The new Volkswagen Passat GTE!

2020 Volkswagen Passat GTE Arrives In Ireland!

The new Volkswagen Passat GTE!
The new Volkswagen Passat GTE!

The 2020 Volkswagen Passat GTE has gone on sale in Ireland starting from €42,495, including VRT rebate and SEAI grant.

The Passat GTE is a plug-in hybrid and uses a 1.4-litre TSI (156 hp) petrol engine with an 85 kW / 115 hp electric motor to develop a combined 218 hp and 440 Nm of torque.

CO2 emissions for the vehicle are just 29g/km.

The 2020 model’s 13kW battery now has 31% more capacity than the previous Passat GTE, allowing a fully electric range of up to 56 km (measured under WLTP) when driving in electric mode.

The 2020 Volkswagen Passat GTE gets the same updates as the rest of the Passat range including some updated exterior styling features, interior and equipment.

Private customers of the Passat GTE can avail of Government incentives of €7,500 (€5,000 SEAT grant and €2,500 VRT rebate), which brings the price of the Passat GTE saloon down to €42,495 and the Estate model to €44,595.

Commenting on the new model, Head of Marketing at Volkswagen Ireland, Mark McGrath said:

“This revised Passat GTE offers customers who want the best of both worlds the chance to drive a car that can be zero-emissions for up to 56 km yet can also offer the long-range benefits of a plug-in hybrid. This now comes as a price which is comparable to a 2.0-litre TDI DSG Diesel Passat, making it a viable alternative to anyone wanting to move to an electrified vehicle in 2020.”

The Volkswagen Passat is one of Ireland's bestselling large cars and is available as a saloon and estate. The Passat is popular with business customers and family buyers for its quality offering and comfort over long distances. The Passat GTE broadens the range offering buyers an alternative to diesel and is particularly good sense for urban drivers as the car can be driven in electric power only, reducing fuel bills considerably for those drivers that can charge at either end of their journey.

2020 Passat GTE available from €42,495 with incentives
2020 Passat GTE available from €42,495 with incentives

The new Renault Captur has arrived in Ireland!

Renault Captur (2020) Pricing For Ireland - It's Here!

The new Renault Captur has arrived in Ireland!
The new Renault Captur has arrived in Ireland!

Renault Ireland has announced pricing and specifications for the Renault Captur (2020 model), which is arriving in Renault dealerships in Ireland now.

It goes on sale priced from €21,995 with diesel and petrol engine, and three trim levels - Play, Iconic and S-Edition.

The Captur has been a hugely successful model for Renault in Ireland since the first generation was launched in 2013. The compact SUV slots in above the new Clio supermini in the range and almost 10,000 have found homes here.

New exterior styling is complemented by a new interior that's more spacious and better equipped, with the latest safety and driving aids giving the Captur a 5 star Euro NCAP rating.

Standard equipment includes 17” wheels, multimedia touch-screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, full LED lights and automatic climate control. Moving up the range adds more standard features, including the contrasting roof, the  9.3” touchscreen and some stylish alloy wheel designs.

The interior of the new Captur
The interior of the new Captur

Play features a 7” touchscreen with smartphone mirroring, LED lights, climate control and 17” alloy-look flex wheels, auto lights and wipers and a comprehensive ADAS suite including E-Call, Lane Assist, Traffic Sign Recognition and AEBS.

Iconic (from €23,645) includes keyless entry, built-in navigation (EasyLink system with Google search and live fuel prices), parking sensors, roof rails and the two-tone paint look.

S-Edition (from €25,645) adds and 9.3” portrait multimedia screen, parking camera, part leather seats, auto high beam among other features.

Customers can choose from 11 exterior colours and four roof finishes.

Rear-sliding seats are standard on all trim levels for added practicality.

Engine options include Renault's new 1.2-litre TCe turbo petrol engine with 100, 130 or 155 hp and a diesel with 95 or 115 hp. Diesel models are available from €23,995. Manual and automatic gearboxes are available. Motor tax ranges from €190 to €270.

The new Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe, on the way to Ireland in 2020

New Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe

The new Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe, on the way to Ireland in 2020
The new Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe, on the way to Ireland in 2020

Mercedes-Benz will introduce 22 new models to the Irish market in 2020 including the new Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupé.

Currently accounting for around one third of Mercedes-Benz sales, SUVs are of increasing importance to the brand with a global customer base of over six million owners spread across an eight model range that includes GLA, GLB, GLC, GLC Coupé, GLE, GLE Coupé, GLS and the G-Class itself.

Coming to Ireland early next year, Mercedes says that the GLE Coupé "blends the sportiness and elegance of a coupé with the engineering of a large premium SUV".

It's 39mm longer and 7mm wider than before, with a wheelbase 20mm greater than its predecessor (yet 60mm shorter than the GLE it's based on).

Inside there are two large 12.3inches /31.2cm screens that flow into the door trim. The sporty emphasis is also seen in standard sports seats and a new sports steering wheel. Other features include the latest generation ‘Mercedes me’ and MBUX infotainment system, with voice control features and a range of comfort options and apps.

More tightly tailored than the GLE, the four-door coupé offers more room inside than its predecessor with space for five occupants. There are 655 litres of boot space.

The interior of the new GLE Coupé
The interior of the new GLE Coupé

At launch, two powerful six-cylinder diesel engines will be available – a 350d (200kW / 272hp with 600Nm torque) and a 400d (243kW / 330hp with 700Nm torque) whose combined fuel consumption is 8.0-7.5 litres/100km and combined CO2 emissions is 212-197g/km. A 300d will follow at a later date.

Petrol version available at launch will be the Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 4MATIC+ Coupé with combined fuel consumption of 9.3 litres/100km and combined CO2 emissions of 212g/km. Preparations are also under way for a 350de plug-in-hybrid version. In both models, engines comply with Euro 6d standard (RDE/Real Driving Emissions Step 2) even in demanding driving situations. Transmission is 9G TRONIC automatic in both cases.

The new the GLE Coupé comes with a host of and optional extras, comfort elements, vehicle safety and driver assistance features in what Ciaran Allen, sales manager for Mercedes-Benz passenger cars in Ireland says “is a model that matches the emotive appeal of a sporty and elegant coupé to the imposing power of an off-road vehicle.”

Given that focus in Ireland will fall on the 350d model, and that detailed price and specifications will not be announced until closer to launch, Ciaran Allen says “prices will be competitive, just like those of our GLE SUV – which we introduced earlier this year with best in segment prices – and will differ marginally from its predecessor despite its significantly more advanced and comprehensive range of specifications”.

The new Kia XCeed

Ronan Flood Is Managing Director Of Kia Motors Ireland

The new Kia XCeed
Kia has confirmed a new MD to lead the company in Ireland, including new product launches like 2019's Kia XCeed

Kia Motors Ireland has confirmed the appointment of Mr. Ronan Flood as the new Managing Director of the company.

Mr. Flood is from Dublin and has over 20 years’ experience in the Irish Motor Industry, both at retail and manufacturer level.

Ronan has worked with Kia Motors Ireland since 2007. Prior to his new appointment, he was Financial Controller of the Company.

Commenting on his appointment, Ronan Flood, said:

“I am delighted and honoured with this opportunity. Kia Motors Ireland has a great team, great product, loyal customers and very importantly, a great network of dealers. I am looking forward to working with my colleagues and our business partners to bring the Kia brand to even greater levels of success in the coming years.“

Kia in Ireland recently celebrated the Kia e-Soul's triple win at the Continental Tyres Irish Car of the Year awards in Dublin.

The Kia brand sells a range of passenger cars and SUVs and is one of Ireland's ten top selling brands. The brand's bestselling model in Ireland is the Kia Sportage.

2019 saw the release of the new Kia XCeed and the electric e-Soul and e-Niro.

The new Ford Puma is expected in Ireland in January, here's when it rolled off the production line!

New Ford Puma Hybrid Crossover Pricing For Ireland!

The new Ford Puma is expected in Ireland in January, here's when it rolled off the production line!
The new Ford Puma is expected in Ireland in January, here's when it rolled off the production line!

The new Ford Puma will be available in Ireland from early January 2020. The new compact crossover from Ford is SUV-inspired and will go on sale in Ireland priced from €24,465.

The new Puma will be available with a 1.0-litre EcoBoost turbo petrol engine with mild hybrid technology. There will be three trim lines: Titanium, ST-Line and ST-Line X.

Ford claim "uncompromised luggage capacity" of 444 litres thanks to the new Ford 'MegaBox'. The MegaBox provides a deep, versatile storage space that is capable of comfortably accommodating two golf bags in an upright position, according to Ford Ireland.

Ford’s EcoBoost Hybrid 48-volt mild hybrid technology integrates electric torque assistance with a low-friction, three-cylinder 1.0 litre EcoBoost petrol engine to optimise fuel efficiency.

The new Puma joins Ford’s expanding line-up of SUV and SUV-inspired crossover models in Europe, including the Fiesta Active, Focus Active, EcoSport and Kuga.

The interior of the new Puma
The interior of the new Puma

SUVs now account for more than one in five Ford vehicles sold in Europe, and sales rose more than 19 per cent in 2018.

Equipment on the new Ford Puma Titanium includes 17-inch machined alloy wheels, LED projector headlamps with auto high beam, pre-collision assist, 8-inch SYNC with Navigation and FordPass Connect modem, keyless start, electronic air con, massage driver and passenger seats, ambient lighting, wireless charging, cruise control with adjustable speed limiter, and a rear spoiler.

The ST-Line will add a body kit, large rear spoiler, LED fog lamps with cornering feature, ST-Line sports exhaust, 12.3-inch digital cluster, dark sports headliner, flat-bottom steering wheel, alloy pedal and gear knob.

ST-Line X adds 18-inch matt black alloy wheels, SYNC Gen 3 8-inch touchscreen with navigation and B&O Play sound system, partial leather sports trim, privacy glass and shark fin antenna.

Pricing for the new Ford Puma is as follows:

Puma Titanium 5 door 1.0 turbo EcoBoost petrol mHEV 125PS 127g/km - €24,465
Puma ST-Line 5 door 1.0 turbo EcoBoost petrol mHEV 125PS 127g/km - €26,065
Puma ST-Line X 5 door 1.0 turbo EcoBoost petrol mHEV 125PS 127g/km -  €27,865

Commenting on the new Ford Puma, Ciarán McMahon, Chairman and Managing Director of Ford Ireland, said:

“I am sure the new Ford Puma will be a big hit in the Irish market. It is a compact SUV that feels like a much bigger car thanks, in part, to the innovative design of the MegaBox boot area. Then add in the very fuel efficient mild hybrid 1.0 litre EcoBoost petrol engine and you can see why Puma will tick all the boxes for many prospective new car buyers”.

The Puma is available from €24,465 in Ireland
The Puma is available from €24,465 in Ireland

The new Audi e-tron 71 kWh, now available in Ireland

New Audi e-tron 50 quattro For Ireland In 2020

The new Audi e-tron 71 kWh, now available in Ireland
The new Audi e-tron 71 kWh, now available in Ireland

A second version of the Audi e-tron, the e-tron 50 quattro has been confirmed for series production and will launch in Ireland in early 2020.

Available from €74,990 (excluding grants), according to Audi Ireland the Audi e-tron 50 quattro offers great value to Irish electric vehicle drivers, with high efficiency and strong performance.

Equipped with a 71-kWh battery and two electric motors that provide a range of up to 330 kms according to the WLTP test cycle, the SUV also has a 120 kW charging capability, which facilitates recharging to 80 per cent capacity in approximately 30 minutes at fast-charging stations.

Audi, along with other car brands are working with Ionity to ensure the creation and implementation of a fast-charging network in six key sites across Ireland.

Customers will have the choice of three equipment lines to choose from with the e-tron 50 range:
- Advanced (starting from €74,990 RRP excluding grants)
- Sport (starting from €79,320 RRP excluding grants)
- S Line (starting from €85,110 RRP excluding grants)

Valcona leather, sports seats and 20” alloys are some of the highlights of the e-tron 50 Sport model, which is expected to be the volume seller in the range. And for the first time, S Line trim is now available to order with the e-tron 50.

The entry-level e-tron model also features ‘e-quattro’ all-wheel-drive delivered by an electric motor mounted on each axle – in this application these generate a combined total of 230 kW and 540 Nm of torque, and are capable of propelling the electric SUV from 0 to 100 kmh in 6.8 seconds.

In order to achieve the highest efficiency, only the rear electric motor is active in most driving situations, while the front electric motor is activated when needed.

Like the more powerful version of the electric SUV, the Audi e-tron 50 quattro also recuperates energy via its two electric motors, with priority given to the rear motor, during more than 90 percent of all deceleration actions. This means that the energy from practically all normal braking manoeuvres is recovered and fed back into the battery.

Speaking about the launch of the e-tron 50, Thorsten Godulla, Managing Director, Audi Ireland said:

“We are really excited to announce the arrival of the Audi e-tron 50 to Ireland in January 2020 as we believe this will offer incredible value for Irish drivers particularly anyone considering a premium electric vehicle purchase. To really understand and grasp the benefits of an e-tron, I believe you have to test drive it and this is why we want to encourage drivers to call into one of our 11 authorised dealers nationwide for an exclusive test drive experience in January. Our dealership staff have the expertise and experience of dealing with electric vehicles and will display the value, convenience, efficiency and fun in driving an e-tron 50. We also have a wide range of financial offers that are available to suit everyone’s specific needs which our staff will bring customers through on an individual basis. Not only do have an Audi for everyone, we also have a payment plan for everyone”.

For further information contact your local Audi dealer.

The new Texaco Parkway Service Station in Limerick

New Texaco Parkway Service Station Opens In Limerick

The new Texaco Parkway Service Station in Limerick
The new Texaco Parkway Service Station in Limerick

Parkway Service Station, a new Texaco-branded outlet, has been brought into operation by Valero Energy (Ireland), the company which markets Texaco brand fuel in Ireland.

Built on a high-profile site on the busy Dublin Road approach to Limerick, the Parkway outlet is a model of 21st century service station design.

Director of Ireland Operations, James Twohig says it reflects Valero’s ‘forward-looking’ approach to service station development and features a latest-generation SPAR convenience store.

Up to 12 vehicles can be fueled at any one time - with an off-island pump point for trucks. There is parking for up to 40 cars and the facility is open 24-hours a day for 364 days a year.

Managed by Listowel-based H2 Group, the Group now employs over 360 persons in 12 locations across Kerry, Tipperary, Kildare, Dublin, Offaly, Limerick and Cork – the majority under the Texaco brand.

The outlet has already won the Supreme National Winner’s Award and a Forecourt of the Year (Large Category) Award at the recent Convenience Store Awards event in Dublin.

The new Skoda Superb iV plug-in hybrid!

2020 ŠKODA Superb iV Plug-In Hybrid On The Way!

The new Skoda Superb iV plug-in hybrid!
The new ŠKODA Superb iV plug-in hybrid!

ŠKODA Ireland introduced the updated Superb flagship saloon and Combi estate back in October and in 2020 they will introduce the exciting new ŠKODA Superb iV plug-in hybrid.

The new Superb iV is a petrol electric hybrid and combines a 1.4-litre TSI turbo petrol engine with an electric motor with a combined system power output of 218 hp. A lithium-ion battery is built into the chassis floor in front of the rear axle of the Superb iV. It is capable of travelling up to 62 km on pure electric power alone. The electric motor acts as an additional boost, providing dynamic driving performance and a 0 to 100 km/h acceleration time of 7.7 seconds.

CO2 emissions for this vehicle are rated from 33 to 35 g/km. Annual road tax is €170.

There are some subtle exterior changes including a new flap in the front grille that conceals the charge point for the car. It can be charged via the domestic mains supply or using a public charging point.

Driving Mode Select is another innovation fitted to the Superb iV as standard and allows the driver to alter the vehicles driving characteristics and comfort settings by varying the steering, transmission and Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC).

In addition to Sport mode, drivers can also select E-mode and Hybrid mode. In E-mode, the Superb iV is powered entirely by the electric motor. It can travel almost silently and accelerate from 0 to 60 km/h in 5.0 seconds. For safety, an E-noise sound generator creates a unique sound to alert pedestrians and cyclists.

The new Superb iV will go on sale priced from €41,850
The new Superb iV will go on sale priced from €41,850

In Hybrid mode, both power units work together, and their interplay is automatically controlled electronically.

The Superb iV can be charged in four different ways. It can be fully charged in about three and a half hours using the Mode 3 charging cable and a wall box with a charging output of 3.6 kW. Using the Mode 2 cable together with a standard household three pin plug socket, it is possible to charge the battery in approximately five hours. While in motion, the Superb iV can charge its battery or maintain the battery level using regenerative braking and also power from the petrol engine.

In Ireland, the new ŠKODA SUPERB iV is offered in as a saloon and Combi (estate) across four specification levels: Ambition, Style, SportLine and L&K. Pricing starts from €41,850 (excluding delivery charges and inclusive of government grants).

Commenting, John Donegan, Brand Director, ŠKODA Ireland, said:

“ŠKODA’s electric journey starts today with the Superb iV. The Superb iV offers the best of both worlds. The ability to plug-in and charge at home or work, means commuters in Naas, Drogheda, Navan or Greystones travelling to Dublin daily have the potential to commute, powered entirely by electricity. Plug-in hybrid vehicles offer significant advantages over so-called “self-charging hybrids” including significantly lower CO2 emissions and superior fuel economy.”

ŠKODA Ireland has advised customers to place their orders early to avoid disappointment as availability will be limited to 250 units next year.

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.