The new Jaguar E-PACE Chequered Flag

Jaguar Introduces 'Chequered Flag' Special Editions

The new Jaguar E-PACE Chequered Flag
The new Jaguar E-PACE Chequered Flag

Jaguar Ireland has revealed new Chequered Flag special editions for 2020 and the 201-registration period.

They feature exterior enhancements, more standard equipment and unique badging, and will be available across selected models including XE, XF, E-PACE and F-PACE.

The Chequered Flag models are available with Jaguar’s Ingenium diesel engines including the 180PS 2.0-litre four-cylinder Ingenium engine on XE, XF and F-PACE models, and the 150PS 2.0 litre four-cylinder Ingenium engine on E-PACE.

Jaguar XE

The Jaguar XE Chequered Flag special edition with a recommended retail price of €52,095 is now available at €47,780, representing a saving of €4,315. In addition, features to the value of €2,865 are now standard on this model, including:

  • Black Design Pack
  • 18” Matrix Black 7 Spoke Alloy Wheels
  • Touch Pro Duo
  • 12 Way Heated Front Seats
  • Premium Interior Upgrade Pack:
    • Illuminated Metal Thread plates
    • Bright Metal Pedals
    • Configurable Ambient Lighting
Unique badging for Chequered Flag models
Unique badging for Chequered Flag models

Jaguar XF

The Jaguar XF Chequered Flag special edition with a recommended retail price of €57,215 is now available at €51,700, representing a saving of €5,445. In addition, features to the value of €4,570 are now standard on this model, including:

  • Black Design Pack
  • 18” Helix Gloss Black Alloy Wheels
  • Heated Front Seats

Jaguar E-PACE

The Jaguar E-PACE Chequered Flag special edition with a recommended retail price of €38,815 is now available at €37,870, representing a saving of €945.  In addition, features to the value of €1,900 are now standard on this model, including:

  • Gloss Black Alloy Wheels
  • Contrast Roof – choice of three colours: Black, Silver or White
Chequered Flag special editions available across XE, XF, E-PACE and F-PACE
Chequered Flag special editions available across XE, XF, E-PACE and F-PACE

Jaguar F-PACE

The Jaguar F-PACE Chequered Flag special edition with a recommended retail price of €56,720 is now available at €55,000, representing a saving of €1,720. In addition, features to the value of €3,200 are now standard on this model, including:

  • 19” 5 Spoke Alloy Wheels
  • Panoramic Roof
  • Heated Seats
  • Heated Powerfold Signature Mirrors

Chequered Flag special edition models are available with 3.9% APR finance. All Jaguar cars come with a free Jaguar Care 3 Year Service and Warranty Plan as standard.

Eddie Kavanagh, Managing Director, Jaguar Land Rover Ireland said:

“With the addition of the Chequered Flag limited edition models, the Jaguar range offers more choice than ever; and with savings of up to €10,000 there has never been a better time to consider a new Jaguar for the New Year.”

The Jaguar Chequered Flag special editions are available to order now.

E-PACE Chequered Flag from €37,870
E-PACE Chequered Flag from €37,870

The new Volkswagen T-Roc R!

2020 Volkswagen T-Roc R Coming To Ireland

The new Volkswagen T-Roc R!
The new Volkswagen T-Roc R!

The Volkswagen R range grows in early 2020, with the arrival of the new Volkswagen T-Roc R. Volkswagen Ireland has confirmed this model for here and it will go on sale from €53,750.

With 300 PS and 400 Nm of torque from the 2.0-litre TSI engine, the T-Roc R accelerates from 0-100km/h in 4.8 seconds and on to a theoretical top speed of 250 km/h.

The new performance crossover features many of the styling cues of its performance Golf R sibling, with bumpers in R styling, air intakes with black fins and R logo in the black radiator grille.

There are also LED headlights and daytime running lights have been integrated vertically into the front bumper, specifically designed for the T-Roc R. The LED taillights are glazed in dark red, typical of R styling. The two tail pipes on the rear left and right have been chrome plated and there is the option of an “R” Performance titanium exhaust system made by specialist Akrapovič, which adds a more distinctive sound and cuts weight by 7 kg.

The Volkswagen T-Roc R comes with a 7-speed DSG transmission with paddles as standard and 4MOTION all-wheel drive. Like all T-Roc models, the R version is equipped with the latest driver assist systems. These include the standard Driver Alert System and the automatic Emergency Call Service as well as the Hill Start Assistant and Hill Descent Control. Further standard driver assistance systems as standard fit include Adaptive Cruise Control Stop & Go, Front Assist Autonomous Emergency Braking and Lane Assist. There are also further optional items: Blind Spot Monitor and the Rear Traffic Alert.

The T-Roc R can be ordered now from Volkswagen retailers. Deliveries will start in early 2020.


The new Subaru Forester e-BOXER

2020 Subaru Forester e-BOXER Launched In Ireland

The new Subaru Forester e-BOXER
The new Subaru Forester e-BOXER

Subaru Ireland has launched the new Subaru Forester e-BOXER in Ireland.

The new Forester hybrid will go on sale here priced from €45,545 and is the first Subaru to feature the e-BOXER power.

All wheel drive comes as standard as does a customised Lineartronic transmission that integrates an electric motor, powered by a high-performance Lithium ion battery, DC/DC Converter and Electric Motor Inverter. There is 220 millimetres of ground clearance, along with the widest possible approach and departure angles for off-roading and a towing capacity of 1,870kg.

First launched in 1997, the fifth-generation Forester is built on the Subaru Global Platform (SGP) and has been engineered to be more comfortable and dynamic.

The new Subaru Forester e-BOXER uses a direct-injection 2.0-litre horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine. 80% the components are new. The hybrid system adjusts the power-split ratio between the engine and the electric motor to match the driving condition, offering three driving modes: Engine driving, EV driving, and Motor Assist driving.

From standstill, or at low speed, the electric motor alone powers the vehicle. Depending on the vehicle and battery condition, it can drive on EV-Mode for distances ranging up to about 1.6km and up to 80km/h. At medium speeds, power from both the motor and the engine combine to give a responsive, linear and fuel-efficient acceleration, while at high-speed the 2.0-litre BOXER powers the vehicle while recharging the battery.

The interior of the new Subaru Forester e-BOXER
The interior of the new Subaru Forester e-BOXER

Safety technologies as standard include EyeSight Driver Assist Technology, and Driver Monitoring System, a new facial recognition technology that alerts the driver of fatigue or distraction while on the road, as well as automatically adjusting driver settings for seat position, door mirror angles, and air-conditioning preferences for added comfort. Additionally, the new model introduces the Reverse Automatic Braking, to help avoiding collisions when reversing and reduces the damage in case of collision.

The new Forester e-BOXER is roomier inside with overall width increased by 20mm to provide more front seat comfort. The wheelbase was stretched 30 mm, as a result, the distance between the front and the rear seat passenger was extended by 33mm for improved rear seat comfort.

The all new Forester is priced at €45,545 for the XE model and is equipped with LED headlights, keyless entry and electrically adjustable driver’s seat as standard (in addition to the Driver monitoring system, Eyesight and X-Mode 2 functions). The XE Premium edition is priced at €49,245 and includes 18” alloys, sunroof, leather seats, satellite navigation, power tailgate, heated rear seats and heated steering wheel.

The new Subaru Forester e-BOXER is available now from Subaru's 12 dealers in Ireland.


The new AlcoSense Lite 2

AlcoSense Lite 2 Breathalyser Launches In Ireland

The new AlcoSense Lite 2
The new AlcoSense Lite 2

Following on from the 2018 launch in Ireland of the AlcoSense Excel breathalyser, the company has launched the new AlcoSense Lite 2 Personal Breathalyser.

Over 1,000 arrests for drink driving were made over the Christmas period last year, and the new laws which came into effect over a year ago mean that first-time drink-driving offenders will be automatically banned from driving for three months if caught with between 50 – 80 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood (mg/100mL BAC) - equivalent to 0.22 - 0.35 milligrams of alcohol per litre of breath (mg/L BrAC). Previously, drivers caught at these levels received three penalty points and a fine - but no driving ban.

Designed in the UK by racing driver and businessman Hunter Abbott, the AlcoSense Lite 2 digital personal breathalyser gives clear results in seconds.

To take a reading, you turn the unit on, wait for it to count down to zero, then blow until it beeps (about 6 seconds).

According to AlcoSense, the new Lite 2 brings increased levels of reliability and precision thanks to an upgraded sensor, sampling system and simplified operation. Using the company’s latest semi-conductor sensor technology, it boasts an industry-leading accuracy in this price bracket of +/-0.20‰ BAC.

It has an adjustable warning system that features a ‘Don’t Drive’ alert, both on screen and audibly.

The life of the Lite 2 breathalyser is extended by a cleaning system that removes oxidisation and contaminants from the sensor.

The pocket-sized AlcoSense Lite 2 is priced at €53.99 and available from Halfords or online at www.alcosense.ie.


The new TESLA Model 3

New Car Registrations In Ireland In November 2019

The new TESLA Model 3
The new TESLA Model 3 sold well in November!

New vehicle registration statistics from the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) for Ireland in November 2019 show that the total new car registrations for November are up 19.2% (769) when compared with November 2018 (645).

New car registrations year to date are down 7% (116,888) on the same period last year (125,529).

Imported Used Cars for November saw an increase of 14.7% (10,011) on the same month last year (8,729). Year to date imports are up 9.2% (103,902) surpassing the full year total of 2018 (100,755).

The top five selling car brands year to date are 1. Volkswagen, 2. Toyota, 3. Hyundai, 4. Ford and 5. Skoda.

The top five selling car models year to date are the 1. Toyota Corolla, 2. Hyundai Tucson, 3. Nissan Qashqai, 4. Volkswagen Tiguan and 5. Skoda Octavia.

Ireland's bestselling car in November 2019 was the Tesla Model 3.

Currently 3,420 new electric vehicles have been registered so far this year compared to 1,224 in 2018

New Light Commercial Vehicle (LCV) registrations are up 50.4% (856) on November 2018 (569), however registrations year to date are down 0.2% (25,179). While New Heavy Commercial Vehicles (HGV) increased 51.3% (121) in comparison to November 2018 (80) and year to date are up 2.6% (2,603).

Commenting on the new vehicle registrations figures Brian Cooke, SIMI Director General said:
Despite a small increase in November, new car registrations are down 7% on 2018, underlining what has been a disappointing year for the Irish Motor Industry. For the second consecutive year, used car imports have exceed 100,000, which is having a dampening impact on new car sales. With the 201 registration plate on the horizon, focus has already turned to January. With generous incentives for customers to buy a new car across all brands and across all market segments, members are hopeful for the busy start to 2020”.


The new Mercedes-Benz GLB will arrive in Ireland in early 2020!

New Mercedes-Benz GLB For 2020

The new Mercedes-Benz GLB will arrive in Ireland in early 2020!
The new Mercedes-Benz GLB will arrive in Ireland in early 2020!

The new Mercedes-Benz GLB is a new compact SUV from the German brand and will arrive in Ireland in early 2020.

It will be available as a five or seven seat SUV, with the seven seater version broadening the appeal of the new GLB with two extra bucket seats that can be stowed away easily when not in use.

The new GLB is a new addition to Mercedes-Benz's compact car range though the brand claims exceptional levels of spaciousness and passenger capacity not naturally associated with this segment. At 2,829 millimetres, it has the longest wheelbase of Mercedes-Benz’s current generation of compact cars that includes the A-Class, B-Class and CLA.

There will be three trim lines for Ireland: Style, Progressive and AMG. An exclusive boldly coloured Edition 1 model is also available in the first year after market launch.

4MATIC all-wheel drive is an option as is a special off-road light that helps detect obstacles in front of the vehicle at low speeds.

Inside, the GLB has a high-quality interior with off-road design influences reflected in its instrumentation and controls elements, steering column, aluminium-look dashboard, doors and centre console highlights. The MBUX infotainment system is fitted and features include two 7-inch instrument cluster and media displays with touch screen facility; a sports steering wheel with touch control buttons, and a USB port and Bluetooth connection for telephone and audio.

The interior of the new GLB
The interior of the new GLB

Driver assistance systems include camera and radar systems that can scan the road up to 500 metres ahead and drive in semi-automated mode whereby, in certain situations, speed can adjust ahead of bends, junctions or roundabouts aided by map, navigation and distance information data. Optional lighting and adaptive main beam features enhance the offering, especially in off-road and rough terrain driving.

The GLB is equipped with comfort suspension with steel springs as standard. Adaptive damping is available as an option. Engines include updated four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines, all characterised by increased power, improved efficiency and reduced emissions.

Petrol models – all with 7G/8G automatic transmission – are: GLB 200 (1332cc/Nm 250 torque/), GLB 250 (1991cc/Nm 350) and GLB35 4MATIC AMG (1991cc/Nm 400).

Diesel models – all 1950cc with 8G automatic transmission – are: GLB 180d (Nm 280 torque), GLB 200d (Nm 320), GLB 220d 4MATIC (Nm 320) and GLB 220d 4MATIC (Nm 400), all certified to Euro 6d and geared to meet RDE (Real Driving Emissions) Stage 2 requirements.

Pricing for Ireland will be announced closer to launch.

Ciaran Allen, sales manager for Mercedes-Benz passenger cars in Ireland, said: “With every third Mercedes-Benz now an SUV, and every fourth a compact car, our intention will be to launch GLB with the most competitive package possible, tagging affordable prices to high-level specifications in a way that will appeal to families”.


The new Volkswagen ID.3 revealed at an event at Weston Airport, Dublin

Volkswagen ID.3 Preview In Dublin

The new Volkswagen ID.3 revealed at an event at Weston Airport, Dublin
The new Volkswagen ID.3 revealed at an event at Weston Airport, Dublin

Volkswagen Ireland gave us a preview of the exciting new ID.3 in Dublin. The ID.3 is a hugely significant vehicle being the first of a new generation of electric vehicles from Volkswagen. It’s built on the brand’s new modular electric drive matrix MEB platform and will be hitting Irish roads in summer 2020. Here's what we learned:

Pre-orders and deliveries

Over 400 people in Ireland have already pre-booked the new Volkswagen ID.3 online. The word from Volkswagen Ireland is that if you want to drive this car in 2020, then you need to pre-order now as once the quota of vehicles allocated for Ireland is reached, bookings can no longer be made. Customers who pre-ordered will receive their cars first when the ID.3 arrives in Ireland in summer 2020.

Pricing

The ID.3 1st  edition will start from less than €40,000, ID.3 1st Plus from less than €45,000, and the ID.3 Max from less than €50,000. These are the models that will arrive in Ireland first with 58 kWh battery, a range of 420 km (WLTP) and 204 hp. The new Volkswagen ID.3 will cost under €30,000 for the entry-level 45 kWh car with 330 km range, after government grants. This model will arrive in Ireland at the end of 2020.

Finance

Aside from PCP and Hire Purchase, Volkswagen is also offering the new ID plan to help buyers finance the car. It's a similar product structure to PCP but with a higher guaranteed future value, lower or no deposit, and 3 options upon contract end.

The interior of the new ID.3
The interior of the new ID.3

Specifications

We now know that in Ireland the ID.3 1st will have 18" alloys, wireless app connect, navigation with Internet, 100 kw DC charging, hello ID voice control and the ID light. The 1st Plus will have 19" alloys, privacy glass, matrix LED lights, bi colour appearance, rear view camera, design seats and interior ambient lighting with 30 colours. The 1st Max will have 20" alloys, panoramic roof, BEATS audio sound system, augmented reality head up display, and comfort seats with massage function.

Colours

There will be four colours available: Makena Turquoise, Manganese Grey, Moonstone Grey, and Glacier White.

Charging

Charging varies from 80% charge in just 27 minutes at an Ionity charger or 5.5 to 8.5 hours at home. Through the Volkswagen We Charge card, buyers can avail of free public charging for one year or 2000 kWh.

The ID.3 1st edition is expected in Ireland next summer
The ID.3 1st edition is expected in Ireland next summer

Mazda has partnered with Taste of Dublin Festive Edition to celebrate arrival of new CX-30

Mazda Partner With Taste of Dublin Festive Edition

Mazda has partnered with Taste of Dublin Festive Edition to celebrate arrival of new CX-30
Mazda has partnered with Taste of Dublin Festive Edition to celebrate arrival of new CX-30

Mazda Ireland has partnered with Taste of Dublin Festive Edition to celebrate the arrival of the new CX-30.

First customer orders are officially arriving in dealerships the week of Taste of Dublin Festive Edition and the compact SUV will be showcased at the event. The new model has already been awarded a Golden Steering Wheel award and has achieved the highest ever score for adult occupant safety in the Euro NCAP safety rating where it was also awarded 5 stars.

The Mazda Live Stage will host entertainment at the event, where food lovers can enjoy lively music and fiery food. Some of Ireland's best loved chefs, including Rachel Allen, Mark Moriarty, Paul Kelly, and Sharon Hearne Smith, will demonstrate their cooking tips and tricks to hone your Christmas cooking skills.

Taste of Dublin Managing Director, Avril Bannerton commented; “We are absolutely are delighted to be partnering with Mazda Ireland for the inaugural Taste of Dublin Festive Edition.  This partnership will further build on the already well-established relationship between Taste and Mazda which is now enjoying a multi-event deal across three of Equinox Events’ portfolio events; Taste; Festive Edition, Thrive Festival and Taste of Dublin.”

Tickets can be purchased at www.dublin.tastefestivals.com and the event will run from November 28th to December 1st. Mazda will also run a competition for a €1,000 shopping spree, which you can enter at the Mazda stand.


The new Audi RS Q8

2020 Audi RS Q8 New Performance SUV

The new Audi RS Q8
The new Audi RS Q8

Audi has revealed the new Audi RS Q8, a new high performance SUV based on the Q8. It is expected in Ireland in the first half of 2020.

“For the first time in the 25-year history of Audi RS models, we are putting a large SUV coupe with the genes of a true high-performance sports car on the road,” said Oliver Hoffmann, Managing Director of Audi Sport GmbH. “With its biturbo V8 engine, the Audi RS Q8 is the prestigious spearhead of the RS model family.”

The new Audi RS Q8 will be the top model in Audi's Q range of SUVs. It's powered by an eight-cylinder 4.0-litre twin-turbo TFSI with cylinder deactivation technology and mild hybrid (MHEV) drive based on a 48-volt main electrical system. As a result, it can “glide” for up to 40 seconds with the engine switched off at speeds between 55 and 160 km/h.

The power output is a huge 600 hp and 800 Nm of torque between 2,200 and 4,500 rpm. 0 to 100 km/h is just 3.8 seconds.

The standard adaptive air suspension sport with controlled damping means the new RS Q8 is equally at home on the racetrack or an off-road trail. Its RS-specific damper tuning allows for a particularly broad spread between a setup biased toward comfort and an extremely sporty setup. Depending on driving situation and the driver’s wishes, the body’s ride height varies by up to 90 millimetres (3.5 in).

Pricing to be confirmed closer to launch in 2020.


The new Audi e-tron Sportback on the way to Ireland in 2020!

New Audi e-tron Sportback For 2020

The new Audi e-tron Sportback on the way to Ireland in 2020!
The new Audi e-tron Sportback on the way to Ireland in 2020!

Audi has confirmed a new SUV Coupé for the e-tron family. The electric Audi e-tron Sportback is scheduled to arrive in Ireland in the summer of 2020 with pricing to be confirmed at a later date.

The four-door model shares its powertrain with the Audi e-tron SUV and will be built at the same location in Brussels. According to Audi, it has up to 300 kW of power and a range of up to 446 kilometres from a single battery charge.

In terms of design, its roof extends flat over the muscular body, dropping down steeply to the rear—in typical coupé style— and flowing into the steeply raked D-pillars. The lower edge of the third side window rises towards the rear—a typical Sportback feature.

Its digital matrix LED headlights are a new feature now available for the first time in a mass-production vehicle. Their light is broken down into tiny pixels and can be controlled with exceptional precision.