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ALL-NEW ARKANA COUPE-SUV SET TO BOLSTER RENAULT’S MODEL RANGE

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Renault is continuing to expand its model range with the All-New Arkana SUV set to go on sale across Europe from 2021. The mid-sized compact SUV offers a standout exterior design with a strong coupé silhouette, increased refinement, along with the latest in advanced hybrid technology and connectivity.

Combining SUV proportions with the sloping roofline of a coupé, the Arkana delivers space and practicality for the whole family in a package only slightly longer than the New Megane Hatchback. The new model will be built on the Alliance’s CMF-B modular platform which underpins the All-New Clio and All-New Captur, bolstering Renault’s existing SUV line-up, which currently consists of the All-New Captur and Kadjar.

The cabin of the New Arkana features the latest interior finishes and design touches to ensure a premium feel and finish as well as exceptional comfort for all occupants. This is combined with one of the largest digital displays in its segment thanks to two screens, as well as advanced connectivity systems which deliver seamless convenience and minimal distraction for the driver.

The All-New Arkana will be available with a selection of electrified powertrains featuring hybrid technology which ensures refined and efficient performance. The new SUV model will feature Renault’s latest full hybrid E-TECH technology while mild-hybrid technology will be offered with the 1.3-litre four-cylinder turbocharged direct injection TCe petrol engine.

The All-New Arkana will arrive in Irish showrooms in September 2021.

Exterior design

The All-New Arkana features a sophisticated and sleek design which combines its elevated SUV body and ground clearance, with a coupé-like shape featuring muscular beltline and wide shoulders for a premium and assertive appearance. The front and rear skid plates and the wheel arch protectors enhance the SUV look, while the plunging roofline combined with rising window line deliver an agile and slender curved design that extends to the rear windows, enhancing the dynamic look.

The front grille, featuring a larger Renault logo in the centre, is flanked by chrome brightwork and trim elements which provide added elegance and sophistication. Below, the expressive front bumper enhances the dynamic design while the skid plate gives the car a robust look.

All-LED headlights feature the C-shaped lighting signature found across the rest of the Renault range and further underline the dynamic design of the All-New Arkana. The rear of the vehicle also features the C-shaped lighting signature with a strip extending over the whole width of the tailgate, emphasising the All-New Arkana’s taut and distinctive look.

The profile of the All-New Arkana is one of its most striking features. The unique coupé-style SUV outline of the car is instantly recognisable, combining a sleek and sturdy shape. Measuring 4,568mm in length, 1,571mm in height and with a 2,720mm wheelbase, the car’s overall size gives it a flowing profile. Chrome elements, such as the trim accentuating the windows, the side door protections and the front fender trim, further enhance the premium design.

Following on from the All-New Clio and New Mégane, the All-New Arkana will be available in R.S. Line trim, combining premium finishes with a more dynamic design. It draws its inspiration from Renault Sport’s DNA and the New Mégane R.S. model. The car’s bold design is further enhanced by the Orange Valencia colour and black-painted and dark metal exterior elements, including the Formula 1-inspired aerodynamic blade. The bumper features red inserts and Shadow-Tinted wheels that are unique to this model. An R.S. Line badge has been added to the wing trims while the rear sports a chromed dual exhaust outlet and a darker skid plate.

An optional Colour pack further enhances the look of the New Arkana R.S. Line: its front and rear bumper and the lower protective door strip will be painted in the colour of the bodywork, with a black roof and gloss black spoiler.

Customers will be able to choose from seven body colours: Opaque White, Pearl White, Metal Black, Metallic Grey, Zanzibar Blue, Fire Red and Valencia Orange (exclusive to the R.S. Line version). An optional black roof and three choices of 17- and 18-inch wheels will also be available.

Interior

Despite the coupé-like body shape, the Arkana provides the levels of practicality expected of an SUV. The bootspace has a load capacity of 513 litres and features a raised floor and seats which can be folded completely flat. Meanwhile the front of the cabin offers a large amount of storage space, including a storage net on the passenger side with door pockets each large enough to hold 1.5-litre bottles.

The stylish architecture of the dashboard features modern ergonomic elements with the upper part covered with a soft feel foam lining, and each trim level boasting its own exclusive lining strip. All models feature chrome details across the door handles and air vents, while a leather-finished gear lever adds an extra touch of quality. Moving up the model range brings a leather steering wheel, with chrome inserts added to the dashboard and cup holder, and the upper part of the doors covered with a foam lining.

R.S. Line models benefit from a specific interior, with a carbon-finish dashboard and door lining, a red trim running along the top of the dashboard and a black roof. Stylish and sporty red topstitching embellishes the leather steering wheel as well as the mixed leather/suede-like upholstery and door panels, while a red strip features on the seat belts. Completing the package is an aluminium pedal unit, an e-shifter gear selector (with the E-TECH Hybrid engine) and R.S. Line badges.

Powertrains

Following on from the All-New Clio and New Mégane, the All-New Arkana will feature a full hybrid engine as well as offering a a 1.3-litre four-cylinder turbocharged direct injection TCe petrol engine combined with mild-hybrid technology.

The full hybrid powertrain will combine a 1.6-litre petrol engine with a lithium-ion battery and two electric motors for a total power output of 140hp., Following on from other E-TECH models, it will also feature a smart multi-mode clutchless gearbox. The system utilises advanced F1-inspired E-TECH technology and has been the subject of more than 150 patents. The ground-breaking combination of the electric engines and dogbox transmission optimises and smooths gear-shifting, whilst the architecture –the fruit of the Renault DP World F1 team’s labour – provides greater energy efficiency.

Incorporating the energy management modes, also developed by the Renault F1 experts, the E-TECH hybrid technology enables the vehicle to start in all-electric drive, offering greater pleasure in all driving conditions with crisp, immediate acceleration. The engine also has excellent energy efficiency, thanks to its innovative multi-mode gearbox, its powerful energy recovery braking system and its high-level automatic battery-charging system.

The E-TECH hybrid powertrain can provide up to 80 per cent of city driving time with all-electric power, reducing CO2 emissions and fuel consumption by up to 40 per cent over a combustion engine in urban driving. Drivers can use the Multi Sense settings to select a specific driving mode: My Sense for daily driving, Eco for even lower fuel consumption and Sport to combine the power of the engines.

The All-New Arkana E-TECH Hybrid’s engine is ideal for all types of journey and usage, ensuring optimum versatility. It is equally suited to drivers looking for an electric drive mode for better fuel efficiency as it is to high-mileage drivers who previously preferred diesel engines, but now look for lower consumption while keeping the same driving habits.

Also available is the 1.3-litre four-cylinder, turbocharged, direct injection TCe petrol engine that is fuel-efficient and powerful to provide increased driving pleasure. Paired with an EDC dual-clutch automatic transmission, it will produce an output of 140hp.

The engine will be available with mild-hybrid technology which is delivered through an added alternator-starter system paired with a 12V lithium-ion battery under the passenger seat. This technology improves Stop & Start and enables energy regeneration during deceleration. It also assists the engine during the highest fuel-consumption phases, when the engine starts or accelerates. It reduces fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, and ensures smoother engine restart and greater driving comfort.

The 1.3-litre TCe 140 petrol engine produces 260Nm of torque from 1,600rpm and offers the perfect combination of afuel-economy, an engaging driving experience and comfort.

Technology

Following on from the All-New Captur, All-New Clio and New ZOE, the All-New Arkana features the latest connected technologies as well as a suite of Advanced Driver Assistance systems.

A digital dashboard features a 4.2-, 7- or 10-inch Driver Information Display (dependent on the model), offering a personalised, intuitive driving experience. This is complemented by the 7-inch horizontal or 9.3-inch portrait Easy Link touchscreen infotainment display oriented towards the driver, ensuring heightened convenience for both driver and front passenger while ensuring distraction is kept to a minimum with easy-to-view information.

The centre console features a wireless smartphone charging system and an electric automatic parking brake with Auto-Hold option, as standard, while E-TECH Hybrid models feature the elegant e-shifter gear selector. The All-New Renault Arkana also gets four USB plugs (two at the front, two at the rear) for powering electronic devices and providing connectivity for all passengers.

With Renault Easy Connect, the All-New Arkana is able to access a number of services through the MY Renault app and the Easy Link multimedia system. It features continuous 4G connectivity and additional services offered by partners such as Google (address finder) and TomTom (real-time traffic information).

From remote vehicle control to real-time traffic information, including door-to-door navigation with the destination information sent to the car, vehicle location and remote door control, all systems aim to offer a unique connected experience, both inside the vehicle and outside, via the driver’s smartphone. The Renault Easy Link multimedia system and onboard mapping also provide automatic and regular updates thanks to “Over the Air” technology.

The Renault Easy Link multimedia system will be available in three configurations, all compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay; with 7-inch screen, 7-inch screen with sat nav or 9.3-inch screen with sat nav. Influenced by smartphone design, the Renault Easy Link multimedia system provides a practical, ergonomically designed interface. Users can create profiles and customise certain screens using widgets, enabling everyone to access their favourite features directly.

Renault Multi Sense technology gives drivers the opportunity to personalise their driving experience depending on their mood. Interacting with engine mapping, power-assisted steering, ambient lighting and the digital screen configuration, Multi Sense settings offer three available modes:

  • Eco: Uses a more measured mapping of the accelerator pedal and adapted gear changing for the most economical drive.
  • Comfort: steering assistance increased for greater flexibility and ease of driving, from 10 to 40 per cent depending on the vehicle speed
  • Sport: steering assist is now 25 per cent firmer and the engine mapping offers 20-25 per cent more torque at the same throttle position for a more dynamic drive
  • My Sense: Best for everyday use, My Sense offers the best compromise in terms of performance and economy, using as much electric power as possible, but in the most efficient way.

Multi Sense settings can be easily accessed from the Easy Link multimedia system’s interface or a special keypad on the centre screen. A single touch will open the Multi Sense window and allow drivers to change their preferences, including eight ambient lighting options. Depending on the selected mode, drivers can also display a customisable widget on the dashboard screen, such as the consumption in Eco mode or power and torque in Sport mode.

The latest Advanced Driver Assistance Systems provide added convenience and safety for the driver. The All-New Arkana will be available with a selection of systems including Motorway & Traffic Jam Companion, Adaptive Cruise Control (with Stop & Go), Active Emergency Braking System (AEBS), Blind Spot Warning, Traffic Sign Recognition, Lane Departure Warning and Lane Keep Assist.

Motorway & Traffic Jam Companion combines Adaptive Cruise Control (with Stop & Go) and lane centring assistance, which even works on curved roads up to a certain level. It controls car speed from zero to 160km/h and maintains safe distances between vehicles while providing lane centring assistance. It is particularly useful in heavy traffic conditions and automatically stops and restarts the car after three seconds without any action by the driver.

For added convenience, a series of features make it easier for the driver when performing low speed manoeuvres, or parking. The 360-degree camera features an additional four cameras, offering a view from above the vehicle that provides a single image of all the obstacles around it. The 360-degree camera is simple to use and automatically activated when the car is reversing. The system displays two images: the front or rear view based on the selected speed and the choice between a 360-degree view or a zoom of the passenger-side camera. Further to this is Easy Park Assist (for parallel, oblique or vertical parking) making manoeuvring easier when entering or exiting a parking space. The sensors control steering while drivers control the pedals and transmission.

The All-New Renault Arkana will arrive in Irish showrooms in September 2021. Prices to be confirmed.

Unmissable new offers on quality used cars from Renault SELECTION – over €10 million available to lend from Renault Bank in September

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Renault Group Ireland has announced unmissable offers on used Renault and Dacia cars for September and October, available exclusively across its network of approved Renault SELECTION dealers. 

Through the Renault SELECTION programme, Renault Bank has over €10 million available to lend this September.

With these offers, customers can avail of:

  • Savings over €1,500 in interest vs high street banks
  • 4.9% APR HP/PCP
  • Minimum 2 Years’ Manufacturer’s Warranty + Roadside Assistance

This finance rate is available on all Renault SELECTION used stock and offers a highly attractive 4.9% APR HP offer over five years, saving customers up to €1,500 in interest compared to high street banks. 

The low 4.9% APR is also available on Renault’s PCP product. PCP provides a low monthly payment with a low deposit, and guarantees a minimum future value on the car at the end of the 2, 3 or 4-year term, providing reassurance and certainty for customers.

This offer provides real value and savings to customers purchasing a highly affordable used Renault or Dacia model, while the proven Renault SELECTION programme offers industry-leading peace of mind and reassurance.

Renault SELECTION cars come with a full certified vehicle history check with every used car prepared to a unique “Buy Today – Drive Today” standard. This ensures customers receive only the highest-quality product, and when a customer purchases a used car, it’s ready to go to its new home the same day.

To demonstrate Renault Group’s confidence in the vehicles it sells, dealerships will exchange a vehicle purchased under the programme for one of a similar value (within 30 days or 1,000 kilometres from date of delivery) should an irreparable fault occur.

Renault SELECTION Sales Events will take place across Renault’s network of approved dealerships for two weeks from Monday 14th – Saturday 26th September.  This is an appointment-based sales event.

These offers are available now until 31st October 2020, for more details on the Renault SELECTION programme and a list of current authorised dealers, check out

www.renaultselection.ie

New Kia Sorento PHEV revealed with low emissions and high power

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Kia Motors has today revealed the new Kia Sorento Plug-in Hybrid for first time, an ultra-low emissions version of the brand’s flagship global SUV. The new variant combines supreme practicality with low running costs and high power, and broadens the appeal for the D-segment SUV.

The new Sorento Plug-in Hybrid is the second electrified model in the new Sorento line-up, and sits alongside the low-emissions Sorento Hybrid. The new variant combines a powerful turbocharged gasoline engine with a high capacity battery pack and high output electric motor, giving drivers the ability to complete shorter drives on all-electric, zero-emissions power.

The Plug-in Hybrid variant achieves this while maximising space and versatility, with the innovative platform that underpins the fourth-generation Sorento designed from the outset to accommodate electrified powertrains. The new platform and large body ensures the Plug-in Hybrid model retains the generous cabin and luggage space and five- and seven-seat layouts that define other models in the line-up.

Pablo Martinez Masip, Director of Product Planning and Pricing at Kia Motors Europe, comments: “The Sorento Plug-in Hybrid completes the new fourth-generation Sorento line-up, and is one of two electrified models available to European drivers. It deploys a turbo hybrid powertrain to boost performance, while reducing the car’s environmental impact and running costs. Plug-in models continue to grow in popularity across Europe, and the new Sorento will be one of the most spacious, practical and versatile electrified models available.”

In the first half of 2020, electrified models – including mild-hybrid, parallel hybrid, battery electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles – accounted for around one in four of all Kia vehicles sold in Europe*, with sales accelerating year-on-year.

Sales of the new Sorento Plug-in Hybrid will commence in select European markets in early 2021, with Kia’s unique 7-Year, 150,000-kilometre warranty as standard.

High-power, low emissions

The Sorento Plug-in Hybrid isn’t just the lowest-emitting model in the Sorento line-up in Europe, but also the most powerful. The beating heart of its ‘turbo hybrid’ powertrain is its 1.6-litre T-GDi (turbocharged gasoline direct injection) engine, which, on its own, produces up to 180 ps and 265 Nm torque. The engine is paired with a high-capacity 13.8 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack and a powerful electric motor which produces 66.9 kW and 304 Nm torque.

Combined, these powertrain components enable the Sorento Plug-in Hybrid’s powertrain to produce up to 265 ps and 350 Nm torque.

The Sorento Plug-in Hybrid’s all-electric range will be sufficient to enable drivers to complete most short drives on electric power alone. Its all-electric range and CO2 emissions are pending homologation and will be confirmed by Kia closer to the car’s on-sale date.

Power is sent to all four wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission. The transmission allows the full power of the engine and motor to be transferred in parallel, with minimal loss of energy. The result is immediate acceleration responses at any speed, and direct access to available battery power at higher speeds.

A range of innovations throughout the powertrain also ensure the Sorento Plug-in Hybrid is the most advanced, efficient PHEV to-date from Kia. The new model represents Kia’s first use of an independent battery pack water-cooling system in a PHEV, ensuring optimal heat management and efficiency for the high-voltage battery pack. For the 66.9 kW electric motor, the rotor benefits from a new two-stage lamination process to reduce noise and vibration levels.

The engine features Kia’s latest ‘Smartstream’ innovations, including Continuously Variable Valve Duration technology, which regulates the duration that the intake valves open and close depending on driving conditions. This enables the engine to operate on different combustion cycles, seamlessly optimising engine performance and fuel efficiency.

Design and packaging

Kia’s new midsized SUV platform, introduced with the fourth-generation Sorento and underpinning the new Plug-in Hybrid model, plays a key role in accommodating the new powertrain. Its innovative structure and layout maximises space for passengers and luggage, with the battery pack located beneath the floor of the cabin.

As a result, the Sorento Plug-in Hybrid offers generous space for up to five or seven passengers as its Hybrid and diesel counterparts. It also offers one of the largest cargo capacities in its class, with the larger battery back not taking up significant amounts of boot space – up to 809 litres (for seven-seat models) or 898 litres (five-seat models) with two rows of seats in place. In seven-seat models, with all seven seats in place, boot space is 175 litres (compared to 179 litres for its Hybrid counterpart).

Visually, Sorento Plug-in Hybrid models retain the same modern exterior design as other variants in the line-up, with ‘eco plug-in’ badges and a charging port on the rear quarters standing out as the only points of differentiation.

Inside, the cabin also remains largely unchanged, although the 12.3-inch fully-digital instrument cluster is redesigned, with new graphics and dials to provide drivers with a clear picture of the powertrain’s status. It enables drivers to keep track of the battery’s state of charge, as well as the flow of electric and gasoline power through the powertrain. The 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system also features new functionality to enable drivers to easily locate vehicle charging points on-the-go.

The same comprehensive range of ‘connected car’ and safety technology

The Sorento Plug-in Hybrid offers the same high level of technological innovation as other Sorento models. The touchscreen infotainment system enables full, seamless smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™. A powerful 12-speaker BOSE® surround-sound audio system is also available, delivering a more immersive sound to all passengers, as well as a cabin Mood Lighting system, with up to 64 colours for users to choose from.

It also offers Kia’s innovative UVO Connect telematics system, connecting drivers by providing invaluable information via the in-car touchscreen and on their smartphone. Featuring Kia Live services provide drivers with live traffic information, weather forecasts, points of interest, and details of potential on- and off-street parking (including price, location and parking availability) – in addition to nearby vehicle charging points. UVO Connect also enables drivers to send route directions to their car before a journey, and check the location of their vehicle at any time.

The Sorento Plug-in Hybrid offers a range of Kia’s Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) to help reduce many of the inherent hazards and stresses of driving. Available technologies include Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) technology with pedestrian, cyclist and vehicle detection and FCA Junction, which detects vehicles at junctions when turning; Blind-Spot View Monitor (BVM); Surround View Monitor (SVM) and Blind-spot Collision-Avoidance Assist (BCA); Intelligent Speed Limit Assist (ISLA); Smart Cruise Control with Stop&Go (SCC) and Navigation-based SCC (NSCC); Lane Following Assist (LFA); Driver Attention Warning (DAW); and Highway Driving Assist (HDA). It also offers a Rear View Monitor (RVM) with Reverse Parking Collision-Avoidance Assist (PCA) and Rear Cross-traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist (RCCA). The Sorento’s Safe Exit Assist (SAE) feature also prevents rear doors from opening if the vehicle detects a hazard approaching from behind, such as a cyclist or another vehicle.

The new Sorento also implements Kia’s first Multi-Collision Brake system, which enables the Sorento to mitigate the severity of secondary collisions. It automatically applies vehicle brakes when the airbags have been deployed after an initial collision, further protecting occupants from secondary frontal or side impacts.

Sales commence in 2021 with Kia’s 7-Year, 150,000 km warranty included

The new Sorento Plug-in Hybrid will be built for Europe and many other markets at Kia’s Hwasung manufacturing facility in Korea. European sales are due to commence in early 2021 in select markets. Every model sold in Europe will offer Kia’s unique seven-year, 150,000-kilometre warranty as standard, extending to cover the battery pack and motor.

Enterprise’s “Plus Your Points” Promotion Returns Earlier Than Ever to Give Irish Members Opportunities to Earn During Summer Travel

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As many people choose road trips as their mode of travel this summer, Enterprise has launched its annual Plus Your Points promotion earlier than ever to give registered Enterprise Plus members the chance to earn double points on qualifying rentals. The program is available now through January 31, 2021 to customers in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Spain and Germany.

Today’s early launch of the Plus Your Points promotion further demonstrates Enterprise’s commitment to providing flexibility to its loyalty members during these challenging times. In April, the brand extended Enterprise Plus members’ elite tier status and announced it would roll over qualifying rental activity to next year.

Points earned during the Plus Your Points promotion are redeemable for free rental days* at any time, for any available vehicle at thousands of participating Enterprise locations worldwide. Free day covers base rate (time and mileage) only. Points do not expire as long as the member completes one qualifying Enterprise rental during every three-year period. 

Enterprise also recently introduced its Complete Clean Pledge – a promise to go above and beyond the company’s already rigorous cleaning protocols, including using a disinfectant to sanitize more than 20 high‑touch points throughout the vehicle between every rental, to provide renters with even greater peace of mind. Enterprise has also modified its service offerings to include curbside rental transactions, as well as delivery at some locations, to help best serve customers while minimizing foot traffic in locations.

“For travelers who are ready to get back on the road, we want them to know Enterprise is ready to support them with an experience that’s safe, secure and exactly what they’d expect from Enterprise,” said Randal Narike, executive vice president, Global Mobility and Customer Experience at Enterprise. “Launching the Plus Your Points promotion early is our way of rewarding our loyal renters as they enjoy their summer road trips.”

This year’s promotion consists of two phases. The first phase, available now, allows members to earn double points on qualifying rentals. The second phase will launch in the autumn and will offer members the chance to earn additional points through bonus opportunities known as “badges” for a variety of rental-related items.

Customers can register for the Plus Your Points promotion, learn how to earn bonus points and read more about Enterprise Plus terms and conditions at plusyourpoints.enterprise.com. Once enrolled, Enterprise Plus members simply use their membership number when booking a reservation to receive all member benefits.

Membership in Enterprise Plus is free, and the program is open to anyone 21 years and older.

*Free Day covers base rate (time and mileage) only and does not apply to applicable taxes, fees, surcharges, refueling, drop-off, delivery, youthful driver, additional driver, pick up, or one-way charges, license recoupment/air tax recovery, concession recoupment fees, airport and airport facility fees, or any optional product or service, which are the responsibility of the renter.

ALL-ELECTRIC ALL-NEW ZOE VAN JOINS RENAULT’S EXPANDING PRO+ RANGE

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Renault PRO+ has revealed the newest addition to its growing LCV range – the All-New ZOE Van. Based on the award-winning and successful New ZOE passenger car, the latest addition to Renault’s expanding Z.E. PRO+ range offers more choice than ever for commercial vehicle buyers looking to switch to an electric van.
With the same generous 395km WLTP range as the ZOE car, the new zero-emissions LCV delivers versatility and reassurance to commercial buyers keen to experience the benefits of running an electric commercial vehicle. That’s thanks to the All-ZOE Van utilising the powerful 52kWh battery and 80kW R110 motor the New ZOE boasts.
The All-New ZOE Van joins Renault’s expanding range of electric commercial vehicles – alongside the Kangoo Z.E. and Master Z.E. – in a range that now spans a wide variety of offerings in terms of size, driving range, load space and carrying capacity.
Based on the ZOE car, the All-New ZOE Van benefits from the same level of advanced features in terms of its battery technology and powertrain, as well as its generously equipped high-quality interior, complemented by Renault’s latest infotainment and safety technologies.
There’s a choice of Business and Business+ trim levels in line with other Renault PRO+ commercial vehicles, offering an impressive level of desirable equipment, including a rapid charging option for both models for added convenience.

All-New Renault ZOE Van powertrain, range and charging
The All-New ZOE Van benefits from the same advanced powertrain featured in the regular ZOE car, meaning a powerful 52kWh battery and 80kW R110 electric motor resulting in a WLTP range of up to 245 miles on a single charge on Business models.
The R110 motor delivers acceleration of zero to 62mph in 11.4 seconds, while the zero to 31mph sprint is completed in just 3.9 seconds – making the All-New ZOE Van ideal for urban journeys with stop-start traffic, and a perfect fit for tasks such as multidrop deliveries, for example. All of which are completed with zero tailpipe emissions.
Recharging is simple and time-efficient thanks to the option of 50kW DC charging on both trim levels, allowing All-New ZOE Van drivers to charge from zero to 80 per cent in just one hour and ten minutes. If time is tight, a 30-minute charge is enough for a 135km boost in range via the DC charger.
The charging inlet is accessed behind the Renault badge on the front of the vehicle, with Renault’s advanced on-board and patented Chameleon charger adapting to the power source for the most time and energy-efficient charge for the vehicle. It also gives drivers the flexibility to use a range of chargers available publicly. As standard, the All-New ZOE Van comes with type-2 charging cable, this allows 100 per cent charge in just three hours using a 22kW public or workplace charger.
Two generous trim level choices
Replicating other vehicles in the Renault PRO+ line-up, the All-New ZOE Van is available in a choice of two generously equipped models – the Business and Business+. Both specifications offer customers a comprehensive level of standard equipment, with the opportunity to build on this with key options available at extra cost – including DC charging for faster charging.
As standard, Business trim brings a wealth of features, including:
⦁ 10-inch TFT instrument cluster
⦁ 7-inch Easy Link infotainment screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity
⦁ Manual air conditioning
⦁ Electric front windows
⦁ Renault keycard with handsfree entry
⦁ Electrically adjustable heated door mirrors
⦁ Automatic headlamps and wipers
⦁ Full LED headlamps with C-shape daytime running light
⦁ 15-inch steel wheels with Michelin EV Energy Tyres
⦁ USB socket
⦁ Driver and passenger airbags
⦁ Isofix points on passenger seat
⦁ Front fog lights
⦁ Cruise control with speed limiter
⦁ Z.E. Voice (low speed pedestrian warning)
Moving up to Business+ trim enhances the ZOE’s technology and comfort features even further. Included on all Business+ models are:
⦁ Satellite navigation
⦁ Rear parking sensors
⦁ 100 per cent recycled seat upholstery
⦁ Lane Keeping Assist (LKA)
⦁ Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
⦁ Automatic High Low Beam
⦁ Traffic Sign Recognition
⦁ Automatic Climate Control
⦁ Driver’s one-touch electric window
⦁ Electrically adjustable heated door mirrors, electrically folding, finished in body colour
⦁ 16-inch alloy wheels with Michelin EV Energy Tyres
A carefully selected range of options are available to All-New ZOE Van buyers. On top of the same range of eight attractive exterior colour choices for New ZOE, the specification of Business+ models can be expanded with the Technology Pack.
This incorporates Renault’s 9.3-inch portrait-oriented Easy Link touchscreen infotainment system, front and rear parking sensors and a rear-view camera, boosting the ZOE Van’s ease of use even further, particularly in urban environments.
Additionally, the Winter Pack is available, enhancing comfort in colder conditions with heated seats and a heated steering wheel.
Infotainment and connectivity
The All-New ZOE Van features Renault’s latest infotainment technology, giving buyers a choice of screen sizes, both packed with useful and high-tech features that make life easier on the move, but also more convenient and comfortable for the driver with greater connectivity options than ever and an intuitive interface.
All models feature a 10-inch TFT instrument cluster delivering a selection of information via a crisp and intuitive screen ahead of the driver, enabling full customisation of what’s being displayed based on personal preference. In the centre of the cabin is the 7-inch Easy Link touchscreen display controlling all infotainment and car settings.
For ZOE Business+ customers, the 7-inch Easy Link system also features sat-nav functionality alongside the standard-fit Apple CarPlay and Android Auto found on all New ZOE Van models. Bluetooth connectivity and USB connections are standard on all models.
Alternatively, Business+ specification can be enhanced by the 9.3-inch Easy Link infotainment system. Featuring a portrait touchscreen, the technology available moves to the next level with a vibrant display that’s fully configurable based on the driver’s preferences, perfectly complementing the 10-inch TFT instrument cluster.
The sat-nav features 3D mapping functionality, while always-on 4G connectivity enables connected services from TomTom such as traffic information and weather updates. The map can also be displayed on the 10-inch TFT instrument cluster for maximum convenience, keeping the route in view while the main central screen can be used for other features.
For fleet customers, a Telematic Control Unit (TCU) is available for fleet asset management, optionally available on both Business and Business+ trims.
Versatile load space
The All-New ZOE Van’s generous and practical load area has been created by removing the rear seats of the existing ZOE passenger car. A completely flat load floor ensures the load area is as usable as possible, while the rear doors bring an extra dimension of versatility, enabling access via the side of the vehicle. For added security, the rear windows are disabled and covered in an opaque film.
A total load volume of one cubic metre is on offer in the All-New ZOE Van, thanks to 1,205mm of length in the load bay and maximum load width of 1,110mm. The ability to make use of the side doors for ease of access boosts flexibility for awkwardly shaped or smaller items.
Maximum payload is rated at up to 387kg (Business) meaning small but bulky items can be carried in the load area of the ZOE Van with ease.
Generous warranty and servicing options
As it’s based on the ZOE car, the All-New ZOE Van benefits from the same assurances that New ZOE customers enjoy. That means it boasts a five-year, 200,000km warranty that gives customers greater peace of mind, mirroring the rest of Renault’s car range.
In addition, Renault’s confidence in its EV technology is clear, as the Z.E. 50 battery receives an eight-year, 160,000km warranty.
Service intervals for the ZOE Van are every 12 months or 30,000km, whichever comes sooner.
Pricing information
We expect pricing to be confirmed in August 2020, prior to the van going on sale in Q4 of 2020.
Technical information
Business Business+
Exterior dimensions
Length (mm) 4087 4087
Width – mirrors out (mm) 1945 1945
Width – without mirrors (mm) 1787 1787
Height (mm) 1562 1562

Loadspace dimensions
Length (mm) 1205 1205
Maximum width (mm) 1110 1110
Minimum width (mm) 950 950
Useful volume under roof (m3) 1.00 1.00

Weights
Unladen kerbweight (kg) 1650 (no options) 1601 (all options)
Gross Train Weight (GTW) (kg) 1988 1988
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) (kg) 1988 1988
Maximum payload (kg) 387 368

Performance and economy
Power (kW / hp) 80 / 107 80 / 107
Torque (Nm) 225 225
0-100km/h (secs) 11.4 11.4
0-50km/h (secs) 3.9 3.9
Maximum speed (km/h) 135 135
CO2 emissions (g/km) 0 0

Vehicle range
WLTP cycle (miles) 395 383
Range in winter (miles) 150 150
Range in temperate season (miles) 233 233

Charging
7kW (wallbox 32A/230V) 9h25 9h25
22kW (32A/400V) 3h 3h
50kW DC (rapid charger 125A/400V) 70 mins (0-80%) 70 mins (0-80%)

New Renault ZOE is July’s #1 Electric Car in Ireland

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New Renault ZOE Z.E. 50 has topped the podium as Ireland’s number one electric car for July with 14.5% market share.

It’s easy to see why – the stylish and practical New ZOE is Ireland’s most affordable electric car from just €26,990 saving customers a minimum of €9,000 compared to other long-range electric cars (after VRT relief and SEAI grant) with a 395km range, thanks to a more powerful 52kWh battery. This is a car that will take you anywhere you need to go.

Renault’s New ZOE has been going down a storm throughout Europe in 2020. Although the overall market was down, New ZOE racked up a 50% sales increase in the first half of the year. The resulting 37,540 units put New ZOE in a commanding lead in the electric car market.

ZOE has replicated its European performance here by coming in as Ireland’s favourite electric car for July.

New ZOE can also avail of fast 50kW Direct Current (DC) charging for the first time – 50 kW fast charging can add around 145km of range in as little as half an hour. ZOE remains the only car with standard 22kWh AC charging capability through the Chameleon Charger™ – making ZOE by far the most suitable electric car for Ireland’s public charging network.

Renault is bringing forward September’s 2% VAT reduction and giving customers €1,000 VATBACK on all New Renault ZOE models ordered in August. Customers can also avail of ultra-low car finance of 2% APR with Renault Bank, saving over €2,000 in interest compared to high street banks,and get a real 3-month payment deferral on August orders. Why wait until September?

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Renault Backing Businesses Back on the Road

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2019 - Essais presse Nouveau Renault MASTER et Nouveau Renault TRAFIC au Portugal

With more business resuming over the past weeks, Renault Group and its Bank have continued to work with private and business customers to reassure them of their ongoing support in this pandemic.

Its Buy Now, Pay Later offer available until the end of the month is there to support Irish businesses with their cashflow. The offer allows three months deferred payments on all LCVs, on a low rate APR, typically 3.9%, with minimal deposit.  This is a real offer with no increase in the payments after the 3-month period, to support businesses to get back up and running, while saving a minimum of €5,000.

“We know how difficult it has been for businesses over the past few months and with the movement of reopening phases, it is great to see so many back up and running and indeed trying to catch up with time lost,” said Brian McNulty of Renault Bank.

“Renault Bank’s Buy Now, Pay Later LCV offer gives business customers the potential to earn revenue for 3 months whilst not having to worry about payments. This will give these companies the opportunity to claw back earnings from when they were closed, and key to this offer is that it’s a REAL deferral, the payments will not increase, nor will the cost of credit go up after the 3 months. We believe if we support our customers during the tough times it will stand to everyone in the long term,” enthused Mr McNulty.

The award-winning LCV range is available at Renault’s 29 dealerships. Whether a business needs the efficiency of an electric Kangoo Z.E., the long distance comfort of a Trafic, or the huge load capacity of a Master, Renault has a market-leading 5 year warranty and 5 years’ roadside assistance, excellent finance rates and fleet credit lines that can be approved within 24-hours, all available through Renault Bank. 

Renault’s network of specialist Pro+ dealers are equipped to solve any LCV issues in sales and aftersales, and strict new guidelines for customers and staff will give assurance and confidence to customers visiting a dealership.

Renault’s Buy Now Pay Later is available across Kangoo, New Master and New Trafic award-winning vans, Renault Pro+ customers can benefit from savings of €3,000 or more in interest payments through Renault Bank (compared to the high street banks) – 3 Months Deferred Payments; 3.9% APR HP over 5 years, 5 Years’ Warranty and 5 Years’ Roadside Assistance.

This offer applies to all orders taken until 31st July and registered on or before the 31st July 2020 and is available on current stock.  

Kearys Renault celebrates 10 years in Cork

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Kearys Renault is this year celebrating its 10th anniversary as the main Renault and Dacia dealer in Cork.

Kearys Motor Group joined the Renault family in 2010 with the Kinsale Road dealership, before launching Dacia and expanding into Midleton with a second dealership in 2012 and opening a standalone Renault Pro+ van centre on Sarsfield Road, Cork, in 2016.

Kearys Renault was named a ‘Dealer of the Year’ in 2016 by Renault during a prestigious awards ceremony in Paris, with more than 2,500 Renault dealers from 35 countries taking part.

Over the past decade, Kearys Renault has developed a number of key sponsorships in Cork. These include motoring partner of Munster Rugby with many entertaining player videos and customer promotions. More recently, Kearys Renault Pro+ supplied the kit van for the Cork Minor Hurling Team and has sponsored the jerseys for Douglas Camogie and Goleen GAA Clubs, aligning with Renault Ireland’s sponsorship as the official car partner of the GAA. 

Also, Kearys Renault has exhibited at The Cork Summer Show, supported the Better Life Cycle, Coachford and Ardfield Festivals, as well as a number of Cork-based charity events.

Earlier this year, Kearys signed a 3-year headline sponsorship with Cork Chamber of Commerce promoting its range of electric vehicles and sustainable driving in Cork.

Kearys Renault and Kearys Dacia continue to support customers with a real and transparent offer for 202 that delivers real value and real savings.

The Buy Now, Pay Later offer – with no payments for the first 3 months – is available for 202 on Renault, LCV and Dacia. For Renault cars this offer includes 2.02% APR + €1,000 Cashback.  The offer is available on the 100% electric New Renault ZOE, All-New Clio, All-New Captur, KADJAR, Mégane, Scenic and Koleos models.

Renault’s real payment deferral offer is also available on RENAULT SELECTION 191 and 192 used cars at Kearys Renault with 3% APR and 4 Years Warranty + 4 Years Roadside Assistance.

The Buy Now, Pay Later 3 months payment deferral offer is available on the Renault Kangoo, New Master and New Trafic award-winning vans with  3.9 % APR HP over 5 years (savings of €3,000 or more compared to the high street banks) and  5 Years Warranty + 5 Years Roadside Assistance.

On the award-winning Dacia range, Kearys is making it even more shockingly affordable for 202 registration plates on the Duster SUV, compact Sandero, Sandero Stepway SUV and Logan MCV with 3 Months Deferred Payments and 4.9% APR.

“Since 2010, our fantastic team at Kearys Renault Cork have sold and serviced thousands of cars and vans and has developed a close relationship with many of our loyal customers, said Brendan Keary of Kearys Motor Group.

It is great to hear of many families who return to Kearys for their next car and maybe their son or daughter’s first car. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Renault Ireland and our fantastic customers for their continued support.”

“I’d like to extend a huge congratulations from all of us at Renault Ireland to Bill & Brendan along with all the team at Kearys Motor Group on their 10th anniversary as Renault dealers, said Country Operations Director of Renault Ireland, Patrick Magee.

There have been so many highlights for the partnership over the last decade, one of which is undoubtedly Kearys winning a prestigious Dealer of the Year award. The performance of the Renault Group brands in Cork could not have been achieved without the dedication of the whole Kearys team to their customers, and I look forward to the next 10 years. I wish all the team the very best of luck for the future.”

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www.kearys.ie/dacia

Kia Announces New Intelligent Manual Transmission

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  • New ‘clutch-by-wire’ technology for future Kia mild-hybrid models
  • Reduces CO2 emissions by around 3% in real-world driving conditions when paired with 48V mild-hybrid starter generator
  • In-gear coasting enables engine to switch off to save fuel
  • Retains the familiar operation and driver engagement of a conventional manual transmission
  • iMT developed in Europe as part of powertrain electrification programme
  • Fitted to Smartstream gasoline and diesel EcoDynamics+ mild-hybrids

Kia Motors today reveals more details of its new intelligent Manual Transmission (iMT), which has been designed for a range of mild-hybrid electric vehicles (MHEVs) from Kia. The ‘clutch-by-wire’ system is engineered to boost fuel efficiency and reduce CO2 emissions, while retaining the driver engagement of a conventional manual transmission.

Instead of a mechanical linkage, the iMT’s clutch operates purely electronically, and is integrated seamlessly with a 48V MHEV powertrain. The iMT works with the mild-hybrid starter generator (MHSG) to switch off the engine earlier than Kia’s Idle Stop & Go start-stop system when coasting to a halt. This improves overall fuel efficiency and can reduce CO2 emissions by around 3% in real-world driving conditions.

The chosen gear remains engaged even with the engine off. The engine restarts in the same gear as soon as the driver presses either the brake or accelerator pedals thanks to the burst of power provided by the MHSG. The transmission restarts the engine in neutral (with an open clutch) if the driver pushes the clutch pedal to change gear, or if the vehicle speed is too low for the current engaged gear.

How it works – step-by-step

  • The driver leaves the car in-gear as it starts to coast, gently slowing the car down (e.g. for a corner, junction, or traffic)
  • While in-gear, the iMT sends an electronic signal to the gearbox and MHSG to seamlessly switch off the engine and open the clutch
  • With the engine switched off, the car continues coasting, with the open clutch limiting deceleration and allowing the car to make the most of its kinetic energy
  • As the driver pushes the accelerator to pick up speed, or engages the clutch to change gear, the MHSG restarts the engine in the driver’s selected gear, or in neutral (with an open clutch)
  • Electric power from the MHSG and 48V battery instantly brings the engine and transmission up to the correct speed
  • If the car drops below a certain speed, the engine restarts with assistance from the MHEV system, and the clutch closes, to avoid labouring the engine in the engaged gear

Kia’s new iMT has been developed at the Hyundai Motor Europe Technical Centre in Offenbach, Germany, overseen by Dr Michael Winkler, Head of Powertrain. Dr Winkler comments: “We are always looking at new ways to improve powertrain efficiency and performance, and the iMT is one such innovation. An automatic or a double-clutch transmission suits a lot of drivers, but European drivers in particular still love changing gear for themselves. Alongside the increasing demand for electrified models, the iMT is a result of us exploring ways to electrify the ‘classic’ manual transmission.”

Dr Winkler continues: “Electrification is an overarching development theme across our European powertrain division, and our work encompasses the development of 48V mild-hybrid powertrains, through to the new ‘clutch-by-wire’ iMT as a complementary technology. We want to continue providing drivers with a familiar and engaging manual gear change, so this is an ideal solution for the new range of MHEV powertrains we are rolling out across Europe in the months ahead.”

The familiarity of a conventional manual transmission

Although the iMT introduces a new clutch-by-wire technology in place of a mechanical link between driver and transmission, it retains the same operation and driver engagement as a conventional manual. The new system allows drivers to enjoy the uniquely engaging drive that comes from using a manual transmission. The clutch pedal operates in the same manner as a conventional manual, with greater controllability due to the electromechanical control of the clutch and a ‘biting point’ that enables drivers to change gears smoothly.

The iMT makes its debut in a pair of MHEV model lines with the brand’s latest ‘Smartstream’ engines. The first is the Ceed model family, now on-sale in many European markets with new ‘EcoDynamics+’ variants, powered by a 1.6-litre CRDi diesel engine and mild-hybrid system. The iMT will also be fitted to the upgraded Kia Rio EcoDynamics+, due on-sale in Europe during the third quarter of 2020 with a new 1.0-litre T-GDi gasoline mild-hybrid powertrain. The new transmission will be adopted across a number of future Kia models, with the brand set to introduce a range of new engines and MHEV powertrains later in 2020.

appraisee’s ‘Price My Car’ App and Website Widget is the Ideal Tool for Car Dealerships and Consumers Alike

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29/11/2017 Colm Murphy Founder Appraisee Photo:Andrew Downes xposure
  • Reliable up to the minute pricing of trade ins, puts key information in consumers’ hands, and helps car dealers remain profitable
  • Replacing outdated paper-based system enables adherence to Covid19 social distancing protocols and safety for both staff and consumers

In the Covid19-ravaged business environment, car dealers are suffering particularly hard, as sales of both new and used vehicles have been reduced to practically zero, so anything that can help car dealers in these extremely difficult trading conditions is to be warmly welcomed. Step forward appraisee’s Price My Car App and website widget, a very useful tool that allows dealership staff and prospective customers alike to quickly and reliably assess the up to date market value of any UK or Irish-registered car.

Appraisee is the brainchild of Galway native and entrepreneur, Colm Murphy, who established his start up in 2017.  With a background in financial services software, Murphy developed the Price My Car (PMC) product following a extensive experience working within the car rental and leasing tech industry.

“With my expertise and experience of the car buying and financing arena, I saw that there were outdated paper processes that could and should be brought online, immediately improving the efficiency and profitability of the car buying process”, said Murphy.  “For the consumer, so much of that process has moved online, so developing the PMC solution was a logical step that benefits both the consumer and the car dealer, streamlining the whole process for all parties”.

The current COVID epidemic has had a seismic effect on the industry and has propelled the need for every retailer and independent to re-evaluate their online business model. This is particularly true in relation to ensuring that they can provide reliable part-exchange valuations for both the benefit of Dealer staff and consumers alike.

Research by Google has shown that 92 percent of Irish consumers who are interested in buying a new car begin their search / research online, spending on average 14 hours online over 1.3 months before they visit an actual a car dealership showroom or forecourt.  It would be safe to assume that those figures have increased during the current lockdown situation.

For the consumer, the huge benefit of PMC is that, during that online research phase of their car search, they have access to an accurate valuation of their trade in quickly and safely at a time that suits them, giving them a clear picture of their likely budget when looking at prospective new or used car purchases.  The ease of use of PMC means that it can all be done online in under two minutes saving the consumer the time and hassle of driving to various locations, paying tolls, finding parking etc.

For the car dealer, PMC speeds up and hugely simplifies how they evaluate trade ins.  It removes the need to depend on the traditional paper-based model which in the past has been responsible for issues around accountability and traceability.  The PMC app and widget can digitally connect and integrate all elements of the sales cycle for the dealer, including negotiations on price while ensuring an accurate record of the process through all stages.

Users also benefit from the inbuilt Trader Bid function that allows every appraisal to be instantly sent to the trade where traders can return bids on the vehicle.  All communications, prices, estimated repair and actual repair costs are recorded in appraisee ensuring: accountability, traceability and an audit trail on every appraisal – all secure in the cloud.  The ‘Trader bid’ feature has been shown to cut the communication time by 80 percent saving time and hassle for the car dealer staff.

“Appraisee’s Price My Car solution provides immediate access to all the key data points about a vehicle and ensures the salesperson can identify the margin potential before a price is agreed on,” says Murphy. “With retailers making approximately 1.5 per cent net margin on a new car sale, maximising profits on part-exchanges is critical to a business’s profitability. Undervaluing and miscalculating the condition of the vehicle at the appraisal stage can be the difference between a profit or a loss for the dealer”.

The versatility of the PMC application has Covid19-related restrictions benefits, as it is accessible from any internet-enabled device, it means that dealership staff can carry out the trade in pricing function while fully respecting social distancing protocols with both customers and other team colleagues.

Analysis of the benefit of the PMC self-appraisal tool with a number of customers shows that it was instrumental in providing a 33 percent increase in more qualified leads which resulted in a 33 percent conversion rate of PMC leads who actually went on to make a purchase. 

Each dealership gets a unique PMC link that can be included in all CRM outbound communications and responses e.g. emails and in all marketing material.  Dealers save time and money, where the sales team can instantly assess the car’s condition and trade-in potential, consulting with colleagues, sending to the trade and receive live bids back. 

Appraisee and the PMC facility is being used by car dealers across Ireland with many crediting the service as a valuable add on to their business tool box. 

Brian Downes, General Manager at MSL Grange Motors said: “For the duration of the COVID19 lockdown, the PMC tool was the driving force for us to continue selling used cars via our website.  Thanks to the benefits that PMC provided for both our customers and our sales team, I am proud to say that our closing ratio during the period was 43 percent – a huge thank you to the appraisee and PMC team!”.

For more information, please see www.pricemycar.net.