New high power IONITY chargers have arrived in Ireland!

Guide To IONITY At Circle K In Ireland

New high power IONITY chargers have arrived in Ireland!
New high power IONITY chargers have arrived in Ireland!

Circle K and IONITY have partnered to bring the first 350 kW electric vehicle (EV) chargers to Ireland. The company is planning 400 stations along major European routes with over 200 already in action across the continent and four already in Ireland. Here's a guide to using them to charge your electric car!

What is IONITY?

Europe’s leading high-power charging provider. A joint venture founded by BMW Group, Daimler AG, Ford Motor Company and Volkswagen Group with Audi and Porsche. It was established with the aim of providing a network of reliable, high-performance charging stations along Europe's main transport routes.

How does it work?

You can use if your car is equipped with a CCS. The charger technology automatically optimises its charging speed to the maximum your car’s built-in battery management system can handle so you will always be charging at full speed. For example. the new Audi e-tron can charge at 150 kW so it's possible to get from 10% to 100% battery power in just 40 minutes.

How to pay for IONITY

It cost €8 per session at launch but a kilowatt hour based pricing structure is in place from 31st January 2020. Many manufacturers are offering special packages with contactless cards that you can present at the charger for convenient, easy access. Connected Mobility Service Providers (MSP) like Audi e-tron Charging Service, Mercedes me Charge, BMW ChargeNow, Porsche Charging Service and Volkswagen WeCharge offer more financially attractive and bespoke packages for motorway drivers. You can also pay via the app when you register an account. For third-party payments, the company advises that you check directly with your mobility service provider for their rates. Customers who do not have a contract with an MSP will pay €0.79 cent per kWh to charge their EV.

IONITY is simple and easy to use
IONITY is simple and easy to use

Where can I charge with IONITY in Ireland?

There are currently four motorway Circle K sites in Ireland with this new high power charging installed: Circle K Cashel, Tipperary, Circle K Athlone on the M6, Circle K City North on the M1, and Circle K Gorey on the M11. A site is currently under construction at Circle K Kill South on the M7.

Is there an app?

Yes you can download a smartphone app that shows the position and availability of charging stations.

Can Tesla use IONITY?

Tesla has its own supercharger network throughout Europe but popular models like the new Model 3 can be charged using IONITY chargers. Model S and Model X can be charged if you have a CCS adaptor.

IONITY Ireland Map

IONITY Ireland map
Map of IONITY stations in Ireland

Eugene Devereux, founder of Irish Boostrapper, and his BMW 3 Series Coupe

Me And My Car: Eugene Devereux, Irish Bootstrapper

Eugene Devereux, founder of Irish Boostrapper, and his BMW 3 Series Coupe
Eugene Devereux, founder of Irish Boostrapper, and his BMW 3 Series Coupe

Irish Bootstrapper was founded by Eugene Devereux and promotes positive mental and physical health through travel and adventure. Eugene produces the popular podcast The Bootcast, which features inspiring interviews with people living and working in the travel and adventure space. Eugene also loves cars and he accepted our invitation to feature on Changing Lanes with his BMW 3 Series Coupe! I spoke to Eugene about the story behind Irish Bootstrapper, his favourite travel memories, and the most memorable journey he ever took in his BMW.

1. Can you introduce yourself in a few sentences?

Hi, I'm Eugene Devereux from Carlow, Ireland. My passions lie in travel, adventure and business, while my interests are in tech, media, music, motors and of course Ireland. My professional background is in media, sales and marketing, and in 2019 I started a new Adventure/Travel brand called Irish Bootstrapper.

Irish Bootstrapper: A new travel and adventure brand

2. What inspired Irish Bootstrapper?

I've always had a love of travel and adventure, ever since taking my first flight to Wales at 14 years old. Since then, I've been to a lot of Europe, the US and most recently South East Asia. Also, I take part in adventure races around Ireland, which are a fun, challenging way to see the country and meet new people. I had always wanted to start my own business. So, when I went travelling in 2019, I started Irish Bootstrapper effectively as a blog and it naturally progressed into what you see today: a fresh Irish brand bringing you travel and adventure products, services and content with will one day be a global powerhouse in the space.

3. As you've travelled the world, have you made any observations about cars and transport in other countries?

European cites: They love to drive cars and in general smaller cars. Take Paris or Amsterdam with their Smarts, Fiat 500s and little Renaults .

Asian Cities: They love to drive 2-wheelers!

Cambodia: Tuk-tuks and rickshaws are common public transport options.

Vietnam: The bus drivers take no prisoners! On your little scooter, get out of their way! Streets are narrower and very congested in the Vietnamese cities, like Ho Chi Minh, so it's a space thing. And, you'd be surprised what you can get onto a Honda 50! I've seen anything from a chicken pen to a ghetto blaster to literally somebody's entire home on the back of a scooter whereas in Ireland or Europe, you might think you need an SUV with a roof rack and hitch for doing the same journey. Resourcefulness with their vehicles I guess.

Irish Bootstrapper in Ho Chi Minh
Irish Bootstrapper reaches Ho Chi Minh

4. What has been your most memorable car/transport moment to date while travelling? 

In South East Asia, being a passenger on my friend's scooter on my first night in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam. The sheer volume of traffic (99% 2-wheelers) and what appears to be absolute pandemonium is a total driving-awakening to somebody from a small Irish town.

In Europe, doing a road-trip with three friends from Nice in the South of France, along the coast and up into the French mountains, going through places like Grasse, Antibes, Castellane and another little gem of a town high in the mountains.

An absolutely amazing journey in terms of driving experience, scenery and stop off points. And all in a trusty Peugeot 307!

5. What in your opinion are three of the best road trips and which car would you choose to explore each of them?

Oh good question. From what I've done and what I'd like to do:

1) The South of France road trip mentioned above. You could start off in Monte Carlo and go through the coastal towns before heading into the mountains. I would do this again in an Ariel Atom. These are real "driver's roads" and the car would be ideal for maximising the spectacular views en route.

2) A trip to the West of Ireland and around the West, in something like a VW Camper. The West is so amazing in terms of terrain, scenery and its rugged Irish appeal, as well as a host of activities and traditional taste along the way.

3) The entire Route 66 in either an original Mustang or Dodge Charger. Clichéd maybe but it would be so "American muscle"!

When not travelling abroad, Eugene is driving the 2010 BMW 3 Series Coupe
When not travelling abroad, Eugene is driving the 2010 BMW 3 Series Coupe

6. Tell us about your car/what do you like about it?

I drive a 2010 BMW 320d M Sport Coupé. It's a lovely car to drive, it's reliable and actually quite fuel-efficient for a 184 bhp 2 litre. The boot is pretty big for packing for trips around Ireland and long journeys are comfortable, even on the low-profile 19s. It can be fun in the wet too!

7. Most memorable journey to date with that car? Where did you go?

Probably driving it back from Wales when I bought it. I was so excited to have bought it and the journey from Cardiff, through Swansea and onto Fishguard before boarding the ferry was a great intro to my future with the car. I drove about 300 km in total so was pretty used to its handling and response by the time I pulled into the driveway at home!

Eugene has travelled around Ireland in his 320d
The 2010 320d is powered by a 184 bhp 2.0-litre turbo diesel

8. How did you prepare for the journey?

Got my insurance changed over, brought a few snacks for the way and filled the tank in Cardiff! I found it difficult to sleep on that ferry though.

9. What was on the stereo during this journey?

Born To Be Wild - Steppenwolf.

10. What did you learn from that journey? 

If you really want to do something in life, make a bit of a plan to achieve it and then take the first step. It doesn't have to be entirely mapped out with precision. Once you have a starting point, an end goal and a rough idea of how you might get there, the rest tends to fall into place. But anyway, it's the journey that matters.

Hence, the Irish Bootstrapper tagline is "Become The Journey".

Irish Bootstrapper in Saigon - eyes on the world

Listen to The Bootcast here.

You can follow Irish Bootstrapper across social media:

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Thanks to Eugene for taking part in our interview.


The Volkswagen Golf 1.5-litre TSI

What Were The 10 Bestselling Cars In Ireland In 2019?

As we enter the new 201 registration plate, let's first recap on 2019! What were the bestselling cars in Ireland in 2019?

According to figures from SIMI, new car registrations in Ireland in 2019 reached 117,100.

Diesel remains the most popular engine type, while hybrid, electric and plug-in hybrid gained market share in 2019. Diesel accounted for 47%, petrol for 41%, hybrid for 9%, electric for 3%, and plug-in hybrid for 1%.

Manual transmissions (67%) continue to dominate with automatic transmissions (33%) gaining in popularity. Automatic transmissions saw a 22% increase in 2019, while manuals declined by 17%.

The hatchback is Ireland’s top selling car body type of 2019. Grey remains the top selling colour and has continued to keep that title for the past four years.

But as promised here are the top 10 bestselling cars of 2019! Is your car on the list?

10. Toyota C-HR

2,509 units

The 2020 Toyota C-HR
The 2020 Toyota C-HR

The first of three Toyotas boasting top sales in Ireland in 2019, the Toyota C-HR has been a hot seller since it first arrived here in 2017. The C-HR was a turning point for Toyota, boasting a stylish design, well-appointed interior and fun to drive behind the wheel. At launch it was available as a petrol or petrol electric hybrid. A facelifted Toyota C-HR has arrived in dealers and will be available exclusively as a hybrid. With that, C-HR looks set to have a great year in 2020 also.

9. Toyota Yaris

2,554 units

The Toyota Yaris Y20 Limited Edition is coming to Ireland in 2019!
The Toyota Yaris Y20 Limited Edition is coming to Ireland in 2019!

Another bestseller for Toyota. The straightforward supermini has been a success in Ireland since launch in 1998 and celebrated 20 years with a special edition. A new model will arrive in 2020, likely to boost Yaris fortunes even more with a new hybrid.

8. Ford Focus

2,766 units

The new Ford Focus
The new Ford Focus

The Focus has slipped down the sales chart in 2019 but remains one of the bestselling family hatchbacks in Ireland. The Focus is available with excellent petrol and diesel engines and a super hot ST version. A crossover inspired Active version joined the range in 2019.

7. Volkswagen Golf

2,823 units

The Volkswagen Golf 1.5-litre TSI
The Volkswagen Golf 1.5-litre TSI R-line

Consistently one of the bestselling cars in Ireland, the Golf has also slipped down the sales chart in 2019 but should receive a boost in 2020 with the launch of the all-new eighth generation Golf in March.

6. Hyundai Kona

2,939 units

The new Hyundai Kona Hybrid
The new Hyundai Kona Hybrid

The Kona has been a huge success story in Ireland since its launch here in 2018. It has sailed up the sales chart and secured sixth place in 2019. Sales were boosted by the arrival of the new Hyundai Kona Electric in 2019. A Kona Hybrid has joined the range for 2020.

5. Skoda Octavia

3,199 units

The Skoda Octavia petrol hatchback
The Skoda Octavia

The Octavia is one of Ireland's favourite cars, every year! The no nonsense family car will be replaced by an all-new Octavia in 2020 with a more salubrious interior, new technology and powertrains.

4. Volkswagen Tiguan

3,201 units

Volkswagen Tiguan
The Volkswagen Tiguan is now available with an entry level 115bhp diesel engine

The Tiguan has gone from strength to strength since its Irish launch in 2016. It moves up into fourth place in 2019. The SUV offers typical Volkswagen quality in the form of a highly desirable mid-size SUV.

3. Nissan Qashqai

3,748 units

Nissan Qashqai
The Nissan Qashqai

The Qashqai has been a stellar success and consistently one of the bestselling cars in Ireland since launch. A revamped model arrived in Ireland towards the end of 2017. Petrol and diesel engines available.

2. Hyundai Tucson

3,828 units

Hyundai Tucson
The Hyundai Tucson

Another former number one bestseller in Ireland. The Tucson has tousled with the Qashqai since launch and remains a very popular choice of family SUV in Ireland.

1. Toyota Corolla 

4,406 units

The new Toyota Corolla Hatchback Hybrid
The new Toyota Corolla Hatchback Hybrid

The Corolla has had an incredible year. An all-new Corolla Hatchback, Saloon and Touring Sports arrived in Ireland in the first half of the year and the Corolla quickly became Ireland's bestselling car. It's stayed there all year and offers an attractive hybrid option in the mid-size segment.


Interview With Nina Weizenecker

Nina Weizenecker and the Mercedes-Benz CLA
Nina Weizenecker and the Mercedes-Benz CLA

Let me introduce Nina Weizenecker, one of the brightest new stars blogging about cars! Nina is from Germany and writes for her own website and the German magazine Der Autotester. I spoke to Nina about the inspiration for her blog and her favourite cars.

1. Can you introduce yourself in a couple of sentences?

Hi car enthusiasts, my name is Nina Weizenecker and I am an automotive blogger. I'm from southern Germany and I study educational science. I also work for the German online car magazine www.der-Autotester.de. My father gave me a passion for cars from the time I was in the Maxi-Cosi. He didn't exchange his beloved Porsche for a family car when I was born!

2. How did you start your career testing cars?

Back in 2012, my father founded our car magazine, der-Autotester.de. I am part of the team since September 2018.

3. What is the inspiration behind your blog Ninacarmaria.de?

I set up my blog to share my enjoyment of all the latest models. It gives me great pleasure to give my community the opportunity to explore the newest cars with me.

Nina is an automotive blogger from Germany
Nina is an automotive blogger from Germany

4. What was your first car?

My very first car was a Fiat 500 Convertible. It was love at first sight. It was finished in a beautiful pearl white with a wine red roof.

5. Which have been your top 3 cars to test? 

Lamborghini Aventador SVJ

Audi R8

Suzuki Jimny

6. What has been the best moment of your career so far?

Totally hard to pin down. Of course, driving super sports cars are always indescribable moments but I enjoy testing camper vans even more, preferably by the sea!

Nina and the Lamborghini Aventador!
Nina and the Lamborghini!

7. Which place in Germany would you recommend for a road trip?

I'm from the Black Forest and I love the winding roads here. The magnificent landscape in combination with a beautiful sports car makes my heart beat faster. If you have the opportunity, you should definitely visit the Black Forest.

8. What advice do you have for anyone who wants a career as a motoring journalist?

Be authentic and love what you do.

You can follow Nina's adventures with cars on social media:

Instagram

Facebook

Twitter

Youtube

Thank you Nina for taking part in this interview!

Follow Nina on Instagram to stay up to date on all the cars she tests
Follow Nina on Instagram to stay up to date on all the cars she tests

My highlights reel from 2019 live on YouTube now

Caroline Kidd's 2019 ChangingLanes.ie Video Highlights!

My highlights reel from 2019 live on YouTube now
My highlights reel from 2019 live on YouTube now

2019 was another great year for Changing Lanes. As well as publishing over 50 new car reviews in 2019, I also made a few videos throughout the year of some of my test cars and events I attended. Here's my video highlights reel!

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Thank you and looking forward to bringing you more great content in 2020!

Caroline Kidd


Caroline and the new Mazda MX-30

2020 Mazda MX-30 Preview In Lisbon

Caroline and the new Mazda MX-30
Caroline and the new Mazda MX-30

Mazda Ireland brought me to Lisbon, Portugal, to preview their exciting new electric vehicle – the new Mazda MX-30.

What is it?

The MX-30 is Mazda’s first ever electric vehicle and it’s debuting in the form of an SUV. The car is still in development and is due to hit production around the middle of 2020. We can expect to see the MX-30 in Ireland in January 2021.

What does it look like?

We had an opportunity to view the new Mazda MX-30 up close, fresh from its reveal at the 2019 Toyko Motor Show. From a design perspective, it’s more of an SUV coupé than a conventional SUV with distinct ‘freestyle doors’ that hark back to the Mazda RX-8 of the Noughties. Mazda has evolved its famed KODO design philosophy for the company’s new EV line. As a result, the car looks more futuristic and suburban than say the CX-30 or CX-5 in the current Mazda SUV range.

What’s it like inside?

Mazda has given the MX-30 interior the feel of a cool lounge. The MX-30 shares the same carefully considered cockpit design found on all Mazda cars, with a horizontally symmetrical layout centred on the driver. The focus is on eco-materials: unique fabric from recycled plastic, vegan leather, and natural cork. For the first time in a Mazda, the MX-30 adopts a touchscreen air-conditioning control panel on a 7-inch screen in the lower centre console.

The Mazda MX-30 will have a range in the region of 200 km
The Mazda MX-30 will have a range in the region of 200 km

So how far will it get me on a full charge?

The MX-30 introduces a new electric drive technology to Mazda, called e–Skyactiv. The power output of the car is about 140 hp and there will be about 265 Nm of torque. The MX-30 will be powered by a 35.5 kWh battery with a range estimated somewhere in the region of 200 km. In an era where many mainstream EVs are now debuting 64 kWh batteries with a range in excess of 400 km, this might appear short-sighted but Mazda like to do things differently. The company is famous for its ‘right-sized’ engine philosophy, which has seen the Japanese brand buck the trend for small turbocharged units in favour of large capacity naturally aspirated engines. Now Mazda continues to challenge conventional wisdom with their ‘right-sized’ battery approach to electric vehicles. Their research has shown that 48 km is the average daily drive of the European customer, well within the Mazda MX-30’s range. But they also cite this battery size as kinder to the environment right now, resulting in lower life cycle CO2 emissions.

How about charging?

There will be a 6.6kW onboard charger for charging at home and 50kW rapid charging through a CCS connection.

The interior of the new Mazda MX-30
The interior of the new Mazda MX-30

Will it be good to drive?

We expect so and we actually got an opportunity to test drive the technology in an EV prototype in the body of a CX-30. The MX-30 will be the third new Mazda after the Mazda3 and the CX-30 to use the new Skyactiv-Vehicle Architecture. It’s an EV designed to deliver ‘outstanding driving pleasure’ based on the company's Jinba Ittai - driver and car as one - engineering ethos. Mazda technologies like electric G-Vectoring Control Plus (e-GVC Plus) are fitted as standard. This system gives the car a feeling of more natural feedback by precise torque control and sound that lets the driver know exactly what the car is doing.

How cool is the EV technology?

Mazda has developed its own bespoke motor pedal concept for the Mazda MX-30 for a more natural feel relative to the driver’s intended amount of acceleration and deceleration. They have also developed special sound or ‘aural feedback’ through the audio system corresponding to the driver’s pedal action. Mazda engineers also showed us the place where under the hood a rotary petrol engine can be added to extend the range.

Is it safe?

The MX-30 has no centre pillar because of the freestyle doors but safety is not compromised due to the MX-30's high strength bodyshell. The suite of i-Activsense advanced safety technologies will be enhanced by a new Smart Brake Support (SBS) system to help to prevent collisions at intersections in the traffic and technology designed to help keep drivers on track on roads with kerbs or discernible edges, even in the absence of lane markings.

How much will it cost?

We have no indication of pricing yet for Ireland but in Germany the MX-30 will go on sale from €33,900 before grants.

The MX-30 is expected in Ireland in early 2021
The MX-30 is expected in Ireland in early 2021

Caroline Kidd


Juliet McGuire is a top South African motoring journalist

EXCLUSIVE: Interview With Juliet McGuire!

Juliet McGuire is a top South African motoring journalist
Juliet McGuire is a top South African motoring journalist

Juliet McGuire is a top motoring journalist based in South Africa. Juliet brings great energy and vibrancy to her journalism and her YouTube car reviews are legendary! I'm a big fan of Juliet's work and I was delighted to interview the woman herself for Changing Lanes. In a cool twist, she also interviewed me for her site!

1. Can you introduce yourself in a couple of sentences?

My name is Juliet McGuire and I was born and bred in Cape Town, South Africa. I am a motoring journalist, presenter, voice over artist and pretty much everything else I can be. I love what I do. I sometimes feel like the luckiest woman in the world. I have been doing this for 12 years and have no intention of stopping anytime soon. I spend most of my free time in or near the sea.

2. How did you start your career testing cars? 

After completing my honours degree in journalism I headed to CAR magazine (South Africa's number 1 motoring publication) to complete an internship. I loved it so much that I refused point blank to leave. The rest, as they say is history. Although...it has been one incredible journey. I moved from CAR to being head hunted for a female motoring publication called Women on Wheels, of which I became the editor and then decided to go freelance where I now remain. I absolutely love the freedom freelancing offers. I can write for anyone and everyone and so I get to meet some amazing people and work for incredible publications.

3. What inspires you?

The drive to be the best. This is what inspires me. It is a tough industry for a woman and I think that constantly inspiring myself to be better is what has kept me in the game this long.

The Audi RS 4 Avant gets a place in Juliet's dream car garage!
The Audi RS 4 Avant gets a place in Juliet's dream car garage!

4. What would be in your dream 3 car garage? 

Audi RS4 Avant (for the perfect combo between practicality and performance)

Volvo XC40 or XC60 (for my every day trips to the shops. My practical drive)

Mercedes-AMG G63 (my badass car)

5. Favourite music to drive/sing to? 

There are far too many choices here. Anything that I can sing along to. It can range from Post Malone to Taylor Swift to Tracy Chapman to Diana Krall. Depends on my mood and how long the drive is.

6. Best moment of your career so far?

Making it as a freelance motoring journalist. (By making it, I mean being able to afford to feed myself ha ha). But seriously, the feeling of being respected and taken seriously by an industry that can be rather fickle is a feeling like no other. I still have my days where I feel this is not the case, but again, the inspiration to strive to be better kicks in.

7. Favourite place in South Africa for a road trip?

Up the Garden Route to Plettenberg Bay.

8. What advice do you have for anyone who wants a career as a motoring journalist?

Make sure you have creative ways of making money because this is not going to make you a millionaire. ha ha. My serious advice is to ensure you have a passion for writing before you have a passion for cars. It is not all about driving cool cars. Most of the time is spent creating content and you need to be disciplined in this. And no one wants to read sloppy work.

Thank you so much Juliet for taking part in this interview! Now read Juliet's interview with me over on JulietMcGuire.com:

https://julietmcguire.com/an-interview-with-my-spirit-animal-in-ireland/ 

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The new BMW 2 Series Gran Coupé, one of the cars heading to Ireland in 2020

New Cars 2020 Coming To Ireland

What cars are coming out in 2020? We've listed all the new models from the brands reaching Ireland in 2020 and those already here for the 201 registration!

Alfa Romeo

The Alfa Romeo Tonale concept was shown at the Geneva Motor Show in 2019 and is expected to reach production in 2020. It will be the first Alfa Romeo mid-size plug-in hybrid SUV and will slot in below the Stelvio.

Audi

A revised Audi A4 and Audi Q7 are now in dealers. Both models feature changes in design, connectivity and a new engine line-up incorporating mild hybrid technology. New models arriving in advance of 2020 sales include the all-new Audi Q3 Sportback and Audi Q5 TFSI e with 367 hp and a pure electric range of over 40 km. 2020 will also see the arrival of a new Audi e-tron Sportback and RS Q8 performance SUV.

BMW

A new BMW X6 is arriving in dealers around about now. New plug-in hybrids include the X5 xDrive45e with an electric range of up to 87 km and the BMW X3 xDrive30e. An all electric X3 will follow. In March we can expect the arrival of the new BMW 2 Series Gran Coupé. A new 4 Series range is likely on the way also after the introduction of the new 3 Series in 2019.

The new BMW 2 Series Gran Coupé, one of the cars heading to Ireland in 2020
The new BMW 2 Series Gran Coupé, one of the cars heading to Ireland in 2020

Citroen

The new C5 Aircross PHEV will arrive in Q2 2020. The plug-in hybrid combines a PureTech 180 hp petrol engine and an 80 kW electric motor to deliver an electric range of 50 km.

CUPRA

The new CUPRA Formentor is expected in the second half of 2020 and will be the first model launched exclusively to the CUPRA brand. The high-performance plug-in hybrid will have 245 hp and an electric range of up to 50km. A CUPRA Leon is also expected in 2020.

The new CUPRA FormentorDacia

The Dacia Duster gets a more efficient TCe 100 petrol engine. Air conditioning is now standard for the 2020 model year.

DS

Expect to see a new compact DS 3 Crossback and an electric 'E-TENSE' version.

Ford

The new Ford Puma compact crossover is arriving in Ireland by January. It will be available as a mild hybrid 1.0 litre EcoBoost petrol engine. The new Kuga SUV will arrive in Ireland in March and will be available as a plug-in hybrid, mild hybrid and petrol / diesel. The new Mustang Mach-E is expected in the summer.

The new Ford Mustang Mach-E!
The new Ford Mustang Mach-E!

Fiat

An electric Fiat 500 (500e) will be revealed at the Geneva Motor Show in March and is expected later in 2020.

Honda

The new Honda Jazz will arrive in Ireland in the spring of 2020. The new Jazz features new styling and will be hybrid only. Honda's cool new electric city car, the Honda e, will follow.

Hyundai

The new Hyundai Kona Hybrid has just arrived in dealers ahead of the 201 plate. There's also a new Ioniq Electric in dealers, which comes with an increased range of 312 km. The new generation of the Hyundai i10 city car will arrive in dealers in late December.

Jaguar

A revised Jaguar F-TYPE is expected in April 2020 with updated styling, equipment, engine and technical upgrades.

The new Jaguar F-TYPE
The new Jaguar F-TYPE

Jeep

There's a plug-in hybrid Renegade on the way.

Kia

The new Kia XCeed has just arrived in dealers now with a 1.0-litre petrol engine and a 1.6-litre diesel engine. A plug-in hybrid is to follow in the spring using a 1.6-litre petrol engine and electric motor. A facelifted version of Ireland's bestselling plug-in hybrid, the Kia Niro PHEV, has also just arrived. An updated Kia e-Niro is expected in the spring also. The Kia Sportage is now available with a 1.6 diesel with mild hybrid technology.

Land Rover

The new Defender will arrive in April and plug-in hybrids of the Discovery Sport and Range Rover Evoque are also on the way.

The new Land Rover Defender
The new Land Rover Defender

Lexus

And updated RX large SUV is expected in January.

Mazda

The new CX-30 SUV has just arrived in dealers with petrol and diesel engines available. A revised Mazda2 is expected in January.

Mercedes-Benz

Mercedes-Benz is promising the arrival of 22 models in 2020! Six will be conventionally powered vehicles with a further 16 new PHEV plug-in electric hybrid models. 2020 will see the arrival of a GLS SUV model; a mid-size GLB SUV that includes a 7-seater version; a GLE Coupé; a GLA Compact SUV and the new S-Class. We will also see the second EQ model in the form of a fully electric powered EQA SUV. First to arrive will be the GLB, followed quickly by the GLA, GLE Coupé and GLS. The EQA and S-Class will arrive later in the year, most probably towards Q4. Hybrids on the way include an A 250e, B 250e, GLA 250e and CLA 250e in Coupé and Shooting Brake versions. Also scheduled are C-Class petrol and diesel powered hybrids in saloon and estate – a C 300e and C300de. A similarly-configured GLC hybrid range in Coupé and SUV form – a GLC 300e and GLC 300de – will be available in petrol and diesel with 2WD and 4WD transmission. Coming also will be an E-Class diesel hybrid in E 300de Saloon and Estate versions, plus a GLE 350de with 4-MATIC transmission.

The new Mercedes-Benz GLB will arrive in Ireland in early 2020!
The new Mercedes-Benz GLB will arrive in Ireland in early 2020!

MINI

There's a new version of the ultimate MINI on the way - the MINI John Cooper Works GP. A new MINI Electric based on the brand’s iconic three door hatchback, will arrive in Ireland in March 2020 with a range of 235 to 270 kilometres.

Mitsubishi

A revised Space Star will arrive in mid January. The 1.2-litre petrol model will be available in both manual and automatic transmission. In the second half of 2020, a Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross PHEV will arrive.

Nissan

The new Nissan Juke is arriving in showrooms now with a 1.0-litre petrol engine. For 2020, the Micra will be available with a new three cylinder 100 hp engine  - the same as the one currently in the CVT (automatic). The SV Premium grade has also been added to the Micra range and includes privacy glass, front fog lights, automatic air con and iKey, rear parking sensors and extra personalisation options. The Qashqai SE replaces the Qashqai SV with a price reduction of about €1,200. ProPilot has been added as an option to the Qashqai and X-Trail range for €1,000. Pricing has come down across the X-Trail range for example there's €3,000 off the volume selling 7 seater SVE (top spec model).

The new Nissan Juke is arriving in Ireland in November!
The new Nissan Juke has just arrived in Ireland

Opel 

An all-new Opel Corsa is arriving in dealers now with petrol and diesel engines available. An electric 'Corsa-e' will follow in March. Elsewhere, expect a new Opel Grandland X plug in hybrid around the same time, a new Mokka X in the summer followed by a facelift for the Insignia range.

Peugeot

The new Peugeot 208 is expected in Ireland in January with petrol, diesel and electric variants available. This will be followed by the launch of a new 2008 compact SUV in March 2020. Plug-in hybrid versions of the 3008 and 508 also expected imminently.

Renault

A new Renault Clio has just arrived in dealers with petrol and diesel engines available. A new hybrid is expected in 2020. Early 2020 will also see the arrival of the new Renault Zoe with 52 kWh battery and a range of up to 395 km. There's also a new Captur SUV on the way. Orders open in November 2019 with customer deliveries from February 2020. Later in 2020, we can expect a plug-in hybrid Captur and Mégane. Expect an updated Koleos at some point in 2020 with new, more efficient engines and more interior comfort.

The second generation of the popular Renault Captur heading this way in 2020
The second generation of the popular Renault Captur heading this way in 2020

SEAT

The new SEAT Leon will arrive in Q2 of 2020. Petrol and diesel engines will be available initially with a plug-in hybrid to follow in Q3 of 2020. SEAT Tarraco FR also expected in Q2 of 2020. The FR trim will complete the Tarraco range with sportier styling. The SEAT el-Born is the brand’s first fully electric car and is expected by the end of 2020 with a range of up to 420 km.

Skoda

The new Kamiq crossover and facelifted Superb range is in dealers now. 2020 will see the debut of a new plug-in hybrid Superb. A new Octavia is on the way in the summer also.

The 2020 ŠKODA Octavia!
The 2020 ŠKODA Octavia!

SsangYong

SsangYong has an all-new Korando mid-size SUV on sale in Ireland from this month. Expect to also see an updated Tivoli in dealers shortly.

Subaru

Subaru is introducing new e-BOXER hybrid technology in the Subaru XV Crossover and the all-new Forester, both arriving in Ireland this December.

Toyota

An updated Toyota C-HR is arriving in dealers and will be available with two hybrid powertrains. A new 2.0-litre petrol electric hybrid joins the current 1.8-litre model. A new generation of the Toyota Yaris supermini will arrive in Ireland in the spring and will be available as a 1.5-litre hybrid.

The 2020 Toyota Yaris
The 2020 Toyota Yaris

Volkswagen

A facelifted Passat is in dealers now along with a new plug-in hybrid 'GTE' model.  The new 8th generation Volkswagen Golf is expected in Ireland in March. The first examples of the new ID.3 electric hatchback will arrive in Ireland in the summer. A hot T-ROC R is also expected in early 2020.

Volvo 

The XC40 plug-in hybrid will be in dealerships in March 2020. It will be front wheel drive with 262 bhp. Also expect Polestar engineered V60 and S60 405 bhp, T8 plug in hybrids. The new V60 Cross Country is expected in March also.

The new Volkswagen Golf expected in Ireland in 2020
The new Volkswagen Golf expected in Ireland in 2020

Rear View Prints stocks a range of interesting car prints and apparel

SPONSORED: 3 Unique Christmas Gift Ideas From Rear View Prints

Rear View Prints stocks a range of interesting car prints and apparel
Rear View Prints stocks a range of interesting car prints and apparel

It's that time of year again. Are you looking for some Christmas gift ideas for the car lover in your life? Rear View Prints just might have what you are looking for.

To recap, Rear View Prints offer some of the coolest car art on the Internet, and it's available around the world through their online shop. Here's some of our favourite products from their website:

1. Automotive Prints

The Rear View Prints collection of modern automotive prints look great on any wall. They offer a wide range of original prints, from F1 tracks to iconic cars like the Land Rover Defender, BMW M3, Ford GT40, Volkswagen Golf and Audi R8. Pricing is in the region of €20 - €130, with prints available in a variety of sizes. My favourite is the Car Generations print collection and last Christmas I received a beautiful print of the evolution of the Porsche 911 in Irish Green! Their new for 2019 Art series aims to redefine some of the most iconic and well-loved cars across history. Top tier printing techniques on print or canvas make for really eye-catching and unique gifts. Check them out here.

Browse the car art collection including high performance classics like the 911 GT3
New 2019 Art series including high performance classics like the 911 GT3

2. Christmas Jumpers

Okay, Christmas jumpers are more than a bit cheesy but there's only one time of year when it's acceptable to make a fool of yourself dressed like a four year old. Don't let me put you off. Rear View Prints collection of car Christmas jumpers just might be some of the best on the Internet with some of your favourite cars taking on a Yuletide theme. Jumpers are priced from €35 and are available in a range of sizes and colours. Featured cars include the Batmobile (cool!), Audi TT, Porsche Cayman, Honda Civic Type R and a Subaru Impreza lugging a big Christmas tree. Find out more here.

Get your Christmas jumper with your favourite car!
Get a Christmas jumper with your favourite car!
3. Draw My Ride

Are you looking for a car gift that is something truly unique? Rear View Prints have a new product called Draw My Ride, where the team will draw your car or cars and frame them at an affordable price. Your pride and joy can be reimagined as an epic print for your home or office. Pricing starts from €80 and get the process started by filling out a simple form on the website here. Available for a limited time so secure this special gift now.

Exclusive print of your car ir cars with the new Draw Your Ride product from Rear View Prints
Exclusive print of your car or cars with the new Draw Your Ride product from Rear View Prints

Anything else? Rear View Prints will deliver for free in the UK. For Europe, USA and the rest of the world, the company offers free shipping for prints. If you spend over €152 there is free shipping on all products to all parts of the world.

Prints/clothing usually take 2-5 days to leave the store. Frames are made to order and take on average 6 days to make before being shipped. During busy periods and holidays like Christmas, allow up to 10 days for dispatch. Delivery times stated exclude dispatch time:

Mainland UK – 1-3 working days

Non-mainland UK – 2-5 working days

Europe – 5-21 working days

USA & Canada, Far East and Australasia – 5-31 working days

Rest of the World – 7-31 working days

 

You can find the Rear View Prints automotive community online on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

Let us know if you make a purchase!

www.rearviewprints.com

Thanks to Sandyford Motor Centre for guiding us through car finance options

SPONSORED: How To Finance Your New Car

Thanks to Sandyford Motor Centre for guiding us through car finance options
Thanks to Sandyford Motor Centre for guiding us through car finance options

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Whether you are buying your first car, or just looking for a change, coming up with the finances for a new car can be a challenge. There are many different voices and options available to you, but how do you know who to listen to, or which option is going to provide the best value? In this article, Sandyford Motor Centre guides us through the car finance options available.

Make sure to research and inform yourself before making a decision and tying yourself into a contract.

1. Hire Purchase

Hire Purchase is a form of car finance where you pay for the vehicle over a number of years - between 1 and 5 years specifically. It begins with a deposit, then incremental payments are made monthly over the remaining period of the deal. Once all payments are made, you are the official owner of the car. The fixed monthly repayments over a flexible time period is what appeals to most drivers, along with the prospect of eventual ownership.

2. Personal Contract Plan

Personal Contract Plan or PCP, is a form of Hire Purchase that has proved popular in Ireland in recent years. The main advantage is the flexibility a PCP offers. It allows you to change your car regularly, rather than a long term contract like Hire Purchase. It can be broken down to 3 areas:

1. Deposit: Firstly, you pay your deposit on the car, which is usually 10-30% of the vehicle's worth. Often people will generate these funds through the trade in value of their current car.
2. Guaranteed Minimum Future Value (GMFV): Guaranteeing what the car will be worth at the end of the repayments, no matter what the depreciation is, is a key benefit of PCPs.
3. Monthly Repayments: The monthly repayments on the vehicle are calculated on the difference between the deposit and the GMFV.

3. Personal Loan

Some people opt to take out a personal loan to fund the purchase of a new car. Many people like the thought of keeping the loan and the car purchase separate, so if anything goes wrong they can sell the car and get the cash back. This is the go-to option for those who do not have any savings or a car to trade in. Loans can be taken out from your bank, or from the Credit Union in Ireland if you are a member.

It is important to consider the factor of interest when using a personal loan to buy a new car. General interest rates vary between providers, but over the course of a few years, you will be paying significantly higher than if you choose Hire Purchase or PCP. Personal Loans also bring your credit rating into the equation, which the other options do not.

4. Leasing

Leasing is very similar to Hire Purchase, but with one key difference - you do not own the car at the end of the payments. It is essentially just a long term car rental. People may go for this in more short term situations, when they have no interest in eventually owning the car. The deposit is significantly smaller than with other finance options, and the pre-agreed fixed time and fee make for appealing factors, as well as not having to worry about depreciation.

Using your savings is another way of purchasing a car. You could also look into the pros and cons of Contract Hire and Business Hire Purchase.

So which car finance option should you choose?

The options laid out above are the most simple ways to car finance, particularly if you are a first time buyer. If you wish to speak to an expert, call Sandyford Motor Centre Car Dealership in South Dublin, who would be happy to talk you through your finance options.

Sandyford Motor Centre in South Dublin stocks a range of new and used vehicles including the Mazda and Peugeot brands
Sandyford Motor Centre in South Dublin stocks a range of new and used vehicles including the Mazda and Peugeot brands