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  • Kia Ireland Launch 48-hour EV Test Drive Campaign

    Kia Ireland have just launched a 48-hour electric vehicle test drive campaign which is designed to encourage consumers to get behind the wheel of an electric vehicle and experience EV driving for themselves. With an increased spotlight on electric vehicles in recent months, there has been much discussion in the public domain regarding the practicality of electric vehicles and their related capabilities. This campaign from Kia is designed to answer any questions that consumers may have in relation to electric vehicles by offering an extended test drive period were driving range, charging infrastructure and cost savings can all be examined in more detail. Cathal Kealey, Head of Marketing & PR at Kia Ireland commented ‘There are EV sceptics out there, many of which have never actually driven an electric vehicle. Electric vehicles have been embraced by early adopters but like any new technology, it takes time to convince the majority of customers. Reluctance is understandable but education and myth busting are key in this process. The more time that consumers have in these cars, the more confidence they will gain in the technology. We believe this campaign can benefit anyone looking to change their car this year.’ The application process is simple, those interested can log onto Kia.com and register their interest. The consumer will then be contacted directly by Kia and subject to availability and driver eligibility criteria, the booking will be confirmed at their local Kia dealership. Kia have confirmed that this campaign will run until June 30th, as too will their Q2 offers which include 0% finance and a free home charger on all New and Used Niro EV and EV6 models. The recently crowned 2024 World Car of the Year, the EV9, is available with 1.9%  finance, a free home charger and a launch package which includes a 3-year service plan, a 2-year Kia charge Ionity plus package for discounted public charging, a €500 Energia home energy credit and a €500 Kia accessory voucher. Full details and terms are available at kia.com

  • BMW Ireland To Partner KPMG Women’s Irish Open

    News in from BMW Group Ireland states the company will become Official Car Partner to the KMPG Women’s Irish Open this year. The leading Ladies European Tour event, which is set to take place in Carton House, a Fairmont Managed Hotel, Maynooth, Co. Kildare from 29 August until 1 September 2024. This tournament has become one of the most popular events on the professional golf calendar in Ireland. The agreement was signed in partnership with the tournament organisers, ForeFront Sports. This marks a significant step for BMW Group Ireland in Golfsport, having supported the Amgen Men’s Irish Open for over 10 years. BMW is also celebrating its 20th anniversary supporting Golfsport globally. “Golfsport has showed significant growth in Ireland since the Pandemic. Coupled with some of the top talent emerging in Irish Women’s golf, we are we are excited to be getting behind Women’s golf in Ireland.” said Helen Westby, Managing Director BMW Group Ireland. BMW will also be working closely with its Friend of the BMW Brand Leona Maguire to promote the KPMG Women’s Irish Open and women’s golf in Ireland. Leona Maguire said: “I am thrilled that BMW, who is synonymous with golf, is coming on board to support the KPMG Women’s Irish Open. It’s a testament to how popular women’s golf is becoming and shows the intent of BMW Group Ireland to support women in sport. They have supported me for several years now; I am so grateful for their ongoing support”. Over the duration of the sponsorship BMW Group Ireland will provide a fleet of Electrified cars to support the event, activations with its vehicles and a competition for golfers to participate in the BMW pro-am golf competition in the lead up the event. Commenting on this announcement Cian Branagan founder of Forefront Sport said: “We are proud to be announcing this new journey with such an iconic brand who have an amazing history in supporting golf in Ireland. This partnership is a true reflection of their drive to invest in women’s sports and we are excited to partner with them leading into this year’s KPMG Women’s Irish Open at Carton House ”. To secure your tickets and keep up to date with the latest player announcements for the KPMG Women’s Irish Open, please visit www.womensirishopen.ie. You can also follow the tournament via social media by following @womensirishopen on Instagram, Twitter, TikTok and Facebook.

  • Car Sales Dipped 16% Last Month

    The Society of the Irish Motor Industry recently released their official 241 new vehicle registrations statistics for March. New car registrations for March were down 16% (14,936) when compared to March 2023 (17,685). Registrations year to date are up 8.0% (62,807) on the same period last year (58,151). Light Commercial vehicles (LCVs) increased by 31.7% (4,410) compared to March last year (3,348). Year to date LCVs are up 34.1% (15,356). HGV (Heavy Goods Vehicle) registrations are up 28.2% (350) in comparison to March 2023 (273). Year to date HGVs are up 15.0% (1,110). Imported Used Cars have seen an 11.0% (5,216) rise in March 2024, when compared to March 2023 (4,698). Year to date imports are up 24.2% (15,487) on 2023 (12,473). In March 2,009 new electric cars were registered, which was 41.1% lower than the 3,412 registrations in March 2023. So far this year 7,971 new electric cars have been registered which is a 14.3% decrease compared to the same period in 2023 when 9,297 electric cars were registered. In the new car market share by engine type for 2024, Petrol cars lead the new car market at 33.37%. followed by Diesel at 23.05%, then Hybrid (Petrol Electric) at 21.33%, Electric at 12.69%, and Plug-in Electric Hybrid at 7.92%. Brian Cooke, SIMI Director General commenting:  “While the new car market started strongly in the first two months of the year, March proved to be much more difficult. New car sales showed a 16% decrease on the same month last year, although sales for the first quarter remain 8% ahead of 2023. Sales of light and heavy commercial vehicles both show growth in registrations for March. Sales across all fuel types were behind last year, with the Electric Vehicle segment seeing a notable decline. This highlights the ongoing challenge of transitioning to electrification, as we move into the mainstream car market. The electrification of the fleet requires increased collaboration between all stakeholders to bridge this current chasm in the market. For the Industry, this means investment and delivery of EV technology. For Government, this means increased support in terms of extension of current incentives, including purchase grants and Benefit-In -Kind (BIK) relief for companies, and working with private enterprise to upgrade the national charging infrastructure, to boost consumer confidence in making the switch to electric vehicles.” • 5 Top Selling New Car Brands 2024 were: 1. TOYOTA, 2. SKODA, 3. VOLKSWAGEN, 4. HYUNDAI, 5. KIA • 5 Top New Car Model’s 2024 were: 1. HYUNDAI TUCSON, 2. SKODA OCTAVIA, 3. KIA SPORTAGE, 4. TOYOTA RAV 4, 5. TOYOTA YARIS CROSS • 5 Top Selling Electric Vehicles (EVs) Brands 2024: 1. VOLKSWAGEN, 2. HYUNDAI, 3. TESLA, 4. BYD, 5. KIA • 5 Top Selling Electric Vehicle Models (EVs) 2024: 1. HYUNDAI KONA, 2. TESLA MODEL 3, 3. VOLKSWAGEN ID.4, 4. VOLKSWAGEN ID.3, 5. MG MG4 • Top Selling Car (March) 2024: SKODA OCTAVIA • Top Selling Electric Car (March) 2024: TESLA MODEL 3

  • Unmatched Foraging - Kverneland’s new Mower and Tedder Arrive in Ireland with 0% Finance

    Kverneland is at the forefront of agricultural innovation, introducing two groundbreaking pieces of machinery to the Irish market in 2024: the 5387 MT triple mower combination and the 85156 C high-capacity tedder. These additions to Kverneland's line-up are set to enhance the efficiency and productivity of farming operations across Ireland, showcasing the company's commitment to developing technology that meets the demands of modern farming. Introducing the Kverneland 5387 MT: High-Performance Mowing Kverneland is proud to announce the introduction of the new 5387 MT triple mower combination, set to hit the Irish market in Spring 2024. This innovative solution promises greater productivity and ease of operation, designed specifically to meet the demands of long working days in the field. "The Kverneland 5387 MT takes all the strong features of the well-established 10m triple mower 53100 MT into a more compact package. This is a productive, easy-to-handle, and versatile mower." explained John Doyle, Product Manager at Kverneland Group Ireland. With a working width of 8.75 meters and equipped with the innovative QuattroLink suspension concept, the 5387 MT is engineered for high-performance mowing. Its heavy-duty build, based on the trusted 3300 series platform, ensures maximum productivity while offering excellent ground tracking, easy operation, and outstanding versatility. Featuring two 3.2m mowing units, each boasting 8 round Kverneland discs, this combination is compatible with tractors starting from 180hp. Farmers can choose between simple mechanical controls as standard or upgrade to the Dual Lift Control joystick for added convenience in electro-hydraulic folding and unfolding. ‘BX’ Belt Merger Version For those seeking to optimize crop collection efficiency, the BX version of the 5387 MT comes equipped with a belt merger. This addition not only improves productivity but also enhances the quality of output. The high-speed belts, operating up to 1500rpm, are designed to handle massive volumes of crop, including heavy first cut silage, while ensuring even and narrow swath placement. QuattroLink for Accurate Ground Tracking Safety and convenience are at the forefront of the 5387 MT design. The QuattroLink suspension provides accurate ground following ability, with a generous working range of 400mm upwards and 300mm downwards, along with a transverse adaptation range of 30°. Additionally, the 100% NonStop BreakAway system offers protection across the full working width of the mower, ensuring uninterrupted operation even when encountering obstacles in the field. “When hitting an obstacle in the field, the mowing unit will instantly move backwards and up, and then return to the original position” John explained. "In the Irish market, where efficiency and reliability are paramount, the Kverneland 5387 is poised to make a significant impact." The Kverneland 85156 C Tedder: Tailored for High Output Following the 5387 MT, Kverneland introduces the 85156 C Trailed ProLine tedder, a robust solution engineered for optimal crop handling. With a 15.6-meter working width and 14 rotors, this tedder is designed for intensive usage, offering an efficient and uniform crop distribution. Ground Following Innovation One of the standout features of the 85156 C is its TerraFlow system, a ground following solution that allows each rotor to accurately adapt to ground contours. This innovation ensures consistent tine distance to the ground across the tedder's full working width, resulting in clean, precise work and a uniform crop flow. John Doyle, Product Manager at Kverneland, commented on the importance of this feature: "The TerraFlow system represents a significant advancement in tedder technology. By ensuring each rotor precisely follows the ground contours, we're able to guarantee a uniform crop flow and forage quality that our customers can rely on, even in challenging field conditions." User-Friendly Operation and Maintenance Recognizing the importance of minimizing downtime, the 85156 C has been designed for ease of operation and maintenance. It requires only a single acting valve ram for raising and lowering, and a double action valve ram for folding, making it compatible with most tractors. The tedder also features a transport width of less than 3 meters, allowing for easy road transport. Supporting Farmers and Contractors in Ireland With the recent rises in interest rates leading to higher cost of ownership for farm machinery, Kverneland Group Ireland are coming to the market with flexible finance schemes. The highlight of the offering is a fixed term finance payment with 0*% interest over 3 years on 100% of the vat inclusive selling price along with a 2 year warranty. Subject to terms and conditions. For more information on our finance offer and on these machines and how they can transform your farming and contracting operations contact Kverneland: John Doyle, Product Manager Harvest: 00353 87 101 3053 Greg Tennyson, Area South: 00353 87 700 9689 Allan Hetherington, Area North: 0044 7826 544 630 For more info on butterfly range : Kverneland Mower Conditioners For more info on tedder range : Kverneland Tedders Click to find your local Kverneland Dealer: Contact your local Kverneland Dealer Click here to find out more about our finance packages Website: www.kverneland.ie

  • Electric Ford Explorer Circumnavigates The Globe!

    Adventurer Lexie Alford (@LexieLimitless) has set the official record of being the first person to circumnavigate the globe in an electric vehicle using the new all-electric Ford Explorer. To celebrate their Charge Around The Globe, Ford has confirmed the price and specifications of the new Ford Explorer line-up in Ireland, officially making the EV that drove around the world available to customers who are ready to challenge their own frontiers of adventure. Crossing the finish line in Nice, France, Lexie and the new Ford Explorer led a convoy of iconic Ford vehicles, flanked by current models that are shaping the visionary future direction of the company. “Ford wants to bring passion and emotion to electric vehicles in Europe. There are enough boring cars and SUVs out there. The new Explorer represents Ford’s unique character, which is stamped on every car in this fantastic convoy,” said Jim Farley, CEO of Ford, who attended the celebration. “We’re proud to launch this new all-electric passenger car designed specifically for Europe’s roads and customers, and obviously capable of taking you anywhere in the world.” Commenting on the expected arrival of Explorer into Ireland, John Manning, Market Lead for Ford Ireland, said: “It is a great step to be confirming the Explorer’s excellent range and attractive price point for customers in Ireland as we look forward to the car’s arrival here in September.  There is already an extensive number of Ford Explorer fans in Ireland – since we launched our ‘Ford Explorer - keep me informed’ service through our ford.ie website last year, the number of interested customers has grown to 1,600 who signed up for our regular updates on the vehicle”. The Explorer’s incredible journey crossed six continents, drove through 27 countries and covered more than 30,000 kilometres, all on electric power alone. Battling power outages in Africa, a lack of charging infrastructure in the Atacama desert of Chile, unmade roads, mountain passes and freezing conditions, the achievement proved just what is possible in an electric vehicle. “Lexie’s journey has been the ultimate test drive for our new Ford Explorer, taking on every kind of weather and road condition, and dealing with just about every charging scenario,” said Martin Sander, general manager, Ford Model e Europe. “It embodies the true ‘can do’ spirit of this company, seizing this great opportunity to not only test ourselves but also the world’s charging infrastructure. Today’s crossing of the finish line proves just what you can do in the new all-electric Ford Explorer, and we’re delighted that customers will soon be able to find out for themselves.” The vehicle Lexie used for the challenge was a pre-production version of the Ford Explorer that is now available to order. Over the course of the journey it used a variety of charging solutions from 2.2 kW AC wall outlets to DC fast chargers and was plugged in a total of 105 times. Throughout the journey Lexie relied on MegaConsole cabin storage that can hold three 1.5-litre drinks bottles with room to spare, heated and massaging driver’s seat and voice-activated SYNC Move infotainment with an adjustable 14.6” touchscreen – features that come as standard on both Select and Premium series. “On this epic adventure, I met incredible people from many corners of the world and experienced 27 beautiful countries while behind the wheel. But this journey came with a unique set of challenges,” said Lexie, who also holds the world record for being the youngest person to visit every country in the world. “It has been the honor of a lifetime to be trusted by Ford to circumnavigate the globe in the electric Explorer, which has been like home for the last six months. I had the goal of pushing the limits of what’s possible to do in an EV and I’m proud to say I have!” Equipped for any adventure The new all-electric Explorer is Ford’s first EV to be developed and built in Europe, combining German engineering, American style and a high level of standard specification that includes battery electric powertrains for zero-tailpipe emissions while driving – and up to 602 km driving range on a single charge. Explorer is introduced with a single motor rear-wheel drive (RWD). It uses an extended-range, lithium-ion nickel manganese cobalt (NMC) battery chosen for its energy density, power and performance in European climates from Scandinavia to the Mediterranean. A single motor RWD powertrain 4 with a standard-range NMC battery will be available too at a later date. Charging from 10-80 per cent takes approximately 28 minutes  using up to a maximum 135 kW DC fast charging rate. Explorer drivers across Europe can also easily access and pay for charging at more than 600,000 charge points within the BlueOval Charge Network using the FordPass app or innovative Plug & Charge technology. These include high power charging stations from IONITY – a consortium of which Ford is a founder member, and Allego – with whom Ford today also announced a partnership to introduce high power charging points at Ford dealerships. In addition to approximately 450 litres of combined storage including the 17-litre MegaConsole and the secure My Private Locker in the cabin, every Explorer features SYNC Moveconnected infotainment with an adjustable 14.6-inch centre touchscreen that can be raised and lowered through an arc of more than 30 degrees. Also standard are a heated steering wheel and front seats, massaging driver’s seat and wireless phone charging.Cutting-edge interior design includes sports seats with integrated headrests, and a stylish soundbar to enjoy audio played through wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connected devices. Explorer Premium specification adds a 10-speaker B&O sound system and ambient interior lighting to keep spirits high even on road trips to rival Lexie’s, as well as upgrading Explorer’s signature headlamps from LED with auto highbeam to Dynamic Matrix LED with Glare-Free Highbeam. To make the purchase process as effortless as possible, ensure a luxury specification and deliver compelling value for every Explorer customer, optional extras are limited to a panorama roof with more than 1 square metre of glass surface, and a Driver Assist Pack. Its highlights include hands-free tailgate for accessing up to 450 litres of boot space with arms full of shopping or toddlers, a head-up display, 360-degree camera and new Assisted Lane Change technology. These features are in addition to more than 15 standard driver assist technologies with highlights including Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Go, as well as Clear Exit Warning that is designed to help prevent “dooring” accidents with cyclists. You are in safe hands with the new Explorer!

  • Peugeot E-5008 7-Seater Coming

    PEUGEOT have unveiled the new highly anticipated E-5008. This new E-5008 sets a new benchmark for PEUGEOT by becoming the only all-electric SUV to offer an exceptional living space for 7 passengers and up to 660 km electric range. Benefiting from the STLA Medium platform and a battery made in France, the E-5008 meets the needs of customers looking for a large SUV with an assertive design, welcoming interior and efficient electric performance. ALLURE: A design that combines the dynamism of a true SUV with the refinement of a top-segment model. EMOTION: A spectacular Panoramic i-Cockpit®, and a welcoming and high-tech atmosphere inside. EXCELLENCE: A unique SUV, produced in France, offering 7 seats and electric performance with up to 660 km range. Designed from the outset as an electric model, the new E-5008 has a range of zero-emission motors (WLTP cycles awaiting approval) offering from 500 to 660 km electric range, including an AWD Dual Motor and a Long Range version.  To support customers in their transition to full electrification, PEUGEOT also offers the new E-5008 with a hybrid engine. The E-5008 Hybrid 136 e-DCS6 features the PEUGEOT HYBRID 48V system, which consists of a new-generation 136 hp petrol engine coupled with a dual-clutch six-speed gearbox that incorporates an electric motor. Thanks to a battery that recharges while driving, this technology offers extra torque at low revs and a reduction of up to 15% in fuel consumption (5.7 l/100 km in WLTP mixed cycle - WLTP cycle under approval ). In urban driving, the new 5008 Hybrid 136 e-DCS6 can operate up to 50% of the time in 100% electric zero-emission mode. The E-5008 is expected to arrive to Ireland in Q4, prices will be confirmed closer to time.

  • What car should I buy (engine & fuel type)?

    In a world where there are Diesel, Petrol, Hybrid, Plug-in-Hybrid and fully electric cars, it can be difficult to navigate which engine and car to buy. In this video we take a very logical look at the options, and who they suit best. If you can charge at home, then a full EV or a PHEV make a whole lot of sense (depending on your driving habits) whereas if you don't have off street parking, and no ability to charge at home then it's worth considering a petrol, diesel or a stand alone hybrid. Here's a breakdown of each powertrain and who they might suit: Diesel - they suit people who do a lot of driving, in particular motorway driving. Diesel cars make a lot of sense if you drive for work as the VAT on diesel can be claimed back. Whilst an EV could have a cheaper cost per km, diesel cars are a very efficient way to drive if you don't have the ability to charge at home. View diesel cars for sale from dealerships nationwide Petrol - a small petrol engine can be tough to beat. Generally speaking they're in the most affordable cars. They can be very efficient, reliable and cheap to run. Petrol cars are also one of the most enjoyable cars to drive enthusiastically. View petrol cars for sale from dealerships nationwide Hybrid - it's no secret that hybrids can be very efficient, particularly if driven around town. This is why we see so many taxi drivers opting for a Toyota Prius. Plug-in-Hybrid - if the majority of your driving is around town, but you also like the idea of driving down the country on weekends - then maybe a PHEV would make the most sense for you. It is worth noting that this only really makes sense if you can charge at home.   View hybrid cars for sale from dealerships nationwide Electric Cars - these are by far the most affordable car to 'fuel', however this is only the case if you can charge at home using the night rate. So electricity providers offer 'free Saturday' or 'free Sunday' meaning you could charge up 300/400km+ (depending on the car) and drive free of charge.  View electric cars for sale from dealerships nationwide

  • Buying an electric car (2024)

    2024 Electric Car Buying Information | Everything you need to know! We discuss whether or not it's the right time to buy an EV, would it suits you and your lifestyle as well as explaining all the basics including 'charging' 'range' and all the other electric car lingo. The car we're using to illustrate this is the facelifted ID.3 which is finished in Olivine Green. It's got the 77kWh battery which is the larger of the two available. Browse Ireland's largest range of electric vehicles and find the right one for you on DoneDeal today - view cars.

  • Advice on Buying a Car from a Dealership

    From choosing the right car to asking the right questions, view the full guide to buying a car from a dealership below. In this video we are going to take a look at the process of buying a car from one of the many trusted dealerships with quality vehicles currently on DoneDeal. We understand this can be a significant financial decision, and it's essential to approach the process with careful consideration but this step-by-step guide should help you prepare for your first dealership visit. In this video guide we cover a number of topics, including: How do you know what car to go for? Should you make an appointment? What questions should you ask? How do you know if it’s good price or not? Should you take a test drive? What else will give you peace of mind? So you are happy with everything expect for the price. Can you negotiate? What financing options are available? So you are happy to make a purchase. Any final checks? Find the right car for you from trusted dealerships on DoneDeal today - View cars

  • New ID. Buzz GTX On The Way

    The  world premier of the ID. Buzz GTX equipped with two electric drive motors has just taken place. An 80 kW motor drives the front axle, while a 210 kW motor powers the rear axle – together they form the all-wheel drive. The top speed of the GTX models is electronically limited to 160 km/h. The electric drive motors in the ID. Buzz GTX are supplied with energy by means of a 79 kWh or 86 kWh battery. The 79 kWh battery can be charged at DC fast-charging stations with up to 185 kW. At maximum charging capacity, it is charged from 10 to 80 per cent again in approx. 26 minutes; the 86-kWh battery absorbs energy with up to 200 kW3 at DC fast-charging stations. It is also charged from 10 to 80 per cent in about 26 minutes at maximum charging capacity. Thanks to an extra 100 kW (136 PS) of power and the 4MOTION drive system, the ID. Buzz GTX offers a higher maximum trailer weight: the version with normal wheelbase can effortlessly pull up to 1,800 kg (braked, 8 per cent gradient), while the ID. Buzz GTX with long wheelbase has a maximum towing capacity of 1,600 kg. The maximum trailer weight was thus increased by 800 kg and 600 kg respectively. The 4MOTION system offers great traction advantages when towing a trailer on wet or loose surfaces in particular. The new ID. Buzz GTX is therefore an ideal towing vehicle – for example, for boat or horse trailers, which are often moved on slippery ground. The ID. Buzz GTX is characterised by an individualised front end. A bumper in GTX styling with a black air intake grille in honeycomb design and new side air guide elements also ensure a dynamic, distinctive appearance. New daytime running lights are integrated into the bumper on the left and right. All black body elements such as the new air intake grille, air guide elements, GTX lettering and the exterior mirror housings are finished in high-gloss black. In addition, the Solna 20-inch alloy wheel is standard equipment for the ID. Buzz GTX. The range of GTX wheel rims is supplemented by two new 21-inch alloy wheels. Always fitted as standard are IQ.LIGHT LED matrix headlights. A new paint finish in the colour Cherry Red is offered exclusively for the ID. Buzz GTX. This red will be configurable as a solid paint finish and optionally in combination with Mono Silver metallic as a two-tone paint finish. Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has also customised the interior equipment. Dark tones underline the sporty character of the most powerful ID. Buzz. For example, both ID. Buzz GTX versions are the only models in the product line to be equipped with a black headliner. The seats also feature unique GTX designs. Electrically adjustable comfort seats with memory function are used in the front. The seats are enhanced by covers in black ArtVelours Eco microfleece with a new diamond pattern as well as red contrasting seams and red piping. Red cross-stitching is a distinctive feature on the multifunction steering wheel, which is refined by a red application on the centre trim and the GTX lettering integrated there in chrome. The ID. Buzz GTX with standard wheelbase is available as a five-seater with a 40:60 split three-seat bench in the second row (2/3) or as a six-seater with two individual seats each in the second and third rows (2/2/2). The long-wheelbase ID. Buzz GTX will also launch as a five-seater with a three-seat bench (2/3) and as a six-seater4 (2/2/2). This version will additionally be offered as a seven-seater with a three-seat bench in the second row and two individual seats in the third row (2/3/2). Depending on the model, the seats in the second row can be moved longitudinally by 150 mm (standard wheelbase) or 200 mm (long wheelbase). The luggage compartment volume of the ID. Buzz GTX (standard wheelbase) as a five-seater is between 1,121 litres (loaded to the upper edge of the rear seat backrests) and 2,123 litres (rear bench seat folded down, loaded up to the upper edge of the front seat backrests). The extended ID. Buzz GTX is even more spacious: when loaded up to the upper edge of the backrests of the second row of seats, a capacity of 1,340 litres is available. If the large ID. Buzz GTX is loaded right up to the first row of seats, the volume increases to 2,469 litres. Even when occupied by seven people, there is still 306 litres of load space available behind the third row of seats in the long GTX. Depending on the seat configuration, both ID. Buzz GTX models can be equipped with a long or short Multiflex board (including two folding boxes). The Multiflex board creates a second loading level and – when the rear seats are folded down – a flat load area. A major hardware and software update for the product line will be incorporated into the GTX models. New on board are a head-up display (optional) and the next generation of infotainment systems (standard) with new menu navigation and graphics as well as fast processor power. The system’s touchscreen is now 12.9 inches in size instead of 12.0 inches (33 cm diagonal instead of 30 cm). Also new are the illuminated touch bar for temperature and volume control. The new IDA voice assistant is operated with natural voice commands. It not only allows control of numerous vehicle functions, but also provides answers to general knowledge questions using the online connection to databases such as Wikipedia. The innovative IDA voice assistant additionally features ChatGPT integration (AI/artificial intelligence). Another new feature is a Wellness app that uses preconfigured programmes to adjust various vehicle functions to improve well-being while driving or charging. The exit warning system is another new addition. This warns of motorised vehicles and bicycles approaching from the rear when a door is opened. From now on, the long wheelbase ID. Buzz with will be available with the panoramic sunroof with smart glass as an option. The multi-layered smart glass has an integrated liquid crystal film and can be electronically switched so that it is transparent or opaque. The largest panoramic sunroof ever used in a Volkswagen turns the ID. Buzz into a Samba bus for a new era. Irish ID. Buzz fans won’t have long to wait for the new Volkswagen ID. Buzz GTX. With order books set to open this summer, first models will start to appear on our roads in Q4 of 2024. The ID. Buzz has already won a special place in Irish automotive history by becoming the first vehicle to win Irish Car of the Year AND Irish Van of the Year in the same year. Paul Hunt, Director of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Ireland, is hopeful the new GTX model will be equally well received. He says: “Having a sporty ID. Buzz with the choice of five-, six- or seven-seats is a game changer. The initial five-seat ID. Buzz achieved so much in a short space of time and is still turning heads to this day. The addition of a long-wheelbase option with a larger battery opens the ID. Buzz up to a whole, new audience. Irish car buyers have already taken the ID. Buzz to their hearts. However, a sporty ID. Buzz GTX with state-of-the-art technology, practicality and added towing capacity will win over a whole new legion of admirers.”

  • Mazda2 Hybrid (2024 Preview)

    Recently the Irish motoring media were abroad for a first drive in the new Mazda 2 Hybrid. Essentially what we have here is a collaboration between Mazda Motor Corporation and Toyota Motor Corporation to bring self-charging full hybrid technology to the Mazda model range. As we know, more and more automotive manufacturers are teaming up to bring new models to the showrooms in a more cost efficient and timely manner and this latest venture is no different. Mazda and Toyota entered a long term partnership in 2015 enabling the two giants to jointly develop technologies for electric vehicles. Right now they share connected-car technology, advanced safety technologies and full platforms like the Mazda 2. First impressions leave you in no doubt that we are looking at a Toyota Yaris but what is different, and did Mazda actually re-design this compact hybrid vehicle for the European market at all? Well the journey started on the 15th of January 2024 in Onnaing, France where detailed plans were put in place in an effort to help Mazda lower its CO2 emissions across the range. To do this in the most efficient way, they used the Toyota Yaris which, we all know and love. Mazda are famed for their own unique design language which, you might have heard referred to as, Kodo. In this instance the design team weren't troubled too much only tasked with a mere bumper refresh, front and rear along with some Mazda badging. Underneath the familiar platform provides exceptionally high torsional rigidity, low centre of gravity and ideal weight distribution for reduced body roll. Regardless of what badge is on the front, this is a fun car to drive, with sharp handling on backroads and impressive stopping power. This is no doubt aided by MacPherson strut front and torsion beam rear suspension that combines excellent ride comfort. The NVH (Noice, Vibration and Harshness) levels are notably low offering low cabin noise intrusion. Powering the Mazda2 Hybrid is again Toyota's cutting-edge intelligent hybrid technology, which seamlessly transitions between electric, petrol and combination modes. The 1490cc, 92hp three-cylinder petrol engine with a 59 kW electric motor for a total system power of 116hp. This propels the little Mazda from 0-100 km/h in 9.7 seconds with a top speed of 175 km/h. It returns WLTP combined cycle fuel economy of only 4.2-3.8 l/100 km and CO2 emissions of just 97-87 g/km which is incredibly impressive! The self-charging Mazda2 Hybrid is a great car for city life with its stylish lines, attractive proportions, and compact size, it feels right at home in an urban setting. The Mazda design elements will no doubt appeal to fans of the brand but again this is about the bigger picture for Mazda as the company aim to meet the European CO2 emission targets through to 2030 and beyond. Mazda will further accelerate the electrification of its model range by 2030 by offering a full range of electric vehicles for the most important segments of Europe. Ultimately, carbon neutrality in all its operations is the main objective for Mazda by 2050.

  • HVO Biofuel Explained

    HVO stands for Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil. It is a type of renewable diesel fuel made from feedstocks such as vegetable oils, animal fats, or used cooking oils. The production process involves hydrotreating, which is a hydrogenation process that removes impurities and saturates the unsaturated bonds present in the feedstock, resulting in a high-quality diesel fuel. Because it is produced using waste plant-matter and hydrogen, it does not release any additional carbon emissions into the atmosphere and can result in a 90% net reduction in CO2 emissions. HVO biofuel is considered a drop-in fuel, meaning it can be used in existing diesel engines without any modifications. It has similar properties to petroleum diesel and can be blended with conventional diesel fuel in various proportions. HVO biofuel is gaining popularity as a sustainable alternative to fossil diesel because it produces lower greenhouse gas emissions and reduces reliance on finite fossil fuel resources. Additionally, it can help in reducing particulate matter and other harmful emissions associated with diesel combustion. HVO is distinguished at fuel pumps through the use of a pink nozzle at Certa stations, which stands out from the black diesel and green petrol ones. In Ireland, HVO is expected to meet a large proportion of the increase in biofuel supply to decarbonise the transport sector and is considered a vital transition fuel as electric powered vehicles continue to become more mainstream. As mentioned HVO can be used as a direct replacement for diesel in a wide variety of fleet, plant and machinery equipment in addition to passenger cars. It can also be mixed with diesel in any ratio. The performance of diesel engines using HVO is near identical to when they are fuelled with diesel. As of now, HVO is recognised by the Irish government as a 100% replacement for conventional diesel with greenhouse gas reduction benefits. Diesel-powered cars accounted for 22% of the passenger car market in 2023, just ahead of electric on 19%. While sales of electric cars have increased and the market share of diesel cars has fallen over time, diesel-powered cars are still favoured by many motorists while there is a high number of diesel cars already in the national fleet. While most modern diesels can operate using HVO without any changes, owners are advised to confirm their cars HVO-readiness by contacting their manufacturer.

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