Cycling is a fun, free and healthy family activity

How To Buy The Best Bike Rack For Your Car



Cycling is a fun, free and healthy family activity
Get the bikes on the car this summer and discover Ireland cycling with family and friends!



Are you looking for a new activity this summer that is fun, healthy, and free? Cycling is a great way of getting family and friends together and adding more fun, freedom, and adventure back into life once again.

With a simple bike rack, you can safely bring your bikes around Ireland on your staycation this summer. Or stay local and explore your favourite places and greenways on two wheels!

But what’s the best bike rack for my car? Cheap or premium? Towbar or roof-mounted? There are lots of different types of bike carriers available for your car, so we have teamed up with the experts at to guide you through your options, provide some top recommendations, along with essential information you need to know when choosing the best bike rack. is an Irish company with an excellent website stocking an extensive range of bike racks and other adventure, travel, and road trip accessories for summer 2021.

Read our article to discover the best bike racks in Ireland and start planning your next adventure now!

Cycling is a fun, free and healthy family activity
Find the best bike rack for your car with top tips from the experts at

What do I need to think about when choosing a bike rack for my car?

  1. The number of bikes you want to carry at the same time. Just one bike or two, three or four?
  2. Position you want to carry the bikes:  a) On the rear door (boot door), b) On the roof of the car, c) On the towbar of the car.
  3. What type of bikes you want to carry? The only suitable carriers for electric bikes will be platform towbar carriers due to the weight of the bike. If it’s a bike with a very wide tyre width, you’ll need to check that the bike carrier (platform towbar bike racks) will provide enough space to get the tyre in.

Types of bike rack

There are three types of bike carriers for cars you can choose: rear door mounted rack, roof mounted rack or tow bar mounted rack.

1. Rear Door Mounted Rack


  • Convenient and affordable
  • They fit most cars on the road
  • Small, quick to set up and remove - only a little lifting of bikes is required.
  • Easy to store

Things to consider

  • Check your vehicle is compatible with a rear door bike rack. If your car has a plastic spoiler, generally it’s not advisable to carry a bike rack on the rear of the car as the weight of the rack and bikes can cause pressure on the spoiler and because it’s only plastic, could damage it.
  • Ladies’ bikes will need a cross bar adapter so that they can easily and safely fit on a rack where the frame of the bike needs to sit on the rack (also available on


Universal 3 Bike Carrier

The Universal 3 rear door mounted bike carrier comes highly recommended from the MicksGarage team. It can securely hold three bikes and supports a maximum weight of 45kg. The carrier has a universal design and can be adjusted to fit most types of cars including hatchbacks, saloons, and estates. It can also fit 4x4s as well. It’s easy to assemble and folds away for easy storage!

Buy the Universal 3 here.

Browse more rear door mounted bike racks.

2. Roof Mounted Bike Rack


  • Safe and convenient to use.
  • Very secure with locking function available.
  • Keeps the boot completely free for access.
  • No bikes in your field of vision while driving.

Things to consider

  • You need roof bars (also available on and a roof mounted bike rack to carry a bike on your car in this way.
  • Lifting of bikes is required to get them on the roof.
  • Consider if you’re going to be carrying a roof box or a canoe on the roof at the same time as well.

Best Buy: AGURI ACUDA (Black or silver)

Aguri Acuda bike carrier

The Aguri Acuda II Bike Rack Carrier is a beautifully designed product. The Micksgarage team say that this carrier is as high quality as a Thule Bike Rack but for a lot less and comes highly recommended. It’s available in black or silver. The carrier mounts to roof bars by a T-Track system (which is included). The carrier can hold wheels sizes ranging from 16" to 29" in diameter and tyre walls with a maximum of 80mm. Wheelbases ranging from 75cm to 130cms fit perfectly. If you love your bike, you'll love the Aguri Acuda!

Buy the Aguri Acuda here.

Browse more roof mounted bike racks.

3. Tow Bar Rack


  • Extremely safe, arguably the safest way of carrying bikes.
  • Very fast to install and remove.
  • They look great.
  • Very secure with locking function available.
  • Can carry the heaviest weights so ideal when carrying a number of bikes or an electric bike.

Things to consider

  • You will need to have a towbar installed on your car for this (also available from MicksGarage).
  • If you have an electric bike, you really should be only carrying it on a towbar mounted carrier due to the weight of them.


Peruzzo Pure Instinct Range of bike carriers


For more than 25 years, Peruzzo has been producing bike carriers for cars made with high quality materials. The Peruzzo Pure Instinct range of carriers is a best buy if you are looking for a secure towbar mounted bike rack. Models available from the MicksGarage website can carry up to four bikes. Quick and easy to fit and remove, with a very compact and functional quick release system. Tilts for easy boot loading using a simple foot pedal. Supplied with grab arms for all bikes. Doubly safe with extra safety strap fixed to frame and complete with homologated rear light bar.

Buy the Peruzzo Pure Instinct Range here.

Browse more tow bar mounted bike racks.

Top Tip!

On the website, there is a handy tool to help find the best fit for your car for roof bars, tow bars or any other technical part of your vehicle. Simply enter your car registration number and you will be given the best matches for the exact model of your car! For browsing bike racks, you can browse by type of rack to help choose the right one for your car.

If you have any questions or need technical assistance you can call the team at 01-5311337 to speak to a Bike Rack Expert.

Using roof rails and a roof mounted rack is handy because it keeps the boot completely free for access!
Using roof rails and a roof mounted rack is handy because it keeps the boot completely free for access!

How much do I need to pay for a good bike rack?

Bike racks vary in price from €50 to €600. It all depends on the type of rack you want (rear door, roof, or towbar), how many bikes you want to carry at the same time, and your personal preference for what style will suit your car the best.

What essential features should any bike rack have?

This will vary depending on the type of rack:

1. Carrying Weight

Check the maximum load before you buy. Platform towbar mounted bike carriers can carry the heaviest weights, important for electric bikes as they are much heavier than standard bikes.

2. Security

Roof mounted and tow bar mounted bike racks are more secure because they come with locks and keys to secure your bikes to the rack.

3. Bike Tyre Width

This is only important if you have a very wide tyre on your bike. If so check that the platform towbar bike rack provides enough width for your tyre to slot into.

Are bike racks easy to fit?

Yes. There’s a little bit of assembly involved with some models, but it is not complicated, and full instructions are provided. In terms of fitting them to your car, it is very straightforward, and full guided instructions are included with each rack.

Do I need any other safety accessories?

Buying additional foam padding can protect your car and your bike from scratches when you mount/dismount your bike and rack. You can also buy bungee chords or ratchet tie down straps. These are useful if you want to hold things in a little tighter for extra security. There are even wall mounted bike racks available so you can store your bike neatly in your shed or garage when it’s not being used! Browse bike racks accessories here.

By Caroline Kidd have the widest range of bike racks on their website. Check out the full range of bike racks from MicksGarage here.

They are known for fast delivery and excellent customer care, with almost a million happy customers to date and are rated ‘Excellent’ on Trustpilot! Check out the website for a huge range of staycation and road trip accessories to make your next adventure awesome – paddle boards, roof boxes, roof bars, gadgets, tents, BBQ’s… and loads more


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Laura Sutherland behind the wheel of her Audi A3 Sportback

Laura Sutherland's Audi A3 Sportback


Laura Sutherland behind the wheel of her Audi A3 Sportback
Laura Sutherland behind the wheel of her Audi A3 Sportback

Changing Lanes reader Laura Sutherland introduces her new Audi A3 Sportback!

1. Can you introduce yourself in a few sentences?

I’m Laura Sutherland. A wife, daughter, sister, niece, aunt and dog mum to Eddie and Dudley. I’m a Chartered PR consultant and I run my own PR consultancy, Aura PR, a global PR community, PRFest and I recently launched a food brand, Wonky Pickles!

I’ve loved cars since I was a child. My Dad had some amazing cars and his passion obviously rubbed off!

2. What car do you drive?

I ended up buying the new Audi A3 35 TFSI S line S tronic. It was a difficult decision to make, what car to buy in a pandemic when lockdown has been so up and down.

3. Why did you buy this car?

It was a brand new model which looked pretty great and the spec I chose gave me everything I would want or need in a car. At that point I only had one dog though…!

Obviously when you look at the price of a car you need to make comparisons and it came up top against some other cars I was looking at. I took it out on lease, so if I don’t like it, I’m not stuck with it.

The initial reviews looked good, so why not?!

Laura drives the latest generation of the popular A3 Sportback
Laura drives the latest generation of the popular A3 Sportback

4. What do you like about it?

I love the new front and rear. Super sharp and the S line model has a great finish. The leather and sports seats and the attention to detail in the cockpit is to a really high standard and the added bonus of the sunroof is perfect! The automatic is super responsive and it’s nippy in sport mode. I like the boot. It’s a Sportback so it’s deceptively roomy.

5. Is there anything you would change about it?

I went for the light grey seats for a change, but maybe the darker grey would have been nice and I’ve only just found out about the ambient lighting kit that looks super cool, which I didn’t spec. I’d also rather have had dark grey alloys – I think the bright silver fits with the chrome, but I’d just rather the darker colour. I think it’s more sporty looking. I’d maybe have chosen white, rather than black, too, if I had seen it in the flesh before…

6. What's in the glovebox?

Ha! Face masks and hand sanitizer!

7. Favourite moment with the car so far?

Taking it to the beach for a short holiday just before second lockdown happened.

8. Three words to describe your car?

Practical. Efficient. Nippy.

Laura loves the efficiency and practicality of her A3!
Laura loves the efficiency and practicality of her A3!

Thank you to Laura for taking part in our Me and My Car feature! If you would like your car featured, please email


Find out how a few simple products can give your engine the wellness it deserves!

Wellness For Engines. LIQUI MOLY Experts Explain

Find out how a few simple products can give your engine the wellness it deserves!
Find out how a few simple products can give your engine the wellness it deserves!

In this special feature, Caroline speaks to the experts at LIQUI MOLY to find out more about ‘wellness for engines’: how using high-tech motor oils and additives can improve the health and performance of your car, saving you money in the long run!

Did you know that every kilometre of road you cover in your car costs a tiny piece of your engine? Over time, your car experiences continuous friction and wear that can also be accelerated by poor fuel quality and deposits of old lubricants.

With the help of regular maintenance of the oil and fuel cycle, engine performance can be brought back to the level of a new car.

I put some questions to David Kaiser, Head of Research and Development at LIQUI MOLY, to find out more about how using high quality motor oils and additives can take years off your car and restore engine performance to the time when your car was new.

LIQUI MOLY offers a global, uniquely broad range of about 4,000 automotive chemicals for the health and maintenance of your car: essential motor oils, performance-enhancing additives, greases and pastes, sprays and car care, glues, and sealants. The company sells its products in more than 150 countries, including Ireland.

Founded in 1957, LIQUI MOLY develops and produces its oils and additives exclusively in Germany, where the brand is consistently voted the best oil brand by some of the country’s most influential motoring magazines. The brand is respected by professional motor mechanics and technicians, while many motorsport teams also use their products. For example, LIQUI MOLY is the exclusive oil supplier to the Moto2 and Moto3 race series.

LIQUI MOLY ensures quality of product through Made in Germany promise
The LIQUI MOLY quality promise

What is the role of engine oil in the modern combustion engine and how does motor oil work?

Motor oils ensure the engine of your car is always working smoothly. If you think of the engine as the heart of your vehicle, then the motor oil is the life blood! Though ‘invisible’ to most of us, without this essential lubricant it’s game over for your engine. David Kaiser of LIQUI MOLY – the German oil brand who make the matching motor oil for every vehicle in the world - compares motor oil to a ‘fluid spare part’ that needs to fit precisely to a specific engine. But it hasn’t always been that way. There are now more demands on the modern motor oil than ever before:

“In the past motor oil was just a mere lubricant for the engine to reduce friction, and wear and tear,” says David. “Today motor oil has a lot more jobs to do: it has to work in a cold winter as well as in a hot summer; cool down the engine; keep the engine clean; neutralize the formation of acids in the oil; be compatible to exhaust treatment systems, and many more. At the same time, the engines have got more power and the oil change intervals have been extended.”

So why are there so many different motor oils?

According to David Kaiser, this is the price we pay for more efficient engines. When a car manufacturer designs a new engine, the required properties of the oil are part of this design. As different car manufacturers follow different strategies in engine technology, the result is different oil requirements. Sometimes these different technical requirements can be combined in a single oil, sometimes they cannot.

“At the moment we see in Europe more than 50 different oil specifications just for passenger cars,” says David. “And the trend is definitely towards even more than fewer oil specifications. It is hard even for professionals in garages to keep an overview. Not to mention the car owner.”

How do I find the correct motor oil for my car?

You will find the correct specification in the owner’s manual. The LIQUI MOLY website also offers a free oil guide where you can enter a few simple search criteria like the make, model, and engine to find the right oil specification for your car.

Motor oil is the life blood of your vehicle but must be the right specification for your car
Motor oil is the life blood of your vehicle but must be the right specification for your car

Can developments in motor oils improve engine efficiency?

The role of engine oils has changed over time with developments in the automotive industry and complexity of engines. According to David Kaiser of LIQUI MOLY, there is a trend for motor oils getting thinner and thinner. Years ago, the 10W-40 was a widespread viscosity. Today it is 5W-30 with 0W-20 gaining market share. 0W-16 is already available, and the industry is working on 0W-12.

“The reason for this development is the car manufacturers who want to further reduce fuel consumption and emissions,” says David. “A very thin oil offers less inner friction, so the engine needs less power and consumes less fuel to pump the oil. The effect is not huge, 2% less fuel consumption approximately, but is one of the many parameters the car manufacturers are working on. It is important to understand that the engine needs to be designed for such a thin oil. If you use a very thin oil in a conventional engine, you do not gain anything, but the engine will suffer from massive wear and tear.”

Can a high-quality motor oil help save you money?

“Yes – in several ways,” says David. “First of all, car manufacturers often allow extended oil change intervals when using an oil meeting the respective specification. Usually these extended oil change intervals double the standard intervals. Even when the quality motor oil is more expensive, it is cheaper compared to buying twice the amount of a standard oil. Plus, you save the service fee for one oil change.”

He adds: “Then, quality motor oil keeps the engine in good shape. This results in fewer engine problems, in less repair cost and in longer lifetime of the engine. Compared to the value of a car, the cost for quality motor oil is negligible.”

What should owners of hybrid cars know about maintaining their engine?

Owners of a hybrid car should keep in mind that their combustion engine requires the same maintenance as every combustion engine. The combustion engine does not run permanently while driving, kicking in only every now and then when needed. This can lead to two problems. The first being the fuel in the tank ages and decomposes over time. Secondly the engine often does not reach its operational temperature, which promotes the formation of deposits at the injection system, which hamper the proper combustion.

“Our Hybrid Additive mitigates both problems,” says David. “Furthermore, the irregular use of the combustion engine puts a lot of stress on the oil. Therefore, it is important to use a high-quality oil and to adhere to the oil change intervals.”

A hybrid additive can help to prevent some problems that can occur in hybrid cars
A hybrid additive can help to prevent some problems that can occur in hybrid cars

What is the role of additives in the modern combustion engine and how do additives work?

Additives in the oil and in the fuel protect the motor and fuel system of your car. Without additives, no modern engine would work. They keep the engine clean, reduce the formation of deposits and deliver additional performance.

So why add additional additives? According to David Kaiser, it’s about getting more performance or functionality. Today’s engines are highly optimized and efficient, but also very sensitive towards contamination. Small deviations in fuel or oil quality - and even driving style and driving conditions - may result in problems like increased formation of deposits, increasing fuel consumption, less performance and deteriorating exhaust gas values.

“Additives help to keep the engine in good shape, to restore the original engine performance and fuel economy, to avoid future engine problems and to prolong the engine’s lifetime,” says David.

LIQUI MOLY has devised a colour coded system to help you quickly recognise what part of the car the additive should be added: blue caps for petrol, red caps for diesel, black caps for oil and white caps for the radiator. There is also a series of additives in fully black cans, called “Pro-Line”, used by professional mechanics and technicians.

Will I see the same benefits whether my car is 5, 10 or 20 years old?

“When it comes to cleaning additives, the effect is greater the more contaminants,” says David. “Owners of older cars are often astonished how different their cars feel after the treatment. It is a kind of rejuvenation.”

Over time all cars will slowly lose performance and fuel economy. This is often not noticed by the car owner.

“The sudden restoration of the original performance is eye opening,” says David.

He adds: “Newer cars benefit, too. In this case it is not about restoring but about keeping the original performance and about keeping the engine in good shape to avoid breakdowns and repair works.”

“Additives are useful chemical tools. But they are not miracle potions which can magically heal severe technical issues or improve fuel consumption by one third. If you see these claims, you should be cautious.”

With over 60 years in producing additives, you can trust the experts at LIQUI MOLY!

LIQUI MOLY passion for performance on road and on track
LIQUI MOLY passion for performance on road and on track

If you would like to find out more about the story of LIQUI MOLY and the company plans for the Irish market, check out our exclusive article Discovering LIQUI MOLY, Made in Germany.

Safe driving and always do the best for your engine!

Caroline Kidd


Gillian Fanning talks to Changing Lanes about her role as SIMI President

Interview With Gillian Fanning, SIMI President

Gillian Fanning talks to Changing Lanes about her role as SIMI President
Gillian Fanning talks to Changing Lanes about her role as SIMI President

In this interview, I talk to Gillian Fanning, SIMI President, about her role in the Society of the Irish Motor Industry, objectives for the motor industry in a time of great change and uncertainty, and her outlook for the sector in 2021. Gillian is also the Marketing Director of automotive distributor Serfac Limited.

1. For our readers who may not be familiar with SIMI, can you briefly introduce the Society and the role of President?

The Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) is the representative body for and the official voice of the motor industry in Ireland. We have over 1,200 member companies across all sectors of the industry, including dealers, repairers, vehicle distributors, wholesalers, retailers and vehicle testers. The role of SIMI is to represent the motor industry and its 45,000 employees by communicating and campaigning to Government, state bodies, the media and the motoring public.

The President heads up the Society’s Management Board, the role of which is to manage the financial, internal and admin affairs of SIMI, advise the National Executive Council (which is made up of representatives from all sectors across Ireland) on policy and strategy, and to promote and defend the interests of its members and the motor industry generally.

2. How did you begin working in the motor industry and what do you enjoy most about it?

I started my career in PR consultancy, before joining Guinness Ireland as PR Manager. I then held a global change management and communication role with Diageo plc in London, before moving into another change management role with Bank of Ireland. I took a short career break when my second child was born, then joined Serfac in 2009 to manage a short-term project and I’m still here!

I really enjoy the variety of my job, which includes everything from managing over 30 brands and our relationship with our International Trading Network TEMOT, to more general strategic and operational management. Most of us in the business have worked together for quite some time so we’re a very close-knit team. In recent years, my involvement with SIMI and with FIGIEFA, the European aftermarket lobbying group, has added a whole new dimension to my career, which I’m enjoying very much.

Gillian Fanning (right) at the annual Women@SIMI event to help support and connect women working in the motor industry in Ireland
Gillian Fanning (far right) at the annual Women@SIMI event to help support and connect women working in the motor industry in Ireland

3. 2020 was an exceptionally challenging year to kick off your term as SIMI President, but what goals have you managed to set out for your term?

The Society’s role is to support and help its members and obviously that support has been extra critical since I took up office last May. We have spent a significant amount of time since then negotiating with Government to allow the industry to continue operating during periods of restriction, as well as being the key source of information for our members in terms of COVID-19 employment and business supports. Unfortunately, a number of events that I had planned, such as our annual Women@SIMI event and our aftermarket conference have had to be cancelled or postponed due to the pandemic.

In terms of longer-term goals, the objective must be to reach a figure of 150,000 new car sales per year, which represents a benchmark for the level of sales that can sustain the scale of the industry and the number of people employed in it.  With this in mind, we will continue to push for reductions in VRT and for Electric Vehicle (EV) grants, both of which will encourage motorists to trade up to a newer car. At current levels, VRT leaves motorists with no option but to hold on to their cars for longer, which means we’re missing out on the environmental benefits that derive from newer cars, whether they are petrol, diesel, hybrid or electric.

Any new car on the road will help us to make emission savings and recently, we’ve been focusing on educating consumers about the different types of engines available and the benefits of each.  I’m confident that better informed consumers will help the new car market on the road to recovery.

Increasing the number of women involved in the industry is also a priority in terms of gender balance and we have been using every opportunity to change perceptions of and highlight our sector as an attractive and interesting industry, offering great career opportunities. This will be vital to industry growth over coming years.

4. At the beginning of 2020 few would have predicted that dealer showrooms would ever have to close during the critical selling months of the year. Can the motor industry bounce back in 2021 from the Coronavirus disruption to retailing?

Yes, I absolutely believe that the industry can bounce back from the challenges faced over the last year. We’re a resilient and innovative sector and have come through tough periods several times in the past. We adapted very well to the restrictions implemented by Government last year and were one of the first sectors to be allowed to reopen when restrictions were initially lifted.

We’ve been open for servicing throughout most of the lockdowns and hopefully will be allowed to reopen for sales on April 5th, even on a Click & Collect basis, which we have shown that we can operate very safely. A speedy reopening will be critical for the industry and I’ve no doubt that there will be pent-up demand for vehicles when lockdown is lifted. The fact that people are now more reliant on private vehicles from a personal safety perspective also gives us great hope for the rest of 2021.

The Government has announced a €20 million investment in the ESB ecars public charge point network
Gillian says SIMI will continue to push for grants to support sales of electric vehicles in Ireland

5. New car sales are down again this year for obvious reasons, but new car registrations have in fact been in decline now for several years. What other factors are affecting the new car market?

The import of second hand vehicles from the UK has undoubtedly affected the new car market in Ireland over the past 3-4 years, although we have seen a marked decline in these imports over the last year, due to both the pandemic and Brexit.

Climate change and the Government’s Climate Action Plan is another factor that is affecting the new car market. Research has shown that consumers are confused about what powertrain to choose and are putting off making car-buying decisions as a result. SIMI recently launched a consumer information campaign, Drive Greener, to educate potential new car buyers about the different types of powertrain available and help them to choose the type of engine that best meets their needs.

Obviously, the fact that the industry has been unable to operate either a Click & Collect service or to offer unaccompanied test drives since January has also affected the new car market hugely this year. Getting these reinstated as soon as possible and thus helping to protect industry jobs, is our priority over the coming weeks.

6. Do you think the pandemic has accelerated changes in the industry that were already on the way?

Absolutely. While changes were always coming, digitalisation has been growing rapidly, not just in our industry but across all industries, and the pandemic has certainly accelerated these changes. Adapting very quickly to restrictions last year by moving most of their key business processes online, our members have demonstrated an incredible level of innovation in their businesses. Dealers have had to start meeting customers online or over the phone. Online selling tools such as vehicle videos and online virtual showrooms are the new normal and the entire selling process from start to finish can now be completed online, from viewing right through to finance approval and signing contracts.

I believe that this is a sign of the times and that further and ongoing investment in enhanced IT infrastructure will be critical to meet the challenges we will face over coming years.

It's been a challenging year for motor retailers but Gillian sees the sector bouncing back in 2021
It's been a challenging year for motor retailers but Gillian sees the sector bouncing back in 2021

7. The Irish government has set targets for numbers of electric vehicles on Irish roads by 2030. How can we bridge the gap and what role will SIMI have in this transition?

While SIMI is very supportive of Government initiatives to reduce emissions, I do feel that the 2030 targets are quite ambitious. For example, purchases of electric vehicles in 2020 accounted for just 4.5% of new car sales, and while that was up from 2% in 2019, we still have quite a way to go to meet the Government’s targets. We also need to see an improved infrastructure put in place to support the growth of EVs over coming years and that will take time.

In terms of helping to bridge that gap, SIMI will continue to push for grants to support EV sales, in parallel with continuing to educate consumers regarding the benefits of electric and hybrid vehicles in terms of climate change.

8. Your background is in the automotive aftermarket supply of parts. How has your sector handled the pandemic and what is the outlook for the rest of 2021?

Those of us working in the aftermarket have been very lucky in that we are classified as essential services so have been able to stay open throughout, unlike our colleagues on the retail side of the industry. We’ve been busy throughout as people still need their cars and commercial vehicles repaired and maintained, and we’ve played a key role in keeping the country moving over the last year. My business is warehouse-driven so we’ve obviously had challenges in terms of social distancing etc. but we implemented good safety practices at the onset of the pandemic, which are now second nature to my team.

As with many other industries, Brexit has challenged us with supply issues and delivery delays but we’ve managed to tweak our supply chain so that much of our stock is now coming direct from continental Europe. Otherwise, 2021 has been business as usual for us and I would hope that it stays that way for the remainder of the year.

Gillian was elected to the role of SIMI President in May 2020
Gillian was elected to the role of SIMI President in May 2020

9. In recent years SIMI has held the Women@SIMI event to support and connect women working in the motor industry in Ireland. How can female representation in the industry be improved and are there opportunities?

There’s still some way to go, but the motor industry has improved significantly in terms of female representation over recent years.  There has been an increased focus on diversity and attracting women into the industry, not just in Ireland but globally. In particular, my colleagues on the retail side of the business have recognised that it makes sense to employ more women to enhance engagement with a large female customer base – it’s estimated that approximately 85% of vehicle buying decisions are made by women!

There are many opportunities for women across all sectors of the motor industry and we’re working together to change perceptions of it being a male-dominated industry. Sure, there are more men than women working in the industry, but there are plenty of great opportunities for women and in my experience, the men in the industry are generally very supportive of their female colleagues.

10. If you weren’t working in the motor industry, what other career do you think you might have liked to pursue?

That’s a difficult one, but a career in venture capital appeals to me – forecasting future trends and finding good businesses to invest in.  I may have left it too late for a career change now though!

Thanks to Gillian for taking part in this interview for Changing Lanes.


Discovering LIQUI MOLY, Made In Germany!

LIQUI MOLY produces a full range of motor oils and automotive chemicals
Discover LIQUI MOLY with Changing Lanes, premium quality oils and additives made in Germany for engines everywhere!

Caroline Kidd talks to the experts at LIQUI MOLY to find out more about the difference premium quality motor oils and additives can make to your engine. We discover the brilliant rise of LIQUI MOLY, what it means to be 'Made in Germany', and the brand's plans for the Irish market! 

When was the last time you thought about motor oil?

The first car I ever owned had a little bit of a drinking problem. To the point that I always carried a small bottle of oil in the boot for any emergency top ups should they be required.

I learnt early on that if the oil light comes on, you stop the car immediately, so critical is this lubricant to your engine. Because if you don’t, it could quickly become game over for your engine.

Next stop was the motor factors, where I discovered a bewildering array of motor oils and other automotive products. I was fascinated by the numbers on the bottles, the variety.

As a motoring journalist, I’ve spent so many hours behind the wheel driving the latest new models from the world’s leading car manufacturers, pondering the performance and efficiency of everything from hatchbacks and SUVs, to luxury and high-performance vehicles.

Speaking to the experts at LIQUI MOLY, I was delighted to find an equally diligent group of professionals at the forefront of the development and manufacture of motor oils and automotive chemicals: the ‘invisible’ products that keep your car running better for longer. Well, when was the last time you thought about motor oil?

The German oil brand produces the matching oil for every car on the planet!
The German oil brand produces the matching oil for every car on the planet!

The matching motor oil for every car in the world

Founded back in 1957, in Ulm, Germany, on the River Danube, LIQUI MOLY is one of the few full-range brands with around 4,000 automotive products to explore: the matching motor oil for every car in the world, additives, greases and pastes, sprays and car care, glues and sealants.

“Some of our products are crucial, simple as it is. Without oil, no combustion engine would run longer than a few kilometres,” says David Kaiser, Head of Research and Development at LIQUI MOLY.

Today it’s not about any lubricant for the engine like in the past, when a standard 10W-40 oil was good for most cars. David compares the oil in your car to a ‘fluid spare part’, which needs to fit precisely to a specific engine.

“If you use a modern low viscosity oil in a conventional engine not designed for this type of oil, you will see the results quickly because the engine suffers from massive wear and tear,” says David. In other cases, the oil may not be suited for the exhaust treatment system which leads to premature clogging of the particle filter and expensive repair bills.

You can find the right oil specification for your car in the owner’s manual or use LIQUI MOLY’s free online oil guide, where you can quickly find the right oil for your car using some simple search criteria like the make, model and engine.

LIQUI MOLY also produces a range of additives
LIQUI MOLY also produces a range of additives, which can protect your engine from wear and tear over time

Other after-market automotive products are less mandatory than motor oil but beneficial, as David explains: “If you use our oil additives, you protect your engine from wear and tear. If you use our fuel additives, you keep the combustion clean which improves exhaust gas values and reduces fuel consumption. If you use our car care products, you protect your car from corrosion. All this helps to improve the vehicle’s longevity, to preserve its present value and to reduce maintenance cost.”

New products are developed at LIQUI MOLY by working closely with garages and the car manufacturers. According to David this is how the R&D team learn quickly about upcoming issues, such as LSPI, low-speed pre-ignition.

“This is a phenomenon that we find especially in downsized engines, which may severely damage the pistons. We analysed the problem and developed an additive to suppress LSPI. This is just one example of how we develop new products.”

The experts at LIQUI MOLY continuously review existing products and look for ways to further improve them. For example, oils get additional or higher specifications, and additives become even more effective.

The R&D department at LIQUI MOLY is also responsible for monitoring the quality of production. This starts with incoming raw materials tested in the brand’s labs before they can be unloaded. “When we blend a new batch of oil, we test this batch before it gets to the filling line,” says David. “During the filling we take samples to check the quality. And we store these samples to be able to prove the quality even years after the actual production.”

LIQUI MOLY ensures quality of product through Made in Germany promise

So what does it mean to be 'Made in Germany'?

As I began to learn more about this German oil brand - so full of passion and diligence for the application of their products in the automobile - I was amazed to discover that all oils and additives from LIQUI MOLY are still made in Germany before being distributed for sale in 150 countries around the world.

The brand focuses on premium quality and produces in Germany. They don’t want to be the cheapest; they want to be the best! This approach makes LIQUI MOLY different and is key to their quality promise. No matter whether you buy a LIQUI MOLY product off the shelf in Ireland, Germany, America, or some other region, you are ensured the same quality and consistency of the product.

“We do not produce lower quality versions of a product for export,” says Tim Keller, Export Area Manager at LIQUI MOLY and responsible for the Irish market. “With our own production facilities, we can ensure a constantly high-quality level. This made in Germany quality promise is strong, but it only works if you meet the expectations of car owners every day.”

Germany is of course famous around the world for the quality and precision of its manufacturing industry, including electronics, appliances, and of course cars, with the country home to some of the world’s most prestigious and desirable car brands like Porsche, Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz.

“Many people also like the idea that they use exactly the same products as the people in the car nation Germany do,” says Tim.

LIQUI MOLY also produces a range of car care products
LIQUI MOLY also produces a range of car care products

Improving LIQUI MOLY presence around the world...and Ireland

LIQUI MOLY is indeed a popular oil brand in its native Germany, elected best oil brand consistently in reader polls of major German car magazines like Auto Bild and Auto-Zeitung. But having a strong market position in Germany means that further growth is harder to achieve there than in other countries. Therefore, the brand pushes their international business.

Ireland is part of this strategy, where LIQUI MOLY products are already used by professional garages and are on sale for consumers to buy from many independent motor factors and online retailers specialising in aftermarket automotive products.

“Of course, Ireland is not the biggest market,” says Tim. “But often we see the situation that many competitors tend to focus on the biggest markets and tend to somewhat neglect smaller countries where we are quite successful.”

“We have big plans for Ireland. We will launch motor oils with the very latest specifications, and we will continuously expand our product portfolio that we offer in Ireland.”

LIQUI MOLY has a compelling history, a successful SME against much larger corporations like BP, Total and Shell. Tim likens LIQUI MOLY to a “speedboat manoeuvring around these huge sluggish tankers”. In fact, in 2020, despite the devastating effects of the pandemic on the global economy, the business managed to grow, increasing sales by 7.1%. A great achievement in these difficult times.

It’s testament to the diligence, optimism and enthusiasm of this company and its people. According to Tim Keller, the brand doubled their global marketing investments in 2020 compared to the previous year. While other businesses reduced head count, LIQUI MOLY responded by hiring more staff, increasing the global headcount from 933 to 989.

LIQUI MOLY reaches audiences through high profile sponsorships like Formula 1
LIQUI MOLY reaches audiences around the world through high profile sponsorships like Formula 1

Powering motorsport and racing across the globe

High profile sponsorships also keep LIQUI MOLY visible on the world stage into 2021. LIQUI MOLY continues to believe in outstanding quality, the highest level of dynamics and pure emotion, making elite sports a natural companion to bring the brand’s message to the world. The brand sponsors a number of winter sports series around the globe for example, along with the two motorsport series with the greatest reach: Formula 1 and Moto GP. In fact, LIQUI MOLY is already the exclusive oil supplier to all teams of the Moto2 and Moto3 racing series.

Motorsports is a natural arena for the German brand because it is so closely related to the products the company manufactures, as Peter Baumann, Marketing Director at LIQUI MOLY, explains: “This allows us to get in touch with people all around the globe who are enthusiastic about engines and racing. The fact that all team in Moto2 and Moto3 use our oil is only possible when you can provide top quality. This allows us to demonstrate the quality of our products. What is proven on the racetrack does also a great job in everyday use.”

“Furthermore, the racing teams in Moto2 and Moto3 do not use a unique development just for them but one of our ordinary motorcycle oils,” continues David. “It is good enough to cope with the harsh requirements of a world championship.”

exclusive oil supplier to all teams of the Moto2 and Moto3 racing series.
LIQUI MOLY is the exclusive oil supplier to all teams of the Moto2 and Moto3 racing series

The future of LIQUI MOLY

So what might the future hold for this ambitious company? The environmental question must be tackled. And LIQUI MOLY is clearly a brand with a conscience, taking part in CSR programmes in its native Germany and other regions. Part of the brand’s mission is to treat energy and the ever-scarcer resources of Mother Earth very carefully, with manufacturing processes as environmentally friendly as possible and continually optimised from an ecological aspect.

While Ireland and Europe are now on the road to putting more electric vehicles on the road with some real intent at last, the latest European Automobile Manufacturer’s Association (ACEA) report still clearly shows over 2.1 million passenger cars in use in Ireland for example, and over 99% still powered by a combustion engine.

These cars require maintenance, motor oils and other automotive chemicals to keep them running at their best until end of life. Even as the fleet is gradually replaced with more battery electric vehicles, it’s going to take a while before we are talking about over 1 million electric cars on Irish roads.

But the world is changing, no doubt about it, with tighter environmental controls from national governments on cars with traditional combustion engines, and more incentives for consumers to buy electric vehicles. What might the future hold for a company specialising in selling oil, additives and other automotive chemicals for combustion engines?

Tim Keller, Export Area Manager at LIQUI MOLY and responsible for the Irish market says that the brand sees a strong push towards electric passenger cars. But most of these cars are not fully electric ones but hybrids, which still come with a combustion engine. He also notes that the average age of passenger cars in the EU is almost at 11 years.

“For these reasons it will take a long time until we see a significant share of fully electric passenger cars,” says Tim. “Then there are commercial vehicles, construction machines and so on which cannot be electrified right now.”

“Finally, the discussion about synthetic green fuels is accelerating right now. We will see combustion engines still for a long time. So electric vehicles will have an impact on our business model but only slowly and we will adapt our business model accordingly. Our wide range of automotive chemicals offers plenty of opportunities to us.”

With the performance of LIQUI MOLY to date, I do not doubt that this company will continue to innovate and continually respond to the needs of car owners around the world!

LIQUI MOLY motor oils and automotive chemicals available in Ireland now
LIQUI MOLY motor oils and automotive chemicals available in Ireland now

Caroline Kidd


Irish Electric Vehicles Owners Association

Interview With Simon Acton, Irish EV Owners

Irish Electric Vehicles Owners Association
This week we find out more about the Irish EV Owners Association, who represent electric vehicle owners and driver in Ireland.

In this interview we meet Simon Acton, Chair of the Irish Electric Vehicle Owners Association (IEVOA), who represent electric vehicle owners and drivers in Ireland.

1) Can you introduce yourself and the club to our readers? 
I'm Simon Acton, the current Chair of the Irish Electric Vehicle Owners Association (IEVOA). I am also Managing Director of my own business, Next Eco Car, which specialises in selling and sourcing used EVs and Hybrids in Ireland. The IEVOA was established in 2015 to: represent the interests of Electric Vehicle (EV) owners and drivers across the island of Ireland; help encourage the widespread uptake of EVs throughout the island; work with vehicle manufacturers, dealers, Public and Private Charger infrastructure owners or managers, Government bodies, County Councils and all other stakeholders to further the aims of the Association; promote and hold events for EV Owners/Drivers; and maintain an online presence to facilitate information exchange and membership. We have a committee, currently of ten, who meet monthly to drive this agenda forward, all of who give their time freely. We welcome all EV owners and drivers in Ireland to become members. We currently have around 1500 members and almost 5000 engaging in our associated Facebook group.

Simon Acton, Chair of the IEVOA, and the Renault ZOE
Simon Acton, Chair of the IEVOA, and the Renault ZOE

2) What are the benefits for members?
We currently have two membership tiers, Associate, which is free, and Full, which is currently €10 per year. Full members have voting rights at our general meetings, such as our AGM, so they can actively influence the direction we take and the focus of the work we do.  All members benefit from the activities we engage in and have the option of getting involved in our work.  They also have access to all the events we run. Normally we have a number of meets each year, but 2020 was a challenging year on this front, so we are currently running a bi-monthly series of webinars until normal service can resume. For 2021 we are developing additional benefits for paid members, such as discounts from a range of like-minded companies and access to our Slack community, which was previously reserved for committee members only.  We also plan to develop a corporate membership offering.

3) What is the role of the Irish EV Owners Association as Ireland transitions to electric mobility?

We have a big role to play. Our growing membership gives us a vast resource to tap into when considering the needs of current and future EV owners, based crucially on real world experiences. At our most recent AGM in June we set out our objectives for the coming year including expanding our lobbying efforts across government, councils and key stakeholders, continuing our engagement with charging infrastructure stakeholders including ESB ecars, ESB Networks, Smart Dublin and councils, establishing events to aid public education, awareness and engagement with EVs, and increasing the content on all our platforms and engaging with the media to drive public interest. In the past 6 months alone, some of our efforts have included continuing our engagement with ESB ecars and ESB Networks around public charging infrastructure and other technologies pertinent to the EV ecosystem; engaged with the DCCAE and Minister Eamon Ryan about our objectives and requested regular meetings; lobbied councils to utilise the on street charging grant and encouraged our members to do the same and commenced work on a refresh of our website and branding to enable better public engagement. We are very active and motivated to drive EV adoption in Ireland as we aim to reduce pollution and emissions in order to meet our climate action obligations as a nation.

4) What do you think is the biggest challenge to wide scale EV adoption in Ireland? 

Most people would say we need cheaper vehicles with greater range or that the public charging infrastructure needs to be better. But my experience, both with IEVOA and in dealing with customers considering buying used EVs tells me that education is actually the biggest challenge. I talk to a lot of people about EVs and the lack of knowledge and myths that surround them is still a huge barrier to wider adoption. IEVOA is pushing hard in this space but we are a voluntary organisation with little financial means. Much more needs to be done. if we look at the UK there is the experience centre in Milton Keynes and there is the Fully Charged Live show each year. These are places where potential EV owners can learn more without being in a sales environment. These sorts of things need to be replicated in Ireland and should be something supported by the likes of government, local councils, and the manufacturers. Further, more needs to be done to combat the huge amount of disinformation being deliberately spread by some manufacturers and dealers who are set to lose out in the shift to the electrification of transport. The press and advertising standards organisations have a huge role and responsibility to play in this, in fact checking what is published.

5) What prompted your interest in electric vehicles?
From a young age I had three main interests: cars, technology and the natural world. Electric vehicles are a great combination of the first two and also help me see a way towards protecting the latter for future generations. As a teenager I raced karts competitively in the UK and later forged a career as a software developer on leaving University, which led to a successful 20+ year career in IT. So whilst I took a keen interest in the trajectory of electric vehicle technology and how it could potentially help make our planet a better place from the early 2010s, it wasn't until around 2017 when I bought my first EV and decided to make a career change and start my own business that it became an all consuming part of my daily life.

The Irish EV Owners Association has a number of benefits for EV owners in Ireland
The Irish EV Owners Association has a number of benefits for EV owners in Ireland

6) How did you become involved in the Irish EV Owners Association?
Prior to starting my business in 2017 I had joined the association as a member and had mainly just followed what was going on with the Facebook group so I decided to attend the next AGM in early 2018 to learn more about what they were doing.  I was impressed with the enthusiasm of the committee and the members in general. They were looking for volunteers to help out so I decided to get involved. The following year the previous Chair, Frank Barr, decided to step down and the rest of the committee convinced me to run as Chair at the AGM and it's gone on from there really. I'm now in my second term as Chair and hope to continue a good while longer. We are in a very important moment for EV adoption in Ireland and there is still so much work to do.

7) Which electric vehicle past or present do you think has been the most influential on a) the motor industry and b) consumers? 
In terms of the motor industry I'd have to say Tesla who have been a hugely influential disruptor in terms of how the motor industry will be shaped moving forwards. The original 2010 Tesla Roadster broke the mould of what people imagined an electric car could be and they have gone from strength to strength from there. The mass market Model 3 which became available here in Ireland in 2019 is now a common sight on our roads and the upcoming SUV style Model Y is sure to be an even bigger success here. They also have their proprietary Supercharger network, which makes travelling long distances in any of their cars a breeze with plenty of chargers at every hub. Tesla have also proven that if you have the right product you don't need a national network of dealerships to sell and maintain cars and that it can mostly be done online.  This, combined with the fact that their cars are hugely reliable, require little servicing and can be software upgraded to improve functionality over the air, means that they are changing the game.

The new Tesla Model 3 is available to order now!
Tesla has had a huge influence on the motor industry

From a consumer perspective I would have to say the Nissan Leaf, which was the first true mass market EV. In September 2020 Nissan announced that they had just manufactured the 500,000th Leaf since 2010. This has propelled Leaf drivers to over 14.8 billion clean-air kilometres, which equates to 2.4 billion kilograms of saved CO2 emissions. If you drive a first generation Leaf today it is still a very capable car, and the latest incarnation with its 40 or 62 kWh battery capacity and a host of autonomous driving features is a very accomplished car suitable to almost any need.

8) How can public charging be shared fairly among EV drivers who require this service regularly? 
As with any publicly available service there is certain etiquette to be followed in using charging infrastructure. There is plenty of information about this etiquette on the IEVOA website but it largely boils down to common sense, courtesy, and knowing the charging capabilities of your car and the charge units you plan to use. In summary, rapid chargers are for a quick top up in order that you can complete your journey or the next leg of your journey. Ideally you shouldn't leave your car unattended at these chargers and you certainly shouldn't leave your car connected and charging for more than 45 minutes, in fact there are penalties on most rapid chargers if you do. Also, don't block the charger if you've finished charging or don't need to charge, move away and park somewhere else.

Check out the IEVOA website for more information on owning an electric vehicle in Ireland
Check out the IEVOA website for more information on owning an electric vehicle in Ireland

For slow chargers the etiquette is a little different. It's fine to leave your car charging away for as long as you need to, most cars will take over 4 hours to fully charge on this type of charger anyway. But again, if you have finished charging then try to move away, the exception being at places like train or bus stations where you can reasonably leave your car hooked up for the day if you need a full charge. Plus, never use any charging bay as a parking space, only park in a charging bay if you are actually charging. You wouldn't park at a petrol pump after all, would you?

In the longer term, charger availability will be much less of an issue because there will be plenty of infrastructure for everyone. For example, ESB ecars are two years into a five year program that will see a huge expansion of their network including the addition of 50 high power charging hubs on key transport routes from early 2021. Plus anyone who drives an electric car will tell you that the best place to charge is either at home or work, whenever they can anyway. It's always better (and generally cheaper) to be putting power into your car when you are doing something else, like sleeping. That way the public infrastructure is left available for those who really need to use it.

Simon Acton speaking at the 2020 Electric Vehicle Summit
Simon speaking at the 2020 Electric Vehicle Summit

9) Where would you like to see Ireland in 5 years time in relation to electric vehicles versus volumes of combustion engined cars?
By 2025 I'd like to see that at least 30% of annual new car sales in Ireland are fully electric cars. This might seem very ambitious from where we are today but if you look at the trajectory of sales increases in EVs, and at what the vast majority of car manufacturers are focusing their research and development on, it's only going one way. We've seen a great number of new EV models released in 2020 and we will see more and more as each year passes with model types and range to suit every need; indeed some manufacturers have already signalled timelines for switching to selling EVs only. Ultimately consumers can only buy what manufacturers are offering. Legislation, incentives (and disincentives) and public opinion will drive adoption strongly too. Opinions are changing and awareness is growing: by 2025 choosing to buy a new combustion car will likely be viewed in a similar light to smoking in front of your kids or drink driving; it will become socially unacceptable. This is a huge moment for the motor industry and any manufacturer not fully on board with electrification by now is already unlikely to survive in the longer term.

The Irish EV Owners Association holds events throughout the year for members
The Irish EV Owners Association holds events throughout the year for members

10) How can our readers keep up to date with the club?

Our website is a great source of reference for information about everything EV, especially for anyone thinking of making the switch to an EV for the first time. We also have a lively community page on Facebook with almost 5000 members and also a presence on Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

Thank you to Simon for taking part in this interview for Changing Lanes.


The new Skoda Octavia range has arrived in Ireland!

What Were The 10 Bestselling Cars In Ireland In 2020?

As we enter the new 211 registration plate, let’s first recap on 2020! What were the bestselling cars in Ireland in 2020?

2020 was a difficult year for everyone, including the motor industry, with Coronavirus causing widespread disruption to the arrival of new models and the retailing of cars through dealerships across the country.

According to figures from SIMI, new car registrations in Ireland in 2020 were down to 88,324 - but there were some winners too as you will see when you scroll down to view the cars more people in Ireland were buying in 2020.

Diesel remains the most popular engine type, while hybrid, electric and plug-in hybrid gained market share in 2020. Diesel accounted for 43.29% of new car registrations for the entire year, while petrol accounted for 36.91%, hybrid for 11.86%, electric for 4.54%, and plug-in hybrid for 2.78%.

Manual transmissions (59.8%) continue to dominate, but automatic transmissions are gaining popularity, particularly with the rise in hybrid and electric vehicle sales.

The hatchback is Ireland’s top selling car body type of 2020. Grey remains the top selling colour and has continued to keep that title for the past five years.

But as promised here are the top 10 bestselling cars of 2020! Is your car on the list?

10. Toyota Yaris

1,915 units

The 2020 Toyota Yaris!
The new Toyota Yaris

The first of three Toyotas in the top 10 bestsellers in Ireland in 2020. The Toyota Yaris is well established now in Ireland and its popularity was bolstered in 2020 with the arrival of a new generation of the Japanese supermini. Available with a small petrol engine or as a hybrid, the new Yaris has a cool new look and better quality and design throughout.

9. Nissan Qashqai

1,930 units

The Nissan Qashqai is still a popular buy on the new and used car market
The Nissan Qashqai remains a popular buy in Ireland

The Nissan Qashqai is a former #1 bestseller in Ireland. It slipped down the rankings in 2020 but this generation of the Qashqai has had a great run in Ireland since it was launched here in 2014. An all-new generation of the popular Japanese family crossover will arrive in Ireland later in 2021.

8. Volkswagen Golf

2,006 units

The new 2020 Volkswagen Golf now on sale in Ireland
The new Volkswagen Golf now on sale in Ireland

The Golf has slipped down the sales chart in 2020 but remains one of the bestselling family hatchbacks in Ireland. The new generation of the iconic German hatchback arrived in Ireland back in summer 2020 with a range of petrol and diesel engines, as well as some new hybrid variants. Performance versions are also available.

7. Skoda Octavia

2,045 units

The new Skoda Octavia range has arrived in Ireland!
The new Skoda Octavia range

Consistently one of the bestselling cars in Ireland, the Skoda Octavia returned in late 2020 with a new generation of the car. Also available as an estate, the Octavia offers a spacious alternative and is a favourite of Irish buyers. A plug-in hybrid Skoda Octavia iV will join the range in 2021.

6. Toyota C-HR

2,078 units

The C-HR is now available with a 2.0-litre hybrid powertrain with more power and performance
The Toyota C-HR brings efficient hybrid power to its class

The Toyota C-HR has been a real success story for the brand in Ireland since it launched here back at the end of 2016. In 2020, Toyota Ireland welcomed a new facelifted version of the C-HR, which is now sold exclusively as a petrol hybrid, with two versions available. The new 2.0-litre hybrid offers more performance, but the C-HR remains a very efficient and sophisticated hybrid.

5. Hyundai Kona

2,321 units

The new Hyundai Kona Hybrid
The new Hyundai Kona Hybrid

Another success story, this time for Hyundai and the Kona compact crossover. Since it launched in Ireland towards the end of 2017, it has become a firm favourite with the Irish public. There's great choice on offer in the range, including petrol, hybrid and electric.

4. Ford Focus

2,502 units

The new Ford Focus is selling well in Ireland
The new Ford Focus is selling well in Ireland

The Ford Focus is one of those perennials of the motor industry and continues to perform well in the Irish market, outselling close competitor the Volkswagen Golf in 2020. It offers comfortable and good value motoring with petrol, diesel and mild hybrid offerings in the range. There's also a high performance Ford Focus ST available.

3. Volkswagen Tiguan

2,977 units

The Volkswagen Tiguan is more popular than the Golf in Ireland
The Volkswagen Tiguan is more popular than the Golf in Ireland

The current generation of the Volkswagen Tiguan has been a stellar success in Ireland since it launched here in 2016. In 2020 it moved into the top 3 bestselling cars in the country. A facelifted version is expected in 2021, with the arrival of a new plug-in hybrid and high performance version.

2. Hyundai Tucson

3,227 units

The Hyundai Tucson sold well in November
The new Hyundai Tucson should bolster sales of this SUV in Ireland even more in 2021

Another former number one bestseller in Ireland. Despite a challenging year for the motor industry, the Tucson posted strong sales and continues to satisfy Irish buyers. At the end of 2020 an all-new version arrived here with a stunning new design and new powertrains, including diesel and hybrid. A Tucson plug-in hybrid will join the range in 2021.

1. Toyota Corolla 

3,755 units

The 2020 Toyota Corolla
The Toyota Corolla has been an incredible success in Ireland since launch

No change at the top in 2020! The Corolla has had another incredible year. Since the new generation Corolla launched here in 2019, it quickly became Ireland’s bestselling car. Available as a hatchback, saloon or estate, it offers buyers a fuel efficient hybrid compact car. In 2020, a new trim level was added, GR Sport, and a more performance oriented 2.0-litre hybrid.

There are lots of exciting new models on the way to Ireland in 2021, including the new BMW M3 and M4!

New Cars 2021 Coming To Ireland!

There are lots of exciting new models on the way to Ireland in 2021, including the new BMW M3 and M4!
There are lots of exciting new models on the way to Ireland in 2021, including the new BMW M3 and M4!

There are plenty of exciting cars and SUVs to look forward to in 2021. Expect to see even more hybrid, plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles arriving here as brands continue to move towards electrification of key model ranges. There will be a range of new hatchbacks, saloons, estate cars, compact crossovers, family SUVs and 7-seaters to look forward to.

What cars are new in Ireland in 2021? We’ve listed all the new models from the brands reaching Ireland in 2021 and those already here for the new 211 registration! We will try to keep this article updated throughout the year as more new models are added.


Giulia and Stelvio get some minor updates. The Tonale, Alfa Romeo's first compact SUV, should debut in 2021 featuring the brand's first plug-in hybrid powertrain.


The new generation Audi A3 was one of the German brand's biggest new releases in 2020, with hatchback and saloon versions going on sale here since the summer. Petrol and diesel feature, as does mild hybrid technology for the first time. Now in January 2021, the popular A3 range will be joined by the first ever plug-in hybrid - the Audi A3 Sportback TFSI e with an all-electric range of 65 km (WLTP). There's also a new high performance Audi S3 Sportback and S3 Saloon from spring 2021. The Q3 and Q3 Sportback range will also debut plug-in hybrids from January. The Audi Q2 small SUV gets a refresh in early 2021. There is also an updated Audi Q5 range from January and a new Audi Q5 Sportback with sportier styling from the spring, with both diesel and plug-in hybrid options available. The new Audi e-tron Sportback is also new in showrooms for 2021, with a range of up to 409 km (WLTP). Audi is also launching sports models of their all-electric SUVs - the Audi e-tron S and the Audi e-tron S Sportback with up to 500 bhp. Finally, the Audi Q8 TFSI e plug-in hybrid will land into Audi showrooms in spring 2021.

The Audi Q5 Sportback, a new model for the Audi brand in 2021
The Audi Q5 Sportback, a new model for the Audi brand in 2021


BMW had a busy 2020 with plenty of new product launches including more plug-in hybrid models and the striking new 4 Series. The sporty BMW 128ti has just gone on sale with a 265 hp petrol engine. 2021 will see the arrival of a 4 Series Convertible, high performance M3 and M4, and all-electric iX3 SUV and iX. BMW Ireland now offers plug-in hybrids across 2 Series Active Tourer, 3 Series Saloon and Touring, 5 Series Saloon and Touring, 7 Series Saloon and LWB Saloon, X1, X2, X3, and X5.


2021 will see the arrival of a new updated Citroen C3 range, as well as a new Citroen C5 Aircross plug-in hybrid with an electric range up to 60 km (WLTP). There will also be the exciting launch of the new Citroen C4 and Citroen e-C4. There is radical SUV-coupe styling and a choice of petrol, diesel or electric powertrains. The electric e-C4 uses a 50 kWh battery to offer 350 km range from a single charge.

Exciting new electric Citroen e-C4 to debut in 2021
Exciting new electric Citroen e-C4 to debut in 2021


New models include the high performance Leon, Leon Sportstourer and the Formentor, which is the brand's first exclusive model. The first all-electric CUPRA el-Born is expected before the end of 2021.


The new Dacia Sandero and Dacia Sandero Stepway are available in Ireland from March 2021. In the autumn the popular Dacia Duster will receive an update with new styling and improved technology.


2021 will see the arrival of the first electric Fiat 500 city car. Hybrid versions are already on sale here.


Ford got its mojo back in 2020 with the launch of the new Puma compact crossover and addition of mild hybrid technology to some of the brand's most popular models like Fiesta and Focus. We also saw an all-new generation of the Kuga hit showrooms, with the choice of diesel or plug-in hybrid. Now in 2021, Ford adds a full Kuga Hybrid to complete the range. There's also a high performance Ford Puma ST on the way. The most exciting model launch is surely the arrival of the new Mustang Mach-E in the summer. This all-electric SUV has a 600 km range. The new Ford S-MAX Hybrid and Ford Galaxy Hybrid will be available from May.

The new Ford Mustang Mach-E will be one of the hottest releases of 2021
The new Ford Mustang Mach-E will be one of the hottest releases of 2021


At the tail end of 2020, Honda welcomed the all-new Honda e electric city car to Ireland. In 2021, the new Honda Jazz Hybrid and Jazz Crosstar will arrive, along with a new all-electric SUV. Both the Jazz Hybrid and the Crosstar will use the newly developed e:HEV system based on a 1.5-litre DOHC i-VTEC petrol engine, a lithium-ion battery and two compact electric motors.


Lots of new cars and SUVs over at Hyundai in 2021. Arriving just in time for new 211 registrations is the all-new Hyundai Tucson, a consistent bestseller in Ireland. It's now available in diesel and petrol hybrid, with plug-in hybrid on the way in 2021. There's also a new version of the Hyundai i20 supermini and an updated version of the i30 hatchback. The new Santa Fe large SUV also debuts, available in diesel or plug-in hybrid. The popular Hyundai Kona also gets a refresh for 2021 across the petrol, diesel, hybrid and electric range.

The most exciting new model at Hyundai is the new Tucson, with a plug-in hybrid to join in 2021
The most exciting new model at Hyundai is the new Tucson, with a plug-in hybrid to join in 2021


The story of Jaguar in 2021 is one the addition of new mild hybrid technology to the XE, XF, E-PACE and F-PACE, and a slew of new plug-in hybrid variants. There will be an updated Jaguar E-PACE range from March with a plug-in hybrid available for the first time that uses a new three cylinder petrol engine and has an all-electric range of up to 55 km. The Jaguar F-PACE also receives an update from February with the addition of a new plug-in hybrid with 404 hp and all-electric range of up to 53 km. The XF saloon range also receives some cosmetic enhancements from February.


Expect to see the debut of the new Jeep Renegade 4xe plug-in hybrid.


Kia has just added new plug-in hybrid versions of the XCeed and Ceed SW to the range. An all-new generation of the popular Sorento SUV has also just arrived. A new Kia Sorento plug-in hybrid goes on sale from February. Later in the year, a new electric model will debut for the brand.


Plug-in hybrid technology now available across the entire Range Rover family, as well as Discovery Sport and Defender. After a successful launch of the new Defender in 2020, the new year sees the arrival of the first ever Land Rover Defender plug-in hybrid. New Defender P400e is the most powerful Defender with 404 hp and an electric range of 43 km. There's also a new Defender Hard Top commercial available in 90 and 110 body designs, with a range of Ingenium diesel engines. Discovery Sport now available as plug-in hybrid with an all-electric range of 55 km. The Discovery range in 2021 also debuts a trio of new straight-six Ingenium engines, both petrol and diesel, featuring 48V Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicle (MHEV) technology for enhanced efficiency, performance and smoothness.  There's also a new look Discovery Commercial for 2021, available exclusively with Land Rover’s new D300 3.0-litre Ingenium diesel with MHEV technology. The Range Rover Evoque adds a new plug-in hybrid and 200 hp, three-cylinder, 1.5-litre Ingenium petrol engine. Also available with two updated four-cylinder Ingenium diesel engines featuring MHEV technology. The Range Rover Velar P400e plug-in hybrid also debuts from February, along with a new family of 3.0-litre straight-six Ingenium engines with 48-volt mild hybrid electric vehicle (MHEV) technology.

Land Rover will launch a range of plug-in hybrids, including the Range Rover Evoque
Land Rover will launch a range of plug-in hybrids, including the Range Rover Evoque plug-in hybrid


A new all-electric Lexus UX 300e compact crossover debuts in 2021 and is the first all electric model for the Japanese brand.


2021 sees the arrival of the all-electric Mazda MX-30 to Ireland. There's also a minor update to the CX-3 range.


First to arrive in January is the new Mercedes-Benz S-Class, followed later in the month by a Maybach GLS, the first foray by the German carmaker into the luxury crossover segment. In June, revised versions of the 4-door CLS Coupé and AMG GT 4-door Coupé, along with a new S580 Maybach, are scheduled. Following later in the year is a new Mercedes-Benz SL two-door sports model and a new C-Class in Saloon, Estate and All-Terrain model variants. 2021 will also see the arrival of some new fully electric models including the EQV in January and the EQA in April, the first electric version of the GLA compact SUV. In August, we will see the S-Class inspired EQS luxury saloon. Towards year-end, a new AMG EQS 53 and new E-Class inspired EQE executive saloon are expected. There's also a big focus on hybrids in 2021, including the Irish debut of the A 250e, B 250e, GLA 250e and CLA 250e in Coupé and Shooting Brake versions. Mercedes-Benz Ireland will also welcome the new GLC 300e and GLC 300de hybrids, and GLE 350de and GLE Coupé 350de, all with 4Matic transmission. Scheduled for later in the year are C-Class and S-Class petrol powered hybrids –  C 300e and S 580e.

The new Mercedes-Benz S-Class, available in Ireland from January
The new Mercedes-Benz S-Class, available in Ireland from January


MG is back in Ireland for 2021 with an all-new range of hybrids and pure electric vehicles. The range will be kicking off with the all-electric MG ZS compact crossover and the MG HS plug-in hybrid SUV. This will be followed by the MG5 Sportswagon, a full electric estate model.


In 2021, the brand will welcome a new MINI Countryman with updated design, new equipment and technology. That means there's also a new version of the Countryman Plug-in Hybrid ALL4 on the way. The MINI Hatch, MINI Electric and MINI Convertible also get comprehensively updated, with first deliveries to Ireland in the spring.


There will be no new model introductions in 2021 from the Japanese brand. Sales of current Mitsubishi models will continue including the Outlander PHEV, Space Star and L200.

The MG ZS electric compact crossover is on sale now in Ireland
MG makes a return to Ireland with the ZS electric compact crossover and HS plug-in hybrid


2021 is a big year for Nissan with new model launches and trim updates for popular models like the Micra and Juke. The Nissan Ariya large electric SUV will arrive before the end of the year, with a range up to 500 km (WLTP). The Nissan Qashqai will also be replaced by an all-new generation of the popular family crossover in the second half of 2021. The Micra range is joined by two new trim levels - the Micra N-Design and Micra N-Sport. The N-Design will receive new interior and exterior styling finishes including gloss black or chrome mirror caps and body finishers, and new interior seating designs. The N-Sport will feature 17” alloy wheels and part leather seating. A new special edition Juke will become available from November called Juke Enigma. The Enigma will be based on the current SV Premium Grade and will be available in three colours - Black, White Pearl and Grey, along with 19” black alloy wheels, black roof and body decals as standard. There is also the introduction of a new entry grade Nissan LEAF XE 40 kWh. In addition a new SV entry grade has also been added to the LEAF 62 kWh range.


January will kick off with the arrival of a new version of the Opel Crossland compact crossover with updated styling, improved chassis, and more technology. It will be available with petrol and diesel engines. From April, we will see the arrival of the new Opel Mokka, which will be available with petrol and diesel engines, and there will also be an electric version for the first time. The Opel Mokka-e has a range of up to 322km (WLTP) and 100 kW DC fast charging is available. 2021 also sees the debut of the new Opel Zafira-e Life, an electric version of the brand's large, van-based people carrier. Fitted with a 75 kWh battery, the new Zafira-e Life has a range of up to 330 km (WLTP), or 230 km when fitted with a 50 kWh battery.

The new Opel Mokka will be an exciting new release of 2021
The new Opel Mokka will be an exciting new release of 2021


2020 was a busy year for the French brand with the arrival of new electrified models like the e-208, e-2008, and 3008 and 508 plug-in hybrids. New for 2021 are facelifted ranges of the popular Peugeot 3008 and Peugeot 5008.


The brand has just launched a range of new hybrid and plug-in hybrid models in Ireland including the Clio E-TECH Hybrid, Captur E-TECH Plug-in Hybrid and Megane Sport Tourer E-TECH Plug-in Hybrid. The Megane Hatch E-TECH Plug-in Hybrid will join later in 2021. There is also an updated Renault Megane range in dealers with a styling refresh and multimedia update, with the saloon to receive the same update in early 2021. Renault will introduce a new TCe 120 variant, powered by an efficient three-cylinder engine. The new Renault Arkana SUV-coupe will launch late in 2021, with a choice of powertrains, including an E-TECH Hybrid option.

Renault launches a new range of hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles
Renault launches a new range of hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles


2020 saw the arrival of an all-new SEAT Leon range, available as a hatchback or estate. A SEAT Leon e-hybrid also debuts. New for 2021, buyers will find an updated SEAT Ateca range in dealers with updated styling. The brand’s largest SUV, the SEAT Tarraco, gains a range of updates. In the rear, the lettering “Tarraco” is now stamped in the new handwriting style that is becoming a trend in the SEAT models, while the functional rear coast-to-coast LED lights are now standard equipment across all trim levels. There is also a new SEAT Tarraco FR with sporty styling. The Tarraco is now also available with a combination of diesel TDI engine with front-wheel drive and DSG.


2020 saw high profile launches such as the new Kamiq and the Octavia, as well as the first Skoda plug-in hybrid, the Superb iV. In 2021, the biggest new release will be the Skoda Enyaq all-electric SUV in June with up to 510 km range, while a plug-in hybrid will also be added to the Octavia range from May. High performance Octavia RS models are also joining the range from February, with the first ever Octavia RS iV plug-in hybrid model available, as well as traditional petrol and diesel models.

SKODA will launch the new flagship ENYAQ electric SUV in summer 2021
SKODA will launch the new flagship ENYAQ electric SUV in summer 2021


Facelifted versions of the Ignis and Swift are available in dealerships now. Hybrid technology available now across the Swift, Ignis, S-Cross and Vitara range.


2021 will kick off with the arrival of the SsangYong Korando Commercial. In March there's the arrival of the SsangYong Tivoli Plus with an all-new 1.2-litre turbo petrol engine available for the first time. There's also a Tivoli XLV to arrive with petrol and diesel engines. 2021 will also see the arrival of the new SsangYong Rexton Commercial and in July the new Rexton will be launched as a 5 Seat Business Edition/Utility Vehicle. A facelifted Musso and Musso Grand will arrive in March. In the autumn we can expect to see the brand's first electric vehicle, the Korando EV.


2020 saw the arrival of mild hybrid technology to the Forester and XV ranges. A new Subaru Outback is expected before the end of 2021.

Toyota's new compact SUV, the Yaris Cross, is expected in 2021
Toyota's new compact SUV, the Yaris Cross, is expected in 2021


The Toyota Highlander will debut in Ireland from January as a new 7-seater SUV for the brand. It will be exclusively hybrid and all wheel drive. Hot on the wheels of the arrival of the all-new generation of the Yaris in 2020, a high performance Toyota GR Yaris will arrive in Ireland from January with 257 hp. The new Toyota Yaris Cross is scheduled from August, and is a new small SUV based on the Yaris. It will also be sold exclusively as a hybrid.


2020 was a busy year with the arrival of the new Golf and ID.3 electric hatchback. 2021 will continue with the arrival of the new Volkswagen ID.4 electric SUV from March. There's also a facelifted Arteon range in dealers and new Arteon Shooting Brake. Plug-in hybrid versions are available of the Golf, Arteon and Toureg. There's also a new facelifted Tiguan expected, including a new plug-in hybrid and the first ever Tiguan R. High performance Golf GTI, GTD and GTE variants are also new.


There are refreshed variants of the V90 and S90 in showrooms, with new B4 and B5 mild hybrid diesels. There is also a new Inscription Expression trim line available across the range of Recharge plug-in hybrids. The XC40 range is joined by a new entry level T2 petrol with 129 hp. The Volvo XC40 Recharge will arrive in summer 2021 and is the first all-electric version of the popular compact Volvo SUV.

Volkswagen ID.4 electric SUV goes on sale in Ireland in 2021
Volkswagen ID.4 electric SUV goes on sale in Ireland in 2021

There have been some changes to motor tax that will affect private cars from 1st January 2021

Guide To Irish Motor Tax Rates 2021

There have been some changes to motor tax that will affect private cars from 1st January 2021
There have been some changes to motor tax that will affect private cars from 1st January 2021

2021 sees some changes to motor tax in Ireland and the rates you will pay.

Paying motor tax is a legal requirement for every vehicle driven in a public place, whether it's a car, van, truck or bus. Once you have payed, your tax disc will be issued and must be displayed in the windscreen of your car or you could be issued with a €60 fine.

In Ireland it is the role of local authorities to collect motor tax. The local county council offices offer counter services, but you can also tax your vehicle online through a website called Motor Tax Online. You can use the website for tasks such as renewing motor tax, getting refunds, declaring a vehicle temporarily off the road, change of vehicle ownership and change of personal details.

How much is motor tax in Ireland for private cars?

Motor tax for privately owned cars is calculated in three different ways, depending on the age of your vehicle. Please scroll down to view our simple list of Irish motor tax rates.

If your car was registered before July 2008, the motor tax rate is calculated based on the engine capacity. There are no changes to the rates table for these cars in 2021.

If your car was registered between 1st July 2008 to the end of 2020, the motor tax rate is calculated based on the CO2 emissions of the vehicle. In 2021 minor changes will apply to the existing rates table for cars taxed on CO2 emissions.

If your car is registered from 1 January 2021, a third rate of Motor Tax is being introduced to take account of the introduction of the ‘Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Testing Procedure’ (WLTP), a more realistic means of measuring CO2 values.

Electric car owners pay the lowest tax rate of all for their vehicles, at €120 per year.

1. Rates based on engine size (car registered before 1st July 2008)

Engine Capacity (CC)Annual Rate
Not over 1,000€199
1,001 to 1,100€299
1,101 to 1,200€330
1,201 to 1,300€358
1,301 to 1,400€385
1,401 to 1,500€413
1,501 to 1,600€514
1,601 to 1,700€544
1,701 to 1,800€636
1,801 to 1,900€673
1,901 to 2,000€710
2,001 to 2,100€906
2,101 to 2,200€951
2,201 to 2,300€994
2,301 to 2,400€1,034
2,401 to 2,500€1,080
2,501 to 2,600€1,294
2,601 to 2,700€1,345
2,701 to 2,800€1,391
2,801 to 2,900€1,443
2,901 to 3,000€1,494
3,001 or more€1,809


2. Rates based on C02 emissions (car registered from 1st July 2008 to 31st December 2020)

BandCO2 EmissionsAnnual Rate
GMore than 225g€2400


3. Rates based on C02 emissions calculated from WLTP value (car registered from 1st January 2021)

WLTP CO2Annual Rate
Band A: 0g€120
Band A1: 1-50g€140
Band A2: 51-80g€150
Band A3: 81-90g€160
Band A4: 91-100g€170
Band A5: 101-110g€180
Band A6: 111-120g€190
Band B1: 121-130g€200
Band B2: 131-140g€210
Band C1: 141-150g€270
Band C2: 151-160g€280
Band D: 161-170g€420
Band E: 171-190g€600
Band F1: 191-200g€790
Band F2: 201-225g€1,250
Band G: more than 225g€2,400

A motor tax disc can be issued for 3, 6 or 12 months, with the best value had when you pay a year at a time.

Commercial Motor Tax Rates

Electric light commercial vehicles (up to 1500kg) pay just €92 per year in commercial motor tax. Most light commercial vehicles powered by a combustion engine (up to 3000kg) pay €333 per year in commercial motor tax.

The annual rate for a vehicle between 3000 and 4000kg is €420, between 4,000kg and 12,000kg is €500, and €900 per year for vehicles over 12,000kg.

Anything else?

If you sell your car or trade it in for a new one, you have to complete the change of ownership procedure. You won’t be able to tax your new vehicle until the change of ownership has been registered.

You can temporarily declare your vehicle off road and not pay motor tax for that period. You cannot drive the vehicle on a public road while it is declared off road. It must be done in advance by completing a form where you can select a period between 3 and 12 months. The declaration of non-use must be made in the same month that your current motor tax disc expires. If arrears in motor tax are due these must be paid in full and you must also pay a minimum of 3 months motor tax, before a declaration of non-use can be made.

You will find more information on Motor Tax Online. The Citizens’ Information website also has a lot of information on everything to do with motor tax in Ireland.

Changing Lanes introduces you to Trinity Motor Group, and their extensive portfolio of world-leading car brands

Dealer Spotlight: Trinity Motor Group, Wexford

Changing Lanes introduces you to Trinity Motor Group, and their extensive portfolio of world-leading car brands
Changing Lanes introduces you to Trinity Motor Group, and their extensive portfolio of world-leading car brands

Editor's note: In January 2021 it was announced that Trinity Motor Group has acquired Sinnott Autos in Wicklow Town and would take over the running of two well established Volkswagen and Skoda franchise dealerships in the town at two sites on the Dublin Road. Read more about the expansion of Trinity Motor Group here. Trinity Volkswagen and Trinity Skoda, Wicklow, will join the Group's already impressive portfolio of car brands. 

In the first of a new interview series on Changing Lanes, we meet Nicola Murphy of Trinity Motor Group to find out more about this automotive retail and service business that started out in 1995 on Trinity Street, Wexford, selling Land Rover and Rover cars.

In business for 25 years, the family-owned and managed Trinity Motor Group has since moved out of the town centre to nearby Ardcavan and operates from two sites, now representing five brands - Mazda, Peugeot, Land Rover, Jaguar and Mitsubishi - and also includes a service centre and extensive used car selection.

Nicola Murphy of Trinity Motor Group
Nicola Murphy of Trinity Motor Group

Immaculately presented cars are combined with exceptional customer service and attention to detail, with a hard-working team across retail and service. The dealer group has won many prestigious awards including Mazda Retailer of the Year in 2018 and again in 2019, Peugeot Service Manager of the Year 2017, and Land Rover Master Technician of the Year for Ireland, going on to represent Ireland in the European competition.

The Group opened a state-of-the-art Mazda showroom in 2017, designed to match the premium quality of the Mazda product, and is an eye-catching landmark in itself.

Nicola Murphy joined the Trinity team in 2016 and looks after marketing for the Group. In this interview, Nicola tells us more about Trinity Motor Group, how the business has adapted to a challenging 2020, the arrival of new hybrid and electric vehicles, and her outlook for the sector in 2021.

1. Can you introduce your dealer group and what you do?

Trinity Motors is proud to represent world-leading brands such as Mazda, Peugeot, Mitsubishi and Jaguar Land Rover. We currently operate from two locations in Ardcavan, County Wexford, just minutes from Wexford Town. Trinity Motors also stocks a broad range of approved, pre-owned vehicles from all leading manufacturers and we are specialists in premium cars and 4x4s. We also offer a car sourcing facility, which allows customers to order their next new or used car directly from Trinity, to the exact specification required. This one stop shop is hugely popular with our customers who enjoy the convenience and hassle-free experience it delivers.

Trinity Service Centre, located at the Trinity Mazda and Trinity Mitsubishi dealership, is an official Jaguar Land Rover authorised repairer, in addition to Mazda and Mitsubishi. We service all makes and models in a state-of-the-art facility, which includes all the technical equipment and expertise to handle the latest generation of plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles. We offer the same great after-sales care for Peugeot in our dedicated Trinity Peugeot site.

Trinity Motor Group offers a modern automotive retail experience and service centre just outside Wexford Town
Trinity Motor Group offers a modern automotive retail experience and service centre just outside Wexford Town. Can you spot the Mazda MX-5 30th Anniversary Edition?

2. What’s the history of the business?

We have been in business for 25 years here in Wexford. Our business is family-owned and operated, founded in 1995 by Eddie Murphy on Trinity Street, Wexford, hence the company name. The value placed on delivering a truly exceptional customer experience has seen the business flourish over the years. We have stayed true to our core principles of being customer driven and truly appreciative of our team that delivers customer satisfaction each and every day. Associated with the Land Rover brand since the beginning, Trinity Motors has grown to represent five brands now, with continued growth planned.

3. What kind of showroom experience do you want to create for customers and what steps have you taken to improve it over the years?

At Trinity Motors we aim to make customers feel welcome, comfortable and at ease when they visit our dealerships. This makes the experience an enjoyable one for the customer, and we believe it should be enjoyable. Choosing a vehicle should be something to take pleasure in when doing it, and something to look back fondly on when reflecting on the experience. Delivering that experience brings our customers back and we win new customers through recommendations. At the end of the day this is a family business and we want to deliver the best experience possible to all our customers across Sales, Service, Parts and Accessories.

Jamie Dunphy, James Murphy and Shane Sinnott of the Trinity Mazda Sales Team, launching new online services for customers to engage with
Jamie Dunphy, James Murphy and Shane Sinnott of the Trinity Mazda Sales Team, launching new online services for customers to engage with

4. You operate a number of franchise dealerships. What are your thoughts on your current model line-up and how have the latest models been received by your customers?

We are very fortunate to work with such exceptional brands and to be able to provide our customers with a range of vehicles that meet all needs - from the small and practical, to the large and luxurious. Hybrid, plug-in hybrid and fully electric vehicles are growing in popularity, and all of our brands now have something electrified to offer our customers. We can still cater for those who wish to buy a traditional petrol or diesel model. We have invested heavily in new technology to charge plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles, and carry out maintenance and repair on all the latest models. Some of the highlights of our range are the electric Peugeot e-208, e-2008 and Mazda MX-30, as well Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (plug-in hybrid), all exciting new models which have proven very popular with our customers, and have won over many new customers to these brands.

5. 2020 was a challenging year with unprecedented disruption to traditional ways of retailing. How has your dealer group adapted to these changes?

There is no doubt that 2020 has been a challenging year but it has for the vast majority of people and businesses. In particular those directly affected by illness, and frontline workers who have really had a difficult year.

Ultimately, we have a great team of people working within the Trinity Motor Group. They really stepped up this year as we all adapted to new processes and safety measures to reopen, stay operational and keep our customers and staff safe. Even through lockdown, our service departments remained operational to assist our customers and to look after the vehicles of frontline workers to keep them mobile so they could help others. It’s thanks to our own team that this was possible. In addition, we have had to adapt and improve our online business model as customers shop and buy remotely.

Trinity Motor Group also offers Peugeot sales and service at Ardcavan, Wexford
Trinity Motor Group also offers Peugeot sales and service at Ardcavan, Wexford

6. What’s your outlook for your sector in 2021?

We are feeling positive about 2021 despite the challenges that we all have faced this year. Consumer sentiment in our experience is very positive and orders for 2021 are very strong, with an increase in the level of demand for electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles. Competitive finance options are also proving to be hugely helpful in assisting customers in making decisions. We are also fortunate to have so many new model launches across our brands, which are winning a lot of new customers.

7. Can you share with us goals and ambitions for your dealer group in 2021?

As always, we will aim to improve on our past performance and listen carefully to our customers' requirements. Further growth is on the horizon for the Trinity Motor Group as we begin the next quarter of a century in business. We hope that 2021 will prove a positive year of change for everyone and that our country will flourish as it emerges from such an unprecedented period. We are looking forward to the challenges ahead and the opportunities that may present themselves.

Tinity Motors' new Peugeot e-208 on the quays in Wexford Town
Trinity Motors' new Peugeot e-208 on the quays in Wexford Town

8. Is there anything else you would like to say to our readers about your business?

Firstly, we would like to give a heartfelt thanks to our staff for the exceptional effort they have delivered this year in very uncertain times. We would also like to thank our customers for their continued loyalty and support. We look forward to 2021 and to welcoming both existing and new customers to our showrooms in what we hope will be far happier times for everyone. We would like to take this opportunity to wish all our customers, teams and indeed everyone a very happy Christmas and healthy New Year.

Trinity Motor Group is also launching a new website, with more services for buyers to engage online with the sales team and product.


The Mitsubishi L200, another worthy vehicle in the Trinity Motors portfolio!
The Mitsubishi L200, another worthy vehicle in the Trinity Motors' portfolio!

Thank you to Nicola for taking part in this interview.

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