The 2021 Volkswagen Tiguan is available to order now in Ireland

Volkswagen Tiguan (2021) Pricing For Ireland

The 2021 Volkswagen Tiguan is available to order now in Ireland
The 2021 Volkswagen Tiguan is available to order now in Ireland

Volkswagen Ireland has confirmed that the 2021 Volkswagen Tiguan is available to order now.

The new facelifted version of the popular Tiguan mid size SUV will build on the success of this model in Ireland. Since the current generation launched in 2016, it has become the German brand's bestselling model in Ireland and was the third bestselling car in the country in 2020.

The new Volkswagen Tiguan range will go on sale priced from €31,510 RRP with a €1,000 delivery charge on each model.

What's new for the 2021 Volkswagen Tiguan?

At launch the 2021 Tiguan range will go on sale with petrol and diesel engines, with a new Tiguan plug-in hybrid to follow later in the year. The Tiguan eHybrid will feature a 1.4-litre TSI engine twinned with an electric motor that produces a combined 245 hp and makes the eHybrid capable of covering up to 50 km in electric mode. We don't have pricing for this model yet.

The first high performance Tiguan R also debuts in 2021
The first high performance Tiguan R also debuts in 2021

A high performance Volkswagen Tiguan R will also go on sale for the first time priced from €66,990, powered by a 2.0-litre TSI petrol engine with 320 hp. Four wheel drive and DSG gearbox are also standard on this model.

A comprehensive facelift means a more modern appearance for the Tiguan akin to larger Volkswagen SUVs like the Touareg. The bonnet is more concise in its appearance and the new radiator grille with LED headlights is wider, with the new Volkswagen badge positioned centrally at the front. There are redesigned bumpers, and at the rear the Tiguan lettering is now in a prominent central position below the Volkswagen badge.

Inside there is a new steering wheel featuring touch controls (standard on R-Line and R), and Volkswagen has also digitalised the climate control functions by means of touch sliders and touch buttons in some trim levels.

The updated interior of the latest Tiguan
The updated interior of the latest Tiguan

What are my engine options?

The petrol range kicks off from €31,510 RRP with the option of 130 hp and 150 hp versions of the brand's proven 1.5-litre turbo petrol engine, and choice of manual or DSG automatic gearbox.

The diesel range is available from €33,345 RRP and uses the brand's 2.0-litre TDI engine with 122 hp (manual only), 150 hp (manual and DSG automatic) or 200 hp for the top of the range diesel model with four wheel drive and a DSG gearbox.

Pricing and equipment

The new Volkswagen Tiguan will be sold in four trim lines here: Tiguan, Life, Elegance and R-Line. Standard equipment includes 17” Montana alloy wheels, 8” Ready 2 Discover radio system, 2 USB-C ports in the front, air conditioning and LED daytime running lights. There is also Wireless App Connect for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Volkswagen Tiguan eHybrid expected before the end of the year
Volkswagen Tiguan eHybrid expected before the end of the year

The Tiguan Life is available from €34,285 RRP for the 1.5-litre, 130hp petrol engine with a manual gearbox or €39,330 RRP with a 7-speed DSG. The Tiguan Life 2.0-litre TDI diesel starts at €35,515 RRP with a 6-speed manual transmission or €40,425 RRP with a 7-speed DSG automatic. Extra features include 18” Frankfurt alloy wheels, 8” Discover Media Navigation System, adaptive cruise control, Park Distance Control, 3-zone climate control, natural voice control, black roof rails and tinted rear windows as well as Comfort seats in the front and additional storage compartments.

The Tiguan Elegance is aimed at those buyers wanting the best of technology and is available from €44,020 RRP for the 1.5-litre TSI with 150 hp and 7-speed DSG. There are three diesel versions, priced from €42,350. Equipment highlights include 19” Victoria Falls alloy wheels, ArtVelours upholstery, an ambient lighting pack with 30 colours, a multifunction steering wheel, heated front seats, chrome elements, panoramic sunroof, adaptive cruise control ACC Stop & Go incl. speed limiter, Park Assist with Park Distance Control, keyless entry and lane change system ‘Side Assist’ and Rear Traffic Alert.

The Tiguan R-Line is the sportiest of all with standard 20” Suzuka alloy wheels, body-coloured bumpers in ‘R-Line’ design and a rear spoiler in ‘R’ style. Inside there is an ‘R-Line’ interior including decorative ‘Carbon Grey’ inserts and a black headliner.There is one petrol R-Line, a 1.5-litre TSI putting out 150 hp, mated to a 7-speed DSG, for €44,920 RRP and three diesel options from €43,195 RRP.

The latest version of the Volkswagen Tiguan goes on sale priced from €31,510 RRP
The latest version of the Volkswagen Tiguan goes on sale priced from €31,510 RRP

The new Nissan Juke Enigma!

Nissan Juke Enigma Goes On Sale

The new Nissan Juke Enigma!
The new Nissan Juke Enigma!

Nissan Ireland has confirmed the new Nissan Juke Engima for Ireland. This special edition of the popular compact crossover boasts an exclusive new look and a high specification of equipment.

The Juke Enigma will carry a high billing in the Juke range and goes on sale priced from €27,300.

Cosmetic updates include deep black, 19-inch Akari (Japanese for "light") alloy wheels to enhance the Juke's signature sporty stance, while bespoke, intricate graphic patterns adorn the coupé-style roof line and door mirrors. The Enigma signature graphic on the C-pillar can be complemented by two, two-tone paint combinations, including Gun Grey or Pearl White with a black roof.

The new Nissan Juke Enigma also introduces Amazon Alexa voice experience compatibility to the Juke range for the first time, which will be rolled out on all new models sold with the NIssanConnect infotainment system. This technology allows customers to control some of their vehicle functions remotely from their smartphone or an Alexa-enabled device. By asking Alexa, they can remotely find out if their Juke's lock/unlock status, how much fuel they have left, or send a location to the on-board navigation system.

Other features include rear view camera, automatic climate control, cruise control, traffic sign recognition, lane departure warning and intervention, automatic headlights with high beam assist, and interior ambient lighting.

The latest Juke is powered by a 1.0-litre petrol engine, with the Enigma spec available with manual or automatic gearbox.

The Juke Enigma goes on sale in Ireland priced from €27,300
The Juke Enigma goes on sale in Ireland priced from €27,300

Peter Dynan, Head of Product, Nissan Ireland, said:

“The Nissan Juke Enigma is a fantastic addition to the Juke range. It offers even more head-turning design and advanced technology in a truly compelling and value for money package. Enigma draws on unique styling and intelligent connectivity to enhance the driving experience.

The new generation of the Nissan Juke went on sale in Ireland in 2020. The Juke range is available from €22,845 in Ireland.

You can read Caroline's review of the new Nissan Juke here.


The 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class has arrived in Ireland

Mercedes-Benz S-Class (2021) Arrives In Ireland

The 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class has arrived in Ireland
The 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class has arrived in Ireland

Mercedes-Benz Ireland has confirmed that the new generation of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class has arrived in Ireland. It will go on sale priced from €121,865, and is available in standard and long wheelbase versions.

Like its predecessors, the flagship German saloon showcases technology that, in time, will likely appear in future Mercedes-Benz vehicles – previous examples debuted by the S-Class include ABS in 1978, airbag in 1981 and ESP in 1995.

The brand says the new S-Class comes with an even higher level of standard specification including AMG Design Line, rear Thermatronic Climate Control, Nappa leather upholstery and trim, heated rear seats, metallic paint and OLED touchscreen with augmented reality.

Space has been improved inside this German luxury liner with driver and rear passenger elbowroom increased by 38 mm and 23 mm, with 16 mm more rear headroom. The 550 litre boot is increased by 20 litres.

Mercedes-Benz says the ambience inside the new S-Class is quieter and more comfortable thanks to improved acoustics and additional air and hydraulic features that adjust suspension and dampen body movement to enhance ride comfort.

The interior of the new Mercedes-Benz S-Class
The interior of the new Mercedes-Benz S-Class

The driver experience is dominated by the second-generation Mercedes-Benz MBUX User Experience with 3D display and 50 percent better computing power. Its features include eye-tracking spatial perception using cameras and algorithms that anticipate occupant wishes and interpret body language, head and hand movements to manage functions. The ‘Hey Mercedes’ function is now available to every seat occupant, and recognises speech and voice commands in twenty-seven languages. A ‘learning feature’ helps it recognise buzzwords and vary its voice output beyond stereotypical answers.

The door handles retract flush with the body when not in use or travelling and extend automatically when the driver approaches or touches their outer surface.

Other enhancements include measures to protect the vehicle against vandalism, improved driver assistance packages, an active body control feature, which raises the vehicle up to 8 centimetres when a side impact threatens, new headlamp technology, which projects warning symbols onto the road ahead, a multi-speaker 4D sound system with enhanced personalisation functions, and a new ‘over-the-air’ system that automatically updates software for more than 50 components.

Engines for the new 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class include two petrol and three diesels from launch, with a plug-in hybrid to follow. All have V8, 6-cylinder in-line engines and 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission.

Petrol models include an S450 and S500, which both use a 3.0-litre engine and have 4-MATIC all-wheel drive.

Diesels are a S350d, S350d 4MATIC and S400d 4MATIC.

The S-Class is available with a petrol and diesel engines from launch
The S-Class is available with a petrol and diesel engines from launch

New Car Registrations Down 25% In 2020

The Toyota Corolla remained a bestseller in Ireland in 2020
The Toyota Corolla remained a bestseller in Ireland in 2020

The Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) has released their official new vehicle registrations statistics for 2020. They show that the total new car registrations for Ireland in 2020 finished at 88,324, which was 25% down on 2019 when 117,109 new cars were registered.

The bestselling car in Ireland in 2020 was the Toyota Corolla, followed by the Hyundai Tucson, Volkswagen Tiguan, Ford Focus and Hyundai Kona.

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

There was a decrease in imported used cars in Ireland with a total of 79,969 registrations in 2020, a decrease of 29.8% on 2019 when 113,926 were counted.

4,013 new electric cars were registered in 2020 in comparison to 3,444 in 2019, up 16.5%.

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 continue to be more popular, holding 59.8% of the market, though their market share has decreased to rising numbers of cars being bought with automatic transmissions.

New Light Commercial Vehicle (LCV) registrations in 2020 saw a decrease of 14.2% (21,732) compared to 2019 (25,336). While New Heavy Commercial Vehicle registrations (HGV) saw a decrease of 22.3% (2,066) in comparison to 2019 (2,659).

Brian Cooke, SIMI Director General commenting:
“Like many other sectors, 2020 proved to be a very difficult year for the Irish Motor Industry. New car sales, already hampered in recent years due to Brexit, were down a further 25% due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and are now at recession levels. Looking to January, the key month for new car sales, the dramatic deterioration in the public health situation over the last few weeks and the implementation of Level 5 restrictions will make it another difficult period for the sector. Dealerships remain open for service, repair and testing, which are essential services, and the Industry will continue to play an important role in assisting emergency and essential services. Car sales will operate on a click and collect service with retailers increasing investment in their digital platforms to facilitate customers. In the current challenged business environment, it is vital that the current restrictions succeed in driving down the incidence of COVID so business and society can return to some level of normality.”


Trinity Motor Group has acquired Sinnott Autos in Wicklow Town

Trinity Motor Group Acquires Sinnott Autos, Wicklow

Trinity Motor Group has acquired Sinnott Autos in Wicklow Town
Trinity Motor Group has acquired Sinnott Autos in Wicklow Town

Trinity Motor Group has acquired Sinnott Autos Ltd. of Wicklow Town, and will take over the running of the Volkswagen and Skoda franchise dealerships at two sites on the Dublin Road.

The family owned motor group was established in 1995 by Edward Murphy on Trinity Street in Wexford Town, with four family members active in the business today. Trinity has a wealth of experience in the motor sector, operating well-known motor franchises in Wexford, including Mazda, Mitsubishi, Peugeot, and Jaguar Land Rover.

Sinnott Autos held the Volkswagen franchise in Wicklow town since 1987 and the ŠKODA brand since 2010. Sinnott Autos are also Authorised Repairers for Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles.

Established by Paul and John Sinnott under the guidance of their father Jimmy Sinnott back in 1987, the business established itself as one of the region's premier motor dealerships employing 34 staff members.

The Volkswagen brand has been the best-selling car brand in Wicklow since 2018, with the ŠKODA brand being the fifth most popular in the county.

Sinnott Autos has been synonymous with the local community, supporting sports, cultural and social events such as the Taste of Wicklow and Wicklow Regatta Festival.

Speaking about the acquisition, Paul Sinnott of Sinnott Autos said: “We would like to sincerely thank our customers for their loyalty and custom over the past 33 years. The success of Sinnott Autos would not have been possible without the loyalty of our customers. We have a team of exceptional staff, who are trained to the highest standards and will continue to work with Trinity Motor Group and be on hand to offer their expertise to customers from 4th January 2021. We are confident that Trinity Motor Group will continue our tradition, offering excellence in sales and service in both the Volkswagen and ŠKODA brands.”

Barry Murphy of Trinity Motor Group, said: “We would like to welcome the Sinnott Autos staff and customers to Trinity Motor Group. We are excited with the prospects of working with the Volkswagen and ŠKODA brands and are looking forward to a long and fruitful relationship.”

The transition to Trinity Motor Group will commence from 4th January 2021. Customers who have ordered new or used vehicles, or who have booked servicing and maintenance, will be unaffected by the transition.

Find out more about Trinity Motor Group in our dealer spotlight feature.


The MG ZS electric compact crossover is on sale now in Ireland

MG Motor Ireland Appoints Dealer Network

The MG ZS electric compact crossover is on sale now in Ireland
The MG ZS electric compact crossover is on sale now in Ireland

MG Motor Ireland has released details of the brand's new dealer retail network in Ireland.

This news follows the announcement last month that the brand will relaunch here, with a new range of electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles.

The six dealerships are Linders Finglas, Finglas Rd, Dublin 11; Frank Keane MG, Ballymount, Dublin 22; Johnson & Perrott, Mahonpoint Retail Park, Cork, Sheils Limerick, Ennis Road, Limerick; Sheils Galway, Headford Road, Galway; and Colm Hanly Motors, Cashel, Tipperary.

The all electric MG ZS and plug-in hybrid MG HS will debut in showrooms in December.

The MG ZS compact SUV has a range of 263 km and is available from €28,995 for the Excite trim level, and from €31,995 for the Exclusive trim.

The MG HS is a mid-sized family SUV with a plug-in hybrid powertrain that delivers a 52 km driving range in pure electric mode.
Pricing for the HS range starts from €33,150.

In early 2021 the MG range will be joined by the all-electric MG5 Sportwagon with a range of 345 km.

Gerard Rice, Managing Director, MG Motor Ireland, said:

“We are delighted to announce our MG Motor Dealer network from launch and are thrilled to be working with such valued partners to deliver MG Motor sales and aftersales in the Irish market. We look forward to the growth and success of the brand by working closely with the dealers who will look after the electric vehicle desire of the customer as the MG Motor brand is re-born in Ireland.”


New IONITY rapid charging station opens at Circle K Kill South on the N7

Circle K Extends IONITY Network In Ireland

New IONITY rapid charging station opens at Circle K Kill South on the N7
New IONITY rapid charging station opens at Circle K Kill South on the N7

Circle K has announced the opening of a new IONITY high power EV charging station at Circle K Kill South on the N7.

This brings the total number of IONITY stations in Ireland to six Circle K sites, with other sites positioned at Circle K Gorey on the M11, Circle K Athlone on the M6, Circle K Kill North on the N7, Circle K Cashel on the M8, and Circle K City North on the M1.

At each location, there is an average of four rapid EV chargers for electric vehicles that can charge at maximum 350 kW, where the car allows, using the leading European standard Combined Charging System (CCS).

The company also notes that IONITY chargers use 100% renewable electricity.

Jonathan Diver, Senior Director Fuels at Circle K Ireland, said:

“We are delighted to make this announcement today continuing our strategic partnership with IONITY. This further increases our EV capabilities across our network of service stations and more importantly delivers more high-power charging solutions for motorists across Ireland.

IONITY are renowned globally for being at the cutting edge of EV charging and our partnership with them is testament to the scale, quality and geographic spread of the Circle K network both here in Ireland and internationally. We look forward to working closely with IONITY in the years’ ahead to develop our EV capacity further.

At Circle K, we know that the forecourt of today is not the forecourt of tomorrow and people will look to us to show leadership on electrification. We are already leading the evolution in this regard in terms of our extensive EV and alternative fuel capabilities across our network and we have a pivotal role to play in ensuring a smooth transition to electric vehicle usage in this country.”

Pia Bretschneider, Country Manager, UK & Ireland at IONITY, said:

“IONITY’s continued partnership with Circle K demonstrates our commitment to helping drive forward electromobility across Ireland and the rest of Europe. The new charging stations will enable drivers to travel hassle-free across the country and charge their EV in the time it takes them to enjoy a cup of coffee at Circle K’s facilities. The ultra-fast chargers are absolutely critical for a successful transition to electric mobility and ensuring zero emissions at the tailpipe. Our commitment to green mobility is also reflected by the use of energy only from 100% renewable sources at all of our stations. It has been a pleasure to partner with Circle K who clearly understand their customers’ needs to ensure their journeys are as enjoyable as possible, whilst forwarding the e-mobility revolution.”

IONITY at Circle K Kill South on N7
Jonathan Diver, Senior Director of Fuels, Circle K Ireland, and Brian Connolly, Senior Fuels Pricing Director

Circle K is Ireland’s largest forecourt and convenience retailer. With 2,220 employees, its retail network is made up of 410 service stations across the island of Ireland. Of these stations, 160 are owned by Circle K and 250 are owned by independent retail partners.  The company also operates a large commercial fuels business, with over 20 depots and two owned terminals across the country.

IONITY was founded in 2017 and is a joint venture by BMW Group, Mercedes Benz AG, Ford Motor Company, Hyundai Motor Group and the Volkswagen Group with Audi and Porsche. The company is headquartered in Munich with an additional office in Oslo, Norway, an employs more than 75 people.

Read our guide to using IONITY in Ireland.


The Hyundai Tucson sold well in November

New Car Registrations Data For Ireland November 2020

The Hyundai Tucson sold well in November
The Hyundai Tucson sold well in November

The Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) has released their official new vehicle registrations statistics for November 2020.

New car registrations for November saw an increase of 20.11% (914) when compared to November 2019 (761).

Registrations year to date are down 25.0% (87,728) on the same period last year (116,885).

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

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

The bestselling car in November was the Hyundai Tucson.

Diesel accounts for 43.22% of the new car market, petrol for 36.98%, hybrid for 11.91%, electric for 4.48% and plug-in hybrid for 2.79%.

Light Commercials vehicles (LCV) are down 3.2% (830) compared to November last year (857) and year to date are down 14.8% (21,431).

HGV (Heavy Goods Vehicle) registrations are down 30.5% (82) in comparison to November 2019 (118). Year to date HGVs are down 21.9% (2,038).

​​​​​​​Used car imports for November (8,647) have seen a decrease of 13.6% on November 2019 (10,008). While year to date imports are down 35.4% (67,151) on 2019 (103,900).

Brian Cooke, SIMI Director General, said:
While the registration numbers year to date highlight the extremely difficult trading conditions, down 25% on last year and 40% since 2016, today Ireland moves out of Level 5 restrictions which sees motor retailers re-open their vehicle sales functions. SIMI members operate with large well-ventilated showrooms and this along with the ability to display vehicles in an outdoor setting allow for business to be done in a very low risk environment for the transmission of COVID-19, making them safe for both customers and staff. With the key New Year selling period only weeks away, this re-opening comes at an opportune time. The use of digital platforms during the lockdown has provided an important shop window for customers looking to buy a new or used car and with Vehicle Manufacturers and retailers offering generous incentives to buy a new “211” car, the Industry is hopeful that activity will be brisk in the coming weeks and months ahead.”

Read the latest 211 offers on new cars for 2021.


Subaru encourages more online sales with new website

Subaru Ireland Gear Up for Online Sales Takeover

Subaru encourages more online sales with new website
Subaru encourages more online sales with new website

Subaru Ireland has launched a new website that allows customers to complete the entire sales process online without the need to visit a dealership.

The website allows customers to configure their new vehicle, organise a part exchange or trade-in valuation, apply for finance and organise collection or delivery of their new Subaru, all from the comfort of their own home. In development for two years, the new website integrates finance applications and trade-in valuations to ensure a seamless customer journey from start to finish. This sales process is estimated to take just thirty minutes to complete.

Pat Ryan, Managing Director of Subaru Ireland, said:

"Our new Subaru website revolutionises the online sales process. Just five years ago, customers visited a dealership on average three times before completing a purchase, this is now down to a single visit. Customers are increasingly researching their next vehicle online, but the sales journey can become fragmented and distorted by finance applications and trade-in negotiations that take place offline. At present, over 75% of new vehicle sales in Ireland are associated with a trade-in vehicle. We are delighted to be the first brand in Ireland to integrate online trade-in valuations with the sales and finance application to determine the true cost of change for the customer without the need for them to leave their home. The new Subaru digital sales journey brings together all stages of the buying journey under one trusted umbrella and is no doubt the future of online and contactless purchases in the motor industry.

To celebrate the launch of the new website, customers can avail of an online discount voucher of €2,000 or a reduced PCP/HP finance APR rate of just 2.9% when they complete the sales process online. Subaru customers can still contact their local dealer for assistance and sales support, but the brand has confirmed that they expect 80% of future sales to come from this digital platform in 2021.

The new website can be found at www.subaru.ie.


The Toyota Mirai looks set to soon make an Irish debut

Toyota Mirai On Way To Ireland

The Toyota Mirai looks set to soon make an Irish debut
The Toyota Mirai looks set to soon make an Irish debut

Toyota Ireland is making positive steps to bringing the Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle to Ireland.

In a press release, the company says that they are looking to bring a Mirai demonstrator model to Ireland in 2021, along with a temporary refuelling station.

Working closely with Hydrogen Mobility Ireland, of which Toyota Ireland director Mark Teevan is Chairman, the ambition is to bring in limited numbers of the Mirai in 2023, when refuelling stations are available in Dublin.

Toyota began development of a hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle in 1992, and introduced the first generation Mirai saloon to world markets in 2014.

In 2019 the company revealed a new generation of the pioneering Mirai, with a dramatic new look that made it far more appealing to look at. A comprehensively redesigned fuel cell system, intelligent packaging and aerodynamic efficiency help extend the driving range to around 650 km, with no other emissions than pure water.

News of the new Mirai comes just two weeks after Hydrogen Mobility Ireland (HMI) announced a multi week, in-service, trial of a fuel cell electric bus in the Dublin area. This will be the first ever Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV), powered by a 60Kw Toyota Mirai fuel cell stack. The trial looks to demonstrate the many practical uses and environmental benefits of hydrogen towards a carbon-free society.

Steve Tormey, Chief Executive of Toyota Ireland, said:

“Toyota has been at the forefront of innovation in low emissions motoring for more than 20 years with our extensive hybrid range. The new Mirai represents a major step forward in sustainable motoring, emitting only water from the tail pipe, and going beyond zero emissions by cleaning the air as it moves. We are very excited about bringing the new Mirai to Ireland, and are looking to bring in demonstrator models next year. Hydrogen fuel cell can play a pivotal role in moving us towards a carbon-free environment and it is a real game changer for the health and wellbeing of our planet and future generations."

Exciting developments in hydrogen mobility from Toyota
Exciting developments in hydrogen mobility from Toyota