2020 Continental Tyres Irish Car of the Year Launched!

2020 Continental Tyres Irish Car of the Year Launched!

2020 Continental Tyres Irish Car of the Year Launched!
The competition for the 2020 Continental Tyres Irish Car of the Year awards programme has been launched!

The 2020 Continental Tyres Irish Car of the Year awards programme has been launched with 48 cars eligible to win.

A gala event will be held in The Westin Hotel, Dublin, on Thursday November 7th, with a number of category winners revealed as well as the overall winner, Irish Car of the Year 2020.

The aim of the Irish Car of the Year awards is to highlight for consumers the best new cars that have launched in Ireland in the previous 12 months.

The jury for Irish Car of the Year is made up of 34 of Ireland’s most experienced motoring journalists, from across online, broadcast and print media, including this writer.

On October 21st and 22nd, jurors will have the opportunity to drive eligible cars again before voting begins. The event will take place at Mondello Park.

The full list of eligible cars for the Continental Tyres Irish Car of the Year 2020 awards is as follows:

Audi A1 Kia e-Soul Range Rover Evoque
Audi E-Tron Kia e-Niro Renault Clio
Audi Q3 Kia XCeed Renault Megane RS Trophy
Audi Q8 Kia ProCeed SEAT Tarraco
Audi RS4 Lexus UX Skoda Scala
Audi RS5 Lexus ES Skoda Kamiq
BMW 3 Series Mazda 3 Skoda Kodiaq RS
BMW 8 Series Mercedes Benz B-Class Tesla Model3
BMW X5 Mercedes Benz GLC Toyota Corolla
BMW X7 Mercedes Benz GLE Toyota Camry
BMW Z4 Mercedes Benz EQC Toyota RAV4
Citroen C5 Aircross Mercedes Benz CLA Toyota Supra
Citroen Berlingo Multispace Mercedes Benz A35 AMG Volkswagen T-Cross
Cupra Ateca Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Volvo S60 / V60
DS7 Opel Corsa
Ford Focus ST Peugeot 508
Hyundai Kona Electric Peugeot Rifter

A dedicated Irish Car of the Year website that contains background on the awards and further details on eligible cars is available at www.caroftheyear.ie.

Irish Car of the Year Committee members, Bob Flavin and Anthony Conlon, and Tom Dennigan (middle), Continental Tyres

Speaking at the launch of the 2020 awards programme, Tom Dennigan, Continental Tyres, said:

“This year, we have another bumper crop of new cars eligible for the Continental Tyres Irish Car of the Year title.  Indeed, the awards website is a great resource for Irish consumers and those interested in buying a new car.  The site has all of the detail on the range of new cars that have been launched in Ireland this year as well as useful video pieces on past winners’.

The website will also feature details of the vehicles that have been successful in the 2020 programme following the awards event on November 7th.

The Volvo XC40 is the current Irish Car of the Year.

The new Peugeot 208 will arrive in Ireland in January 2020!

2020 Peugeot 208 On Sale In January

The new Peugeot 208 will arrive in Ireland in January 2020!
The new Peugeot 208 will arrive in Ireland in January 2020!

Peugeot Ireland has confirmed that the all-new Peugeot 208 will arrive in dealers in January 2020. The new generation of the popular supermini will be available from launch with a choice of petrol, diesel or electric powertrains. The 2020 Peugeot 208 brings to market the latest-generation i-Cockpit and 3D head-up display, together with a range of driving aids. According to Peugeot, the new 208's youthful and energetic image and design is perfectly in keeping with the Peugeot brand's upmarket strategy.

Engine options for new 208

From launch the new Peugeot 208 will be available with three petrol engines. They include a 1.2 litre with 75bhp and a manual gearbox; a 1.2 litre with 100bhp and either manual or 8-speed automatic geabrox; and a 1.2 litre with 130bhp and an 8-speed automatic. There's also a 1.5 BlueHDi diesel with 100bhp and a manual gearbox. All engines comply with the latest stringent EURO 6 emissions controls.

The latest generation of the 208 is built on Peugeot's common modular production platform. CO2 emissions are reduced through weight reduction (30 kg lighter), improved aerodynamics and reduced roll resistance. The platform also alllows greater acoustic and thermal comfort on board and lower vibration levels.

The interior of the new Peugeot 208
The interior of the new Peugeot 208

Peugeot 208 electric for the first time!

The new Peugeot e-208 is available from launch with a drive range on electric power up to 340 km, in accordance with the latest WLTP (Worldwide harmonised Light vehicles Test Procedures) certification. The battery is guaranteed for 8 years or 160,000 km.

Interior and boot-space are identical to the petrol and diesel versions, with the batteries distributed under the floor. The e-208 has 136bhp and 260 Nm of torque. There are three drive modes (Eco, Normal and Sport) and the e-208 can sprint from 0 to 100 kmh in 8.1 seconds in Sport Mode.

The electric 208 can be charged via a conventional domestic socket (16 hour estimate); from a wallbox charger, providing a full charge in as little as 5 hours 15 minutes using the three-phase version (11 kW) or in 8 hours for the single-phase (7.4 kW) version; or using a 100kW DC public charging terminal with 80% charge in 30 minutes.

Design of the new 208

The 2020 Peugeot 208 is longer, wider and lower than its predecessor. Wide shaped wings, body curves, a pared-back windscreen and a longer, sculpted bonnet underscore the sporty look, whilst the Peugeot full LED 3-claw headlight signature, dependent on trim, is immediately recognisable. The front bumper contains an integrated, single outlet radiator grille in the centre, bearing the iconic Peugeot Lion. The tip of the bonnet shows off the 208 badge.

Mirroring the Peugeot 3008, 5008 and new 508 range, the rear end of the new 208 stands out with a black band running the width of the boot lid, linking the 3-claw daytime running lights. The rear spoiler is available in a gloss black finish and, depending on the engine variant, may be enhanced by a chrome exhaust tail pipe.

In addition to standard body colours and the optional Black Diamond roof, the 208 is on offer with a range of tints to reflect the vehicle's energetic character: Faro Yellow; triple coat Vertigo Blue; Elixir Red with additional topcoat that deepens the colour depth.

The 208 will be available with a petrol or diesel engine or as an electric vehicle
The 208 will be available with a petrol or diesel engine or as an electric vehicle

Inside the 2020 Peugeot 208

There's a new-generation of the i-Cockpit®. Depending on the trim, the 3D instrument panel displays information at two levels. On the upper digital pad, information is projected in hologram form: data is displayed closer or further away from the driver's eye depending on function, importance or urgency, thus increasing reactivity when most needed. The new 208 is available with a 5, 7 or 10" touch screen, depending on trim and options selected.

Driving aids vary dependent on trim, but include Adaptive Cruise Control, Automatic Cruise Control Stop & Go, Lane Positioning Assistance, Full Park Assist with Flank-guard, latest generation Automatic Emergency Brake Assist, Active Lane (or verge) Keeping Assist, Driver Attention Monitoring, Automatic headlight dipping, Speed Limit Recognition and Recommendation, Extended Traffic Sign Recognition (Stop, No Entry signs), Active Blind Spot Monitoring and Electric parking brake.

The 208 is available in Ireland from January 2020.

Pictured at the launch were; Thorsten Godulla, Managing Director, Audi Ireland (front), John Sisson, Head of Commercial Car Parks, Dublin Airport and Loreto O’Byrne, Head of Advertising Sales, Dublin Airport

Audi Airport Service Now Available At Dublin Airport

Pictured at the launch were; Thorsten Godulla, Managing Director, Audi Ireland (front), John Sisson, Head of Commercial Car Parks, Dublin Airport and Loreto O’Byrne, Head of Advertising Sales, Dublin Airport
Pictured at the launch were; Thorsten Godulla, Managing Director, Audi Ireland (front), John Sisson, Head of Commercial Car Parks, Dublin Airport and Loreto O’Byrne, Head of Advertising Sales, Dublin Airport

Audi Ireland has launched a first-to-market service in partnership with Dublin Airport. Located in the short-term car park at Terminal 2, the Audi Airport Service is designed to offer convenience to their customers. Enhanced benefits in addition to exclusive parking for Audi customers include: a complimentary mini valet; an AdBlue and washer fluid top-up, full charge for electric car drivers, an Audicheck.ie vehicle check and a free Audi gift upon departure.

Initially available on weekdays, customers can book their Audi parking via www.audiairportservice.ie. On arrival, customers will be greeted by a member of the Audi Airport Service team, handover their keys and walk straight through to the departures area. While away, each customer’s vehicle will be given the care it deserves. An added benefit of the service provides the opportunity for users to purchase Audi accessories during the booking process which will be conveniently left in the car on their return. The team will also ensure anyone driving an Audi e-tron will return to a fully charged vehicle, placing the customer’s mind at ease for their next planned journey.

Providing the ultimate peace of mind, customers who avail of this new service will also get a www.AudiCheck.ie vehicle check; a recently launched online service created to provide vehicle condition transparency to all Audi drivers. On arrival back to their vehicle, customers will be notified of any software updates or product enhancement requirements which can be rectified free of charge at their local authorised Audi dealer.

Commenting, Audi Ireland’s Brand Director, Thorsten Godulla said, “We are delighted to introduce the Audi Airport Service; enhancing the Dublin Airport experience for our customers. Launched in collaboration with Dublin Airport this unique service provides real added value to Audi drivers when traveling through the airport. We want to give Audi drivers one less aspect of their traveling plans to worry about and believe customers will be amazed with the experience and happy in the knowledge that their Audi has been left in the right hands”.

Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison said “We are delighted to partner with Audi Ireland to launch this bespoke service for its customers. We have worked closely with Audi to ensure the customers’ needs are at the forefront of this service and we believe that Audi are going above and beyond to ensure this will be the case. The short-term car park is very convenient and is ideal for those traveling on business or private trips. This exclusive service includes the onsite presence of the Audi Airport Service team, ensuring customers will be looked after at all times. We are really excited to see this service in operation and we look forward to working with the team at Audi into the future.”

The new Nissan Juke is arriving in Ireland in November!

2020 Nissan Juke Pricing For Ireland

The new Nissan Juke is arriving in Ireland in November!
The new Nissan Juke is arriving in Ireland in November!

Nissan Ireland has released pricing and specifications details for the new Nissan Juke that will arrive in Ireland in the middle of November 2019.

The new Juke will go on sale priced from €21,995 to €26,950. It will be available in five different trim levels: XE, SV, SV Premium, SVE and N-Design.

The Nissan Juke was a pioneer of the compact crossover class but according to Nissan, this new generation of the car has grown up "but still maintains its sense of fun with a contemporary interior and exterior look which will once again set a new standard in the B-crossover segment". It has been designed to combine the style of a coupe with a crossover stance.

What features are included?

Standard equipment includes 16-inch steel wheels, LED headlights, air-conditioning, a 4.2-inch TFT screen between the dials on the instrument cluster, as well as safety equipment including automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, cruise control and hill start assist.

The SV model starts at €23,650 and features 17-inch alloy wheels, a rear view camera, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and voice control recognition.

The mid-range SV Premium model is available from €24,650 and has LED fog lights, tinted rear windows, rain-sensing wipers, rear parking sensors, and electric and heated door mirrors. Analogue dials are swapped for a seven-inch digital instrument cluster. There's also an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, automatic climate control, ambient lighting, TomTom sat-nav and a leather trimmed steering wheel and gear knob.

The range then splits into two – SVE and N-Design.  Both models are priced from €26,950 and get 19-inch alloy wheels as standard - but both models are pitched to appeal to two different types of customers.

The interior of the new Nissan Juke
The interior of the new Nissan Juke

More technology or more style? 

The SVE model is designed to appeal to customers who enjoy technology. It gets heated semi-leather front seats, a 360-degree camera, Nissan’s driving and Park Assist technology and Nissan’s Pro-Pilot system as standard.  Further advanced safety features are also included, namely adaptive cruise control, an advanced driver monitoring system and rear cross-traffic alert.

The N-Design grade allows customers to fine tune and personalise the appearance of the car. 19-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels complement a range of two tone colour options, including a different coloured roof, bumper trims and other highlighted exterior parts.

N-Design also offers a range of optional personalised interiors. There are three combinations in white, black and orange to finish the seats, dashboard, door panel and armrest. There is a modern high contrast black and white synthetic leather interior, a refined and stylish black Alcantara® and leather interior or an orange and black leather interior.

Petrol engine for the new Juke

The new Nissan Juke is available with a 1.0-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine with 115hp. It's paired with a six-speed manual gearbox or a new seven-speed dual clutch automatic. The DCT Transmission is available on all grades and adds €1,650 to the price of the car.

CO2 emissions range from 112g/km to 118g/km depending on wheel sizes and transmissions.

According to Nissan, the new Juke has been designed to delight new and existing customers. "From the ground-up, we designed and built the new Juke with agility at the forefront of our minds," said David Moss, Senior Vice President, Research and Development, Nissan Europe. "Drivers will feel the benefits as soon as they grab the steering wheel."

The new Nissan Juke will be in dealers from mid November.

The new Juke is available from €21,995
The new Juke is available from €21,995

The new Suzuki Swift Attitude!

New Suzuki Swift Attitude Arrives In Ireland!

The new Suzuki Swift Attitude!
The new Suzuki Swift Attitude!

Suzuki Ireland has introduced a new special edition of the popular Swift. The new Suzuki Swift Attitude has a sporty look inspired by the Swift Sport and comes with a cheap to run 1.2-litre petrol engine with 90hp.

The Attitude is now available on the road from €17,245 in Ireland and comes with a good standard specification. Unique styling features include a mesh front grille with chrome trim, polished 16" wheels, rear upper spoiler and front, side and rear carbon effect skirts.

The Swift is available from €15,445 in Ireland and is Suzuki's most well-known model around the world. A new model debuted in 2017 with more technology and improved design.

A 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine is also available in the Swift range. The Attitude model is sold solely with the 1.2-litre engine and five speed manual gearbox.

It has a CO2 emissions figure of 108g/km (NEDC tested) and combined fuel consumption when tested under WLTP regulation is 5.5l /100km.

The Swift Attitude is available in Fervent Red, Pure White, Premium Silver, Super Black, Mineral Grey and Burning Red. Metallic colours are available as a €370 cost option.

According to Suzuki, the Attitude offers a stand out sporting design and is an ideal model for younger buyers who may perhaps look to aspire
to the 1.4-litre Boosterjet Sport model in the future.

Budget 2017 Motoring

Budget 2020 And The Motor Industry In Ireland

Budget 2017 Motoring
Budget 2020 is here: what's in it for the Irish motorist?

Thanks to SIMI for sharing the following information on Budget 2020.

Budget 2020 contains a number of measures specific to motoring:

  • No changes to CO2 element of VRT in 2020. VRT will continue to be based on NEDC for 2020.
  • Replacement of 1 per cent diesel surcharge with a nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions based charge. This surcharge will apply to all passenger cars registered for the first time in the State from 1 January 2020.
  • Extension of the Benefit-In-Kind zero rate on electric vehicles to 2022.
  • Extension of the VRT reliefs for conventional and plug in hybrids to 2020, subject to CO2 thresholds.
  • Provide additional relief through the Diesel Rebate Scheme to hauliers to compensate that sector for the increased cost of fuel.
  • Increase of the carbon levy on motor fuels of €6, adding €2 for a tank full of either petrol or diesel. This will increase the cost of doing business in Ireland.
  • Introduce an environmental rationale for Benefit In Kind for commercial vehicles from 2023.
  • Reduce qualifying CO2 thresholds for reliefs in respect of Capital Allowances and VAT reclaim on commercial vehicles.

Commenting on Budget 2020, SIMI Director General Brian Cooke, said,
“In the context of both an already depressed new car market and the likely impact of Brexit, there is a real fear that car sales will further deteriorate that will only slow down the renewal of Ireland’s car fleet, which is vital in our attempt to drive down emissions. In this regard, SIMI is relieved that the Minister has not increased VRT for new cars in Budget 2020.

The replacement of the 1% diesel surcharge introduced last year on new cars with a nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions-based charge to all passenger cars registering for the first time in the State from 1 January 2020 is a welcome announcement. The NOx charge will impact on older higher emitting cars which, unlike last year’s diesel surcharge, will penalise older cars with higher levels of pollutants. The Minister has recognised that newer vehicle technology is cleaner and better for the fleet.

In addition, the extension of the BIK relief for Electric Vehicles out to 2022 will incentivise the choice of electric cars for companies for the duration of the normal 3 year replacement cycle. This Budget does allow the Industry some breathing space in what is likely to be a challenging 2020. It is now important that the Industry and Government use this time to work closely together to in relation to VRT into the future and the drive towards zero-emissions.”

The Skoda Superb has been updated for 2019

Updated ŠKODA Superb Arrives In Ireland

The Skoda Superb has been updated for 2019
The Skoda Superb has been updated for 2019

An updated ŠKODA Superb has arrived in Ireland, priced from €30,750. Available as a Combi Estate (from €32,250) or Saloon, the new 2019 Superb gets revised styling, updated interior and new features.

The Superb is one of Ireland's favourite cars and over 18,000 of them have found homes in Ireland since it arrived here back in 2002.

The latest generation of the ŠKODA Superb arrived in Ireland in 2015 and is the most successful version of the car to date.

ŠKODA has slightly modified the exterior of the Superb for the 2019 update and refined the front section. The redesigned front bumper means the car’s length has increased by up to 8 mm. The typical ŠKODA grille is now larger with double slats and protrudes a little further down into the front bumper. The headlights are narrower and come with LED technology as standard for the dipped and high beam. At the rear, a horizontal chrome trim
connects the full LED tail lights, with ‘ŠKODA’ spelt out for the first time in block lettering.

The Superb continues to set benchmarks for spaciousness in the segment with up to 625 litres of boot space.

There is a range of petrol and diesel engines with a plug-in hybrid on the way in 2020. The range kicks off with a 1.5-litre TSI petrol producing 150 bhp. It's offered with a 6 speed manual or 7 speed DSG automatic transmission. The 2.0 TDI 150 bhp diesel has been heavily revised. There's also a 1.6-litre TDI diesel with 120 bhp and a more powerful 2.0 TDI with 190 bhp. Diesels are available from €33,325.

Several new assistance systems are also making their debut, such as Predictive Cruise Control.

The new Superb will be available in five trim lines: Active, Ambition, Style, SportLine and L&K.

The Superb SportLine has a remodelled black radiator grille, black 18-inch alloy wheels, full LED Matrix headlights and a sports chassis, which has been lowered by 10 mm. Inside there are sport seats with Alcantara®/leather.

The top trim level, Laurin & Klement 'L&K' has chrome trim on the grille, side sills and rear bumper.

Speaking at the launch of the new ŠKODA Superb, Ray Leddy, Head of Marketing & Product at ŠKODA Ireland, said: “The SUPERB has been such an important model in our brand's evolution in Ireland. The current and third iteration of the Superb has been a contender for the number one position in the segment with the Superb overtaking many of the traditional bestsellers. Thanks to its reliability and excellent residual values, the Superb has been a major success with business and fleet customers, with 23% of Superb sales being attributed to this channel."

The Skoda Superb is available from €30,750
The Skoda Superb is available from €30,750

Hydrogen fuel cell cars like the Toyota Mirai could be on Irish roads by 2023

First Hydrogen Cars Could Be On Irish Roads By 2023

Hydrogen fuel cell cars like the Toyota Mirai could be on Irish roads by 2023
Hydrogen fuel cell cars like the Toyota Mirai could be on Irish roads by 2023

A new report investigating the potential of hydrogen to help solve Ireland’s greenhouse gas emissions from transport has found that hydrogen cars, buses and trucks can become a reality by 2023. 35,000 hydrogen vehicles could be on our roads within a decade, which would remove 300,000 tonnes of CO2 from our atmosphere every year.

The report from Hydrogen Mobility Ireland provides Government with a potential roadmap to assist the decarbonisation of Irish transport.

Transport accounts for approximately 20% of Ireland’s total greenhouse gases and is the largest source of energy-related CO2 emissions in Ireland. In 2017 it was responsible for 39%, and it is also the sector where CO2 emissions are growing the fastest.

Hydrogen is a very low carbon fuel and will be produced locally in Ireland. Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles consume hydrogen as a fuel to produce electrical power for the vehicle, with water vapour the only by-product. They can complement battery electric vehicles as they offer greater range and faster refuelling, can be used at short notice, and are particularly suitable for heavy passenger and goods vehicles.

At the launch of the report, Minister Richard Bruton TD, Minister for Communications, Climate Action and the Environment, said, “The Climate Action Plan, launched earlier this year, commits to over 180 actions across every sector of society to step up our response to the climate challenge. These actions were chosen based on an assessment of the least cost, least burden options currently available. The plan is a rolling plan, designed to integrate best practice as it emerges and adapt to emerging new technologies. I welcome this research as a valuable insight into a potential pathway for the introduction of hydrogen vehicles in Ireland between now and 2030.”

The report also suggests that Ireland should follow the lead of countries like China, US and Japan who have committed to each having in the region of one million hydrogen fuel cell vehicles by 2030 and the Government should apply similar incentives to hydrogen fuel cell vehicles as they do to battery electric vehicles. Clusters of refuelling stations should be built to give early adopters confidence.

Dr. James Carton, DCU, Catherine O’ Kelly, Bord Gais Energy, Minister Richard Bruton, Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Mark Teevan, Chairman of Hydrogen Mobility Ireland and Ben Madden, Element Energy at the recent Hydrogen Mobility Ireland report launch
Dr. James Carton, DCU, Catherine O’ Kelly, Bord Gais Energy, Minister Richard Bruton, Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Mark Teevan, Chairman of Hydrogen Mobility Ireland and Ben Madden, Element Energy at the recent Hydrogen Mobility Ireland report launch

By 2030, a network of 76 stations would ensure that 50% of the population of the island would live in a town with a Hydrogen Refuelling Station as well as providing adequate coverage of major roads, while a network of 27 electrolysers with renewable generators (mostly wind farms) would supply the hydrogen fuel.

According to the report, hydrogen vehicles will be cost-competitive with conventional fuel vehicles by mid next decade. Buses, vans and taxis could be deployed as the catalyst for market establishment.

In a positive adoption scenario this will lead to a national fuel call fleet of 2,000 HGVs, 880 bus/coaches, 6,800 vans and 29,000 cars by 2030.

Some hydrogen mobility Ireland members are already planning on initiating hydrogen production in Ireland, including Indaver at its waste to energy plant in Co Meath.

Chairman of Hydrogen Mobility Ireland and Corporate Affairs Director at Toyota Ireland, Mark Teevan, said: “At Toyota we see hydrogen fuel cell vehicles as having a very big role to play in a full decarbonisation of transport. The challenge is to get started since not only is a new infrastructure needed but also the production of a new fuel. With Hydrogen Mobility Ireland, we have started the process of coordinating industry’s response to this challenge whilst also planning to align with academic and policy thinking. This report is the first output of HMI and leads us to the next part of the challenge which is to implement our findings.”

The new Toyota Corolla is selling well in Ireland

Toyota Corolla Will Be Hybrid Only From 2020

The new Toyota Corolla is selling well in Ireland
The Toyota Corolla will be exclusively available as a hybrid from 2020

Toyota Ireland has announced that the Toyota Corolla and C-HR will be sold as hybrids only from 2020.

The 1.2-litre petrol engine will be dropped from the C-HR range and the 1.2-litre and 1.6-litre petrol will be dropped from the new Corolla range.

The new Toyota Corolla arrived in Ireland earlier in 2019 and has already proven itself as a bestseller, with 4,283 units already sold year to date.  According to Toyota, the majority of new customers have favoured the hybrid over the petrol model, effectively removing the need for the petrol model.

Steve Tormey, Toyota Ireland CEO, said, “As evidenced by the massive swing in preference towards self-charging hybrid over pure petrol-powered cars that we have seen with Corolla, I am confident that if all other motoring manufacturers offered a full range of hybrids, Ireland’s environmental outlook would immediately be a lot rosier than it currently looks. Our self-charging hybrids, which are exclusively automatic, have many advantages including excellent fuel efficiency, low NOX and drive in zero emissions mode more than 60% of the time, making them the ideal next step towards electrification for environmentally and cost-conscious drivers.

Some might say this is a brave move given the perceived market dependency on pure fossil fuel powered cars, but for us the decision to double down on self-charging hybrid over petrol makes absolute sense. The numbers don’t lie, and we now know that if you offer highly desirable looking and high-performing self-charging hybrids, they will win out over petrol every time. Next year, we predict that 92% of our passenger car sales will be self-charging hybrid across all models.”

Toyota says its intention is to lead Irish drivers into electrification without the requirement to plug-in, which may not be feasible for many motorist’s lifestyle and driving habits.

The new generation Toyota RAV4 and Camry are already exclusively available in hybrid since launching in early 2019.

To date, over 85% of Toyota Corolla sales, and 90% of C-HR sales in 2019, have been hybrid.

From 2020, the only petrol variants to remain in the Toyota line-up will be the Yaris 1.0-litre petrol and the Aygo.

Available in hatchback, saloon and touring sport variants, pricing for the Corolla Hybrid starts from €26,370.

The new TESLA Model 3 has arrived in Ireland!

TESLA Model 3 Deliveries Begin In Ireland

The new TESLA Model 3 has arrived in Ireland!
The new TESLA Model 3 has arrived in Ireland!

The first TESLA Model 3 models have arrived in Ireland and been delivered to Irish customers.

The new Model 3 is Tesla’s smaller, simpler and more affordable car. It goes on sale in Ireland priced from €47,840 on the road and is available in three variants: Standard Range Plus, Long Range AWD and Performance.

The entry model has a range of 409 km (WLTP), while the Long Range AWD model has a range up to 560 km.

The Model 3 Performance is available from €63,061 and is capable of achieving 0-100 kmh in 3.4s. Standard equipment includes Track Mode, a carbon fibre spoiler, 20” performance wheels with red brake calipers and aluminium alloy pedals.

Two of the first Irish customers are John Burke, a self-confessed petrol head and motor racing enthusiast, and Peter Harte, an original TESLA Roadster owner.

The Model 3 comes with a 4 year/80,000 km vehicle warranty and an 8 year/160,000 km battery/drive unit warranty.

The TESLA Model S and Model X SUV first came to Ireland in 2017 when Tesla opened its store and service centre in Sandyford, Dublin. There are three Supercharger locations in Ireland with further sites planned and a network of over 40 Destination Charging locations.

Tesla has recently added a mobile service offering in Ireland, which saves customers the time of travelling to and from a service centre and helps remove 80% of volume from service centres.

Tesla has delivered over 500,000 cars worldwide since the brand's inception. With nearly 140,000 units sold, the TESLA Model 3 was the bestselling premium vehicle in the US for 2018.