Volkswagen To Complete BEV Retailer Network In Ireland In 2019

The new Volkswagen e-GolfThe new Volkswagen e-Golf
The new Volkswagen e-Golf

Volkswagen’s Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) retailer network is expanding significantly in Ireland and should be complete by mid-2019.

Following the addition of eleven new BEV enabled retailers to the Volkswagen network at the end of 2018, 50% of the Volkswagen network is now able to sell BEVs.

Volkswagen BEV dealers must meet exact standards when it comes to tooling, training, servicing standards and product knowledge before they can be certified to sell BEVs.

To accommodate the brand’s increased focus on the future of e-mobility, new Volkswagen BEV dealers have been appointed across Ireland.

In Dublin, Frank Keane Deansgrange and Joe Duffy North join existing BEV retailers Joe Duffy Swords and Frank Keane Liffey Valley to bring the number of BEV retailers in Dublin to four.

In County Kildare, Sheehy Motors in Naas has been a BEV retailer since early 2018.

In Louth, the BEV-enabled retailer is Western Motors, Drogheda.

Newmarket Motors in Cork has been changed from a PHEV (Plugin Hybrid) to a BEV retailer, and Blackwater Motors Fermoy is added to Cork’s other current BEV retailer Blackwater Motors Cork City.

In Cavan, Brady’s of Arva is now a Volkswagen BEV retailer.

Western Motors in Galway and Kevin Connolly in Sligo will serve the west of Ireland.

Frank Hogan has been appointed in Limerick and in the Midlands, Michael Moore’s two retailers in Athlone and Portarlington serve customers in Westmeath and Laois.

Pierse Motors in Tipperary and Volkswagen Wexford have been changed from PHEV retailers to full BEV retailers.

Commenting on these appointments, Volkswagen Ireland Brand Director Gerrit Heimberg said; “This is an exciting time for Volkswagen as we embark on an electric vehicle offensive, which has already begun with the e-Golf and e-Golf Executive Edition. We have ensured that all of our EV retailers are fully trained and prepared for this new dawn, to ensure that our customers receive the best experience as they start to embrace this new technology. We will continue the rollout of BEV retailer to include our entire 34 retailers by the middle of this year.”

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New Ford Focus Coming To Ireland In Summer 2018

Ford has revealed the first photos and details of the new Ford Focus, arriving in Ireland in late July.

The new car features a new platform, new design, new interior, and new technology.

“Our all-new Ford Focus is the pinnacle of technology and driving appeal in its segment,” says Joe Bakaj, vice president, Product Development, Ford of Europe. “The chance to build a completely new car from a fresh piece of paper does not come around often. We grabbed it with both hands, to develop the best mid-size family car that money can buy.”

Hatchback, Saloon Or Estate

The new Ford Focus will be available as a five-door hatchback, estate and four-door saloon. Trim lines will include Focus Trend and Titanium, sporty Focus ST-Line, upscale Focus Vignale and the first ever Focus Active crossover.

The new Focus will be built on Ford’s new C2 platform designed to enhance crash performance, deliver more interior space and support improved aerodynamics for better fuel-efficiency. It will be built in Germany and marks an evolution in Ford design language.  There will be 13 colours to choose from including Orange Glow, Desert Island Blue and Vignale-exclusive four-coat Dark Mulberry.

Interior of the new Ford FocusInterior of the new Ford Focus
Interior of the new Ford Focus

The interior has also been completely revamped with a neater design and less buttons. Focus will be the first Ford vehicle in Europe to offer a Head-up display (HUD). Infotainment will be provided via an 8″ touchscreen with SYNC 3 and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Other features include a wireless charging pad and FordPass Connect to enable WiFi in the cabin and a number of features that can be controlled by an app. Emergency assistance can also be called from the cabin.

New Engines And Technology For 2018 Ford Focus

Ford’s 1.0-litre EcoBoost will be offered with 85 PS, 100 PS and 125 PS and offers cylinder deactivation for the first time to improve efficiency. A new 1.5-litre EcoBoost engine is offered with 150 PS and 182 PS. A new 1.5-litre EcoBlue diesel is offered with 95 PS and 120 PS with emissions as low as 91g/km expected. The 2.0‑litre EcoBlue diesel engine will deliver 150 PS.

There’s also a new eight-speed automatic transmission, offering a 10 per cent fuel-efficiency improvement across the range.

Technology features include Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go, Speed Sign Recognition, Lane-Centring, Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection, Evasive Steering Assist, Rear wide-view camera, Wrong Way Alert, Post-Collision Braking and Blind Spot Information System with Cross Traffic Alert.

Ford Focus ST LineFord Focus ST Line
The new Ford Focus ST Line

New lighting technologies include Adaptive Front Lighting System that adjusts the headlight beam angle and intensity to match the driving environment, and Glare-free high beam.

More Driving Fun

Under the skin there’s a new chassis for a fun driving character and greater comfort and refinement. Drivers can now select different driving modes as standard. Torsional rigidity has been improved by 20%.  Independent rear suspension offers Continuously Controlled Damping, which every 2 milliseconds monitors suspension, body, steering and braking inputs, and adjusts damping responses for outstanding ride quality.

According to Ford, a new column-mounted EPAS system and new software deliver an even more responsive, intuitive and engaging steering feel including comfort-enhancing features like Torque Steer Compensation. Focus also debuts a bespoke, in-house developed Ford Stability Control system tailored to support Ford driving dynamics, and featuring Torque Vectoring Control.

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2019 Renault Kadjar Pricing For Ireland

The 2019 Renault Kadjar has arrived in IrelandThe 2019 Renault Kadjar has arrived in Ireland
The 2019 Renault Kadjar has arrived in Ireland priced from €26,995

Since it was first launched in late 2015, the Renault Kadjar has established a strong position in the popular compact SUV segment, with over 5,700 models sold to date in Ireland.

Now Renault Ireland has announced that the new facelifted Renault Kadjar has arrived in Ireland and goes on sale from €26,995.

There are new, more efficient petrol and diesel engines available while standard equipment now includes climate control, 7” touchscreen with Android Auto® and Apple CarPlay®, alloy wheels, parking sensors, and automatic lights and wipers.

Styling has been updated with a new grille and C-Shaped LED lights that now incorporate the front indicator There are also new 17- and 19-inch alloy wheel designs, along with three new colours – Oural Green, Iron Blue and Highland Grey.

The interior has also been redesigned with new seats and the touchscreen is flush-mounted to the centre console. There is a new control panel for the automatic air conditioning and other additions include bigger cup holders, bigger bins in the front doors and two rear USB sockets.

Engine options include the new 1.3TCe GPF turbo petrol engine with 140 or 160hp. The TCe 140 is available with 6-speed manual or 7-speed EDC automatic gearbox options. The manual-only TCe 160 offers the highest power output ever for a Kadjar.

New Kadjar also features an upgraded 1.5 Blue dCi 115. It’s the most efficient engine in the range. For customers requiring more performance, the new 1.7 Blue dCi engine is now available with 150hp and comes in 4×2 and 4×4.

The interior of the 2019 Renault KadjarThe interior of the 2019 Renault Kadjar
The interior of the 2019 Renault Kadjar

There are four trim levels: Play, Iconic, S-Edition and GT Line.

Play (from €26,995) features 17-inch alloy wheels, dual climate control, parking sensors, automatic lights and wipers, 7-inch touchscreen and Android and Apple Car Play.

Iconic trim (€29,695) adds cruise control and speed limiter, parking camera, keyless entry/start, auto lights and wipers, navigation and privacy glass.

The new sporty S-Edition (from €31,395) adds a half leather interior, panoramic roof, and LED/Xenon lights.

The top of the range GT-Line adds leather seats, panoramic sunroof, full LED lights and auto park.

Customers can avail of savings of over €4,000 on Kadjar for 191 with a complete package of 1.91% APR PCP or HP finance, €1,000 cashback and three years’ servicing available until 31st January 2019.

Renault’s 26 dealerships  in Ireland will offer a 24-hour test drive programme for January and February.

Play Iconic S-Edition GT Line
TCe 140 GPF €26,995 €29,695 €31,395 €33,995
TCe 160 GPF €32,395 €34,995
TCe 140 GPF EDC €29,295 €31,995 €33,695 €36,295
Blue dCi 115 €28,995 €31,695 €33,395 €35,995
Blue dCi 115 EDC €31,295 €33,995 €35,695 €38,295
Blue dCi 150 €37,995
Blue dCi 150 4×4 €39,995
– 17” Alloy wheels

– 7” Screen with

Apple CarPlay®/

Android Auto®

– Tinted windows

– Climate Control

– Electronic


– Parking Sensors

– Front Fog Lights


– Cruise Control

– Auto Lights/Wipers

– Synthetic Leather

Steering wheel

– Sliding armrest

– 17” Alloy Wheels

– Handsfree Key Card

– Passenger Rear


– Roof Bars

– Lane Departure


– F/R Parking Sensors

– Rear Camera

– 7” Touchscreen Nav – Apple CarPlay®/

Android Auto®

– Shark Antenna

– Privacy glass

– Electric Folding


– Flat Folding Floor

– Synthetic Leather

Steering Wheel

gear lever

– 2 rear USB points

– 17” Alloy Wheels

– LED Headlamps

– Front LED Fogs

– Rear view mirror


– Panoramic roof

– Passenger Seat

height adjustable

– Light Grey Front/

Rear Skid plates

– Part synthetic

leather/3D fabric/

blue stitching

– 19” Alloy wheels


– Full Leather Seats

– Heated Drivers Seat

– Electric seat adjust

– Cushion extender

– Blind Spot Warning

– Hands free parking

– 360 sensors

– Panoramic Roof

– Leather steering


– Puddle lamps


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New Car Registrations In Ireland In May 2018

Toyota C-HRToyota C-HR
The Toyota C-HR was Ireland’s bestselling car in May 2018

Official statistics released by the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) show that total new car registrations for the month of May in Ireland were up slightly by 1.47% (6,080) when compared to May 2017 (5,992).

Registrations year to date remain 4.32% down on the same period last year (85,933 vs 89,815).

Ireland’s bestselling car in May was the Toyota C-HR.

The bestselling car brands so far in 2018 are 1. Volkswagen 2. Toyota 3. Hyundai 4. Ford and 5.Nissan.

The bestselling models so far in 2018 are 1. Nissan Qashqai 2. Hyundai Tucson 3. Volkswagen Golf 4. Ford Focus and 5. Skoda Octavia.

New Light Commercial Vehicle registrations (LCV) were up 12.5% (1,644) on May 2017 (1,461) and year to date are up 5.9% (15,943).

New Heavy Commercial Vehicles (HGV) have declined 4.2% for the month of May (228) compared to the same month last year (238) and are down 7.7% (1,385) year to date.

Imported Used Cars have shown an increase of 18.35% for the month of May 2018 (8,979) when compared to May 2017 (7,587), while year to date they are 13% (43,738) ahead of 2017 (38,698).

“Commenting on the figures, Alan Nolan, SIMI Director General, said: “The volume of used imports is clearly the dominant feature and is continuing to impact negatively on the new car market. The slight increase in new car registrations for the month of May is not an indication of improvement, rather a case of altered timing in hire drive registrations with 470 more registered in May this year while the overall total for the year to date is actually 13 cars behind 2017. In line with earlier predictions Electric Vehicle (EV) sales have increased from 370 in 2017 to 512 this year. The number of Imported Used Electric Vehicles also increased from 165 to 280 this year. We would expect to see registrations of new EVs increase further as more new models come to market. The market share based on fuel type for the year to Date up to the end of May was: Diesel 55.6%, Petrol 37.9%, Hybrid 5.4%, Plug-in Hybrid 0.5%, Electric Vehicle 0.6%.

As we move into June the Industry is now focused on preparations for the start of the second peak sales period on 1st of July. In such a competitive market new car offers across all of the brands are very strong at the moment and the various advertising campaigns are in full swing. The advice to consumers, as always, is to shop around to find that deal that best suits their own specific needs.”

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James Barry Motors Appointed Citroën Dealer In Limerick

The team at James Barry Motors with members of the team from Citroën IrelandThe team at James Barry Motors with members of the team from Citroën Ireland
The team at James Barry Motors with members of the team from Citroën Ireland

Citroën Ireland has appointed James Barry Motors as a new dealership in Limerick.

James Barry Motors is based on the Dock Road in Limerick City. The dealership is run by husband and wife team, James and Diane Barry.

Speaking at the contract signing, Pat Ryan, Managing Director, Citroën Ireland, commented, “We are delighted to welcome James Barry Motors to our growing Network which now stands at 22 sales dealerships throughout the country. All at Citroën Ireland are really looking forward to working with James, Diane and all the team at James Barry Motors at this very exciting time for the Brand with the 100-year anniversary coming up next year as well as the upcoming arrival of the highly anticipated Citroën C5 Aircross SUV and New Generation Berlingo.”

James Barry, Dealer Principal, James Barry Motors said, “This is a really exciting time for us at James Barry Motors and is another milestone in our ambition to grow and develop the business as we constantly expand on what the dealership can offer to customers in Limerick and the wider area. Citroën’s range of cars and commercial vehicles stand apart from other car brands through their unique design and state of the art comfort and the vehicle range is instantly recognisable. The Brand really compliments our growing business, how we see ourselves as a Dealership and also how we want our customers to see us.”

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2018 Kia Ceed Irish Pricing And Specs

The new Kia Ceed, arriving in Ireland in AugustThe new Kia Ceed, arriving in Ireland in August
The new Kia Ceed, arriving in Ireland in August

The new Kia Ceed will go on sale in Ireland this August priced from €22,695.

At launch, Kia Ireland will offer four trims for the new Ceed: K2, K3, K4 and K5.

Engines are trim specific and include Kia’s 1.0-litre turbo petrol (120hp), a new 1.6-litre diesel (115hp) and a new 1.4-litre turbo petrol engine (140hp).

Diesels are available from €24,995.

The new 1.4-litre petrol is only available in the top level trim and is priced from €28,595.

Safety equipment in the new Kia Ceed like Forward Collision Assist, Lane Keep Assist, High Beam Assist and Driver Attention Warning are standard across the range.

The interior of the new Kia CeedThe interior of the new Kia Ceed
The interior of the new Kia Ceed

Standard equipment on entry level K2 models includes 16” alloys, leather wrapped steering wheel, 7” display, Bluetooth with voice recognition and a reversing camera.

K3 equipment includes LED headlamps and rear lamps, wireless phone charger, electric parking brake, half leather seats and parking sensors.

K4 equipment includes 17” alloys, 8” display, rain sensing wipers and automatic temperature control.

K5 equipment includes leather seats, heated seats front and rear, front ventilated seats, heated steering wheel, Smart key and push button start, blindspot collision warning, and parking distance warning.

There is a seven-year, 150,000km warranty on every model.

The new Kia Ceed arrives after a busy start to the year for Kia with the launch of the Kia Stonic, Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid and the Kia Stinger.

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New Opel Grandland X 1.5 Diesel Engine

Opel Ireland has just announced the addition of a new Opel Grandland X 1.5 diesel to the range with 130hp.

The new engine replaces the current 1.6-litre 120hp diesel variant and is more economical and powerful. Maximum torque is 300 Nm at 1750 rpm. With a six-speed manual transmission, the combined fuel consumption is 4.2-4.1 l/100 km and CO2 emissions between 110-108 g/km.

The new engine is also available with an advanced new eight-speed automatic transmission.

The new powertrain is designed to meet strict future emissions requirements thanks to an innovative oxidation catalyst/NOx adsorber coupled with Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR).

The Opel Grandland X 1.5 130hp diesel engine will be available to order from Opel dealerships in May for 182 deliveries.

By 2020, Opel will also offer the Grandland X as the brand’s first plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV).

The Opel Grandland X starts at €27,995 for the petrol variant and €28,995 for the diesel variant.

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Volvo V60 On Display In New Pop-Up Shop In Dublin

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The new Volvo pop-up shop in Dublin

The first, new Volvo V60 five-door, mid-size premium estate has arrived in Ireland.  The handbuilt demonstration model can be seen for a limited time in Volvo’s new Scandinavian-inspired pop-up shop on Dublin’s Merrion Row.

The new Volvo V60 will be on display in the store between the 11th May to the 8th June.

Emma O’Carroll, Brand and PR specialist at Volvo Car Ireland, said: “We are delighted to open our third pop-up shop on Dublin’s Merrion Row to give customer a preview of the new V60 before it arrives in dealerships later this summer. The new V60 is the latest product in Volvo’s transformation, and introduces to our mid-sized estate the premium design, advanced connectivity and pioneering safety technology already seen on the successful 90 series and XC60.”

“The pop-up shop allows us to give shoppers a first look at the new V60 in a unique environment. Customers can take a tour of the car, build their own model, take a trip in our Volvo virtual reality experience or book a test drive and be in with a chance to win a 5 Star trip to Stockholm!”

The Volvo pop-up shop can be found at 13 Merrion Row and is open 7 days a week until the 8th of June.

More information can be found on the Volvo Car Ireland Facebook page.

For more information on the new Volvo V60, visit

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New Volkswagen Golf 1.5-Litre TSI Engine

The Volkswagen Golf 1.5-litre TSIThe Volkswagen Golf 1.5-litre TSI
The Volkswagen Golf 1.5-litre TSI R-line

The Volkswagen Golf 1.5-litre TSI with 150hp is now available in Ireland for 2019.

The new four cylinder, turbo petrol engine replaces the previous 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine. The engine is 22kg lighter than before and features Active Cylinder Technology (ACT) that shuts down the second and third cylinders under low/medium load to improve fuel efficiency.

The new Golf 1.5-litre TSI is capable of returning from 6.2 l/100km (WLTP) on the combined cycle the car with a manual gearbox and 6.5 l/100km with the DSG automatic transmission.

CO2 emissions of from 141g/km with a manual transmission and 147g/km with DSG place it in Motor Tax Band A4 (€200).

In Ireland, the new Volkswagen Golf 1.5-litre TSI is available in Highline and R-Line trim, with either the six-speed manual or seven-speed DSG.

Prices start at €29,995 for the 1.5-litre TSI in Highline trim and €30,895 in R-Line trim.

The Volkswagen Golf 1.5-litre TSIThe Volkswagen Golf 1.5-litre TSI
The Volkswagen Golf 1.5-litre TSI is on sale from €29,995
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Updated Fiat 500X Goes On Sale

The updated Fiat 500XThe updated Fiat 500X
The updated Fiat 500X has just arrived in Ireland

The Fiat 500X has been updated inside and out with new looks and technology. It goes on sale in Ireland priced from €21,795.

On the outside, there are new LED daytime running lights, LED headlights and rear lights, while the cockpit has also been updated to integrate more technology, improve ergonomics and refresh interior trims.

The 500X will be available with three petrol engines only, including two brand new, more efficient turbo petrol engines. Buyers can choose from a three-cylinder 1.0-litre powerplant that delivers 120hp and 190Nm of torque and is paired with a six-speed manual transmission, as well as a four-cylinder 1.3-litre engine with 150hp and 270Nm of torque, combined with six-speed dual clutch automatic transmission (DCT).

There is also an entry level 110hp 1.6 E-Torq, combined with manual transmission.

There are three trim levels available for the Fiat 500X in Ireland: Urban, City Cross and Cross.

Traffic Sign Recognition, Intelligent Speed Assist and Lane Assist driving assist systems are standard on all versions, as is the Uconnect 7-inch HD LIVE touchscreen, with Apple CarPlay integration and Android AutoTM compatibility.

There is a choice of 14 different colours, including the new tricoat Ivory, metallic Blue Italia and Techno Green.

In Urban trim level, the 500X comes with 16-inch alloy wheels, Techno-leather steering wheel, manual air conditioning, cruise control, electric parking brake and 60/40 split rear seat.

The City Cross version adds an off-road look, enhanced by 17-inch alloy wheels, satin chrome inserts and body-coloured door mirrors. Front fog lights, 3.5-inch colour TFT monitor, automatic climate control and rear parking sensors complete the trim.

The top-of-the-range Cross version adds LED headlights, 18-inch alloy wheels, roof bars and dark tinted rear windows. Inside, it adds TomTom navigation to the 7-inch touchscreen, along with Parkview rear parking camera, dusk sensor and front armrest.

The addition of a rear parking camera is a good one, considering the larger size of this model and the tech being used by competing manufacturers.


Model OTR Price
Fiat 500X Urban 1.6 110hp €21,795
Fiat 500X City Cross 1.0 120hp €23,395
Fiat 500X City Cross 1.3 150hp DCT Automatic €25,895
Fiat 500X Cross 1.0 120hp €24,995
Fiat 500X Cross 1.3 150hp DCT Automatic €27,495

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