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• Groupe Renault ramps-up its electric vehicle strategy with the Aalll-nNew Renault Clio E-TECH Hybrid and the aAll-nNew Renault Captur E-TECH Plug-in Hybrid.
• Renault E-TECH, a dual engine combining responsiveness, driving pleasure, and efficiency.
• Race car inspired: Energy optimisation at the heart of knowledge sharing.
Groupe Renault is a pioneer and expert in electric mobility – the cornerstone of the Group’s current and future commitment to sustainable mobility for all. For over 10 years, the Group has garnered expertise in electric vehicles that translates into more
dynamic and efficient hybrid motors.


At this year’s 2020 Brussels Motor Show, Groupe Renault will celebrate the world premiere of the All-New Clio E-TECH and All-New Captur E -TECH Plug-in, electrified versions of it’s two best-sellers. 1 – during the 2020 Brussels Motor Show. These latest models are new additions to what is already the largest electric
vehicle range on the market. This line-up is soon to be extended to the upper segment with Mégane E-TECH Plug-in Hybrid.

The iconic Clio is now hybrid.
The All-New Clio embodies Groupe Renault’s vision of future mobility which is autonomous, electric, and connected. For example, it has one of the most modern and comprehensive driving assistance systems on the market, including the Highway and Traffic Jam Companion – a first step towards self-driving vehicles. Fitted with 9.3-inch screen and combined with the launch of the Renault EASY CONNECT, it also benefits from extensive multimedia features.
Also, for the first time, the Clio range now comes with a ‘hybrid’ E-TECH engine. In addition to motor engines, it is the perfect embodiment of synergies that lie at the heart of the strategy between Groupe Renault – pioneer and European leader in electric
mobility – and its Alliance partners. Thanks to split-second responsiveness when starting and accelerating, it offers an experience and driving pleasure beyond compare with other hybrid city cars on the market.

Combine efficiency with driving pleasure.
The hybrid engine on the All-New Clio E-TECH offers maximum efficiency and unparalleled dynamic responsiveness; from 80 to 120 kph in just 6.9s.
Regenerative braking – like on an electric vehicle – combined with the high battery charging capacity and efficiency of the E-TECH
system help optimise energy. In fact, 80 per cent of the time spent on city roads is in all-electric mode, for a consumption saving of up to 40 per cent compared with an internal combustion engine in the urban cycle. In all-electric mode, the New Clio can travel up to 38 mph. All hybrid devices represent an additional weight of no more than 10 kilos compared to a dCi 115 engine. In mixed cycle, the all-new Clio E-TECH is with CO 2 emissions less than 100g/km (WLTP values) 2 . As such, it remains true to its 30-year long track record of being a versatile car with no compromise.


Unique features for the All-New Clio E-TECH

The exterior has a recognisable rear bumper and E-TECH badge located on the centre post as well as on the hatch of the boot. A ‘Hybrid Blue’ pack is also available to customise both the exterior and interior.
Inside the car, the ‘Smart Cockpit’ features a 7-inch TFT instrument cluster and the new Renault EASY LINK infotainment screen in either 7-inch (horizontal) or 9.3-inch (vertical). The new digital dashboard features a range of images and animations specific to
hybrid; for example, they indicate battery levels while charging or when the electric motor is in use.
In addition, the unique gear stick comes with an ‘E-Tech’ badge. Lastly, the Stop-and-Start button located under the media screen has been replaced by a specific ‘EV’ button that puts the car directly into electric mode – this requires the battery to be sufficiently

The All-New Captur, small SUV with electric on demand.
A best-seller in its segment in Europe, the Captur has been a front-runner for the Renault range. Sold across all continents and in key markets such as China – where it is now industrialised for the local market – the All-New Captur builds on its previous success
with a new technological edge. With its new E-TECH Plug-in hybrid engine, it also embodies the three pillars of the Groupe Renault’s vision for future mobility: autonomous, connected and electric.
This engine will be available on the S Edition trim of All-New Captur range. Through a popular and iconic model and based on its expertise in electric mobility, Renault is democratising plug-in hybrid technology to offer a unique driving experience accessible to

Maximum versatility.
The E-TECH Plug-in engine and its increased battery capacity (9.8 kWh and 400V) mean that the All-New Captur can run at 100 per cent electric for 30 miles (WLTP)with a top speed of 85 mph . The All-New Captur is of unprecedented versatility: it can run
without using any fuel throughout the week for regular trips, then travel further on weekends or long holidays without having to worry about range. In order to maximise the range in electric mode, it is necessary to connect the vehicle regularly to recharge the
battery. The new E-TECH Plug-in otherwise functions as a hybrid E-TECH model, with all the advantages of this technology.
The All-New Captur E-TECH Plug-in is fitted with a new MULTI-SENSE driving mode: ‘PURE’, allowing for all-electric driving.
It also has a special feature, available in MULTI-SENSE ‘SPORT’ mode. If the battery has enough charge, and by fully depressing the accelerator pedal, the electric motors and the petrol engine work together thanks to the series-parallel architecture. The vehicle
can then tap into the powertrain’s full potential; especially useful when overtaking, for example.
Another feature called ‘E-Save’, available in MULTI-SENSE, limits the use of the electric motor and draws power from the combustion motor, thereby saving battery power (at least 40%) allows driving electric whenever the driver wants for example, to
drive into city centres.
Thanks to its unique battery capacity, its ability to continually regenerate energy, and its two electric motors, the All-New Captur makes the most of the E-TECH hybrid system’s key assets: the systematic start-up in electric mode and reduced running cost.
In mixed cycle, the New Captur E-TECH Plug-In is expected to consume 188 mpg and emit about 34 grams of CO 2 /km (WLTP).
This requires an optimised usage of the 100 per cent mode.


The All-New Captur E-TECH Plug-in comes with unique stylings
The All-New Captur E-TECH Plug-in draws on stylistic details that are specific to the hybrid range. ‘E-Tech Plug-in Hybrid’ logos are affixed to the hatch of the boot and centre post. The petrol tank is on the left-hand side of the vehicle; the charging socket, located on the right, which has a light that gives colour-coded information as to the state of the
charging process: blue (charging), green (charged), orange (waiting), red (no charge).
Inside, the seating remains unchanged with the rear seat still able to slide 16cm. A space under the hinged false floor allows to store charging cables without encroaching on the boot volume.
E-TECH markers are also located on the ‘Smart Cockpit’ and come with unique personalisation elements and an ‘E-TECH Plug-in Hybrid’ badge on the gear stick. The Stop-and-Start button has been replaced by an ‘EV’ button to switch directly to ‘PURE’ mode while driving. The electric gear stick ‘e-shifter’ (no mechanical cables) comes with a ‘Brake’ function to get the most out of regenerative braking.
The All-New Captur E-TECH Plug-In now features two large screens: a 10-inch digital dashboard and a 9.3-inch Renault EASY LINK system multimedia display. The two screens make it easier to understand and monitor the running of the active driving mode.
The TFT instrument cluster comes with the option of displaying battery life, recharge time, flow exchanges, energy recovery and current charge level of the electric motor battery.
Similarly, different colours make it easy to know when the car is in different modes: green when driving on the electric motor and blue when regenerating power.
All energy use information is also available via the multimedia screen.

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Renault E-TECH : A dual engine combining responsiveness, driving pleasure, and efficiency.
The Renault E-TECH hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains were developed and patented by Renault Engineering. It is inherited from the EOLAB concept car, unveiled at the 2014 Paris Motor Show and benefits from the brands long term electric expertise. It
uses parts designed within the Alliance, like its new-generation 1.6-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine that has been reworked specifically for the usage. It is joined by two electric motors – one of which is HSG type (High-Voltage Starter Generator) – and an
innovative multi-mode clutch less gearbox. The association of both electric motors and the gearbox optimises for smooth gear changes (the type of architecture that is known for better fuel efficiency and comes straight from the Renault F1 Team’s vast experience).
The drive train used in Renault hybrid motors is modular: E-TECH for ‘hybrid’ (HEV) and E-TECH Plug-in for ‘plug-in hybrid’ (PHEV). Integrating the new technology into the two different models is simple thanks to both the new CMF-B modular architecture that was designed from the outset to take on electric capabilities and the compact size of the E-TECH systems so that they can be mounted in the engine bay of a versatile sedan, such as the all-new Clio.
Renault engineers have devised an innovative solution for a hybrid range that is relevant, original, and exclusive – with more than 150 patents – and based on a hybrid “series-parallel” architecture to ensure the largest range of combinations and the best CO 2
gains when on the road.
Battery capacity varies according to the type of hybrid engine: The All-New Clio E-TECH has a 1.2 kWh battery (230V) that delivers significant reductions in fuel use and CO 2 emissions, for up to 80 per cent of urban driving time in 100 per cent electric mode. The
All-New Captur E-TECH Plug-in has a 9.8 kWh battery (400V) that allows for up to 30 miles* (WLTP) in 100 per cent electric mode.
*Subject to final WLTP homologation

The combination of two electric motors, a multi-mode smart gearbox and a combustion motor offers a wide variety of drive modes:
 100 per cent electric start: The gearbox is clutch-less therefore the combustion motor is not utilised when starting the car; E-TECH hybrid vehicles are systematically started by the primary electric motor. Providing a engaging driving experience as it immediately delivers maximum torque for a reactive start.
 Automatic adaptation to driving situations: Groupe Renault E-Tech technology is based on a series-parallel architecture allowing it to combine the advantages of the different types of hybridisation possible (series, parallel and series-parallel).
The motors can operate independently or in concert by directing their power to the wheels. The powertrain manages its motors and their supply according to acceleration and power requirements, as well as battery regeneration opportunities.
This management is carried out according to 15 operating combinations between the various motors and the gears engaged on the gearbox
When in use, the change from one mode to another is seamless and does not require any input from the driver. The E-TECH system automatically chooses the most appropriate mode for the situation in order to optimise emissions and fuel economy, while
guaranteeing responsive and enjoyable driving.

Energy regeneration and regenerative braking
 Battery regeneration while slowing: When the driver lifts their foot off the accelerator pedal and the vehicle is in ‘Drive’, the primary electric motor functions as a generator that recovers kinetic energy produced by the deceleration and turns it into electrical energy that is sent back to the battery. To recover more energy, the gear selector can be put into ‘Brake’ (B) mode; in which case, the car slows down much faster.
 Regenerative braking: When the driver presses down on the brakes, the braking process is triggered electrically, with additional hydraulic braking power coming from the brake pads if necessary. Here, too, the electric motor provides additional braking, recovering excess energy and returning it to the battery – as much as the battery's storage capacity will allow.
All these features mean the Renault E-TECH and E-TECH Plug-in models are highly responsive for improved driving pleasure, they optimise energy consumption, and provide optimal battery recharge features that engage while the car is slowing and braking,
which makes for the best overall driving experience.
These latest models are new additions to what is already

Renault Clio celebrates 30 years in the making with new TV advertisement



Renault has launched a new campaign for its All-New Clio model, celebrating thirty years in the making.

Poke, the campaign travels through three decades of the iconic car, which is the best-selling French car of all time with more than  15 million sold to date.

As a hero model for the brand and a main flag bearer for many years, the campaign tracks the development of the Clio, with changes in culture and society over the same period.

The advert portrays the story of two young friends and their shared experience of a school ‘French exchange,’ and the relationship that blossoms over the following thirty years, one punctuated by each edition of the famous Clio. The advert utilises the well-known track “Wonderwall” by Oasis.

The fifth generation All-New Renault Clio is the latest model of the best-selling car of its type in Europe and features the latest technological innovations and iconic style that have marked out its ultra-successful predecessors over the past three decades.

With an evolutionary exterior styling and a revolutionary interior, the Clio sets new standards for quality, technology and practicality.

The All-New Clio is one of the safest cars in its class, as highlighted by its five-star EuroNCAP rating.

Priced from €17,195, the All-New Renault Clio is on sale now. A hybrid version that is capable of doing 80 per cent of its urban journeys with zero tailpipe emissions will follow in 2020.

At the recent 2020 CarBuyer Best Car Awards, All-New Renault Clio was named Car of the Year, and also took top honours in the Best Small Car category.

Groupe Renault has been making cars since 1898. Today it is an international multi-brand group, selling 3.88 million vehicles in 134 countries in 2018, with 36 manufacturing sites, 12,700 points of sales and employing more than 180,000 people. To meet the major technological challenges of the future and continue its strategy of profitable growth, the Group is harnessing its international growth and the complementary fit of its five brands, Renault, Dacia, Renault Samsung Motors, Alpine and LADA, together with electric vehicles and the unique Alliance with Nissan and Mitsubishi. With a new team in Formula 1, Renault sees motorsport as a vector of innovation and brand awareness.




Mercedes-Benz GLE 400 d 4MATIC Coupé; brilliantblau metallic / Leder Nappa / Leder – schwarz;Kraftstoffverbrauch kombiniert: 7,4 - 6,9 l/100 km; CO2-Emissionen: 195-183 g/km* Mercedes-Benz GLE 400 d 4MATIC Coupé; brilliant blue metallic / Black nappa leather / leather;Fuel consumption combined: 7.4 to 6.9 l/100 km; CO2- Emissions combined: 195-183 g/km*
As the market heads towards a new year in which Mercedes-Benz will introduce some 22 new models on to the Irish market, the German carmaker has unveiled one that will be amongst its 2020 arrivals – a new GLE Coupé whose introduction is accompanied by an ultra-sporty stablemate, a Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 4MATIC + version. 

Currently accounting for around one third of Mercedes-Benz sales, SUVs are of increasing importance to them with a global customer base of over six million owners spread across an eight model range that includes GLA, GLB, GLC, GLC Coupé, GLE, GLE Coupé, GLS and the G-Class itself. 
Coming to Ireland early next year, the GLE Coupé blends the sportiness and elegance of a coupé with the engineering of a large premium SUV. Some 39mm longer and 7mm wider than before, with a wheelbase 20mm greater than its predecessor (yet 60mm shorter than the GLE), the new GLE Coupé is an imposing creation, sporty both in its handling and in its appearance. 
Muscular where it needs to be, the GLE Coupé has a powerful, ready-to-pounce appearance accentuated by contoured body lines. Like other coupés in the Mercedes- Benz range, it sports the familiar diamond radiator grille with single horizontal louvre and headlamps featuring full-LED technology as standard. 
Inside, it shares numerous common features with other models in their new premium- SUV family. Evident are its strikingly shaped instrument panel, whose upper surface is covered in man-made leather as standard, and two large 12.3inches /31.2cm screens that seamlessly flow into the door trim. Its sporty emphasis is also seen in standard sports seats and in a new sports steering wheel. Other features include the latest generation ‘Mercedes me’ and MBUX infotainment system, with voice control features and a range of comfort options and apps. 

More tightly tailored than the GLE, the four-door coupé offers tangibly more room than its predecessor with comfortable space for five occupants. Its entrance dimension has been enlarged by 35 mm and its interior stowage space increased to 40 litres. All-round view has also been improved.
At 655 litres, boot space is generous, with folding rear seats that increase it to a best in segment capacity of 1790 litres, some 70 litres greater than before. Level load space extends to over two metres in length and up to 1080mm in width, better by 87mm and 72mm respectively than before. Its loading sill – inherently higher than on conventional SUVs – is around 60mm better than before.
At launch, two powerful six-cylinder diesel engines will be available – a 350d (200kW / 272hp with 600Nm torque) and a 400d (243kW / 330hp with 700Nm torque) whose combined fuel consumption is 8.0-7.5 litres/100km and combined CO2 emissions is 212-197g/km. A 300d will follow at a later date. Petrol version available at launch will be the Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 4MATIC+ Coupé with combined fuel consumption of 9.3 litres/100km and combined CO2 emissions of 212g/km. Preparations are also under way for a 350de plug-in-hybrid version. In both models, engines comply with Euro 6d standard (RDE/Real Driving Emissions Step 2) even in demanding driving situations. Transmission is 9G TRONIC automatic in both cases.
As ever, the new the GLE Coupé comes with a host of and optional extras, comfort elements, vehicle safety and driver assistance features in what Ciaran Allen, sales manager for Mercedes-Benz passenger cars in Ireland says: “is a model that matches the emotive appeal of a sporty and elegant coupé to the imposing power of an off-road vehicle.” 
Given that focus in Ireland will fall on the 350d model, and that detailed price and specifications will not be announced until closer to launch, Ciaran Allen says “prices will be competitive, just like those of our GLE SUV – which we introduced earlier this year with best in segment prices – and will differ marginally from its predecessor despite its significantly more advanced and comprehensive range of specifications”.

Enterprise Rent-A-Car Partners with Dublin Simon for annual ‘Winter Woollies Bag Run’

Starting this week, a team of employees from Enterprise Rent-A-Car is taking part in the annual ‘Simon Winter Woollies Bag Run’ where, over 10 days, they will gather some 500 bags of winter woollies, care packages and food hampers for the homeless.  
The group of up to 20 employees will visit companies and organisations in the wider Dublin area to collect the donated items that are a huge help to the Simon Community teams working with the homeless and people in need over the Christmas period. 
The Enterprise team, with its dedicated van, will rack up mileage of up to 150km per day as they aim to collect 50 bags each day for the Dublin Simon shops on Thomas Street and Camden Street.
Other Enterprise employees will participate by donating both brand-new and previously worn clothing including hats, gloves, scarves along with new socks and thermals. These items will be used for distribution by the Dublin Simon Community outreach team and to stock the Simon Shops. 
The donations that Dublin Simon shops receive are extremely important as they provide clothing and other items to people accessing the Simon services, including individuals who are sleeping rough or using the charity’s emergency, supported housing or treatment services.
Donated items are also utilised by clients who are preparing for interviews and work placements, with some items eventually going to those moving into a home of their own. Any remaining items are sold in the shops to raise vital funds.
Enterprise Rent-A-Car, which is part of the world’s largest car rental company, has been working with the charity since 2013 to provide manpower and vehicles for a range of activities including the delivery of the donated items at Christmas-time. 
“We are delighted to again be involved with Simon and the ‘Winter Woollies Bag Run’ because it is a campaign that benefits many at this special time of year”, said George O’Connor, Managing Director of Enterprise Rent-A-Car Ireland. 
“Our team of employees look forward to the ‘Simon Winter Woollies Bag Run’ each year and we see it as a special way for us to ‘give something back’. A group of employees will also return to the Dublin Simon Community shops in January to assist with the sorting and organising of the bags and other donated items,” O’Connor said.
Emma Kilkenny, Head of Fundraising and Communications for the Dublin Simon Community stated: “We are hugely appreciative of the ongoing support of the Enterprise Rent-A-Car team and their vehicles which allow us to deliver much needed winter clothing and Christmas presents for our clients and residents over this busy period.  By volunteering their time and resources, the Enterprise team will help us distribute warm clothing, care packages, food hampers and other items to families and individuals we work with. 
“Partnerships like this with Enterprise and, indeed, other companies, are hugely important in helping us to extend the range of services that we provide to people who are experiencing homelessness.  We thank Enterprise and their employees for their committed and valuable support during the busy Christmas period”.

All-New Camry


There’s something for everyone here with the new Camry, at least everyone who hasn’t followed the call of the SUV

The all-new Camry is the 8th generation of a car that has won countless awards and distinctions since it first went on sale in 1982. The model is sold in more than 100 countries globally, with sales totalling over 19 million units to date. This is the first time the Camry has been available in Ireland in 14 years.

With annual sales of more than 700,000 units globally, Camry remains the best-selling D/E-segment saloon in the world.

The latest generation Camry showcases Toyota’s New Global Architecture (TNGA) design and engineering philosophy. TNGA places enthusiast-oriented ‘fun to drive’ characteristics and alluring styling on an equal footing with superlative build quality, highly efficient packaging, and innovative, user-friendly technology.

As a result, the all-new Camry builds on all the core values that have made it so popular to date – segment-leading levels of quality, durability and reliability, quietness and ride quality- with head-turning new exterior and interior design, outstanding comfort and roominess, state-of-the-art powertrain technology and new found levels of driving pleasure, thanks to driving dynamics specifically tuned for the European market

The new Toyota Camry based on more rigid underpinnings dubbed TNGA, is longer, wider and lower than its predecessor, has overhauled drivetrains, new suspension designs, a stylish interior and an exterior that is very recognisable as a Camry. The TNGA platform gives the Camry Hybrid a low centre of gravity, a highly rigid body and advanced double wishbone suspension, providing remarkable road holding and ride comfort.

The new Toyota Camry is available now at Toyota dealerships nationwide from €39,750 or €304 a month*. The 2019 model is the first Toyota Camry available with a self-charging 2.5-litre hybrid powertrain. In Ireland the new Camry will be available in three grades – hybrid, hybrid Sol and hybrid Platinum.

Toyota’s Safety Sense comes as standard in the new Camry Hybrid, including Automatic High Beam, Full-range Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane Departure Alert with Steering Control. LED lights, smart entry, rear privacy glass, power retractable heated door mirrors, rear view camera, dual climate control and 3 years servicing are all included as standard. The bestselling Hybrid Sol grade that we drove comes with leather upholstery, heated front seats and satellite navigation.

The Hybrid continues to deploy two motor generator units that now combine with parallel gears (replacing planetary gears) to act as a pseudo CVT, or continuously variable transmission. The auto now also comes with six computerised gear steps.

It also has an old-school Ni-MH (Nickel-metal hydride) battery rather than the lithium-ion packs that have become very popular as the electrification of the car industry gathers pace.

However, the pack has been moved from the boot to under the rear seat, improving boot space from 415 litres to 524 litres and allowing the installation of a split-fold rear seat function. Toyota uses lithium batteries in their plugin in hybrids, where they want power density. They continue to use Ni-MH batteries for their consistency and proven long life in their hybrid models.

In an era when pure battery electric vehicles are starting to infiltrate the market, the Camry Hybrid is the old stager. It can’t really run on electricity alone for long or at much of a pace, but the system does provide a great fuel economy aid, as well as a bit of a performance boost.

The official claim for the Camry Hybrid is 4.3L/100km, which is obviously fanciful as most of those ratings are. But after a week in the Camry Hybrid we achieved a 5.2L/100km average. That’s the hybrid system, idle-stop and a new auto glide coasting function working together there nicely.

In addition to the familiar quietness the hybrid drivetrain delivers in EV mode, there’s a confidence to the handling and suppleness to the ride that’s unrecognisable. This Camry is actually very enjoyable to drive. Rolling on 17-inch Michelin Primacy rubber, it has nice steering, decent body control and a willingness to respond with promptness to instruction. There’s no sign of any steering kickback, desperation to lean all its body-weight on the outside front tyre or early onset understeer.

And then there’s the clever drivetrain, which combines low-rev electric torque with solid petrol power further up the range to deliver step-off response and mid-range depth. You can vary that response via the new Drive Model Select that provides pure EV, eco, normal and sport options. The higher you go up the chain the better the response. The pseudo-CVT also gets into the act, actually allowing manual down changes with some revs onboard rather than killing it off with a conservative limit. But it would still be nice if there were flappy paddles to select gears as well.

The interior of the new Camry is a marked improvement thanks to a more modern dashboard design and some nice materials, including good-looking stitching. There is space and storage aplenty front and rear. Two adult passengers will comfortably be accommodated in the back in terms of head, knee and foot-room.

The Toyota Camry Hybrid is an affordable, frugal and actually fun car. There’s a lot to like here and not that much wrong. OK, it’s not an SUV, but if you’re not fashion-conscious then that’s no bad thing. But know that it’s capable, spacious, quiet and very comfortable.

Technical Specification
Model                                                  Toyota Camry Hybrid Sol
Engine Size                                         2.5-litre Petrol electric hybrid
Power                                                 218hp
Transmission                                      CVT Automatic
Torque                                                 221Nm
Acceleration (0-100km/h)                   8.3 seconds
Top Speed                                           180 km/h
Consumption                                       4.3/100km
CO2 Emissions                                   101g/km          
Road Tax                                             €190 per year
Base Price                                          €39,750
Our Test Model                                   €40,750

Audi teams up with Twentieth Century Fox on ‘Spies in Disguise’ digital content ahead of film premiere

Audi and Twentieth Century Fox, in cooperation with Blue Sky Studios, are teaming up on a digital content piece ahead of the world premiere of the animated film ìSpies in Disguiseî starring Will Smith and Tom Holland. The video, called ìLunchbreak,î follows super-spy Lance Sterling and scientist Walter Beckett, the characters voiced by Smith and Holland in the film, as well as the Audi RSQ e-tron, the first concept car by Audi created exclusively for an animated film.
  • Audi designs first animated virtual concept car for “Spies in Disguise”
  • Audi RSQ e-tron concept car is electric and fully automated
  • Audi to sponsor world premiere of “Spies in Disguise”

Audi and Twentieth Century Fox, in cooperation with Blue Sky Studios, are teaming up on a digital content piece ahead of the world premiere of the animated film “Spies in Disguise” starring Will Smith and Tom Holland. The video, called “Lunchbreak,” follows super-spy Lance Sterling and scientist Walter Beckett, the characters voiced by Smith and Holland in the film, as well as the Audi RSQ e-tron, the first concept car by Audi created exclusively for an animated film.

In the video, suave and smooth Lance Sterling and tech genius Walter Beckett find themselves in a high-speed car chase through the streets and underground shafts of Washington, DC. The unlikely duo are at an advantage in the RSQ e-tron with the concept car’s fully automatic driving mode and additional boost capability, which is controlled via Functions on demand. Find the video here: audi.us/SpiesInDisguise.

The electric and fully automated RSQ e-tron concept car, designed in close cooperation with Blue Sky Studios, features autopilot mode, as well as visionary design language and futuristic highlights including a hologram speedometer.

“The action-packed super-spy storyline provides us with a creative medium to showcase innovation and technology, and all that is possible with the future of mobility,” says Sven Schuwirth, Vice President Audi Brand, Digital Business, Customer Experience.

About “Spies in Disguise”

Blue Sky Studios presents “Spies in Disguise,” an animated spy comedy adventure set in the slick, high-octane, globe-trotting world of international espionage. Super spy Lance Sterling (Will Smith) and scientist Walter Beckett (Tom Holland) are almost exact opposites. Lance is smooth, suave and debonair. Walter is…not. But when events take an unexpected turn, this unlikely duo is forced to team up for the ultimate mission that will require an almost impossible disguise – transforming Lance into the brave, fierce, majestic…pigeon. Walter and Lance suddenly have to work as a team, or the whole world is in peril.

“Spies in Disguise” is directed by Troy Quane and Nick Bruno from a screenplay by Brad Copeland and Lloyd Taylor and a screen story by Cindy Davis inspired by the animated short film “Pigeon Impossible” by Lucas Martell. The film stars Will Smith, Tom Holland, Rashida Jones, Ben Mendelsohn, Reba McEntire, Rachel Brosnahan, Karen Gillan, DJ Khaled and Masi Oka. “Spies in Disguise” is produced by Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping, Michael J. Travers, p.g.a., with Chris Wedge and Kori Adelson serving as executive producers.

Spies in Disguise will arrive in cinemas in Ireland on 26 December.


  • Car manufacturer Groupe Renault has given as a gift a Dacia Duster 4X4 to his Holiness Pope Francis, specially designed for the mobility needs of the Pope
  • The vehicle was delivered today to the Holy Father of the Vatican State by Christophe Dridi, Managing Director of Groupe Renault Romania and CEO of Automobile Dacia SA, and by Xavier Martinet, General Manager of Groupe Renault Italy

Groupe Renault has given as a gift to His Holiness Pope Francis a Dacia Duster specially designed for the mobility needs of the Pope. The vehicle was delivered to the Holy Father today by Christophe Dridi, Managing Director of Groupe Renault Romania and CEO of Automobile Dacia SA, and by Xavier Martinet, General Manager of Groupe Renault Italy, during a visit to the Pope’s residence in the Vatican State. 

The “Popemobile” has a white outer livery with beige interiors. The model, based on Dacia Duster, is 4.34 metres long and 1.80 metre wide.

The vehicle was transformed by the Prototype Department and the Dacia Special Needs team in Romania, in cooperation with coach builder Romturingia. This adapted version has 5 seats, of which 1 is a particularly comfortable rear bench seat. The vehicle also integrates specific solutions and accessories specially designed to make it suitable for the uses for which it will be intended by the Vatican: large sunroof, removable glass superstructure, ground clearance 30mm lower than normal, for easier access on board, as well as internal and external support elements.

Mazda partner with Taste of Dublin Festive Edition


Bridging the twelve month gap between the iconic summer food festival, Taste of Dublin will be coming to the RDS this November but with a seasonal twist. Taste of Dublin Festive Edition will bring a range of restaurants, producers and chefs under the one roof to build excitement leading into the Christmas feast.

Mazda partnered with Taste of Dublin last summer to mark the launch of the new generation product range with the arrival of the all-new Mazda3. This November, the Japanese car brand will continue the partnership as official car partner to showcase the next new-generation vehicle, all-new Mazda CX-30. First customer orders are officially arriving in dealerships the week of Taste of Dublin Festive Edition and the compact SUV will be showcased at the event. The new model has already been awarded a Golden Steering Wheel award and has achieved the highest ever score for adult occupant safety in the Euro NCAP safety rating where it was also awarded 5 stars.

While Taste attendees will get a chance to get up and close with the all-new Mazda CX-30, an entertainment line-up helping everyone to get their festive season started in the right gear will be provided at the Mazda Live Stage. Food lovers can enjoy lively music, fiery food, and somewhere to get in the mood for a Christmas celebration. To allow everyone to bring the fine tastes home, some of Irelands best loved chefs including Rachel Allen, Mark Moriarty, Paul Kelly, Sharon Hearne Smith and many more will demonstrate their cooking tips and tricks to hone your Christmas cooking skills.

Taste of Dublin Managing Director, Avril Bannerton commented; “We are absolutely are delighted to be partnering with Mazda Ireland for the inaugural Taste of Dublin; Festive Edition.  This partnership will further build on the already well-established relationship between Taste and Mazda which is now enjoying a multi-event deal across three of Equinox Events’ portfolio events; Taste; Festive Edition, Thrive Festival and Taste of Dublin.”

Tickets can be purchased at www.dublin.tastefestivals.com and the event will run from November 28th to December 1st. Mazda will also run a competition for a €1,000 shopping spree so be sure to visit the Mazda stand to enter the competition.

Double Honours for Ford with International Van of the Year and International Pick-Up Award Victories

  • Electrified, segment-first Ford Tra­­­nsit Custom Plug-In Hybrid and EcoBlue Hybrid vans named International Van of the Year. Ford Ranger takes International Pick-up Award title
  • Jurors praise Transit Custom’s Ford Hybrid powertrains that deliver fuel savings, help businesses meet clean air targets and allow entry to low-emission zones
  • Ford Ranger offers enhanced performance and fuel efficiency with advanced connectivity and driver assistance technologies to boost productivity for businesses
  • Ford is now the first manufacturer to win IVOTY and IPUA in the same year two times

Ford is celebrating a clean-sweep of the light commercial vehicle awards season as the electrified Ford Hybrid Transit Custom line-up is today named International Van of the Year (IVOTY) 2020, and the Ford Ranger is named winner of the International Pick-up Award (IPUA) 2020.

Ford is the first manufacturer to take both the IVOTY and IPUA titles in the same year on two occasions, having first achieved the feat in 2013.

The new Transit Custom Plug-In Hybrid and Transit Custom EcoBlue Hybrid models were collectively judged winners of the prestigious annual IVOTY award by a jury of 25 specialist journalists from 25 countries across Europe, at a special ceremony in Lyon, France.

Jurors praised the range of electrified powertrain solutions offered by the Ford Hybrid line-up of Transit Custom vans – designed to help reduce fuel costs for operators, allow entry to the increasing number of low-emission zones and offer practical solutions for businesses trying to reduce emissions and meet clean-air targets.

The Transit Custom Plug-In Hybrid and Transit Custom EcoBlue Hybrid 1-tonne vans, and the Transit EcoBlue Hybrid 2-tonne van that earned the runner-up position at this year’s ceremony, are three of 14 electrified vehicles Ford is introducing to Europe before the end of 2020. Ford has now won the IVOTY title six times.

The Ford Ranger – Europe’s No. 1 best-selling pick-up* – impressed the 18 jurors with its more powerful and fuel-efficient 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel powertrain and advanced driver assistance technologies to take the biennial IPUA title.

“Our new Transit Custom Plug-In Hybrid and EcoBlue Hybrid models are the right vehicles at the right time – helping our customers reduce costs and emissions, and meeting the challenges of operating in today’s business environment without sacrificing practicality or payload. And our new Ranger is raising the bar for refinement, technology and productivity in the pick-up segment,” said Hans Schep, general manager, Commercial Vehicles, Ford of Europe.

Combining zero-emission driving capability and no range anxiety, the Transit Custom Plug-In Hybrid can be charged with mains electricity for a pure electric NEDC driving range of up to 56 km (35 miles).** The vehicle’s front wheels are driven exclusively by a 92.9 kW electric motor powered by a 13.6 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. Ford’s multi-award-winning 1.0‑litre EcoBoost petrol engine acts as a range extender for total driving range exceeding 500 km.

The Transit Custom EcoBlue Hybrid’s mild-hybrid powertrain uses a belt-driven integrated starter/generator in place of the standard alternator, enabling recovery and storage of energy during vehicle decelerations, and charging of a 48-volt lithium-ion air-cooled battery pack. The stored energy is used to provide torque assistance to the engine and has been optimised to deliver up to an 8 per cent fuel efficiency improvement for Ford’s further enhanced 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel engine.

Available in Regular Cab, Super Cab, and Double Cab body styles, the new Ford Ranger features standard four-wheel drive and an enhanced version of Ford 2.0-litre EcoBlue engine offering up to a 9 per cent fuel efficiency improvement when combined with a new 10-speed automatic transmission. Driving technologies include standard Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection, and new tools including available FordPass Connect on-board modem technology boost convenience and productivity.

The Ranger line-up also includes the new Ranger Raptor – the most high-performing version ever. Powered by a 213 PS Bi-turbo 2.0 litre EcoBlue engine, the Ranger Raptor features extreme styling and is supported by a unique Ford Performance chassis optimised for high-speed off-road driving and go-anywhere capability.

“Congratulations to Ford on their double success in winning both the International Van of the Year Award 2020 and International Pick-up Award 2020 in the same year. A great achievement and well deserved. With a clear focus on hybridisation, the Ford engineers have developed a sustainable drivetrain that is here and now to the benefit of urban, inter-urban and rural operators. And the Transit Custom Plug-In Hybrid and Transit Custom EcoBlue Hybrid drive and perform so well!” said Jarlath Sweeney, chairman of the International Van of The Year jury.

“Europe’s best selling 1-tonne pick-up truck has been acknowledged by the Pick-up jury as their number one choice when it came to voting for the 2020 title holder,” Sweeney said. “It’s the second occasion that the Ranger has received this accolade after previously winning in 2013 and has come a long way since then with this latest generation.”

Ford is Europe’s No. 1 commercial vehicle brand; year to date sales for Transit Custom reached 114,000 in October, up 2.6 percent year on year.  Ranger is Europe’s No. 1 pick-up, with sales of 43,300 for the same period.


Audi World debuts at the 2019 LA Auto Show

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Two world premieres at the Audi stand to thrill Audi drivers

  • Introducing the SUV Coupé for the e-tron Family: the Audi e-tron Sportback
  • The most powerful SUV coupé from Audi Sport GmbH to also be unveiled: the Audi RS Q8

Audi will showcase two very new exciting arrivals for the brand at the Los Angeles Auto Show this week; the eagerly anticipated Audi e-tron Sportback and the powerful new Audi RS Q8.

SUV Coupé for the e-tron Family

Continuing its electrification initiative, Audi will showcase the series-production version of its electric Audi e-tron Sportback with the four-door model combining the elegance of a large coupé with the progressive character of an electric vehicle. The e-tron Sportback shares its powertrain with the Audi e-tron SUV and will be built at the same production location in Brussels.

The Audi e-tron Sportback is a dynamic SUV coupé offering up to 300 kW of power and a range of up to 446 kilometres* from a single battery charge. In terms of design, its roof extends flat over the muscular body, dropping down steeply to the rear—in typical coupé style— and flowing into the steeply raked D-pillars. The lower edge of the third side window rises towards the rear—a typical Sportback feature.

Its digital matrix LED headlights are a new feature now available for the first time in a mass-production vehicle. Their light is broken down into tiny pixels and can be controlled with exceptional precision.

The Audi e-tron Sportback** is scheduled to arrive in Ireland in the Summer of 2020.

The sportiest Q: the new Audi RS Q8

The new Audi RS Q8 combines the power of an RS model with the elegance of a premium coupe and the flexibility of an SUV.

“For the first time in the 25-year history of Audi RS models, we are putting a large SUV coupe with the genes of a true high-performance sports car on the road,” said Oliver Hoffmann, Managing Director of Audi Sport GmbH. “With its biturbo V8 engine, the Audi RS Q8 is the prestigious spearhead of the RS model family.”

Offering high performance, variability and everyday usability, the new Audi RS Q8 is the top model in the Q product line. The new RS Q8 will offer epic performance courtesy of an eight-cylinder twin-turbo TFSI, but also the significant economy-boosting benefits afforded by cylinder deactivation technology and mild hybrid (MHEV) drive based on a 48-volt main electrical system. As a result, it can “glide” for up to 40 seconds with the engine switched off at speeds between 55 and 160 km/h.

Maximum power and high efficiency: the engine

600HP, 800 Nm of torque between 2,200 and 4,500 rpm – the 4.0 litre V8 in the new Audi RS Q8 delivers impressive RS performance. The turbocharged engine with direct injection accelerates the large SUV coupe from Audi Sport GmbH from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.8 seconds and to 200 km/h in 13.7 seconds. The 250 km/h top speed is electronically governed. With the optional dynamic package, top speed is 305 km/h.

The biturbo V8 in the new RS Q8 combines maximum performance and high efficiency. Its mild-hybrid system (MHEV) is based on a 48-volt main electrical system. The core of the MHEV is a belt alternator-starter connected to the crankshaft. During deceleration and braking, it can recover up to 12 kW of power and store it in the compact lithium-ion battery. The belt alternator starter starts the engine within fractions of a second when the accelerator is actuated. MHEV technology allows for start/stop operation at a speed of up to 22 km/h. The mild-hybrid system is connected to the camera sensors for even greater efficiency. When stopped, the engine starts up while the brake pedal is still depressed as soon as the front camera detects that the vehicle in front of the new RS Q8 begins to move. The interplay of the MHEV components improves ride comfort and also has the potential to reduce fuel consumption in everyday driving by as much as 0.8 litres per 100 kilometres.

The standard adaptive air suspension sport with controlled damping means the new RS Q8 is equally at home on the racetrack or an off-road trail. Its RS-specific damper tuning allows for a particularly broad spread between a setup biased toward comfort and an extremely sporty setup. Depending on driving situation and the driver’s wishes, the body’s ride height varies by up to 90 millimetres (3.5 in). The new Audi RS Q8 will arrive at dealerships in Ireland in the first half of 2020.