Pictured at the launch were; Thorsten Godulla, Managing Director, Audi Ireland (front), John Sisson, Head of Commercial Car Parks, Dublin Airport and Loreto O’Byrne, Head of Advertising Sales, Dublin Airport

Audi Airport Service Now Available At Dublin Airport

Pictured at the launch were; Thorsten Godulla, Managing Director, Audi Ireland (front), John Sisson, Head of Commercial Car Parks, Dublin Airport and Loreto O’Byrne, Head of Advertising Sales, Dublin Airport
Pictured at the launch were; Thorsten Godulla, Managing Director, Audi Ireland (front), John Sisson, Head of Commercial Car Parks, Dublin Airport and Loreto O’Byrne, Head of Advertising Sales, Dublin Airport

Audi Ireland has launched a first-to-market service in partnership with Dublin Airport. Located in the short-term car park at Terminal 2, the Audi Airport Service is designed to offer convenience to their customers. Enhanced benefits in addition to exclusive parking for Audi customers include: a complimentary mini valet; an AdBlue and washer fluid top-up, full charge for electric car drivers, an Audicheck.ie vehicle check and a free Audi gift upon departure.

Initially available on weekdays, customers can book their Audi parking via www.audiairportservice.ie. On arrival, customers will be greeted by a member of the Audi Airport Service team, handover their keys and walk straight through to the departures area. While away, each customer’s vehicle will be given the care it deserves. An added benefit of the service provides the opportunity for users to purchase Audi accessories during the booking process which will be conveniently left in the car on their return. The team will also ensure anyone driving an Audi e-tron will return to a fully charged vehicle, placing the customer’s mind at ease for their next planned journey.

Providing the ultimate peace of mind, customers who avail of this new service will also get a www.AudiCheck.ie vehicle check; a recently launched online service created to provide vehicle condition transparency to all Audi drivers. On arrival back to their vehicle, customers will be notified of any software updates or product enhancement requirements which can be rectified free of charge at their local authorised Audi dealer.

Commenting, Audi Ireland’s Brand Director, Thorsten Godulla said, “We are delighted to introduce the Audi Airport Service; enhancing the Dublin Airport experience for our customers. Launched in collaboration with Dublin Airport this unique service provides real added value to Audi drivers when traveling through the airport. We want to give Audi drivers one less aspect of their traveling plans to worry about and believe customers will be amazed with the experience and happy in the knowledge that their Audi has been left in the right hands”.

Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison said “We are delighted to partner with Audi Ireland to launch this bespoke service for its customers. We have worked closely with Audi to ensure the customers’ needs are at the forefront of this service and we believe that Audi are going above and beyond to ensure this will be the case. The short-term car park is very convenient and is ideal for those traveling on business or private trips. This exclusive service includes the onsite presence of the Audi Airport Service team, ensuring customers will be looked after at all times. We are really excited to see this service in operation and we look forward to working with the team at Audi into the future.”

The new Nissan Juke is arriving in Ireland in November!

2020 Nissan Juke Pricing For Ireland

The new Nissan Juke is arriving in Ireland in November!
The new Nissan Juke is arriving in Ireland in November!

Nissan Ireland has released pricing and specifications details for the new Nissan Juke that will arrive in Ireland in the middle of November 2019.

The new Juke will go on sale priced from €21,995 to €26,950. It will be available in five different trim levels: XE, SV, SV Premium, SVE and N-Design.

The Nissan Juke was a pioneer of the compact crossover class but according to Nissan, this new generation of the car has grown up "but still maintains its sense of fun with a contemporary interior and exterior look which will once again set a new standard in the B-crossover segment". It has been designed to combine the style of a coupe with a crossover stance.

What features are included?

Standard equipment includes 16-inch steel wheels, LED headlights, air-conditioning, a 4.2-inch TFT screen between the dials on the instrument cluster, as well as safety equipment including automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, cruise control and hill start assist.

The SV model starts at €23,650 and features 17-inch alloy wheels, a rear view camera, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and voice control recognition.

The mid-range SV Premium model is available from €24,650 and has LED fog lights, tinted rear windows, rain-sensing wipers, rear parking sensors, and electric and heated door mirrors. Analogue dials are swapped for a seven-inch digital instrument cluster. There's also an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, automatic climate control, ambient lighting, TomTom sat-nav and a leather trimmed steering wheel and gear knob.

The range then splits into two – SVE and N-Design.  Both models are priced from €26,950 and get 19-inch alloy wheels as standard - but both models are pitched to appeal to two different types of customers.

The interior of the new Nissan Juke
The interior of the new Nissan Juke

More technology or more style? 

The SVE model is designed to appeal to customers who enjoy technology. It gets heated semi-leather front seats, a 360-degree camera, Nissan’s driving and Park Assist technology and Nissan’s Pro-Pilot system as standard.  Further advanced safety features are also included, namely adaptive cruise control, an advanced driver monitoring system and rear cross-traffic alert.

The N-Design grade allows customers to fine tune and personalise the appearance of the car. 19-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels complement a range of two tone colour options, including a different coloured roof, bumper trims and other highlighted exterior parts.

N-Design also offers a range of optional personalised interiors. There are three combinations in white, black and orange to finish the seats, dashboard, door panel and armrest. There is a modern high contrast black and white synthetic leather interior, a refined and stylish black Alcantara® and leather interior or an orange and black leather interior.

Petrol engine for the new Juke

The new Nissan Juke is available with a 1.0-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine with 115hp. It's paired with a six-speed manual gearbox or a new seven-speed dual clutch automatic. The DCT Transmission is available on all grades and adds €1,650 to the price of the car.

CO2 emissions range from 112g/km to 118g/km depending on wheel sizes and transmissions.

According to Nissan, the new Juke has been designed to delight new and existing customers. "From the ground-up, we designed and built the new Juke with agility at the forefront of our minds," said David Moss, Senior Vice President, Research and Development, Nissan Europe. "Drivers will feel the benefits as soon as they grab the steering wheel."

The new Nissan Juke will be in dealers from mid November.

The new Juke is available from €21,995
The new Juke is available from €21,995

The new Suzuki Swift Attitude!

New Suzuki Swift Attitude Arrives In Ireland!

The new Suzuki Swift Attitude!
The new Suzuki Swift Attitude!

Suzuki Ireland has introduced a new special edition of the popular Swift. The new Suzuki Swift Attitude has a sporty look inspired by the Swift Sport and comes with a cheap to run 1.2-litre petrol engine with 90hp.

The Attitude is now available on the road from €17,245 in Ireland and comes with a good standard specification. Unique styling features include a mesh front grille with chrome trim, polished 16" wheels, rear upper spoiler and front, side and rear carbon effect skirts.

The Swift is available from €15,445 in Ireland and is Suzuki's most well-known model around the world. A new model debuted in 2017 with more technology and improved design.

A 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine is also available in the Swift range. The Attitude model is sold solely with the 1.2-litre engine and five speed manual gearbox.

It has a CO2 emissions figure of 108g/km (NEDC tested) and combined fuel consumption when tested under WLTP regulation is 5.5l /100km.

The Swift Attitude is available in Fervent Red, Pure White, Premium Silver, Super Black, Mineral Grey and Burning Red. Metallic colours are available as a €370 cost option.

According to Suzuki, the Attitude offers a stand out sporting design and is an ideal model for younger buyers who may perhaps look to aspire
to the 1.4-litre Boosterjet Sport model in the future.

Budget 2017 Motoring

Budget 2020 And The Motor Industry In Ireland

Budget 2017 Motoring
Budget 2020 is here: what's in it for the Irish motorist?

Thanks to SIMI for sharing the following information on Budget 2020.

Budget 2020 contains a number of measures specific to motoring:

  • No changes to CO2 element of VRT in 2020. VRT will continue to be based on NEDC for 2020.
  • Replacement of 1 per cent diesel surcharge with a nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions based charge. This surcharge will apply to all passenger cars registered for the first time in the State from 1 January 2020.
  • Extension of the Benefit-In-Kind zero rate on electric vehicles to 2022.
  • Extension of the VRT reliefs for conventional and plug in hybrids to 2020, subject to CO2 thresholds.
  • Provide additional relief through the Diesel Rebate Scheme to hauliers to compensate that sector for the increased cost of fuel.
  • Increase of the carbon levy on motor fuels of €6, adding €2 for a tank full of either petrol or diesel. This will increase the cost of doing business in Ireland.
  • Introduce an environmental rationale for Benefit In Kind for commercial vehicles from 2023.
  • Reduce qualifying CO2 thresholds for reliefs in respect of Capital Allowances and VAT reclaim on commercial vehicles.

Commenting on Budget 2020, SIMI Director General Brian Cooke, said,
“In the context of both an already depressed new car market and the likely impact of Brexit, there is a real fear that car sales will further deteriorate that will only slow down the renewal of Ireland’s car fleet, which is vital in our attempt to drive down emissions. In this regard, SIMI is relieved that the Minister has not increased VRT for new cars in Budget 2020.

The replacement of the 1% diesel surcharge introduced last year on new cars with a nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions-based charge to all passenger cars registering for the first time in the State from 1 January 2020 is a welcome announcement. The NOx charge will impact on older higher emitting cars which, unlike last year’s diesel surcharge, will penalise older cars with higher levels of pollutants. The Minister has recognised that newer vehicle technology is cleaner and better for the fleet.

In addition, the extension of the BIK relief for Electric Vehicles out to 2022 will incentivise the choice of electric cars for companies for the duration of the normal 3 year replacement cycle. This Budget does allow the Industry some breathing space in what is likely to be a challenging 2020. It is now important that the Industry and Government use this time to work closely together to in relation to VRT into the future and the drive towards zero-emissions.”

The Skoda Superb has been updated for 2019

Updated ŠKODA Superb Arrives In Ireland

The Skoda Superb has been updated for 2019
The Skoda Superb has been updated for 2019

An updated ŠKODA Superb has arrived in Ireland, priced from €30,750. Available as a Combi Estate (from €32,250) or Saloon, the new 2019 Superb gets revised styling, updated interior and new features.

The Superb is one of Ireland's favourite cars and over 18,000 of them have found homes in Ireland since it arrived here back in 2002.

The latest generation of the ŠKODA Superb arrived in Ireland in 2015 and is the most successful version of the car to date.

ŠKODA has slightly modified the exterior of the Superb for the 2019 update and refined the front section. The redesigned front bumper means the car’s length has increased by up to 8 mm. The typical ŠKODA grille is now larger with double slats and protrudes a little further down into the front bumper. The headlights are narrower and come with LED technology as standard for the dipped and high beam. At the rear, a horizontal chrome trim
connects the full LED tail lights, with ‘ŠKODA’ spelt out for the first time in block lettering.

The Superb continues to set benchmarks for spaciousness in the segment with up to 625 litres of boot space.

There is a range of petrol and diesel engines with a plug-in hybrid on the way in 2020. The range kicks off with a 1.5-litre TSI petrol producing 150 bhp. It's offered with a 6 speed manual or 7 speed DSG automatic transmission. The 2.0 TDI 150 bhp diesel has been heavily revised. There's also a 1.6-litre TDI diesel with 120 bhp and a more powerful 2.0 TDI with 190 bhp. Diesels are available from €33,325.

Several new assistance systems are also making their debut, such as Predictive Cruise Control.

The new Superb will be available in five trim lines: Active, Ambition, Style, SportLine and L&K.

The Superb SportLine has a remodelled black radiator grille, black 18-inch alloy wheels, full LED Matrix headlights and a sports chassis, which has been lowered by 10 mm. Inside there are sport seats with Alcantara®/leather.

The top trim level, Laurin & Klement 'L&K' has chrome trim on the grille, side sills and rear bumper.

Speaking at the launch of the new ŠKODA Superb, Ray Leddy, Head of Marketing & Product at ŠKODA Ireland, said: “The SUPERB has been such an important model in our brand's evolution in Ireland. The current and third iteration of the Superb has been a contender for the number one position in the segment with the Superb overtaking many of the traditional bestsellers. Thanks to its reliability and excellent residual values, the Superb has been a major success with business and fleet customers, with 23% of Superb sales being attributed to this channel."

The Skoda Superb is available from €30,750
The Skoda Superb is available from €30,750

Hydrogen fuel cell cars like the Toyota Mirai could be on Irish roads by 2023

First Hydrogen Cars Could Be On Irish Roads By 2023

Hydrogen fuel cell cars like the Toyota Mirai could be on Irish roads by 2023
Hydrogen fuel cell cars like the Toyota Mirai could be on Irish roads by 2023

A new report investigating the potential of hydrogen to help solve Ireland’s greenhouse gas emissions from transport has found that hydrogen cars, buses and trucks can become a reality by 2023. 35,000 hydrogen vehicles could be on our roads within a decade, which would remove 300,000 tonnes of CO2 from our atmosphere every year.

The report from Hydrogen Mobility Ireland provides Government with a potential roadmap to assist the decarbonisation of Irish transport.

Transport accounts for approximately 20% of Ireland’s total greenhouse gases and is the largest source of energy-related CO2 emissions in Ireland. In 2017 it was responsible for 39%, and it is also the sector where CO2 emissions are growing the fastest.

Hydrogen is a very low carbon fuel and will be produced locally in Ireland. Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles consume hydrogen as a fuel to produce electrical power for the vehicle, with water vapour the only by-product. They can complement battery electric vehicles as they offer greater range and faster refuelling, can be used at short notice, and are particularly suitable for heavy passenger and goods vehicles.

At the launch of the report, Minister Richard Bruton TD, Minister for Communications, Climate Action and the Environment, said, “The Climate Action Plan, launched earlier this year, commits to over 180 actions across every sector of society to step up our response to the climate challenge. These actions were chosen based on an assessment of the least cost, least burden options currently available. The plan is a rolling plan, designed to integrate best practice as it emerges and adapt to emerging new technologies. I welcome this research as a valuable insight into a potential pathway for the introduction of hydrogen vehicles in Ireland between now and 2030.”

The report also suggests that Ireland should follow the lead of countries like China, US and Japan who have committed to each having in the region of one million hydrogen fuel cell vehicles by 2030 and the Government should apply similar incentives to hydrogen fuel cell vehicles as they do to battery electric vehicles. Clusters of refuelling stations should be built to give early adopters confidence.

Dr. James Carton, DCU, Catherine O’ Kelly, Bord Gais Energy, Minister Richard Bruton, Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Mark Teevan, Chairman of Hydrogen Mobility Ireland and Ben Madden, Element Energy at the recent Hydrogen Mobility Ireland report launch
Dr. James Carton, DCU, Catherine O’ Kelly, Bord Gais Energy, Minister Richard Bruton, Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Mark Teevan, Chairman of Hydrogen Mobility Ireland and Ben Madden, Element Energy at the recent Hydrogen Mobility Ireland report launch

By 2030, a network of 76 stations would ensure that 50% of the population of the island would live in a town with a Hydrogen Refuelling Station as well as providing adequate coverage of major roads, while a network of 27 electrolysers with renewable generators (mostly wind farms) would supply the hydrogen fuel.

According to the report, hydrogen vehicles will be cost-competitive with conventional fuel vehicles by mid next decade. Buses, vans and taxis could be deployed as the catalyst for market establishment.

In a positive adoption scenario this will lead to a national fuel call fleet of 2,000 HGVs, 880 bus/coaches, 6,800 vans and 29,000 cars by 2030.

Some hydrogen mobility Ireland members are already planning on initiating hydrogen production in Ireland, including Indaver at its waste to energy plant in Co Meath.

Chairman of Hydrogen Mobility Ireland and Corporate Affairs Director at Toyota Ireland, Mark Teevan, said: “At Toyota we see hydrogen fuel cell vehicles as having a very big role to play in a full decarbonisation of transport. The challenge is to get started since not only is a new infrastructure needed but also the production of a new fuel. With Hydrogen Mobility Ireland, we have started the process of coordinating industry’s response to this challenge whilst also planning to align with academic and policy thinking. This report is the first output of HMI and leads us to the next part of the challenge which is to implement our findings.”

The new Toyota Corolla is selling well in Ireland

Toyota Corolla Will Be Hybrid Only From 2020

The new Toyota Corolla is selling well in Ireland
The Toyota Corolla will be exclusively available as a hybrid from 2020

Toyota Ireland has announced that the Toyota Corolla and C-HR will be sold as hybrids only from 2020.

The 1.2-litre petrol engine will be dropped from the C-HR range and the 1.2-litre and 1.6-litre petrol will be dropped from the new Corolla range.

The new Toyota Corolla arrived in Ireland earlier in 2019 and has already proven itself as a bestseller, with 4,283 units already sold year to date.  According to Toyota, the majority of new customers have favoured the hybrid over the petrol model, effectively removing the need for the petrol model.

Steve Tormey, Toyota Ireland CEO, said, “As evidenced by the massive swing in preference towards self-charging hybrid over pure petrol-powered cars that we have seen with Corolla, I am confident that if all other motoring manufacturers offered a full range of hybrids, Ireland’s environmental outlook would immediately be a lot rosier than it currently looks. Our self-charging hybrids, which are exclusively automatic, have many advantages including excellent fuel efficiency, low NOX and drive in zero emissions mode more than 60% of the time, making them the ideal next step towards electrification for environmentally and cost-conscious drivers.

Some might say this is a brave move given the perceived market dependency on pure fossil fuel powered cars, but for us the decision to double down on self-charging hybrid over petrol makes absolute sense. The numbers don’t lie, and we now know that if you offer highly desirable looking and high-performing self-charging hybrids, they will win out over petrol every time. Next year, we predict that 92% of our passenger car sales will be self-charging hybrid across all models.”

Toyota says its intention is to lead Irish drivers into electrification without the requirement to plug-in, which may not be feasible for many motorist’s lifestyle and driving habits.

The new generation Toyota RAV4 and Camry are already exclusively available in hybrid since launching in early 2019.

To date, over 85% of Toyota Corolla sales, and 90% of C-HR sales in 2019, have been hybrid.

From 2020, the only petrol variants to remain in the Toyota line-up will be the Yaris 1.0-litre petrol and the Aygo.

Available in hatchback, saloon and touring sport variants, pricing for the Corolla Hybrid starts from €26,370.

The new TESLA Model 3 has arrived in Ireland!

TESLA Model 3 Deliveries Begin In Ireland

The new TESLA Model 3 has arrived in Ireland!
The new TESLA Model 3 has arrived in Ireland!

The first TESLA Model 3 models have arrived in Ireland and been delivered to Irish customers.

The new Model 3 is Tesla’s smaller, simpler and more affordable car. It goes on sale in Ireland priced from €47,840 on the road and is available in three variants: Standard Range Plus, Long Range AWD and Performance.

The entry model has a range of 409 km (WLTP), while the Long Range AWD model has a range up to 560 km.

The Model 3 Performance is available from €63,061 and is capable of achieving 0-100 kmh in 3.4s. Standard equipment includes Track Mode, a carbon fibre spoiler, 20” performance wheels with red brake calipers and aluminium alloy pedals.

Two of the first Irish customers are John Burke, a self-confessed petrol head and motor racing enthusiast, and Peter Harte, an original TESLA Roadster owner.

The Model 3 comes with a 4 year/80,000 km vehicle warranty and an 8 year/160,000 km battery/drive unit warranty.

The TESLA Model S and Model X SUV first came to Ireland in 2017 when Tesla opened its store and service centre in Sandyford, Dublin. There are three Supercharger locations in Ireland with further sites planned and a network of over 40 Destination Charging locations.

Tesla has recently added a mobile service offering in Ireland, which saves customers the time of travelling to and from a service centre and helps remove 80% of volume from service centres.

Tesla has delivered over 500,000 cars worldwide since the brand's inception. With nearly 140,000 units sold, the TESLA Model 3 was the bestselling premium vehicle in the US for 2018.

The Ford Kuga sold well in Ireland in September

New Car Registrations In Ireland In September 2019

The Ford Kuga sold well in Ireland in September
The Ford Kuga sold well in Ireland in September

The Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) has released the latest official new vehicle registration statistics, which show that total new car registrations for September 2019 were up 7.4% (3,428) when compared with September 2018 (3,192).

New car registrations year to date are down 7.5% (113,958) on the same period last year (123,195).

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

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

The bestselling car in the month of September was the Ford Kuga.

New electric vehicle registrations continue to grow month on month with a total of 2,976 electric cars registered so far this year.

Used car imports year to date are at 82,432 compared to 77,278 for the same period in 2018, an increase of 6.7%.

New Light Commercial Vehicle (LCV) registrations are up 6.2% (1,346) on September 2018 (1,268), yet registrations year to date are down 1.7% (23,258). While New Heavy Commercial Vehicles (HGV) decreased 22.9% (145) in comparison to September 2018 (188) and year to date are up 0.9% (2,350)

Imported Used Cars for September saw an increase of 20.3% (10,220) on the same month last year (8,494) and year to date imports are up 6.7% (82,432) ahead of 2018 (77,278).

Commenting on the registration’s figures Brian Cooke, SIMI Director General said: “With the announcement of Budget 2020 only a week away, we in SIMI continue to underline to Government not to increase taxation on new cars. New car sales have fallen in each of the last 3 years, and with Brexit now only weeks away, business risk in our sector is at its highest level in almost a decade. In this uncertain business and consumer environment, any taxation increase would only further undermine an already fragile new car market. This in turn will endanger both Exchequer Revenues and employment, while at the same time act as a barrier to the renewal of Ireland’s car fleet which is key to reducing emissions from transport. Our Industry can’t afford for the Government to get Budget 2020 wrong, as the impact would have far reaching consequences that could extend for many years well beyond 2020.”

New era for Opel in Ireland under leadership of new MD James Brooks

James Brooks Is New Managing Director Of Opel Ireland

New era for Opel in Ireland under leadership of new MD James Brooks
New era for Opel in Ireland under leadership of new MD James Brooks

The Gowan Group has formally completed the acquisition of Opel Ireland and has appointed James Brooks as Managing Director of Opel operations in Ireland. 

James will succeed Gillian Whittall who is leaving the Company following the successful completion of the acquisition. A qualified accountant, Mr Brooks is joining Opel Ireland from Kia Motors Ireland where he was Managing Director. He is former Treasurer and President of the Society of the Irish Motor Industry.

Speaking about the appointment, Michael Dwan, Gowan Group Managing Director said: “We are delighted to announce that James will be joining Opel Ireland as MD. He has huge experience in the Irish motor industry forged initially as Finance Director, Fleet Director and Business Development Manager at Opel Ireland for 9 years and latterly as MD of Kia for 14 years. He is a highly regarded leader and I am confident that he will lead the Opel brand back to the market position it can justifiably achieve.”

“I would like to play tribute to Gillian who has been very professional and supportive as we transitioned ownership of the Opel brand in Ireland. She leaves with our thanks and very best wishes.”

James Brooks said: “I am genuinely excited by this opportunity and look forward to getting on board with Opel Ireland and meeting all the people associated with the business. The commitment made by Gowan Group in acquiring Opel Ireland represents a serious statement of intent. This is a great brand with an exciting product pipeline, a strong dealer network and customer base. We are ambitious to develop and significantly grow the brand in the months and years to come.”