The Opel Corsa at Gowan House, Naas Road, Dublin

Opel Launches 6th Generation Corsa

The Opel Corsa at Gowan House, Naas Road, Dublin
The Opel Corsa at Gowan House, Naas Road, Dublin

Opel has launched the 6th generation of the Corsa in Ireland, the brand’s best-selling model to date.

The new Corsa is available from launch with petrol and diesel engines, with an all-electric version ('Corsa-e') due in Ireland this April.

Retailing from €17,975 plus delivery related charges, it is already an international award-winner, crowned AutoBest Best Buy Car of Europe 2020.

Read our review here from the international Opel Corsa launch in Croatia.

James Brooks, Managing Director at Leeson Motors, Opel Importer in Ireland said:

“The arrival of the award-winning, all-new Corsa marks a new departure for the Opel brand in Ireland. It is the first new Opel model to market since Opel Ireland was acquired by the Gowan Group and internationally, it is the first new Opel model produced under the the PSA Group.

A recipe for success, the new Opel Corsa combines high everyday practicality with top technologies, economy, an exciting design plus lots of fun behind the wheel. Indeed, with the new Corsa, Opel is delivering on a promise to make top technologies available to a wide range of buyers, at affordable prices. It represents a huge opportunity to us, as the first new model in what promises to be an exciting produce pipeline over the next eighteen months."

The new Opel Corsa is in dealers now for test drives
The new Opel Corsa is in dealers now for test drives

The new Corsa offers increased interior space and comfort, retaining its renowned German precision for detail. The overall exterior height has been reduced to improve aerodynamics and lower CO2 and consumption. But there's still an increase in front headroom and a longer wheelbase and increased overall exterior length return better cabin space and comfort for passengers. The boot volume is increased (+24 litres) to 309 litres, or up to 1,081 litres with the rear seats folded.

A weight reduction of 108 kg, matched to an improvement in torsional stiffness and lower centre of gravity, delivers greater agility, performance and handling over the previous Corsa model. Available in three trims – SC, SRi and Elite - safety technology features available as standard, or as an option, dependent on trim include Forward Collision Alert with Automatic Emergency Braking and Pedestrian detection, radar-based Adaptive Speed Control, Lane Departure Warning and Traffic Sign Recognition.

The new Opel Corsa also brings adaptive glare-free IntelliLux LED matrix lighting to the segment for the very first time,.

With a choice of two petrol engines (1.2 75bhp or 1.2 100bhp), matched to a manual gearbox or an 8-speed automatic, and a 1.5 102bhp diesel engine manual, the improved Corsa delivers a reduction in CO2 of up to 25%.

The Corsa-e 134bhp returns an electric range of up to 337km (WLTP) and retains the same internal spaciousness and comfort as the petrol and diesel variants. Together with the Opel Grandland X plug-in hybrid, the Corsa-e’s arrival in 2020 marks the starting signal for the Opel electrification-offensive with the Vivaro-e van, and electric Opel Combo Life, Combo Cargo and Zafira Life to follow. Indeed, all Opel model ranges will be electrified with a hybrid or battery electric vehicle by 2024.

First launched in 1982, the Corsa is Opel’s best-selling model, with over 13 million units sold in Europe to date.

It's available now at Opel dealerships nationwide to test drive.

The new Opel Corsa will be available with petrol, diesel and electric powertrains
The new Opel Corsa will be available with petrol, diesel and electric powertrains

The Volkswagen e-Golf

Volkswagen e-Golf Gets A Price Cut

The Volkswagen e-Golf
The Volkswagen e-Golf

Volkswagen Ireland has reduced the pricing of the Volkswagen e-Golf ahead of the arrival of the new ID.3 this summer.

The e-Golf is now available from €27,895 including Government grants and the Executive Edition model from €31,550. The e-Golf Executive Edition has a high specification including ‘Vienna’ leather upholstery, 17” Madrid alloy wheels, LED rear lights, keyless entry, rear view camera and Active Info Display.

“The e-Golf has all of the quality, ease of use and attractive design of the Golf, a car that has been synonymous with the family car segment, but with a fully electric drivetrain, with zero emissions and with a range of 231km, which is 14 times the average private car journey and more than 16 times the average Irish person’s commute to work,” said Volkswagen Ireland’s Head of Marketing Mark McGrath.

2019 saw an almost 180 percent increase in sales of electric vehicles in Ireland, making up almost 3 per cent of all sales, with this figure expected to rise in the coming months. Buyers can avail of a Government funded support scheme to the value of €600 towards the purchase and installation of a home charger unit, in addition to the VRT rebate of €5,000 and SEAI grant of €5,000 for electric vehicles.

Drivers of an electric car can also save up to 75 per cent of the costs of tolls on some toll roads which can amount to a saving of as much as €500 cite Volkswagen. There are additional benefits for businesses, such as 0 per cent Benefit in Kind (BIK) for electric vehicles.

For customers who wish to move to one of Volkswagen future ID. electric vehicles, Volkswagen are offering the option of a special 2-year PCP.

“By getting your new e-Golf with a PCP product, there is a Guaranteed Minimum Future Residual Value of the car, so there is the assurance that you can be in the latest state of the art electric vehicle, and upgrade to the newer model without incurring as much risk in terms of residual (resale) values as the minimum value of the car is guaranteed by us,” adds McGrath. “With the e-Golf offering such great quality at a price point equivalent to a petrol or diesel model and with the assurance and value that the PCP product brings, this is a great way for customers to start their electric car journey, in a very familiar product. Plus, we can see from the CSO figures that many drivers are likely to vastly overestimate how far they drive in their daily commute so the e-Golf’s WLTP range of 231km will be sufficient for most commuters’ needs.”


The new SEAT Leon!

2020 SEAT Leon Revealed In Barcelona!

The new SEAT Leon!
The new SEAT Leon!

SEAT has taken the covers off the all-new SEAT Leon, which we can expect to see in Ireland in May.

The SEAT Leon has always been one of the most important vehicles in the brand’s line-up. Since the first Leon was sold in Ireland in 2000, over 13,300 SEAT Leon’s have been sold in Ireland.

Now in its fourth-generation, the 2020 SEAT Leon has been designed, developed and produced in Barcelona, Spain, at the brand’s Martorell facilities.

The Leon sits on the Volkswagen Group MQB Evo platform and the new car will be lower, longer and more aerodynamic. There's a new range of lighting technologies outside and inside of the vehicle. Full LED headlights on some models will include the brand’s signature design and dynamic indicators will feature also. The new Leon's side mirrors include integrated LED indicators and some models will have welcome lights that greet the driver and passengers projecting the word “Hola!” onto the ground!

There's a new interior with a more sleek and minimalist look. According to SEAT, everything in the cabin has been designed to be ergonomically precise for more comfort for everyone inside the vehicle. There will be a central 8.25" or 10” infotainment screen with gesture recognition. The SEAT Digital Cockpit adds a high-resolution 10.25” instrument cluster for the driver.

The interior of the new Leon
The interior of the new Leon

The 5-door SEAT Leon has a boot capacity of 380 litres (identical to the previous generation), while the Sportstourer offers 617 litres of boot capacity, 30 litres more than the previous generation.

The new generation Leon will be offered with petrol (TSI), diesel (TDI),  mild-hybrid (eTSI) and plug-in hybrid (eHybrid) units. Petrol engines are all direct-injection, turbocharged units and provide power outputs between 110PS and 190PS. The 1.0-litre TSI will be offered in the Leon for the first time, while more powerful 1.5 and 2.0-litre petrol units will also be available.

There will be three diesels, all 2.0-litre TDI units with outputs of 115PS and 150PS.

48V mild hybrid technology (eTSI) will feature for the first time in the Leon (1.0 TSI 110PS and 1.5 TSI 150PS, both offered exclusively with the DSG transmission). A plug-in hybrid using a 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine electric motor, 13kWh lithium-ion battery pack and six-speed DSG transmission will have 204PS and an electric only range of up to 60km (WLTP).

In Ireland the 2020 SEAT Leon will be offered in six trim levels: SE, SE Plus, Xcellence, Xcellence Plus, FR, and FR Plus. Pricing will be confirmed closer to launch.

The new Leon follows the successful launch in 2019 of the SEAT Tarraco family SUV.

Speaking about the new Leon, Niall Phillips, Brand Director at SEAT Ireland, said:

“The Leon is a firm favourite amongst Irish customers and we are confident that they will love the fourth-generation Leon even more. This model will bring a new level of technology, design and safety to this segment and we are excited to see the all-new Leon on Irish roads from May onwards. The Leon is hugely important to the brand, not only because it represents SEAT’s core DNA and values, but it will open up the brand to an even wider audience with the introduction of the mild hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains."

The new Leon is on the way to Ireland this May
The new Leon is on the way to Ireland this May


The new Land Rover Defender

The New Land Rover Defender Visits Ireland!

The new Land Rover Defender
The new Land Rover Defender

Land Rover Ireland has announced that the new 2020 Land Rover Defender will be available to view at dealers across the country over the coming weeks. The 'Defender Ireland Tour' will kick off on 1st February giving Irish customers an opportunity to experience the new model before its official launch this spring.

1. Spirit Land Rover Sandyford Business Park, Arena Rd, Dublin 18 1 - 3 February 2020
2. Conlans Land Rover Naas Enterprise Park, Newhall, Naas, W91DP94, Co. Kildare 4 - 6 February 2020
3. Johnson & Perrott Land Rover Bandon Road, Bishopstown, Cork, T12 NX67 7 - 9 February 2020
4. Autoboland Land Rover Butlerstown Roundabout, Cork Rd, Waterford 10 - 12 February 2020
5. Lyons of Limerick Land Rover Ballysimon Road, Limerick 13 - 14 February 2020
6. Joe Duffy Land Rover Airside Motor Park, Exit 3 M1, Swords, Co. Dublin 15 - 18 February 2020

The Defender is an iconic model for the Land Rover brand, known for its all-terrain capability and toughness. It has now been reimagined for the 21st century, sporting a modern visual identity and the latest technology and features. It's powered by powerful petrol and diesel engines with electrified powertrains introduced with mild-hybrid technology and a plug-in hybrid coming later. 200 hp and 240 hp diesel engines will be the backbone of the range in Ireland.

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

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

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

The Defender 110 First Edition model will be available to view on the upcoming Defender Ireland Tour.

Irish prices start from €68,160 for the Defender 110 2.0 SD4 AWD Auto model.

For more information about The Defender Ireland Tour, visit www.landrover.ie/defenderirelandtour.


Renault Ambassador and Today FM Breakfast Presenter Ian Dempsey launched the partnership between Renault Ireland and Irish charity The Care Trust (TCT) to supply 36 All-New Renault Clios for its series of fundraising lottery draws in 2020, the first of which takes place on Friday 31st January.

Renault Ireland Partners With The Care Trust

Renault Ambassador and Today FM Breakfast Presenter Ian Dempsey launched the partnership between Renault Ireland and Irish charity The Care Trust (TCT) to supply 36 All-New Renault Clios for its series of fundraising lottery draws in 2020, the first of which takes place on Friday 31st January.
Renault Ambassador and Today FM Breakfast Presenter Ian Dempsey launching the new partnership between Renault Ireland and Irish charity The Care Trust (TCT)

Renault Ireland will partner with Irish charity The Care Trust (TCT) to supply 36 new Renault Clios for its series of fundraising lottery draws in 2020.

The Care Trust is a non-profit organisation and a registered charity, raising much needed funds for the CRC, Rehab, and the Mater University Hospital since 1974. In 2019, The Care Trust provided €2.15 million to CRC, Rehab and the Mater Hospital from its fundraising efforts. These funds help to ensure that thousands of children and adults with physical, medical or intellectual disabilities, those who are socially disadvantaged and those requiring medical care have the opportunity to achieve their full potential.

The Care Trust runs three draws every month, and a new Renault Clio must be won in every draw.

In the 30 years since the iconic supermini first went on sale, Clio has become Renault’s best-selling model worldwide, with 15 million Clios finding homes.

The fifth generation Renault Clio has just arrived in dealers around Ireland.

Conor Dixon, Renault Ireland, said:

“We’re delighted to partner with The Care Trust, which does such fantastic work through its beneficiaries at the CRC, Rehab and the Mater Hospital. We wish all 36 lucky winners safe and happy driving in their All-New Renault Clios!”

Senan Mullins, Chief Executive, The Care Trust, said:

“We are very grateful to Renault Ireland for their tremendous support and goodwill and we are looking forward to a great partnership which will offer our contributors the chance, well 36 chances this year in fact, to win an All-New Renault Clio, along with cash prizes in every draw. The Care Trust has been fundraising since 1974, thanks to our generous and loyal contributors, from all over the country, who make a huge difference to the lives of children and adults in Ireland who depend on the fantastic services provided by CRC, Rehab and the Mater University Hospital”.


The new Toyota RAV4 Plug-In Hybrid

2020 Toyota RAV4 Plug-In Hybrid For Ireland

The new Toyota RAV4 Plug-In Hybrid
The new Toyota RAV4 Plug-In Hybrid

Toyota Ireland is to introduce a new plug-in hybrid version of the new RAV4 before the end of the year.

Pricing of the new Toyota RAV4 Plug-in Hybrid will be confirmed closer to launch but the brand has already informed us that they will have a limited supply of this new model arriving in Ireland towards the end of 2020 and expect the 2021 allocation to be mostly pre-sold before the end of 2020.

In 2019, the brand introduced an all-new generation of the popular RAV4 SUV. For Ireland, the new Toyota RAV4 has been sold exclusively as a self-charging hybrid. However come the end of 2020, buyers will also be able to opt for a plug-in hybrid version offering drivers more flexibility with the ability to plug-in, charge and drive on pure electric power for a claimed 64 km.

Toyota already offers a Prius Plug-in Hybrid in Ireland.

More power and super low emissions for the RAV4

The new RAV4 Plug-In Hybrid will use the same 2.5-litre petrol electric hybrid but a new, high-capacity lithium-ion battery and an enhanced boost converter to the hybrid system’s power control unit will give full system output of 306 hp. Toyota says it has the potential to deliver acceleration from rest to 100 km/h in just 6.2 seconds. Toyota’s pre-homologation, WLTP-standard data indicates CO2 output for this new model of less than 29g/km.

It's built on Toyota’s GA-K platform and according to the brand there will be added dynamic benefit by locating the hybrid battery beneath the floor. It is also equipped as standard with all-wheel drive. There will be four driving modes and the driver can switch from hybrid to pure EV driving. Speeds up to 135 km/h can be reached without any intervention of the internal combustion engine, even under full acceleration.

The interior of the new RAV4 Plug-In Hybrid
The interior of the new RAV4 Plug-In Hybrid

New design features

Styling updates include dark plating for the dedicated grille mesh and frame and headlight extensions, together with a new metallic finish on the lower bumper moulding. New 18 and 19-inch wheel designs combine contrasting bright machined and grey or black finishes, while at the rear there is a metal-like finish for the garnish beneath the screen and black plating for the under-run.

In the cabin the focus is on new upholstery designs with a sporty feel, with ribbed patterns with contrast red detailing. The centre console features a nine-inch multimedia touchscreen display – the largest in any RAV4 model – for clear and easy control of the car’s entertainment, information and connectivity functions.

Some of the equipment available on the new RAV4 Plug-In Hybrid range will include 19-inch alloy wheels, heated front and rear seats, a 230 V power outlet in the cabin, a bi-tone exterior paint finish, power tailgate, nine-inch display audio system and the latest Toyota multimedia package with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration.

Commenting on the new RAV4 Plug-in Hybrid, Steve Tormey, Toyota Ireland CEO said:

“We’re delighted to offer another electrified option for customers, further cementing our leadership in the drive to a full zero emissions society. Toyota are constantly innovating and this best-in-class plug-in hybrid will be an excellent option for customers looking to further extend their electrified driving. The RAV4 is one of our most popular models and it was a runaway success in 2019, with the majority of our dealers selling out of their allocation by midyear 2019, and we are expecting a lot of customer demand for this model in 2020. The launch of the plug-in RAV4 also is a clear demonstration of our Built For A Better World brand promise, to make life better for Irish families, by contributing to  cleaner environment and better air quality for all.”


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.