Free home charging system for Honda e customers

Honda Partners With SSE Airtricity

Free home charging system for Honda e customers
Free home charging system for Honda e customers in Ireland

Honda has teamed up with SSE Airtricity in Ireland to offer Honda e customers the installation of a free home charging system.

The Honda e is the Japanese brand's first battery electric car and went on sale in Ireland in November priced from €29,995.

To avail of the offer, customers are asked to check their SEAI grant eligibility and SSE Airtricity will then take care of the rest.

SSE Airtricity is the largest generator and supplier of green energy in Ireland, providing 100% green electricity, natural gas and energy-related services to home and business customers.

John Saunders Sales and Marketing Director for Universal Honda Ltd. said:

“With a greater focus on environmental issues such as climate change we are witnessing our customers looking to seek cleaner mobility and energy choices here in Ireland. The launch of the Honda e represents our commitment to reflecting this change as we transition towards Honda’s 2022 goal, where our entire model range will be electrified. Therefore, we are delighted to be partnering with SSE Airtricity who pride themselves on providing 100% green energy and together we are helping to improve our environment.

Under this partnership all eligible Honda e customers will receive a free home charging system from SSE Airtricity making the transition to owning an electric car as easy as possible. We all have a part to play in securing our futures and choosing how you power your home or car can make that happen”.

Speaking about the new partnership, Will O’Shaughnessy, SSE Airtricity Energy Services Head of Business Developments, said:

“Everyone at SSE Airtricity is excited to work with a prestigious car manufacturer like Honda. SSE Airtricity and Honda share the same goals in achieving our green ambitions and Honda’s commitment to carbon neutral motoring is truly commendable. As Ireland’s largest provider of 100% green energy and energy related services, this partnership is another important milestone in supporting customers and motorists on their journey to a net zero future.”

Honda e on sale now in Ireland from €29,995
Honda e on sale now in Ireland from €29,995

The new Hyundai Tucson now on sale in Ireland

Hyundai Tucson (2021) Pricing For Ireland

The new Hyundai Tucson now on sale in Ireland
The new Hyundai Tucson now on sale in Ireland

The 2021 Hyundai Tucson has arrived in Ireland and will go on sale here priced from €32,495 with radical new styling, technology and new electrified powertrains, including hybrid and plug-in hybrid technology for the first time.

The all-new Tucson is the fourth generation of Hyundai’s successful bestseller with more than 7 million units sold around the globe since it launched in 2004. Of these, 1.4 million units have been sold in Europe. That makes it the company’s bestselling SUV globally. In Ireland the Tucson is consistently a top five bestseller and has been a huge success here.

Hyundai’s new compact SUV arrives on the market with a revolutionary new look that follows the company’s new 'Sensuous Sportiness' design identity. There is also a new interior with soft touch materials and a full touchscreen console.

The 2021 Hyundai Tucson is longer and wider than the car it replaces, and the wheelbase has also been increased by 10 mm so passengers can enjoy more space inside the vehicle. Boot space has been increased, offering up to 620 litres overall.

Inside the 2021 Hyundai Tucson
Inside the 2021 Hyundai Tucson

There are three trim levels, Comfort Plus, Executive and Executive Plus, with standard equipment including 17" alloys, heated front seats with electric lumbar support for the driver, automatic lights, high beam assist, reverse parking camera, 8" touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and safety equipment including lane keep assist, driver attention alert and forward collision alert.

The diesel Tucson range uses a 1.6-litre engine and is available from €32,495 rising to €38,245. This model will cost €270 to tax in Ireland.

The new Tucson petrol hybrid is available from €35,995 rising to €41,745. It uses a 1.6-litre petrol engine, electric motor, and 1.49 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery to reduce fuel consumption and lower CO2 emissions. It is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission and motor tax is €210 per year in Ireland for this model.

A plug-in hybrid will join the new Tucson range in 2021.

Tucson on sale in Ireland from €32,495
Tucson on sale in Ireland from €32,495

Savings to be made on Nissan LEAF range in Ireland

Nissan LEAF Drops Price In Ireland

Savings to be made on Nissan LEAF range in Ireland
Savings to be made on Nissan LEAF range in Ireland

The cost of buying an electric Nissan LEAF has fallen by up to €1,843 in Ireland as a result of the recent Budget. Revised pricing from Nissan Ireland means that Irish customers can now get behind the wheel of the LEAF 40 kWh from €27,595.

“The Budget VRT changes and recent VAT changes have had a very positive impact on the cost of buying a new Nissan LEAF and this in turn has led to a significant upsurge in interest from EV buyers online and across our dealer network,” said James McCarthy, CEO of Nissan Ireland.

“This upsurge is also being driven by our ‘Power of Zero’ initiative with AIB and Electric Ireland which offers 0% finance, the free provision and installation of a home charger and one year’s free servicing to anyone buying a new Nissan LEAF,” he added.

The recent changes to the VRT and VAT rates have led to tax savings across the Nissan LEAF range. These tax savings start at €506 for the Nissan LEAF SV 40 kWh which now costs €29,384, while the top of the range Nissan LEAF SVE 62 kWh has fallen by €1,843 to €38,657.

In addition, the introduction of the new entry grade Nissan LEAF XE 40 kWh means that motorists can now make the switch into an electric vehicle for €27,595.

The new tax savings which have cut the cost of buying a new Nissan LEAF have also led to a sizeable reduction between the cost of buying the 40 kWh LEAF, which has a range of up to 270 kilometres, and the 62 kWh LEAF, which has a range of up to 385 kilometres (WLTP).

The new Kia Ceed Sportswagon PHEV, now on sale in Ireland

Kia Ceed SW Plug-in Hybrid Goes On Sale

The new Kia Ceed Sportswagon PHEV, now on sale in Ireland
The new Kia Ceed Sportswagon PHEV, now on sale in Ireland

Kia Motors Ireland is extending their plug-in hybrid range with the arrival of the new Kia Ceed SW (Sportswagon) PHEV, which will be in Kia dealerships when they reopen next month. Based on the practical Kia Ceed SW estate model, the new plug-in hybrid version will use a petrol electric plug-in hybrid powertrain to offer buyers a lower CO2 emitting vehicle.

The new Kia Ceed SW plug-in hybrid will go on sale from €28,450, including the SEAI grant. It uses the same technology as the recently launched Kia XCeed plug-in hybrid, which we reviewed earlier this year on Changing Lanes.

The car is powered by a combination of 1.6-litre petrol engine, 8.9 kWh battery and an electric motor to produce 141 hp and 265 Nm. The powertrain is paired with a six-speed double-clutch automatic transmission. With the ability to charge, buyers can drive the Ceed SW on electric power alone for up to 47 kilometres (WLTP). CO2 emissions are rated at 33 g meaning that the new Ceed SW will qualify for motor tax of €140 in Ireland from January.

Cosmetically, the Ceed PHEV is distinguished by a new closed ‘tiger-nose’ grille at the front of the car to aid aerodynamic efficiency. The charging port is integrated into the left front wing of the car. It comes as standard with 17" aluminium alloy wheels as well as 8” infotainment screen, push button start, electronic parking brake, wireless phone charging and smart cruise control.

The Ceed SW PHEV was engineered from the start to accommodate its new hybrid powertrain, which means that there has been minimal impact on packaging. The 8.9 kWh battery pack is located alongside the 37-litre fuel tank beneath the rear bench, so that it does not take up valuable cargo space. The SW provides 437 litres of luggage space, and up to 1,506 litres with the 40:20:40 split-fold rear seats folded down and a dedicated space beneath the boot floor to store the charging cable when not in use.

The new Kia Ceed SW PHEV will join Kia's growing line-up of electrified vehicles, including the all electric e-Niro and e-Soul, the XCeed plug-in hybrid, the Niro plug-in hybrid, and soon to arrive Kia Sorento plug-in hybrid.

Ceed SW PHEV offers buyer a lower CO2 emitting vehicle and the ability to drive on electric power alone
Ceed SW PHEV offers buyer a lower CO2 emitting vehicle and the ability to drive on electric power alone

The new Renault E-TECH hybrid range now on sale in Ireland

Renault Launches New Hybrid Range In Ireland

The new Renault E-TECH hybrid range now on sale in Ireland
The new Renault E-TECH hybrid range now on sale in Ireland

Renault Ireland has expanded their portfolio with the launch of a new hybrid range of popular models like the Clio, Captur and Megane.

The new Renault 'E-TECH' cars mean that the brand can now compete in the growing market for hybrid vehicles. The new offering is focused around the compact Clio supermini, the popular Captur compact SUV and the Mégane estate, with a Mégane hatchback hybrid expected in 2021. The offering will comprise of a regular hybrid and a plug-in hybrid powertrain, depending on model.

Based on 2021 pricing, the new Renault Clio E-TECH hybrid will retail from €24,995. It uses a 1.6-litre petrol electric hybrid powertrain to produce 140 hp, CO2 emissions of 98g per km (WLTP), and fuel consumption rated at 4.4 litres per 100 km (WLTP). It will be available in four trim levels at launch: Dynamique, Iconic, RS Line and Special Edition. Motor tax for this model from January will be €170.

There is E-TECH badging on the B-pillar and boot lid to differentiate the hybrid from the rest of the Clio range, plus the option of a Hybrid Blue pack that features blue detailing on exterior and interior trim. Clio E-TECH also comes with a 7.0-inch TFT Drivers Information Display, complemented by a 7.0- or 9.3-inch Easy Link touchscreen display, dependent on trim level. The digital instrument cluster is unique to Clio Hybrid models, displaying specific hybrid animations such as battery levels and energy flow, with a larger 10-inch version available.

The Clio will be offered as a hybrid for the first time, along with plug-in hybrid versions of the popular Captur and Mégane
The Clio will be offered as a hybrid for the first time, along with plug-in hybrid versions of the popular Captur and Mégane

Next up is the new Captur E-TECH plug-in hybrid, which will retail from €29,695. Based on the second generation Captur, which launched earlier in 2020, it has 160 hp and CO2 emissions of 34g per km (WLTP), meaning motor tax will be €140 for this model from January. As a plug-in hybrid, it can offer buyers the ability to drive on electric power alone for up to 50 km.

It comes in two high-specification trim levels: S Edition and E-TECH Special Edition.

Captur E-TECH plug-in hybrid retail buyers can currently avail of a €600 grant from the SEAI towards purchase and installation of a home charging point. Renault says charging from zero to 100 per cent takes approximately three hours at 3.6 kW.

The new Renault Mégane Sport Tourer is the final hybrid model to join the range this year and will use the same 1.6-litre petrol electric hybrid powertrain as the Captur E-TECH to put out 160 hp. CO2 emissions are a little less than the Captur equivalent at 30 g per km (WLTP) but motor tax is the same at €140 per year. Pricing is expected from €29,990 though this will be finalised once the Government confirms supports for plug-in hybrid vehicles. Like the Captur E-TECH, it will offer buyers the opportunity to charge up and drive for up to 50 km on electric power alone.

The Renault Mégane range has also been comprehensively updated for 2020/2021 with a suite of interior and exterior enhancements such as full LED lights, redesigned front and rear bumpers, enhanced interior materials and new R.S. Line trim level.

Renault Ireland is offering a number of incentives to promote their new electrified range, along with the new all-electric ZOE and electric LCV range. Patrick Magee, Country Operations Director, Renault Group Ireland, said: “Despite with happens with Government grant funding for electric vehicles for 2021, we are serious about providing our own grant through our €1,000 Green Grant Offer and our Bank has committed to €60 million to finance cars from our electrified range. We have to push this along and reduce the older car park in this country and move towards getting more hybrids and fully electric vehicles on the road and helping to reduce CO2 levels”.

The new Renault Mégane Sport Tourer plug in hybrid
The new Renault Mégane Sport Tourer plug in hybrid

The Toyota Highlander is on sale in Ireland now

Toyota Highlander Arrives In Ireland

The Toyota Highlander is on sale in Ireland now
The Toyota Highlander is on sale in Ireland now

Toyota Ireland has confirmed that the new Toyota Highlander 7 seater SUV has arrived in Ireland, and is available now priced from €63,995.

The new Highlander comes with hybrid technology as standard and intelligent all-wheel drive (AWD-i). There is also a 2-tonne towing capacity from it's 2.5-litre petrol electric powertrain with 244 hp.

Interior features of this high spec vehicle include ventilated front seats, 11-speaker JBL audio* and a 8” multimedia touchscreen featuring navigation and smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™. To help prevent or mitigate collisions, Highlander features the latest Toyota Safety Sense package alongside a head-up display and digital rear-view mirror, depending on trim level.

Toyota says it's an authentic seven-seater with spacious third-row accommodation and easy access for two adults. There is also a kick-sensor operated power tailgate revealing 631 litres of boot space when third row seats now in use, with additional underfloor storage.

CO2 emissions and fuel consumption are quoted from just 149 g/km and 6.6 l/100 km respectively.

For a refined drive the new Toyota Highlander uses an acoustic windscreen and front glazing, and the adoption of roof, dash and floor silencers, and wheel arch and loadspace liners. The Highlander's GA-K platform is complemented by a lightweight and high-rigidity bodyshell with a low centre of gravity that is said to provide the new SUV with nimble handling and comfortable motorway cruising characteristics.

Commenting on the arrival of the all-new Highlander, Steve Tormey, Chief Executive of Toyota Ireland, said:

“The arrival of the Highlander 7-seater hybrid expands our range line-up and, along with the RAV4 and Toyota C-HR, cements our leadership in hybrid SUVs. Equipped with the latest connectivity and safety features, and with space to spare, this will appeal to customers with an active lifestyle and who like to get into the outdoors.

Not only does it offer a truly comfortable ride and has premium features throughout, the Highlander also offers a unique combination of power and lower emissions thanks to the 4th generation hybrid powertrain. This is something more customers are moving towards, especially after the Government budget and the general move towards electrified driving options.

We’re delighted to be able to offer this to our customers, so that they can choose a model that contributes to cleaner air and a better environment for everyone.”

The Highlander will be in showrooms from January and customers can place orders now.

The new CUPRA Formentor arriving in Ireland this December

CUPRA Formentor To Go On Sale This December

The new CUPRA Formentor arriving in Ireland this December
The new CUPRA Formentor arriving in Ireland this December

CUPRA has confirmed that the all new CUPRA Formentor will go on sale here from December. Following the launch of the CUPRA Ateca and the CUPRA Leon, the Formentor is the first vehicle exclusively designed and developed by the brand.

We are told that pricing will start from €35,945 for the 1.5-litre TSI petrol with 150 hp and from €37,845 for the same model with a DSG automatic gearbox..

There will also be a high performance Formentor VZ with a 2.0 TSI petrol engine with 310hp and four wheel drive, priced from €57,910.

There will also be a 2.0 TDI diesel with 150 hp and two plug-in hybrids: the e-Hybrid 1.4 TSI with 204 PS and the Formentor VZ e-Hybrid 1.4 TSI with 245 PS.

The brand’s advancement in Ireland will be helped by the appointment of three new CUPRA retailers. Johnson and Perrott, Mahon Point Cork, McCoy Motors, Lucan, Dublin and James Barry Motors Limerick, will join Bright CUPRA Airside, Dublin to become CUPRA retailers offering an exclusive CUPRA area as part of the SEAT showroom.

Niall Phillips, Brand Director for SEAT and CUPRA Ireland, said:

“We are delighted to be introducing the CUPRA Formentor to the Irish market. It’s a very exciting time for the brand as we welcome three new CUPRA retailers to the network and launch an advanced premium crossover, the CUPRA Formentor - the brand’s first standalone vehicle. Since its launch in 2018 the CUPRA brand has exceeded expectations and with plans to increase our retail network further in Ireland by 2022, we’re really excited about the journey ahead and look forward to adding more CUPRA retailers to our network and models in the showroom as the brand continues to grow.”

The Volkswagen I.D. 3 is selling well

New Car Registrations In Ireland October 2020

The Volkswagen I.D. 3 is selling well
The Volkswagen I.D. 3 is selling well

The Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) has released their official new vehicle registrations statistics for Ireland in October 2020. According to the data, new car registrations for October saw an increase of 6.2% (2,315) when compared to October 2019 (2,179).

But registrations year to date are still down 25.2% (86,870) on the same period last year (116,124).

Used car imports for October (9,315) have seen a decrease of 18.7% on October 2019 (11,457). While year to date imports are down 37.7% (58,504) on 2019 (93,892).

The top five bestselling car brands so far in 2020 are 1. Volkswagen, 2. Toyota, 3. Hyundai, 4. Skoda, and 5. Ford.

The top five bestselling car models so far in 2020 are 1. Toyota Corolla, 2. Hyundai Tucson, 3. Volkswagen Tiguan, 4. Ford Focus, and 5. Hyundai Kona.

The bestselling car in October 2020 was the Volkswagen I.D. 3.

Diesel still makes up the majority of new car sales at 43.1%, followed by petrol at 37.12%, hybrid at 11.93%, electric at 4.45% and plug-in hybrid at 2.78%.

Light Commercials Vehicles (LCV) are up 56.2% (1,667) compared to October last year (1,067) and year to date are down 15.3% (20,587). HGV (Heavy Goods Vehicle) registrations are up 15.7% (155) in comparison to October 2019 (134). However, year to date HGVs are down 21.5% (1,951).

Brian Cooke, SIMI Director General commenting:
“October new car and light commercial vehicle registrations are broadly in line with the same month last year. However, like many other retail sectors, overall this year has been hugely difficult due to COVID-19, with new car sales down 25% year to date. With car showrooms closed for the next number of weeks due to Government COVID-19 restrictions, retailers have been enhancing their online presence, particularly with the month of November being the key selling period for forward orders for the new registration plate in January. Manufacturers and retailers are already offering generous incentives for customers to buy a new car. With the ongoing impact of COVID and the impending Brexit deadline fast approaching it is vital that the Government continue to support business in this uncertain trading environment.” 

MG Motor is returning to Ireland with the arrival of the new MG ZS electric SUV

MG Motor Returns To Ireland

MG Motor is returning to Ireland with the arrival of the new MG ZS electric SUV
MG Motor is returning to Ireland with the arrival of the new MG ZS electric SUV

MG Motor is returning to Ireland this winter with a new range of electric and plug-in hybrid cars on the way.

Frank Keane Group has been announced as the new distributor for the MG Motor brand in Ireland and will be responsible for the roll out of the brand's range here in Ireland.

The first model to go on sale here in November will be the MG ZS. It's being pitched as 'Ireland’s first truly affordable, family friendly electric car as a compact SUV'. The new electric compact SUV from MG will be priced from €28,995 and will come with a 7 year warranty. It has a 44.5 kWh battery and a range of 262 km (WLTP).

The launch of the MG ZS on the Irish market will be followed by the arrival of the electric MG 5 Sportwagon and plug-in hybrid MG HS mid size SUV in the coming months.

Billy Riordan, CEO of the Frank Keane Group, commented: “We are absolutely thrilled to be getting involved with MG as their Irish partner. It is an exciting time for this growing brand which has such a rich history. The Frank Keane Group started its life in motor distribution over 50 years ago and we look forward to this next step in our journey.”

MG is the fastest growing car brand in the UK and growing across Europe with sales in a number of markets. Gerard Rice, Managing Director at MG Motor Ireland says the brand is currently in the process of building a nationwide dealer network for the MG Motor brand, with keen interest from a number of potential retail partners in becoming an MG Motor dealer in Ireland.

A website will also follow shortly where consumers can find out more about the MG range.

Gregory Webb, Head of Business Development UK, Ireland and EU right-hand-drive markets commented: “We are delighted to be working with the Frank Keane Group to bring the new electric MG brand to Ireland. We selected Frank Keane Group because of its wealth of experience in the Irish market. With our exciting new range of electric MGs, we will be able to offer the Irish motorist fantastic low and zero emissions options across the board.”

Frank Keane Group has over 50 years experience in the Irish motor industry. In 1967 Frank Keane was awarded the franchise for BMW, and was responsible for establishing, promoting and enhancing the brand and reputation of the marque in Ireland. In 1984 the Group was awarded the Irish distributor rights for Mitsubishi Motors and FUSO Trucks.

In 2003 the Group established its first retail presence with a BMW dealership in Dublin and in 2011 added a successful partnership with Volkswagen.

The Group now has a retail presence across 6 separate locations in South and West Dublin.

Toyota Yaris Hybrid now on sale in Ireland!

Toyota Yaris Hybrid Goes On Sale!

Toyota Yaris Hybrid now on sale in Ireland!
Toyota Yaris Hybrid now on sale in Ireland!

Toyota Ireland has announced the arrival of the new Toyota Yaris Hybrid to dealerships nationwide. It will join the new generation Yaris petrol, already on sale.

The Yaris Hybrid will be available from €23,055 and uses a new generation of Toyota's hybrid technology. It uses a 1.5-litre petrol electric hybrid powertrain to improve efficiency by 20% and put out even more power at 116 hp (total system output).

Toyota says it's also quicker with a 15% improvement in 0-100 km/h acceleration, to 9.7 seconds, and sharper response to the driver’s use of accelerator.

CO2 emissions have dropped to 88 g/km and the WLTP combined cycle fuel economy figure is 3.9 l/100/km, a 20% improvement

It features the same design as the rest of the Yaris range, with a new interior with a soft-touch instrument panel to deliver a warmer cabin ambience.

The new Yaris is the first application of the Toyota New Global Architecture – TNGA – philosophy to a small car through the new GA-B platform. The GA-B platform is central to the Yaris’ improved dynamic performance, giving a lower centre of gravity and much greater body rigidity, along with lower noise and vibration levels.

It also benefits from a greater range of Toyota Safety Sense active systems as standard, including Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), such as Lane Trace Assist, Emergency Steering Assist and Intersection Turn Assistance. The functionality of the Pre-Collision System has been increased so that it can detect pedestrians by day and night, and cyclists in daytime driving.

Equipment such as LED headlamps, an 8” touchscreen display, Smart Entry and special ambient cabin lighting around the driver’s cockpit is also available. The steering wheel size has also been reduced for better visibility. There's also wireless smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, allowing users easy access to their favourite apps using the car’s central multimedia control screen.