The new Mercedes-Benz EQE is now on sale in Ireland

Mercedes-Benz EQE Arrives In Ireland

The new Mercedes-Benz EQE is now on sale in Ireland
The new Mercedes-Benz EQE is now on sale in Ireland

The new Mercedes-Benz EQE has arrived in Ireland and goes on sale priced from €85,980.

The EQE is the latest model to launch here from the Mercedes EQ brand of electric vehicles. The new electric business saloon from Mercedes-Benz is built on electric architecture developed specifically for electric vehicles that also underpins the larger EQS.

Available in numerous styling and specifications lines, the new Mercedes-Benz EQE 350+ version is expected to be of most interest to the Irish market. Priced from €85,980, the EQE 350's battery has a usable energy content of 90 kWh, combined electrical consumption rated at 22.5-19.7 kWh/100 km, and 215 kW of power. Range is given up to 654km (WLTP).

At launch, there will also be the AMG EQE 43 with 350 kW of power and priced at €120,180.

Coming later will be a EQE 500 (300kW) and AMG EQE 53 (with up to 505kW), both equipped with 4MATIC all-wheel drive.

Slightly shorter than EQS in terms of overall length, EQE is said to be comparable to the CLS in terms of its outer dimensions and visual appeal. Its aerodynamic design is reflected in sculpted surfaces. Other features include flush mounted 19 to 21-inch wheels, short front
overhangs, and sharp rear spoiler.

Inside, the EQE has been designed for a spacious executive interior, with an overall boot capacity of 430 litres. Interior design and equipment levels are heavily influenced by the larger EQS, including the availability of the MBUX 'Hyperscreen', automatic comfort doors and rear-axle steering.

Ciaran Allen, sales manager for Mercedes-Benz passenger cars in Ireland, said:

“Amongst dealers and customers, initial reaction to the coming of EQE has been extremely positive. We are confident EQE will be another electric powered winner as motorists convert to more eco-friendly motoring in ever increasing numbers.”

The new EQE will join the recently launched Mercedes-Benz EQS, as well as the brand's range of electric SUVs including the EQA, EQB, EQC and EQV.


Women@SIMI 2022

Women@SIMI Takes Place In Dublin

Women@SIMI 2022
Sharon Keegan, founder Peachy Lean, Lucy Gaffney, Director Digicel Group, Gillian Fanning, SIMI President, and Anne Cassin Master of Ceremonies.

The 2022 Women@SIMI event has taken place in Dublin. It coincides with the release of a new survey carried out by the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI), which finds that 71% of women would recommend a career in the Industry to others.

The survey of 140 women from across the industry was carried out as part of SIMI’s on-going drive to encourage more women to join what has traditionally been viewed as a male-dominated sector.

The 7th Annual Women@SIMI event took place at the Gibson Hotel, Dublin, and featured a panel of guest speakers: Anne Cassin, Master of Ceremonies; Lucy Gaffney, current Director of Digicel Group; and Sharon Keegan, founder of female-led athleisure wear company Peachy Lean.

The survey found that 67% of respondents believe that women have become more visible in the industry in recent years. While 67% of respondents said that their companies have increased the number of new female employees recruited in the last 3 years.

However, over half of survey respondents believe that women are under-represented in their organisation, while 40% said that women did not have the same opportunities for advancement as men in their companies.

Also, just 26% of survey respondents identified themselves as being at Director/Board level in their organisation. This is lower than the national average of 30%.

When asked about what factors could help progress women in leadership roles, a change in cultural perception of the automotive industry overall came out on top, followed by a more flexible working environment, greater management support, leadership skills/training along with mentorship.

Gillian Fanning, SIMI President, said:

“Research has shown that female employees contribute significantly to the long-term success of any company, yet the motor industry is lagging behind many other sectors in terms of gender diversity. While our research found that the majority of female employees have seen positive changes for women over the past three years, under-representation of women across the board, and particularly at senior levels, is clearly evident.

However, what’s encouraging is the fact that almost 86% of respondents feel supported by their male colleagues and this support is critical to the success of gender diversity initiatives. While there’s no doubt that progress has taken place over recent years, with greater visibility of women than ever in the industry, we still have a long way to go in terms of addressing the inherent gender imbalance. We must continue to stress that this is not just an industry for men and highlight the diverse range of roles and opportunities on offer for women if we are to reap the proven rewards of increased female participation in our sector. We need to plan for the future – a future that will hopefully mean a greater number of women joining us and more women taking on senior roles and making strategic decisions for their companies."

Derek McDermott, Managing Director of event sponsor Bank of Ireland Finance, said:

“In both the Banking Industry and Motor Industry, we have a way to go in the whole area of gender diversity.  We need to ensure that there are meaningful careers for women across our organisations and while we have made good progress, there is so much more to do. Bank of Ireland is proud to be a sponsor of this event - a tangible demonstration of the fact that we take the issue of gender diversity very seriously.”


The new Nissan Ariya

Nissan Ariya Coming Soon To Ireland

The new Nissan Ariya
The new Nissan Ariya

Nissan Ireland has confirmed that the new Nissan Ariya will go on sale priced from €48,995 when it arrives here in June.

What we know about new Ariya

The new Nissan Ariya will be available in Ireland with two battery options. There's a 63 kWh battery that delivers a range of 402 kilometres and an 87 kWh battery that offers a range of 529 kilometres. Models are two wheel drive as standard with e-4ORCE, Nissan’s most advanced all-wheel drive technology available also.

A Combined Charging System (CCS) will be available on Ariyas sold in Europe to facilitate fast charging. The Nissan Ariya has a 7.4 kW on board charger for AC charging. A 22 kW will be available from December as an option. The Ariya can also support fast charging up to 130 kW.

Nissan is launching the new Ariya in two trim levels: Advance and Evolve.

Pricing will start for the entry grade 63 kWh Nissan Ariya Advance from €48,995. At the moment we know that the top of the range 87 kWh Ariya Evolve will be priced at €66,995.

The interior of the new Ariya features a minimalist dashboard. For example primary control functions vibrate when touched and only appear when the car is switched on. The reimagined interior allows for an entirely flat floor with a wide, open lounge-like experience and spacious cabin.

Inside the new Ariya
Inside the new Ariya

Apple CarPlay (wireless) and Android Auto come as standard. There's also a wireless phone charger and intelligent personal assistance technology.

Nissan’s Safety Shield System includes Intelligent 360° Around View Monitor, Intelligent Forward Collision Warning, Intelligent Driver Alertness, Intelligent Cruise Control and Lane Intervention. There's also Intelligent Emergency Braking (Pedestrian & Cyclist Detection, Junction Assist), Rear Emergency Braking and cross traffic alert technology.

Anything else?

Other standard features include ProPilot with Navi-Link, and the e-Pedal. ProPilot helps drivers stay centred in their lane, navigate stop-and-go motorway traffic and maintain a set vehicle speed and distance to the vehicle ahead. e-Pedal, which is also available in the Nissan LEAF, allows drivers to launch, accelerate and decelerate using only the accelerator.

The top of the range 87 kWh Ariya Evolve comes with part PVC/Synthentic suede seats, Intelligent Rear View Mirror, a Heads Up Display (HUD) and ProPILOT Park. There's also ventilated (heat and cooled) front seats, heated rear seats, power memory mirrors, power memory driver and passenger 8-way seats, a DAB and Bose 10-speaker sound system and an openable panoramic sunroof.

Seamus Morgan, Managing Director of Nissan Ireland, said:

“Nissan invented the crossover segment with the Nissan Qashqai in 2007 and started the journey to electrification when it launched the mass market Nissan LEAF in 2010. The all new Ariya builds on our success, key strengths and pioneering expertise and we expect that it will quickly establish itself as one of the best-selling EVs on Irish roads.”

“There is massive interest in this car and we have launched an extensive national roadshow to showcase it to customers at local Nissan dealerships. This car will be at the heart of the accelerated shift towards electric driving that we are now witnessing in Ireland. Its arrival is also a key element of Nissan’s strategy to electrify its range and to increase its electrification sales mix across Europe by more than 75% by 2026,” he added.

The new Ariya electric crossover from Nissan is available for pre-orders now.

The new Ariya will go on sale priced from €48,995
The new Ariya will go on sale priced from €48,995

The Hyundai IONIQ 5 continues to sell well in Ireland

New Car Registrations Ireland April 2022

The Hyundai IONIQ 5 continues to sell well in Ireland
The Hyundai IONIQ 5 continues to sell well in Ireland

The Society of the Irish Motor Industry has released the official 221 new vehicle registration figures for April. They show that new car registrations in April 2022 were up 10.3% (7,886) when compared to April 2021 (7,147).

Registrations year to date are up 4.7% (57,776) on the same period last year (55,177) and are 20.9% behind (73,030) that of pre-Covid levels in 2019.

The five bestselling car brands so far this year are: 1. Toyota, 2. Hyundai, 3. Kia, 4. Volkswagen and 5. Skoda.

The five bestselling cars so far this year are 1. Hyundai Tucson, 2. Toyota Corolla, 3. Toyota C-HR, 4. Toyota RAV4 and 5. Toyota Yaris.

For the month of April, 1,286 new electric vehicles were registered compared to 590 in April 2021. So far this year 7,524 new electric cars have been registered in comparison to 3,406 in the same period 2021.

The five top electric cars sold so far this year are 1. Hyundai IONIQ 5, 2. Volkswagen ID.4, 3. Kia EV6, 4. Nissan Leaf, and 5. Tesla Model 3.

The bestselling car in April 2022 was the Hyundai Tucson.

Electric, plug-in hybrid and hybrid continue to increase their market share, with a combined market share now of 43.89%.

Petrol continues to remain dominant in the Irish market with 27.23%. Diesel accounts for 26.40%, hybrid for 23.56%, electric for 13.02% and plug-in hybrid for 7.31%.

Used car imports for April (4,223) have seen a decrease of 25.6% on April 2021 (5,676). Year to date imports are down 34.2% (15,864) on 2021 (24,095).

Light Commercials vehicles (LCV) are down 31.8% (1,626) compared to April last year (2,383) and year to date are down 19.9% (10,992).

HGV (Heavy Goods Vehicle) registrations are down 36.1% (209) in comparison to April 2021 (327). Year to date HGV's are down 15.9% (1,030).

Commenting on the new vehicle registrations Brian Cooke, Director General SIMI said:

“While new car registrations in April saw a 10.3% increase on the same month last year and are up 4.7% year to date, overall registrations still remain 20.9% behind that of pre-COVID (2019) levels. The return to more normal new car sales levels is being hampered in the short term by both supply chain issues and the uncertain global political climate. Over the medium term both the high levels of vehicle taxation and the uncertainty over the continuation of electric vehicle supports has the potential to lead to the ongoing suppression of new vehicle demand. This will only make the ability to optimise the reduction in transport emissions more difficult. The increase in electric vehicle sales continues to be the one positive feature of the new car market, but this has only been possible due to the SEAI Grant supports for both cars and home charging. The continuation of these supports is simply vital if we want to get close to the EV targets outlined in the country’s Climate Action Plan.”


The 2022 ŠKODA Karoq

ŠKODA Karoq Pricing For Ireland (2022)

The 2022 ŠKODA Karoq
The 2022 ŠKODA Karoq

The ŠKODA Karoq has been updated for 2022 and is available to order now.

ŠKODA Ireland has confirmed that the updated Karoq will go on sale priced from €33,750.

What's new for the Karoq in 2022?

Updates for 2022 include a more refined design language, sustainable materials, new technologies and a choice of efficient latest-generation EVO engines. It will be available in three trim lines - Ambition, Style and Sportline.

Since the launch of the Karoq in Ireland in 2017, more than 5,000 have found homes here. It was the brand's third most delivered model in the ŠKODA range in Ireland in 2021, after the Octavia and the Kodiaq.

New design details include a wider, now hexagonal ŠKODA grille, restyled front and rear aprons, as well as slimmer and sharper LED headlights and tail lights. The daytime running lights are now split in two. For the first time, the Karoq can be equipped with full-LED Matrix headlights - standard on Style and Sportline models.

Aerodynamics has been improved by more than 9% by new alloy wheels with Aero inserts, a longer rear spoiler, side finlets on the rear window and the now covered underbody.

The interior of the new Karoq
The interior of the new Karoq

There's also an increased range of assistance and safety systems.

Inside there is new decorative trim and upholstery options, which can be made from sustainable materials if selected. For example, in the Eco pack, the seat covers are partly made from recycled plastic juice bottles.

Optional extras to increase comfort include enhanced LED ambient lighting (standard on Style and Sportline models), which now also illuminates the rear door trim in one of ten colours, and the electrically adjustable front-passenger seat including a memory function.

Engines include one diesel and two petrol options, delivering power outputs ranging from 110bhp to 150bhp.

Pricing for the ŠKODA Karoq in Ireland

Model FuelTransmissionGearsAMBITIONSTYLESPORTLINE
1.0TSI 110hpPetrolManual6-speed€33,750€37,750---
1.5TSI 150hpPetrolManual6-speed€35,975€41,495€43,770
1.5TSI 150hp DSGPetrolDSG (Auto)7-speed€38,360€43,585€45,855
2.0TDI 115hpDieselManual6-speed€34,900€39,420€41,225
2.0TDI 115hp DSGDieselDSG (Auto)7-speed€38,040€41,875€43,695
2.0TDI 150hpDieselManual6-speed€36,590€40,975€43,130
2.0TDI 150hp DSG 4X4DieselDSG (Auto)7-speed---€50,140---

 

The Karoq is available to order in Ireland now
The Karoq is available to order in Ireland now

The Kia Niro

Kia Niro On The Way To Ireland (2022)

The new Kia Niro is expected in Ireland this summer
The new Kia Niro is expected in Ireland this summer

Kia Ireland has confirmed that the new Kia Niro will arrive in Ireland this summer as a plug-in hybrid (Niro PHEV) and an electric vehicle (Niro EV).

Pricing and specifications will be confirmed closer to launch. The Niro PHEV will arrive in time for the new 222 registration in July, with the Niro EV following later in the summer

What's new for the 2022 Kia Niro?

Kia’s popular Niro crossover has been entirely redesigned from the ground up for this new generation of the car. The Niro first arrived in Ireland in 2016 as a hybrid, before adding a plug-in hybrid and full battery electric vehicle to the range. It has since helped establish Kia as a major player in the EV market.

At the front, the new Niro showcases the latest evolution of Kia’s signature Tiger Face. At the rear there are new boomerang-shaped LED taillights. Personalisation options include the choice of different C-Pillar colours that contrast or complement the body colour and up to three different finishes for the cladding depending on the trim level chosen.

The new Niro is built on the brand's K3 platform and is said to feature class-leading interior space and storage capacity for the C-SUV segment. The new Niro EV has 475 litres of boot space and an additional 20 litres in the frunk. Niro PHEV models come with 348 litres of boot space, which can be further expanded by fully reclining the flat-fold rear seats.

Premium-effect recycled materials are used in the new cabin of the Niro, and a suite of new safety systems will also feature. Two 10.25-inch display screens show vehicle and navigation information, while a multi-mode touch display allows control of infotainment and heating

Other convenience features added to the new Niro include Remote Smart Parking Assist (RSPA) and vehicle-to-load (V2L) functionality.

Inside the new Kia Niro
Inside the new Kia Niro

Niro PHEV

The new Kia Niro PHEV will use the brand's 1.6-litre GDI petrol engine, paired with Kia’s second-generation six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. A 62kW e-motor in the PHEV version results in combined maximum power of 183PS and provides an electric-only range covering up to 65km (WLTP).

The Niro PHEV debuts Hyundai Motor Group’s very first 5.5 kWh high-volt Positive Temperature Coefficient (PTC) heater for Plug-in Hybrid models, extending the electric driving range in colder conditions. The self-regulated ceramic elements provide cabin heating to complement the vehicle’s heating core and ensure a continuous flow of warm air.

An intelligent Green Zone Drive Mode on Niro PHEV automates the use of electric power by taking location guidance from the navigation system, driving pattern learning or manual driver input.

Niro EV

The battery electric Kia Niro will use an 64.8 kWh battery with an electric range of 463 km (WLTP). When temperatures are low, the system in Niro EV uses navigation-based battery conditioning to pre-heat the battery when a charge point is selected as a destination, which helps shorten charge times and secure battery performance.

The EV version is distinguished from the PHEV by a two-tone closed grille and unique steel grey side cladding. The Niro EV has also received a dedicated lower grille and bumper treatment in addition to model-specific 17-inch alloys. The plug-in charging port for the EV model is positioned in the centre of the front grille for easy access at all charge points.

The new Kia Niro has received suspension and steering improvements in this new generation of the car. Additional insulation and padding have been inserted around the vehicle’s structure to reduce engine and road noise.

Other engineering advancements include a slight increase in torsional rigidity, said to deliver improvements in ride, handling, and steering behaviour.

The new Niro will be available as a plug-in hybrid or EV
The new Niro will be available as a plug-in hybrid or EV

The new Opel Grandland is arriving in Ireland this April

Opel Grandland Pricing For Ireland (2022)

The new Opel Grandland is arriving in Ireland this April
The new Opel Grandland is arriving in Ireland this April

Opel has announced pricing and equipment for the new Opel Grandland range in Ireland, ahead of its arrival in dealers this April.

The Opel Grandland has been updated for 2022 and will go on sale priced from €35,495, plus delivery related charges.

What's new for the Opel Grandland?

At the front, the Grandland now has the new Opel 'Vizor' brand face. While inside the interior has been significantly updated to include the brand's 'Pure Panel' cockpit.

Segment first adaptive IntelliLux LED® Pixel Lights with high beam assist now feature as standard across the range for Opel's flagship family SUV for improved safety and visibility.

Designed and produced in Germany, the latest Grandland is available with petrol and diesel engines from launch. A plug-in hybrid will join in early summer.

The Grandland petrol is a 1.2-litre with 130 hp and the choice of a 6-speed manual gearbox or 8-speed automatic. There's also a 1.5-litre diesel engine available with 130hp and an 8-speed automatic. Front wheel drive versions of Opel's Grandland plug-in hybrid will arrive in the summer with 225hp. While all wheel drive versions will follow later in 2022.

The interior of the 2022 Opel Grandland
The interior of the 2022 Opel Grandland

Pricing and equipment for new Grandland

Available in three trims in Ireland, the Grandland SC trim retails from €35,495 plus delivery. Standard equipment includes LED Pixel Lighting, active emergency braking, cruise control with speed limiter, active lane keep assist, side blind spot alert, enhanced traffic sign recognition, driver attention alert, hill start assist with electronic parking brake, and electronically controlled dual zone air conditioning. There's also DAB radio, Apple Car Play and Android Auto, 7” touchscreen, Bluetooth audio streaming, front console USB, 230V plug in 2nd row, 17” alloy wheels, auto headlamps, front fogs, rain sensitive windscreen, front and rear parking sensors and rear view camera.

The sporty SRI trim retails form €37,495 plus delivery. Standard equipment includes AGR driver’s seat, electrically adjustable driver’s seat lumbar adjustment, adjustable driver seat cushion extension, half leather-effect seat trim, and alloy sporty pedals (auto versions). There's also a 10” touchscreen with satellite navigation, 12” multi-colour driver information cluster, USB connection in the 2nd row, wireless charger, Black Pack (high gloss Opel logo and badging), two tone black roof and black mirror caps, high gloss black roof rails, 18” alloy wheels and privacy tinted windows.

The top-of-the-range Elite trim retails from €39,495. It comes as standard with keyless entry and start, heated front seats, heated rear seats, heated steering wheel, electrically adjustable front seats, leather upholstery, 19” alloy wheels and handsfree electric tailgate.

James Brooks, Managing Director at Leeson Motors, Opel Importer in Ireland, said:

“The striking new Grandland sports a fresh new exterior look, a high-tech interior, a range of highly efficient powertrains and incredible levels of standard safety and comfort equipment. It is sure to appeal to our existing and new conquest customers alike. We look forward to market growth in 2022 in the all-important C-SUV segment.”

The new Opel Grandland is available this April at Opel Dealer showrooms to test drive.

This summer will also see the launch of the new Opel Astra, with the Astra Sports Tourer to follow.

Grandland is available as a petrol, diesel or plug-in hybrid
Grandland is available as a petrol, diesel or plug-in hybrid

The new Toyota Yaris Premier on test for Changing Lanes!

New Car Registrations Ireland March 2022

The new Toyota Yaris Premier on test for Changing Lanes!
The Toyota Yaris was the bestselling car in March in Ireland

New car registrations data from SIMI for March shows a 40.7% increase to 12,935 cars when compared to 9,192 in March 2021.

Registrations year to date are up 4% on the same period last year, with 49,928 cars sold in total.

The top 5 bestselling car brands so far in 2022 are 1. Toyota, 2. Hyundai, 3. Kia, 4. Skoda, and 5. Volkswagen.

The top 5 bestselling cars were 1. Hyundai Tucson, 2. Toyota Corolla, 3. Toyota C-HR, 4. Toyota RAV4 and 5. Toyota Yaris.

The bestselling electric vehicles were 1. Hyundai IONIQ 5, 2. Volkswagen ID.4, 3. Kia EV6, 4. Nissan Leaf and 5. Tesla Model 3.

Used car imports for March were 3,793 cars, a decrease of 35.1% on March 2021. Year to date imports are down 36.8% on 2021.

For the month of March, 1,930 new electric vehicles were registered compared to 1,034 in March 2021.

So far this year 6,244 new electric cars have been registered in comparison to 2,816 on the same period 2021.

Electric Vehicle and Plug-in Hybrids and Hybrids continue to increase their market share, with a combined market share now of 44.63%. Despite a large decrease in market share for internal combustion engine type vehicles, petrol remains dominant at 27.4%, with diesel accounting for 25.83%, hybrid for 24.56%, electric for 12.51% and plug-in hybrid for 7.56%.

Light Commercials vehicles (LCV) are down 32.2% (2,032) compared to March last year (2,998) and year to date are down 17.3% (9,372).

HGV (Heavy Goods Vehicle) registrations are down 25.9% (249) in comparison to March 2021 (336). Year to date HGV's are down 8.4% (823).

Commenting on the new vehicle registrations Brian Cooke, Director General SIMI said:

“While new car sales are up 41% on March last year and up 4% year to date, they still remain 22% behind that of pre-COVID (2019) levels. Commercial vehicles registrations for both the heavy and light sectors are down for March and year to date. There is strong demand for new and used cars among consumers, although supply continues to remain a major challenge for the Industry, while the hire drive market continues to be well below pre-pandemic levels.

The Electric Vehicle market continues to grow, with the first quarter of this year seeing over 10,000 new EVs (BEV and PHEV combined) registered, almost double the amount for Q1 2021. This acceleration in EV sales is down to both the increase in the number of models now available for sale, and the SEAI Grants supporting their purchase. We welcome the Government's publication yesterday of their draft Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Strategy 2022-2025. It is vital that Ireland delivers a modern agile charging infrastructure that keeps pace with both the increasing number of EVs and the ongoing improvements in charging technologies. By doing this, we can work together to build consumer confidence in the EV project.”


The new Suzuki Vitara Hybrid

Suzuki Vitara Full Hybrid Debuts

The new Suzuki Vitara Hybrid
The new Suzuki Vitara Hybrid arrives in Ireland

Suzuki has enhanced their Vitara range with the addition of a new hybrid. The new Suzuki Vitara Full Hybrid goes on sale in Ireland priced from €28,995.

The current generation of the Vitara was updated in early 2019, with higher specification and 48V mild hybrid technology added in 2020.

Suzuki Vitara Hybrid in Ireland

The new Vitara Hybrid uses a 1.5-litre petrol engine, 140V lithium-ion battery and inverter, Motor Generator Unit (known as MGU), a 12V lithium-ion battery as well as a conventional 12V lead-acid battery to power components requiring lower voltage such as lights, instruments and heating / air conditioning. The power output is 115 hp, while CO2 emissions are rated at 121g/km.

The new Hybrid system has two switchable modes- Eco and Standard. The Vitara Hybrid is equipped as standard with Auto Gear Shift (AGS) that automatically shifts the manual transmission and gear ratios that are optimised to help provide a good combination of performance and fuel economy. The transmission also has a manual mode with steering wheel mounted shift paddles.

The interior of the Vitara Hybrid
The interior of the Vitara Hybrid

Anything else?

The SZ-T model features a strong specification including 17-inch silver painted alloy wheels, rear privacy glass, white stitching for seat trim fabric, smartphone connectivity, rear parking camera, keyless entry/start, navigation, climate control, Dual Sensor Brake Support, Blind Spot Monitor, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Traffic Sign Recognition, and Adaptive Cruise Control.

The new Vitara Full Hybrid is also available in SZ5 trim, priced from €30,995. Moving up to SZ5 adds 17-inch polished alloy wheels, suede seat upholstery, Panoramic sunroof, front and rear parking sensors and availability of ALLGRIP 4WD as an option.

The new Suzuki Vitara Full Hybrid joins the Vitara Mild Hybrid, already on sale here priced from €26,535.

The Vitara is produced at the Magyar Suzuki plant in Hungary.

Suzuki has recently launched new models in Ireland - the S-Cross and Swace.

The Vitara Hybrid is available with four wheel drive
The Vitara Hybrid is available with four wheel drive

The Polestar 2 has arrived in Ireland

Polestar 2 Arrives In Ireland!

The Polestar 2 has arrived in Ireland
The Polestar 2 has arrived in Ireland

Polestar, the Swedish premium electric performance brand, has arrived in Ireland. The brand's first model to officially go on sale here is the new Polestar 2. Styled as an electric performance fastback, pricing for the new Polestar 2 will start from €54,500 in Ireland.

Polestar 2 is said to bring avant-garde design and a unique ownership experience to the premium compact electric segment. First launched internationally in 2020,  it was the first car in the world to feature Google built-in through the car's Android Automotive OS infotainment system – including the Google Assistant, Google Maps with support for electric vehicles and the Google Play Store. An 11-inch touch screen display brings the new interface to life, with natural voice control.

Polestar 2 battery and range

In Ireland, the Polestar 2 model range will include three versions, offering a mix of performance and range.

The Standard range Single motor version will feature a 231 hp / 330 Nm electric motor and a 69 kWh battery pack good for a WLTP range of up to 474 km.

The Long range Single motor will increase battery size to 78 kWh with a corresponding jump in its WLTP range of up to 542 km.

he Long range Dual motor variant has two electric motors and the same 78 kWh battery, with a total output of 408 hp and 660 Nm, with a WLTP range of up to 482 km.

The interior of the Polestar 2
The interior of the Polestar 2

Buying Polestar in Ireland

Polestar cars are purchased online through a simplified, 100% digital process, which is complemented by physical retail locations known around the world as Polestar Spaces and Polestar Destinations.

These bespoke retail environments allow consumers to interact physically with the brand, meeting with Polestar Specialists to explore the car in more detail, including test drives.

The first Polestar Destination in Ireland is planned to open to the public in Dublin later in 2022.

In the meantime, the Polestar 2 will soon be available to order here from the Polestar Ireland website.

Consumer test drives will start with a four week roadshow in Dublin, Kilkenny, Cork and Galway, from 9th May.

Kieran Campbell, Market Lead for Polestar Ireland, said:

“It’s clear there’s huge appetite for new premium electric cars here in Ireland, so the arrival of Polestar couldn’t be better-timed. With its avant-garde styling, advanced technology and impressive sustainability credentials, Polestar 2 is the perfect car for Ireland’s transition to electric vehicles.”

Jonathan Goodman, Polestar’s Head of Global Communications and Polestar UK, said:

“We’re excited to bring Polestar to Ireland. As we continue our rapid and global roll out of the Polestar brand, Ireland was the logical next step in our plans. We’re proud to offer an exciting and advanced EV in the premium segment here.

The Polestar 2 Long Range has over 500 km of range
The Polestar 2 Long Range has over 500 km of range

Anything else?

Polestar was established as a new, standalone Swedish premium electric vehicle manufacturer in 2017. Founded by Volvo Cars and Geely Holding, Polestar cars share technology and engineering with Volvo Cars.

The Polestar 2 electric performance fastback is the company’s first fully electric, high volume car. The Polestar 1 was built between 2019 and 2021 as a low-volume electric performance hybrid GT with a carbon fibre body, 609 hp, 1,000 Nm and an electric-only range of 124 km (WLTP) – the longest of any hybrid car in the world.

Polestar is headquartered in Gothenburg, Sweden. The brand's cars are currently available in markets across Europe, North America, China and Asia Pacific. They are currently manufactured in two facilities in China, with additional future manufacturing planned in the USA.

From 2022, Polestar plans to launch one new electric vehicle per year, starting with Polestar 3 – the company’s first electric performance SUV.

Polestar 4 is expected to follow in 2023, a smaller electric performance SUV coupe.

In 2024, the Polestar 5 electric performance 4-door GT is planned to be launched as the production evolution of Polestar Precept – the manifesto concept car that Polestar released in 2020 that showcases the brand’s future vision in terms of design, technology, and sustainability.

The Polestar 1 was the brand's first model
The Polestar 1 was the brand's first model