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New ŠKODA KAMIQ makes Irish debut

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New ŠKODA KAMIQ on sale from 4th November from €21,300
Comparable in size to the Yeti; the KAMIQ is one of the largest cars in its segment
KAMIQ has a familiar and tested engine line up
Demand for KAMIQ is expected to outstrip supply – ŠKODA advise customers to order early
ŠKODA has added a third model to its successful SUV portfolio called the KAMIQ. The KAMIQ sees ŠKODA compete in the rapidly growing city or small SUV segment for the first time. The KAMIQ blends the typical advantages of this segment such as increased ground clearance and a raised seat position with the agility of a compact car and ŠKODA’s characteristic emotive design. With state-of-the-art assistance and infotainment systems, a generous amount of space and numerous Simply Clever features, the new KAMIQ equally fulfils the needs of both family- and lifestyle-oriented customers in true ŠKODA style.

At first glance, the new KAMIQ shares the ŠKODA SUV design language of the KODIAQ and KAROQ, but with closer inspection the split headlights, which feature daytime running lights above the main headlights, distinguish the KAMIQ from its larger siblings. The KAMIQ is also the first ŠKODA to have dynamic front and rear indicators. The KAMIQ is one of the largest cars in its segment. In tangible terms, the KAMIQ is 20mm longer; has 24mm more headspace and is the very same width as the ŠKODA Yeti that ceased production in 2017. Viewed from the rear the tailgate confidently bears ‘ŠKODA’ in block lettering instead of the ŠKODA logo; a trait now shared with all models in the ŠKODA range.

The KAMIQ has a familiar and tested engine line up with three TSI petrol engines with cylinder capacities of 1.0 or 1.5 litres and a 1.6 litre TDI producing 70 and 110 kW (95 to 150 BHP). The engines can be coupled with a 5- or 6-speed manual gearbox or a 7-speed DSG.

The KAMIQ is the second ŠKODA to incorporate the new interior concept. The elevated seat position and generous amount of space provide easy access to the car combined with excellent road visibility. The boot has a capacity of 363 litres, which can be increased to 1,360 litres by folding down the asymmetrically split back seat (60:40).  The KAMIQ possesses a premium interior atmosphere created by soft materials on the dashboard and front door trims, as well as quality new seat designs.

Based on Volkswagen Group’s MQB-A0 platform, the KAMIQ offers the highest level of active and passive safety. It is equipped with up to nine airbags including a driver knee airbag and front side airbags as standard.

The KAMIQ is generously specified with Active, Ambition and Style grades available. Active and Ambition models feature the 6.5-inch Swing touch screen infotainment system, LED headlights and tail lights. Lane Assist, Front Assist with City Emergency Brake and Predictive Pedestrian Protection, and Multi-Collision Braking are also standard. Style versions receive the 8.0-inch Bolero infotainment unit and full LED headlights with AFS and dynamic front and rear indicators.

ŠKODA Ireland Head of Marketing & Product, Ray Leddy, commented, “The KAMIQ is another excellent product from ŠKODA.  We are very ambitious for this new model and expect the KAMIQ to follow in the footsteps of the KAROQ & KODIAQ. The KAMIQ has already seen unprecedented sales success on the continent; as a result, demand is expected to outstrip supply in many markets including Ireland. We would advise customers to order early to avoid disappointment.”

The KAMIQ goes on sale in Ireland from 4th November from €21,300 for the 1.0 TSI, 95bhp Active. Competitive PCP finance is also offered from 2.9% APR.

AUDI IRELAND UNVEILS 2020 LINE U

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Pictured L-R Audi Ambassadors: Peter O'Mahoney (Audi Cork Ambassador), Joe Canning (Audi Galway Ambassador), Robbie Henshaw (Audi Athlone Ambassador), Sonya Lennon (Audi Ireland Ambassador), Lisa Jordan (Audi Cork Ambassador), Aidan O'Shea (Audi Ballina Ambassador), Paul Galvin (Audi Cork Ambassador), Garry Ringrose (Audi Ireland Ambassador) and Rob Kearney (Audi Ireland Ambassador)
  • Strong product offensive with four new models for 2020
  • Incredible engine range available across petrol, diesel, PHEV and EV
  • Audi A4, Audi Q3 Sportback, Audi Q5 TFSI e and Audi Q7 now available for      exclusive test drives in Audi dealerships nationwide
  • Enjoy exclusive APR rates from as little as 2.9% on A3 saloons

Audi Ireland has announced details of its 2020 model range adding the eagerly anticipated new Audi A4, the athletic Audi Q3 Sportback, the efficient Audi Q5 TFSI e and the ever-impressive Audi Q7 2020 to its existing model offering. An integral element of the new 2020 model range is the incredible choice now available to customers with an engine for every individual across combustion engines to hybrids to fully electric. From today, each authorised Audi dealership will unveil the full 2020 model line-up including the new models all available for test drive from today. Continuing to offer motorists incredible value, Audi dealerships are also offering exclusive APR rates from as little as 2.9%.

Audi Ireland 2020 line-up
Ireland’s most popular Audi model, the new Audi A4 is now even tauter and sportier than before. The new A4 features considerable changes to the design, upgrades in connectivity technology and a new engine line up. The midsize model looks even more dynamic and sophisticated thanks to the sportier design highlights. The new design language ensures the Singleframe grille is now broader and flatter; horizontal lines emphasise the width at the front and rear. The Irish pricing has been announced, starting from €41,520 OTR. Featuring a more diverse range of engines, many options now come with mild-hybrid systems (MHEV) – with efficiency and comfort benefits from this broad-based electrification. 

The new Audi Q3 Sportback combines the strong presence and versatile everyday convenience of an SUV with the sporty elegance and agile handling of a coupé. The first compact crossover of the Audi brand, the Audi Q3 Sportback stands for strength and precision to an equal degree, and reflects this in all design details. The black grille of the octagonal Singleframe is strongly three-dimensional in design. Boasting a large and highly variable interior, the Q3 Sportback has ample space for three backseat passengers. The volume of the luggage compartment ranges from 530 litres to 1,400 litres. Available with the TDI engine with 150HP or the 230HP 2.0-litre TFSI*. The Audi Q3 Sportback is now available in Audi dealerships starting from €41,100 OTR.

As the trailblazer for the range of plug-in models from Audi, the Q5 55 TFSI e is making a suitably progressive statement by combining the economic and environmental benefits of electrified driving. A range of over 40 kilometres and a top speed of 135kph in electric-only mode enables the hybrid Q5 to cover most everyday driving distances – including motorway journeys – without backup from the petrol engine. The Q5 TFSI e is now available to test drive in Audi dealerships in Ireland and is priced at €65,000 OTR, reduced to €57,500 OTR once grants of €7,500 are accounted for.

The 2020 Audi Q7 comes with a striking new visual design, exterior styling, interior 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. It adopts the large octagon-shaped Singleframe with its six upright slats which creates an even more powerful impression from the outset, and its two-part side air inlets have a much more expressive line, as does the sill area that draws attention to the large SUV’s considerable ground clearance. During the redesign process, the large SUV has grown in length by 11 millimetres and with the improved interior length, offers more headroom and elbow room in both the front and rear. The cockpit architecture harmonises perfectly with the new, digital operating concept, which incorporates two large touchscreens. The Audi 2020 Q7 makes a technological leap, taking on board the latest engine updates, mild hybrid drivetrain developments and cabin digitalisation innovations first seen in the coupé-inspired flagship of the Q range. With style, power and presence, it’s all you could ask for in an SUV. The Audi Q7 will be available in Ireland from with a starting price of €87,645 OTR.

Audi A3 Saloon
With finance available from 2.9%, the Audi A3 saloon combines coupé characteristics with elegant design, offering Irish drivers’ incredible value (monthly repayments from €289** on PCP). Muscular taut surfaces and strongly flared mudguards with pronounced wheel arches frame the wheels ensuring a sporty appearance. The popular saloon provides innovative technology, including the optional Audi Virtual Cockpit which contributes to a comfortable driving experience.

Commenting on the 2020 range, Audi Ireland, Managing Director Thorsten Godulla, said, “Our new 2020 finance offers represents incredible value for Irish motorists with very competitive APRs on some of our most popular models. What we really feel will benefit customers in 2020 is the wide range of options available from an internal combustion engine to hybrid to electric; there is an Audi for everyone. With our new model offensive, we now have incredible options across internal combustion engines and Hybrids and our fully electric SUV, the e tron is becoming very popular with our customers. We want to encourage customers to call into their local Audi dealerships and talk to the staff and get an idea of what model best suits them. Our authorised dealers have the expertise to outline the best option for each individual customer. We urge people to see for themselves by visiting their local authorised dealer to experience a personal test drive and check out the incredible range and competitive rates on offer.”

For further information on the Audi 2020 sales event visit www.audi.ie or contact your local authorised Audi dealer.

CITROËN are the fastest growing mainstream passenger car brand in Ireland for quarter three

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• The French brand recorded passenger car volume up 29% in a market back 8%
• The C3 (up 18%) and C3 Aircross (up 16%) are the major winners in the passenger car range
• Commercial vehicle volume for the brand was also up 20%, outperforming a market up 13%
• The New Berlingo van continues its fantastic performance and is up 21% year on year
• Following strong Q3 performance, the brand has confirmed no pricing increases for 201 order intake period
Citroën was the fastest growing mainstream passenger car brand in Ireland for Q3 thanks to a registration performance of 340 units, which was up 29% on 2018 figures. The C3, their B-Segment hatchback, was the main winner with 66 registrations, up 18% on 2018 figures while the C3 Aircross, the compact B-segment SUV achieved 65 registrations, up 16% on last year. During this successful quarter three period, Commercial vehicle sales accounted for 58% of the total brand registrations with the New Berlingo Van, the International van of the year 2019, accounting for 358 of these 467 registrations ensuring the model was up 21% on 2018 figures.
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Speaking at the Citroën Annual Dealer Conference in Dublin on Thursday, Citroën Ireland’s Managing Director, Pat Ryan, said: “It is no surprise to me that we are the fastest growing passenger car brand in Ireland given the hard work and commitment of our dealer network. The Citroën brand is on a charge and we are looking forward, in anticipation to our Q4 order intake period and a successful 201 plate. Our brand boasts the third cleanest fleet in Europe with an average g/km Co2 of just 107g and that is before we venture into our electrification journey next year. These figures will only benefit us further into the future with VRT savings and that is why we are delighted to give a commitment to our customers that our prices will remain unchanged for the 201 order intake period, this will provide reassurance to our customers in an industry full of model discontinuations and price increases in recent months on the back of WLTP integration.”
The momentum for the brand is set to continue as the launch of the New C5 Aircross Commercial took place last week also. This commercial vehicle boasts a carnivorous 1,630 litres of cargo space and becomes the first commercial vehicle in Ireland with Progressive Hydraulic Cushion suspension® and ConnectedCAM® as standard. The brand also confirmed that next year will see the launch of its first ever plug-in hybrid electric vehicle with the launch of the C5 Aircross PHEV boasting a full electric WLTP drive up to 50 kilometres. This announcement comes on the back of the C5 Aircross winning the ‘comfort award’ at the annual CarWow car of the year awards last week in London.
For further information please visit citroen.ie

Tailgating revealed as most annoying driving habit

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Blue car on map near inscription Dublin, Ireland.

• Mobile phone charger top item for road trip
• Comedian Tommy Tiernan selected as favourite passenger 

Research* by mobility solutions specialist, easytrip, Ireland’s only electronic parking and tolling tag provider, has revealed that tailgating is the most annoying driving habit for one in five motorists. This trait was followed by mobile phone use (20%), driving too slowly (16%) and in contrast driving too fast (11%) for other drivers.

Top items for road trip

Making a road trip comfortable means having the right items on board and over 37% of the respondents to the easytrip survey selected the mobile phone charger to top the list. Other items in the top five included:

  • Sat Nav or GPS device – 21%
  • Music playlist – 12%
  • Snacks and drinks – 10%
  • Map of Ireland (hardcopy) – 5%

Ideal passenger for road trip

Heading on a road trip is a great way to spend time with friends and family but who would we really like as a passenger? The easytrip research revealed the following as the most popular passengers:

  1. Tommy Tiernan (Comedian) – 21%
  2. Rob Kearney (Irish rugby player) – 9%
  3. Aisling Bea (Comedian) – 8%
  4. Rory McIIroy (Professional golfer) – 7%
  5. Miriam O’Callaghan (TV / Radio presenter) – 6%

Most popular counties for road trip

Respondents to the research who are travelling this October bank holiday highlighted the following as the most popular counties that will be visited over the weekend – Dublin; Cork; Galway; Kerry; Donegal.

Commenting on the research Colin Delaney, CEO of easytrip said: “Tailgating being revealed as the most annoying driver trait is concerning. Motorists need to be more aware and courteous on the road and keep the legal distance from the car in front. Likewise seeing mobile phone use continue to be an issue is worrying as it is illegal whilst driving and a dangerous habit. We’d urge motorist to drive safer and be more considerate of other drivers, to keep your distance, pull over in a safe area if you need to use a mobile phone and to give enough time to get to your destination.”

Easytrip offer a range of services to motorists including Breakdown Assistance and Puncture Protect, as well as the easytrip Car WashParking and Tolling service with the use of the easytrip electronic tag. For more information log onto www.easytrip.ie or call 1890 67 67 68.

Groupe Renault introduces hydrogen into its light commercial vehicles range

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2019 - Véhicules Utilitaires Z.E. 33 H2 HYDROGEN

• Groupe Renault, with its experience in light commercial vehicles and as a pioneer and leader in electric light commercial vehicles in Europe, completes its offer with Renault KANGOO Z.E. Hydrogen at the end of 2019 and Renault MASTER Z.E. Hydrogen in 2020.

• The hydrogen fuel cell provides the additional energy for up to three times more range than 100 per cent electric vehicles with a charging time of only five to 10 minutes.

• Hydrogen is arriving at Renault as a complementary solution to its electric and hybrid strategy, to offer professionals a new solution for access to city centers, by removing the brake on autonomy for certain uses.

Renault extends the use of its electric light commercial vehicles with hydrogen. Tested since 2014, Groupe Renault’s hydrogen technology was developed in partnership with Symbio, a Groupe Michelin subsidiary. The vehicles are equipped with a range extender fuel cell providing electric and thermal power of 10 kW, increasing the range of Renault MASTER Z.E. Hydrogen and Renault KANGOO Z.E. Hydrogen to over 350 km. Another advantage of hydrogen is that charging takes just five to 10 minutes. Hydrogen responds to the requirements of professionals not yet to be fulfilled by electric vehicles, notably for their long-distance travel needs.

2019 – Véhicules Utilitaires Z.E. 33 H2 HYDROGEN

Expected in first-half 2020, Renault MASTER Z.E. Hydrogen will triple the range from 120 km to 350* km and will be available in van (two versions) and chassis cab (two versions). Equipped with two hydrogen tanks located under the car body, the vehicle will gain in versatility with no compromises on the load volume from 10,8 m3 to 20 m3 with a reasonable additional weight of 200 kg.

From the end of 2019, Renault KANGOO Z.E. Hydrogen will boast the best real-life range of any electric van on the market at 370* km (vs 230 km WLTP with Kangoo Z.E.). With a load volume of 3.9 m3, despite a reasonable additional weight of 110 kg, this vehicle will be available in France at €48,300 ex. VAT (including the battery purchase and not including ecological bonuses).

“Groupe Renault completes its range of electric light commercial vehicles with the launch of Renault MASTER Z.E. Hydrogen and Renault KANGOO Z.E. Hydrogen. These vehicles provide professionals with all the range they require for their long-distance journeys as well as record charging times. And the advantages do not stop there, as Renault MASTER Z.E. Hydrogen and Renault KANGOO Z.E. Hydrogen can run on decarbonized energy that respects the environment while offering all the comfort of electric driving.”

2019 – Véhicules Utilitaires Z.E. 33 H2 HYDROGEN

Denis Le Vot, Alliance SVP, Renault-Nissan LCV Business Unit

These hydrogen electric vehicles operate with a fuel cell, which combines hydrogen from its tanks with oxygen from the air to produce electricity (to power the electric motor). The first advantage: these vehicles meet the new environmental challenges of urban mobility. In addition, they offer increased autonomy, fast hydrogen recharging (from five to 10 minutes) and easy maintenance. These advantages make hydrogen electric light commercial vehicles particularly suitable for the intensive needs and uses of professionals in large urban areas up to the periphery of cities: transport and logistics, urban deliveries and multi-technical services, municipal and local authority services, express and special mail.

Always attentive to the market, Groupe Renault wishes to provide its Renault Pro+ professional customers a complementary tailor-made solution with Renault MASTER Z.E. Hydrogen and Renault KANGOO Z.E. Hydrogen.

* WLTP certification under way

Nissan shake up Irish car market with ‘Subscribe & Drive’ launch

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Nissan is set to shake up the Irish car market with the launch of a monthly subscription service which will allow motorists to own a new car for as little as €356 per month without having to pay a deposit.

Motorists signing up to Nissan’s new ‘Subscribe & Drive’ service will also have the opportunity to trade in their old car and to cash in on its residual value as part of the new subscription model.

“Nissan is making it possible for Irish motorists to drive a brand new car for a price they can afford and to potentially put money back into their own pocket while doing so. It is a win-win service for motorists,” said James McCarthy, CEO of Nissan Ireland.

“Our subscription service is made for anyone who wants to release the equity in their old car and to drive away with a new one, without paying a deposit, for a fixed payment that fits within their monthly household budget,” he added.

“Customers just need to sign up as a subscriber. They can then drive the car for an agreed term and hand it back on completion without any other obligation. It’s that simple,” said Mr. McCarthy.

“The subscription model is changing the way we drive and own our cars and we providing customers with a service that meets their needs,” he continued.

Motorists signing up to Nissan’s ‘Subscribe & Drive’ model will have the choice of paying their monthly subscription fee over a 24 month or 36 month term, subject to finance approval, with the monthly cost of the car they choose varying accordingly.

Subscribers opting for a 36 month term can expect to pay €356 per month for a Nisan Micra, €543 per month for the best-selling Nissan Qashqai crossover or €605 per month for the 40 kWh fully electric Nissan LEAF

Monthly subscription fees will also vary depending on the number of kilometres driven per year. Customers can choose annual limits of up to 10,000, 20,000 or 30,000 kilometres after which a charge per kilometre will apply for excess mileage. Optional service and maintenance fees can also be incorporated into their monthly subscription fee.

The Nissan ‘Subscribe & Drive’ service is available to customers, whether or not they have a car to trade-in, although the opportunity for motorists to release the equity in their current car and to become a monthly subscriber is something that Nissan believes will be especially attractive to motorists.

“This is the best opportunity in the market for consumers to own a brand new car. And if you have a car to trade-in it is the best opportunity to release the money that is tied up in that car. Money that could potentially be put to use to finance your monthly Nissan ‘Subscribe & Drive’ fee,” said James McCarthy, CEO of Nissan Ireland.

Further details and information about the Nissan ‘Subscribe and Drive’ offer and all of the terms and conditions that apply can be found by visiting your local Nissan dealer or www.nissan.ie

 

CR-V Hybrid

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2019 CR-V hybrid

We find out if a hybrid engine add even further appeal to the fifth generation CR-V

The Honda CR-V continues to be one of the world’s best-selling compact-crossover SUVs, but it’s facing stiff competition from such equally good rivals as the new Hyundai Santa Fe and Toyota RAV4 to name just two. While not as off-road-capable as a Jeep Cherokee, the CR-V’s available all-wheel drive can easily handle deep snow and poor road conditions. With room for five passengers, good storage space and an available turbocharged engine, Honda’s CR-V for 2019 shines bright. The new CR-V’s 1.5 litre petrol engine taken from the Civic is available in two power outputs of 173hp and 193hp in the Auto AWD guise. The turbocharged 1.5 does is a good engine but might lack power for some owners. The new CR-V hybrid we are testing here could be the ideal option. Under the bonnet is a 2.0-litre petrol engine along with twin electric motors and a lithium-ion battery in the boot. Thanks to what Honda is calling ‘intelligent Multi-Mode Drive’, or i-MMD for short, it can seamlessly switch between power options while on the move.

At low speeds, for instance, the battery powers just the electric motors that drive the wheels — the engine is kept out of the equation. You’ve got around two kilometres of all-electric propulsion, although when switching to Hybrid mode the engine supplies power to the electric motors, which then drive the wheels — and it can charge the battery backup, too.

2019 CR-V hybrid

Then there’s Engine Drive, which comes into play at higher speeds. This allows the engine to directly drive the wheels, bypassing both the battery and the electric motors. There’s no gearbox, just a lock-up clutch that transfers power depending on need. On start-up there’s no noise, and the CR-V silently whisks away in the manner we’ve come to expect from hybrids. Gain a little pace, and the engine comes in seamlessly, grumbling away ever so slightly. The overall refinement is very good and it’s helped no end by the added sound insulation material installed throughout the car, as well as Honda’s innovative new active noise-cancellation system. Under hard acceleration, the engine does produce some noise, but once you’re up to speed it settles down well. It’s quiet and comfortable, and the ride remains composed.

2019 CR-V hybrid

It’s got a wheelbase that is 30mm longer than the older CR-V, and this provides better interior space. Honda has also included active aerodynamics in the car, which allows a shutter to open or close behind the grille depending on how well the engine is being cooled.

Honda has included a wide variety of its latest safety technology to ensure that those inside and outside the CR-V Hybrid are kept as safe as possible. The Honda CR-V is loaded to the brim and has functions like Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA), Motion-Adaptive Electric Power Steering (EPS), Traction Control, a 4-channel Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) with Brake Assist and a new Electric Brake Booster (EBB), Automatic Brake Hold and Hill Start Assist, Driving Attention Monitor that alerts the driver for reduced attention and more such safety features.

2019 CR-V hybrid

The Honda CRV’s exterior is designed to give it a sporty and urban look, unlike the usual notion associated with the SUVs and has an ideal size for a city SUV. Upfront is a big chrome grille flanked by sharp headlights and wing-shaped LED day time running lights giving it an aggressive look. The body lines and horizontal fog lamps also add to the flare. Move to the side and you see chrome window lining, chrome body line and eye catching alloy wheels. At the rear is the large angular L shaped tail lights and an overtly square design language. Overall, the Honda CR-V is eye catching and gels well with the urban landscape. Honda has done well to make the CR-V look different. It’s a chunky-looking SUV and that’s good, with dynamic lines running the length of the car helping to hide its overall bulk. Only for a few hybrid model badges, you’d be hard-pressed to tell that this had a cutting-edge powertrain underneath it, and that’ll likely appeal to those who don’t want to shout about the fact they’re driving a hybrid.

Honda CR-V’s cabin has a lot of positives, starting from the variety of materials used for the cabin design, be it the piano black finish or the wood line bifurcating the dashboard with the lower half. The CR-V is rich in features and has a panoramic sunroof, a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, Smart Entry with push button Start/Stop and many more such features. SUVs are all about practicality and Honda has intelligently used the spaces inside the cabin. Take for instance the front arm support that can be arranged in many ways to store your stuff. Also, the boot has a lot of small compartments that can be managed according to your luggage. The boot itself is wide and practical. For us, the standout features in the CR-V’s cabin would be the digital instrument console, and the switch type electronic gear selector.

2019 CR-V hybrid

Conclusion
The CR-V Hybrid is an excellent proposition for those looking to drive down fuel costs without making too many sacrifices in terms of overall driving experience. This is probably the best CR-V produced by the Japanese firm. Our model had all the bells and whistles with it being an executive 4WD model but with the starting price at €38,000 for the hybrid it is within most buyers price range and well worth a closer look. If you are a Honda fan you will love the CR-V Hybrid and if not this CR-V hybrid may convert you.

Technical Specification
Model                                                  Honda CR-V Hybrid
Engine Size                                         2.0-litre four-cylinder with twin electric motors
Power                                                 184hp
Transmission                                      Single-speed reduction gear, all-wheel drive
Torque                                                 315Nm
Acceleration (0-100km/h)                   9.2 seconds
Top Speed                                           180 km/h
Consumption                                       5.5/100km
CO2 Emissions                                   126g/km                                              
Road Tax                                             €270 per year
Base Price                                          €38,000
Our Test Model                                   €49,500

In partnership with Dublin Airport, an exclusive new service for Audi customers is taking flight; introducing the Audi Airport Service

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Audi Ireland has launched a first-to-market service in partnership with Dublin Airport.  Ideally located in the short-term car park at Terminal 2, the Audi Airport Service is designed to offer the utmost convenience to their customers. Enhanced benefits in addition to exclusive parking for Audi customers include; a complimentary mini valet; an AdBlue and washer fluid top-up, full charge for electric car drivers, an Audicheck.ie vehicle check and a free Audi gift upon departure.

Initially available on weekdays, customers can simply book their Audi parking via www.audiairportservice.ie.  On arrival, customers will be greeted by a member of the Audi Airport Service team, handover their keys and walk straight through to the departures area.  While away, each customer’s vehicle will be given the care it deserves. An added benefit of the service provides the opportunity for users to purchase Audi accessories during the booking process which will be conveniently left in the car on their return. The Audi Airport Service team will also ensure anyone driving an Audi e-tron will return to a fully charged vehicle, placing the customer’s mind at ease for their next planned journey.

Providing the ultimate peace of mind, customers who avail of the Audi Airport Service will also get a www.AudiCheck.ie vehicle check; a recently launched online service created to provide vehicle condition transparency to all Audi drivers. On arrival back to their vehicle, customers will be notified of any software updates or product enhancement requirements which can be rectified free of charge at their local authorised Audi dealer.

Commenting, Audi Ireland’s Brand Director, Thorsten Godulla said, “We are delighted to introduce the Audi Airport Service; enhancing the Dublin Airport experience for our customers. Launched in collaboration with Dublin Airport this unique service provides real added value to Audi drivers when traveling through the airport. We want to give Audi drivers one less aspect of their traveling plans to worry about and believe customers will be amazed with the experience and happy in the knowledge that their Audi has been left in the right hands”.

Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison said “We are delighted to partner with Audi Ireland to launch this bespoke service for its customers. We have worked closely with Audi to ensure the customers’ needs are at the forefront of this service and we believe that Audi are going above and beyond to ensure this will be the case. The short-term car park is very convenient and is ideal for those traveling on business or private trips.  This exclusive service includes the onsite presence of the Audi Airport Service team, ensuring customers will be looked after at all times. We are really excited to see this service in operation and we look forward to working with the team at Audi into the future.”

 

For more information on the Audi Airport Service please visit www.audiairportservice.ie.

Enterprise Rent-A-Car Named as Official Car Partner for the 40th KBC Dublin Marathon

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Enterprise Rent-A-Car Ireland, part of Enterprise Holdings, the world’s largest car rental company, has once again been named as the Official Car Partner of the KBC Dublin Marathon for the sixth consecutive year as the iconic event celebrates its 40th year.

The KBC Dublin Marathon is the fifth largest city marathon in Europe and is considered one of the leading marathons on a global scale, showcasing Dublin at its very best to an international audience.

A team of Enterprise Rent-A-Car employees will assist event organisers by providing a total of 40 vehicles for use during the marathon on Sunday 27th October. These include 12 hybrid lead pace cars to guide the runners around the 26-mile course, as well as six safety vehicles to transfer any casualties to the Medical Team facility, six stationary timing vehicles and 16 logistics vans.

The Enterprise team is also participating in a voluntary capacity with staff member, David Hudson, entering his 22nd year as a member of the Dublin Marathon Committee and joining the 1,485 stewards overseeing the event.

“We are extremely proud to be involved with the KBC Dublin Marathon again this year as the event celebrates its 40th anniversary.  For this iconic year, our involvement once again goes beyond the provision of vehicles and personnel as a number of our staff and business partners are running the marathon itself.” said George O’Connor, Managing Director, Enterprise Rent-A-Car Ireland.

JP Denker, Head of Insurance and Replacement Division at Enterprise Rent-A-Car stated: “We are delighted to have a number of Enterprise staff members taking part in this year’s 40th marathon in Dublin. It’s a brilliant event that is hugely beneficial to Dublin and we are proud to fly the flag for Enterprise Rent-A-Car”.

At the announcement, Jim Aughney, Race Director, KBC Dublin Marathon said: “It’s great to have Enterprise Rent-A-Car on board for the sixth year in a row. We are delighted they will be with us to celebrate our 40th anniversary and the biggest number of registered runners since we started.  It is through the sustained commitment of loyal partners like Enterprise that we have been able to build the KBC Dublin Marathon to what it is today.  We thank George and his team again for their support in ensuring the delivery of a world class event.”

Established in 1980, with a field of just 2,100 runners, the Dublin Marathon has grown year on year to become one of the key international city marathon events as it plays host to some of the biggest names in marathon running. For this year’s 40th anniversary event, the KBC Dublin Marathon will see the number of participants rise to 22,500 runners, the highest number since the inaugural event back in 1980.

NEW ŠKODA SUPERB MAKES AN ENTRANCE

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• Curtain raised on ŠKODA’s new SUPERB flagship
• New SUPERB on sale from 12th October with PCP from 0%
• New SUPERB continues to set spaciousness benchmarks in the segment
• SUPERB has overtaken many of the traditional bestsellers
• SUPERB’s competitors – 12 to 48 month old imported premium German cars
The curtain is raised on ŠKODA’s flagship the new ŠKODA SUPERB. The SUPERB was first launched back in Ireland in 2001 and has become one of the brands bestselling models with over 18,000 SUPERB vehicles currently on Irish roads. This is the third and most successful version that has been extensively revised both inside and out.
Available in a Combi (Estate) and Saloon (Lift back) versions, ŠKODA has slightly modified the exterior of the SUPERB and has carefully refined the front section. The redesigned front bumper means the car’s length has increased by 8 mm to 4,869 mm in the ŠKODA SUPERB, and by 6 mm to 4,862 mm in the ŠKODA SUPERB Combi.
The typical ŠKODA grille now bears double slats, is larger and protrudes a little further down into the front bumper. From the entry-level version, the narrower headlights come with LED technology as standard for the dipped and high beam. At the rear, a horizontal chrome trim connects the full LED tail lights whilst the new ‘ŠKODA’ block lettering define the new ŠKODA design language.
The SUPERB continues to set spaciousness benchmarks in the segment with 625 and 660 litres of luggage capacity in the Lift back and Combi respectively.
The engine line-up features 1.5 TSI petrol units producing 150bhp, offered with 6 speed manual or 7 speed DSG automatic transmissions. The diesel offering includes a heavily revised 2.0 TDI 150bhp with new turbo charger and intercooler configuration combined with new crankshaft and injector arrangement. A 1.6 TDI 120bhp 7-speed DSG also features as well as a more powerful 2.0 TDI 190bhp unit with 4×4.
The SUPERB update includes new technologies and an even more sophisticated interior. Full LED Matrix headlights are available for the first time in a ŠKODA production model and feature as standard on SportLine and L&K models. Several new assistance systems are also making their debut, such as Predictive Cruise Control.
ŠKODA Ireland confirmed that only 3% of SUPERBs sold are the entry “Active” version with the majority of customers opting for more heavily specified models such as the Style, SportLine and L&K.
The SUPERB SportLine in particular differentiates itself from its siblings using striking black features including a remodelled radiator grille and 18-inch alloy wheels – both of which come in black. The radiator grille frame and the trim between the full LED tail lights are also gloss black.
Full LED Matrix headlights and a sports chassis, which has been lowered by 10 mm, are included as standard. The black interior sets itself apart with sport seats featuring Alcantara®/leather materials.
The top trim level, L&K, offers identical dimensions but the grille, side sills and rear bumper set themselves apart with new chrome details. It can also be identified by the ‘Laurin & Klement’ lettering on the front wings.
Speaking at the launch of the new ŠKODA SUPERB; Ray Leddy, Head of Marketing & Product said “The SUPERB has been such an important model in our brands evolution in Ireland. The current and third incarnation of the SUPERB has been a contender for the number 1 position in the segment with the SUPERB overtaking many of the traditional bestsellers. Thanks to its reliability and excellent residual values the SUPERB has been a major success with business and fleet customers, with 23% of SUPERB sales being attributed to this channel. We see used imported premium German cars from 12-48 months as the SUPERB’s biggest competitor”
The SUPERB goes on sale from 12th October with 1.5 TSI, 150bhp Active prices from €30,750 and PCP finance available from 0% up to the 31st October.