The exciting new Mazda3 SkyActiv-X will be in Ireland before the end of the year!

Mazda3 SkyActiv-X Orders Begin!


The exciting new Mazda3 SkyActiv-X will be in Ireland before the end of the year!
The exciting new Mazda3 SkyActiv-X will be in Ireland before the end of the year!azda

Mazda Ireland has announced that customers can now pre-order the new Mazda3 Skyactiv-X.

The revolutionary Skyactiv-X petrol engine features Mazda’s unique Spark Plug Controlled Compression Ignition (SPCCI) technology. The 2.0 litre, four-cylinder Skyactiv-X engine is the world’s first commercial petrol unit to combine the spark ignition of a petrol engine with the compression ignition of a diesel.

Providing drivers with the free-revving performance of a petrol engine and the superior response of a diesel, Skyactiv-X models will have 180 PS and 224 Nm of torque.

In emissions tests, the new Mazda3 Skyactiv-X Saloon was rated at 96 g/km CO2 and achieved a fuel economy of 4.3 l/100km.

Skyactiv-X models are also equipped with Mazda M Hybrid technology, fitted as standard. The intelligent 24V mild-hybrid system minimises fuel consumption, increasing fuel economy and lowering emissions by recycling energy recovered during deceleration that powers an electric motor that assists the engine.

The Skyactiv-X engine is available on both the Mazda3 hatchback and saloon models, with a choice of six-speed Skyactiv-MT manual or six-speed Skyactiv-Drive automatic transmissions.

It is expected to reach Irish showrooms by the fourth quarter of 2019.

The Renault ZOE Z.E. R110 S-Edition

New Renault ZOE Z.E. 40 R110 S-Edition

The Renault ZOE Z.E. R110 S-Edition
The Renault ZOE Z.E. R110 S-Edition

Renault Ireland has announced the arrival of a new special edition of the all-electric ZOE. The Renault ZOE Z.E. 40 R110 S-Edition is available to order now from €28,990. Like other ZOE models, it offers up to 300 km in driving range from its 41kWh battery.

The new Renault ZOE Z.E. 40 R110 S-Edition comes exclusively in Aconite purple and is well-equipped with all of the features of the ZOE Dynamique Nav version, plus a rear parking camera, half leather seats and a BOSE audio system.

The Irish electric vehicle (EV) market is already up 270% compared to 2018, and more customers have already bought a Renault ZOE in 2019 than in the whole of 2018, according to Renault Ireland.

ZOE’s chameleon charger means that owners can get the best from the over 1,000 public AC charging points in Ireland because it’s the only electric car which can use these for 22kW rapid charging. According to Renault, that gives an 85 km range boost in just half an hour and is three times faster than most rivals, eliminating the need to queue for the far less common fast chargers.

Customers can now avail of 0% APR HP on all new ZOE models for 192, available until 31st July. ZOE range from €25,590.

The Hyundai Nexo is a hydrogen fuel cell powered crossover SUV

Hydrogen Mobility Ireland Founded

The Toyota Mirai is Toyota's hydrogen fuel cell car
The Toyota Mirai is Toyota's hydrogen fuel cell car

A new group featuring a number of leading industrial companies has been founded in Ireland to plan and deliver a coordinated approach to the deployment of hydrogen transport in Ireland. Hydrogen Mobility Ireland (HMI) aims to plan a path to mass market introduction of Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEVs).

The group plans to present their findings to a range of interested parties over the coming months, including an interim presentation to the Government’s Low Emission Vehicle Taskforce next month, and to publish a report in Q3 of this year on the potential role of hydrogen technology in the decarbonisation of the national transport fleet.

Using hydrogen as a fuel for transport

The use of hydrogen as a fuel for cars and heavy-duty vehicles can enable zero emissions transport. A fuel cell consumes hydrogen fuel and air to produce electrical power for the vehicle, with water vapour as the only by product. Utilising sustainable hydrogen in transport will aid Ireland in achieving its transport decarbonisation targets in a cost-effective manner. The transport sector is currently the second highest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions in Ireland.

Hydrogen Mobility Ireland is a new group forseeing the introduction of hydrogen fuel cell technology into Ireland
Hydrogen Mobility Ireland announces formation

Hydrogen fuel and vehicles are receiving significant interest in many countries such as China, Japan, Germany, the UK and in the US state of California. According to Hydrogen Mobility Ireland, these efforts will deliver significant cost reductions in the early 2020s, which Ireland can benefit from through a well-timed hydrogen introduction strategy. The launch of FCEVs will complement the progress already made on battery electric vehicles, with FCEV expected to be the preferred zero emission technology for longer range car consumers as well as offering a pathway to decarbonise other vehicle segments such as heavy goods vehicles and buses.

What's next?

HMI has formed three working groups: hydrogen production, refuelling stations and FCEV rollout, and will work closely with the Hydrogen Ireland Association, which is reviewing the use of hydrogen for other sectors such as the built environment, integration with renewables and energy supply chains as well as the skills and training that will be needed.

Mark Teevan, a Director of Toyota Ireland, is the first Chairperson of Hydrogen Mobility Ireland. He commented, “Hydrogen Mobility Ireland is addressing one of the most pressing questions of our time – how to effectively and efficiently decarbonise transport in Ireland. Climate change is now at the fore of the country’s political agenda, and we need to both increase and focus our efforts to get real traction on this. Hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles are capable of delivering zero emissions driving across many vehicle categories.”

The Hyundai Nexo is a hydrogen fuel cell powered crossover SUV
The Hyundai Nexo is a hydrogen fuel cell powered crossover SUV

Hydrogen Mobility Ireland:

  • Industrial members:
    • BOC
    • Bord Gáis Energy
    • Bord ná Mona
    • CIE group
    • Ervia/GNI
    • Harris Group/LDV
    • Hydrogenics
    • Hyundai Ireland
    • Indaver
    • Toyota Ireland
    • Viridian/Energia
  • Policy Stakeholders:
    • Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment
    • Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport
    • Northern Ireland Department of Infrastructure
    • Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland
  • Representing Hydrogen Ireland Association – Dr James Carton, Dublin City University
  • Representing the GenComm project, NI – Paul McCormack, Belfast Metropolitan College

The 2019 Corolla Hatchback

New Car Registrations In Ireland In May 2019

The 2019 Corolla Hatchback
The new Toyota Corolla was Ireland's bestselling car in May 2019

Official statistics released today by the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) show that total new car registrations for the month of May are up 4.7% (6,341) when compared with May 2018 (6,055).

New car registrations year to date are down 7.6% (79,343) on the same period last year (85,868). 

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

The five bestselling cars so far in 2019 in Ireland are 1. Nissan Qashqai, 2. Hyundai Tucson, 3. Toyota Corolla, 4. Volkswagen Tiguan and 5. Skoda Octavia.

The top selling car in May was the Toyota Corolla.

New Light Commercial Vehicle (LCV) registrations are also up, 5.2% (1,726)
on May 2018 (1,641), with registrations year to date down 8.4% (14,617). While
New Heavy Commercial Vehicles (HGV) increased 31.3% (298) in comparison to May
2018 (227) and year to date are also up 7.7% (1,491)

Imported Used Cars for May increased 4.1% (9,346) on the same month last
year (8,978) while year to date imports are 3% (45,062) ahead of 2018 (43,739).

New electric vehicle registrations continue to grow month on month with a
total of 1,902 EV cars registered so far this year, surpassing the total number
of EVs registered for 2018 (1,233).

Brian Cooke, SIMI Director General, said: “Registrations for the month of May, both cars and light commercial vehicles, showed an improvement on May of last year, although the increase in numerical terms was relatively small. However, sales overall year to date have been disappointing with both business and consumer Brexit related uncertainty contributing to dampened demand for new vehicles. As we move into June the Industry is now focused on preparations for the start of the July 192 registration period. This will see a variety of strong offers to consumers across all brands, and in this environment, consumers will have a wide choice of cars to choose from at a really competitive price.”

The new Tesla Model 3 is available to order now!

Tesla Model 3 Can Now Be Ordered In Ireland


The new Tesla Model 3 is available to order now!
The new Tesla Model 3 is available to order now!

Tesla has opened Irish orders for the new Tesla Model 3. The new Model 3 range is available from €48,900 in Ireland.

The Tesla Model 3 Configurator Ireland has launched with the Model 3 AWD Performance and RWD in Standard Range Plus the first models to be available to configure online.

First deliveries for reservation holders will begin in July.

The Model 3 is Tesla’s smaller, simpler, and more affordable car. The Standard Range Plus model has an estimated range of 415 km range, while the range for the Model 3 Performance is rated at 530 km and 560km for the Long Range AWD.

Every car comes with active safety features standard, including Automatic Emergency Braking, Forward Collision Warning and Side Collision Warning. Model 3 now comes with Autopilot included. Under active driver supervision, the car can steer, accelerate and brake automatically for other vehicles and pedestrians within its lane.  

All Model 3 customers have pay-per-use access to the Tesla global Supercharger network, which is reserved specifically for Tesla owners - there are more than 430 Supercharger locations with over 3600 Superchargers in Europe.

For the European market the Tesla Model 3 also comes with a built-in CCS Charge Port for compatibility with third party fast charging networks.

Metallic pain options Midnight Silver and Deep Blue are available for €1,100, while Multi Coat Red and Pearl White will cost €1,600.  Solid black is a standard colour with no charge.

Model 3 specs at a glance: 

Key Specifications Standard Range Plus   Model 3 Performance 
0-100 Km/h   5.6 seconds  3.4 seconds 
Top Speed
225 km/h  261 km/h 
WLTP KM 415 km (WLTP est)  530 km 


The new BMW X1

New BMW X1 For Ireland In July

The new BMW X1 will arrive in Ireland in July, priced from €38,975 on the road.

The styling of the X1 has been updated in line with BMW's latest range of X models. There will be four model variants - SE, Sport, xLine and M Sport - with each having its own unique look and equipment to match.

Inside, the BMW X1 features an updated Navigation system with either an 8.8-inch or the optional 10.25-inch Touch Control Display. T

The new BMW X1 will be available with a range of three and four-cylinder engines, with a plug-in hybrid X1 ( xDrive25e) on the way also. The petrol range starts with the 140hp 1.5-litre sDrive18i.

The diesel range uses a 2.0-litre engine and both the sDrive and the all-wheel drive xDrive18d models deliver 150hp and a peak torque of 350Nm. Diesels are priced from €41,325.

A six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual clutch auto gearbox are available.

The new BMW X1 is available to order now from your local BMW dealer.

A new BMW 1 Series will arrive in Ireland in September.

The new BMW 1 Series

New BMW 1 Series Coming To Ireland In September

The new BMW 1 Series
The new BMW 1 Series

The new BMW 1 Series will arrive in Ireland in September, priced from €31,675 on the road for the 116d.

This new generation of BMW's hatchback has a sportier design along with improved handling and agility.  More powerful and more efficient engines are combined with new technology highlights such as BMW Head-up display, BMW Digital Key, BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant and BMW Live Cockpit Plus.

There's more boot and interior space thanks to a front-wheel-drive architecture with transverse engines and a lower centre tunnel. Luggage compartment capacity rises by 20 litres to 380 litres.

The new BMW 1 Series will be offered in SE, Sport and M Sport trims as well as the range-topping M135i xDrive.

The all-new BMW 1 Series is powered by three-cylinder and four-cylinder engines with a choice of three diesel and two petrol engines at launch. Petrol models start from €33,205 for the 118i.

The 118i's 1.5-litre three-cylinder engine puts out 140hp with CO2 emissions reduced by 29g. The BMW 116d is powered by a 1.5-litre 116hp three-cylinder engine and according to BMW returns up to 61.4 mpg with CO2 emissions of 103-100g/km.

There's a 6 speed manual gearbox and a new 7 speed Steptronic automatic available.

The new BMW 1 Series is available to order now from your local BMW dealer.

Nissan is holding information events on electric vehicles around the country

Nissan To Host Electric Vehicle (EV) Information Events

Nissan is holding information events on electric vehicles around the country
Nissan is holding information events on electric vehicles across its dealer network

Nissan will host a series of information events across its Irish dealer network to provide car buyers and local businesses with everything they need to know to make the switch to zero emissions EV driving.

Sales of electric vehicles are now at a record high in Ireland with sales up 308% to 1,731 units so far this year. Nissan has organised the Nissan Electric Dealer Event between June 4th to 16th .

“We are at an inflection point for EV sales and motorists clearly understand the environmental benefits of switching to EV driving, although the decision to switch often comes with many questions around cost savings, battery life, range and charging,” explained Neil O’Sullivan, Head of Sales and Business Development at Nissan Ireland.

“We have organised The Nissan Electric Dealer Event across our dealer network to share our expertise as EV pioneers and to provide customers with a wider opportunity to meet their local Nissan dealer, to put any and all questions that they may have about driving electric to them and to test drive the 100% electric Nissan LEAF,” he added.

Nissan’s EV experts will be on hand to explain the Government incentives that are currently available to EV drivers, including the SEAI purchase grant of €5,000, the additional €7,000 SEAI grant for taxi drivers, reduced road tolls and the convenience of free on-street parking.

In addition, business owners can find out about the introduction of 0% BIK, accelerated capital allowances and other advantages of switching to an electric vehicle.

The new Dacia Duster TechRoad

New Dacia TechRoad Special Edition

The new Dacia Duster TechRoad
The new Dacia Duster TechRoad

Dacia has added a new Special Edition across their range for 192, the TechRoad.

Available to order now from €16,440, the TechRoad specification adds more equipment to the Sandero Stepway, Logan MCV Stepway and Duster ranges, including navigation with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto® and reversing camera.

The TechRoad Special Editions also feature new interior trims and a choice of two new metallic paint colours – Fusion Red and Highland Grey.

The Dacia TechRoad editions feature new interior trims and more equipment
The Dacia TechRoad editions feature new interior trims and more equipment

This summer also sees the debut of a new TCe 130 petrol engine in the Dacia Duster, making it the most powerful Duster ever!

The Dacia Duster TechRoad is the first showcase of this new engine, and is available from €23,040. Already familiar in the Renault range, this engine is now appearing for the first time in a Dacia.

24-hour test drives are available across the Dacia car range at all dealerships nationwide.

The Nissan LEAF is a strong seller in the growing electric vehicle segment

Nissan Ireland Pioneers Move To Online New Car Sales

The Nissan LEAF is a strong seller in the growing electric vehicle segment
The Nissan Leaf

Nissan has become the first car distributor in Ireland to make it possible for consumers to buy their passenger car range online.

Nissan relaunched the website this week and it now
features a “Buy Now” button which enables motorists to buy any new Nissan car
whenever and from wherever they choose, including from the comfort of their

The new feature is designed for Irish car buyers who have already made up their mind on which new car to buy and who want to complete the sales process online.

The move comes after Nissan successfully trialled the online sales model with the 2018 launch of the 40kWh zero emissions Nissan LEAF. Over 200 customers put down online deposits for the car without visiting a showroom to see or test drive the car, while 2,500 online users registered their interest in the car.

“We were selling the car before it hit the showroom floor.
It proved how the market has changed and we have built upon that. We are
expecting a similar experience ahead of the launch of the new 62kWh Nissan LEAF
in June and we are certain that customers will fully embrace the option to buy
from the full range of Nissan cars online,” said James McCarthy, CEO of Nissan

“Buying a new Nissan is now only a click away. Car
buyers are already researching which car to buy online and can now take the
next step and buy any new Nissan passenger car from any location at,” he

Online payment is processed through Stripe and car buyers
are only required to pay a fully refundable deposit of €200 once they have
selected the specification and the model of the new Nissan passenger car that
they want to buy.

"That is enough to secure their new car online and to automatically place an order with their nearest Nissan dealer. Online buyers can also use the new website to book a test drive and to complete a finance application before engaging with their local Nissan dealer to complete the process of securing finance approval for their new Nissan," said Mr. McCarthy. 

The new online initiative is also designed to ensure
that Nissan dealers remain at the heart of the sales process, utilising their
experience and expertise in providing customers with excellent sales, delivery
and after sales service.

“We are providing Nissan customers with the best of
both worlds. Digital is re-shaping the future of car sales and the car showroom
and we are moving with the times,” said Mr. McCarthy.

“Most buyers conduct their online research during
their free time in the evenings. The ‘Book a Test-Drive’, ‘Buy Now’ and finance
application harness the convenience of online to provide a welcome solution for
customers and dealers alike,” he added.