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Ford Ranger Thunder

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Limited to just 4,500 examples across Europe, the Ranger Thunder adds exclusive interior and exterior design to the 2020 International Pick-up Award-winner as well as popular practical options as standard, to deliver SUV-like style and comfort alongside generous load carrying and towing capability.

Powered by Ford’s Bi-Turbo 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel engine offering 213 PS and 500 Nm of torque, the Ranger Thunder also features as standard Ford’s 10-speed automatic gearbox for smooth shifting and effortless performance on and off-road.

Derived from the highly popular Ranger Wildtrak series, the Ranger Thunder combines high specification with optimised load hauling and tough four-wheel drive capability.

“With an edgier look for customers who aren’t afraid to be noticed, the new Ranger Thunder will be an unmistakeable presence on or off the road,” said Hans Schep, general manager, Commercial Vehicles, Ford of Europe. “This capable, comfortable and stylish addition to Europe’s best-selling pick-up range is as tough and versatile as it is charismatic.”

Ranger Thunder is offered in a single specification featuring eye-catching design details that highlight the model’s exclusivity and accentuate its “ready-to-rumble” character.

Finished in Sea Grey, the model adds exclusive 18-inch black alloy wheels and Ebony Black executions for the front grille, rear bumper, skid plates, fog light surrounds, load bay sports hoop and door handles. Bold red accents on the grille and sports hoop highlight the key details and are complemented by three-dimensional-effect “Thunder” badges for the driver and front passenger doors and tailgate, with the “Ranger” logo finished in matte black.

LED headlights with darkened bezels are also standard, with darkened taillight bezels at the rear. The Ranger Thunder includes a load bay bedliner and Black Mountain Top powder-coated roller shutter – both popular options with Ranger customers. A practical new load bay divider is also featured for the first time.

The comfortable and characterful interior delivers full Ebony leather seats with distinctive “Thunder” red embroidery and matching stitching across the steering wheel, seats, instrument panel and key touch points throughout the cabin. Black floor mats are also standard and contrast with bespoke red-illuminated sill plates.

The Ranger Thunder’s powerful Bi-turbo 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel engine offers outstanding pulling power, using twin turbochargers in series at lower engine speeds for enhanced torque and responsiveness, and bypassing the smaller turbocharger at higher engine speeds to provide maximum boost from the larger turbocharger for peak power.

Ford’s 10-speed automatic transmission offers performance and durability proven in applications as diverse as the Ford F-150 pick-up and Ford Mustang. The transmission features a wide spread of ratios and real-time adaptive shift-scheduling that adapts to changing conditions – enabling the optimal gear to be selected for performance, fuel efficiency or refinement in any driving scenario.

Ranger Thunder features Ranger’s proven four-wheel drive system for highly competent off-road capability and will deliver fuel efficiency from 7.8 l/100 km and CO2 emissions from 205 g/km (NEDC), or 9.1 l/100km and 239 g/km (WLTP).

On the road, the Ranger Thunder is quite accomplished. The punchy 210bhp diesel engine is powerful and the 10-speed auto fitted takes the strain out of driving. It kicks down smoothly when you need more power, and it shifts up through the gears without fuss when needed. The Ranger Thunder comes closest to feeling like a regular car – Everything from motorway refinement to traction is superb, but what really stands out is just how comfortable the Thunder is. The lack of road and engine noise helps – both actively cancelled by a clever digital system. It’s not quite as nimble as a conventional SUV but it is genuinely suitable for use as an everyday car.

Conclusion 

The Ford Ranger is one of the best pickup trucks on the market, and with private buyers increasingly turning to these trucks as alternatives to estate cars and SUVs, it’s no surprise to see Ford appealing to that market.

MICHELIN APPOINTS ANDREW FRENCH AS B2B SALES DIRECTOR UK & IRELAND

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Andrew French, B2B Sales Director UK and Ireland, Michelin.

Michelin has appointed Andrew French as B2B Sales Director for the UK and Ireland, with responsibility for truck and bus, van, agriculture, construction, mining and the Services and Solutions business lines.

He takes on the role with immediate effect, just weeks after celebrating his 25th anniversary with the company – having joined Michelin as an apprentice in August 1996.

Since 2018 he has held the role of Director – Services and Solutions for the UK, Ireland and Nordics, heading a team looking after some of Michelin’s largest European customers and collectively responsible for growing the business and managing the tyres on more than 98,000 vehicles.

Commenting on his appointment, French says: “My focus is going to be on ensuring we deliver the highest standards of customer satisfaction and growth. There are a lot of companies evaluating new ways of working as the country starts to build back stronger, smarter and greener from the pandemic, and we are confident this will bring new opportunities for Michelin – both with tyres, and around tyres.”

French takes over the responsibilities of B2B Sales Director from Chris Smith, who previously held the role as part of his wider remit as Managing Director. Smith is moving to Michelin’s international headquarters in Clermont-Ferrand, France, and will take over the role of Global Marketing Director long distance transportation, from 1 November.

CLOCK TICKS DOWN TO C-CLASS LAUNCH

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New Mercedes-Benz C-Class

The clock is ticking down to the arrival here of the all-new C-Class, one of the most iconic models in the Mercedes-Benz portfolio.

At present, final touches are being put to plans for its launch, expected in early October, when a detailed announcement concerning range, price, features and specifications will be made.

With E-Class and S-Class, the C-Class has evolved since first arriving on the scene carrying the 190 branding to become a mainstay of the Mercedes-Benz global product offering.

Consistent with the Mercedes-Benz policy to raise the status of its high end models from ‘premium’ to ‘luxury’, the latest C-Class version will be significantly different from the model it replaces in terms of technical appointments, specifications and features.

Being referred to by commentators and industry sources as a ‘baby S-Class’, it will come with numerous features drawn from the S-Class.

With prices to be announced at launch time, it is expected to carry what Mercedes-Benz sales manager, Ciaran Allen calls a “margin reflecting its enhanced value and the wider appeal it is expected to have beyond the existing community of C-Class owners.”

Renault Ireland Launches All-New Arkana

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Since arriving in Irish dealerships in mid-August, customer reaction to All-New Arkana has been very positive and orders are strong.

The distinctive All-New Arkana benefits from sleek exterior styling with its dynamic coupé design and eye-catching details. The exterior design is complemented by a contemporary, practical cabin featuring the very latest technology. This includes multiple, seamless connectivity options and crisp displays, with online services and multiple options to personalise the driving experience. 

Available in Iconic, S Edition and R.S. Line trim levels, the All-New Arkana features an extensive list of standard equipment including EASY LINK touchscreen display with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capability, diamond-cut alloy wheels and full LED lighting technology. 

The distinctive exterior is complemented by a spacious, comfortable interior trimmed with high quality materials across all models, featuring sophisticated details including multiple ambient lighting choices and premium upholstery options.  

Based on the CMF-B modular platform, the All-New Arkana is longer than the popular Kadjar SUV and in spite of its sleek, dynamic profile offers generous interior space to complement the high driving position popular with drivers of Renault’s SUVs.  The All-New Arkana is available with Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) ensuring the safest and most reassuring drive. The choice of powertrains is comprehensive, with an emphasis on superior efficiency balanced with impressive performance across both advanced, electrified options: the E-Tech hybrid and TCe petrol mild-hybrid.

EXTERIOR DESIGN

Renault’s first SUV with coupé-inspired styling, the All-New Arkana features a unique design in the Renault line-up without compromising on practicality and usability. With its athletic, sloping profile, modern design touches and the most up-to-date lighting technology delivering a standout signature, the All-New Arkana provides a distinctive and sleek presence on the road.

At the front of the vehicle, all models feature 100 per cent Renault LED Pure Vision lighting with signature C-shape daytime running lights with automatic activation. Tinted windows, chrome trim on the wing badging, 3D rear LED lighting and 17-inch diamond-cut ‘Bahamas’ alloy wheels all feature on entry-level Iconic models, plus body-colour door handles with chrome and black lower door protection. 

On S Edition models, 18-inch ‘Pasadena’ alloy wheels get a diamond-cut finish for a premium look, while extra tinted windows and slate grey satin front and rear skid plates further enhance the attractive SUV design. 

The All-New Arkana is also available in dynamic R.S. Line specification. Similar to R.S. Line variants across other Renault models, the Arkana R.S. Line is set apart with unique front bumpers featuring full-width Formula One-inspired aerodynamic front blade and honeycomb grille, dark gun metal front and rear skid plates, R.S. Line wing trim, gloss black door mirrors and window trim, and 

body-coloured door handles with lower door protection finished in black and gun metal. 

The exterior enhancements are perfectly complemented with double chromed tailpipes and 18-inch grey and black diamond-cut R.S. Line ‘Silverstone’ alloy wheels, complete with red highlights that enhance the sportier design, giving the range-topping Arkana an even more purposeful and muscular stance on the road.

A contrasting black roof is available as an option on S Edition and R.S. Line models, while All-New Arkana is offered with an extensive selection of exterior colours that enhance its dynamic proportions and assertive design, including Glacier White, Pearl White, Zanzibar Blue, Flame Red, Metallic Black, and Metallic Grey. R.S. Line models are also available finished in the unique and vibrant Valencia Orange. 

INTERIOR DESIGN AND PRACTICALITY

Despite its coupé-like profile, the All-New Arkana’s SUV body style promises an inviting interior environment with no compromise in usability thanks to clever packaging, high-quality materials and the very latest technologies and equipment. Behind the sleek lines and sporty proportions lies a practical interior that, thanks to the SUV ride height, is also easy to access.

The All-New Arkana’s dynamic proportions and sportier aesthetic disguise a cleverly packaged and spacious interior. The rear seats have been oriented to maximise leg and head room for rear occupants, while the 513-litre boot (480 litres on Arkana E-Tech Hybrid) ensures a generous load area with a variable-height boot floor featuring on petrol versions. For maximum interior space, the rear seats fold, leaving a level, flat load area for bulkier items. 

On Arkana Iconic, the manually adjustable seats are finished in black fabric, while the steering wheel is finished in synthetic leather. S Edition models feature a unique trim strip on the door panels and dashboard, with seats clad in black fabric and synthetic leather and steering wheel and gearlever finished in leather. 

Like the exterior, the interior of the Arkana R.S. Line stands out with a host of unique trim details befitting its sporting character. Special R.S. Line sports seats are upholstered in leather and suede-effect, complemented by red stitching that also extends to the door panels, gear lever and central armrest. 

Red detailing is also found on the leather steering wheel with unique R.S. Line marker. Completing the interior enhancements are aluminium pedals, a carbon-effect dashboard panel with full-width red trim, plus black headlining for a more dynamic finish. 

Iconic models feature the latest 7.0-inch EASY LINK touchscreen infotainment system, a 9.3-inch portrait-oriented system standard on S Edition and R.S. Line trim levels, neatly integrated into the sweeping dashboard design. This is complemented by a row of soft keys running below the screen and high-quality heating control dials with a knurled finish and integrated digital displays. 

MULTI-SENSE driving modes can be controlled via the touchscreen or one of the soft keys, giving drivers the option to customise the interior lighting with eight options available as part of the mode selection. The ambient lighting runs the width of the dashboard and the length of the door cards, bathing the All-New Arkana’s premium interior in soft, distinctive lighting that the driver can personalise depending on their mood or driving mode selected, providing a sophisticated interior signature.

POWERTRAINS 

Renault’s first purpose-built hybrid model, and a key model in pushing forward the broadened electrification of Renault’s model range, the All-New Arkana is powered by the advanced E-Tech hybrid powertrain across every trim level. 

Inspired by Renault’s experience and expertise in Formula One, E-Tech powertrain technology is protected by 150 patents. In the Arkana, the E-Tech Hybrid 145 powertrain combines a strong, efficient 1.6-litre petrol engine, 1.2 kWh lithium-ion battery and two electric motors, delivering an economical, responsive and refined option with no compromise, making it the engine of choice in the line-up for the majority of customers. The combination of petrol and electric power delivers 145hp, plus 148Nm of torque from the petrol engine and 250Nm from the electric motors.

Emitting as little as 111g/km of CO2 and returning consumption as low as to 4.9l/100km, the All-New Arkana E-Tech Hybrid prioritises driving on electric power alone from the moment the vehicle starts, which is made possible by an innovative engineering solution meaning the petrol engine isn’t required on start-up. 

Featuring an intelligent ‘dog clutch’ as part of the transmission system, it means the All-New Arkana E-Tech hybrid can operate in all-electric mode more of the time, however when operating with electric motors and engine in tandem, it smoothly transitions between gears as an automatic transmission should. 

When the driver calls on the system for more power – either by depressing the accelerator pedal more aggressively, via the 

MULTI-SENSE menus or through the dedicated button on the dashboard – the petrol engine comes to life with minimal intrusion, delivering enhanced responses in Hybrid mode. 

Sport mode uses the full power and torque capabilities of the hybrid powertrain for the keenest responses, while a dedicated EV button gives drivers the option to maximise battery power. In this mode – named Pure – the All-New Arkana E-Tech hybrid’s advanced powertrain can travel short distances solely with electric power – ideal for areas such as housing estates or near school gates where people are more likely to be gathered. This battery-powered support also provides enhanced responses and refinement across all MULTI-SENSE modes, meaning the driver benefits from the advanced features of the E-Tech hybrid in all driving situations.

The electric power is supplied by a small traction battery which recharges itself with energy that’s recuperated under deceleration and braking, the force of which can be intensified by engaging a dedicated B-Mode function that applies increased regenerative braking for even greater energy recuperation. This captured energy is fed back to and stored in the battery which is located beneath the Arkana’s rear seats.  

Also available on all Arkana models is a TCe 140 petrol engine that utilises clever mild-hybrid technology. Offering 140hp and 260Nm of torque, this 1.3-litre engine propels the All-New Arkana from 0-100km/h in 9.8 seconds, while also offering consumption as low as 5.8l/100km and CO2 emissions of 131g/km. 

The mild-hybrid technology works with a 12-volt starter generator that ensures faster and more refined operation of the Stop & Start function when coming to a standstill, while also reducing emissions at the same time. The TCe 140 engine is available exclusively with a seven-speed dual-clutch EDC transmission delivering smooth and refined gearchanges. 

SAFETY AND TECHNOLOGY

Technology is at the heart of the All-New Arkana’s extensive specification list, with all models boasting a generous amount of standard equipment with the most advanced systems. 

All Arkana models – starting with the Iconic – boast a five-star Euro NCAP crash safety rating and feature an extensive list of safety equipment. This includes the latest Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) for the safest, most reassuring driving experience. All models come with Active Emergency Braking System with pedestrian and cyclist detection, Traffic Sign Recognition, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keep Assist with active steering, safety distance warning, tyre pressure monitoring, cruise control with speed limiter and Renault Emergency Call with SOS button that automatically engages in the event of an accident.

A full suite of airbags is also standard fitment, along with Isofix child seat anchors on the outer rear seats and front passenger seat. In addition, S Edition models have Adaptive Cruise Control, Blind Spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Traffic Alert for added reassurance and assistance. 

R.S. Line models also get Easy Park Assist, capable of automatically performing parking manoeuvres in parallel, oblique or bay parking spaces. 

In terms of technology inside the car, the latest EASY LINK infotainment systems are available across the All-New Arkana range, controlling the core functions via a slick and responsive touchscreen with crisp display and the latest graphics. The system provides a choice of driver profiles and online services, with software updates for the system available over the air, minimising disruption to the customer who always benefits from the most up-to-date system. 

Iconic models feature a 7.0-inch display with DAB radio and Bluetooth functionality, while S Edition and R.S. Line models feature a 9.3-inch portrait screen featuring navigation with live traffic services and weather information, Google address search and 4G connectivity and automatic update services for three years. Drivers can opt to use Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, which are both standard on all Arkana models. Drivers can customise the display by moving specific widgets around the home screen, ensuring the most used or favourite functions are quickly accessible on the main display. 

From launch, Arkana S Edition and R.S. Line models also feature a crisp 7.0-inch TFT Driver Information Display ahead of the driver, enabling customisation of the instrument cluster and an even more advanced feel. 

SPECIFICATIONS AND PRICING 

All-New Arkana Iconic comes with the following as standard:

•​17-inch ‘Bahamas’ diamond-cut alloy wheels 

•​Full LED headlights with C-shape daytime running lights 

•​Rear-view camera

•​Automatic air conditioning

•​Front and rear parking sensors

•​Cruise control with speed limiter

•​7.0-inch EASY LINK touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth and DAB radio 

•​4.2-inch TFT colour Driver Information Display

•​Hill start assist 

•​Electronic parking brake  

•​Active Emergency Braking System

•​Traffic Sign Recognition

•​Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist

•​Automatic lights and wipers 

•​Front and rear electric windows

•​Electrically adjustable and folding heated door mirrors

•​Tinted rear windows 

•​Dark grey front and rear skid plates

•​Black lower door protection with chrome inserts

•​Black and grey cloth upholstery 

All-New Arkana S Edition builds on the Iconic’s extensive specification with the following additions:

•​18-inch ‘Pasadena’ diamond-cut alloy wheels 

•​Automatic high and low beam 

•​Electronic parking brake with auto-hold function 

•​9.3-inch EASY LINK touchscreen display with navigation, Google search and traffic information 

•​7.0-inch TFT colour Driver Information Display

•​MULTI-SENSE – three driving modes and eight ambient lighting colours

•​Auto-dimming rear-view mirror 

•​Front height adjustable passenger seat 

•​Leather steering wheel 

•​Adaptive Cruise Control 

•​Traffic Sign Recognition with overspeed prevention 

•​Blind Spot Warning 

•​Rear Cross Traffic Alert 

•​Chrome exterior trim enhancements 

•​Grey front and rear skid plates 

•​Extra tinted rear windows 

•​Black cloth and synthetic leather upholstery 

All-New Arkana R.S. Line takes on a more sporting edge with the following changes over S Edition:

•​R.S. Line-specific front bumper with Formula One-style front blade and honeycomb grille 

•​R.S. Line badges on front wings and tailgate 

•​Double chromed tailpipe elements 

•​Gloss black door mirrors and lower window trim 

•​Gun metal front and rear skid plates

•​Black lower door protection with gun metal insert 

•​R.S. Line leather and suede-effect sport seats with red stitching

•​Red stitching to the seat belts, gear lever and perforated leather steering wheel 

•​Carbon-effect dashboard and door panels with red trim detail 

•​Black interior roof lining 

•​Heated front seats and steering wheel 

•​Electrically adjustable front seats 

•​Aluminium pedals 

•​Frameless rear-view mirror

•​Easy Park Assist hands-free parking system

FULL IRISH PRICING 

 TCe 140 Auto EDCE-TECH Hybrid 145 Auto
All-new Arkana Iconic €28,990€30,490
All-new Arkana S Edition€31,090€32,590
All-new Arkana R.S. Line€33,690€35,190

ŠKODA KODIAQ: the successful SUV gets an update

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Four years after the Irish market launch and with 7,127 units delivered to Irish customers, the bestselling KODIAQ SUV will be updated this September. Receiving new exterior design and interior material changes as well as ŠKODA’s latest technologies such as full-LED Matrix headlights, the KODIAQ is likely to remain at the top of the sales charts again in 2022. Now offered exclusively as a seven-seat version – in Active, Ambition, Style and Sportline trim levels. The KODIAQ will be arriving in ŠKODA dealers across Ireland this September. The starting price for the new KODIAQ is €38,150 excluding delivery and related charges.

John Donegan, ŠKODA Ireland, Brand Director said: “The KODIAQ has helped propel the ŠKODA brand to new heights, moving us into fourth position in the Irish sales rankings. The new KODIAQ has improved interiors and even more standard equipment and safety features. The KODIAQ has often been a victim of its own success with demand outstripping supply. I would urge customers considering the new revised KODIAQ for 2022 to engage with their local dealer at their earliest convenience to avoid delays and disappointment. I am confident our customers will love the new revised KODIAQ just as much as the outgoing version”

Advanced EVO generation engines with lower fuel consumption and emissions

The new KODIAQ is offered in Ireland with three advanced and efficient EVO engines from the Volkswagen Group. The two 2.0 TDI diesel engines produce less emissions thanks to the ‘twin dosing’ exhaust gas treatment and produce 110 kW (150 PS) and 147 kW (200 PS) in combination with a 7-speed DSG automatic transmission. The more powerful diesel engine is offered exclusively with all-wheel drive. 

A petrol driven 1.5 TSI, with an output of 110 kW (150 PS), is the only model offered with a manual 6-speed gearbox in addition to a DSG transmission and is offered in two wheel drive only. The KODIAQ RS with a 2.0 TSI 180 kW (245 PS) petrol will not be offered on the Irish market. 

An even bolder look and optional full-LED Matrix headlights make their debut

A further developed ŠKODA SUV design language sets the updated KODIAQ apart. Aluminium-effect design details on the front and rear apron emphasise the rugged look of the Active, Ambition and Style trim levels. This is reinforced even further by the restyled front with a hexagonal, more upright ŠKODA grille. The slimmer, more dynamic-looking headlights now feature LED technology as standard and – as a first for the KODIAQ – full-LED Matrix headlights are standard on Style and Sportline trims.


Introducing a more sustainable interior and optional ergonomic seats 

New decorative trims, additional contrasting stitching and the LED ambient lighting’s extended range of functions provide modern visual touches in the interior. For the first time, the extras include ergonomic, perforated-leather seats with multiway electric seat adjustment and ventilation. 

Improved assistance systems and typical Simply Clever solutions

The ŠKODA KODIAQ’s wide range of assistance systems now includes the enhanced version of Crew Protect Assist as an option, which has additional radar sensors at the rear to respond to vehicles that pose a collision risk. There are two Travel Assist options that – depending on the model – incorporate five to eight assistance systems. These include Predictive Cruise Control, Adaptive Lane Assist and an improved version of Traffic Sign Recognition. The variety of Simply Clever details that are typical of the brand now also include the integrated funnel in the lid of the windscreen washer tank.

CITROËN REINVENT THE HATCHBACK WITH ALL NEW C4 AND Ë-C4

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Citroën Ireland have today announced details of their all new C4 and Ë-C4. The C4 sits in the C-Hatchback segment but offers much more than the traditional hatchback thanks to best-in-class height, ground clearance, seat height position and interior legroom versus competitors. With similar dimensions to some B-SUV competitors, this C4 reinvents the hatchback segment and acquires true crossover claim. Available in petrol, diesel and all electric; the New C4 has arrived in Ireland and is now on sale from €24,740. The Ë-C4 is the first fully electric passenger car available from Citroën in Ireland and offers a 350km WLTP range while customers can also avail of a free home charge point when they switch to Energia thanks to a new initiative launched by the French brand in Dublin today.

Offering best-in-class height (1,525mm) and ground clearance (156mm), the C4 also offers best in class driver eye height (1,220mm) for improved visibility and ease of access. Thanks to its large wheelbase (2,670mm) the C4 also offers best in class rear knee room (198mm) to ensure comfort for all occupants. As with all Citroën vehicles, the Citroën Advanced Comfort ®programme features suspension with Progressive Hydraulic Cushions ®, Advanced Comfort seats and for the first time, Citroën Smart Pad Support ™ which includes a retractable media support and tablet holder on the dashboard enabling the passenger to make the most of the time while travelling. Four USB connections are also available as standard to support charging for additional devices. 

The front end of the New C4 boasts a V-shaped lighting signature which incorporates Citroën’s new design standards and includes double-stage headlights with chrome chevrons stretched across the entire width of the vehicle. These iconic chevrons flow into the LED daytime running lights at the top and extend to the LED headlights at the bottom. The bonnet, high and horizontal, echoes the concave shape of C5 Aircross SUV and exudes an energetic and assertive attitude. The unique roof line, combined with the sloping rear window, clearly expresses the aerodynamics of the vehicle, while the rear spoiler enhances the vitality of the body shape. This gently sloping roof and overhanging side windows is a nod to the iconic Citroën GS but also offers a design feature that allows for a generous boot volume of 380 liters. The New C4 offers a choice of 31 colour combinations thanks to 7 exterior colours options and 5 exterior colour packs. There are also 6 different interior choices and a host of alloy wheel options available to ensure optimal customisation.

On the inside, the New C4 inspires confidence at first glance through the modernity of its clean, contemporary dashboard, softly shaped door panels and soft, supple materials throughout. The 10” colour touchscreen infotainment screen which is the nerve centre of the vehicle is also standard across the range. The wide horizontal dashboard gives passengers a feeling of space and volume while the chevron grain pattern on the dashboard and Satin chrome (or high-gloss black) accents on the vents, steering wheel, instrument panel and cabin controls offer a comfortable cabin experience by clearly identifying useful touchpoints.

The new C4 is paired with a wide variety of engine options including four petrol variants: a PureTech 100 S&S 6-speed manual gearbox, a PureTech 130 S&S with a choice of 6-speed manual or EAT8and PureTech 155 S&S EAT8 completes the petrol range. There will also be two Diesel engines, the BlueHDi 110 S&S 6-speed manual and BlueHDi 130 S&S EAT8. The Ë-C4 possesses a 50KWh lithium-ion battery pack and 100kw electric motor to offer 260 Nm torque and 0-100km/h in 9.7secs with sport mode engaged. Charging to 80% possible in 30mins with 100kw connection while an 11kw 3-phase charger will charge to 100% in 5hrs. A 32-amp domestic wall box takes 7.5hrs. Drive mode select on the Ë-C4 allows the choice of eco, normal and sport driving modes which alter power output and cabin thermal efficiency depending on driving preference. Ë-C4 customers that move their energy account to Energia will also receive a free home charger plus 20% off their electricity tariff while a 30% discount will apply if a wall box is already fitted to the home.

Speaking today, Colin Sheridan MD of Citroën Ireland commented. “The launch of the New C4 and Ë–C4 is a very exciting time for the Citroën brand in Ireland. As a true crossover, not only does the New C4 give us access to both the hatchback and SUV segments but the car itself strikes a remarkable balance with real style, immense comfort and a wide array of safety features coupled with new and innovative technology. The Ë--C4 also provides us with a taste of things to come on the electric front. By 2023, 80% of our car and van range will be electrified and by 2025 this figure will rise to 100%. Our parent group Stellantis are currently investing €30BN over the next 4 years and are producing four new EV platforms which will produce a wide range of electric vehicles with a 500-800km range. Overall, the future is bright for Citroën in Ireland, and we look forward to welcoming customers back into our showrooms to test drive this exciting new C4 and Ë–C4. The New C4 is available with a very competitive 1.9% finance rate and all models come with a 5-year warranty and three years roadside assistance”

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In terms of specification, there are four grades available; Feel, Feel Pack, Flair and Flair Pack. In addition to Progressive Hydraulic Cushions and Advanced Comfort Seats, the entry level Feel grade comes with an impressive level of specification as standard including 18” Alloys, Automatic LED Headlights, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, Rear parking sensors and camera,Lane keep assist and Automatic air conditioning. The Feel Pack adds Citroën Connect Nav, Citroën ConnectedCam, Citroën Smart Pad support and Head up display. Flair gains Diamond cut alloys, Speed sign recognition, Blind spot detection, Front parking sensors, Adaptive Cruise Control and Keyless entry & start while the range topping Flair Pack adds the EAT8 gearbox as standard, Citroën HiFi System, Leather interior, Heated seats and Highway driver assist. Unique to the Ë–C4, standard equipment includes a mode 3 charging cable for on street charging while the My Citroën app allows for pre-condition of cabin temperature and remote charging options. The Ë–C4 Flair Pack trim also gains a heated steering wheel over the petrol and diesel versions.

The new Audi RS 3: unmatched sportiness suitable for everyday use

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Static photo, Color: tango red, kyalami green

Audi Ireland has announced the arrival of the new Audi RS 3, offering driving dynamics of the highest calibre and the best numbers in its segment. Equipped with a 294 kW (400 PS) five-cylinder, the high-performance engine delivers rapid acceleration with a highly intoxicating sound. The power unit now delivers 500 Nm of torque and responds even faster. Visually, the RS 3 demonstrates its sporty DNA with a widened body, RS sports exhaust system, and cockpit displays like those found in race cars.  

Unmatched acceleration and top speed: the 2.5 TFSI

With its five-cylinder, high-performance engine, the Audi RS 3 is one-of-a-kind in the segment. 
The 2.5 TFSI has won the “International Engine of the Year” award nine times in a row. In the latest generation of the compact sports car, the engine is now more powerful than ever before.

The new RS 3 models sprint from zero to 100 km/h in just 3.8 seconds. Their top speed is limited to 250 km/h, with 280 km/h also available as an optional upgrade. With the RS Dynamic package and ceramic brakes, they can even reach a top speed of 290 km/h. This makes the Audi RS 3 the best in its class in terms of acceleration and top speed. This is primarily due to the 500 Nm increase in torque, which is available between 2,250 and 5,600 rpm. That is equal to 20 Nm more than its predecessor. As a result, the Audi RS 3 accelerates even faster from low rev ranges. The engine’s maximum power of 294 kW (400 PS) is available earlier than before at 5,600 rpm and extends over a broad plateau to 7,000 rpm. A new engine control unit also increases the speed at which all of the drive components communicate with each other.

Maximum agility: RS Torque Splitter and specific RS 3 modes

The new Audi RS 3 is the first Audi model that comes standard-equipped with a torque splitter. 
It replaces the rear axle differential and the previous multiple disc clutch package. Instead, an electronically controlled multiple disc clutch is used on each of the drive shafts. This ensures that the right amount of torque is optimally distributed along the rear axle. During more dynamic driving, the torque splitter increases the drive torque to the respective outer rear wheel with the higher wheel load, which significantly reduces the tendency to understeer. In left-hand curves, it transmits the drive torque to the right rear wheel, in right-hand curves to the left rear wheel, and when driving straight ahead to both wheels.

Powerful deceleration: six-piston steel and ceramic brake system

The RS 3 comes standard-equipped with larger and newly developed six-piston steel brakes to keep the power of the five-cylinder engine in check. A ceramic brake system measuring 380 by 38 mm is optionally available on the front axle with a pedal characteristic curve specially adapted to the brake booster. The high-performance brake system weighs another ten kilograms less than the steel brake. Its internally ventilated and drilled discs measure 375 by 36 mm at the front and 310 by 22 mm at the rear, making them larger and more stable than in the previous model. Air control elements improve the brakes’ cooling time by 20 percent. This reduces peak temperatures quicker during hard braking while pedal feel remains the same. In addition, it also reduces brake pad wear, which are 15 percent larger and copper-free. Those who opt for the ceramic brakes can choose between grey, red, or blue brake callipers. Those who prefer the steel version can order red callipers instead of the black ones.

Expressive and unmistakable: exterior and lighting

The design of the new Audi RS 3 is even more dynamic and powerful than that of its predecessor. 
The front wide RS bumper has a redesigned Singleframe with a distinctive honeycomb grille, and the large air intakes give the compact sports car an expressive appearance.

The RS 3 comes standard-equipped with flat, wedge-shaped LED headlights and LED taillights including dynamic turn signal lights. Matrix LED headlights are available as an option, with darkened bezels that feature digital daytime running lights around their outer downturned angles. With its pixel field of 3 x 5 LED segments, it provides an unmistakable look – a chequered flag appears in the left headlight as a dynamic leaving and coming home scene, and the RS 3 lettering appears on the driver’s side. When driving, the chequered flag lights up on both sides. 

Genuine racing feeling: the interior

The interior of the Audi RS features elements which accentuate its sportiness. The displays appear in the 12.3-inch Audi virtual cockpit plus, which comes standard. It displays the rpms in the form of a bar graph and shows power and torque as percentages. Optionally, the rpm display is available in the new “RS Runway” design. In this case, the values are displayed in the opposite direction in a manner that visually resembles an airplane runway – the highest speed in the foreground and the lowest speed in the background. In addition, the Audi virtual cockpit plus includes displays for g-forces, lap times and acceleration from 0‑100 km/h, 0-200 km/h, quarter mile, and eighth of a mile.

Availability: market launch and pricing

The Audi RS 3 Sportback and RS 3 Saloon will be available to order from August 2021. The pricing for the RS 3 Sportback and the RS 3 Saloon will be be announced in the coming weeks.

RENAULT MÉGANE HATCHBACK WITH E-TECH PLUG-IN HYBRID

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Renault is strengthening its electrified vehicle offering in Ireland with the announcement of the Renault Mégane Hatch E-Tech Plug-In Hybrid, the new five-door model complementing the Sports Tourer version that is already available with the advanced powertrain.  The Mégane Hatch E-TechPlug-In Hybrid combines generous performance with incredible efficiency and low running costs, while customers can avail of SEAI grant support to the tune of €600 towards installation of a home charging point.

The Mégane Hatch Plug-In Hybrid is in Renault dealerships today and customers can choose from two well-equipped trim levels – the Iconic E-Tech Plug-In Hybrid 160 Auto and the sporty R.S. Line E-Tech Plug-In Hybrid 160 Auto. Both versions feature an efficient 1.6-litre petrol engine complemented by two electric motors, resulting in combined fuel economy of 1.2l/100km (WLTP) and CO2 emissions of only 28g/km (WLTP). An electric-only range of 50km means many drivers’ regular daily journeys can be covered without resorting to petrol power, while the efficient hybrid powertrain offers the ability to cover longer distances without the need to recharge.

Efficiency isn’t to the detriment of performance either, the 160hp drivetrain enabling a 0-100km/h time of 9.4 seconds and a top speed of 182km/h. The new hybrid is more powerful than any other Mégane, with the exception of the incredible RS and Trophy versions, while also offering favourable Total Cost of Ownership arguments.

Both trim levels feature an extensive standard specification, which includes an electronic parking brake, front and rear electric windows, cruise control with speed limiter, 10-inch TFT driver’s display, Eco Mode, EV mode button, MULTI-SENSE with three driving modes and eight ambient lighting colours, and a hands-free key card.

Standard safety equipment includes front and rear parking sensors, Hill Start Assist and the Visio System that incorporates lane departure warning, traffic sign recognition, and automatic high/low beam.

The Iconic trim level stands out with such features as 16-inch ‘Impulse’ diamond-cut alloy wheels, leather steering wheel, and frameless rear-view mirror. Its EASYLINK navigation system ensures customers are well connected with two USB ports, Bluetooth, and smartphone integration including Android Auto and Apple CarPlay that are accessible through its 7-inch touchscreen.

The R.S. Line version gains exclusive body-coloured R.S. Line bumpers, 17-inch ‘Monthlery’ diamond-cut alloy wheels, and an R.S. leather steering wheel. Safety is further enhanced with the fitment of the Advanced Emergency Braking System (AEBS), rear parking camera and hands-free parking, while the EASYLINK navigation system has a larger 9.3-inch touchscreen.

Customers will be able to further personalise their Mégane Hatch Plug-In Hybrid with options such as the Signature Pack, which adds adaptive cruise control, Lane Keeping Assistance, E-Call, BOSE audio and a luxurious leather interior.

The Mégane Hatch Plug-In Hybrid uses the same technology that debuted on the Captur E-Tech hybrid, which was engineered with input from the Alpine F1 team. It combines a 1.6-litre petrol engine with a 9.8kW lithium-ion battery and two electric motors, together with the automatic, multi-mode dog gearbox that features in all other E-Tech models. In operation, it starts the vehicle in 100 per cent electric mode, significantly reducing the gap in acceleration during gear changes. This means a smoother, more refined drive plus better performance.

The hybrid powertrain’s efficiency allows significant reductions in fuel consumption and CO2emissions. Battery charging on a home charging point takes as little as 3 hours at 3.6kW, while the included domestic cable enables charging from a 3-pin plug.  In addition, the hybrid powertrain is designed to use the optimal energy output to recharge the battery whenever the energy created is more than the required power. Then, kinetic energy recovered during deceleration or braking can be transformed into electrical energy to recharge the battery.

When combined with the other hybrid and 100 per cent electric vehicles in the Renault passenger car range, the addition of the Mégane Hatch Plug-In Hybrid means Renault now offers an electrified option to suit everyone. 

Irish Supercharging Update

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Tesla owners can now charge at our new Irish Supercharger location at Mahon Point Shopping Centre in Cork. The site hosts four 250kW Supercharger stalls, which are open 24 hours a day, supporting owners who travel in and around Cork or wish to explore wider area. Cork is Ireland’s fifth Supercharger location with a total of 34 Superchargers now available to Tesla drivers travelling the country.

Cork is the first location in Ireland with latest V3 Superchargers. With V3 Supercharging, a Model 3 Long Range operating at peak efficiency can recover up to 120 km of charge in five minutes and charge at rates of up to 1,600 km per hour. Owners use the Tesla app to monitor, control and get notifications when charging is complete.

Despite most electric vehicle charging taking place at home, the Tesla Supercharger network encourages owners to explore. Supercharger stations are conveniently located near amenities like restaurants and shops. Each station contains multiple Superchargers to get drivers back on the road quickly. There are also over 50 Destination Charging locations around Ireland at hotels, restaurants and shopping centres. Charge for a few hours or overnight for the convenience of home charging while out and about.

The ongoing expansion of the Supercharger network will ensure that Tesla drivers are able to charge their vehicles quickly, seamlessly and reliably. Future plans show Superchargers continuing to expand, allowing owners to travel even further with the freedom of Supercharging. See Tesla’s Supercharger map and Go Anywhere Trip Planner to explore where Supercharging and Destination Charging can take you. For more on Supercharging, visit our Irish website here

Cork Superchargers at a glance

Address: Mahon Point Shopping Centre, Link Road, Mahon, Cork, T12 X7HK

Supercharging opening hours: 24/7

Shopping centre opening hours:

Monday to Wednesday: 9:30am – 7:00pm

Thursday to Friday: 9:30am – 9:00pm

Saturday: 9:30am – 7:00pm

Sunday: 11am – 6:00pm

BAZ RETAINS MERCEDES-BENZ SUPPORT

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Once again, the popular TV presenter will retain the backing of Mercedes-Benz after its commercial vehicle division confirmed their continued support for the forthcoming series, produced by Dublin-based Motive Television and screened on RTÉ ONE.

As with the first season, which aired last Autumn, Mercedes-Benz will continue to supply the production team with two vans for the duration of filming – a Vito 109L and a Sprinter 311.39.

Throughout the show, both units will be put through their paces transporting building materials, site volunteers, trades people, filming equipment and production team personnel.

Describing the series as ‘a hugely worthy undertaking,’ Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicles sales manager, Fergus Conheady said: “DIY SOS is a project we are proud to support and one that will bring great benefit to those who most need it”.