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The 2020 Audi A5 is now more attractive than ever


• Sporty harmony and dynamic elegance with revised design

• New MMI touch operating concept

• Ground breaking connectivity

The Audi A5 Sportback, the A5 Coupé and the A5 Cabriolet now feature a new, tauter look and the cutting-edge MMI touch operating concept. Mild hybrid technology offers greater comfort while also reducing fuel consumption.

Sporty look: the exterior design

Elements of the new design language from the full-size class characterise the sporty aesthetic of the updated Audi A5. Now Audi has significantly revised the exterior, with the front end, in particular, exuding an even more powerful resolve.

The Singleframe with the honeycomb grille is flatter and somewhat wider. Ventilation slits above the grille are reminiscent of the classic Audi Sport quattro from 1984.  A bold blade forms the lower edge of the bumper, which features larger air inlets.  A new sill provides for a slimmer appearance when viewed from the side; a diffuser insert with trapezoidal tailpipes makes the back of the car look wider.

On the inside, horizontal lines dominate the interior of the A5 models. That large MMI touch display, the control centre of the new operating system, is the focal point of the instrument panel and angled slightly toward the driver.

All body and engine variants in the A5 product line roll off the assembly line with LED headlights as standard equipment. Audi offers Matrix LED headlights with LED rear lights featuring dynamic turn signals as an optional upgrade. Customers opting for the top end get Matrix LED headlights including Audi laser light, LED rear lights with dynamic turn signals and dynamic light sequencing.

Customers can choose from 12 paint finishes, including the new shade district green, metallic.

Ground breaking: connectivity

With its new MMI touch system, the highly connected Audi A5 offers a user experience similar to a contemporary smartphone. A 10.1-inch touch display with acoustic feedback replaces the rotary pushbutton used in previous models. The graphics are clean and reduced; the menu structure reflects the expectations of the user. The MMI search is based on free text input and returns relevant hits very rapidly. Natural-language voice control understands many formulations from everyday speech.

The updated Audi A5 uses a new main unit with increased computing power – the third generation modular infotainment platform (MIB 3). It works together with the equally new Communication box, which handles such things as telephony and the Audi connect services.

The Audi A5 comes standard with a Wi-Fi hotspot. The driver controls the full-HD, 12.3-inch display (1,920 x 720 pixels) of the Audi virtual cockpit plus via the multifunction steering wheel and can choose between three views. This is complemented by a head-up display that projects important information into the driver’s direct field of view.


Powerful, sophisticated, efficient: the drive system

The updated Audi A5 models (combined fuel consumption in l/100 km*: 5.4–3.7; combined CO2 emissions in g/km*: 143–98) are available in Europe with an output range from 163hp. This includes the S models with their powerful V6 engines. The engines satisfy the limits of the Euro 6d-temp emissions standard.

At market introduction, four A5 engine variants will be equipped with a mild hybrid system (MHEV). A belt alternator starter, which is connected to the crankshaft, recovers energy during deceleration and stores this in a compact lithium-ion battery. With the four-cylinder engines, the MHEV system is integrated into the 12-volt electrical system and into a new 48-volt main electrical system in the S TDI models.

All A5 models are equipped with an automatic transmission, either a seven-speed S tronic or an eight-speed tiptronic. quattro drive is available as an option for the mid-range engine variants and comes standard with the three most powerful ones.

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Color: Quantum gray

Cultivated sportiness: the suspension

The suspension harmonises perfectly with the cultivated sportiness that all A5 models convey. The standard tuning is sporty, yet comfortable. A tauter sport suspension and a suspension with controlled damping are available as options.

The steering, automatic transmission and engine management are likewise integrated into Audi drive select. Drivers can choose between five Audi drive select profiles to determine how these components work together. Mounted behind the large wheels – up to 20 inches in diameter – are powerful brakes.

The A5 will arrive into Ireland from January 2020. Prices will be announced at a later date.

New Nissan Juke


All-new Nissan JUKE redefines compact crossovers with bigger personality, better performance and ground-breaking technologies

  • All-new Nissan JUKE makes its global debut in 5 cities across Europe, a market where almost 1 million JUKE have been sold since it defined the compact crossover segment 9 years ago
  • Sleek coupe crossover lines and an athletic stance couple with increased roominess and a modern interior to set a new design standard
  • New technology including Nissan ProPILOT and the NissanConnect infotainment system with In-Car WiFi, smartphone integration and over-the-air updates makes drivers’ lives easier and safer
  • 0-liter 3-cylinder turbocharged engine, paired with 6-speed manual or 7-speed dual-clutch transmission, delivers improved performance, fuel economy and refinement

Almost a decade after it set the bar for compact crossovers through its distinctive personality and emphasis on fun, the next-generation Nissan JUKE arrives to reinvent the segment once again. Fun to drive as ever, the all-new JUKE delivers new levels of performance and technology, within a striking yet roomier coupe crossover body. With almost 1 million on the road in Europe, the Nissan JUKE has resonated with European customers thanks to its stand-out design. The next-generation JUKE – which was unveiled today in London, Paris, Milan, Barcelona and Cologne – appeals to European drivers, who value design, technology and performance, in addition to practicality, in the crossover segment. With ProPILOT and striking connectivity, JUKE brings Nissan Intelligent Mobility – Nissan’s vision for changing how cars are powered, driven and integrated into society – one step further.

“Nissan JUKE is back with its unique identity, even more character, exciting performance and advanced technology that responds to drivers’ needs,” said Ponz Pandikuthira, Nissan Europe Vice President, Product Planning. “The new design and exciting driving experience will appeal to the growing number of customers opting for compact crossovers. The JUKE has grown up, while still retaining the fun-to-drive qualities that have always made it stand out.”


Nissan JUKE returns to set a new standard in the B-crossover segment with larger dimensions and an athletic stance, striking 19-inch alloy wheels and coupe style ‘floating roof’ design. Equipped with full LED technology as standard, the latest JUKE retains its iconic circular headlamps with a new Y-shaped signature which complements Nissan’s V-Motion grille. An exclusive body colour, Fuji Sunset, now completes the line-up of 11 colours.

Transformed on the inside as well, new JUKE is roomier for both passengers and their belongings, with rear-seat knee room increased by 5.8 cm, rear head room by 1.1 cm and a boot capacity of 422 litres – providing 20% more storage room. A reimagined interior offers style and comfort boosted by improved driver positions, increased rear roominess and more user-friendly controls and storage. New soft-touch materials on the dashboard, door trim and footwells offer a premium feel, complemented by standard monoform sporty seats and optional Alcantara® or leather upholstery.

Offering a new level of personalisation, the all-new N-Design grade package ensures that customers can truly make their JUKE their own. Multiple colour combinations for body, roof and interior upholstery are available – bringing out the urban, premium and sporty character of the JUKE. Exterior personalisation is also offered, with customisable bumpers, side sills and 19-inch alloy wheels.


The sporty JUKE is designed for agility, but the all-new coupe crossover has also grown up. Dimensions are now 4,210 mm length; 1,595 mm height; and a width of 1,800 mm for better roominess while remaining compact and lighter by 23 kg. Thanks to high strength steel, the new model features a more rigid platform that offers better stability, performance and cornering capabilities, and new levels of confidence and control.

The JUKE is powered by an efficient 1.0-liter three-cylinder DIG-T turbocharged petrol engine with 117 PS, giving drivers improved performance, fuel economy and refinement. Available with an engaging 6-speed manual or sporty 7-speed dual-clutch (DCT) paddle-shift transmission, and a driving mode selector (Eco, Standard, Sport), drivers can effortlessly match their driving style to any driving scenario for maximum fun on the road.


The JUKE is now loaded with Nissan’s infotainment and driver assistance technology. Featuring Nissan Intelligent Mobility technology, the new model is the most connected Nissan ever.

Nissan Intelligent Mobility

Nissan’s advance ProPILOT technology, which offers electronically assisted steering, acceleration and braking, will be available on the JUKE for the first time. Designed for highway use in single-lane traffic, the ProPILOT system accelerates and slows downs for the driver to maintain the right distance and speed and also keeps the car centred within the lane.

In addition, JUKE offers a full package of safety technologies, including Intelligent Emergency Braking with Pedestrian and Cyclist Recognition, Traffic Sign Recognition, Intelligent Lane Intervention, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and Blind Spot Intervention as a Nissan premiere that is unique to the segment. Blind Spot Intervention warns the driver when a car gets into its blind spot and brings JUKE back in the lane. 

Connectivity, Infotainment, and BOSE® Personal® Plus

With the new NissanConnect infotainment system, customers can use Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto to mirror their favourite smartphone apps on the 8-inch touch screen display. Drivers can also access TomTom Maps & Live Traffic or activate their In-Car WiFi to allow passengers connecting their laptops or tablets.

The NissanConnect Services app is the perfect mobile companion, offering customers control over multiple aspects of their car. Nissan JUKE owners can now check the door-lock status of their vehicle and lock or unlock their Nissan directly from their smartphone. For increased safety, drivers can also check their tyre pressure and oil level before departing on a trip.

To make JUKE drivers’ lives even easier, Google Assistant compatibility gives them control over functions including vehicle lights and sending destinations to the car’s navigation system by talking to their smart device.

Drivers and passengers can also play louder with the Bose® Personal® Plus sound system. With eight powerful speakers – including two sets of Bose UltraNearfield speakers integrated into both front seats headrests – listeners can enjoy immersive music in ultra-clear definition.

The all-new Nissan JUKE will continue to be produced at Nissan’s award-winning manufacturing plant in Sunderland, U.K. The first customer deliveries will take place at the end of November in European markets.

Dún Laoghaire Hosts 2019 Subaru Flying Fifteen World Sailing Championships

  • Dún Laoghaire hosts 2019 Subaru Flying Fifteen World Championships at the National Yacht Club
  • Sailing regatta is taking place from 2nd to 13th September in Dún Laoghaire and Dublin Bay
  • World Championship event expected to draw a crowd of over 15,000 visitors to Dún Laoghaire
  • Local Businesses set to benefit from €1.5million in tourism windfall for the town
The National Yacht Club will host the 2019 Subaru Flying Fifteen World Sailing Championships in Dún Laoghaire from 2nd to 13th September. A Flying Fifteen (or F15) is a two-person sailing dinghy or keelboat, designed for racing. The 2019 Subaru Flying Fifteen World Championships is the only keelboat sailing world championships to be held in Ireland this year and will see crowds of over 15,000 people flock to Dún Laoghaire and Dublin Bay. The National Yacht Club hosted this competition twice before in 1992 and 2003 and this year’s event is set to benefit the local economy with a €1.5million tourism windfall for the town on hotels, food and entertainment.
The 2019 Subaru Flying Fifteen World Championships will see 85 boats and 170 competitors from over 10 countries taking part. Off the water, Dún Laoghaire itself will be a hub of social activity with race goers and tourists visiting from near and far during the regatta. For those looking to get in on the action, spectators will be able to soak up the atmosphere and watch the racing from the East Pier at Dún Laoghaire. Despite being a world championship event, there is heavy local influence with many local businesses and residents providing assistance and support. In addition to the large number of local competitors, two local businesses, SNOW, a design and laser-cutting company, and AK Designs, who re-cycle and convert old sails, have specially designed prizes for the competition.
Niall Meagher, Event Chairman, 2019 Flying Fifteen World Championships commented ‘This event has been in the planning for the past four years so we are looking forward with anticipation to welcoming competitors from the four corners of the globe including Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Canada as well as our European neighbors of Great Britain, France, and Spain who will all compete for the title of World Champion. The event will be aided on the water by a host of support craft lead by the Olympic Race Officer and President of Irish Sailing Jack Roy and not to mention the considerable additional volunteer commitment by members of the National Yacht Club. All that remains is for the weather to do its bit with lots of wind, a bit of sunshine and we don’t mind the rain! ‘
Pat Ryan, Managing Director, Subaru Ireland commented ‘Just like 2003, we are extremely proud to once again be title sponsor of this spectacular sailing event as well as being the official vehicle partner of the Subaru Flying Fifteen World Championships 2019. It promises to be one of the most exciting sailing events held in Ireland this year and we extend a very warm Céad Míle Fáilte to all competitors and supporters travelling from near and far.’ Commenting on sailing as an environmentally friendly sport, Ryan continued “This is also an exciting time for Subaru with the arrival of our Forester and XV Crossover e-BOXER hybrid models later this year. Sailing is an environmentally friendly sport and with our new range of e-BOXER hybrid models Subaru will be playing their part in promoting a sustainable future also. Our range of versatile, safe and capable AWD vehicles are perfect for towing and as a result we feel our association with the sailing community, and the Subaru Flying Fifteen World Championships, is a perfect match for our brand’.
For further information about the Subaru Flying Fifteen World Championships 2019, see www.flying15worlds2019.com . More information on Subaru can be found at www.subaru.ie



Mercedes-Benz EQC 400 4MATIC 'Edition 1886'

With the words ‘Electric now has a Mercedes’, EQC – the first of a family of electric- powered vehicles being launched by the luxury carmaker over the next two years – has been introduced to the Irish market ahead of its Q4 sales launch.

Conveying more than a hint of the research and care that went into the task of establishing its new EQ division and bringing the EQC to market, its arrival heralds the beginning of a drive towards alternative energy vehicles by the Stuttgart manufacturer – one that PA Consultants predicts will make them leader in the electric vehicle segment by 2021.


More than 130 years since Karl Benz introduced the world to motoring, the EQC sees Mercedes-Benz enter the era of electromobility with its first fully electric-powered passenger car.

Flicking the switch on a mid-sized SUV whose design is inspired by the latest Mercedes- Benz GLC model, EQC is said by Ciaran Allen, sales manager for Mercedes passenger vehicles in Ireland, to have been “conceived to meet all the requirements for a battery- electric drive system whilst meeting every demand in terms of contemporary, sustainable mobility”.

“Trailblazer for what will be a growing family of all-electric vehicles to come from Mercedes-Benz under its EQ branding, other models in a 10-vehicle pipeline scheduled to launch here between now and 2022 are an EQV personnel carrier, EQA, EQB, EQS and EQE models based on their current petrol-diesel equivalents, and others yet to be announced,” Mr. Allen said.

Mercedes-Benz EQC 400 4MATIC ‘Edition 1886’

Model Offering

Marketed through a small, geographically selected body of dealers recruited from the wider Mercedes-Benz dealer network, sales of EQC will commence in earnest during Q4 ahead of the 2020 registrations period and after the necessary technical staff training and familiarisation processes have been completed.

Heading the model offering will be an EQC 400 4-Matic, 300Kw/408hp model whose price begins at €89,450 – some €3,445 and €10,800 lower than its two main rivals. Though exceedingly well specified, it can be further enhanced with an AMG exterior (bringing the price to €91,897), AMG Electric Art Interior (€92,713) and with full AMG Exterior and Interior fitments (€93,546).

Partnering its introduction will be a fully specified EQC ‘Edition 1886’ version – a model some believe will become a collectors’ item. Listed at €105,882, its purchase price reduces by €10,000 to €95,882 when SEAI grant and VRT tax rebate are deducted.

Delightfully finished in what Mercedes-Benz calls ‘metallic, high-tech silver’ and subtly furnished with 1886 adornments, the Edition 1886 model recalls the year in which Karl Benz brought motoring to the world with his famed Benz Patent Motorwagen invention.

Progressive Design, Extremely Quiet Interior

Progressive in design and branded with the familiar ‘star’ motif, there will be no mistaking EQC as a member of the Daimler family.

Classed as a ‘crossover-SUV’ – thanks to its extended roofline, window layout and low waistline – EQC is visually positioned between a conventional SUV and an SUV Coupé and is fitted with many design details and colour highlights typical of the brand.

First shown as a ‘close-to-production’ concept vehicle at the 2016 Paris Motor Show, EQC is the sum of its attributes in matters of comfort, quality and operating range. With combined power consumption of 22.2 kWh/100km and an eco-pleasing emissions figure of zero, EQC has the additional headline feature of having a range of more than 450kms.

Its powerful electric drive system is driven by two electric motors mounted at each axle, front and rear, whose system output can be increased thanks to scalable battery components.

Standard battery power is 80kWh. Power output is 408hp/765Nm delivering an acceleration figure of 0-100km/h in 5.1 seconds. A permanent all-wheel-drive system delivers the guarantee of dynamic high-level performance.

Designers have given it a distinctive and pioneering avant-garde electric look reflected in its silver finish, sweeping grille and dynamic, sporty, stretched silhouette marked by a flowing transition from front to rear. Striking at the front is its large black-panel surface and torch-like, fibre optic daytime running lamps.

Inside, in its extremely quiet interior, innovative design inspired by the world of consumer electronics has created an altogether fresh and excitingly dynamic cabin.

Various innovative solutions combine to create a completely new concept encapsulated by Mercedes-Benz in the word ‘CASE’, an acronym for ‘connected’, ‘autonomous’, ‘shared’ and ‘electric’ and a fusion of the four pillars upon which the EQ concept is built.

Standard fitments include the trailblazing MBUX multimedia system and ‘Hey Mercedes’ driver assist and command features. Amongst its numerous EQC-specific MBUX functions are such items as display of range, charge status and energy flow and other latest-generation driving assistance systems that include new tailback management functions.

Driving Characteristics

Amongst the features awaiting EQC owners are the driving characteristics of an all- wheel drive vehicle and selectable driving modes, each with different characteristics.

Behind the wheel, driver and passengers will be cosseted in classic Mercedes levels of luxury, comfort and technology whilst being impressed by its overall sense of silence and ‘rocket-like’ power and acceleration. Noticeable also is its low centre of gravity thanks to the floor-level positioning of the battery and power drives.

A pre-climatisation feature means no scraping ice in Winter and no perspiration in Summer, and for those who go towing, a trailer coupling is available on request, the maximum towing capacity set at 1800 kg.

Its lithium-ion battery – for which a standard home charging system, a grant-supported overnight charging ‘wallbox’ system, or a fast, rapid-charging system to bring power up from 10 to 80 percent in just 40-minutes are available – comes with an 8-years or 160,000kms factory guarantee.

Stringent additional safety requirements for the battery and all components carrying electrical current have also been introduced. Battery recuperation is also possible using gearshift paddles located behind the steering wheel. Extended service plans are also available.

Mercedes-Benz EQC 400 4MATIC

EQC – First of Many To Come

Manufactured at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Bremen, and powered by a battery produced by a Daimler subsidiary near Dresden, EQC is said by Mercedes-Benz to be the symbol of a new era in mobility.

EQ, the initials chosen by Mercedes-Benz to represent its move into the electric- powered vehicle sector, stands for ‘electric intelligence’ – characteristics it says that ‘encompass all key aspects for customer-focused electric mobility extending beyond the vehicle itself’.

In this, the intention is to create a consistent and clear image under the EQ banner for sustainable products and services bearing the Mercedes-Benz star. As such, EQ will exist as a stand-alone, independently-operated division within the Daimler organisation alongside, though separate from, Mercedes-Benz, Mercedes AMG and the Maybach division, each one having the mandate to develop its own individual and distinctive ‘brand persona’.

The new Audi RS 6 Avant; the fourth generation of the RS icon

  • High-performance Avant for all purposes – sportiness and practical benefits
  • 4.0 TFSI twin-turbo V8 with mild hybrid: high power meets high efficiency
  • 600HP, 800 Nm, 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.6 seconds

25 years of RS, 25 years of high-performance Avants from Audi: The new Audi RS 6, Audi Sport is ushering in a new chapter in the history of the high-performance Avant. Even more power combined with increased efficiency thanks to mild hybrid system turn the Audi RS 6 Avant into the perfect companion for any purpose. The new Audi RS 6 Avant will go on sale in Ireland in early 2020.

Broad and powerful: the exterior design

The body style, which is unique in its segment, proves alluring the moment you set eyes on the new Audi RS 6 Avant, even when stationary. The RS model sports an emphatically differentiated design compared with the A6 Avant base model. With the exception of the front doors, roof and tailgate, the exterior is made up solely of RS-specific parts. The body, which has been widened around 40 millimetres on each side with its broad flared wheel arches, emphasises the sporty flair and the distinctive character of the high-performance Avant.

The new Audi RS 6 Avant is one of the first Audi Sport models to feature the new RS design language. Its entire front-end provides a distinctive look within the A6 model line. In addition to the new bonnet together with powerdome, the Audi RS 6 Avant also adopts the front headlights from the A7 model line. This provides a flatter, sportier expression, but also offers the option of the RS Matrix LED laser headlight with darkened trims as an additional USP of the Audi RS 6 Avant in the A6 family. Similar to the LED rear lights, they feature a dynamic turn signal along with RS-specific sequencing when the vehicle is locked and unlocked.

Supreme power package: the engine

The 4.0 TFSI in the new Audi RS 6 Avant delivers 600HP and 800 Nm of torque, which is maintained at this high level between 2,050 and 4,500 rpm. In just 3.6 seconds the high-performance Avant sprints from zero to 100 km/h. And in a mere 12 seconds the Audi RS 6 Avant reaches 200 km/h. Top speed is electronically governed at 250 km/h.

Thanks to the 48 volt main electrical system the twin-turbo V8 combines maximum performance with high efficiency. A belt alternator starter lies at the heart of the mild hybrid system (MHEV). Up to 12 kW of power can be recovered during light deceleration and stored in a separate lithium-ion battery. The standard eight-speed tiptronic with optimised shift times and a new Launch Control function transmits the power of the 4.0 TFSI to the quattro permanent all-wheel drive. The drive forces are distributed to the front and rear axle in a ratio of 40:60 via the all-mechanical centre differential. If one wheel slips, more drive torque automatically goes to the axle with the better traction. Up to 70 percent can flow to the front wheels and up to 85 percent to the rear wheels.

Even more agile: the suspension

On the new Audi RS 6 Avant, the front and rear axles use a five-link design to handle the induced longitudinal and transverse forces separately. The linkages and the subframes are made largely of aluminium. The track width is 1.668 metres front and 1.651 metres rear

The standard RS adaptive air suspension with controlled damping was tuned specifically for the RS and provides, thanks to the new air spring module with a 50 percent higher spring rate, a top speed of 305 km/h for the first time in conjunction with the dynamic package plus. It can be set to several modes and includes automatic level control. The body of the new Audi RS 6 Avant is 20 millimetres lower than on the Audi A6 Avant with standard suspension; at speeds of 120 km/h and above, it is lowered by another 10 millimetres. A lift mode raises the vehicle by 20 millimetres at low speed.

The new Audi RS 6 Avant comes standard with the sporty progressive steering with its direct ratio. The system develops significantly higher return forces with increasing steering angle for precise steering feedback. Its newly developed power assist directly connects the driver and road.

Sporty and variable: the interior

The pioneering interior design accentuates with its driver orientation and with its horizontal alignment and its tiered, three-dimensional structure, the instrument panel appears light and sleek. The user interface of the all-digital operating system harmonises with the clear black-panel design. The top MMI touch response display is incorporated almost invisibly into the black-panel architecture.

In the Audi virtual cockpit, special RS displays provide information on tyre pressure, torque, power output, engine oil temperature, boost pressure, lap timings, acceleration measurements and g forces. The shift light display prompts the driver to upshift when the maximum engine speed is reached.

The sport seats in black pearl Nappa leather/Alcantara come with RS embossing and rhombus pattern. As an option, RS sport seats are available in perforated Valcona leather with honeycomb pattern and RS embossing. Their perforation also allows ventilation for the first time. Two RS design packages, red and grey, bring colour and additional sportiness into the interior – with this option, the steering wheel rim, gear lever gaiter and knee pads are in Alcantara with contrasting stitching. Belt straps with colour edging and RS floor mats round out the package. Inlays in carbon, wood natural, grey-brown, or matt aluminium add further customisation options.

The new Audi RS 6 Avant is even roomier inside. The luggage compartment has a capacity of between 565 and 1,680 litres, the loading width between the wheel arches is now 1.05 metres14 millimetres larger than the previous model. The split-folding rear seat bench in the ratio 40:20:40 can be released and folded conveniently from the luggage compartment – the luggage compartment length has grown to 1.99 metres as a result. A power tailgate and luggage compartment cover are standard.

Large choice: infotainment, assist systems, colours and materials

The new Audi RS 6 Avant comes with extensive comfort, connectivity and driver assist equipment. In this way, it combines consistent sportiness with unlimited long-distance capability and assists the driver in many situations. More than 30 assist systems are available – including adaptive cruise assist, intersection assist, lane change warning, curb warning and 360 degree cameras.

The new Audi RS 6 Avant will go on sale in Ireland from local authorised Audi dealerships in early 2020.

New car buyers deliver three best-sellers for Nissan


Nissan’s status as one of the most popular car brands in Ireland has been clearly underlined after the first seven months of the year with no less than three Nissan models now established as the best-sellers in the country.

Demand for the Nissan Qashqai continues to be exceptional and it remains Ireland’s best-selling crossover of all time with an impressive 3,590 new car buyers taking delivery of the car up to the end of July.

The Nissan Qashqai is currently the best-selling car in counties Dublin, Louth, Clare, Limerick and Cavan with new car-buyers attracted by its reputation as an all-rounder which offers the best design, spec and value on the market.

The sale of electric vehicles in Ireland are up 195% on last year with 2,689 units sold so far this year. The Nissan LEAF is the undisputed leader in this segment and its number one status has been achieved by the sale of 944 units, which represents a 67% increase in sales for the zero emissions vehicle.

The Nissan Micra continues to be one of the most popular choices of car models among new car buyers in Ireland. It is the best-selling petrol car up to the end of July with the 2,320 units sold delivering a 13% increase in sales.

“We are delighted that Nissan continues to be the car of choice for new car buyers. Nissan continues to pioneer the way with intelligent driving technologies which are transforming the way that drivers interact with their car. The Nissan Qashqai, Nissan LEAF and Nissan Micra have all proven to be real winners, increasing safety, control and comfort for drivers,” said James McCarthy, CEO of Nissan Ireland

Demand for the Nissan Qashqai is being driven by the reputation and quality of the car and by the choice of petrol and diesel engines across the entire Qashqai range.Car buyers have also recognised the value that driving LEAF offers and the spacious interior and ample boot space have made it easy for families to make the switch to EV and to continue to enjoy driving a car that meets all their needs as a family.

The increased range of the new 62 kWH Nissan LEAF, which can deliver up to 385 kilometres of zero emissions driving on a single charge, has also given consumers the confidence to look beyond driving a conventional car or hybrid.

The impressive new Audi Q7


Audi is launching the all new Audi Q7 – with a striking new visual design and top of the line connectivity. The premium SUV features the new design of the Q family and offers superb dynamics and excellent comfort, in addition to its superior spaciousness. Mild hybrid technology, the digital operating concept and the optional HD Matrix LED headlights including laser light are just some of the highlights. The new Audi Q7 will be launched in Ireland later in the year.

Robust look: the exterior design

The Audi Q7 demonstrates the hallmark SUV elements in the current design language. It bears the large octagon-shaped Singleframe, with six upright slats providing the structure. As such, the SUV looks even more powerful. The two-part side air inlets have a much more expressive line, just like the sill area that underscores the large SUV’s ground clearance and, in turn, its offroad capabilities. The headlights, optionally in HD Matrix LED technology with Audi laser light, emphasise with their contour and light signature the width of the full-size model. On the restyled rear, a striking chrome strip creates the visual connection between the flat rear lights with their technical-looking graphics and carries forward the horizontal body line. The designers achieved the clear view with taut, flat surfaces, which span the entire width particularly in the license plate region. The Audi Q7 is particularly striking in S line guise.

Sporty on-road, powerful off: the suspension
Audi has substantially enhanced the dynamic attributes of the Q7. In addition to the optimised all‑wheel steering that allows the rear wheels to turn as much as five degrees in the opposite direction, there is the option of electromechanical active roll stabilisation. Adjustable stabilisers reduce the body movements on uneven roads when driving in a straight line. With a sporty driving style, the focus is on optimum roll compensation – the tendency of the car to lean into the bend is reduced substantially.

Mild hybrid technology standard: the drivetrain

All of the engines in the Audi Q7 are coupled to an eight-speed tiptronic and the permanent all‑wheel drive. A choice of two diesel engines will be available at market launch. Shortly after the market introduction in September a plug-in hybrid model, will join the line-up. The standard mild hybrid technology plays a major part in the efficiency of the engines. In customer operation, this technology can reduce consumption by up to 0.7 litres per 100 kilometres. Its central component, the belt alternator starter (BAS), powers a 48-volt main electrical system in which a compact lithium-ion battery stores the energy. During braking, the BAS can recover up to 8 kW of power and feed it back into the battery. If the driver takes their foot off the accelerator at speeds between 55 and 160 km/h the Audi Q7 recuperates energy, rolls in idle or coasts for up to 40 seconds with the engine switched off. The BAS restarts the engine the next time the accelerator is depressed, and does so faster and more gently than a conventional starter. The start‑stop range begins at 22 km/h.

Luxury-class lounge: the interior

With seven seats – the Audi Q7 combines immense prestige with practical everyday qualities. Through its new design, the large SUV has now grown eleven millimetres to 5,063 millimetres long. It measures 1,970 millimetres wide and 1,741 millimetres (including roof aerial) high. The Audi Q7 outdoes its direct competitors with interior length as well as headroom and elbow room in the front and rear. A host of storage compartments including a new compartment in the instrument panel as well as the generous load capacity provide highly functional utility value. Depending on the position of the rear seats the luggage compartment on the five-seater version offers between 865 and 2,050 litres of capacity – the latter with a flat load area. An electric tailgate is standard; foot-activated gesture control is available as an option.

The cockpit architecture harmonises perfectly with the new, digital operating concept, which incorporates two large touchscreens. They provide haptic and acoustic feedback when clicking on the touch controls. When off, the top display slots almost invisibly into the large black decorative surface. All elements refer logically to one another, from the flat air vent strip to the wide console on the centre tunnel.

High-end connectivity: Audi connect and assist systems

The MMI navigation plus delivers top-of-the-line connectivity. It features LTE Advanced, a Wi-Fi hotspot, natural voice control and the extensive Audi connect portfolio. The latter ranges from traffic information online, navigation with Google Earth, to the hybrid radio. The all-digital Audi virtual cockpit – and the optional head-up display – provide an individual speed recommendation as well as the remaining time until the next green-light phase if the driver is already waiting at a red light. The system thus contributes to a predictive and efficient driving style and facilitates a steady flow of traffic.

Renault renews sponsorship of Premier League coverage on Sky Sports for the next three years

  • Renault has renewed its sponsorship of Premier League coverage on Sky Sports, including Renault Super Sunday
  • Renault’s three-year partnership will celebrate the passion and dedication that fans have for the beautiful game
  • New TV idents will be broadcast starring Thierry Henry and featuring All-New Clio and Mégane R.S.
  • This season’s idents theme is ‘Getting You to The Game in Style’

Renault has announced it will sponsor Premier League football coverage on Sky Sports for the next three years, from the start of the 2019/20 season celebrating passion for football and the dedication of fans.

The new partnership will see new TV idents broadcast in and around 128 live Premier League games on Sky Sports this season before kick-off and after the final whistle. Highlighting the dedication fans have to be at the game, the idents for this season will celebrate ‘Getting You to The Game in Style’. Taking inspiration from stylish car chases, the new idents will showcase two Renault cars including the All-New Clio and the Mégane R.S. hot hatch. Taking a tongue-in-cheek look at how fans will stop at nothing to see the match, they will once again star Renault brand ambassador, Thierry Henry. Thierry will play the role of ‘The Transporter’; the slickest getaway driver in town, helping football fans escape whatever stands in their way. In the new TV idents, we’ll see Thierry rescue fans from their everyday commitments such as doing the weekly shop or going to the gym and getting them back to watch the game on time.

Renault will receive 15 and five second TV idents in the key commercial breaks in pre-match, half time and post-match. The broader package in 2019/20 sees Renault presence across every kick-off slot in the schedule comprising Monday Night Football, Friday Night Football, Saturday Evening, Saturday Night Football and Renault Super Sunday fixtures. The sponsorship also includes shared sponsorship of key content on the Sky Sports Premier League channel such as Renault Match Choice, Game of the Day, Premier League Review/Preview and Premier League Years. Across the UK and Ireland, Renault idents will also feature on Sky’s Out-of-Home feed, On Demand service and the Sky Go platform that allows fans to watch live or catch-up via mobile, tablet and desktop devices.

Renault will also sponsor digital coverage of the Premier League on skysports.com and the Sky Sports App, including video and display advertising. The sponsorship also includes the Renault Match Zone; a feature which sees Sky Sports transport a bespoke mobile studio to club training grounds, to interview key players and managers.

Rachel Bristow, Planning Director – Sky Media said: “The first year of the partnership was a great success with one of the most closely contested title races in recent memory. As the home of the Premier League, we’re delighted that Renault have renewed their partnership for the next three years. With more games than ever before it will see them sponsor all 128 live games and retain headline naming of Renault Super Sunday. Renault’s continued commitment with Sky Media reflects our ability to reach passionate and desirable audiences at scale, across multiple platforms.

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles launches the new Grand California


Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has today launched the eagerly anticipated new Grand California, a completely new motorhome based on the ultra-modern Crafter. With the Grand California, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles is extending its range of campervans by adding a model in the six-metre class, complete with a bathroom. In addition to the large sleeping area in the rear, the Grand California will be available with a high bunk bed for children. This new campervan will be launched in the Irish market from August 2019.

First unveiled in 1988, the Bulli-based California is the world’s most successful campervan, with sales of over 160,000. Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has utilised the experience gained from this iconic camper to create the new Grand California on the Crafter’s technical platform. Both California product lines will be offered in parallel from now on.

With its fresh clarity and cleverly thought-out details, the interior reflects the qualities that made the California a best seller. The cabinet trim in the Grand California is generally white which creates a bright, spacious atmosphere along with the pop-open camper windows both at the back and on the sides and the large skylights above the double bed in the rear and the living area. All camper windows are fitted with cassette blinds and flyscreens. For the driver’s cab there is a new blackout concept.

In addition to the kitchen and spacious bathroom (840 x 800 mm), further standard features include details such as external lighting above the sliding door. Fitted (as standard) with a connection at the back for an external shower (with adjustable water temperature) makes life on the campsite just perfect. An electrically powered step, which moves out in front of the sliding door, makes getting in and out easier, while a two-part mosquito net in the door is also part of the standard specification. One innovative feature is the option to control the loudspeakers in the living area via Bluetooth making it possible to listen to music independently of the infotainment system using a smartphone, tablet or laptop.

The Grand California is fitted with swivel seats at the front and a double bench seat in the living area. Families with small children will appreciate the ISOFIX anchor points complete with top tether in the rear bench seat. A large dining table provides ample room for four people to sit down to eat together. The kitchen fittings include a pull-out 70-litre fridge with freezer compartment (accessible from outside as well as via the sliding door), a twin-hob gas cooker, a sink and diverse drawers, pull-out storage compartments and tip-up shelves.

A key feature of the Grand California that differentiates it from the California ‘T6’ is the bathroom. In addition to a toilet and shower, its fittings include a fold-out wash basin, shelves with holders for toiletries, a cupboard with integrated toilet paper holder (protects it from getting damp), towel holders and a skylight for ventilation. The Grand California can carry 110 litres of water. There are no light switches to be found in the bathroom – the lights come on automatically via motion detectors – as standard.

Optionally available is a high bunk bed for kids complete with integrated panoramic skylight above it. Also available are details such as an additional roof-mounted air-conditioning unit at the back, an awning, a rear bicycle rack and a camping table and chairs (which can be stowed in the wing doors). The standard gas heating can optionally be expanded as a heating system run on gas- or diesel-generated electric power. There will also be a solar panel system mounted on the roof, a satellite dish (for TV reception) and an LTE/WiFi hotspot (router).

The Grand California will be available with the Crafter’s driver assistance and infotainment systems. The driver assistance systems include the Front Assist surroundings monitoring system with City Emergency Braking function, Lane Assist to help the driver stay in lane, Blind Spot Monitor for changing lane, Rear Traffic Alert for reversing out of parking spaces and Park Assist for steering, the sensor-controlled side protection system, Adaptive Cruise Control and the Rear View reversing camera.

Campervans like the Grand California travel all over the world. Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles will therefore also be offering the new model with all-wheel drive (4MOTION). The newly developed camper high roof has been aerodynamically shaped in order to avoid any negative effects on fuel consumption.

The two-colour paintwork concept is adapted from the California ‘T6’. The single colour paintwork options are Candy White, Reflex Silver or Indium Grey. Available as two-colour paintwork are combinations of Reflex Silver and Indium Gray, Candy White and Cherry Red, Candy White and Deep Ocean Blue or Candy White and Mojave Beige Metallic.

There will be 4 Volkswagen Commercial Vehicle centres authorised to sell the new Grand California; Frank Keane Volkswagen, Dublin, Blackwater Volkswagen, Cork and Connollys Volkswagen, Sligo. One further new Commercial and Life vehicle centre will be appointed in the North Dublin region shortly and they will complete the list of authorised Grand California centres in Ireland.

Pricing of the new Grand California 600 177 brake horse power 8 speed automatic transmission with 4 passenger seats and a 4 berth sleeping configuration will be €77,600 including product design and delivery. The longer Grand California with same engine and transmission in a 2 passenger, 2 berth format will be €76,900, again including product design and delivery. Both products will be available with 3.9% HP and PCP finance solutions.

Commenting on the new model, Alan Bateson, Managing Director at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles said: “We are truly delighted to introduce the Grand California on to the Irish market, a lot of work has gone into this vehicle in the last number of years and we are very proud of the end product and its launch in Ireland. The California brand is key to Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles and has been so successful in Ireland over many years, with the new Grand California we aim to extend the appeal of our brand in the lifestyle vehicle segment and we truly believe that you will not get a better lifestyle solution for your money than with the new Grand California.”


New Opel Corsa Top in Aerodynamics: For Lower Emissions and Higher Efficiency

2019 Opel Corsa
  • Model of aerodynamics: class-leading drag coefficient of only 0.29
  • Every detail counts: active aero shutter, smooth underbody, rear roof spoiler
  • Energy saver: efficient aerodynamics cut drag, fuel consumption, emissions
  • IAA world premiere: Frankfurt Motor Show debut for new Opel Corsa

The Opel Corsa has always been an innovation leader and the newest model (which makes its world premiere at the 2019 IAA Frankfurt International Motor Show) is no exception. The sixth generation of the small car from Rüsselsheim not only has more driver assistance systems than most of its rivals, it also has superior aerodynamics.

As with all the other newly developed cars Opel optimised the Corsa’s aerodynamics at the Research Institute of Automotive Engineering and Vehicle Engines in the wind tunnel of Stuttgart University.

The result is a drag coefficient of only 0.29 – an excellent value for a car of this size – and compared to its predecessor a further reduced frontal area of only 2.13m2, making the new Corsa one of the most aerodynamic cars in its class. Also, the new generation of Opel’s bestseller already meets the future Euro 6d emissions standard.

“Aerodynamics is just one area where Opel is increasing the efficiency of its automobiles”, said Managing Director Engineering, Christian Müller. “Advanced petrol and diesel powertrains and state-of-the-art electrification are the other tools we are using to significantly cut fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. All these technologies are fully embraced by our new Corsa, which will also be available for the first time as the all-electric Corsa-e.”

Due to the challenges posed by CO2 reduction, perfect aerodynamics are gaining great importance in the automotive industry as well as among customers. Low drag means that less energy is needed to move the car, which in turn results in reduced fuel consumption and lower emissions.

For example, a ten per cent cut in drag results in a fuel consumption reduction of around two per cent in the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC), or up to five per cent when driving at 130 km/h.

Opel’s engineers achieved this leading drag factor of 0.29 Cd by paying attention to every detail that helps improve the new Corsa’s aerodynamics.

For example, the underbody from the engine compartment to the rear axle is covered with flat panelling to improve the underbody airflow.

The new Corsa also features a spoiler at the rear edge of the roof, which improves the airflow and reduces the turbulence that causes drag.

The spoiler cuts aerodynamic lift on the rear axle too, which further improves the new Corsa’s straight-line stability, especially at the higher speeds typical of the German autobahn.


Revolutionary in small cars: active shutter improves aerodynamic efficiency

The new Corsa also benefits from an active shutter which lowers drag and improves fuel efficiency by automatically closing the frontal opening when cooling air is least needed. So far this innovation has just been featured in much more expensive cars from higher segments.

When closed, the shutter system enhances aero performance by redirecting airflow around the front of the vehicle and down the sides, rather than through the less aero efficient engine compartment.

2019 Opel Corsa

The shutter is open or closed depending on engine coolant temperature and speed. For example, the shutter opens when the car is traveling up a hill or in hot city driving. The shutter closes when less engine cooling is required, for example at urban-road speeds.

The sixth generation of Opel’s bestselling small car is not the first aerodynamically optimised Corsa to make its debut at the IAA. At the 1995 Frankfurt show, Opel surprised the industry with an engineering study based on the Corsa for a so-called “three litre car”, i.e. it was designed to return an average fuel consumption of less than 3.5 litres per 100 kilometres.

The Corsa ECO 3 featured, among others, a roof spoiler derived from the GSi, spoilers ahead of the front wheels and flared rocker mouldings in front of the rear wheels. The result of all the streamlining was a particularly low drag coefficient for a small three-door hatchback – only 0.29 Cd. Twenty-four years later a series production car has achieved the same excellent result: the new Opel Corsa.