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PEUGEOT has today revealed the all-new electric fastback E-3008 SUV at a Press Event in Sochaux, France. PEUGEOT has transformed the E-3008, taking the creativity of its design, driving pleasure and electric performance to a whole new level.

LINDA JACKSON, CEO OF PEUGEOT: “The launch of the Next-Level E-3008 is a major step in PEUGEOT’s radical transformation into an alluring 100% electric brand that sets new benchmarks for design, driving pleasure and efficiency. With its exterior design, spectacular PEUGEOT Panoramic i-Cockpit®, driving pleasure and unprecedented electric performance, the Next-Level E-3008 ushers PEUGEOT into a new era as the French brand offering the widest range of mainstream electric vehicles on the market. “

The current PEUGEOT 3008 is a best-seller that has charmed more than 1,320,000 customers in 130 countries over the past 7 years. PEUGEOT is committed to offer a complete EV line-up as soon as 2025 and 100% of the brands’ sales in Europe will be electric by 2030.  PEUGEOT is entering a new era with the unveiling of its new E-3008.

By 2025, PEUGEOT will offer the widest range of electric cars of any generalist brand in Europe, and today, PEUGEOT is replacing its best-seller with an all-new electric fastback SUV:  the Next-Level E-3008. 

The PEUGEOT E-3008 is the first model to use Stellantis’ brand new STLA Medium platform, which takes the brand to the next level. This innovative platform has been designed to offer best-in-class performance for the most important criteria for customers: range (up to 700km), recharge time (30 minutes), driving pleasure, performance, efficiency and connected services and functions.

The Next-Level PEUGEOT E-3008 will be produced exclusively at the Sochaux plant in France and will be on sale in Ireland from Spring 2024. Full details of prices and specification will be announced later this year.

The range will be based on two trim levels, Allure and GT, with 3 option packs to keep the choices simple, and three all-electric powertrains:

– Range of 525km, 2-wheel drive, 210bhp/157kW,

– Dual Motor with range of 525km, 4-wheel drive, 320bhp/240kW,

– Long Range with range of 700km, 2-wheel drive, 230bhp/170kW.

Hybrid powertrains will also be available.

New exterior styling features include a new front end light signature with a seamless grille, thanks to a gradient in the colour of the bodywork, “floating” spoiler and new three-claw light signature at the rear.

The new E-3008 is available in a range of six colours, all-new Ingaro Blue, Obsession Blue, Okenite White, Pearl Black, Artense Grey and Titanium Grey.

Inside, the E-3008 the new PEUGEOT Panoramic i-Cockpit® takes driving pleasure to the next level, with a floating, curved 21-inch HD panoramic screen that combines the head-up display with the central touchscreen.  The central part of the dashboard houses i-Toggles, fully customisable touch-sensitive buttons that can be programmed to provide quick access to 10 of the user’s favourite functions.

The compact steering wheel has been a fundamental element of the PEUGEOTi-Cockpit® from the outset and has been extensively reworked to offer even greater driving sensations and comfort.  The controls on the compact steering wheel are new, for optimum ergonomics. They automatically detect the driver’s fingers, but are only activated when the driver presses them, to avoid any false manoeuvres.

PEUGEOT takes a further step towards semi-autonomous driving with the Drive Assist Plus system available on the new E-3008. This system assists the driver by using all the car’s sensors (cameras, radar, etc.) and information from the connected navigation system. Features include Adaptive cruise control with Stop & Go function and lane-keeping assist, Semi-automatic lane change and Early speed recommendation.

A full range of active safety systems are available including Automatic emergency braking with collision warning, Active lane departure warning with lane departure correction, Driver Attention Alert, Extended recognition with digital display of road signs, Long-range blind spot monitoring, Hill Descent Control and Advanced Traction Control.

The electric motor is manufactured and produced by the STELLANTIS-NIDEC joint venture in Trémery (France).

The gearbox is manufactured and produced by Stellantis in Valenciennes (France). The ratio for the 2-wheel drive version (530km) is 9.77.

The 400V high-voltage lithium-ion battery, with a chemical composition of NMC (Nickel, Manganese and Cobalt), is located under the floor pan and supplies the electric motor for the vehicle’s traction.

The charging socket on the left rear wing offers Mode 2/3 (alternating current) and Mode 4 (direct current) connections.

For AC charging, two types of on-board charger are available to suit all customer uses and charging solutions, with an 11kW three-phase charger as standard and a 22kW three-phase charger as an option.

For DC recharging, via superchargers, the Mode 4 socket on the new E-3008 accepts a power rating up to 160kW, enabling the E-3008’s standard range battery to be recharged from 20% to 80% in 30 minutes for the standard range version, and less than 30 minutes for the Long-Range version.

To complete the line-up, the new 3008 will also be available with electrified (Hybrid and Plug-In Hybrid) power units.

For the new PEUGEOT 3008, we use more than 500kg of green materials throughout the vehicle (metals + polymers):

Green steel and aluminium represent 60% of the total mass of green materials,

More than 30 polymer parts are produced with green materials,

Recycled plastic is used in bumpers, spoilers, storage bins and carpets.

The sustainable design approach is illustrated by the reduction in the number of decorative inserts on the bodywork and the removal of all chrome parts on the exterior of the new 3008.



Introducing the All-New Electric Jeep Avenger, the ultimate adventure companion that combines power and sustainability in both off-road and urban settings. Jeep Avenger was recently honoured with the prestigious titles of European Car of the Year 2023 and Best Family SUV in the esteemed Women’s World Car of the Year (WWCOTY) awards.

Jeep Avenger really is the epitome of practicality meeting style. With a competitive starting retail price of €35,995* for the Longitude trim; this vehicle is sure to turn heads.

The Avenger offers an eco-friendly powertrain that combines zero emissions with a sense of adventure and excitement. With its electric range of up to 400km WLTP and up to 550km in pure urban settings, you can truly go anywhere without compromising the environment. Charging is made simple too, Avenger’s recharging capabilities see an increase from 20% to 80% in as little as 24 minutes thanks to the 11KW onboard charger. Should you need an additional quick charge during your busy day, Jeep have thought of that too. Avenger comes with a built-in fast charging feature which requires just 3 minutes on a 100KW DC charger to give you a 30 km boost of pure driving joy.

As a true embodiment of “concentrated Freedom,” this front-wheel drive Jeep model is equipped standard with Selec-Terrain® and Hill Descent Control systems. Combined with improved ground clearance and angles, it provides unexpected off-road capabilities.

Designed with functionality in mind, the Jeep Avenger sets new standards for comfort and convenience in urban commuting or off-road exploration adventures. Its innovative shock-resistant design safeguards the lights and skid plates, making it a reliable companion for both city driving and off-roading. Whilst compact on the outside, the Avenger offers an incredibly roomy interior with ample space for both people and cargo. With a generous central storage tunnel boasting an impressive interior storage capacity of 34 litres – equivalent to that of a carry-on bag – everything can be neatly organised to meet all storage needs on long or short journeys.

When it comes to technology, the Avenger is at the forefront. Its all-terrain and all-weather capability ensure both fun and safety on any road or in any weather conditions, much advanced in the B-UV segment. Boasting an impressive array of safety features and Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems (ADAS), including Blind Spot Monitoring, Autonomous Emergency Braking with protection for pedestrians and cyclists, automatic parking assistance, as well as a cutting-edge rear camera providing a clear view of your surroundings. 

Available from launch in three trims, the entry-level, Longitude, competitively priced at €35,995* comes complete with a wide array of features as standard. The mid-level, Altitude, priced at €39,495* embodies a greater sense of technology and exclusivity. It includes premium seats that perfectly complement the dedicated silver dashboard and interior accents, a 10.25-inch digital cluster, and a hands-free power tailgate. The top-of-the-range Summit, priced at €42,495* serves as the ultimate representation of freedom. It signifies the pinnacle of excellence offering full LED headlights and taillights, advanced level 2 autonomous driving capabilities, 360-degree parking sensors as well as a rear camera with an aerial drone view.

John Saunders, Managing Director of Jeep in Ireland, announcing the exciting arrival of the all-new fully electric Jeep Avenger: “Jeep Avenger delivers not only sustainable transportation but advanced technology that prioritises safety whilst maintaining an exciting driving experience for those who seek adventure around every corner. With Avenger’s cutting-edge technology and eco-friendly design, this vehicle is set to revolutionise the way we think about electric cars. The Jeep Avenger boasts an impressive range, allowing you to go the distance without worrying about recharging. Its sleek and stylish exterior is matched by a luxurious interior, complete with all the latest features and comforts. Whether you’re exploring the city or venturing off-road, the Jeep Avenger provides a smooth and exhilarating ride. We would encourage customers to visit their local Jeep dealer from mid-October to experience the future of driving with the Jeep Avenger.”

Jeep is a distinctive brand that has its origins in the 1940s when the US Army required a highly specific vehicle known as the quarter-ton, 4×4 command reconnaissance truck commonly known as the Willys Jeep. In today’s world, we could certainly benefit from embracing such a determined and can-do attitude. This groundbreaking vehicle combines rugged performance with eco-friendly technology, allowing you to embrace nature while preserving it for future generations. Overall, the All-New Jeep Avenger redefines what it means to be an electric vehicle by seamlessly blending power, versatility, and cutting-edge technology into one exceptional package specifically tailored for every driver’s needs.

The All-New Electric Jeep Avenger will be available from mid-October at local Jeep Dealers nationwide, see www.jeepavenger.ie for further details and dealer locations.

*RRP shown is inclusive of grants and VRT relief but excludes delivery and related charges

First all-Island EV survey by GoPlugable is revealing surprising information about EV ownership


GoPlugable, a startup which aims to become the ‘Airbnb of EV charging’ has launched Ireland’s first all-Island survey designed to build a better understanding of EV charging habits, owners’ preferences, and expectations for growth of EVs – and so far,the findings are revealing some surprising information about attitudes toward electric vehicles.

The survey, launched in partnership with the EV Association of Northern Ireland (EVANI) and Irish EV Association (IEVA), is live now and will close on 20th August, with respondents being chosen at random to win spot prizes for giving their feedback. Itis one of the first surveys to cover the entire spectrum of the population’s interest in EVs and includes questions about charging habits, awareness of government grants for EVs, perceptions of public charging infrastructure, and much more.

Of the responses received so far, over a quarter of EV owners are considering making the switch back to petrol or diesel cars, and nearly half of non-EV drivers are not aware that most electric cars now have over 400km of range in a single charge.Of those claiming to have no interest in EVs, nearly 20% of respondents said they would only switch to an EV if they areforced to.

Commenting on results so far, GoPlugable co-Founder Maebh Reynolds said, “Responses received so far to our survey are highlighting the many barriers to access for EV ownership in Ireland, from cost, to range anxiety, to lack of access to chargers.”

“We are conscious that EV ownership draws many varied and equally valid opinions. Whether you are a keen early adopter who already drives an EV, a potential EV driver, or someone who has no interest in EVs, we want to hear from you.”

Responding to government targets in the North and South of Ireland to drive EV ownership, GoPlugable has been developed to help reduce barriers to ownership around range anxiety and access to charging points through an online network and charger-sharing ecosystem. GoPlugable will enable EV owners to take advantage of privately-owned chargers in their area, and homeowners with EV chargers to earn passive income by sharing access. This added access to charge points would be particularly valuable for EV owners living in apartment buildings, rented accommodation, or homes without driveways or garages.

“The results of this survey will help us make a significant step towards understanding the state of electric mobility in Ireland from all perspectives, and we believe everyone’s voice matters in shaping the future of EV charging in the country, and we’re excited to hear what people have to say.”

Click here before 20th August to participate in the survey and to be in with a chance of winning one of the prizes being given weekly by GoPlugable.


Mercedes-Benz CLE Coupé, Exterieur: AMG-Line, graphitgrau magno; Interieur: AMG-Line, Nappaleder TonkabraunMercedes-Benz CLE Coupé, exterior: AMG line, graphite grey magno; interior: AMG line, nappa leather tonka brown

In their all-new CLE Coupé – which launches in Europe next November – Mercedes-Benz has presented motorists with a total newcomer to their model range: a two-door coupé whose twofold purpose will be to attract a new generation of coupé owners, whilst replacing two long-established models, the C-Class Coupé and E-Class coupé, both of which are being discontinued.

At full stretch, the CLE Coupé range will have three models: CLE 220, CLE 300 and CLE 450. Within the mix, choice will include 4-and 6- cylinder versions, mild hybrid petrol and diesel units, 9-speed automatic transmission, 4MATIC all-wheel drive, and AMG variants. As it expands, plug-in hybrid and open-top cabriolet versions will be added.

At launch, mild hybrid models are: a 255hp four-cylinder CLE 300 and a 375hp three-litre, six-cylinder CLE 450 4Matic, both equipped with integrated starter-generator running on a 48-volt electrical system that provides an extra 23hp boost to reduce turbo lag and smooth-out the start/stop function when the engine is running at low speed. In both models, 9-speed automatic transmission and four wheel drive are available with multilink front and rear suspension. A stiffer sport-tuned suspension, standard on the CLE450, is offered on the CLE 300 with AMG package.

Viewed in silhouette, its streamlined appearance and athletic coupé proportions are most evident, accentuated by a dynamic character line, steeply sloping windscreen and long roof that slopes towards the rear. Its sporty proportions are most evident, reflected in its 15mm lower posture (1,428mm), long wheelbase (2,865mm), short overhangs (888mm front/1,090mm rear). Powerful wheel arches accommodate 18-inch to 20-inch alloy wheels depending on model, with ten different exterior colours that facilitate individual customisation.

Its aerodynamic front end has a pronounced appearance. Features of note are its low-slung, forward-leaning bonnet with two contoured power domes. New wrap-around LED high performance headlights add to its sporty looks, with a new three-dimensional radiator grille with centre star, louvre and a vision of tiny ‘stars’ familiar on other Mercedes-Benz models. Striking rear lights and uncluttered, seamless bodywork blend to remind following traffic that a car of note is ahead.

Inside, tech-focused features include a 312mm fully digital instrument cluster and a 302mm central touchscreen display, angled towards the driver. New electronic architecture delivers fast 5G data transmission. Seats designed for the CLE – covered with sustainably-processed, vegetable-tanned leather – are heated with four-way lumbar support as standard. Its flat-bottomed steering wheel is wrapped in leather.

Billed as the ‘most intelligent coupé with the star’, its many occupant and driver comfort features include the latest third-generation MBUX infotainment system with a new level of personalisation, automated convenience functions, and third-party apps download. Voice assistance can be accessed via its ‘Hey Mercedes’ command function. Other features include a 17-speaker surround-sound system, remote start, proximity lock/unlock, hands-free boot access, numerous driver-assistance systems, and mood-soothing interior ambient lighting in 64 colour choices.

First Look at Ford’s New All-Electric Explorer in Ireland


The new all-electric Ford Explorer made its first appearance in Dublin this week. We won’t be seeing the new Ford Explorer in showrooms here until early in 2024 but an advance model of the Explorer was on display at the Digital Hub, on Dublin’s Thomas Street.

The Explorer is the first in a wave of innovative new electric vehicles from Ford and forges the way for a complete reinvention of the Ford brand in Europe. The mid-size crossover has seats for five across two rows and is fully equipped to set families on the road to adventure.

John Manning, Market Lead for Ford in Ireland, said: “The new all-electric Explorer is a beautifully designed car that turned many a head when it made its Ireland debut at the Digital Hub this week.  We are really looking forward to the vehicle’s arrival here in the new year.  With the steep rise in interest in electric motoring in Ireland, it is arriving at exactly the right time and we expect the car to be a huge draw for active families who have opted to make the change to an electric car”.

Engineered and built in Germany, the all-electric Explorer offers an outstanding digital experience, helping drivers and passengers stay connected and comfortable on the move. Features include a SYNC Move 2 supersized movable touchscreen and fully connected infotainment system with audio tailored to the interior, wireless app integration and advanced driver assistance technology. 3

Adventure-ready design and storage of 450 litres in five-seat mode make Ford’s newest electric vehicle ideal for exploring the city and beyond. The 17-litre MegaConsole between driver and front-seat passenger can hold a 15-inch laptop, combined with a private locker and available hands-free accessible boot space, Ford’s all-electric Explorer sets a new standard for practical use of interior space in an EV.

Futuristic exterior styling is matched by an ultra-modern interior with premium materials and features such as sculpted sporty seats with integrated head rests and massage functionality for the driver as standard on every Explorer. The equipment level on Explorer is strong with Select offering standout features that customers will love like the sophisticated soundbar in the 7-speaker sound system. This desirable specification comes together with the ability to fast charge 10 to 80 per cent at a DC charging station in just 25 minutes 1 with access to 500,000 charging points across Europe, including 1,300 points in Ireland.

At the forefront of Ford’s electric vehicle charge, the new all-electric Explorer is the company’s first electric vehicle to be built at scale in the new Ford Cologne EV Centre in Germany. Ford in Europe is committed to offering an all-electric portfolio of passenger vehicles by 2030 and all vehicles, including commercial vehicles to be electric by 2035.

The new all-electric Explorer can be ordered from later this year.  Full details on the spec, trim levels, pricing and officially homologated vehicle driving range will be announced closer to the vehicle’s on sale date. Website for additional information and to register: www.ford.ie/cars/electric-explorer.


Mercedes-EQ. EQS SUV, Exterieur, Alpingrau, Electric Art LineMercedes-EQ. EQS SUV, exterior, alpine grey, Electric Art Line

The new EQS SUV by Mercedes-EQ, a model said by Mercedes-Benz to represent a ‘redefinition’ of SUV luxury, has arrived in our market.

Taking its place alongside the recently introduced EQS saloon, the EQS SUV tops a growing line of all-electric models produced by the luxury car maker’s EQ range.

The EQS SUV comes equipped with all of the advanced features and characteristics found in the recently introduced EQS and Mercedes-Benz S-Class. Optional in its case is the additional availability of a third row of seating that increases its passenger carrying capacity to seven persons.

The newcomer echoes the EQS in its features and appointments – all housed within a design that marks the subtle blending of muscular power and timeless elegance.

Mercedes-EQ. EQS SUV, interior

Inside, its generous headroom gives the EQS SUV a spacious, airier feel that befits its SUV identity. Fixtures, seating, and interior fit-and-finish are of an expected high standard. Tech elements, trim and passenger comfort features are compatible with those of its siblings, both in terms of luxury and functionality.

In keeping with other models in its class, a visually dominant interior feature is its dash-mounted infotainment MBUX Hyperscreen, face of what has become a vastly advanced driver assistance system now equipped with artificial intelligence and a ‘learning’ capability. Another welcome inclusion is the acclaimed ‘Hey Mercedes’ feature that now supports 27 languages. A large stowage compartment below the centre console and a predominance of other useful storage spaces add to the EQS SUV’s practicality.

Describing it as a ‘welcome addition to our model line-up’ Ciaran Allen, sales manager for Mercedes-Benz passenger cars in Ireland commented: “With levels of design, technology, equipment and luxury that are ‘guaranteed to be the hallmark of future Mercedes-Benz production’, the EQS SUV is ideal for those high-end customers whose requirement is for a vehicle that meets demand for emissions-free motoring within a top-end design that combines deluxe driving with surprising agility, deep-down power and off-road performance.”

In addition to its numerous infotainment features and options, the EQS SUV comes with a mix of goodies that includes wireless device connectivity; standard and optional driver-assistance tech; lane-keeping assist; blind-spot monitoring; collision prevention systems; and warnings and automated interventions that protect against unintended hazards. Of particular note is an acoustic presence indicator that can emit a special sound as a warning for pedestrians; and a multi-stage high-voltage safety feature to protect against electric shocks and high-energy short circuits.

Mercedes-EQ. EQS SUV, rear interior, with space for up to seven persons, when equipped with the third seats row

Three model variants are available: EQS 450+, EQS 450 4MATIC, EQS 500 4MATIC and EQS 580 4MATIC. 4MATIC provides an all-wheel-drive version (with motors on front and rear axles). Prices are from €139,880 (EQS 450+), €144,145 (EQS 450 4MATIC), €155,280 (EQS 500 4MATIC) and €168,265 (EQS 580 4MATIC).

Featured on all-wheel drive versions is an off-road drive mode that raises the suspension and alters the powertrain’s behaviour. Adjustable air suspension and a rear-axle steering system are standard. 

Powered by Mercedes-Benz’s own-manufactured batteries – offering ‘better charging’ performance and ‘significantly higher’ energy density – the EQS SUV has an operating range of up to 639 kms (WLTP) depending on equipment and configuration, and a power output of up to 400 kW (a performance helped by lightweight components and a Cd value from 0.20). Electrical consumption is 23-18.6kWh/100km (for the 450+); 24.3-20.2 kWh/100 km (for the 450 4MATIC); and 24-20kWh/100km (for the 580 4MATIC+).

Available fast-charging systems include one that delivers an extra 250kms (WLTP) power in just 15 minutes. Moreover, innovative battery management software allows updates to be transmitted over the air to keep the EQS SUV energy management up-to-date.

Second Generation Volkswagen Amarok Makes Its Irish Debut


The eagerly-awaited, second-generation Volkswagen Amarok made its Irish debut at luxurious Carton House Estate in Kildare this week. 

Powered by efficient four- and six-cylinder turbocharged engines, the Amarok is already a firm favourite with Irish buyers. More than 830,000 first generation Amaroks were sold worldwide since its introduction in 2010. A major model update in 2016 saw the addition of Volkswagen’s powerful and refined V6 TDI engines, opening the Amarok up to a whole new customer base.

The second-generation model builds on an already successful formula thanks to the addition of more than 25 assistance systems, infotainment displays measuring up to 12.3in, and high-quality materials throughout. 

The new Amarok is the perfect partner for any work or leisure activity thanks to a payload of up to 1.19 tonnes and 3.5 ton towing capacity. Available in five trim levels – Amarok, Life, Style, PanAmericana and Aventura – it is available inIreland as a double cab, four-door pick-up.

At 5,350 mm long, the new Amarok is 96 mm longer than its predecessor. A wheelbase of 3,270 mm represents an increase of 173 mm, providing more room in the spacious double cab. Reduced overhangs result in crisp proportions and improved off-road capability. Ramp angles have been increased to 30-degrees at the front and 26-degrees at the back to improve clearance on rough terrain.Meanwhile, wading depth has been boosted from 500 mm to 800 mm.

Designed by Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles to go anywhere, the new Amarok comes as standard with all-wheel drive. Three efficient four- and six-cylinder turbo diesel engines deliver the power needed for any task. 

The range starts with a 168HP version of the 2.0-litre TDI power unit (available in entry-level Amarok and Life) trims. Stepping up to the Style model increases output of the 2.0 TDI engine to 202HP and adds a 10-speed automatic transmission (optional in Life trim). 

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ acclaimed six-cylinder, 3-litre TDI power plant – the refined V6 that gave pick-ups mainstream appeal in Ireland – is available in Style, PanAmerica and Aventura models. Power has increased to 237HP, making light work of heavy loads, while power is channelled through a new 10-speed automatic transmission.

In Ireland, all Amaroks with automatic transmissions are allowed to tow trailers up to 3.5 tonnes. The permissible total weight of vehicle and trailer has increased from 6 to 6.5 tonnes. Meanwhile, the maximum payload has also increased, to 1.19 tonnes.

The Amarok comes with all-wheel drive (4MOTION) as standard. Depending on specification, up to 25 assistance systems make driving safer and even more effortless. Assistance features include automatic cruise control system, a parking assistant, 360-degree all-round view (‘Area View’), lane change assistant and road sign recognition.

Bold and dynamic, the new Amarok has an upright bonnet with integrated LED headlights as standard. PanAmerica and Aventura models receive IQ.LIGHT Matrix-LED headlights and an “Amarok” embossed stamp above the number plate holder. Half-round wheel arches give Volkswagen’s pick-up its distinctive look while the word Amarok is emblazoned across the tailgate. 

With its practical controls and digital screens, the interior has been configured with function and quality in mind. Premium materials resemble those from the luxurious Volkswagen Touareg. Meanwhile, the instrument panel’s layout is clear, well structured, and ergonomically tailored to the driver. 

The new Amarok range starts from €47,355 for the entry-level Amarok model with a 2.0TDI 168HP engine. Standard equipment is generous, including power folding mirrors, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration, VW Connect with eCall Emergency System and Online Voice Control, LED headlights, a 10.1in infotainment system, 8in multifunction display, semi-automatic air conditioning, Traffic Sign Recognition, Adaptive Cruise Control, Rear-View Camera and parking sensors. 

Upgrading to Life (from €50,345) adds 17in alloy wheels, body coloured bumpers, 8-way electrically adjustable driver’s seat, rear privacy glass, leather wrapped steering wheel, an electronic parking brake front sensors and rain/light sensing headlights and wipers. Style models (from €64,735) add 18in wheels, a chrome rear bumper, LED-Matrix headlights, heated ArtVelour seats, a 12in portrait-style touchscreen and 12.3-in instrument screen , 10-way electrically-adjustable seats, two-zone Climatronic A/C, Light Assist and Lane Assist. 

PanAmerica models (from €68,620) get rugged X-shaped bumpers, LED rear lights, black styling bars and step bars, leather seat trims, a dedicated navigation system, 640-watt Harmon Kardon sound system, ambient lighting, electrically-adjustable passenger seats, black headliner and a 360-degree camera. Meanwhile, range-topping Aventura models (from €70,890) feature large 20in alloys, body coloured sports bars and chrome step bars. 

As was the case with its predecessor, the large 1,651mm long by 1,584 mm wide cargo bed has enough room for a Euro pallet loaded sideways or lengthways. Loads are secured via robust lashing rings on the bed and side walls. The maximum height of the tail lift has also increased, dependent on specification, by as much as 21 mm to 529 mm. Static roof load capacity has increased to 350 kilograms – enough for a roof tent for overnight off-road adventures. Meanwhile, the list of options includes alloy wheels up to 21in, wireless smartphone charging, all-terrain tyres, bike holders, roll covers and a hard top for the cargo bed.

All Amarok models fitted with 12in infotainment systems are also equipped with VW Connect Navigation. This package includes Online Traffic Information, Online Route Calculation, Online Map Updates, POI Search, information on parking spaces and filling stations, and real-time weather updates. The WeConnect ID. App allows owners to interact using their smartphones while an integrated eSIM means infotainment updates can be carried out over the air.

Commenting on the all-new Amarok, Kim KilduffHead of Sales and Marketing at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Ireland, said: “The first generation Amarok brought pick-ups to the mainstream and this second generation model is an upgrade in every way. It’s a charismatic vehicle with plenty of presence, on and off the road. The premium finish and refined driving experience have elevated it to another level while even the most challenging off-road experience cannot phase it. We knew we were getting a substantial upgrade but the last few days have proved the Amarok is setting a new benchmark for the pick-up sector here in Ireland.”

The New BMW 5 Series


The eight generation 5 Series fuses advanced technology with elegant and sporting saloon style, generous space and exceptional refinement. More dynamic than ever, featuring a wealth of digital innovations and all-electric drive for the first time, the eighth generation of the BMW 5 Series Saloon continues to stand for advanced technology combined with sporty, elegant design and hallmark driving pleasure. The new generation of the world’s most successful business saloon also intensifies its commitment to sustainability, significantly reducing its carbon footprint by 20 to 25 per cent in the supply chain, and up to 58 per cent across its life cycle compared to its predecessor.

The exterior design of the latest generation reinterprets the sporty elegance of a BMW 5 Series Saloon in the brand’s current design language. Its proportions make the character of the dynamic business saloon instantly recognisable. As a performance model from BMW M GmbH, the all-electric BMW i5 M60 xDrive comes as standard with specific exterior features that visually underline its outstanding sporting potential.

The road presence of the new BMW 5 Series Saloon is enhanced by its athletic proportions and the larger exterior measurements compared to its predecessor. The eight generation vehicle has grown in length by 97mm to 5,06mm, in width by 32mm to 1,900mm and in height by 36mm to 1,515mm. The wheelbase has been increased by 20mm to 2,995mm for improved seating comfort, especially in the rear.

In addition to a pure-electric drivetrain, the latest generation BMW 5 Series debuts several firsts for the iconic saloon. It is the first BMW in Ireland to feature Veganza upholstery as standard from launch, encompassing the seats, dashboard and door panels while the striking BMW Interaction Bar first seen in the BMW 7 Series is now incorporated in the new BMW 5 Series. Furthermore, the saloon is now available with a panoramic roof – the first time in the model’s history – and the digital experience is taken to a new high with cutting-edge additions of AI-driven servicing notifications and the introduction of in-car gaming.

Available in three exceptionally well specified trim levels in Ireland – M Sport, M Sport Pro and the exclusive BMW i5 M60 xDrive – the new BMW 5 Series Saloon is available to order now priced from €71,690 RRP. 

The BMW 5 Series Saloon range will further expand in early 2024 with the introduction of the BMW 530e and BMW 550e xDrive plug-in hybrid models, which are expected to offer an electric range of 78 – 90kms (WLTP) and 86 – 100kms (WLTP) respectively. Also set to join the model family in spring 2024 is the next generation of the BMW 5 Series Touring, which will also be available with all-electric drive for the first time, as well as with plug-in hybrid drive and pure combustion engine drive.


Mercedes-Benz E-Klasse, AMG Line; Exterieur: Verdesilber; Interieur: Nappaleder nevagrau/schwarz, Mittelkonsole in Metall-Mischgewebe silber hellMercedes-Benz E-Class AMG line; exterior: verde silver; interior: Nappa leather neva grey/black, light silver metallic mixed fabric centre console

The Mercedes-Benz E-Class – a mainstay of their model range and a standard-setter in the mid-range luxury saloon segment for over 75 years  – has been presented to international audiences in its latest, all-new form ahead of its expected arrival on the Irish market later this year.

Most evident in its latest guise is the design ethos that has guided the E-Class success through various upgrades and re-designs throughout the course of its model life. Continuing to favour evolution in their approach to change, designers and engineers have transformed the new E-Class in a host of different ways, bringing it fully up-to-date in terms of technology, safety, comfort and customer appeal whilst gently refining those exterior elements that underpin its appeal as a luxury transport amongst its dedicated customer base.

Particularly evident in its latest form are the subtle design and engineering shifts that have been taken to retain its traditional appeal whilst moving E-Class ever so gently up the luxury ladder towards its S-Class stablemate, in terms of size, appearance and passenger appointments. 

The new E-Class retains its classic, three-box proportions, with its elongated bonnet, well-proportioned rear and elegant character lines. Standard are high-performance LED headlamps, all with a distinctive day and night design. AIRMATIC air suspension and rear-axle steering are optionally available.

Described by Ciaran Allen, sales manager for Mercedes-Benz in Ireland as “a long-standing success story with a heritage that goes back to the very early days of the brand”, the new

E-Class continues to evolve in ways that will appeal to its established customer base.

Improvements to watch for – made possible by its slightly longer wheelbase – are its increased headroom, greater rear leg and knee space, and a 25mm increase in elbow width. Luggage capacity has also increased up to 540 litres.

Mercedes-Benz E-Klasse | 2023: Große Glasfläche mit neu gestalteten Icons. ( Displayinhalt kann von Serienstand abweichen. Die Funktionen auf dem Beifahrer-Display sind teilweise zum Marktstart der E-Klasse noch nicht verfügbar und dann abhängig vom jeweiligen Fahrzeugmodell, der individuellen Konfiguration und dem jeweiligen Markt. )Mercedes-Benz E-Class | 2023: Large glass surface with newly designed icons. ( Display content may differ from series status. Some of the functions on the passenger display are not yet available at the market launch of the E-Class and then depend on the respective vehicle model, the individual configuration and the respective market. )

Improved tech and a more software-driven approach boosts the performance and speed of data streams in a way that has led to a greater use of ‘intelligent ‘functions, enhanced driver assistance features, better communications, a superior music and entertainment package, and a more extensive use of third-party apps. An available feature is one that allows the driver to participate in online video conferencing.

The MBUX Superscreen is an imposing feature through which the E-Class information, communications, entertainment and guidance systems are managed. Using its ‘Just Talk’ function and ‘intelligent voice control’ drivers can call-up assistance without using the keyword ‘Hey Mercedes’ all prompted by a red microphone symbol on the display indicating that the vehicle is ready and waiting for commands.

Four petrol versions (E200, E300 e, E300 e 4MATIC and E 400 e 4MATIC) and two diesel versions (E220 d and E220 d 4MATIC) will make up the range at launch – three equipped with fourth-generation plug-in mild hybrid electric power. A new battery increases electric motor power from 15 to 17 kW and boosts torque to 205 Nm.

Further details including specifications and price will be announced closer to its expected Autumn arrival in Ireland.



Globally renowned Chinese auto maker BYD, the world’s leading manufacturer of new energy vehicles and power batteries (whose name stands for ‘Build Your Dreams’), has introduced a new brand and new technology to the Irish market with the arrival of their all-new, all-electric BYD ATTO 3 C-segment SUV. 

Available initially through dealerships in Dublin and Cork – with additional dealerships to be announced shortly – the BYD ATTO 3 can be viewed in Dublin at BYD North Dublin on Navan Roadand at BYD South Dublin in Deansgrange. In Cork, models can be viewed at BYD Cork at Eastgate Business Park, Little Island.

Expressive Design

Designed by renowned German auto designer, Wolfgang Egger, the eye-catchingly elegant BYD ATTO 3 is styled with European customers in mind. With its distinctive sloping silhouette, it is expressive from every angle. Equipped with exceptionally high levels of standard equipment, including a Panoramic Sunroof, BYD’s attention to detail can be seen throughout, extending to its unique interior to give the ATTO 3 an added dimension of youthful flair and personality.

Model Variants

The ATTO 3 range consists of three model variants: Models with ‘Comfort’ and ‘Design’ trim levels followed by an ‘Active’ model variant – all part of the Phase One scheduling of BYD’s launch into the Irish market.

ATTO 3 Pricing

Taking account of its high level of standard specification, its many innovative features, and its extensive range of high-tech elements, the ATTO 3 is introduced at what its distributor says is ‘an appealingly-competitive price level’ beginning from €37,128.


With more than 28 years’ experience in battery research and development, BYD is globally renowned for its pioneering technology and world-leading innovations in eMobility solutions. The only New Energy Vehicle (NEV) producer to have developed its own powertrain systems, power batteries, automotive semiconductors, drive-motors and motor controller systems, BYD is bringing ‘pinnacle’technology and revolutionary battery expertise to the vehicles it produces, ATTO 3 included.

A spacious C-Segment SUV, the new ATTO 3 combines modern aesthetics with exceptional intelligence and efficiency that BYD states ‘is derived from pioneering electric vehicle technology and smart connectivity’.

Developed for safety, efficiency and performance, the BYD ATTO 3 is the first SUV to be built on BYD’s ultra-intelligent, next-generation e-Platform 3.0 for the ultimate in safety, system efficiency, integrated vehicle intelligence, and performance. Creating larger cabin space, BYD’s new generation e-Platform 3.0 is at the forefront of EV innovation – reflected in the world’s first mass-produced highly integrated 8-in-1 electric powertrain connecting all electric control units and management systems,and in a seamless deep integration of the system that delivers overall system efficiency of 89%. Other core features at the heart of the e-Platform 3.0 are BYD’s cobalt-free Blade Battery, and the high-efficiency heat pump. 

Increased thermal efficiency

With intelligent thermal management, efficiency is achieved in a wide range of temperatures with an excellent low temperature driving range. Featuring the industry’s first direct cooling and heating system for power batteries, BYD’s innovative system leverages the residual heat from surroundings to increases thermal efficiency by up to 20% in Winter. 

Ground-braking battery technology

In the ATTO 3, BYD utilises ground-breaking battery technology – evolved from over 28 years’ expertise in this specialist sphere – to provide new levels of safety, durability and performance, as well as increased battery space utilisation. Their revolutionary, ultra-safe Blade Battery has surpassed the Nail Penetration Test, regarded as the Mount Everest of battery safety tests. The cobalt-free Blade Battery uses Lithium Iron-Phosphate (LFP) as its cathode material which offers a much higher level of safety than conventional lithium-ion batteries. A very durable material, LFP has inherently excellent thermal stability and, significantly, is cobalt-free.  Efficiency and longer range are further benefits of the Blade Battery, providing more power density for optimum performance and efficiencies, including faster charging.

Optimum Performance and Handling 

Combined, this integrated technology has been developed to deliver optimum performance and a better driving experience. With the 60.48 kWh Blade Battery combined with the permanent magnet synchronous motor, the BYD ATTO 3 can accelerate from 0 – 100km/h in just 7.3 seconds. 

Impressive Charging, Range and Efficiency

BYD ATTO 3 has a reassuring (WLTP combined) electric range of 420kms, with energy consumption as low as 6.40kms/kWh (WLTP), and 16.3kWh/100km or less. Charging power is 11 kW AC 3(Comfort and Design). High performance is also achieved when it comes to recharging. With a 150KW DC charger, the battery can be replenished from (SOC) 30% to 80% in just 29 minutes. Overnight charging from an almost empty battery to full range can be completed in just 6.5 hours. BYD ATTO 3 (all three trims) is also equipped with an auxiliary function whereby external devices can easily be charged by the car battery. 

Ultra-Safe with High Levels of Standard Equipment 

Thanks to BYD’s commitment to safer driving, the ATTO 3 has a comprehensive suite of standard safety and driver assistance equipment. In Euro NCAP Safety Tests, it secured a Five-Star Rating, achieving a score 91% for adult occupant protection and 89% for child occupant protection.

Safety features in all BYD models include: Forward Collision Warning, Automatic Emergency Braking, Rear Collision Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Rear Cross Traffic Brake, Lane Keep Assistance, Lane Change Assist, and Emergency Lane Keep. Further driver aids include Blind Spot Detection System, Electronic Stability Program, Electronic Brake Distribution, Electric Parking Brake, Antilock Braking System, Automatic Vehicle Hold, Traction Control, Hill Decent Control, Traffic Sign Recognition, Intelligent Speed Limit Information, and Intelligent Speed Limit Control.

Smart Connectivity

Smart connectivity and leading infotainment are other primary elements of the BYD ATTO 3. Equipped with DiLink 4.0, its 4G intelligent connection system brings leading technology experiences, and Over-the- Air (OTA) updates as part of the iCloud service. 

GPS Navigation features as standard. A focal feature inside the BYD ATTO 3 is its unique 12.8 inch rotatable touchscreen (15.6 inch on Design versions) with voice recognition delivering an abundance of connected experiences and integrated Apps, including Apple CarPlay.