The new Mercedes-Benz A-Class Saloon

Mercedes-Benz A-Class Saloon Arrives In Ireland

The new Mercedes-Benz A-Class Saloon
The new Mercedes-Benz A-Class Saloon

The all-new Mercedes-Benz A-Class Saloon has arrived in Ireland, priced from €33,390. It's also joined by a high performance AMG A35 variant.

This is the first time that an A-Class saloon has been available, and it joins the all new A-Class hatchback that arrived in Ireland in 2018.

It has a noticeably larger presence, with a more sloping bonnet and lower, more angular headlights. Better all-round visibility, easier rear seat access, and a 29-litres larger luggage compartment are among the other design enhancements.

We are also told that it has a more spacious interior, increased front and rear headroom, shoulder room and elbowroom.

It has a new 'floating' dashboard screen and control-and-display system. Using touch screen, touch pad and touch button technology, MBUX brings intelligent voice control, natural speech recognition and augmented reality features that assist the driver. These include the capacity to ‘learn’ the driver’s wishes and operate intuitively.

Other safety and driver-support items include a see-ahead camera and radar with a range of up to 500m, lane-keeping, adaptive braking, and various distance control and driver assist systems.

Engine options for the new Mercedes-Benz A-Class Saloon include two four-cylinder petrol options of 1.4-litre and 2.0-litre capacity, and a new 1.5-litre diesel with power outputs in the 116 to 224 hp range. A 6-speed manual and 7-speed automatic gearbox are available, depending on model choice.

The new Mercedes-Benz A-Class Saloon goes on sale in Ireland priced from €33,390
The new Mercedes-Benz A-Class Saloon goes on sale in Ireland priced from €33,390

First models to arrive here are the A200 petrol at €33,390 and the A180d Automatic at €34,220. Following them will be an entry model A160 petrol and A160d whose prices – to be announced on arrival – will be ‘pitched competitively’ around the €30,000 mark, according to Ciaran Allen, sales manager for Mercedes-Benz passenger cars in Ireland.

Launching alongside the Mercedes-Benz A-Class Saloon is a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo powered Mercedes-AMG A35 saloon with 302 bhp. It can hit 100km/h in just 4.8 seconds and the top speed is an electronically-limited 250km/h. Priced from €59,900, it comes with a 7G dual-clutch transmission, AMG suspension and 4-MATIC all-wheel drive.

Ford's new high performance Ranger Raptor

Ford Ranger Raptor On The Way In August

Ford's new high performance Ranger Raptor
Ford's new high performance Ranger Raptor

The new Ford Ranger Raptor will arrive in Ireland in August, priced from €63,950.

Developed by Ford Performance, the new Ranger Raptor is powered by a Bi-turbo version of Ford’s 2.0‑litre EcoBlue diesel engine that delivers 213 PS and 500 Nm of torque. It comes equipped with Ford’s new 10-speed automatic gearbox and can reach 100 km/h in 10 seconds.

It will be available in double cab format with a 2,500 kg max towing capacity and 620 kg max gross payload.

Equipment will include front and rear ventilated disc brakes, terrain management system, 17” x 8.5” alloy wheels, unique Raptor leather and suede trim, 8-way powered driver and passenger seats, dual zone automatic air con and SYNC 3 with navigation centre.

The new TESLA Model 3

TESLA Model 3 Preview In Dublin

The new TESLA Model 3
The new TESLA Model 3 will be available to configure from May

TESLA welcomed us into their showroom in Sandyford, Dublin, to preview the new TESLA Model 3.

The Model 3 is TESLA’s smaller, simpler, and more affordable car and will slot in below the infamous TESLA Model S and the Model X SUV.

Irish pricing is yet to be confirmed, but a source told us that it is expected to start in the region of €50,000.

The TESLA Model 3 configurator for the Irish market will go live in May, with first customer deliveries expected in August.

There will be three variants: Standard Range Plus with an estimated 415 km range, Model 3 Performance (530 km WLTP) and Long Range AWD (560 km WLTP). The Model 3 Performance is the quickest car in its class, capable of achieving 0-100 kmh in 3.4 seconds.

Autopilot is included as standard which, under active driver supervision, enables the car to steer, accelerate and brake automatically for other vehicles and pedestrians within its lane. 

Every Model 3 also comes with active safety features standard, including Automatic Emergency Braking, Forward Collision Warning and Side Collision Warning. Model 3, as with other Teslas, will continue to receive updates which add new features and enhance functionality over time. Premium connectivity is included as standard for one year which contains satellite maps with live traffic visualisation, Spotify and over-the-air updates via Wi-Fi & cellular.  

The interior of the TESLA Model 3
The interior of the TESLA Model 3

The Model 3 is available in five colour options including Midnight Silver, Deep Blue, Multi Coat Red and Pearl White, with solid black included as standard. 18” Aero wheels come as standard and 19” Sport wheels as an option. 20” Performance Wheels come as standard with the Model 3 Performance.

The Model 3 comes with a black or white premium interior package. This includes premium heated seating with 12-way, power adjustable front seats and centre console with covered storage, 4 USB ports for all your devices and docking for two smartphones. The premium audio system includes 14 surround speakers. Model 3 also comes with auto dimming, power folding, heated side mirrors. 

Model 3 Performance has an increased top speed of 261 kmh along with a carbon fiber spoiler, 20” performance wheels, and aluminum alloy pedals for maximum handling and improved stability. Model 3 Performance also includes red performance brake calipers and the exclusive feature, Track Mode.  

All Model 3 customers have pay-per-use access to the global TESLA Supercharger network. There are more than 440 Supercharger locations with over 3600 Superchargers in Europe and growing. In Europe, the Model 3 also comes with a built-in CCS Charge Port for compatibility with third party fast charging networks.

The TESLA Model 3 has a range of up to 560 km on WLTP
The TESLA Model 3 has a range of up to 560 km on WLTP

The 2019 Volkswagen e-Golf. Photo by Paddy McGrath

Volkswagen e-Golf Now Available With 0% PCP Finance

Volkswagen Ireland has announced that the Volkswagen e-Golf is now available, for a limited period only, with 0% PCP Finance.

According to the brand, customers wishing to move into the new Volkswagen ID. range of cars will be able to do so easily now thanks to a special new 2-year PCP solution.

The Volkswagen e-Golf is available in two specifications, the e-Golf and the e-Golf Executive Edition, and the range starts from €35,995 after Government incentives. Now with 0% PCP, the e-Golf starts from as little as €349 per month.

The e-Golf Executive Edition offers the ‘ultimate e-Golf’ and costs from €39,495, or with 0% PCP from as little as €379 per month.

Mindful that potential e-Golf owners might want to transition into the new ID. range when this product begins to land in Ireland, Volkswagen is now offering a special 2-year PCP solution on the e-Golf. This costs from €399 per month on the e-Golf and €489 per month on the e-Golf Executive Edition.

“Customers of the e-Golf can save around €50* per month by driving this model compared to a 1.6-litre diesel Golf of similar specification,” says Volkswagen Ireland Head of Marketing, Mark McGrath.

“And with this new 2-year PCP product customers can get into the e-Golf now and then readily move into the new ID. products.”

The ID. range will include hatchback, SUV and MPV models, with the first of these models, for now named ID. Neo, set to be revealed later this year.

The updated Audi TT range is now available in Ireland

New Audi TT Available In Ireland

The updated Audi TT range is now available in Ireland
The updated Audi TT range is now available in Ireland

The Audi TT has been updated with a tauter exterior design, more powerful engines, and a wider range of standard equipment. It's now available in Ireland.

Pricing for the Audi TT Coupé starts from €49,850 on the road, while the Audi TT Roadster is available from €61,100 on the road.

The updated TT will now offers two more powerful direct-injection petrol engines: the entry 197 hp badged the 40 TFSI and 245 hp badged the 45 TFSI.

The engines also have a gasoline particulate filter. With the new seven-gear S tronic, the lower gears now have a shorter ratio for better driving dynamics. With the 40 TFSI the TT Coupé sprints from 0 to 100 km in 6.6 seconds, while the 45 TFSI does it in just 5.9 seconds.

For the more powerful engine, Audi offers the option of either manual front wheel drive, or quattro all-wheel drive with a 7 speed S tronic gearbox, for even better traction and driving dynamics.

The new Audi TT comes with LED headlights as standard, with Matrix LED technology including dynamic turn signals available as an option.

Pricing for the Audi TT Coupé starts from €49,850 on the road
Pricing for the Audi TT Coupé starts from €49,850 on the road

The standard S line exterior package highlights the sporty character of the TT with striking details on the front, side sills and rear. It is complemented by the standard S line interior package with S sport seats. Two new colours have been added to the range: Pulse Orange and Turbo Blue.

The new TT is equipped with the Audi drive select driving dynamics system. The driver can control all infotainment and voice control functions via the multifunction steering wheel. The displays appear in the Audi virtual cockpit, where the driver can choose between two different views.

In all versions, devices such as smartphones can be connected via an illuminated USB socket and by Bluetooth.

The updated Audi TT is available to order today.

The Toyota Land Cruiser Business

Toyota Land Cruiser Business Model Relaunched

The Toyota Land Cruiser Business five seat model is now available to order in Ireland.

After leaving the market in 2018 due to taxation changes, Toyota Ireland has reintroduced the model to the market.

The Land Cruiser Business is available from €56,907 excluding VAT and is classified in the N1 segment.

The Land Cruiser Business will be arriving in Ireland in July for first customer deliveries.

Toyota Ireland expect demand to be high. Initial supply will be limited so customers are encouraged to place their orders early.

Commenting on the return of the Land Cruiser Business  model, Steve Tormey, Chief Executive of Toyota Ireland said:

“The Toyota Land Cruiser is a legendary car in the Toyota line-up, known for its powerful performance and ability to tackle any terrain. It’s been a firm favourite of our Irish customers and we’re delighted to reintroduce the Business model at a competitive price point. As the only five-seater model in the N1 segment it’s a fantastic offering for customers.”

The new Toyota Camry is in Toyota dealers now, priced from €39,750

New Toyota Camry Arrives In Ireland!

The new Toyota Camry is in Toyota dealers now, priced from €39,750
The new Toyota Camry is in Toyota dealers now, priced from €39,750

The new Toyota Camry has arrived in Ireland and is available now at Toyota dealerships nationwide from €39,750 or €304 a month*.

The 2019 model is the first Toyota Camry available with a self-charging 2.5-litre hybrid powertrain.

In Ireland the new Toyota Camry will be available in three grades - hybrid, hybrid Sol and hybrid Platinum.

The new Camry delivers fuel economy of up to 5.3l per 100km or 53.3mpg, under the latest Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) emission test.

Toyota’s Safety Sense comes as standard in the new Camry Hybrid, including Automatic High Beam, Full-range Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane Departure Alert with Steering Control.

LED lights, smart entry, rear privacy glass, power retractable heated door mirrors, rear view camera, dual climate control and 3 years servicing are all included as standard.

The bestselling Hybrid Sol grade comes with leather upholstery, heated front seats and satellite navigation.

The Government has announced a €20 million investment in the ESB ecars public charge point network

€20m Investment In Electric Vehicle Charging Points

The Government has announced a €20 million investment in the ESB ecars public charge point network

The Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Richard Bruton T.D. has announced that €20m is being invested to fund the rollout of high powered chargers across ESB ecars network.

Making the announcement, Minister Bruton said, "We are funding high powered charging hubs on motorways and national roads all across the country, to tackle 'range anxiety' and encourage drivers to make the switch to electric vehicles. We are stepping up our response to climate change across the board and this government is determined to take the lead and put in place the necessary infrastructure to make it easier for people to play their part."

More than 50 high power charging hubs are being funded on motorway and national road sites. These hubs will be able to charge between two and eight vehicles simultaneously and are capable of providing up to 100 km of electric driving range in as little as six minutes.

These new sites will be in addition to the 1,100 public charge points already located across the island of Ireland.

In addition to the high power charging hubs, up to 50 locations will also see Standard 22kW AC chargers upgraded to 50kW DC fast chargers, providing additional fast charging capacity around the country.

A provisional map of the planned network
A provisional map of the planned network

According to sources, this network will be able to facilitate the public charging requirements of hundreds of thousands of vehicles.

Minister Bruton said, "This investment gives people confidence that they can make the switch. Now is the time. As well as providing a network of chargers, the government also offer a number of financial supports to those thinking of changing their vehicle."

Jerry O'Sullivan, Deputy Chief Executive of ESB, said, "A key part of our Brighter Future strategy is enabling the electrification of transport, with this investment and support from the Government's Climate Action Fund critical to encouraging people to make the transition to EVs. Over the last nine years we have developed and maintained a comprehensive EV charging network and the availability of the high power charging hubs will help eliminate 'range anxiety' and enables seamless EV travel across the island of Ireland. This, in turn, will support the Government's ambition to have more than 500,000 EVs on Irish roads by 2030."

This initiative is 50% financed by the Government's Climate Action Fund with the remainder funded by ESBESB ecars is currently identifying the most appropriate locations on motorways and national road networks. The sites will be identified using the latest software mapping techniques, taking account of information on current charge point usage, traffic volume, accessibility, amenities and grid capacity at the sites.

The ŠKODA Kodiaq SUV has helped to increase market share for the brand in Ireland

ŠKODA Ireland Enters Top 5 Bestselling Car Brands!

ŠKODA has reported their best ever start to a year with record vehicle sales and revenue performance.

Against the backdrop of a declining market, ŠKODA has increased sales in Ireland by 5.2% to 5,329 vehicles. This is an achievement considering the new car market contracted by 10.7% in the first quarter. 

ŠKODA acquired 8.3% market share in the first three months of 2019, pushing the brand into the top 5 best-selling car brands in Ireland for the first time. The Octavia, Superb and the Kodiaq SUV were the key models driving ŠKODA’s success.

John Donegan, Brand Director at ŠKODA Ireland commented: “The joke is over. ŠKODA has confirmed its place in the top 5 best-selling car brands and with the continued support of our dealer network, we believe the best is yet to come. This May we will launch our new SCALA hatchback, with the KAMIQ compact SUV following in autumn.

Also this autumn, our executive Superb will receive a cosmetic refresh and the option of plug-in hybrid technology will be offered in the ŠKODA brand for the first time. By the close of 2020 we will have an unrivalled offering of petrol, diesel, hybrid and fully electric products to offer our customers.”

ŠKODA also enjoyed strong financial performance. New car revenue increased by 9% from €68.5 million to €74.6 million and revenue from parts and accessories increased 13% from €2.8 million to €3.2 million. A growing number of consumers are also availing of competitive ŠKODA finance offers with ŠKODA confirming over €60.4 million was loaned in the first three months; an increase of 26% on the same period last year. 

The Blue Crew will be using a fleet of electric Nissan Leafs!

Dublin's Q102 FM Switches To The Nissan Leaf

The Blue Crew will be using a fleet of electric Nissan Leafs!
The Blue Crew will be using a fleet of electric Nissan Leafs!

Dublin’ Q102 is going green by becoming the first radio station in the city to make the switch to driving the 100% electric Nissan LEAF.

Listeners to the popular radio station are amongst the most environmentally conscious and the decision to go all electric demonstrates Q102’s determination to lead by example when it comes to reducing carbon emissions.

The station has taken delivery of three new Nissan LEAFs and all three cars will be used by its Blue Crew, who are a familiar sight on the streets of the city.

“I am delighted to partner with Nissan for Q102’s new street fleet. The zero emissions Nissan LEAF is a perfect fit, reflecting our commitment and that of our listeners to reduce carbon emissions and to protect our environment for future generations,” said Margaret Nelson, Dublin Q102’s Station Director.

“Our typical Q102 listener is a mother of two who values the importance of protecting the environment and who aspires to create a greener and cleaner world for her children. The Nissan LEAF is such a perfect fit for anyone who wants to contribute to achieving that goal,” she added.

With a range of over 300 kilometres on a single charge the Nissan LEAF is set to greatly reduce the radio station’s carbon footprint while also saving it up to €6,000 a year in car running costs. 

Nissan has applauded Q102 for its green credentials and for making the switch to zero emissions driving.

“The Nissan LEAF is the world and Ireland’s best-selling EV. The Q102 Blue Crew travel the length and breadth of the city each day and we are delighted that they will now do so in the 100% electric, zero emissions Nissan LEAF,” said Jeanne McGann, Marketing and Communications Director at Nissan Ireland.

“Q102 is to be applauded for leading by example and for taking such a positive step to reduce its own carbon footprint. Their decision to drive Nissan LEAF is certain to inspire listeners to make the switch to 100% electric driving and to join Q102 in doing all they can to protect our environment and to help create a greener Dublin,” she added.

“The Nissan LEAF is an ideal city car with its ePedal function making it easy to start, accelerate, brake and to bring the car to a stop with the throttle pedal.  We are certain that the Blue Crew will enjoy all that it has to offer and that their new EVs will receive even more attention as they make their way to events throughout the city”.