Toyota C-HR

Pricing Announced For New Toyota C-HR

The new Toyota C-HR will go on sale in Ireland this November, priced from €26,895.

The C-HR (‘Coupé High-Rider’) is Toyota’s new C segment crossover SUV and interior space is said to match that of the popular Nissan Qashqai.

Power will come from a 1.2 litre turbo petrol engine, while there is also a hybrid option. There will be no diesel. The 1.2-litre turbo petrol produces 116hp with CO2 emissions from 139g/km. A 6-speed manual gearbox comes as standard, with the option of a CVT automatic gearbox. All-wheel drive versions will come with the CVT.

Fitted with the latest-generation hybrid power plant of a 1.8-litre petrol engine and an electric motor, the C-HR produces 122hp with CO2 emissions as low as 88g/km and a claimed fuel consumption of 3.7 l/100km (76mpg).

Three trim levels will be offered in Ireland: Luna, Luna Sport and Sol.

Toyota C-HR
Interior of the new Toyota C-HR

Standard equipment includes 17” alloy wheels, leather steering wheel, front fog lamps, Toyota Touch 2 with rear view monitor,  Pre-Collision System (including Pedestrian Recognition), Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert with steering control, Automatic High Beam and Road Sign Assist. Luna Sport adds 18” alloys, bi-tone roof, rear privacy glass, heated seats and a smart entry system. Top of the range Sol models will add part leather upholstery, satellite navigation and park assist.

Prices start at €26,895 for the 1.2 petrol in Luna trim, €29,950 for Luna Sport and €30,950 for Sol. Hybrids start from €29,350.

Caroline Kidd

Citroen C3 WRC concept car

Let's Go Racing! New Citroen C3 WRC Concept Car

Citroen has released the first images of the Citroen C3 WRC concept car ahead of its debut at the 2016 Paris Motor Show.

Designed by the Citroen style centre in partnership with Citroën Racing, the concept car offers an extreme version of new Citroen C3.

The C3 WRC concept car heralds the arrival of Citroen’s new rally car that will compete for the first time in the World Rally Championship (WRC) at the Monte Carlo Rally in January 2017. The Citroen team has won eight WRC manufacturers’ titles and holds 96 rally wins, and will be vying for more success when the new C3 WRC car hits the stages.

We are told that the concept car that will be unveiled at Paris is very close to the finished WRC challenger. Based on the new C3 supermini, this more hardcore rally version shares a lot of style features with the production model: two-level light signature, two-tone body/roof and accents matching the colours of the roof.

Citroen C3 WRC concept car
New Citroen C3 WRC will debut on the stages in 2017

The exterior also stands out with a chassis 55mm larger than the new C3, for more aerodynamic freedom including a spoiler for the front bumper. The wing mirrors have been sculpted from carbon for a real racing look and come in yellow to echo one of the colours available for the new C3.

The final racing version of the Citroen C3 WRC will have enhanced engine power of around 380bhp and a electronic differential control.

Watch a video of the new Citroen C3 WRC concept car in action:

Caroline Kidd

Opel Karl Rocks

Introducing Opel Karl Rocks!

Opel Karl Rocks
The new Opel Karl Rocks

Opel has released the first photos and details of an SUV-inspired Opel Karl. With a raised ride height and updated, more rugged styling, Opel Karl Rocks will debut at the Paris Motor Show at the end of September.

Based on Opel’s five door Karl city car, the Karl Rocks will offer the same interior and boot space, and also promises to keep the budget pricing. The ‘Rocks’ makeover will include silver roof rails, rugged front and rear bumpers with integrated skid pads (the former also including fog light), front and rear wheelhouse moldings and unique 15-inch bi-color look alloy wheels.

An 18-mm increase in ride height will give drivers and passengers an elevated seating position.  Inside there is unique “Favo” fabric upholstery for the seats, front door sill plates and a high gloss frame around the radio, or the optional Intellilink system that includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and enables navigation via Apple Maps or Google Maps. Opel OnStar will also be available.

The new Opel Karl Rocks will also come with all of the safety and comfort features available in the regular Karl including the city mode that lightens the steering for parking and low speed turns.

Irish pricing and specs will be announced closer to launch.

Caroline Kidd

Peugeot 5008 SUV

Dramatic New Look For Next Peugeot 5008

Peugeot 5008 SUV
The all-new Peugeot 5008 SUV

An all-new Peugeot 5008 is gearing up for its world premiere at the Paris Motor Show later this month, but ahead of the show Peugeot has revealed that the new car will take the form of a large 7-seater SUV to meet consumer demand in an emerging segment. The brand has already taken the same direction with the next 3008 SUV, due at the end of 2016.

The new car aims to build on the strong commercial success of the existing Peugeot 5008 MPV, which has been the best-selling compact 7-seater MPV in Ireland in 2016.

The all-new Peugeot 5008 gets more assertive styling and according to Peugeot will be lower, more spacious and less bulky than its competitors. It’s longer and wider than the previous 5008 MPV model, so should be roomier inside.

Weight is down 95kg and the vehicle's aerodynamic design gives it one of the lowest drag areas in the segment at 0.76 m2. Ultra-low resistance 17", 18", or Michelin slimline 19" (205 55 R19) tyres further accentuate the overall performance.

The new 5008 SUV will house 3 matching, separate, folding and tilting seats in the second row and 2 removable, separate, folding seats in the third row. Each seat in the second row features three-point Isofix child seat anchor points. Controls on the top of the second row side seat backs facilitate easy access to the third row seats. In just one movement, the second row side seats tilt and slide forward.

There will be the facility to remove the third row of seats and so in a 5-seat configuration, the new 5008 has a huge boot of 1,060 litres. A flat and low boot sill (676 mm), together with a foldable front passenger seat, allow the all-new Peugeot 5008 SUV to carry especially long loads of up to 3.20m.

A practical hands-free smart electric tailgate, standard on the GT version, opens and closes quickly and effortlessly when activated, simply by placing your foot under the rear bumper.

There will be a number of other features like sockets, boot cover, blinds, aeroplane trays on the back of the first row seats, hooks, cup holders and 38 litres of storage spaces distributed throughout the passenger compartment to ensure a practical on-board experience.

The new 5008 will come with a range of powerful and efficient petrol and diesel engines and a number of high-tech features, including the latest version of the Peugeot i-Cockpit® with compact steering wheel, an 8" touchscreen, and a 12.3" high-resolution digital head-up instrument panel with graphics that can be customised. Top spec GT Line and GT versions will also feature i-Cockpit® Amplify that adjusts the screen colour and cabin lighting, offers musical ambience settings, multi-point massage seats and a fragrance diffuser.

A number of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems will be available including Automatic Emergency Braking System (AEBS) and Distance Alert systems; Active Lane Keeping Assistance (LKA); Driver attention warning; Smart Beam Assistance; Speed sign recognition and speed suggestion; Adaptive cruise control with stop feature; Active blind spot monitoring; Park Assist; Visio Park (360° vision); and Advanced Grip Control, including new Hill Assist Descent Control (HADC).

Prices and specifications for the new 5008 SUV in Ireland will be announced closer to launch.

Caroline Kidd

Audi A5 Sportback

New Audi A5 Sportback Revealed

Audi A5 Sportback
Audi A5 Sportback

Audi has released photos and details of the new Audi A5 Sportback ahead of its public debut at the 2016 Paris Motor Show.

The styling of the new Audi A5 Sportback has been updated in line with the rest of the Audi range and there's also a new interior. Interior space has increased and the new car will feature a host of driver assistance systems and the latest infotainment features, including Audi’s virtual cockpit and the Audi smartphone interface.

The suspension has been reengineered and the front axle features redesigned five-link suspension, while a five-link construction replaces the trapezoidal-link rear suspension used previously. The adaptive dampers available optionally are integrated into the standard Audi drive select dynamic handling system. A new electromechanical power steering set-up promises enhanced road feedback and steering precision.

There will be five engine variants to choose from, including two TFSI and three TDI engine, from 190hp to 286hp, with fuel consumption reduced by as much as 22%. The range topping S5 will produce 354hp and 500Nm of torque. Six-speed manual transmission, seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission or eight-speed tiptronic will be available. The V6 turbo engine in the new Audi S5 Sportback accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.7 seconds, and up to an electronically governed top speed of 250 km/h, with quattro and eight-speed tiptronic as standard.

The second generation of the Audi A5 Sportback will arrive in Ireland in early 2017.  

Caroline Kidd

Hyundai Tucson ireland's bestselling car

New Car Sales August 2016: What's Ireland Buying?

Hyundai Tucson ireland's bestselling car
The Hyundai Tucson is still Ireland's bestselling car, outselling the Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus

New data from the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) shows that 7,313 new cars were registered in August 2016, and this figure is up 14% on August 2015 when 6,400 new cars were registered.

Meanwhile, total new car registrations for 2016 are still following the upward trend, up 19% (138,538) compared to the same period last year (116,195), and well on the way to breaking the 150,000 barrier predicted by year end.

Registrations of new Light Commercial Vehicles (LCVs) are up 11% (1,815) on the same month last year (1,642) and up 22% (24,545) year to date.

Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV) registrations are also up 49% for the month of August 2016 (251) when compared to August last year (169), with registrations up 41% overall.

The data shows that Hyundai is still Ireland’s bestselling car brand, followed by Toyota and Volkswagen. The Hyundai Tucson was the top selling car in August but is also the bestselling car in Ireland to date in 2016, followed by the Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus.

Commenting on the figures, Alan Nolan, SIMI Director General, said, "The Motor Industry has been working hard to deliver the continuing level of growth in what has been a noticeably more difficult market since June. As we move toward the end of the 3rd quarter of the year, the Industry remains focused on business still to be done, with strong offers still available for consumers. In contrast with the era before the two-period registration system was introduced, when sales were all but finished in the first quarter, the interest in new vehicle sales now tends to carry to the end of the third quarter, but obviously at a lower rate.

He also emphasises the importance of the Industry to the Exchequer and warns against any moves by the Government in the next Budget that could negatively impact the sector.

“We believe the Industry is still on course to deliver close to 150,000 new car sales by the end of the year, indeed new car sales have already generated €1.2 Billion for the Exchequer in VRT and VAT receipts. Our Industry currently employs over 42,000 people nationwide and it is crucial that the provisions in the forthcoming Budget for 2017 support rather than undermine the State’s tax revenues and employment across the sector. It is important that Budget 2017 contains measures that improve the position of both consumers and businesses. The potential for post-Brexit Sterling exchange rates to drain business away from the Irish domestic economy was highlighted by the increase of 76% in the number of imported used cars in July, so clearly the last thing we need at this stage is any further damaging tax increase in the forthcoming Budget. Suggestions of piece-meal increases on diesel fuel or indeed on motor tax being considered, at a time when soaring insurance costs are already impacting, would be damaging and extremely ill-conceived given that a new EU emissions regime is being rolled-out from next year which will require a major review of our current environmental taxation.

Our Industry, like the rest of the domestic economy, needs stability and as much certainty as is possible to support consumer and business confidence, especially given concerns regarding Brexit, in order to support a continuation of the recovery and progress of the past few years."

Caroline Kidd

Opel Mokka X Ireland

Irish Pricing For Opel Mokka X Announced

Opel Mokka X Ireland
The new Opel Mokka X

The new Opel Mokka X will arrive in Ireland in October, with pricing from €21,495 to €31,745.

The new car replaces the Mokka crossover introduced in 2012, and will debut a new interior and exterior design, and a refreshed engine line-up.  The new Mokka X will be the first model to introduce the “X” segment identifier for future Opel SUV and crossover vehicles.

The styling of the Mokka X is more in line with the rest of the Opel range including a wing-shaped horizontal front grille and sharp double-wing signature of the LED daytime running lights. At the rear is another double wing signature highlighted in the tail lamps, with LED technology an option. New colours such as ‘Amber Orange’ and ‘Lava Red’ will also be available.

On the inside, the Opel Mokka X has a completely new dashboard inspired by the new Astra. The centre console features a seven-inch or an eight-inch touchscreen of the new generation Intellilink infotainment, with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone compatibility. Opel OnStar is also available for peace of mind while driving.

Opel Mokka X Ireland
New interior of the Opel Mokka X

The new Mokka X will also introduce LED Adaptive Forward Lighting headlamps, which will replace the old BiXenon AFL system. The new AFL LED system adapts the headlights’ lighting patterns automatically to the driving situation so that the best possible light performance is given without dazzling other road users.

Power will come from an entry level 1.6-litre (115hp) petrol, a new 1.4-litre (152hp) turbo petrol and the 1.6-litre (136hp) diesel, with three trim levels at launch (S, SC and Elite). Petrols will start from €21,495, with diesels starting at €26,295.

An all wheel drive version of the new Opel Mokka X will be available featuring a clever system that will reduce fuel consumption on these models. When the road surface is dry, the front wheels drive the vehicle forward (except when starting when the car is in AWD) to keep fuel consumption low. Depending on the road conditions, the car automatically switches from 100% front-wheel drive on dry road surfaces to a maximum torque distribution of 50% on the front- and rear- axle, for example, when roads are covered in water.

AWD models will be available from €25,795.

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search for Ireland's oldest Ford Fiesta

Ford Launches Search For Ireland’s Oldest Fiesta

search for Ireland's oldest Ford Fiesta
The Ford Fiesta Mk 1 launched in 1976. Ford Ireland is now looking for Ireland's oldest Fiesta.

The Ford Fiesta is 40 years old this year and as part of the car’s 40 year celebrations, Ford in Ireland is hoping to uncover Ireland’s oldest Fiesta.

First introduced in 1976, the Fiesta is Ireland and Europe’s favourite small car, and has sold more than 17 million units around the world since launch.

In Ireland, some 180,000 Fiestas have been sold giving it a rightful claim to the country’s longest-standing and favourite small car.

“The Fiesta has had such a unique and exceptional heritage in Ireland,” commented Ciarán McMahon, Chairman and Managing Director of Ford in Ireland.  “It has been part of the family for countless households down through the years and is the car that most of us actually learned to drive in – experiences like that build a unique and strong affinity.”

“Fiesta succeeded in staying popular by changing with the times and always staying right up to date.  The latest version is a testament to that – stylish, great driving dynamics, excellent fuel economy, but as technologically advanced as models selling for a multiple of the price of the Fiesta.  That is why the latest version of Fiesta has been the top-selling small car in Europe for the last four years and I am sure the next 40 years will be just as successful for Fiesta.”

Back in 1976, the Fiesta went on sale for the price of £2,365 and came with options including a screw-off aerial.  Today’s Fiesta is geared towards the ‘connected’ generation, with connectivity to smartphones, apps and the latest voice control technologies.

In its search for Ireland’s oldest Fiesta, Ford is hoping that owners of early Fiestas will come forward and contact their local Ford Dealer. The owner of Ireland’s oldest Fiesta and their car will be guests of honour at a special celebratory event for 40 years of Fiesta that will take place in late September.

For details of your nearest Ford Dealer go to and also keep an eye on the Ford Ireland Facebook page for regular updates on Fiesta 40 activity.

Caroline Kidd

Citroen C4 Cactus Rip Curl Ireland

Citroen C4 Cactus Rip Curl Coming Soon To Ireland

Citroen C4 Cactus Rip Curl Ireland
The new Citroen C4 Cactus Rip Curl is coming to Ireland

Citroën and surf brand, Rip Curl, have joined forces to create the Citroen C4 Cactus Rip Curl Special Edition, which will arrive in Ireland this October and is available to order now.

The new special edition has Rip Curl graphics on the wings and rear quarter, white roof rails and door mirrors, orange seatbelts, orange detailing on the audio speakers, and orange-trimmed carpet mats.

The new model also introduces ‘Grip Control’ to the C4 Cactus range for the first time. This intelligent traction system allows drivers to select modes to deal with different surface types such as snow, mud and sand. The C4 Cactus Rip Curl also features 17-inch diamond cut ‘Cross’ alloy wheels with Goodyear 4 seasons Mud+Snow tyres.

The car will be available with two engines, the 1.2-litre PureTech petrol 110bhp, (from €23,995), and the 1.6-litre Blue HDi diesel 100bhp, (from €25,045).

Equipment includes aluminium-effect front and rear bumper protectors, rear parking sensors, a colour reversing camera, automatic air conditioning, automatic headlights and wipers, satellite navigation, a 6-speaker MP3 audio system, cruise control/speed limiter and tinted rear windows. There will be a choice of five striking body colours – Obsidian Black (metallic), Arctic Steel (metallic), Pearl White (pearlescent), Sport Red and Tapenade Grey.

Caroline Kidd