The new Citroën C4 is expected in Ireland in early 2021

Electrified Citroën C4 Coming To Ireland In 2021

The new Citroën C4 is expected in Ireland in early 2021
The new Citroën C4 is expected in Ireland in early 2021

Citroën Ireland has announced details of the new Citroën C4, which is expected in Ireland in early 2021. The quirky French hatchback has evolved into a sporty looking SUV-coupé/hatchback and will be an exciting new entrant to the market. The 10th generation will also debut a new all electric version, the Citroën ë-C4. This will be sold alongside petrol and diesel versions.

The new Citroën C4 is a dramatic evolution of the brand's mid size model., with highly individual and assertive styling for the French brand. The C4 will feature a bold grille and lighting signature at the front, while the unique roof line, combined with the sloping rear window and rear spoiler will be cause for a distinctive road presence. Customisation will be a feature with 31 colour combinations thanks to 7 exterior colours options and 5 exterior colour packs.

There are also 6 different interior choices. There is a clean, contemporary dashboard with plenty of soft touch materials promised. There will be seating for five and a competitive boot volume of 380 litres.

The new Citroën C4 will incorporate the Citroën Advanced Comfort® programme featuring suspension with Progressive Hydraulic Cushions and Advanced Comfort Seats to ensure the renowned Citroën driving comfort. The new C4 will be paired with a wide variety of engine options including three petrol variants: a PureTech 100 S&S 6-speed manual gearbox and a PureTech 130 S&S with a choice of 6-speed manual or EAT8 automatic gearbox. There will also be two diesel engines, the BlueHDi 110 S&S 6-speed manual and BlueHDi 130 S&S EAT8.

The interior of the new C4
The interior of the new C4

The new Citroën ë-C4 will offer a 100 kW (136 hp) engine with a WLTP range expected of 350 km. There will be 260 Nm of torque instantly available for clean, linear acceleration of 0-100 km/h in 9.7 seconds and a top speed of 150 km/h. The 50-kWh electric motor is high-voltage 400V Li-Ion battery and comes with an 8 year 160,000km warranty. The ë-C4 will also feature regenerative breaking and a mode selector on the centre console for Eco, Normal or Sport modes.

Pat Ryan, Managing Director of Citroën Ireland, said:

“The new C4 finally squares the circle in terms of finding a comfortable family hatchback that offers everyday practicality without compromising on style. The New C4 is compact on the outside but spacious on the inside. It’s also an elegant and sturdy vehicle that I believe will do extremely well here in Ireland. First models will arrive in January 2021 and we will be announcing our prices and specifications for this fantastic new compact hatch in September."

The Citroën C4 concept first launched in 1928 as the French brand's first compact vehicle. However, it is best known for the 2004 model, which sold 3 million units globally and was a great exhibit of the French brand's bold design and technology.  According to Citroën, the new C4 will build on this legacy and offer the "elegance, fluidity and dynamism of a compact hatchback coupled with the strength, character and robustness of an SUV".

In Ireland the brand currently offers a wide range, including passenger cars and commercial vehicles. Top models include the fun, colourful C3 supermini, C3 Aircross and the C5 Aircross family SUV. The brand's first electrified model, the Citroën C5 Aircross PHEV (plug-in hybrid) is expected in Ireland before the end of the year.

The new C4 will be available for the first time as an electric vehicle
The new C4 will be available for the first time as an electric vehicle

The new Land Rover Defender Commercial Hard Top

2020 Land Rover Defender Commercial

The new Land Rover Defender Commercial Hard Top
The new Land Rover Defender Commercial Hard Top

Land Rover Defender Commercial is expected in Ireland before the end of 2020 and the brand has now released some more interesting details about this classic icon!

Land Rover says that the new commercial Defender 90 and 110 models will restore the Hard Top name to its rugged 4x4 family. The new Defender Hard Top is designed to give professionals a unique combination of cargo space, practicality and premium comfort.

The Hard Top name dates back to 1950, when the introduction of demountable Hard Tops gave early Series Land Rovers added security and protection from the elements. New Defender Hard Top continues this ethos, sharing its fixed metal roof and silhouette with the iconic original.

Land Rover has experienced unprecedented global demand for the new Defender 90 and 110 since the world premiere last September and the new Hard Top models will be the next additions to the legendary bloodline.

The brand says that the Defender’s aluminium-intensive D7x body architecture is three times stiffer than the best body-on-frame designs. Sharing its strong body structure and next-generation Electrical Vehicle Architecture (EVA 2.0) with passenger models, the Defender Hard Top is being developed by Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations to deliver unrivalled durability, practicality and toughness.

Michael van der Sande, Managing Director, Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations, said:

“We will maximise the functionality and usability of New Defender’s cargo area, with tough materials and clever storage solutions to ensure it surpasses the capability of any previous Defender Hard Top.”

The 90 and 110 Hard Tops will both feature independent coil-sprung suspension, with advanced electronic air suspension also available on the 110. Both set-ups promise outstanding off-road geometry, with ground clearance of 291 mm, while the 110 Hard Top will have approach, breakover and departure angles of up to 38, 28 and 40 degrees respectively (in Off-Road height). Full technical details will be confirmed later this year.

Nick Collins, Land Rover Vehicle Line Director, said: 

“New Defender 90 and 110 Hard Top will be the toughest, most capable and most connected commercial 4x4s we have ever produced. They have been engineered to meet global safety standards and deliver impressive long-haul comfort, giving businesses and professionals the best of all worlds.”

The Defender Hard Top is expected in Ireland before the end of 2020
The Defender Hard Top is expected in Ireland before the end of 2020

The flexible cabin has no second or third-row seats, but the optional front-row jump seat means it will still accommodate up to three people. Land Rover’s ClearSight Rear View mirror system preserves rearward visibility when the jump seat is occupied, or when the load space is full. It uses a live video feed from a rear-facing camera to give drivers an unobstructed view at all times.

The towing capacity of the new Land Rover Commercial will be up to 3,500 kg and has many technologies to help hitch, drive and reverse safely while pulling a trailer. Land Rover’s intelligent Advanced Tow Assist system takes the stress out of difficult reversing manoeuvres by letting drivers steer trailers with their fingertips using a rotary controller on the centre console.

The maximum wading depth of 900 mm is also supported by a new Wade programme in the Terrain Response 2 system.

Inside there is a Pivi Pro touchscreen infotainment for intuitive control of all the major vehicle functions, including smartphone integration using Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Twin eSIM technology underpins Pivi Pro and supports Software-Over-The-Air (SOTA) capability, allowing customers to download updates for a variety of vehicle systems. For professionals using the Defender Hard Top for business, this will minimise time spent off the road as SOTA updates can be completed without the need to visit a Land Rover retailer.

New Defender Hard Top models will also feature a suite of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems. Land Rover’s 3D Surround Camera system provides an all-round visualisation of the vehicle on the central touchscreen, helping drivers manoeuvre in tight spaces or position the vehicle close to items ready for loading.

Convenience will be enhanced with the Remote smartphone app, which will allow businesses to keep track of the location, fuel level and journey history of their vehicle remotely.

The first passenger models of Defender 110 are now being delivered to customers in Ireland. Read more about the newly launched passenger versions of the 2020 Land Rover Defender here.

Toyota cars are selling well in 2020, it's the number 1 brand in Ireland

New Car Registrations In Ireland In June 2020

Toyota cars are selling well in 2020, it's the number 1 brand in Ireland
Toyota cars are selling well in 2020, it's the number 1 brand in Ireland

The Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) has released their official new vehicle statistics for June 2020. After a difficult few months in light of recent Coronavirus restrictions and dealership closures, new car registrations for the month of June declined 28.2% (1,011) when compared to June 2019 (1,408).

New car registrations year to date are down 34.5% (52,891) on the same period last year (80,758).

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

The top 5 bestselling models so far this year are 1. Toyota Corolla, 2. Hyundai Tucson, 3. Volkswagen Tiguan, 4. Ford Focus and 5. Hyundai Kona. (Read more about Ireland's bestselling cars in 2020 in this special article.)

Diesel accounts for 44.13% of the new car market with Petrol following at 37.59%, Hybrid at 12.21%, and Electric (3.58%) and Plug-In Hybrid (2.2%).

Light Commercials vehicles (LCV) were down 24.1% (568) compared to June last year (748) and year to date are down 30.9% (10,579). HGV (Heavy Goods Vehicle) registrations are down 67.9% (101) in comparison to June 2019 (315). Year to date HGV's are down 32% (1,224).

Used car imports for June (4,264) seen a decrease of 47.1% on June 2019 (8,060). While year to date imports are down 57.1% (22,789) on 2019 (53,126).

Brian Cooke, SIMI Director General, said:

Clearly 2020 has been a very difficult year to date, with new car registrations down 34.5% year on year. The new 202-registration period commences today (1st July), which brings some hope for the Industry by providing an opportunity to increase sales. Consumers can see already the hugely varied and attractive new car offers. While pre-orders and enquiries are showing some positive signs, the lack of car hire and the ongoing concerns surrounding COVID-19 will see continuing downward pressure on new car demand.  

Going forward, recovery for the sector will be extremely challenging with both new car and commercial vehicle registrations at recession levels. Extension of Government supports beyond the current expiry dates will play an important role across all sectors, while for the Motor Industry changes in VRT that encourage motorists to trade up to a lower emitting car have the potential not only to protect local employment, but can also encourage renewal of the national vehicle fleet, which will play an important role in reducing emissions from transport. VRT reductions could help kick-start the Industry, increase demand and increase the overall tax take.”

The 2021 Opel Mokka

Opel Mokka To Make Bold Comeback To Ireland In 2021

The 2021 Opel Mokka
The 2021 Opel Mokka

Opel has revealed the first official images of the new Mokka, due in Ireland in early 2021. The new generation of Opel Mokka debuts a new design direction for the German brand that is sure to garner it a few new fans in the hotly contested compact crossover segment.

What's more the new Mokka will continue the brand's move to electrification and be available from launch with an all-electric powertrain ('Mokka-e'), alongside variants with petrol and diesel engines.

The 2021 Opel Mokka will also debut a new digital interior cockpit, dubbed the Opel Pure Panel.

Michael Lohscheller, Opel CEO said:

"The new Mokka is a head-turner, destined to change the perception of our brand! With the Mokka, we are reinventing Opel and introducing our design of the next decade. It shows everything the brand stands for today and in the future: the Mokka is fun, efficient and innovative in all respects. In addition, it perfectly embodies the Opel brand values - exciting, approachable, German - in the most progressive way. It is the first Opel that is electric right from its market start; a real proof that Opel goes electric."

Bold, crossover style for 2021 Opel Mokka

Invented by design chief Mark Adams and his team, the Opel Vizor front face will feature on all of the brand's models throughout the 2020s. The 'Vizor' is punctuated by the Opel Blitz logo in the centre. At the rear, the strong, new visual brand identity continues, with thin, LED-rear lights.

The new Mokka will have a slightly longer wheelbase (+2 mm) than its predecessor, short overhangs and wide stance. Opel promises plenty of cabin room for five passengers and a similar 350 litres of boot space.

Mark Adams, Opel Design Vice President, said:

"Bold and pure, this is what the Opel design of the future will look like. The new Mokka shows athletic proportions combined with precisely structured, flowing surfaces. We have developed this philosophy aligned to characteristic German design, combining progressive bold design with purity."

Inside the new Mokka debuts an exciting new interior concept for the Opel brand
Inside the new Mokka debuts an exciting new interior concept for the Opel brand

Inside the new Mokka

The new Mokka will be built on Opel's Common Modular Platform, which allows the installation of an electric powertrain or an internal combustion engine without impacting the cabin space of the vehicle. The engineering team in Rüsselsheim, Germany, has saved up to 120 kg versus the previous generation of the car. Yet body stiffness has been enhanced, gaining up to 30% torsional stiffness in the case of the electric version, with its low-sitting integrated battery structure. Opel says this means new Mokka consumes substantially less energy, while being much more responsive, agile and fun to drive.

Inside the vehicle, the Mokka debuts an extraordinary new interior concept for the Opel brand. The new Opel Pure Panel will be available with two wide screens of up to 10 and 12 inches in size. The central display is tilted to the driver and will store the latest technologies and most important driver information. There will still be control buttons for essential functions. The design of the centre console too has been cleaned up, thanks to an electric parking brake and the new electric gear lever.

Opel says that standard equipment will include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, LED lamps at the front and rear, an electric parking brake and traffic sign recognition. Dependant on trim, equipment includes six-way ergonomic seats, heated leather seats, massage function, a 180-degree panorama rear-view camera, navigation, Advanced Cruise Control, Active Lane Positioning, wireless smartphone charging, and glare-free, IntelliLux LED® matrix lights.

What about the Opel Mokka-e?

The Opel Mokka-e electric crossover will arrive at the same time as the rest of the new Mokka range. The new Mokka-e's electric motor will deliver 100 kW (136 hp) and 260 Nm of torque. Drivers will also be available to choose between three drive modes: Normal, Eco and Sport. The electronically limited top speed is 150 kmh to preserve energy stored in the 50 kWh battery and the range. 100 kW DC fast charging will be available, able to replenish 80% of the battery in just 30 minutes. The Opel Mokka-e has a purely battery-electric range of up to 322 kilometres according to WLTP in Normal mode. The battery will be covered by an eight-year warranty.

Opel Ireland has confirmed that the new Opel Mokka will be on sale here from late summer 2020, with the first cars arriving in dealer showrooms in early 2021.

2020 has already seen the launch of two new electrified cars from the brand, the Opel Corsa-e and the Opel Grandland X hybrids.

The new Mokka will be available wil electric, petrol and diesel engines
The new Mokka will be available with electric, petrol and diesel engines

The first examples of the Volkswagen ID.3 all electric car will arrive in Ireland in September

Volkswagen ID.3 1st Pricing For Ireland

The first examples of the Volkswagen ID.3 all electric car will arrive in Ireland in September
The first examples of the Volkswagen ID.3 all electric car will arrive in Ireland in September

The first examples of the new Volkswagen ID.3 all electric car will arrive in Ireland in September.

Pricing will start from €33,625 after Government grants and VRT relief for the 1st Edition models that are scheduled to arrive here for customer deliveries, with more models to be added to the range later.

The 1st Edition of the ID.3 comes with a 58 kWh battery, which is driven by an electric motor at the rear axle. It generates 150 kW and delivers a maximum torque of 310 Nm, enabling the ID.3 to accelerate to 60 km/h in 3.4 seconds with a single gear.

This battery also allows WLTP-expected ranges of 410km – 424km on a single charge, depending on the ID.3 1st model selected - 1st, the 1st Plus and the 1st Max.

Volkswagen will be offering these special edition models to pre-bookers who placed a €1,000 reservation fee over the last few months.

More information on pricing and equipment for ID.3 in Ireland

The entry-level ID.3 1st costs €33,625 and includes a navigation system, a DAB+ digital radio, ‘Air Care Climatronic’ air conditioning system with 2-zone climate control, seat heating and steering wheel heating, armrest at the front, fast charging with 100 kW direct current (DC) or 11 kW alternating current (AC) and 18-inch alloy wheels. Standard features include ‘Light Assist’, natural voice control and ‘ID.light’ in the interior. Volkswagen says the WLTP-rated range will be 424 km on a single charge.

The ID.3 1st Plus costs €40,595 and features a rear-view camera and keyless access locking and starting system. The vehicle interior of the ID.3 1st Plus also includes a centre console with two additional USB-C connections in the rear. Forming part of the exterior equipment are tinted windows, the exterior ‘Style’ package in silver, LED rear taillights with dynamic turn signal and 19-inch alloy wheels. It has a WLTP-expected range of 419km on a single charge.

The top-of-the-range version, the ID.3 1st Max costs €47,545. It has two additional loudspeakers, a large panorama roof as well as 20-inch wheels. There's also a ‘Travel Assist’ driver assistant including the ‘Side Assist’ lane change assistant and ‘Emergency Assist’ as well as the ‘Comfort’ telephony function with inductive charging. Electrically adjustable front seats with massage function round off the equipment for the ID.3 1st Max. It has a WLTP-expected range of 410km on a single charge. A promised augmented reality head-up display (AR) will be rolled out to customers as part of a dealer upgrade at a later date as well as other software updates.

Model Description VRT Band Battery Size Range km (WLTP) RRP RRP After SEAI Grant and Rebate
Private Buyers          
ID.3 1st 204hp A1 58 kWh 424 €43,625 €33,625
ID.3 1st Plus 204hp A1 58 kWh 419 €50,595 €40,595
ID.3 1st Max 204hp A1 58 kWh 410 €57,545 €47,545
Business / Commercial Buyers          
ID.3 1st 204hp A1 58 kWh 424 €43,625 €39,425
ID.3 1st Plus 204hp A1 58 kWh 419 €50,595 €46,395
ID.3 1st Max 204hp A1 58 kWh 410 €57,545 €53,345

The Volkswagen ID.3 is also being manufactured with a 45 kWh battery with an estimated range of 230 - 330 km, and a 77 kWh battery with estimated range of between 390 and 550 km.

The new BMW M5 Competition is on its way to Ireland

BMW M5 Competition Pricing For Ireland

The new BMW M5 Competition is on its way to Ireland
The new BMW M5 Competition is on its way to Ireland

BMW has revealed details of the new BMW M5 Competition, marking the return of the high-performance saloon in its sharpest and most performance-focused form to date.

Highlights include a 4.4-litre V8 turbocharged engine with finely-tuned chassis that incorporates new dampers. The BMW M5 Competition is pitched as delivering the everyday usability and comfort of an executive saloon twinned with driving pleasure and exceptional on-track ability.

New features will include M Mode and a larger 12.3 inch central information display.

What's the performance like?

The M5 Competition's high-revving, eight-cylinder engine develops 625hp at 6,000rpm. Peak torque of 750 Nm is available between 1,800 and 5,860rpm. The characteristics of the V8 can be altered at the touch of a button from the EFFICIENT mode to SPORT and SPORT+, the latter two further enhancing the engine’s response to movements of the accelerator. The BMW M5 Competition sprints from 0-100 kmh in 3.3 seconds, with 0-200 kmh achieved in 10.8 seconds. Top speed is 250 kmh – or 304 kmh with the optional M Driver’s Package specified.

The eight-speed M Steptronic transmission gives drivers short shift times and fast, precise responses. M xDrive with rear-wheel bias promises exceptional agility. The BMW M5 Competition has a specially tuned chassis, which includes double-wishbone front suspension and five-link rear suspension. It benefits from experience gained in the development of the new BMW M8 Competition Gran Coupé.

The M Servotronic steering gives drivers the choice of COMFORT mode for greater ease of use and lightness – in town driving and on short journeys, for example – and SPORT mode, where greater steering force is required and feedback through the wheel increases noticeably.

Inside the M5 Competition
Inside the M5 Competition

What modifications does the new BMW M5 Competition have?

The BMW M5 Competition is fitted with forged, bi-colour, 20-inch M light-alloy wheels in Y-spoke design and mixed-size tyres. The drop in ride height of between 5 and 20 millimetres enabled by the coilover suspension results in a lower centre of gravity, which reduces body roll and enables higher cornering speeds. The M5 Competition also has bespoke engine mounts, which have a spring rate of 900N/mm. The engine’s firm connection to the vehicle’s structure results in extremely fast engine response and immediate transmission of its power to the drivetrain. The stiffness of the mounts also helps the car turn into corners with greater precision.

The M Sport dual-branch and flap-controlled M Sport exhaust system develops a highly distinctive and sporty note. Its sound can be varied via the different engine modes from sporty to understated at the touch of the M Sound Control button in the centre console.

BMW M-specific design features distinguish the high performance version from other BMW 5 Series models. The bonnet is made from aluminium and the roof is made from carbon fibre-reinforced plastic to create a striking look while also saving weight. The newly designed BMW kidney grille featured on the BMW 5 Series has a more upright appearance and drops down further into the front apron. On the BMW M5 Competition, it features a black surround, M-specific double fins and a black M5 Competition badge.

The front apron has been revised with bolder contouring and larger air intakes at the sides, with a large central, hexagonal-shaped intake incorporating the oil cooler together with the radar sensor for the Active Cruise Control (ACC) system. New Adaptive LED headlights coupled with high-beam assist come as standard. M gills on the sides and M exterior mirrors are both also finished in high-gloss black.

Anything else?

At the rear, there’s a new apron with a large diffuser and black inserts, and restyled LED lights. The boot also has a high-gloss black finish spoiler and black M5 Competition badging. M-specific twin tailpipes in black chrome complete the look.

Inside, multifunction seats with illuminated M5 logos in the head restraints come as standard and are finished in Merino leather.

BMW Ireland has released indicative pricing for the new BMW M5 Competition of €169,020.

The new Land Rover Defender is now on sale in Ireland

2020 Land Rover Defender On Sale In Ireland

The new Land Rover Defender is now on sale in Ireland
The new Land Rover Defender is now on sale in Ireland

Land Rover Ireland has confirmed that the new Land Rover Defender is now on sale in Ireland, priced from €59,410.

It will be available in 90 and 110 body designs (short and long wheelbases), with six trims: Defender, S, SE, HSE, Defender X and First Edition. Commercial models will join the line-up later in the year.

The first model to arrive in Ireland this summer is the Defender 110, while the three door, short wheelbase Defender 90 will arrive later in 2020. Irish pricing starts from €68,160 for the Defender 110 2.0 SD4 AWD Auto model. The Defender 90 will start from €59,410.

What's so special about the 2020 Land Rover Defender?

The Defender is an iconic model for the Land Rover brand, known for its all-terrain capability and toughness. It has now been reimagined for the 21st century, with a modern design and the latest technology and features.

The new generation of the classic Defender is powered by petrol and diesel engines with electrified powertrains introduced with mild-hybrid technology and a plug-in hybrid coming later. 200 hp and 240 hp diesel engines will be the backbone of the range in Ireland at launch.

Land Rover’s Terrain Response 2 technology is enhanced with new Wade programme, while Configurable Terrain Response allows the driver to tailor set-up more precisely. A maximum payload of up to 900kg, static roof load of up to 300kg, towing capacity of 3,500kg and wading depth of up to 900mm help the new Defender to live up to the image as the ultimate 4x4 for overland adventures.

Four Accessory Packs - The Explorer, Adventure, Country and Urban - each give the new Defender a distinct character. The exclusive First Edition model features a unique specification and will be available throughout the first model year of production.

Finbar McFall, Land Rover Global Product Marketing Director, said:

“We have experienced unprecedented demand for New Defender 110 and the official introduction of Defender 90 is sure to boost interest. As the family grows to include an efficient plug-in hybrid powertrain and commercial derivatives later this year, we look forward to continuing this success. If our experience with the Defender 110 is anything to go by, we can expect over half of customers to opt for one of the four Accessory Packs, making New Defender the most accessorised and personalised Land Rover we have ever produced.”

Changing Lanes The Edit Newsletter

Changing Lanes Launches 'The Edit' Newsletter!

Changing Lanes The Edit Newsletter
Changing Lanes is launching our first newsletter 'The Edit'!

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Opel Ireland is offering EV customers more with a collaboration with Energia

Opel Ireland Announces Collaboration With Energia

Opel Ireland is offering EV customers more with a collaboration with Energia
Opel Ireland is offering EV customers more with a collaboration with Energia

Opel Ireland has announced a collaboration with Energia, Ireland’s leading independent energy provider, in a bid to simplify the transition to electric vehicles for Irish consumers.

The partnership offers all eligible Opel customers a comprehensive Energia bundle when they purchase an electrified Opel vehicle, including free installation of a smart domestic charger. Customers will also benefit from a 20% discount off Energia’s 100% renewable energy supply. Opel says that this equates to up to 11,000 kilometres worth of free driving and "fulfilling a truly sustainable, end-to-end eco-friendly mobility solution".

The partnership has been announced as the first deliveries of the new electric Corsa-e and the new Grandland X plug-in hybrids arrive in Opel dealers this month.

The promotion is open to friends and family and sees the offer of a €750 Opel eco-booster towards the purchase of the all new Corsa-e or Grandland X PHEV models, for all existing Energia customers.

James Brooks, Managing Director at Opel Ireland, said:

“The coming years are hugely important for Opel as we move to offer an electrified version of our entire range of passenger cars and light commercial models by 2024. We are very excited to partner with Energia, enabling our customers to experience all the benefits of owning an electric vehicle, in a seamless and most importantly, in a sustainable fashion. Customers simply visit their local Opel dealer, select their new electric or hybrid vehicle, check their SEAI grant eligibility and Energia will take care of the rest.”

Gary Ryan, Managing Director at Energia Group Customer Solutions said:

“Energia supplies around 25% of the island of Ireland’s total electricity requirements and 21% of total wind power, meeting the energy needs of over 250,000 homes and businesses.”

He continued: “We are proud to be a key enabler in the decarbonisation of transport on the island of Ireland and we are delighted to partner with Opel Ireland to offer motorists the ultimate, streamlined EV experience. For many, the opportunity to have a smart charging point installed in their home, that is powered from 100% renewable energy, will make this transition even more attractive. It will give consumers a clear choice about the energy they are using to power their electric cars and allow them to truly reduce their carbon footprint. This collaboration is an exciting one for consumers and we look forward to responding to increasing demand for EV vehicles in the coming years.”

The new 2020 Volkswagen Golf now on sale in Ireland

Volkswagen Golf (2020) On Sale In Ireland

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

The 2020 Volkswagen Golf is on sale in Ireland now, priced from €23,950. More than 35 million units of the Golf have been sold to date, and the car has been a best-seller in Ireland for generations.

Now in its eighth generation, there will be a range of petrol, diesel and hybrids available for new Golf, with more high performance versions on the way before the end of the year. Standard equipment has been improved across the range to ensure that even entry models give a modern digital experience to every driver.

What's new?

The styling of the new generation of the iconic German hatchback has evolved once again with a wider profile and sharper design lines. LED headlight technology is now standard across the range to give the Golf a distinct road presence in 2020. Every part of the body has been reshaped, and the result is a more aerodynamic Golf with the drag coefficient (Cd value) cut from 0.3 to 0.275, making it quieter and more efficient.

Inside there is a fully digital cockpit with intuitive touch controls, background lighting and an optional head-up display. The new instruments and online infotainment systems merge at the same level to form a digital cockpit. Touch buttons and touch sliders have been consistently digitised, so their functions are intuitive to use. Volkswagen says this makes the Golf the first model in its price segment to feature a completely digital, high-end cockpit as standard.

A new voice control responds to natural voice commands. Amazon’s Alexa assistant is directly integrated into the Golf. Drivers can ask Alexa to play music, control compatible smart home devices, or retrieve information such as news and weather. We Connect Plus brings streaming, internet radio and other online features on board.

Pricing and equipment for Volkswagen Golf 8

The new hatchback will be available in five trim lines in Ireland: Golf (from €23,950), Golf Comfort (from €26,695), Golf Life (from €27,750), Golf Style (from €30,750) and Golf R Line (from €31,050).

Standard equipment will include LED headlights, electric windows, digital instrument panel, 8.23" media system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, electric mirrors, air conditioning, Lane Assist, keyless go and 'Car 2X Technology' car-to-car wireless information transfer.

The Comfort model adds a leather wrapped steering wheel, 16" alloys, adaptive cruise control, and front and rear parking sensors.

Life models add comfort support seats with lumbar support (front), auto dimming rear view mirror,surround lighting with welcome light, 10" "Discover Pro"  multimedia system, 10 colour ambient lighting, wireless charging, dynamic road sign display, natural voice control ('Hello Volkswagen') and automatic wipers.

The Style model adds front sports seats, 17" alloys,chrome trim, upgraded LED headlight design incl. poor weather light and static cornering light, 'Travel Assist' with lane keeping system, 30 colour ambient lighting, Emergency Assist and Traffic Jam Assist, tri zone climate control, rear view camera, keyless entry with mobile key and high beam control.

R Line models have exclusive R Line sports styling and trim elements, while equipment upgrades include aluminium pedals, sports suspension, progressive steering and driving profile select.

The interior of the new Golf
The interior of the new Golf

Engine options for new Golf in 2020

The new Volkswagen Golf 2020 model has been developed with petrol, diesel and hybrid powertrains. Engine options include an entry level 1.0-litre TSI turbo petrol with 90 hp or 110 hp and a 2.0-litre diesel with 115 hp or 150 hp. Diesels are available from €28,150. These new TDI engines feature twin dosing – dual AdBlue injection, to significantly cut nitrogen oxide emissions (NOx). Fuel consumption in the new TDI is up to 17% lower than in the equivalent predecessor.

There's also a 1.5-litre TSI turbo petrol with 130 hp.

Mild hybrid technology debuts in the Golf for the first time in the form of the new 1.0 eTSI 110 hp MHEV with a DSG automatic gearbox. The start price for this model in Ireland will be €30,350, while there is also a 1.5 eTSI DSG MHEV with 130 and 150 hp.

Two plug-in hybrid versions will join the range at a later date. There will be a more efficiency focused output with 204 PS and a more performance-biased ‘GTE’ with 245 hp. A new 13 kWh lithium-ion battery gives an electric range up to 60 kilometres for these models.

High performance GTI and GTD models are also expected.

Anything else?

Elsewhere, Volkswagen will launch an all new electric car this summer in Ireland in the shape of the Volkswagen ID.3. We can expect to see a revamped Tiguan SUV range soon, with a new plug-in hybrid model to be added.

The Volkswagen Golf will enter the fray once again in the compact family hatchback segment where historically it has held an excellent position. New Golf is going upmarket once again, with more technology and digital features meaning that it's knocking on the door of the premium compact class against the likes of the Audi A3 Sportback and the Mercedes-Benz A-Class.

We look forward to bringing you a full Irish road test later in the year.

The Golf will be available with petrol, diesel and hybrid engines
The Golf will be available with petrol, diesel and hybrid engines