Nial Ring, Lord Mayor of Dublin and David Thomas, MD of Volvo Ireland

Lord Mayor Of Dublin Switches To Hybrid With 191 Volvo S90

Nial Ring, Lord Mayor of Dublin and David Thomas, MD of Volvo Ireland
Nial Ring, Lord Mayor of Dublin, and David Thomas, MD of Volvo Car Ireland

The Lord Mayor of Dublin has been presented with a new hybrid powered Volvo S90 T8. Each year Volvo provides the Lord Mayor with the first registered car in the capital.  Conscious of the environmental impact of driving, the Lord Mayor chose to make the switch to hybrid for his 191 car.

Volvo has seen a significant increase in the demand for their T8 hybrid powertrain with orders accounting for 20% of sales on available models.  The T8 plug in hybrid is currently available on the Volvo 90 series cars.

Speaking at the handover, David Thomas, MD of Volvo Car Ireland said “We have made a commitment to electrification in preparation for an era beyond the internal combustion engine. It is great to see the Lord Mayor move into a hybrid Volvo and an overall increase in customer demand for our hybrid powertrains”.

Volvo stunned the automotive industry in 2017 with the announcement that, starting this year, every new car the company launches will have an electric motor. Later this year Volvo are due to add a new hybrid powertrain to their compact SUV, the XC40, which won European Car of the Year 2018 and was recently crowned Irish Car of the Year.  They will also be launching a T6 hybrid engine on the new S60, V60 and V90 models in 2019.

Volvo aims for fully electric cars to make up 50% of its sales by 2025.

Volvo Lord Mayor Dublin 181

New 181 Volvo For Lord Mayor Of Dublin

The Lord Mayor of Dublin, Mícheál MacDonncha, has received the first car registered in Ireland's capital city in 2018, a Volvo S90 with the prestigious registration number 181-D-1.

Tradition dictates that the first citizen of Dublin has the first car registered in Dublin each year for use as transport for official engagements.

The Lord Mayor’s car for 2018 is a Volvo S90 D4 Inscription.

Deirdre Ní Raghallaigh from the Office of the Lord Mayor said: "On behalf of Ardmhéara Mícheál MacDonncha and  Dublin City Council, I would like to thank Volvo Cars Ireland for their continued support and providing the seventh consecutive official mayoral car.  We have been very pleased with the high specification of the Lord Mayor’s cars and in particular the exceptional level of safety equipment, economical fuel consumption and low CO2 emissions. We are delighted with our ongoing association with Volvo, and very much appreciate Volvo’s sponsorship of the Lord Mayor’s car and the provision of such a stylish and suitable car to assist the Lord Mayor in carrying out his many and varied official functions.”

David Thomas, Managing Director at Volvo Car Ireland, said:“We are delighted to continue to support the work of the Lord Mayor of Dublin. The Volvo S90 is our flagship sedan and a real game changer. The interior showcases our innovative technology and natural materials in an elegant, welcoming and tasteful ambience. It is Scandinavian design at its best.”