The new range of Audi S6 and S7 Sportback performance models!

Audi S6 TDI And Audi S7 Sportback TDI Pricing

The new range of Audi S6 and S7 Sportback performance models!
The new range of Audi S6 and S7 Sportback performance models!

Audi Ireland has revealed pricing for its new generation of performance oriented Audi S6 and S7 models.

The new Audi S6 Saloon is available from €90,860 on the road, while the S6 Avant is available from €93,940.

The new Audi S7 Sportback is available from €97,530 on the road.

For the first time, the Audi S Series models are welcoming TDI power into their ranks – the new Audi S6 and S7 join the recently reinstated SQ5 in offering a V6 TDI engine producing 349hp, with torque peaking at 700Nm!

Thanks to an electrically powered compressor working with a 48-volt primary electrical system, according to Audi, the new MHEV models "combine characteristic TDI economy with exceptional throttle response", which can be fully exploited with the help of S sport suspension with damping control and dynamic all-wheel steering.

The Audi S6 TDI and Audi S7 Sportback are now available to order from local Audi dealerships.

The new Nissan LEAF 62 kWh

Nissan LEAF 62 kWh Goes On Sale!

The new Nissan LEAF 62 kWh

The new longer-range Nissan LEAF 62kWh is now available in Ireland from €37,840.

The model’s compact 62 kWh battery is both efficient and powerful, with a 25% increase in energy density and 55% boost in energy storage capacity, giving the 62kWh LEAF a power output of 217 PS and up to 385 km (WLTP) on a single charge compared to the 40 kWh Nissan LEAF.

The new battery retains a similar shape and size to the 40 kWh LEAF battery pack, allowing the 62kWh battery to retain the LEAF’s interior space and its defined exterior styling.

All new LEAF versions come as standard with Nissan’s new NissanConnect infotainment system, with features including Apple CarPlay® and AndroidAuto® allowing for seamless smartphone connectivity.

Customers also benefit from an upgraded navigation system, which features TomTom LIVE premium traffic and route optimisation, as well as the inbuilt Online Map Update facility and Chargers Location functionality.

There's also a new NissanConnect Services app that allows users to send navigation routes from their smartphone to their car and from their car to their smartphones through the Door-to-Door Navigation facility.

Remote Climate Control gives the option to preset air conditioning or heating while the LEAF is still plugged in, whilst information and analysis of trips and driving style can also be accessed from a smartphone.

The new LEAF also offers a number of new design options, with a total of 10 body colours and seven two-tone body and roof colour combinations.

The new 62 kWh Nissan LEAF starts from €37,840 in SV grade, with equipment including Intelligent Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Recognition, Intelligent Trace Control, Moving Object Detection, Intelligent Lane Intervention, e-Pedal with regenerative function, Front & Rear Parking Sensors and Around View Monitor. On the exterior, SV LEAF also features 17" alloy wheels, privacy glass, LED daytime running lights and LED rear signature lights.

The range-topping SVE 62 kWh LEAF is available from €40,500.  Additional technologies include ProPilot, Bose Audio System and Intelligent Auto LED Headlights. Inside there is a heated leather steering wheel and leather heated seats front and rear.

Ciarán McMahon, Chairman and Managing Director of Ford in Ireland, with a Bord Gáis Energy Ford Transit Custom.

Ford And Centrica Plan Electric Vehicle Services

Ciarán McMahon, Chairman and Managing Director of Ford in Ireland, with a Bord Gáis Energy Ford Transit Custom.
Ciarán McMahon, Chairman and Managing Director of Ford in Ireland, with a Bord Gáis Energy Ford Transit Custom.

Ford and Centrica are set to offer new electric vehicle services in Ireland and the UK, as Ford accelerates its electrified vehicle plans in Europe.

Under the planned partnership, Centrica will deliver a dedicated home charging installation service and electrified vehicle tariffs from British Gas and Bord Gáis Energy that will allow Ford customers to benefit from lower energy prices for overnight charging as the new range of Ford electrified vehicles are launched. Centrica will also make its installation service available to support Ford’s dealership networks across Ireland and the UK.

“Ford is committed to delivering one of the most comprehensive line-ups of electrified vehicles for our customers, powered through the Ford home charger Wall Boxes”, said Ciarán McMahon, Chairman and Managing Director of Ford in Ireland.

“With their scale, experience and access to the electric grid, our partnership with Centrica will enable us to offer a one-stop shop for our customers as they transition to an electrified vehicle, including exciting new vehicle options, wall box, installation service and electricity tariff.”

Every new Ford passenger vehicle nameplate in Europe will include an electrified option – mild hybrid, full hybrid, plug-in hybrid or full battery electric. Upcoming all-electric models include an all-new, Mustang-inspired performance SUV with a range of 600km (WLTP targeted) coming in late 2020; an all-electric Transit in 2021; and a new high-volume Ford model on Volkswagen’s MEB battery electric vehicle platform planned to be built in Europe for 2023.

Sarwjit Sambhi, CEO of Centrica Consumer, said: “We’re committed to helping our customers to make the transition to a lower carbon future and are proud to be supporting Ford with the launch of their new electric vehicle range.

“I believe we are uniquely positioned to help customers at home and in business to make the shift to electric vehicles, harnessing the power of our global network of over 13,000 technicians and engineers to deliver solutions that are simpler, faster and more affordable for consumers.”

Further details of the Centrica and Ford partnership will be announced closer to launch.

The new Ford Focus ST

New Ford Focus ST Due In Ireland In August

The new Ford Focus ST
The new Ford Focus ST

The new Ford Focus ST will arrive in Ireland in August, priced from €39,595.

It will be available in two series - ST-2 and ST-3 - with a choice of petrol or diesel powertrains and hatchback or wagon bodystyles. Buyers can choose from a six-speed manual gearbox or a new seven-speed automatic transmission.

Engine options include the 280 PS 2.3-litre EcoBoost petrol and the 190 PS 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel engine. The new generation of the 2.3-litre EcoBoost gives a 0 - 100 kmh time of 5.7 seconds for the hatchback.

Ford’s first application of an electronic limited-slip differential (eLSD) for a front-wheel drive vehicle enhances the cornering and stability of the EcoBoost variant by sharpening responses to changing grip levels and driver inputs using computer-controlled pre-emptive actuation.

Selectable Drive Modes technology is introduced to the Focus ST for the first time, enabling drivers to adjust the vehicle’s character to suit the driving scenario.

Continuously Controlled Damping (CCD) – standard for five-door EcoBoost variants – enhances the short long arm (SLA) independent rear suspension configuration for greater refinement.

Ford’s new rev-matching technology that debuted on the new Ford Mustang is also introduced as part of an optional Performance Pack for 2.3-litre EcoBoost manual models.

Priced from €39,595, the ST-2 features ST design 18” alloy wheels, front lower grille in high gloss black, front and rear parking sensors, FordPass Connect and partial leather Recaro Performance seats.

Priced from €43,253, the ST-3 adds 19” alloy wheels, painted calipers, fixed full LED headlamps, rear view camera, full leather Recaro seats and power 4-way driver and passenger seats.

At the launch of the Dublin City Council Mobility Hub, Gary Killeen, Business Rental Sales Director, Enterprise Rent-A-Car Ireland; Owen Keegan, Chief Executive, Dublin City Council; and George O’Connor, MD of Enterprise Rent-A-Car Ireland.

Enterprise Rent-A-Car And Dublin City Council Launch Mobility Hub

At the launch of the Dublin City Council Mobility Hub, Gary Killeen, Business Rental Sales Director, Enterprise Rent-A-Car Ireland; Owen Keegan, Chief Executive, Dublin City Council; and George O’Connor, MD of Enterprise Rent-A-Car Ireland.
Gary Killeen, Business Rental Sales Director, Enterprise Rent-A-Car Ireland; Owen Keegan, Chief Executive, Dublin City Council; and George O’Connor, MD of Enterprise Rent-A-Car Ireland, at the launch of the Dublin City Council Mobility Hub,

Enterprise Rent-A-Car and Dublin City Council (DCC) have launched a Mobility Hub pilot as part of the Smart Dublin initiative, in partnership with Enterprise Ireland’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Programme.

Under the project, Enterprise Rent-A-Car will provide a shared electric car and e-bike service at Dublin City Council’s Wood Quay offices, helping to reduce congestion, free up parking spaces and encourage Council employees to adopt healthier ways to commute.

Three Nissan Leaf electric cars and five e-bikes will be available to employees during the workday. IT support for booking and managing the Mobility Hub fleet will be provided by Enterprise Rent-A-Car.

DCC team members can reserve vehicles through a smartphone app, their laptop or PC, and can view real time information on vehicle availability. Keys to the cars are kept in the glove compartment, and access is provided through a PIN that is generated each time a user books a car. The e-bikes are also accessible through a PIN that is delivered each time a booking is made.

Owen Keegan, Chief Executive of Dublin City Council, said: “The Mobility Hub partnership with Enterprise Rent-A-Car will help the City Council to reduce its environmental impact. This pilot project is being delivered under Enterprise Ireland’s Small Business Innovation Research Programme. Our employees will be able to use shared electric mobility services to travel to meetings and events across the city during their working day.”

George O’Connor, Managing Director of Enterprise Rent-A-Car Ireland, said: “The Mobility Hub offers a flexible, scalable solution which allows users to access the right transport for a specific journey. It removes the inconvenience of processing mileage expense claims and arranging safety checks for employees’ personal vehicles. This concept will benefit any organisation that wants to manage their employees’ mobility needs while meeting environmental commitments. We look forward to extending this offering to public and private organisations both large and small.

“We are certain that Dublin City Council will quickly see the benefits that the Mobility Hub can bring. The initiative will also have positive effects on congestion in the city as employees realise that they do not need to drive their own car to work. And of course, whatever mode of transport they choose to use from the Mobility Hub, it will always be a zero emissions option.”

Enterprise’s IT management system provides full transparency to DCC administrators regarding usage and tracking of vehicles and can generate predictions of future use to improve the management of the team’s transport needs.

The new MINI Electric will arrive in Ireland in 2020

MINI Electric Expected In 2020!

The new MINI Electric will arrive in Ireland in 2020
The new MINI Electric will arrive in Ireland in 2020

A new MINI Electric based on the brand's iconic three door hatchback, will arrive in Ireland in March 2020.

It is the brand's first all-electric model and will go on sale from €27,765 OTR, including SEAI grant and VRT Rebate.

A model-specific lithium-ion battery gives the electric MINI a range of 235 to 270 kilometres. The electric motor provides 184 hp and 270 Nm of torque. Acceleration will be a brisk 7.3 seconds from 0 to 100km/h. The car can be charged at a household socket, wall-box or at public charging stations. Fast direct-current charging will be possible at up to 50 kW.

At a weight of 1,365 kilograms, the Electric is just 145 kgs heavier than the current MINI Cooper S 3-Door with automatic transmission. There's also new suspension technology designed for this model to retain and enhance the MINI's famed go-kart driving dynamics.

In accordance with new EU law, the car is fitted with acoustic pedestrian protection for low speed driving, with a distinctive sound created especially for the car generated via a speaker system.

An embossed MINI Electric logo will appear on the car’s side scuttles, as well as on the tailgate and front radiator grille. The front grille features the hallmark hexagonal shape of the MINI but is closed for the electric model as the car requires less cooling.

According to MINI, there have been no restrictions in terms of the size of the luggage compartment, which remains at 211 litres.

Standard equipment will include a new digital dashboard, Connected Navigation including Real Time Traffic Information (RTTI), and LED headlights/taillights.

A mid-level style MINI Electric is available at €30,405 OTR (including SEAI grant and VRT rebate). Equipment includes a cloth/leather-look upholstery, additional exterior body colour and wheel options, as well as rear Park Distance Control (PDC), Rear Camera, Seat Heating, Driving Assistance Pack and Logo Projection.

The top style is available at €35,695 OTR (including SEAI grant and VRT rebate). Equipment includes front PDC, Park Assist, Harmon Kardon sound system, Head-up Display, Panoramic Sun Roof, Matrix LED’s and upgrade to a 8.8” infotainment touch screen. Wireless phone charging is also included, in addition to MINI Yours Leather Lounge upholstery, a choice of five alloy wheels and six exterior body colours.

MINI retailers in Ireland are already accepting deposits now for a March 2020 delivery of the new electric MINI.

The new Mitsubishi L200

New Mitsubishi L200 Launching This August

The new Mitsubishi L200
The new Mitsubishi L200

The new Mitsubishi L200 will arrive in Ireland this August, priced from €35,000.

Under the bonnet there's a 2.2-litre diesel with 150 hp. All models come with four wheel drive and a six speed manual or automatic gearbox is available.

It will be available in three grades: Business, Intense and Instyle.

Standard features include air-conditioning, cruise control with speed limiter, Bluetooth with voice control, electric windows and door mirrors, Easy Select 4WD, rear differential lock, Trailer Stability Assist [TSA] and 16’’ alloy wheels.

The best selling version is expected to be the Intense, starting from €37,850 while the top of the range Instyle Auto is available from €41,935.

The new L200 is equipped with a range of new safety features including Forward Collision Mitigation, Automatic High-Beam, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Multi Around View Monitor.

The new Mitsubishi L200 is fitted with either Super-Select 4WD, which delivers optimum traction and handling characteristics for any given surface, or Easy-Select 4WD, which simplifies switching between drive modes for different road surfaces. With the addition of new drive modes, both 4WD systems deliver improved off-road performance.

According to Mitsubishi, the new L200 features significant improvements and enhancements to the durability and reliability required by the commercial user and to the comfort and ride sought by the private user.

The new Mazda MX-5 30th Anniversary Edition

Mazda MX-5 30th Anniversary Edition!

The new Mazda MX-5 Anniversary Edition
The new Mazda MX-5 Anniversary Edition

Mazda Ireland has introduced the Mazda MX-5 30th Anniversary Edition MX-5, priced at €40,995 and available from selected Mazda dealerships.

Unveiled for the first time at the 2019 Chicago Motor Show, three decades after its debut at the very same motor show in 1989, this special anniversary edition has been produced to celebrate 30 years of the world's bestselling two-seat roadster.

Global production of the MX-5 30th Anniversary Edition are limited to 3000 models, with only 10 cars coming to Ireland.

The 30th Anniversary Edition is exclusively offered in the newly developed Racing Orange body paint and also features forged aluminium Rays wheels and a 30th anniversary badge displaying the model’s serial number. Other unique features include orange brake calipers with Nissin brakes on the rear and Brembo brakes on the front wheels.

Inside there are orange accents on the seats, door trim, dashboard, steering wheel, air vents and gear lever, as well as Recaro seats with Alcantara trim. The 30th Anniversary Edition also features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard.

The Mazda MX-5 range is available from €28,195 in Ireland.

Commenting on the launch of 30th Anniversary MX-5, Mazda Motors Ireland Managing Director, John Perry, said: “The MX-5 is the very essence of the Jinba Ittai driver-and-car-as-one philosophy that goes into every Mazda. With its unique detailing, generous equipment levels, exclusivity and bold Racing Orange paint, the 30th Anniversary Edition is the perfect way to celebrate three decades of this iconic sports car”.

The Mazda MX-5 30th Anniversary Edition features the new 184 ps version of the 2.0 Skyactiv-G petrol engine, and is available only as a roadster. There's also a six-speed manual gearbox, Bilstein dampers, strut-brace and limited slip differential.

Gowan Group will be Opel's new import partner in Ireland for models like the 2020 Corsa-e

Opel To Join Gowan Group In Ireland

Gowan Group will be Opel's new import partner in Ireland for models like the 2020 Corsa-e
Gowan Group will be Opel's new import partner in Ireland for models like the 2020 Corsa-e

Gowan Group has acquired Opel Ireland and will be Opel’s wholesale import partner in Ireland upon approval of the transaction by the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission in Ireland.

This move is in line with Opel’s business strategy in selected European markets to enhance agility, efficiency and competitiveness.

Gowan Group will assume responsibility for all of Opel Ireland’s operations and current Opel employees will transfer on completion of the transaction.

“This is another decision in line with the goals of our PACE! strategic plan which will make our sales set-up in certain European countries more agile, efficient and therefore competitive,” said Xavier Duchemin, Opel/Vauxhall Managing Director Sales, Aftersales and Marketing. “We are confident that our brand will perform even better in Ireland with this new set-up.”

“We are delighted to become Opel’s import partner in Ireland”, says Michael Dwan, CEO, Gowan Group. “We have an in-depth understanding of the Irish motor market and a strong appreciation of the Opel brand. The close engagement with our colleagues in Russelsheim through this process, together with the expertise and capability within the Group and within Opel Ireland, the strong dealer network and customer base and the exciting new product pipeline all underpin our belief that Opel will fully realise its potential in the Irish market in the years ahead. We look forward to welcoming the Opel Ireland team into the Gowan Group.”

Gowan Group has been involved in motor distribution in Ireland for fifty years, importing Peugeot vehicles since 1969 and Honda vehicles since 1984.

Opel sold over 5,800 vehicles in Ireland in 2018 achieving a market share of 3.8%. Opel is now aiming, through this new business model, to grow profitably in Ireland in the coming years.

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC

Updated Mercedes-Benz GLC Arrives

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC
The 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC

An updated Mercedes-Benz GLC has just arrived in Irish Mercedes dealerships, priced from €48,040.

Changes from the GLC model launched in 2015 include updates to styling, specifications, new engines, larger touch-screen displays and enhanced connectivity.

Inside there is now the MBUX multimedia system with ‘Hey Mercedes’ commands. Driver assistance systems have also been considerably expanded. Included are distance, brake and steer assist features with automatic speed monitoring, an exit warning that alerts driver and passengers from opening a door when an overtaking vehicle is approaching, an emergency corridor function that helps drivers maintain course and avoid unintentional lane changing.

Other features include LED headlights, keyless-go start function, 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission and a wide choice of on/off-road drive modes, dynamic body control suspension and drive settings, and a host of standard and optional comfort, safety and driver assistance features such as parking, blind spot, trailer manoeuvring and hook-up assists.

The new Mercedes-Benz GLC family comes equipped with next generation four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines with more power and greater efficiency. Models available include the GLC 200 4MATIC, GLC 300 4MATIC, GLC 200 d 4MATIC, GLC 220 d 4MATIC and GLC 300 d 4MATIC. The most popular models here will be the GLC 200d and the GLC 220d versions.

Commenting, Ciaran Allen, sales manager for Mercedes-Benz in Ireland said: “Within the Mercedes-Benz range, GLC is a model that has always performed. Well equipped with features that owners like, GLC will appeal to singles and families for whom the allure of eye-catching design, advanced technology and driver comforts sits comfortably with the practical applications that the SUV is designed to deliver”.

Following the GLC, will be the GLC Coupé (from €51,540). Bearing all of the driver-focused features and specifications found in the GLC, the Coupé is expected to have a strong following amongst motorists who prefer to combine the safety, efficiency and functionality of an SUV in a sporty coupé body.

There is also a Mercedes-AMG 63 4MATIC version on the way with a 4.0-litre eight-cylinder biturbo engine (476HP) and the Mercedes-AMG 63S 4MATIC (510HP).