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New Kia Sorento

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The new Kia Sorento is revealed for the first time today. Powerful, progressive and versatile, the fourth generation of Kia’s flagship SUV is designedand engineered to take on everything life throws at it.

Raising standards in the midsize SUV class for space, efficiency and quality, it sits at the heart of Kia’s reinvigorated global SUV line-up, which also includes the Seltos, Stonic, Telluride and Sportage. 

Emilio Herrera, Chief Operating Officer for Kia Motors Europe, comments: “The Sorento’s evolution over the last 18 years echoes that of the Kia brand as a whole. While the car was initially launched in 2002 as a utilitarian all-terrain vehicle, the fourth-generation Sorento has been transformed into something altogether more desirable. It is an important model for Kia, particularly now that it also represents the first use of electrified power in our flagship SUV.”

The Sorento’s redefined exterior design – with sharper lines, high-tech details, and elongated proportions – gives it a more confident and mature presence. Inside, its attractive cabin also introduces premium-quality materials, cutting-edge infotainment technologies, and a stunning new design.

The new Sorento is the first vehicle to be based on Kia’s new-generation midsize SUV platform. Paired with a larger body to maximise cargo and luggage space, the platform ensure the Sorento is one of the most versatile and spacious three-row SUVs on the road.

Furthermore, the Sorento’s innovative interior packaging means it can offer all this while accommodating Kia’s new ‘Smartstream’ electrified powertrains – the first time that hybrid power has featured in the Sorento line-up. As a result, the new model offers greater fuel efficiency, lower emissions, and higher performance than its predecessors. 

This will be Kia’s most high-tech car ever, thanks to its progressive connectivity, driver assistance and infotainment technologies. Its user-friendly twin digital displays deliver advanced graphics, new telematics features and smartphone connectivity.

A mainstay of Kia’s global line-up, more than three million Sorento models have been sold worldwide since it was launched in 2002. In that time, Europe has accounted for around 300,000 of these.

Five in a row for the mighty Deano!

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Dean Rock has been a member of the Dublin senior team since 2013 and is one of the names that will roll off your tongue as you discuss the mighty Dublin team that made history last September by winning five All Ireland titles in a row under the watchful eye of Jim Gavin.

Fast forward a few months and a new footballing season has commenced and a new manager has been appointed to the Dublin team in the shape of Dessie Farrell.

Mr Rock has represented Dublin at all grades and he is a noted free taker. GAA pundit and former Meath footballer Colm O’Rourke has described Rock as “statistically the best free taker that has been to Croke Park.”

Here, Dean talks to us about his career, his ambassador role with Toyota Longmile and what the future holds.

“I became an ambassador for Toyota Longmile in 2016 and I’ve built up a great relationship with Paddy Ryan and Alex Burns there over the last few years. I’ve been driving different cars for Toyota

and I’m currently driving the Toyota Carrolla hybrid. It is great to be a part of the Toyota Longmile crew,” said Dean Rock.

“The hybrid is a very smooth car to drive and you would hardly hear a sound of it so that would definitely be a stand out feature for me. My reversing wouldn’t be the best so having the camera (in the car) helps me!

“The first car I ever drove was a Toyota Yaris and my Grand Uncle bought it for me as he couldn’t drive and he used to cycle his bicycle everywhere so he bought me a car and I was able to drive him to and fro to the shops and of course I was delighted about it. It didn’t bother me what car it was, I was just delighted to be driving.

“I was never too in to cars although I was in New York a few months ago with Ciaran Kilkenny and I was driving around in a Rolls Royce so that was pretty cool and it was an incredible experience. If I could have one car in all the world it would be a Rolls Royce, sure we can all dream about owning a car like that,” enthused Mr Rock.

Moving on to the Dubs, how does it feel having five All Ireland medals under his belt?
“It is a surreal experience and the great thing about the winter months is that you have time to reflect on the year gone by and winning five in a row was a huge, iconic moment in Irish sport. It is pretty cool to have achieved that, they were an incredible two games against Kerry (the All Ireland and the All Ireland replay), it was a great championship and we had a nice end to it,” imparted a smiling Dean.

“Of course there is a natural enthusiasm and buzz from our supporters for the game and we’re hearing about ‘in the mix for six,’ but that is natural progression! The supporters are having a great time at the moment but it wasn’t always that good for Dublin and you never know when this winning streak is going to end or stop. We’ve got a special group of players within the team.

“Growing up I was always interested in the GAA and I was kicking a ball from the age of three or four and then through my teenage years I was playing a lot more rugby than GAA but I was always going to end up playing GAA because I would never have been a stand out player (as a rugby player!). Thankfully my GAA career has gone pretty well to date so I’m looking forward to seeing what the 2020 championship has to bring. Playing for a Dublin is a dream come true. Obviously when you are a little boy you dream of playing for Dublin when you are playing football in your garden. When I was growing up, Dublin teams never won and I never had the Sam Maguire trophy in my school as we were going through a barren spell but I still have aspirations and dreams of playing for Dublin. I’m sure there are a lot of the lads (on the team) that are encouraging young kids to take up playing the sport and we have a responsibility to play the game properly and act professionally,” revealed Mr Rock.

In terms of his career to date, has Dean got any stand out moments?
“I first got on the Dublin panel when I was 18 and then I was on the periphery for two years and then I ended up getting a really bad injury which lead to me being away from the team until 2013 when Jim Gavin came in as manager. Jim brought me on in a league final match against Tyrone with 20 minutes to go and we were two points down and I remember scoring two points and that would probably be one of my best moments as it was the first time I put myself on that stage and it was nice to come in that match and make an impact and since then I’ve started nearly every match.

“I would have worked alongside Jim so 2009 and I would know him very well and I would know what he is about. Jim is meticulous in his detail and he leaves no stone unturned. He’s was a very much loved man in our set up,” added Dean.

When it comes to Dean’s day job, he is a Fundraising and Communications Manager in Stewarts Care in Palmerstown.
“I was studying a sports science undergraduate programme in DCU in 2013 and one of the modules was to go out to Stewarts Care and coach Special Olympic athletes and I loved doing that so when it came around to doing a six month work placement and I got a job there and when I was finished doing my undergraduate programme, the CEO of Stewarts approached me to see if I would be interested in coming on board and replacing someone who was on maternity leave and then I moved in to the area I’m in now.

“I’m passionate about Stewarts Care and I’m willing to use my profile to raise awareness about the organisation and to help them raise funds that they don’t receive from the HSE (they are Government funded by the HSE) but there are so many projects that need fundraising support and that is where my role comes in to it,” he revealed.

“Stewarts Care is a charity that not too many people know about, the organisation is the fifth biggest disability service in the country and there are 1,000 staff and 1,000 people with intellectual disabilities that receive care and support from Stewarts.”

As to what the future holds?
“I’ve another few years left to go before I retire! James McCarthy and I are both turning 30 in February (we’re best friends) so I know we will be playing club and county football for another while yet. When we have a club break in April, I will probably have a little celebration but turning 30 is something to look forward to more so than something to be dreading.

“Personally, I’m just taking one year at a time and seeing how it goes. From a work perspective, I just want to see Stewarts continue to grow as an organisation and to leave my bit of a legacy there for as long as I can.

“If 2020 is as successful as 2019 then I will be happy so fingers crossed for that,” concluded Dean Rock.

New Renault ZOE arrives in Ireland

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The 100% electric New Renault ZOE Z.E. 50 has arrived in Irish dealerships with an extended range of 395km, greater performance, a completely redesigned interior, a fresh new exterior look and the most flexible charging on the market, priced from €26,990 including SEAI grant.

Renault Brand Ambassador and broadcaster Doireann Garrihy was on hand to announce the arrival of New ZOE on Irish shores.

Priced from €26,990 with three generous trim levels, the third generation New ZOE is the most affordable electric car in Ireland with 395km rangesaving customers €9,000 versus other long-range electric cars. ZOE has been the best-selling electric car in Europe since its launch.

Customers can now take exclusive test drives at Renault’s network of 27 dealerships around Ireland, giving customers the chance to get into New ZOE and experience it for themselves.

There are three trim levels available with New ZOE – starting with entry-level Play, Iconic and GT Line.

New ZOE comes with a more powerful 52kWh battery, a new R135 (135 hp) motor alongside the current R110 (108 hp) motor, a completely redesigned interior with premium materials and customisable 10-inch TFT instrument cluster as standard, Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™, new front-end treatment with revised bumpers, more sculpted bonnet, chrome grille inserts and ‘holographic’-effect Renault diamond logo, and full LED headlamps as standard across the range.

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

Renault are rewarding customers for choosing a cleaner, lower emissions car with Renault Carbon Rewards on New Renault ZOE. Customers are guaranteed savings of €3,500 on New ZOE with €1,000 Carbon Cashback and 2.01% APR (saving customers €2,500 on interest payments compared to high street banks). This offer is available until 31st March 2020.

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Citroën C5 Aircross

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By targeting a busy segment of the market with an unconventional but clever design pitched at a mainstream price Citroën could be on to a winner with the C5 Aircross

Perhaps because it’s come so late to the SUV party, Citroen reckons the C5 Aircross answers buyer concerns about the relative lack of comfort and practicality in the latest fashion-led soft-roaders.

It’s based on the same front-drive platform as the Peugeot 3008, but it’s 55mm longer in the wheelbase and stretched by the same amount overall. The idea is that the C5 Aircross is more spacious on the inside than your average medium SUV, more comfortable with Citroen’s new-generation Advanced Comfort Seats (15mm surface foam, mattress-like filling and more memory foam underneath) and especially more practical. According to Citroën Ireland their new C-Segment SUV, sets a new bar for comfort in its segment thanks to its Progressive Hydraulic Cushion suspension which are a standard feature across the entire range. After spending a week with the Aircross I can attest it was a comfortable and smooth drive.

Measuring 4.5m long, 1.7m high and 2.1m wide, the broad and imposing front end is paired with a two-tier light signature and an assertively designed grille. The upper light units, which comprise of the daytime running lights and indicators, extend out from the iconic chevrons on the front and stretch across the entire width of the vehicle for a modern and expressive look. The body features wheel arches extensions and lower body panels with a classic SUV look, Airbump® panels are also available with personalised coloured inserts along with front, side and roof bars for extra modernity and personality. 

All models come equipped with three individual sliding, folding and reclining rear seats for extra practicality and include boast best-in-class boot space of 580-litres to 720-litres. ConnectedCAM, a factory fitted dashboard camera from Citroën is also standard across the range. These features ensure optimal levels of comfort, practicality and safety across the entire range. The New C5 Aircross is available in four trim levels Start, Touch, Feel & Flair with prices starting from €26,495. 

The entry ‘Start’ trim level includes features such as an 8” touchscreen display, cruise control, active safety brake and air conditioning. The ‘Touch’ edition adds items such as 17” alloys, rear parking sensors, folding mirrors, android auto & apple car play while the ‘Feel’ model benefits from 18” alloys, front parking sensor, privacy glass, wireless phone charging and active blind spot detection. The ‘Flair’ is the top specification level and includes additional items such as 19” alloys, Citroën connect navigation, keyless entry and keyless start, a Panoramic Sunroof with interior LED ambient lighting and various driver assistance systems such as park assist, active lane departure warning and adaptive cruise control. Highway driver assist is also standard on Flair models coupled with the EAT8 automatic transmission, this feature combines adaptive cruise control, active lane departure warning and a stop & go feature to manage driving semi-autonomously in specific driving conditions.

The C5 Aircross comes with a selection of two petrol and two diesel engines. The popular PureTech petrol offer, comprises of a 1.2litre 130hp engine paired with a 6-speed manual transmission and a 1.6litre 180hp unit which comes with the choice of a 6-speed manual or 8-speed automatic transmission. The Blue HDI diesel offers a 1.5litre 130hp engine with the choice of a 6-speed manual or 8-speed automatic transmission and a 2.0litre 180hp unit which comes as standard with an 8-speed automatic transmission.

Citroens are renowned for their ride comfort, a trait the company’s bosses are keen to focus their attention on with forthcoming models. The C5 Aircross is the first model designed with the Citroen Advanced Comfort philosophy in mind from the outset, although the revised C4 Cactus hatchback also has some of these developments retrospectively installed. 

Chief among the hardware changes is the aforementioned suspension set-up with what Citroen calls Progressive Hydraulic Cushions. It doesn’t completely replicate the famed ‘magic carpet ride’ of hydropneumatic Citroens of old, but it does iron out the majority of surface imperfections without making the C5 Aircross list like a ship whenever you encounter a corner.

The roads in my area can be bad in places, with plenty of big potholes once you venture away from the main town centre locations and nearby motorways. A tough test then for the C5 Aircross. I found the C5 Aircross chassis cruised at ease on the open road, combining the right degree of classic Citroen “waft” with good body control and handled the rougher road conditions very well. And don’t mistake comfort-oriented dynamics for a sluggish feel: the C5 Aircross is literally light on its feet, with a kerb weight of just 1430kg. 

Following the launch, Pat Ryan, MD of Citroën Ireland commented “This is an extremely exciting car for the Citroën brand here in Ireland, not only due to the strength of the product but also due to the strength of the segment it is competing in. The C-SUV segment is the largest Passenger car segment in Ireland and represents over 20% of the total market. The introduction of the New C5 Aircross means consumers no longer need to sacrifice practicality for style. The C5 Aircross offers the latest driver assistance systems, class-leading comfort, space and practicality in addition to market leading fuel economy. As you would expect from Citroën, the new C5 Aircross is also colourful, stylish and offers eye catching personalisation which is a unique proposition in this crowded segment. With the combination of practicality and style on offer we are looking forward to compete with the likes of the Ford Kuga, Nissan Qashqai, Kia Sportage and Hyundai Tucson.”

The New C5 Aircross will be the first Citroën available with plug-in hybrid (PHEV) technology which will arrive in Ireland this year offering low CO2 emissions and a range of 50 km in fully electric mode.

Conclusion

Overall the Citroen’s deliberately non-sporty demeanour and strong visual character are hugely refreshing. The interior ambience is pretty chill as well – lounge-like in its styling and high in equipment. The controls are pleasingly simple but there’s hi-tech on board, including a neat virtual instrument panel.

Technical Specification

Model Citroën C5 Aircross

Engine Size 1.2-litre PureTech 130

Power 130hp

Transmission 6 Speed Manual, front wheel drive

Torque 230Nm

Acceleration (0-100km/h) 10.5 seconds

Top Speed 185 km/h 

Consumption 6.8/100km 

CO2 Emissions 153g/km

Road Tax €200 per year

Base Price €26,495

Our Test Model €33,695

ŠKODA adds further SUPERB momentum with new PHEV

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  • First ŠKODA with plug-in-hybrid drive has an electric range of up to 62 km
  • Combination of an electric motor and a petrol engine provides a total range of up to 930 km
  • Maximum power output of 218 bhp – 0-60 km/h in 5.0 seconds
  • SUPERB iV prices start from €40,350
  • Commuters in Naas commuting to Dublin have the potential to commute, powered entirely by electricity
  • Plug-in hybrids offer significant advantages over so-called “self-charging hybrids.” 

ŠKODA raised the curtain from their new SUPERB flagship back in early October 2019 and are now adding further momentum with the arrival of their first plug-in hybrid called the SUPERB iV.

At a glance the iV may seem indistinguishable from any other new SUPERB; however, the SUPERB iV conceals an electric motor with a power output of 85 kW (115 bhp), capable of travelling up to 62 km on pure electric power as confirmed in the WLTP test cycle.

In E-mode, the SUPERB iV becomes a zero-emission vehicle – perfect for short daily commutes. The SUPERB iV’s also possesses a 1.4 TSI petrol engine, delivering 115 kW (156 bhp). Combined, the new hybrid drive system boasts up to 930 km of range without refuelling.

Apart from some subtle exterior changes, the main differences to the SUPERB iV are technological. The SUPERB iV, like all hybrid arrangements, has two power sources. When both power units are working simultaneously, the SUPERB iV has a combined power output of 160 kW (218 bhp).

The electric motor acts as an additional boost, providing dynamic driving performance and a 0 to 100 km/h acceleration time of just 7.7 seconds. Driving Mode Select is another innovation fitted to the SUPERB iV as standard and permits the driver to alter the vehicles driving characteristics and comfort settings by varying the steering, transmission and Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC).

In addition to Sport mode, drivers can also select E-mode and Hybrid mode. In E-mode, the SUPERB iV is powered entirely by the electric motor. It can travel almost silently and accelerate from 0 to 60 km/h in 5.0 seconds. For safety, an E-noise sound generator creates a unique sound to alert pedestrians and cyclists. In Hybrid mode, both power units work together, and their interplay is automatically controlled electronically. This delivers combined consumption of 1.5 l of petrol per 100 km and 14.0 to 14.5 kWh per 100 km, which corresponds to CO2 emissions of 33 to 35 g/km. Annual road tax is €170.

A lithium-ion battery is built into the chassis floor in front of the rear axle of the SUPERB iV. It stores the power required for electric drive and also powers the Climatronic air-conditioning system and heating, that can be programmed remotely using the ŠKODA Connect mobile app.

The SUPERB iV can be charged in four different ways. It can be fully charged in about three and a half hours using the Mode 3 charging cable and a wall box with a charging output of 3.6 kW. Using the Mode 2 cable together with a standard household three pin plug socket, it is possible to charge the battery in approximately five hours. While in motion, the SUPERB iV can charge its battery or maintain the battery level using regenerative braking and also power from the petrol engine.

The SUPERB iV is offered in Liftback (saloon) and Combi (estate) across four specification levels Ambition, Style, SportLine and L&K. Compared to the standard SUPERB, the iV is supplied with Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC), as well as the most modern MIB infotainment systems coupled to digital dashboard displays. Prices start from €41,850 (excluding delivery charges and inclusive of government grants).

The popularity of hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles is evident with sales doubling in Ireland in the past two years to 11,540 vehicles in 2019.

Commenting, John Donegan, Brand Director, ŠKODA Ireland “ŠKODA’s electric journey starts today with the SUPERB iV. The SUPERB iV offers the best of both worlds. The ability to plug-in and charge at home or work, means commuters in Naas, Drogheda, Navan or Greystones travelling to Dublin daily have the potential to commute, powered entirely by electricity. Plug-in hybrid vehicles offer significant advantages over so-called “self-charging hybrids” including significantly lower CO2 emissions and superior fuel economy.”

ŠKODA Ireland has advised customers to place their orders early to avoid disappointment, as availability will be limited to 250 units in 2020.

Pricing: ŠKODA Superb iV* Includes €5,000 SEAI Grant and €2,500 VRT Relief

  Ambition Style Sportline L&K
Liftback €40,350 €43,850 €45,850 €48,350
Combi €41, 850 €45,350 €47,350 €49,850

In conversation with Jamie Heaslip

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Rugby legend talks to Motors Ireland

Jamie Heaslip is a former Rugby union who played for Leinster and Ireland. He played as number Eight. Mr Heaslip earned 95 caps for Ireland during his international career from 2006 to 217 making him one of the most capped players in Irish national team history. He also captained the Irish rugby team.

Forced to retire due to injury, the Naas native very graciously took time to speak to this publication about life after Rugby, his ambassador role with Land Rover and what the future holds.

“Land Rover were so heavily involved with the rugby throughout the years that it was a natural progression that Melanie McCourt and I got talking some time ago and I agreed to become a brand ambassador for them. We have a great relationship and I’ve really enjoyed working with them over the last few years. I’ve gone to the Ploughing Championships with them and I’ve done cookery demonstrations and road trips with them and it has all been very enjoyable,” said Jamie Heaslip.

“I’m currently driving the new Land Rover Discovery but you name it and I’ve driven it!”


As to the first car Jamie ever owned?
“I’ve only ever owned one car. I bought a Golf GTI in 2008 and I sold it in 2009 and I’ve been an ambassador for another brand prior to Land Rover. I did drive my parents cars as well. When I left my Leaving Certificate my Dad was based in Belgium (working in Ireland’s special operations force) and my Mum went out to him and I was driving a Nissan Primera and I remember driving that up and down to Dublin for training during the summers because for the remainder of the year I travelled around Dublin on the bus or I cycled because it was handier to travel that way with training and college,” enthused Mr Heaslip.

If Mr Heaslip could own any car in the world, what car would he pick?
“I would love to own a long wheeled base Range Rover Vogue. Range Rover spoilt me on my wedding day and they allowed me to use it (the Vogue) for the weekend of our wedding and it was an amazing vehicle to go around in. I’d love the SVX 90 soft top defender or a 110 soft top defender (with an open cab at the back). The SVX are very hard to get your hands on because they are limited edition but I have to say that the Land Rover Discovery is a great bus,” added Jamie who is a keen car enthusiast.

Having released his autobiography All In late last year, the book has received great reviews. 

“I was reluctant to write the book because I didn’t have a sad story to tell but yet I obviously worked bloody hard to get to where I got and nothing came easy. 

I’m from a middle class background, my parents were really nice to me and I never wanted for anything but I wasn’t given a whole lot at the same time so life was pretty good and normal for me so that is why I thought I needed to have a hook but when I began talking to people it became clear as to what I had achieved, the success I had, the longevity of my career and so forth,” revealed Mr Heaslip.

“I’ve done interviews with Matt Cooper before and he’s a nice guy as well as knowing a lot of stuff about rugby so it made sense to write the book with Matt and it was a great experience because I very rarely look back on a whole lot and it was nice to look back and go down memory lane and close the page on my career. Matt worked hard to gather a lot of information for me as well,” imparted Jamie.

Having had a phenomenal career, it all came to an abrupt end as he was warming up in the Aviva Stadium on 18th March 2017 for the final match in the Six Nations tournament where Ireland where due to meet Ireland. 45 minutes before the match was due to commence, Heaslip was doing the usual drills and it was when he did the piston drill (with guys holding tackle bags) a drill that is an important one as well as it being done at speed and with force, something he has done hundreds of times previously that when he hit the tackle bag with force he felt something go in his back and immediately his left leg went dead. The Doctor and physiotherapist performed a quick fitness test before he was told that he couldn’t play the match that day. It was the day his career ended. A day Jamie didn’t expect to come as soon, prior to the end of the Six Nations tournament he had also just signed a new contract with the IRFU which would have brought him up until after the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

“Rugby is a precarious sport, it is a contact sport and it is something that you buy in to. You try and put parameters around it, you try and get insurance and you hope that they work out but at the end of the day it is a contact sport and these things happen. I wasn’t sad that my career had come to an end if I’m being honest. I had a good run, I was a part of amazing teams and I met some amazing people and I’ve made some incredible friends. Rugby changed my life for the better and it provided me with a set up for my family that I wouldn’t have had without it and I will be eternally grateful for that,” said Jamie.

“Life after Rugby is very busy! I have a day job, I work as the Head of Brand Marketing for Flender- Fast Flexible Finance (he previously worked as an Irish Large Customer Services Senior Account Manager for Google in Ireland). I am enjoying doing some rugby commentary as well.  I’ve an amazing wife and a wonderful daughter, Harper so it is lovely to be able to kick back and relax with them and not have to worry about training or preparing for matches. Life is a little bit more relaxed in that regard.

As to the future?
“I’d love to bring out a podcast but other than that I don’t know what is coming down the tracks! I’ve gone from being the expert in my chosen career for 20 years and now I’ve had to reinvent myself which is challenging and difficult but it is an exciting time at the same time,” concluded Jamie Heaslip.

Dynamic, agile and electric: Audi presents e-tron S-models

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 • Drive concept with three electric motors is a worldwide first in the future of mass production

Next generation of quattro technology with electric torque vectoring

370 kW of power and 973 Nm of torque for high level of dynamic handling and agility

Audi is systematically moving forward with its e-offensive: The Audi e-tron and the Audi e-tron Sportback are becoming more agile, sharper and more dynamic as S models. The three electric motors, two of which are located on the rear axle, together provide 370 kW of boost power and 973 Nm of torque. This allows the two purely electrically driven models to accelerate to 100 km/h in 4.5 seconds. The intelligent drive control raises vehicle safety, and dynamic handling in particular, to a new level. In addition to the electric all-wheel drive, there is the electric torque vectoring with active and fully variable torque distribution on the rear axle.

Dynamism 2.0: the driving experience

The driving experience of the two prototypes for the Audi e-tron S-models cannot fail to impress with its level of dynamism, agility and traction increased once more. In the S gear, both cars go from a standstill to 100 km/h in 4.5 seconds – almost seamlessly and nearly no noise – propulsion does not end until 210 km/h, limited electronically. Thanks to a powerful cooling system, the drive gives the full boost power of 370 kW and 973 Nm of torque in reproducible form for eight seconds in each case. The nominal values in the D gear without boost are 320 kW and 808 Nm.

In terms of handling, the electric S models provide outstanding agility and traction: They can accelerate from a curve as dynamically as a sports car, their drive character is much more focused on the rear wheels and much sportier in nature. If the ESC stabilisation control is set to “Sport” and the Audi drive select dynamic handling system is set to maximum performance with “Dynamic” mode, the drive layout facilitates a high level of transverse dynamics and, on request, controlled drifts as well. The driving behavior is predictable at all times, and is characterised by an ultra-high level of safety and reliability.

The drive layout: three electric motors in the future mass production

The new Audi e-tron S models will be the first electric cars worldwide with three motors in mass production. Their drive layout is based on the concept with two different asynchronous motors (ASM); the e-tron product line was designed in modular form in line with this from the start.

The larger electric motor, which powers the rear axle in the Audi e-tron 55 models (current consumption combined in kWh/100 km*: 26.4–21.9 (WLTP); 23.1–20.6 (NEDC), combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 0), has now been installed on the front axle in an adapted design and configured for 124 kW of power, or 150 kW in the boost. The smaller electric motor now works in a modified form in the rear, together with a counterpart that is identical in design; together, they offer 196 kW of power, or 264 kW in the boost.

Innovation from the quattro pioneer: twin motor with electrical torque vectoring

The drive has been programmed for efficiency in everyday life; in normal driving mode, only the rear electric motors work. The front drive is unpowered but switches itself on – with the driver barely noticing – if the driver needs more power. It also switches on predictively if the grip declines. It does so when friction values are low and during rapid cornering. The electric all-wheel drive is complemented by a further technical innovation in the form of electrical torque vectoring, which brings the advantages of the conventional sport differential into the electric era. Each one of the rear electric motors sends the drive forces directly to the wheel via a transmission; there is no longer a mechanical differential. 40 years following the launch of quattro technology, Audi is thus raising the principle of the four powered wheels to a completely new level of technology. The result is more agile driving and self-steering characteristics, and thus a higher cornering speed.

One further advantage is the traction. If, during acceleration, a rear wheel comes into contact with a road surface with a low friction value, i.e. if the road surface is covered in black ice or has a loose subsurface, the moment can be distributed precisely and quickly between the two motors. The full moment is gradually distributed to the wheel with powerful traction, while the wheel with low traction continues moving with almost no moment.

Up to 150 kW: peak power, even during charging

When the driver is on the road, the electric S models can be charged with up to 150 kW of direct current power (HPC), such as in the Ionity network. This means that charging from 5 to 80% only takes around half an hour. An important factor for this is the elaborate thermal management system with a standard heat pump, which cools and heats the battery, the interior and the electric motors with four circuits. In addition, the Audi models will also be able to charge with up to 11 kW of alternating current (AC).

Ferrari Roma

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The Ferrari Roma exemplifies the concept of the Nuova Dolce Vita

The latest coupé from Maranello features harmonious proportions and elegantly balanced volumes which are very much in line with Ferrari’s front-engined grand touring tradition. Timeless and sublimely refined, from a technical point of view the Ferrari Roma introduces a series of unparalleled features that put it at the top of its segment in terms of performance and driving enjoyment.

These include most notably a new powertrain with 8-speed gearbox, the introduction of the five-position manettino for the first time on a Ferrari grand tourer, and a best-in-class power/weight ratio. All of which make the Ferrari Roma the most powerful and fun to drive mid-front-engined V8 2+ in Ferrari history. Not forgetting either the fact that the concept is underpinned by everyday driveability and superb on-board comfort.

The Ferrari Roma’s 620 cv engine belongs to the V8 turbo family voted International Engine of the Year for four years in a row. The main innovations on this version of the Ferrari V8 are new cam profiles, a speed sensor which measures the turbine revolutions and allows the maximum revs per minute to be increased by 5,000 rpm, and the introduction of the Gasoline Particulate Filter to comply with the strictest Euro 6D anti-pollution standards. Ferrari engineers worked hard to optimize the GPF, a closed matrix filter which traps particulate matter produced during thermal engine combustion, thus guaranteeing that it would not compromise driving pleasure.

The car’s new 8-speed dual-clutch gearbox is more compact and 6 kg lighter than its 7-speed predecessor. As well as reducing fuel consumption and emissions, shifts are faster and smoother thanks to the use of low-viscosity oil and a dry sump configuration to minimise fluid-dynamic efficiency losses, which makes the car even more responsive on the open road, but also especially comfortable in town and during stop & start driving situations.

The gearbox is based on a dual-clutch oil bath architecture and is derived from the new 8-speed gearbox introduced on the SF90 Stradale. The main modifications made with respect to the latter are longer gear ratios and the introduction of a reverse gear (which is not used in the SF90 Stradale gearbox as the electric motor is used for this). The new clutch module is 20% smaller but delivers 35% more torque than that of the previous 7-speed. The transmission software strategy has been evolved thanks to a more powerful ECU and better integration with the engine management software. This has made the shifts quicker, smoother and more consistent.

Like all other turbocharged Ferraris in the range, the Ferrari Roma delivers almost instantaneous throttle response (in line with the Company’s zero turbo lag concept) thanks to its flat-plane crankshaft, more compact in size with lower rotating masses to improve fluid-dynamics; compact turbines which have a lower moment of inertia; the twin-scroll technology that increases the pressure of the exhaust pulses for maximum power; and the single-piece cast exhaust manifold with equal length pipes to optimise pressure waves in the turbine and reduce losses.

The Ferrari Roma boasts Variable Boost Management, a control software developed by Ferrari that adjusts torque delivery to suit the gear selected, delivering increasingly powerful pick-up as revs rise, whilst optimising fuel consumption. As the car goes up through the gears the amount of torque delivered by the engine increases all the way up to 760 Nm in 7th and 8th gear. This has allowed Ferrari to use longer gear ratios in the higher gears, which helps keep fuel consumption and emissions down, while adopting a steeper torque curve through the rev range in the lower gears for a feeling of smooth, consistent pick-up.

By tradition, every single Ferrari engine has its own particular soundtrack that makes it unique. The Ferrari Roma is no exception to that rule. To achieve this goal the geometry of the entire exhaust has been redesigned thanks to the elimination of the two rear silencers, which significantly reduces backpressure in the tailpipes; a new geometry for the by-pass valves, machined to an oval shape which reduces exhaust backpressure and improves sound quality; and the proportional continuous and progressive by-pass valve control, depending on the driving situation.

AERODYNAMICS

To guarantee best-in-class aerodynamic performance whilst still retaining the Ferrari Roma’s stylistic purity, Maranello engineers developed several leading-edge technologies, most notably a mobile rear spoiler integrated into the rear screen designed to retain the car’s formal elegance when retracted and guarantee the downforce essential for the car’s extraordinary performance by automatically deploying at high speeds.

The integration of highly technical features, aimed at obtaining sports car-type downforce, with the car’s design concept was made possible by the fact that the Ferrari Aerodynamics department and Styling Centre work hand-in-glove on a daily basis. The Ferrari Roma generates 95 kg more downforce at 250 km/h than the Ferrari’s other 2+ model, the Portofino, thanks to vortex generators on the front underbody and active aerodynamics at the rear. The former were given the task of very efficiently generating downforce on the front axle with a negligible increase in drag, while the electrically activated mobile spoiler produces downforce at the rear to optimally balance the car.

Thanks to a special mechanism, the rear spoiler can deploy into three different positions: Low Drag, Medium Downforce, and High Downforce. In LD mode, the mobile element is flush with the rear screen, allowing air to flow over it and making it invisible to the flow. When deployed to its maximum height (HD), the mobile element creates a 135 degree angle with the surface of the rear screen, thus generating around 95 kg of downforce at 250 km/h yet increasing drag by a mere 4%. In medium downforce mode (MD), the mobile element generates around 30% of maximum downforce with an increase in drag of under 1%.

The mechanism is activated by an electric motor in relation to speed and longitudinal and lateral acceleration. In low speed situations, when downforce has only a modest impact on the car’s performance, the spoiler automatically goes into LD position. This configuration is maintained until the car hits a speed of 100 km/h.

Over 300 km/h, the spoiler is always in MD mode because in such conditions it is preferable to have a more balanced car, in part because of the minimal impact on drag. In speed ranges in which downforce plays a pivotal role in performance, the spoiler is in MD position and its movement depends on the car’s longitudinal and lateral acceleration. The position of the mobile spoiler is not selected manually. Its activation threshold value is variable and linked to the manettino position. This choice was made because of the desire to harmonise the integration of downforce generation with the vehicle dynamics controls.

In high performance handling or braking situations the mobile element moves to HD configuration, generating maximum downforce and making the car aerodynamically balanced.

DESIGN

EXTERIOR

The Ferrari Roma’s design took inspiration from the concept of sporty elegance celebrated in the most legendary grand touring Ferraris of the 1960s, front-engined cars with simple yet elegant forms and a 2+ fastback coupé design. The Ferrari Roma shares many of these characteristics and embodies an extremely modern design language; it’s pure, refined styling and perfect proportions cleverly conceal the car’s power and sportiness.

The sober, spare front of the car creates an overhanging shark nose effect. The wide front bonnet and sinuous wings flow into one another, in line with Ferrari’s traditional styling cues. The designers sought to preserve the minimalist elegance of the car’s forms by removing any vents or superfluous decorations; for instance, engine cooling is guaranteed by surfaces locally perforated only where strictly necessary, creating a new interpretation of the grille concept. In addition, the car was designed without the Scuderia Ferrari side shields, reflecting the approach taken with the road cars of the 1950s. The two linear full LED headlights, which lend the front of the car a distinctive character, are traversed by a horizontal light strip that brings a sense of tension to the car, in a nod to the iconic Ferrari Monza SPs.

The leitmotif of the entire Ferrari Roma design is its purity, as evidenced by the active rear spoiler integrated into the rear screen. The tail of the car is very modern; technological developments made it possible to reduce the dimensions of the taillight assemblies, resulting in a minimalist form. The twin taillights look like gems set into the volume while linear light strips create a dialogue with the nolder, generating a sort of continuous virtual line. A compact diffuser that incorporates the fences and the exhausts completes the rear of the car.

INTERIOR

A new architectural concept for volumes and forms was developed for the Ferrari Roma’s cabin. The idea was to create two separate spaces or cells, one each for driver and passenger, in an evolution of the Dual Cockpit concept introduced on other cars in the range. The strikingly innovative look of this dual cockpit was achieved by extending the philosophy applied to the dash to the entire cabin. A cleverly balanced combination of elegance and sportiness brings a sense of exceptional refinement and unique character to the interior, thanks to a spare, modern design language that underscores the formal purity of both lines and volumes. Thus, the cabin is defined by elements that develop organically and as one around the whole concept of space and its perception.

Unlike the Prancing Horse’s sports cars, which are typically more driver-oriented, the Ferrari Roma’s cabin has an almost symmetrical structure which produces a more organic distribution of both spaces and functional elements. In fact, the passenger will feel very involved in the driving experience, almost like a co-pilot. In line with this integrated architecture approach, forms have been crafted to create a sculptural volume in which there is a sense of textural continuity between all the various cabin elements. Created by paring back the volumes and underscored by piping along their edges, the two cockpits are cocooned in a wraparound volume and extend from the dashboard all the way back to the rear seats, organically incorporating the dash, doors, rear bench and tunnel.

The Ferrari Roma’s F1 controls have been set into the central console in a modern metal plate which references an equally iconic feature from the past: the classic gear lever gate. This element is angled to make it easier for the driver to reach and see.

The second a driver or passenger sits in the Ferrari Roma they are instantly aware of a feeling of modern yet iconic luxury, combined with the use of the most exclusive materials, not least full-grain Frau® leather, Alcantara®, chromed aluminium and carbon-fibre. The result is a distinctive car with a design that means the Ferrari Roma effortlessly meets the tastes of the most sophisticated clients. All of this makes the Ferrari Roma perfect for those looking for a car with an iconic and timeless design, capable of delivering unique driving experiences. The Prancing Horse’s new V8 2+ coupé embodies, beyond any doubt, the concept of “La Nuova Dolce Vita”.

The look and feel of the cabin was driven by the complete redesign of the HMI, which marks a major leap forward starting from the new Ferrari range steering wheel designed using the “Eyes on the road, hands on the wheel” philosophy. The digital instrument cluster is protected by an elegant binnacle, which extends out naturally from the dash. The instrumentation is now entirely digital with all the screens going completely black when the car is not running, lending the cabin a very minimalist look. But once the Engine Start button on the steering wheel is pushed, a “ceremony” of sorts begins that sees all the digital components gradually springing to life until the whole cockpit is aglow.

The instrument cluster comprises a single 16” HD screen that is curved to make it easier to read. In the default screen, the navigation and audio screens surround the large circular rev counter. The screen’s dimensions mean that there is huge flexibility in terms of personalising the displays, which are very easy to navigate using the steering wheel controls. For example, it is possible to select a full screen version of the navigation map for ease of use.

The new steering wheel introduces a series of multi-touch controls that allow the driver to control any aspect of the car without ever taking their hands off the wheel. Traditional controls include the 5-position manettino, headlights, windscreen wipers and indicators. The new haptic controls include a very practical touchpad on the right-hand spoke of the steering wheel which allows the driver to navigate the central cluster screens, while voice and Adaptive Cruise Control are on the left.

The extremely intuitive and easy-to-use new 8.4” HD central display, set between the two cockpits, incorporates the other infotainment, sat-nav and climate control functions. The passenger’s experience reaches a new level with the optional 8.8” colour Full HD touchscreen which not only displays the car’s performance figures and status, but can also be used to interact with its on-board system selecting music, viewing satnav information and managing air conditioning functions. So essentially, the passenger becomes a co-driver.

Seeing Double as Renault and The Care Trust get Lucky Winners on the Road with the All-New Renault Clio

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Joseph Burke (JJ Burkes), Pat Qualter from Corrandulla, Galway, winner of All - New Renault Clio, Eddie Banville (Director of Marketing, The CareTrust), Eamonn Bourke from Ballina, Co. Mayo winner of All - New Renault Clio, Conor Dixon (Renault Ireland). Pic: Michael McLaughlin

The Care Trust (TCT), with the support of Renault Ireland, recently handed over two All-New Renault Clios to Pat Qualter of Corrandulla, Co. Galway and Mayo man Eamonn Bourke of Ballina, at JJ Burke Renault in Ballinrobe, Co. Mayo.

Earlier this year, Renault Ireland announced a new partnership with Irish charity The Care Trust to supply 36 All-New Renault Clios for its series of fundraising lottery draws in 2020. The Care Trust runs three draws every month, and an All-New Renault Clio must be won in every draw. The cars were handed over to the lucky winners following the January lottery draw.

The Care Trust is a non-profit organisation and a registered charity, raising much needed funds for the CRC, Rehab, and the Mater University Hospital since 1974. In 2019, The Care Trust provided €2.15 million to CRC, Rehab and the Mater Hospital from its fundraising efforts. These funds help to ensure that thousands of children and adults with physical, medical or intellectual disabilities, those who are socially disadvantaged and those requiring medical care have the opportunity to achieve their full potential.

In the 30 years since the iconic supermini first went on sale, Clio has become Renault’s best-selling model worldwide, with 15 million Clios finding homes. The fifth generation of Clio arrived with a totally refreshed exterior styling combined with revolutionary interior design, and sets new standards for quality, technology and practicality. It’s also one of the safest cars in its class, as highlighted by its five-star EuroNCAP rating and the best-selling car in its class in Ireland in January 2020.

Maria Donnelly of Terenure in Dublin was the third winner of an All-New Renault Clio in The Care Trust January draw.

www.renault.ie / www.thecaretrust.ie

INVER XTRA

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Inver service station retailer Inver has launched Inver Xtra, a range of new and improved petrol and diesel fuels. These new fuels use an additive with enhanced cleaning power that help remove engine deposits. This extra cleaning helps to improve engine performance and fuel economy and reduces harmful emissions for the environment.

Inver Xtra launched into the Irish market on February 14th Feb, and is now available at all Inver service stations. “Inver Xtra will now be our standard fuel, our high quality petrol and diesel fuels will now have the benefit of an additive,” said Chris O’Callaghan, Inver’s managing director. “For the past 35 years, Inver has been a reliable supplier of unparalleled quality fuels to the Irish market.  We are delighted to continue to deliver on our quality assured fuel promise with Inver Xtra.

Inver’s Xtra fuels provide multiple benefits for the Irish motorist. It cleans your engine to increase its power and efficiency, reduces corrosion, helps improve fuel burning efficiency, and reduces car emissions that negatively impact our environment. Your car will benefit from the first tankful of Inver Xtra, but optimum benefits are gained from continuous use of our new fuels.”

Ben Lenihan, Inver’s retail director, noted, “Inver’s Xtra launch is very exciting and a key part of its continued commitment to serving quality assured fuels. As Ireland’s fastest growing service station network, launching Inver Xtra was the next step in our nationwide expansion. In keeping with our quality commitment, we are working with a leading international additives provider. They have a long and outstanding history as a global supplier of fuel performance packages and their highly effective formulations bring out the best in fuels and engines. Inver Xtra will provide our customers and the Irish motorist with even higher quality fuel.

For every fuel purchase made at an Inver service station, we donate into our community ‘Every tank does some good for your community’ fund. These funds support a number of initiatives including our award winning ‘Leading Lights’ programme.

Leading Lights goes right into the heart of the communities around our service station network.  Each service station within our network receives an annual fund to benefit organisations that support children, families and education within their community. To date, we are proud to have supported over 143 organisations.

As Inver service stations continue to grow across the nation, we are excited to continue to support our communities and to serve Inver Xtra.”