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!

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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.


The new Subaru Forester e-BOXER

2020 Subaru Forester e-BOXER Launched In Ireland

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


The new AlcoSense Lite 2

AlcoSense Lite 2 Breathalyser Launches In Ireland

The new AlcoSense Lite 2
The new AlcoSense Lite 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


The new TESLA Model 3

New Car Registrations In Ireland In November 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

New Mercedes-Benz GLB For 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pricing for Ireland will be announced closer to launch.

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