The new Ford Puma ST Line X Vignale

Ford Puma ST-Line X Vignale Now Available

The new Ford Puma ST Line X Vignale
The new Ford Puma ST Line X Vignale

Ford in Ireland has further expanded the new Puma range with additional powertrain and equipment level options. Customers can now choose from Puma models equipped with a new seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, and a luxurious new Puma ST-Line X Vignale variant.

The brand also tells us that they have invested approximately €200 million at a state-of-the art manufacturing facility in Craiova, Romania, to support production of Puma, taking Ford’s total investment in Craiova to almost €1.5 billion since 2008.

The Ford Puma SUV-inspired crossover arrived in Ireland at the beginning of the year, priced from €24,835. It was the first car in the Ford range to benefit from Ford’s 48-volt mild hybrid technology for enhanced petrol fuel efficiency from the 1.0-litre Ecoboost engine with a six-speed manual transmission. It launched with three trim levels: Titanium, ST Line and ST Line X.

Now a new seven-speed automatic transmission option for the 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine with 125 hp delivers from 139 g/km and 6.1 L/100km WLTP.  Available from €26,797 (Titanium series), according to the brand the advanced transmission’s greater number of gear ratios and dual-clutch operation for seamless gear changes contribute to optimised fuel efficiency, refinement and driving dynamics.

Inside the Puma ST Line X Vignale
Inside the Puma ST Line X Vignale

Based on the sporty Puma ST-Line X variant, the Puma ST-Line X Vignale is now available from €28,644. It adds more premium styling and specification including exclusive 18” alloys, a satin aluminium upper grille and surround, ebony lower grille, and body-coloured lower rear bumper. Standard specification includes signature LED headlights, Windsor leather seats, wrapped instrument cluster, heated front seats, heated steering wheel and Ford KeyFree system.

In June, Ford announced that a new Ford Performance Puma ST model will join the range later this year.

“Customers have told us that they want a range of options to help find a combination of style, equipment, performance and efficiency that’s just right for them. That’s something we committed to delivering with Puma, and with a new Puma ST coming later this year, we’re not finished yet,” says John Manning, Market Lead, Ford Ireland.

Read our latest review of the new 2020 Ford Puma ST Line X.


The new BMW iX3

BMW iX3 Pricing For Ireland

 

 

The new BMW iX3
The new BMW iX3

BMW Ireland has released more information on the brand's first all electric SUV, the BMW iX3, which is expected to arrive here in summer 2021.

Irish customers will be able to choose between the BMW iX3 Premier Edition and the iX3 Premier Edition Pro, both offering a significant level of standard equipment over and above the current X3.

The arrival of the iX3 will make the BMW X3 the brand’s first model offered with a pure-electric drive system, a plug-in hybrid system or petrol and diesel engines.

Pricing will start from €70,205 on the road for the BMW iX3 Premier Edition, including grants and VRT relief. The Pro edition will be available from €74,105.

Standard equipment on the BMW iX3 Premier Edition will include 20” black aerodynamic wheels, automatic tailgate, adaptive suspension and panoramic sunroof. Vernasca leather will be available in a choice of four colours, along with Sensatec dashboard, sun protect glazing, ambient lighting and electric seats.

Additional standard features include wireless phone charging, heated front seats and the brand’s very latest driver assistance technology, including Driving Assistant Professional, Parking Assistant and BMW Live Cockpit Professional.

Inside the new iX3
Inside the new iX3

For customers choosing the BMW iX3 Premier Edition Pro, additional standard features will include BMW Head-up Display, Harman Kardon surround sound, Gesture Control,  Parking Assistant Plus, Automatic high beam assistant, Comfort access and Lumbar support.

The new BMW iX3 uses an 80 kWh battery and offers a range of up to 450 kilometres (WLTP test cycle). It will have 268 hp and sprints from 0-100km/h in 6.8 seconds, putting it in the same territory as the conventionally powered BMW X3 xDrive30i. The brand says sending power to the rear wheels creates a characteristic BMW driving experience with "outstanding traction" thanks to the standard-fit ARB technology.

An innovative new charging unit  sends power to both the 400V battery and the 12V on-board power supply. When charging using alternating current, it enables both single-phase and three-phase charging at up to 11 kW.

Plugging the vehicle into a direct current rapid-charging station gives access to charging outputs of up to 150 kW, meaning the high-voltage battery can be charged from 0 to 80 per cent of its full capacity in 34 minutes. Drivers can add the power required to add 100 kilometres to the car’s driving range (in the WLTP cycle) in just 10 minutes, according to BMW.

 


Joe Barrett, COO, Applegreen; Fiona Matthews, Commercial Director and Bob Etchingham, CEO.

Applegreen Launch CarbonNeutral Initiative

Joe Barrett, COO, Applegreen; Fiona Matthews, Commercial Director and Bob Etchingham, CEO.
Joe Barrett, COO, Applegreen; Fiona Matthews, Commercial Director and Bob Etchingham, CEO.

Applegreen has launched a new initiative that will see the fuel retailer offset all carbon emissions from fuel used by customers who fill their tank with PowerPlus.

In addition, the brand plans to plant more than 300,000 native trees in Ireland, beginning in selected locations in Limerick and Mayo later this year. This includes planting one tree for every tonne of carbon generated by the use of PowerPlus fuel, with a minimum of 100,000 trees per year and no upper limit on the number of trees to be planted.

Speaking about the launch, Joe Barrett, Chief Operating Officer of Applegreen, said: “For every litre of PowerPlus that is purchased at our pumps, we will offset those fuel emissions and give our customers the opportunity to drive CarbonNeutral®. This programme accelerates our sustainability journey in line with our transition to cleaner energy including electricity – a key element of the UN’s Sustainability Development Goals.”

PowerPlus is Applegreen’s premium fuel and includes a special additive that the brand says delivers fuel economy benefits of up to 3-4% while also reducing CO2 emissions (by some 3.73% for diesel, compared to unadditized fuel). Applegreen says that PowerPlus has also been proven to actively clean and restore engines as the vehicle is driven.

To achieve CarbonNeutral® certification, Applegreen is supporting a clean water initiative in East Africa that will offset more than 100,000 tonnes of carbon each year.

The company is working with the global climate finance and carbon neutral specialist Natural Capital Partners to purchase carbon offset credits from Irish N.G.O. Vita, whose project involves restoring community water points to provide easy access to clean water for families in East Africa. This reduces the need to burn fuel wood, resulting in deforestation, in order to boil water.

Vita’s Chairperson, Dermot Byrne, commented on the partnership with Applegreen: “We are delighted to be part of Applegreen’s shift towards sustainable driving. This prescient initiative not only creates carbon emissions savings in East Africa, it also facilitates those communities to ‘drive’ their own development.”


The new Skoda Octavia range has arrived in Ireland!

ŠKODA Octavia (2020) Goes On Sale In Ireland

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

The 2020 ŠKODA Octavia has arrived in Ireland, priced from €23,950 for the hatchback and from €25,450 for the Combi estate model.

The Octavia is consistently one of Ireland's bestselling cars since it first arrived in 1998, with 65,000 bought by Irish customers since market launch.

What's new for the 2020 ŠKODA Octavia?

The fourth generation of the ŠKODA Octavia has just arrived promising more space, technology and quality than ever before. The new model is longer and wider than the car it replaces with a larger boot. The Combi’s boot capacity has increased by 30 litres to 640 litres. The hatchback has a capacity of 600 litres, which is 10 litres more than the previous generation.

A new design language gives a sharper and more modern look. LED light technology for low beam, high beam and daytime running lights features as standard across the range, as do LED taillights, brake lights and fog lights. Alloy wheels up to 19" are available, with new colours including Crystal Black, Lava Blue and Titanium Blue.

There's also a new interior with more connectivity and driver assistance systems to improve comfort and safety. A new two-spoke steering wheel, which can be heated as an option and – if ordered as a multifunction variant – comes with new control buttons and knurled scroll wheels, allowing drivers to operate a total of 14 different functions without removing their hands.

The dashboard, which has also been redesigned, is modular and has been arranged in different levels, featuring a large, free-standing central display. There are new soft-touch materials for a more premium look, and LED ambient lighting in a choice of ten different colours. The 4.2-inch multifunction Maxi DOT 16-colour display comes as standard and tri-zone Climatronic makes its debut in this latest generation of the Octavia. There is a choice of four infotainment systems with screens measuring from 8.25 to 10 inches, and a Virtual Cockpit digital dashboard display.

The interior of the new Octavia
The interior of the new Octavia

New technology and design

The new Octavia is the first ŠKODA to use shift-by-wire technology for operating the DSG automatic gearbox, which electronically transmits the driver’s gear selection to the transmission. In place of the familiar DSG lever, there is a new control module located in the centre console with a small rocker switch for selecting drive modes, as well as a button for the parking mode.

A whole range of new safety systems such as Collision-Avoidance Assist, Turn Assist, Exit Warning and the local Traffic Warning function are also making their debut in the new Octavia in 2020.

The new Octavia is launched in Ireland with petrol and diesel engines, with a petrol plug-in hybrid to join before the end of the year and a new high performance Octavia RS iV. Some of the petrol engines are now equipped with mild-hybrid technology.

Engines include choice of 1.0-litre 110 bhp TSI petrol and 1.0-litre 110 bhp mild hybrid. There's also a 2.0-litre TDI 115 bhp diesel and 2.0-litre 150 bhp DSG automatic.

Pricing and equipment for Ireland

Prices start from €23,950 for the 1.0-litre TSI petrol Active model as a hatchback. The 1.0-litre TSI DSG mild hybrid starts from €28,250 in Ambition trim.

The 2.0-litre TDI 115 bhp model starts from €28,750 in Ambition trim.

Standard equipment on Active models includes 16” Twister alloy wheel, LED headlights, LED tail-lights, manual air conditioning, keyless go, front assist, lane assist, Bluetooth phone / audio streaming, 8” infotainment system and trailer hitch preparation.

Ambition models add 17” Rotate alloy wheels, LED tail-lights with dynamic indicators, dual zone Climatronic, cruise control, power folding exterior mirrors, rear parking sensors and camera, front and centre armrest and Smartlink.

The Style model adds 18” Perseus alloy wheels, KESSY Keyless Entry/Go, chrome window surrounds, chrome front grille inserts and silver roof rails (Combi). There is also the Virtual Cockpit, 10” Columbus navigation system and the Style interior pack (Comfort design front seats, fabric wrapped dashboard and chrome interior surrounds).

ŠKODA Ireland Head of Marketing, Raymond Leddy, said:

“The new Octavia is a palpable leap in terms of quality and refinement. There is a more upmarket feel to the car, and it is now pushing closer to the executive segment, yet with the value that ŠKODA customers have now come to expect.

The new Octavia is available as a hatchback or estate
The new Octavia is available as a hatchback or estate

The new Renault ZOE

€1,000 Green Grant Available For Renault ZOE

The new Renault ZOE
The new Renault ZOE

Renault Group has announced offers on new Renault and Dacia models, including the electric Renault ZOE.

The brand says they are supporting customers to make the switch to electric with the following offer available on new ZOE that arrived in Ireland in 2020:

  • €1,000 GREEN GRANT
  • 2% APR HP - save over €2,000 in interest compared to high street bank rates
  • 3 months’ payment deferral – no payments for the first 3 months and no increase in payments after the three-month period.

To apply for the new €1,000 Green Grant customers must register on renault.ie/offers/zoe-offers.

Customers will then receive a confirmation email, which they can present to their local dealer to avail of the grant.

Offer available before 31st October 2020.

The new ZOE has a 52 kWh battery and range of over 300 km with 22 kW AC charging and 50 kW DC fast charging for the first time.

Read our review of the 2020 Renault ZOE.


The Electric Vehicle Summit 2020

Electric Vehicle Summit 2020 Launched

The Electric Vehicle Summit 2020
Tickets now available for the Electric Vehicle Summit 2020

The Electric Vehicle Summit 2020 will take place on October 15 with tickets available now for this virtual event.

This year’s summit will be chaired by Caroline Kidd, Motoring Journalist and Editor of Changing Lanes.

The Electric Vehicle Summit is a premier, established conference and exhibition that is normally held in Croke Park annually. This year, to adapt to the current environment and the growing demand for delegates to enjoy the conference experience online, the Summit will be streamed virtually.

Speakers at this year's event include Christina Bu, Head of the Norsk elbilforening (Norwegian EV Association), Colin McKerracher, Head of Advanced Transport, Bloomberg, Joachim Brandt, Head of Electric and Autonomous Vehicles, Gemserv, Eamon Ryan TD, Minister for Climate Action, Communication Networks and Transport, Raj Lyons Chohan, Founder, EV Energy, Elena Wrelton, Environmental Compliance Manager, ELVES, and Anne Graham, Chief Executive, National Transport Authority.

The event will be broadcast live from a dedicated studio in Dublin, with delegates joining in from the comfort of their home or office across Ireland and around the world. Many of our speakers and panellists will appear live on stage, while international keynotes and participants will join via video conference.

Delegates will have the opportunity to step into the unique virtual summit environment, which includes access to the main virtual conference stage for the full day, live speaker and panel Q&A sessions, a virtual exhibition hall, copies of presentations and content post-event, as well as the opportunity to network, connect and chat with fellow online attendees, speakers and partners in real time.

In 2019 there was no shortage of positive news stories for electric vehicles here in Ireland, from the government’s new plan for a million electric cars by 2030 to the arrival of several new models on our shores. Despite the global health crisis, there are encouraging signs for the industry. Global electric car sales could reach a record share of the overall car market this year. Analyst, BloombergNEF predicts that there will be less of a hit than the anticipated fall in sales of conventional cars, increasing the penetration of electric models into the overall market.

This year’s conference will address the impact of Coronavirus, deliver an update on new government policy, as well as cover a wide range of subjects pertinent to the industry going forward. The summit is a high-level business forum based on the dual themes of business engagement and thought leadership from the most senior, influential and informed people in the sector. This innovative event is about making the most of the opportunities presented by EVs, creating partnerships, ensuring stakeholder collaboration and implementing business models to facilitate further adoption into the market.

To view our evolving agenda and book your ticket. click here.


Ford Kuga (2020) Pricing For Ireland

The new Ford Kuga is now on sale in Ireland
The new Ford Kuga is now on sale in Ireland

The new Ford Kuga 2020 model has arrived in Ireland. In this article we are going to take a closer look at what's new for the latest generation of Ford's popular family SUV. We will also share Irish market specific information such as pricing, engines and equipment.

The new Kuga continues the Ford brand's journey towards electrification, and will feature a plug-in hybrid for the first time! An all-electric Ford Mustang Mach-e is expected in Ireland before the end of the year. While earlier in 2020, we had an opportunity to drive the new Ford Puma and experience the brand's mild hybrid technology for the first time.

Ford is committed to offering an electrified version of every passenger vehicle it brings to market in Europe and will grow its range of electrified vehicles in Europe to 18 on sale before the end of 2021. The all-new Kuga is the first Ford vehicle to be offered with plug-in hybrid, mild hybrid and full hybrid powertrain technology.

Engines for the new Ford Kuga

Ford has developed a number of powertrains for the new Kuga including 3 hybrids - the Kuga EcoBlue mild hybrid, Kuga Plug-In Hybrid (PHEV) and by the end of 2020, the Kuga Hybrid. The brand also fits the Kuga with 1.5-litre and 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel engines, and the 1.5‑litre EcoBoost petrol engine. Transmissions include a six-speed manual and new eight-speed automatic.

At launch in Ireland, the range is based around the 1.5-litre EcoBlue diesel with 120 hp and the new 2.5-litre petrol electric plug-in hybrid with 225 hp.

The Kuga PHEV can be plugged in and charged like an electric vehicle. On pure electric power it can be driven up to 56 km (WLTP) and CO2 emissions are from 32 g/km. Ford says it will take less than 6 hours to fully charge. Drivers can choose when and how to deploy battery power using EV Auto, EV Now, EV Later and EV Charge modes. When the battery reaches its lowest state-of-charge, the Kuga automatically reverts to EV Auto mode. This supplements petrol engine power with electric motor assistance to reduce fuel consumption.

Ford’s 1.5-litre EcoBlue engine quotes fuel efficiency from 5.1 l/100 km and CO2 emissions from 133 g/km (WLTP).

Inside the new Ford Kuga
Inside the new Ford Kuga

How much will it cost?

In Ireland the new Ford Kuga range kicks off from €33,357 for the Titanium model, from €35,985 for the ST-Line, from €38,320 for the ST-Line X and from €42,016 for the Vignale. Those prices are quoted for the 1.5-litre diesel model. The Kuga plug-in hybrid range starts from €35,432, including €7,500 in grants and VRT relief.

Series Model Engine Fuel Transmission CO2 Priced from
Titanium 5 Door 1.5TD EcoBlue 120PS Diesel 6 Speed FWD 134 €33,357
Titanium 5 Door 2.5 Duratec 225PS PHEV Petrol Hybrid Automatic 32 €35,432
             
ST-Line 5 Door 1.5TD EcoBlue 120PS Diesel 6 Speed FWD 136 €35,985
ST-Line 5 Door 2.5 Duratec 225PS PHEV Petrol Hybrid Automatic 32 €37,425
             
ST-Line X 5 Door 1.5TD EcoBlue 120PS Diesel 6 Speed FWD 137 €38,320
ST-Line X 5 Door 2.5 Duratec 225PS PHEV Petrol Hybrid Automatic 32 €39,762
             
Vignale 5 Door 1.5TD EcoBlue 120PS Diesel 6 Speed FWD 137 €42,016
Vignale 5 Door 2.5 Duratec 225PS PHEV Petrol Hybrid Automatic 32 €50,957
             

What's new for the 2020 Ford Kuga?

The new Kuga is based on Ford’s new global front-wheel drive vehicle architecture that is more aerodynamic for better fuel efficiency. Weight compared to the outgoing model has been reduced by up to 80 kg when comparing equivalent powertrain variants. Crash performance has also been improved and contributes to Kuga’s Euro NCAP 5-star safety rating. 10 per cent more torsional stiffness is said to improve driving dynamics.

Visually the car has a much sleeker and more sculpted appearance. The longer wheelbase creates a larger footprint on the road and improves ride and stability.

The Ford Kuga 2020 model is 44 mm wider and 89 mm longer than the outgoing model. Ford says that there is more shoulder room, hip room and headroom inside for front and rear seat passengers. This is despite an overall height that is 6 mm lower than the outgoing model. The second row of seats can be moved backwards to improve legroom or forwards to increase boot space (maximum 645 litres). A handsfree tailgate is also available.

The Kuga is available in four trim lines in Ireland
The Kuga is available in four trim lines in Ireland

New equipment for Ford Kuga 2020

For the first time, Kuga is offered with FordPass Connect modem technology. This allows customers to remotely control a selection of vehicle features from any location with a mobile data signal. Other modern technologies include a wireless charging pad and Ford’s SYNC 3 infotainment system supported by an 8‑inch central touchscreen. Ford's impressive 12.3-inch LCD instrument cluster also debuts for the first time in the Kuga, as does a head-up display.

Safety equipment includes a new BLIS Assist that combines Ford’s Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) and Lane-Keeping Aid to monitor the driver’s blind spot for vehicles approaching from behind. Counter-steering is applied to warn the driver the control system senses a lane change or the driver signals one and there's a car approaching in the blind spot. Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Stop & Go, Speed Sign Recognition and Lane Centring helps the vehicle maintain a comfortable driving distance from vehicles ahead.

Kuga also offers for the first time selectable Drive Mode technology. Each mode adjusts throttle response, steering weight and traction control and gearshift timings for automatic models. Modes for Kuga include Normal, Sport, Eco, Slippery and Deep Snow/Sand.

What are my options?

The new Ford Kuga in Ireland is available in four series: Titanium, ST-Line, ST-Line X and Vignale.

Kuga Titanium comes with 17” alloy wheels (18” for PHEV); LED daytime running lamps; halogen projector headlamps; heated and power-fold mirrors with puddle lamps; rear spoiler; twin exhausts; keyless start and entry; leather-trimmed steering wheel and gear knob; auto dimming rear view mirror; front scuff plates; 4.2” TFT coloured instrument cluster; SYNC with DAB audio system, 6 speakers and Navigation; FordPass Connect embedded modem; pre-collision assist and AEB; lane keeping aid with lane departure warning; and intelligent speed assist.

ST-Line adds 18” rock metallic alloy wheels; front LED fog lights with front cornering; black roof rails; ST-Line full body styling kit – (front and rear fascia and bumper design; rear painted diffuser; front painted skid plate; dark mesh upper grille); large rear spoiler; red brake calipers; flat-bottomed steering wheel with red stitching; alloy pedals; ST-Line sport seats in cloth; and full digital 12.3” instrument cluster.

ST-Line X adds full HED headlamps; headlamp control, automatic high/low beam; B&O premium audio system (10 speakers and subwoofer); and driver impairment warning.

Vignale adds 19” liquid aluminium alloy wheels; full LED quad projector headlamps with glare-free; Vignale body styling kit; Vignale rear diffuser; memory functionality with door mirrors; hands-free tailgate; Vignale premium leather steering wheel and gear knob; leather-wrapped instrument panel; Vignale scuff plates; full Vignale leather seat trim; heated passenger and driver seats; active park assist; and heads up display.

The new Kuga available as a plug-in hybrid for the first time
The new Kuga available as a plug-in hybrid for the first time

Volkswagen ID.3 arriving at Dublin Port

Volkswagen ID.3 Arrives In Ireland

Volkswagen ID.3 arriving at Dublin Port
Volkswagen ID.3 arriving at Dublin Port

The all-electric Volkswagen ID.3 is now on sale in Ireland, priced from €32,915 including VRT relief and Government grants.

Pre-bookers are now beginning to take delivery of the new models, however Volkswagen Ireland says there is still an opportunity for buyers to get into a limited-edition version of the ID.3 with 58 kW  battery and WLTP range of 410-424 km.

The ID.3 1st is available in three trim levels – the 1st, 1st Plus and 1st Max. For private buyers all are eligible for a VRT rebate of €5,000, plus an SEAI grant of €5,000.

Commercial buyers will get the VRT rebate alone so the starting price for business buyers after grants is €37,915.

The ‘entry-level’ ID.3 1st (from €32,915*) comes with 18” alloy wheels, Discover Pro Navigation system, 2-zone air conditioning and Adaptive Cruise Control.

The ID.3 1st Plus (from €39,970*) adds ‘ArtVelours’ upholstery, 19” alloy wheels, Matrix LED lights and a rear view camera.

The ID.3 1st Max (from €46,610*) adds Ergo-Active Seats, 20” alloy wheels, fixed panoramic roof, augmented reality head-up display** and wireless smartphone charging.

All ID.3 1st models have the distinctive ID.Light – an LED strip in the cockpit that visually communicates with passengers.

All buyers of the 1st Edition models receive free access at public charging points for one year or a maximum of 2,000 kWh, whichever occurs soonest. This is accessible through the IONITY high-performance charging network, and all public charging points connected with the WeCharge service including the ESB ecars charging network.

At the IONITY charging points, six of which are in Ireland, ID.3 1st with a charging capacity of 100 kW can be charged from 5% to 80% in only 35 minutes.

Volkswagen says renewable energy for vehicle and battery production means that the ID.3 will be delivered to the customer with a carbon-neutral balance.

Under its electric offensive, the Volkswagen brand is planning to offer electric vehicles in all main vehicle segments by 2022.

*includes VRT of €5,000 and SEAI grant of €5,000 for private customers.

**At market launch, the distance feature in the head-up display will not yet have been activated. For applicable vehicles, a software update will be provided later.

 


Freestyle Sessions Series 2 Build a power brand

Changing Lanes And The Freestyle Sessions


Freestyle Sessions Series 2 Build a power brand
Caroline will be joining the Freestyle Sessions as an expert panelist

This autumn I will be joining the Freestyle Sessions Series 2 as an expert panellist on the power of words and storytelling in building a really strong personal brand.

Hosted by Gemma O'Halloran, founder and projects director of Freestyle Consulting, the Freestyle Sessions is a 15-week online, interactive programme dedicated to helping business owners create an authentic and compelling brand.

Each session will feature a guest speaker who will focus on a particular area of branding or brand science. My session will take place on 5th November 2020 and will focus on the power of words in telling a brand story.

When building a brand, it’s crucial to have cohesive, consistent brand language to connect with customers and bring your brand to life. I will be showing our participants how to identify your authentic brand voice, develop consistent brand messaging, and communicate your brand story in words through the right channels and formats.

After the session participants will have a better understanding of the value of a consistent brand voice and how to figure out the words and tone to convey your brand more clearly to your ideal customers!

I'll be drawing on my experience as a commercial copywriter and the editor of Changing Lanes to bring this topic to life for our participants.

Find out more about the Freestyle Sessions here.


The new ŠKODA ENYAQ will arrive in Ireland in April 2021

ŠKODA ENYAQ On Sale In Ireland In April 2021

 

 

The new ŠKODA ENYAQ will arrive in Ireland in April 2021
The new ŠKODA ENYAQ will arrive in Ireland in April 2021

ŠKODA Ireland has confirmed that the new ŠKODA ENYAQ all electric SUV will arrive in Ireland in April of 2021. The news comes as the first official images of the new SUV are released.

For the Irish market – there will be ENYAQ iV 50 (55kWh battery, 340km range), the ENYAQ iV 60 (62kWh battery, 390km range) and the ENYAQ iV 80 (82kWh battery, 510km range). We now have the first indication of how these models will be equipped, though pricing is yet to be announced.

The brand has confirmed that the ENYAQ iV 50 (55kWh) comes with 18” steel wheels, LED headlights, dual-zone Climatronic, keyless go with cruise control, a 10” infotainment system, Bluetooth, Smartlink and 4-speakers.

Moving up to the ŠKODA ENYAQ iV 60 (62kWh) will add 19” alloy wheels, a rear parking sensor, power-folding mirrors/rain sensor wipers, black roof rails, a front centre armrest and a 13" infotainment system with eight speakers.

The interior of the new ENYAQ
The interior of the new ENYAQ

The ENYAQ iV 80 / 80x (82kWh - 80x comes with 4WD) also has 19” alloy wheels, a front parking sensor, rear-view camera, chrome surrounding the windows and on the roof rails, a heated steering wheel and Drive Mode Select. The ENYAQ iV 80 is expected to make up the bulk of sales, followed by the ENYAQ iV 60.

ŠKODA Ireland Brand Director, John Donegan, said, “Despite the economic and industry challenges, we are confident of achieving our long-stated aim of achieving fourth position in the Irish market for 2020. With the arrival of the new Octavia this September we are determined to maintain this position in 2021.

By the end of 2022, ŠKODA will have more than ten electric or partially electric iV models in our range. This portfolio of new models, together with our strong dealer network and partnership with Volkswagen Financial Services puts the ŠKODA brand in an ideal position to challenge for the number two position in the Irish car market.”

Ireland will receive 270 units of the ŠKODA ENYAQ in 2021 with demand expected to outstrip supply of this new model. First to arrive will be the 80 models, followed closely by the 60 models and then the 50 a month later.

The ENYAQ is the brand's first electric SUV
The ENYAQ is the brand's first electric SUV