the time. As well as providing a network of chargers, the government also offer a number of financial supports to those thinking of changing their vehicle."

Jerry O'Sullivan, Deputy Chief Executive of ESB, said, "A key part of our Brighter Future strategy is enabling the electrification of transport, with this investment and support from the Government's Climate Action Fund critical to encouraging people to make the transition to EVs. Over the last nine years we have developed and maintained a comprehensive EV charging network and the availability of the high power charging hubs will help eliminate 'range anxiety' and enables seamless EV travel across the island of Ireland. This, in turn, will support the Government's ambition to have more than 500,000 EVs on Irish roads by 2030."

This initiative is 50% financed by the Government's Climate Action Fund with the remainder funded by ESBESB ecars is currently identifying the most appropriate locations on motorways and national road networks. The sites will be identified using the latest software mapping techniques, taking account of information on current charge point usage, traffic volume, accessibility, amenities and grid capacity at the sites.


The new Range Rover Evoque in the Peloponnese region of Greece

2019 Range Rover Evoque First Drive Review

The new Range Rover Evoque in the Peloponnese region of Greece
The new Range Rover Evoque in the Peloponnese region of Greece

When the Range Rover Evoque debuted in 2011, it was a significant departure for the Land Rover brand. The Evoque was designed to appeal to a new and more urbane customer looking for a stylish, premium SUV. It also carried the prestige of belonging to the high-end ‘Range Rover’ family of vehicles. Now the Evoque is back for a second generation, with all the modernity and technology needed to carry itself successfully into a new era. Caroline travelled with Land Rover Ireland to Athens, Greece, to test drive the new 2019 Range Rover Evoque. The Evoque will officially arrive in Ireland in May, but a preview model is currently touring Land Rover dealerships nationwide.

Styling

The new Range Rover Evoque still carries the classic high beltline/sloping roofline silhouette that made the original Evoque a trendsetter. There are new super-slim Matrix LED headlamps, flush door handles and other new trim elements around the front and rear. The surfacing of the car has been refined for a clean and contemporary look. The wheel arches can house up to 21-inch wheels. The Evoque undoubtedly has kerb appeal.

The Range Rover Evoque goes on sale in Ireland officially in May priced from €42,845
The Range Rover Evoque goes on sale in Ireland officially in May priced from €42,845

Interior

The interior of the 2019 Range Rover Evoque has taken a step up in terms of quality and design, along with the integration of the latest driver assistance technologies and digital displays. There are soft touch materials aplenty. Land Rover has also come up with some alternatives to classic leather, including Kvadrat premium wool blend, Dinamica® suedecloth, and Eucalyptus fibre textiles, which are very tactile indeed.

The twin touchscreen Touch Pro Duo system comes as standard on some trim levels. Ventilation and other vehicle settings are controlled via the lower screen. It looks very impressive, though can be fiddly to use on the move. There is also an optional 12.3" Interactive Driver Display and Head-up Display for the full digital experience.

The interior of the new Range Rover Evoque
The interior of the new Range Rover Evoque

Practicality

The new Evoque is built on Land Rover’s new Premium Transverse Architecture. While the overall dimensions are near on identical, there is more interior space than before. A longer wheelbase yields 20mm extra rear kneeroom. The Evoque will seat five with reasonable rear leg and headroom for a compact SUV.  The luggage space is wider and 10 per cent larger than the outgoing car at 591 litres. The second row seats can be folded 40:20:40.

The new generation of the Evoque has a bigger boot
The new generation of the Evoque has a bigger boot

Engines

In Ireland the 2019 Range Rover Evoque will be available with 2.0-litre diesel and petrol engines with MHEV, a mild hybrid system that harvests and stores energy normally lost during vehicle deceleration to assist the engine to maximise efficiency. Power outputs for the diesel include 150hp, 180hp and 240hp, while the petrol will have outputs of 200hp, 250hp and 300hp. Front wheel drive and all wheel drive models are available. A manual gearbox comes as standard, with a 9 speed automatic also available.

A plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) will join the range next year.

The new Range Rover Evoque will be available with a range of petrol and diesel engines, with a plug-in hybrid on the way in 2020
The new Range Rover Evoque will be available with a range of petrol and diesel engines, with a plug-in hybrid on the way in 2020

On the road

The new Range Rover Evoque sits on a new, more rigid platform. On our test drive, the Evoque handled very well through corners with excellent ride quality that means it can transition from off road to on road remarkably well. Optional Adaptive Dynamics alter the suspension damping rates depending on the road surface and deliver the optimum balance of comfort and agility.

The new Evoque now features Terrain Response 2 and a number of driving aids for off-road. You can hit the Auto button among the off-road settings and the SUV automatically detects the surface being driven on and adjusts the set-up accordingly. The Evoque can now wade through water up to 600mm (previously 500mm).

We had the opportunity to test the Evoque extensively on and off road in the rugged Peloponnese region of Greece. We drove through river beds, up steep inclines and down them, across rough terrain littered with ruts, stones and gullies, and even on a stage from the Acropolis Rally! We crossed the Corinth Canal on an old railway bridge, using the new ClearSight Ground View to guide us. This new feature effectively makes the bonnet invisible so you can see the ground between the wheels from a camera view transmitted to the screen in the centre console.

Crossing the Corinth Canal in the Range Rover Evoque
Crossing the Corinth Canal in the Range Rover Evoque!

The Evoque might be a stylish looking SUV for the city but its off-road capability is truly outstanding. Then the Evoque just effortlessly shrugged off the dust from its shoulders and glided out onto smooth tarmac roads once again.

We tested the 2.0 litre diesel 240hp and the 2.0 petrol 250hp all wheel drive models. Both were quiet on the move with plenty of power and flexibility through the rev range. I look forward to bringing my full driving impressions once we test the new Range Rover Evoque on Irish roads later in the year.

Equipment

In Ireland the 2019 Range Rover Evoque will be sold across a range of trim lines including entry, S, SE, and HSE and the sportier looking R-Dynamic, R-Dynamic S, R-Dynamic SE and R-Dynamic HSE. Standard equipment includes dual zone climate control with rear vents, 17" alloys, LED headlights, cruise control, 10" touchscreen, push button start, ClearSight interior rear view mirror, rear camera, parking sensors and lane keep assist. Please visit landrover.ie for a list of equipment for each model.

The Range Rover Evoque can effortlessly transition from off-road driving to smooth, tarmac roads
The Range Rover Evoque can effortlessly transition from off-road driving to smooth, tarmac roads

Pricing

Pricing for the 2019 Range Rover Evoque starts from €42,845 for the front wheel drive 2.0-litre diesel model with 150hp and a 6 speed manual gearbox. All wheel drive diesel models with automatic gearbox as standard start from €49,595.

Rivals

The Evoque’s rivals include the Audi Q3, Volvo XC40 and Jaguar E-PACE.

Summary

The Evoque brings a certain level of distinction to the premium, compact SUV segment with cool good looks, Land Rover’s legendary off-road ability and the prestige of the Range Rover badge. The Evoque offers a smooth, quiet and sporty drive with on trend mild hybrid tech, while there is no mistaking the premium cabin ambience, enhanced with the latest digital screens and alternative fabric options. The Range Rover Evoque made its name as a trendsetter back in 2011; now it has successfully crossed into a new era of technology and modernity.

Caroline Kidd

Photos courtesy of Land Rover


The ŠKODA Kodiaq SUV has helped to increase market share for the brand in Ireland

ŠKODA Ireland Enters Top 5 Bestselling Car Brands!

ŠKODA has reported their best ever start to a year with record vehicle sales and revenue performance.

Against the backdrop of a declining market, ŠKODA has increased sales in Ireland by 5.2% to 5,329 vehicles. This is an achievement considering the new car market contracted by 10.7% in the first quarter. 

ŠKODA acquired 8.3% market share in the first three months of 2019, pushing the brand into the top 5 best-selling car brands in Ireland for the first time. The Octavia, Superb and the Kodiaq SUV were the key models driving ŠKODA’s success.

John Donegan, Brand Director at ŠKODA Ireland commented: “The joke is over. ŠKODA has confirmed its place in the top 5 best-selling car brands and with the continued support of our dealer network, we believe the best is yet to come. This May we will launch our new SCALA hatchback, with the KAMIQ compact SUV following in autumn.

Also this autumn, our executive Superb will receive a cosmetic refresh and the option of plug-in hybrid technology will be offered in the ŠKODA brand for the first time. By the close of 2020 we will have an unrivalled offering of petrol, diesel, hybrid and fully electric products to offer our customers.”

ŠKODA also enjoyed strong financial performance. New car revenue increased by 9% from €68.5 million to €74.6 million and revenue from parts and accessories increased 13% from €2.8 million to €3.2 million. A growing number of consumers are also availing of competitive ŠKODA finance offers with ŠKODA confirming over €60.4 million was loaned in the first three months; an increase of 26% on the same period last year. 


The Blue Crew will be using a fleet of electric Nissan Leafs!

Dublin's Q102 FM Switches To The Nissan Leaf

The Blue Crew will be using a fleet of electric Nissan Leafs!
The Blue Crew will be using a fleet of electric Nissan Leafs!

Dublin’ Q102 is going green by becoming the first radio station in the city to make the switch to driving the 100% electric Nissan LEAF.

Listeners to the popular radio station are amongst the most environmentally conscious and the decision to go all electric demonstrates Q102’s determination to lead by example when it comes to reducing carbon emissions.

The station has taken delivery of three new Nissan LEAFs and all three cars will be used by its Blue Crew, who are a familiar sight on the streets of the city.

“I am delighted to partner with Nissan for Q102’s new street fleet. The zero emissions Nissan LEAF is a perfect fit, reflecting our commitment and that of our listeners to reduce carbon emissions and to protect our environment for future generations,” said Margaret Nelson, Dublin Q102’s Station Director.

“Our typical Q102 listener is a mother of two who values the importance of protecting the environment and who aspires to create a greener and cleaner world for her children. The Nissan LEAF is such a perfect fit for anyone who wants to contribute to achieving that goal,” she added.

With a range of over 300 kilometres on a single charge the Nissan LEAF is set to greatly reduce the radio station’s carbon footprint while also saving it up to €6,000 a year in car running costs. 

Nissan has applauded Q102 for its green credentials and for making the switch to zero emissions driving.

“The Nissan LEAF is the world and Ireland’s best-selling EV. The Q102 Blue Crew travel the length and breadth of the city each day and we are delighted that they will now do so in the 100% electric, zero emissions Nissan LEAF,” said Jeanne McGann, Marketing and Communications Director at Nissan Ireland.

“Q102 is to be applauded for leading by example and for taking such a positive step to reduce its own carbon footprint. Their decision to drive Nissan LEAF is certain to inspire listeners to make the switch to 100% electric driving and to join Q102 in doing all they can to protect our environment and to help create a greener Dublin,” she added.

“The Nissan LEAF is an ideal city car with its ePedal function making it easy to start, accelerate, brake and to bring the car to a stop with the throttle pedal.  We are certain that the Blue Crew will enjoy all that it has to offer and that their new EVs will receive even more attention as they make their way to events throughout the city”.


The 2019 Renault Kadjar in Iron Blue

Renault Kadjar 1.5 Diesel Review

The 2019 Renault Kadjar in Iron Blue
The 2019 Renault Kadjar in Iron Blue

Caroline drives the new Renault Kadjar 1.5 diesel.

Since the Renault Kadjar was launched as Renault’s new compact family
SUV in 2015, it has become a firm favourite and familiar sight on Irish roads.
The Renault Kadjar was a well-judged entrant to a burgeoning market with its
curvy good looks and competitive pricing.

Now in 2019, Renault has looked at their Kadjar range once again and made a few updates to styling, equipment and engines.

What's new for the 2019 Renault Kadjar?

The Renault Kadjar now has a new front-end design and C-shape light signature in line with Renault’s other SUVs, the Captur and the Koleos. Some new trim elements and LED lights have also been added to the rear of the car. There are new alloy wheel designs and new colours for the Kadjar range including Oural Green, Highland Grey and Iron Blue.

The Renault Kadjar is available from €26,995 in Ireland
The Renault Kadjar is available from €26,995 in Ireland

Inside, the Kadjar always had a
straightforward cabin that was easy to feel at home in and a comfortable place
on the move. New satin chrome trim has been added to the interior and the
touchscreen for the infotainment system is now flush with the centre console.
Some of the dials and switches have been changed also. Redesigned seats feature
length adjustment on some models, double density foam to enhance comfort, and
firmer side reinforcements for more support.

Standard equipment now includes climate
control, 7” touchscreen with Android Auto® and Apple CarPlay®, alloy wheels,
parking sensors, and automatic lights and wipers. Other additions include
bigger cup holders, bigger bins in the front doors and two rear USB sockets.

Interior space is good for this class of vehicle and the Kadjar will seat five. There is a 472 litre boot with a large square opening.

The interior of the 2019 Renault Kadjar
The interior of the 2019 Renault Kadjar

Engines and Equipment

In Ireland the Kadjar is available now in four trim levels: Play, Iconic, S-Edition and GT Line. The range kicks off at €26,995. Iconic models start from €29,695 and add cruise control and speed limiter, parking camera, and keyless entry/start and privacy glass.

The new sporty S-Edition (from €31,395) adds a half leather interior, panoramic roof, and LED/Xenon lights. The top of the range GT-Line (from €33,995) adds 19” alloys, leather seats, full LED lights, auto park, lane departure warning, traffic sign recognition and automatic high/low beam. 

Rear legroom in the Renault Kadjar
Rear legroom in the Renault Kadjar

The Renault Kadjar range has also been refreshed with some new or updated engines. There’s a new 1.3 TCe turbo petrol engine with 140 or 160hp. The Kadjar also features an updated 1.5 Blue dCi 115 diesel engine. It’s the most efficient engine in the range. For customers requiring more performance, the new 1.7 Blue dCi engine is now available with 150hp and comes in 4×2 and 4×4. Manual and automatic gearboxes are available. My test car was a Renault Kadjar GT Line 1.5dCi 115 with a list price of €35,995.

Driving the 2019 Renault Kadjar 1.5 diesel

On the road the Renault Kadjar 1.5 diesel is smooth and comfortable to drive. The updated Blue dCi 1.5 litre diesel engine is remarkably refined and economical, with my fuel consumption averaging at 5.1 litres per 100 km over a week of driving. It makes for a good combination, with the sort of pleasant driving character that is a must for a family car.

The Renault Kadjar is available with a range of efficient petrol and diesel engines
The Renault Kadjar is available with a range of efficient petrol and diesel engines

Renault has refined the Kadjar a little more to keep up with rivals. The Renault Kadjar with its redesigned nose is now arguably even more stylish than before, while the interior of the car has been given a better fit and finish also.

Underneath the Kadjar is still a practical and comfortable vehicle, with new engines meeting the latest emissions standards. Competition is of course fierce in the compact SUV segment but the Renault Kadjar brings some flair and passion with an utterly capable and enjoyable family vehicle.

Caroline Kidd

Model tested: Renault Kadjar GT Line Blue dCi 115
Price:
€35,995 (Range from €26,995)
Engine: 1.5-litre turbo diesel
Power: 
115 hp
Torque: 260 Nm
0-100km/h:  
11.7 seconds
Top speed: 188 km/h
Fuel Economy: 
4.9l/100km
CO2 emissions: 
117g/km
Motor tax: 
€200 per year


The new Toyota Corolla was Ireland's bestselling car in March!

New Car Registrations In Ireland In March

The new Toyota Corolla was Ireland's bestselling car in March!
The new Toyota Corolla was Ireland's bestselling car in March!

Official statistics released today by the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) show that total new car registrations for the month of March are down 5.6% (16,738) when compared with March 2018 (17,726). New car registrations year to date are down 10.7% (64,098) on the same period last year (71,760).

The top five bestselling car brands so far in 2019 are 1. Volkswagen 2. Hyundai 3. Toyota 4. Ford and 5. Skoda.

The top five bestselling cars so far in 2019 are 1. Hyundai Tucson, 2. Nissan Qashqai 3. Skoda Octavia 4. Volkswagen Tiguan and 5. Ford Focus

The bestselling car in March was the Toyota Corolla.

The new Commercial Vehicle sector shows a similar picture, with new Light Commercial Vehicle (LCV) registrations down 2.2% (3,067) on March 2018 (3,137), and year to date are down 10.7% (11,182).

New Heavy Commercial Vehicles (HGV) saw a slight decline of 1.5% (267) in comparison to March 2018 (271) and year to date down 3.3% (886).

Imported Used Cars on the other hand increased by 9.98% (8,970) on March
2018 (8,156) and year to date are 2.74% (26,832) ahead of 2018 (26,117).

New electric vehicle registrations continue to grow with a total of 1,437 EV
cars registered so far this year, this has surpassed the total number of EVs
registered for the whole of 2018 (1,233).

Commenting on the
registrations Brian Cooke, SIMI Director General Designate said
“While new car sales
are being dampened by Brexit uncertainty, the increase in VRT on new cars for
2019, arising from the fact that no allowance was made for the first step in
the move to the new WLTP emissions testing regime, has also had a negative
impact.  Ireland is the only country in the EU that has sought to charge
consumers higher registration taxes due to the improved emissions testing regime.
While the VRT increases in this first phase of the transition to the WLTP test
figures only saw an average increase of 5% in the CO2 values, the second phase
next year will see these increasing by a further 21%. All other Member States
have followed the EU Commission view that consumers should not be faced with
increased taxation due to the improved emissions testing regime. SIMI had
warned that not adjusting for such large increases in CO2 values will burden
the consumer, damage new car sales and will actually reduce State revenues.
This has been the case as the decrease in new cars sales in Q1 has meant that
the State’s tax revenues from new cars have fallen by more than €60 million so
far this year, and this shortfall is only going to increase as the year
progresses.

While current low volumes
in the new car market have largely resulted from lower used car values for
consumers’ trade-ins due to the huge volume of used car imports from the UK due
to the Brexit-driven Sterling exchange rate.  To add a tax increase that
only applies to new cars, in such circumstances can only lead to the current
result. We urge the Government to take account of the impact of increasing
taxes, not just on new car sales but also on employment in the Motor Industry
across the country, and on the environment when recasting VRT and other motor
related taxes in 2020. There is one positive within the new car market,
electric car registrations have now surpassed the total number of electric cars
registered for the whole of 2018 and we would expect to see this sector
continue to grow.”
 


The new BMW 8 Series Convertible

BMW 8-Series Convertible Pricing For Ireland

The new BMW 8 Series Convertible
The new BMW 8 Series Convertible

The BMW 8 Series Convertible is on sale in Ireland from April 2019, with on the road pricing starting from €127,690.

There will be two versions available from launch: a V8 petrol engine in the 530hp BMW M850i xDrive version (from €181,400) and a 320hp six-cylinder diesel in the BMW 840d xDrive.

Adaptive M suspension with electronically controlled dampers is standard, as is BMW’s Integral Active Steering – a system that turns the rear wheels (at speeds of up to 72km/h) to improve agility as well as reducing the turning circle.

The fully electric soft top roof opens and closes in 15 seconds at the touch of a button and when travelling at up to 50kmh.

Standard specification for the new BMW 8 Series Convertible includes the BMW Individual Merino leather trim in an exclusive Black with piping in BMW M GmbH colours. There is also an anthracite BMW Individual headliner, M pedals and floor mats with special M surrounds.

BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant and a Harman Kardon Surround Sound System featuring 12 speakers are also included as standard.