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  • ESB ecars Announce Price Decrease

    Good news for eletric car owners as the ESB have announced a planned price decrease across the public EV charging network in the Republic of Ireland, which will be effective immediately. This will see unit rates for High-Power (200kW) chargers reduce by 13%, Fast chargers reduce by 12% and Standard chargers reduce by 8%.  Commenting on the price reduction, John Byrne, Head of eMobility at ESB, said:   “We are pleased to announce a reduction of prices across our extensive EV public charging network. We are lowering our prices following reductions in wholesale energy costs while continuing to upgrade and improve our charging infrastructure across the country. We keep our prices under constant review and are committed to providing value to our customers with competitive prices.”     ESB has installed 42 multi-vehicle, high-power charging hubs nationwide over the past two years and replaced over 300 chargers to increase the speed and capacity of the charging network. We now have over 1,600 public charge points in place across the country with an average reliability rate of 98%.   What are the prices?    Please see the table below for full view of the new prices:     Membership PAYG Standard Charging (<22kW+)   €0.47 / kWh €0.52 / kWh Fast Charging (50kW - 100kW)   €0.52 / kWh €0.57 / kWh High Power (150kW - 300kW)   €0.54 / kWh €0.59 / kWh Monthly Subscription   €4.79 N/A There is no change to the membership subscription. Contactless payments will be available on the high-power chargers from June 2024. The ESB are continuing to roll out this functionality on all fast chargers over the coming months. There will be no premium charged for using contactless on the network. Changes to overstay fee   As 76% of a recent customer survey respondents support an overstay fee to reduce queuing, the ESB have listened to suggestions and have made some changes to the overstay fee to reflect the feedback revceived.   The existing one-off overstay fee of €8 has been replaced by a more progressive, incremental fee to further encourage drivers to free up charge points for other drivers when finished charging. The new overstay fee structure is 50c/min and kicks in after 45 minutes on fast and high-power chargers and after 10 hours on our standard chargers.    To ensure you are notified of when overstay fees would apply, drivers are encouraged to turn on notifications on the ESB ecar connect app. This will mean you will receive push notifications as a reminder overstay fee when you start your charge. UPDATES  High Power Chargers (150kW - 300kW)  Fast Chargers  (50kW – 100kW)   Standard AC Chargers  (<22kW)   €0.50 per minute incremental overstay fee is applied AFTER :   45 minutes      45 minutes      10 hours      Do drivers need to do anything?   If you are already signed up to use ESB’s public EV charging network, you do not need to do anything – the new rates will be displayed on the ecar connect app and you can continue to charge as normal.  It is also worth noting that local parking enforcement is managed separately to ESB by local authorities. Please refer to local parking fee signage when charging to ensure you are compliant.

  • Tipperary Contractor Outpaces the Field with the Worlds Only Non-Stop Baler – The Kverneland FastBale

    Tipperary Contractor Outpaces the Field with the Worlds Only Non-Stop Baler – The Kverneland FastBale In Clogheen, South Tipperary, Thomas Moloney, alongside his father Jim, has been steering the family business through the evolving landscape of Irish agriculture for over six decades. A significant part of their success in recent years comes from their integration of innovative machinery, specifically the Kverneland FastBale. Link to video - Kverneland FastBale - Irish Contractor Outpaces the Field with the Worlds Only Non-Stop Baler (EN) ( youtube.com ) A Trusted Choice for Irish Farmers The Moloneys' decision to choose Kverneland wasn't made lightly. With a rich history and solid reputation for reliability, coupled with robust dealer support and an excellent product team, Kverneland stands out in the market . "Kverneland, they're a well-renowned product. We've seen a lot of machines on the market for numerous years, and they've got good dealer backup and product support team,"  said Thomas. Initial Impressions and Continued Satisfaction The FastBale first caught the Moloneys' attention during a demonstration in 2017. Its performance was impressive enough to keep them interested until a subsequent demonstration in 2021, which highlighted significant improvements. The upgrades confirmed their decision to invest in the machine. "We were very impressed with the workings of the machine...and we're very happy with the machine performance,"   Thomas recalls about their decision-making process. Non-Stop Baling: A Game Changer One of the FastBale's most praised features is its non-stop baling system. This allows continuous operation without the need to stop and start, a godsend for productivity and efficiency. Thomas highlights , "the non-stop feature has to be the most beneficial part of the baler; it delivers a huge output throughout the day when you don't have to physically stop."   This not only saves significant time but also reduces fuel consumption and wear on the tractor. “Having used other manufacturers' machines over the last number of years, we like the performance of the FastBale. It's a big saving on fuel consumption, reduces a lot of wear and tear on the tractor as well; you're not breaking throughout the day. If you're doing maybe 400 bales a day, that's 400 times you don't have to brake with your tractor.”   Thomas stated. Quality and Compactness The Moloneys were also impressed by the density and quality of the bales produced by the FastBale. "It makes quite dense big bales. And the chop quality of the silage is very good also ," Thomas points out. Furthermore, the compact design of the FastBale is particularly advantageous, making it easy to manoeuvre and transport, an essential factor for operations spread across diverse terrains. Ease of maintenance is another critical factor that has impressed the Moloneys. The FastBale features a design that allows easy access to the knife bank for quick and efficient maintenance. "The way you can pull out the knife bank to the side, it's quite easy to get at the knife when you need to sharpen them,” Superior Design and Functionality The FastBale isn't just about non-stop baling; it's about integrating multiple steps into a seamless operation. As described by John Doyle, Kverneland Group Ireland Product Manager, "FastBale represents two world firsts: it is currently the World’s only non-stop fixed chamber baler and secondly, it is the World’s only non-stop fixed chamber baler wrapper combination." John anticipates that the FastBale will be a game-changer this summer, especially with shorter windows for contractors. "As we face increasingly narrow timeframes for crucial farming tasks, such as baling, the FastBale's non-stop operation and efficiency will prove invaluable,"  Doyle predicts. "I believe this summer will showcase the FastBale's ability to maximize productivity during these critical periods, ultimately revolutionising the way farmers and contractors approach their work." The machine uses a clever layout with two bale chambers that allow continuous operation, from baling to wrapping, without interruption. This design not only speeds up the baling process but also ensures the high quality of each bale. Reflecting on the unmatched performance of the Kverneland FastBale compared to other balers, Thomas emphasised the unique qualities that set it apart in the field.  "In terms of comparing the baler to other manufacturers, we've found it incredibly reliable throughout the two seasons that we've had it. We're very impressed with the productivity of the machine, but honestly, there is no real comparison. There is no other baler on the market with this level of compactness and with a non-stop feature. Over the last years, we've literally had no problems with the machine, and we're very impressed with the build quality." Environmental and Operational Benefits From an environmental perspective, FastBale's film on film option provides improved silage quality and simpler recycling of plastic waste. Operational benefits are equally impressive, with reduced time spent on bale wrapping and a gentle bale discharge system that minimizes the risk of bales rolling away on sloping lands. A Positive Impact on Moloney Agri Contracting Business Reflecting on the overall impact of the FastBale on their operations, Thomas concludes, "the FastBale had a positive impact on our business. It just increased productivity a huge deal, and even from an operator's point of view, it's a nice baler to operate. It's very simple; there's no stopping and starting during the day." For other farmers and contractors considering their options, Thomas doesn’t hesitate to recommend the FastBale . "We definitely recommend the FastBale to any other farmers and contractors; we've been working there for two seasons with literally no problems, and we're very impressed by the build quality and performance of the machine." As Irish agriculture continues to evolve, tools like the Kverneland FastBale are proving indispensable for farmers looking to increase efficiency and productivity. The Moloneys' experience is a testament to how adopting innovative technologies can lead to significant improvements in both operations and outcomes. 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 Click here for information on the FastBale   Click here to find your local Kverneland Dealer   Website:   www.kverneland.ie

  • Opel Commercials Selling Strong!

    Opel has announced pricing and equipment for its new generation of light commercial vehicles, as the vehicles land in Irish showrooms from this June. Flexible, strong, ultra-modern and distinctive, each of the trio features a striking new exterior styling and a redesigned cockpit, and each is loaded with enhanced safety equipment as standard. Available in both diesel and all-electric, Opel has launched the new range with a low-cost finance rate of 4.9% APR Hire Purchase, plus 5-year warranty, delivering the perfect partner for your business from just €380 per month. James Brooks, Opel Ireland Managing Director said: “Year to date, Opel LCV registrations have seen a major uplift of 53% in Ireland, winning an 8.2% market share and maintaining 5th place in the marketplace. Now, armed with our new light commercial vehicle range that benefits from significant styling updates and much-enhanced safety equipment added as standard, we look forward with confidence to welcoming more new customers to the German brand.” The compact new Opel Combo is available in Komfort and Sportive trims, in two lengths (L1 and L2), and boasts a maximum load length of 3.4m, a load volume of up to 4.4m3 and payload of up to 1000kg. The Combo Komfort level one trim, L1H1 1.5 turbo diesel 100hp, retails from €26,495 plus delivery. Standard equipment includes cruise control, traffic sign recognition, lane keep assist, driver attention alert, intelligent speed assist, auto emergency braking, rear parking sensors, six airbags, smartphone station with voice recognition, 2 USB ports, spare wheel, aircon, solid bulkhead with trapdoor, automatic high beam assist. The level two Combo Sportive trim, retailing from €28,895 plus delivery, gains a 10” touchscreen, a 10” multi-colour driver information screen, Matrix LED headlamps, 180-degree rear view camera, body-coloured bumpers, body coloured door handles, and body coloured rail covering and moulding. The medium-sized new Opel Vivaro is available in Komfort and Sportive trims, and in two lengths, offering a voluminous cargo area with a maximum load length of 4m, load volumes of up to 6.6m3 and payload up to 1,400kg. The Vivaro Komfort L1H11.5 turbo diesel 120hp, retails from €35,995 plus delivery. Standard equipment includes cruise control and speed limiter, traffic sign recognition, lane keep assist, driver attention alert, intelligent speed assist, advanced emergency braking, rear parking sensors, rain sensing front wipers, automatic high beam assist, solid bulkhead, a 10” touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, 2 x USB C type ports, a 10” multi-colour driver information screen, aircon, 16” wheels and spare wheel. The level two Vivaro Sportive trim, retailing from €37,995 plus delivery, boasts 17” wheels with full-size covers, uplevel front grille, body coloured door handles, body coloured power folding electric and heated door mirrors, body coloured front and rear bumpers, front fog lamps, and 180-degree rear view camera. The large new Opel Movano is available in Komfort trim, in panel van body type offering three length and three height variants, and a chassis cab body type. The Movano offers a payload of up to 2 tonnes and towing capacity of up to 3 tonnes, with a load volume of up to 17m3 (5 Euro pallets).  The Movano Panel Van Komfort model retails from €38,295 plus delivery. Standard equipment includes cruise control and speed limiter, traffic sign recognition, lane keep assist, driver attention alert, intelligent speed assist, advanced emergency braking, passenger airbag, rear parking sensors, full steel bulkhead, USB port, DAB radio with 5” colour screen, manual aircon, 16” wheels and spare wheel. Battery-electric versions of the trio will continue to offer class-leading driving ranges, with the new Movano Electric covering up to 420km on a single charge (WLTP). This is made possible by state-of-the-art battery technologies and improvements such as increased drive efficiency. The new Combo Electric, Vivaro Electric and Movano Electric also continue to offer the full operational capability of their counterparts with internal combustion engines. Equipped to handle even the most demanding tasks of everyday work, the new Combo and Vivaro models are currently arriving in Opel Dealer forecourts nationwide and will be followed by the new Movano in the coming weeks.

  • Kverneland's 85156 C: A Closer Look At The 15.6m High Capacity Tedder

    Kverneland has recently introduced the 85156 C Trailed ProLine tedder to the Irish market, a piece of machinery designed to enhance productivity and efficiency for farmers and machinery contractors. With a working width of 15.6 meters and equipped with 14 rotors, this tedder is tailored to improve the handling of all crop types, ensuring high output and excellent crop quality. Designed for High Output The 85156 C tedder is engineered with intensive usage in mind. Its small diameter rotors are crafted for optimal crop turning, providing an efficient pick-up and uniform distribution over the entire working width. This design ensures that crops are turned efficiently and evenly, even under almost any condition. 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 Recognising the importance of minimising 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. Additional Features for Enhanced Performance The tedder comes fitted with generous 380/55-17 tires, offering stability and good ground protection. An option for 500/50-17 tires is also available. Furthermore, the hydraulic activated swath board efficiently keeps the crop within the working width when tedding along borderlines, highlighting Kverneland's attention to detail in enhancing machine performance. A Reliable Solution for Irish Agriculture The introduction of the 85156 C tedder by Kverneland is a response to the needs of the agricultural community in Ireland, offering a reliable solution designed to boost productivity and crop quality. With features like the TerraFlow system and its maintenance-friendly design, this tedder is poised to become a go-to tool for farmers and contractors looking to streamline their operations. Kverneland continues to demonstrate its commitment to the agricultural industry through innovations that address the real-world challenges faced by farmers today. The 85156 C tedder is a testament to this commitment, offering a blend of performance, reliability, and efficiency that is sure to meet the needs of Irish agriculture. Kverneland's 85134 C tedder, with a working width of 13.4 meters and equipped with 12 rotors, is also available to the Irish market. Standard Warranty for Peace of Mind All Kverneland equipment comes with a standard 2-year warranty, offering peace of mind to farmers and contractors. This commitment to quality and reliability ensures that users can depend on their Kverneland machinery for consistent performance and longevity. Supporting Irish Farmers and Contractors Conor Vaughan, from Kverneland Group Ireland, emphasises the company's dedication to assisting Irish farmers and contractors with their agricultural needs through the 0% finance offer covering 100% of the VAT inclusive selling price. " Our aim at Kverneland Group Ireland is to empower Irish farmers and contractors by providing accessible financial solutions,"   he states. "This initiative reflects our commitment to supporting the agricultural community in Ireland, ensuring they have access to cutting-edge equipment without the financial burden."  Click here  for more info on the finance packages. 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 Click here for information on Kverneland Tedders   Click here to find your local Kverneland Dealer   Website:   www.kverneland.ie

  • Fiat Grande Panda On The Way!

    FIAT reveals the first pictures of the new Grande Panda, the firstborn of the new family inspired by the 1980s Panda, a compact family mover which responds to the needs of customers worldwide. The new Fiat Grande Panda is the first model of the new global line-up based on a multi-energy platform, as FIAT starts its transition from local-based production to a global offer through a common global platform. The Grande Panda will first land in Europe, Middle East, and Africa, and will be available in both electric and hybrid versions. A B-segment vehicle under 4 metres long, with clean lines, well-organised roominess thanks to its compact volume, and a 5-person capacity, the Grande Panda is perfect both for family comfort and today’s urban mobility.   With more than a century’s worth of history, FIAT is one of the oldest operating automobile manufacturers and a truly global brand which is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year. FIAT's history is dotted with achievements, records, leadership, and a global reach, with the brand always keeping its customers in mind. On the year of its important anniversary, FIAT is introducing the new Grande Panda and providing its clients all over the world with a new global model which is ideal for families and the contemporary urban environment.   Olivier Francois, FIAT CEO and Stellantis Global CMO, stated: “The best way to celebrate FIAT's 125 years is to start writing the first pages of our future, starting with the new Grande Panda. Designed in Turin, Italy by our Centro Stile, FIAT’s new creation embodies its forerunner’s values. This compact car is based on a global platform, giving the Brand the opportunity to expand its global reach. With the Grande Panda, FIAT now begins its transition to global common platforms that cover all regions of the world, passing on the resulting benefits to its customers worldwide. In fact, the Grande Panda is perfectly suited for families and urban mobility in every country... a real FIAT!”   The Grande Panda is the first new product in the family and will be followed by the launch of a new vehicle every year until 2027. The new set of models has been designed to conquer the streets of the world and complete the brand’s line-up. FIAT’s innovative project is to manufacture vehicles on the same global and multi-energy Smart platform, which works in every region in the world, allowing the brand to create many different vehicles and respond to customers’ needs worldwide.   Fiat Grande Panda: designed in Italy for the world Designed in Italy at the Centro Stile in Turin , the Fiat Grande Panda stands out from the other B-segment vehicles for its unique compactness at just 3.99-metres long — below the 4.06 m segment average — and features clean lines and well-organised roominess thanks to its compact volume. The new FIAT model can carry five people and is perfect for comfortable family living and contemporary urban mobility. With the objective of conveying strength and uniqueness, the volume appears robust and structured. The wedge-shaped and dynamic design of the body is generated by its pronounced profile lines. The Grande Panda has been conceived to project the Brand into the future with an innovative and smart use of the space, a cool personality and surprising features.   The new Fiat Grande Panda comes with a special exterior look with a subtle combination of structured lines and soft and bold surfaces that emphasise the robust wheel arches. In addition, the new Fiat Grande Panda’s “Italianness” becomes immediately apparent through its iconic and ironic Italian design which is synonymous with beauty. The compact family mover comes with bright body colours, one of which will be yellow.   The front features a compact volume with a distinctive new personality. Precise orthogonal lines envelop a progressive square mesh arrangement that creates a strong, sleek look, generating a punctuation of pixels from the centre of the glossy black upper grille to the headlights. The presence of a skid plate in the lower central part of the bumper contributes to emphasising a UV attitude, while the headlamps, made up of opal cubes, reflect the windows on the façades of the Lingotto factory. Moreover, alongside the unique light signature, the Daytime Running Lights (DRL) turn into indicators and illuminate some of the cubes which appear as horizontal pixels arranged in a chessboard pattern.   On the sides, the Fiat Grande Panda’s silhouette calls back to the strength of the Panda from the 80s, with its undisputable, self-confident allure provided by the dynamic passenger compartment and greenhouse. The wedge-shaped attitude of the bodywork and cabin is well-defined and enhanced even more by the sloping roof racks, which move from the top towards the rear end. In homage to the classic Panda 4x4, the Panda letters are surprising: printed with three dimensional in bas-relief on the doors, they reflect the surrounding environment and animate the lower part of the side. Furthermore, the unmistakable inclination of the angular ratio with the vertical volume of the rear is reproduced by the robust “C” pillar. To generate a lenticular effect, a black square badge is connected to the graphics of the greenhouse, creating a striking effect in which the four FIAT letters turn into four bars which walk around the vehicle.   The rear features a bold character as well thanks to its prominent wheel arches, the inclination of the windows, the overall layout of the rear window, headlights, and skids which confer the Fiat Grande Panda with a protective and stable appearance and robust ground solidity. The volume is increased thanks to the integration of a glossy black bezel with the three-dimensional letters of Panda—a design homage to the original Panda. Finally, to maintain theme of 80s geometries combined with a futuristic style, the 17" diamond-cut alloy wheels are amplified by a captivating, stylised X design. With a special and new design language, the Fiat Grande Panda is shaping the future now. It is part of the Brand’s quest to provide customers all over the world with a unique car that expresses all its values through its distinctive design.

  • EasyCut R 450 – Mowing with more balance

    Krone is adding a new top-of-the-range model to its R series disc mowers: The EasyCut R 450, with a working width of 4.5 metres. This rear mounted mower ensures maximum driving stability thanks to its telescopic counterweight and horizontal folding mechanism for road transport. The new ECR 450 will be presented to the public for the first time in France at the Salon de l’herbe et des fourrages. Efficient mowing with suitable overcut The EasyCut 450 mower can be operated with all Krone front mounted mowers up to and including a working width of four metres, always ensuring an optimum overcut. Adjustable lower link holders and outrigger arms, which can be mounted in different positions, ensure perfect swathing. Ideal weight distribution for greater driving stability The EasyCut R 450 is equipped with a hydraulically telescoping mechanism which can be optionally loaded with up to ten plates of 50 kg each. This greatly improves the handling characteristics of the mower in the field. The weight, which can weigh up to 500 kg, moves outwards by 60 cm in a fully automatic sequence-controlled manner. This allows the ballasting of the machine to be optimised and the lower links of the tractor are loaded more evenly. As a result, the power requirement is only around 74 kW or 100 hp. Exemplary contour following thanks to hydraulic relief The patented DuoGrip suspension ensures outstanding ground tracking across the entire working width, even in the most difficult conditions. An integrated pendulum stop cylinder pulls the mower unit onto the outrigger arm in the headland position, ensuring smooth driving behaviour even on uneven ground and during fast turning manoeuvres. This maximises headland lifting. Standard equipment also includes the hydraulically adjustable bearing pressure which is easy to read on a pressure gauge. Even more comfort is provided by the optional adjustment of the bearing pressure from the tractor cab; this adjustment also requires a double-acting control unit. This also contributes to a reduction in diesel consumption. Proven EasyCut mowing technology The technical basis for the EasyCut R 450 is the all-round welded EasyCut cutterbar, lubricated for life, with eight cutting discs and two mower drums. The patented SafeCut cutterbar protection system and hydraulic impact damage protection system prevent the machine from extensive damaged. Compact and safe on the road The EasyCut R 450 is hydraulically swivelled horizontally to the rear for transport. In doing so, the counterweight is automatically retracted so that the transport width is less than 2.5 metres. With the standard LED lighting including a warning panel the rear mounted mower can be transported in complete safety on public roads. When the work is done, the mower can be safely parked using the standard parking supports which remain on the machine. Conclusion: With a working width of 4.5 metres, the new EasyCut R 450 sets new standards for rear three-point mowers. Thanks to the flexible adjustment of the overcut, the machine can also be used extremely efficiently in combination with various Krone front mounted mowers. With the EasyCut F 400 Fold, a working width of almost 8 m can be achieved. Other convenient features, such as the standard hydraulic mower relief and the telescopic counterweight, ensure optimum ground tracking and weight distribution which create the best conditions for high-quality forage even in difficult conditions thanks to a consistently precise cutting pattern. Technical data at a glance Working width: 4.47 m Transport width: Less than 2.50 m (due to horizontal folding) Dead weight: 1,250 kg Hitch: Three-point headstock (Cat. III relocatable) Cutterbar: EasyCut with SafeCut cutterbar protection system SmartCut cutting disc arrangement 8 cutting discs, 2 mower drums Drive train Drive via universal shaft-gearbox combination with integrated freewheel PTO speed 540 rpm (optionally 1,000 rpm) Mower suspension in the centre of gravity: DuoGrip system Bearing pressure control: hydraulic (optionally adjustable from the cabin, 1 double-acting extra) Counterweight: Telescopic device for up to 500 kg Required hydraulic connections: 1 x single-acting, 1 x double-acting Power requirement: from approx. 74 kW/100 hp

  • Renault Captur (2024 Review)

    Renault heavily revise the Captur in an effort to attract a new type of buyer!

  • Fiat Ireland Announce The Arrival of The All New 600

    Fiat Ireland this week launch the stunning new Fiat 600. The New Fiat 600 takes the best of the B and B-SUV worlds to offer a beautiful, joyful, and pampered driving experience, marking the Brand’s return to the B-segments.  Available in both hybrid and fully electric, the New Fiat 600 is an ideal car for Irish roads and the perfect embodiment of the brand’s values of Italian style and sustainability. The New Fiat 600 has a generous size of 4.17 metres length, features 5-doors, comfortably fits 5 people and 15 litres of interior storage, with exceptional front storage and a boot with up to 385 litres of load capacity. John Saunders, Managing Director at Fiat Ireland, said, "We are excited to introduce the stunning new Fiat 600 to our lineup. Building on the enduring popularity of the iconic 500 among Irish drivers, we believe this new model will resonate just as strongly. Arriving just in time for the 242 registration period, we are confident that the Fiat 600 will significantly boost our market share in Ireland." The New Fiat 600, also referred to as the 500's bigger sister, takes its name from the original 600 and brings all the Italian coolness and fresh style. Its exterior and interior design perfectly embodies the Italian beauty and Dolce Vita philosophy. Compared to the 500, its augmented look features a sharper and more assertive face, a 600-chrome refreshed signature both on the front and on the sides, and a renewed LED lighting identity. The elegant yet dynamic exterior look is enhanced by the bigger wheels (up to 18” and a diameter of 690mm), black matt skirts and wheel arches. Several charming features highlight its exterior lines, such as the glossy black details, chrome accents and shining cues on the rear lights. Inside, the New Fiat 600 perfectly embodies the Italian Dolce Vita thanks to several features specifically designed to offer the best pampering experience.  With the La Prima version, the driver seat is equipped with seat adjustment power and a back-massage function.  The New Fiat 600 La Prima also offers Ivory synthetic leather seats with FIAT monogram with turquoise accents that give a premium feel and 3 stage heating for maximum comfort. Velour floor mats, 40/60 rear seats, USB type A & type C + type C on 2nd row, a wireless charger for smartphone and keyless entry with proximity sensor, are also available for a comfy and pleasant driving experience. The New Fiat 600 is also packed with state-of-the-art safety and assistance features that make it ready for everyday life. It offers level 2 assisted driving, bringing all the associated benefits to your journey. Features include Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Stop&Go function, Electric Parking Brake, Autonomous Emergency Braking and Drowsy driver detection to monitor driver concentration levels. In terms of comfort and connectivity, the New Fiat 600 is available with several features that will make every trip lot more pleasant and joyful. It is available with a hands-free power liftgate, all powered windows, auto air conditioning, dusk and rain sensors. A 6-speaker sound system, 10.25” fully customisable radio with Navi, CarPlay and Android Auto wireless, a 7” digital cluster and connected services complete the offer. New Fiat 600 Hybrid Built on the advanced CMP2 platform, the Fiat 600 Hybrid integrates cutting-edge technology to boost driving pleasure. With a robust 100 horsepower 48V Hybrid application and a seamless 6-speed automatic gearbox (e-DCT), this groundbreaking powertrain ensures a dynamic driving experience while prioritising environmental responsibility. Thanks to the innovative integration of an electric motor within the gearbox, the 600 Hybrid boasts full electric capabilities, allowing for effortless detachment of the engine from the transmission. The brilliant New Fiat 600 Hybrid features acceleration to 100 km/h in just about 11 seconds and practically instantaneous torque delivery from the e-motor. New Fiat 600e (BEV) The lithium-ion batteries with a capacity of 54 kWh give the New 600e a range of more than 400 km in the WLTP combined cycle and more than 600 km in the urban cycle, making the New Fiat 600e the ideal vehicle for both daily use and weekend get aways. The New 600e is equipped with a 100-kW fast charger system and comes with a 11kW On Board Charger and a Mode 3 cable for charging at home or in public, which ensures a full charge in less than 6 hours. The electric powertrain has an output of 115 kW, providing acceleration from 0-100 km/h in 9.0 seconds. The New Fiat 600e gives drivers the choice of three driving modes – eco, normal, sport - which can be selected to match your driving style. The New Fiat 600 is available to order now from Fiat Dealers in Ireland, with prices starting from €28,995 for the 600 Hybrid and from €32,995 for the fully electric 600e.

  • Volkswagen Celebrates 50 Years of the Iconic Golf

    The iconic Volkswagen Golf is celebrating its 50th birthday. One of the greatest stories in automotive history began in March 1974 when Volkswagen began series production of the Golf in Wolfsburg. And, with more than 37 million units sold, the Golf has since become one of the most successful cars in the world. The first new Golf models began to arrive in dealers’ showrooms from July 1974. As the successor to the legendary Beetle (a fellow icon that was produced more than 21.5 million times), the Golf, developed by Giorgio Giugiaro and Volkswagen Design, had to live up to lofty expectations. And it did so in every way: enjoying phenomenal success, the Golf quickly became a household name and a member of the family due to its reliability and versatility. To celebrate this 50th anniversary, Volkswagen is delighted to welcome the new updated Golf, with prices starting from €32,680 RRP. In addition, a brand-new, limited, anniversary edition trim, ‘Edition 50’, has been added to the line-up. Starting from €37,500 RRP, the ‘Edition 50’ trim comes with a host of new features that commemorate this icon’s historic milestone. ‘Edition 50’ models, which are limited in number, include a 3D-Plakette 50-year logo on the B-pillar, scuff plates with an ‘Edition 50’ year logo, leather-wrapped multi-function steering wheel with 50-year logo, 18-inch alloy wheels and a large, 12.9-inch touchscreen Navigation system. Speaking on the 50-year anniversary of the iconic Golf, Alan Bateson, Director of Volkswagen Ireland said" “We are very proud of the Golf’s legacy in Ireland and the fact it has played such a pivotal role in Irish family life over many generations, offering reliability and versatility for our customers. We look forward to marking this milestone with a carefully crafted marketing campaign to celebrate 50 years of Golf in Ireland and welcome the addition of a special, limited ‘Edition 50’ trim that is sure to be a hit with customers.” The new Golf has now arrived in Volkswagen showrooms and you can find out more by visiting our trusted VW dealer network through www.donedeal.ie

  • New Car Registrations Down On May Last Year

    The Society of the Irish Motor Industry has released their official 241 new vehicle registrations statistics for May. New car registrations for May were down 15% (6,407) when compared to May 2023 (7,545). Registrations year to date are up 3.8% (77,453) on the same period last year (74,612). Light Commercial Vehicles (LCVs) declined by 22.3% (1,950) compared to May last year (2,511). Year to date LCVs are up 21.3% (19,543). HGV (Heavy Goods Vehicle) registrations are up 24.4% (265) in comparison to May 2023 (213). Year to date HGVs are up 20.2% (1,707). Imported Used Cars have seen a 22.9% (5,514) rise in May 2024, when compared to May 2023 (4,486). Year to date imports are up 26.0% (26,207) on 2023 (20,797). In May 1,044 new electric cars were registered, which was 39.1% lower than the 1,715 registrations in May 2023. So far this year, 10,062 new electric cars have been registered which is a 21.8% decrease compared to the same period in 2023 when 12,875 electric cars were registered. In the new car market share by engine type for 2024, Petrol cars continue to lead the new car market at 33.30% followed by Diesel at 23.06%, then Hybrid (Petrol Electric) at 20.18%, Electric at 12.99%, and Plug-in Electric Hybrid at 8.86%. Brian Cooke, SIMI Director General commenting: “New car registrations show a 15% decline for May when compared to the same month last year. Year to date, new car sales remain 4% ahead of 2023. While sales of light commercial vehicles decreased by 22% in May, registrations for light and heavy commercial vehicles remain strong so far this year. Electric cars have seen a fourth consecutive month of decline in sales. The number of electric cars registered last month was 1,044, which is a decrease from the 1,715 registrations in May 2023. The EV share of the market now stands at 13%, which is down from 17% on last year, and is in line with 2022 market share. With the private consumer being the driver of EV sales in Ireland, we need to re-focus our efforts on these buyers; they need greater reassurances on their EV investment, which includes as a minimum the extension of current incentives and delivery on an electric charging infrastructure. We also need to encourage the company car market, where Ireland has been lagging behind other markets, and delay the phasing out of the BIK concession until such time as EVs become firmly established.” • 5 Top Selling New Car Brands 2024 were: 1.TOYOTA, 2.VOLKSWAGEN, 3.SKODA, 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.TESLA, 3.HYUNDAI, 4. BYD, 5.KIA • 5 Top Selling Electric Vehicle Models (EVs) 2024: 1.VOLKSWAGEN ID.4, 2.TESLA MODEL Y, 3.HYUNDAI KONA, 4.TESLA MODEL 3, 5.MG MG4 • Top Selling Car (May) 2024: DACIA SANDERO • Top Selling Electric Car (May) 2024: TESLA MODEL Y

  • MG4 XPower | Can an EV be fun?

    In this week's review, we find out whether an electric car can actually be fun, particularly from a driving enthusiast's point of view. First, we find out what is the most 'fun' car to live with day to day. Generally speaking it's a 'hot hatch' as they are versatile, practical and fun. Next up - find the perfect electric hot hatch. There are a number of options including the Mini electric, however the stats and figures of the new MG4 XPower make it the obvious choice. 0-100km/h in 3.8 seconds! That's the same speed at a Mercedes-AMG A45s! It also boasts 429hp going to all 4 wheels. It's not just the straight line speed that will impress you, it has surprisingly good handling, and holds the road very well. Yes, it does miss the unpredictability of a turbo car, and the noise from the exhausts, but overall, if you're willing to see past this, it could well be the option for you! Check out all MG4 models on DoneDeal Motors

  • Audi Q6 e-tron Performance Updates

    Audi is announcing a new efficient drive variant of the new Audi Q6 e-tron ahead of the official market launch this summer. With rear-wheel drive and a newly developed lithium-ion battery with a total gross capacity of 100 kWh (94.9 kWh net), the Audi Q6 e-tron performance has a range of up to 635* kilometers. This capability puts it at the top of the Q6 e-tron family. In addition, the scalable Premium Platform Electric (PPE) demonstrates its flexibility with the first purely rear-wheel drive variant. The new Audi Q6 SUV e-tron performance is now available to order from €81,000. The Audi Q6 e-tron marks the start of a new generation of electrically powered vehicles at Audi. At the world premiere in March of this year, the brand with the four rings presented two variants of the new model: the Audi Q6 e-tron quattro, which offers typical Audi confident performance with a system output of 285 kW , and the sporty SQ6 e-tron with a system output including the additional function of 360 kW. Advantages of the new Audi PPE (Premium Platform Electric) For the next generation of electric vehicles from Audi commencing with the Audi Q6 e-tron range, the company has redeveloped the electric motors, the power electronics, the transmission, as well as the high-voltage battery and all related components, and tailored them exactly to the requirements of battery electric vehicles. The scalable and future-proof electronic architecture allows Audi to offer various vehicle models and derivatives on a standardised electronic basis. This approach reduces complexity in both development and production and creates additional economies of scale. All powertrain components for the PPE are designed to be even more compact than the drive systems developed and installed previously, and they stand out due to higher efficiency. In total, the efficiency measures around the new electric motors for the PPE enables extra range compared to the first-generation Audi e-tron. In the area of production, the degree of automation and the vertical range of manufacture have increased significantly. The new electric motors for the PPE require about 30 percent less installation space than those of previous electric models. Their weight has been reduced by about 20 percent. The PPE represents an important step for Audi in becoming a leading provider of sustainable premium mobility. Efficient rear-wheel drive for the longest range in the Q6 e-tron portfolio The Audi Q6 e-tron performance model has a particularly efficient rear-wheel drive. A compact and powerful permanent magnet synchronous motor (PSM) provides a system output of 240 kW when the extra function is engaged and accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.6 seconds. With up to 635 kilometers, according to WLTP, the Audi Q6 e-tron performance is one of the models with the longest range in its segment. These features make the Audi Q6 e-tron performance an attractive choice for customers who are not only looking for an extended electric range, dynamic performance, and suitability for everyday use but also for brief charging stops. Ensuring a high level of comfort even on long journeys, the Audi Q6 e-tron performance has up to 270* kilometers of rechargeable range in 10 minutes at a suitable fast charging station. Entry into the Audi Q6 e-tron family The new, additional drive variant is the youngest member of the Audi Q6 e-tron family. It has the longest range within the model portfolio and represents the entry-level price. The Audi Q6 SUV e-tron performance* can now be ordered from EUR 81,000. Delivery is planned for the third quarter of this year. Deliveries of the Audi Q6 e-tron quattro* and Audi SQ6 e-tron* variants to customers are already scheduled to begin later this summer. Commenting on the extensive Audi Q6 e-tron model range, Audi Ireland Brand Director Damien O’Sullivan: “The Audi Q6 e-tron model range is the first family of models built on the premium platform electric - a testament to Audi’s mission to provide connected  and sustainable electric mobility. The variations within the model offers our customer the choice they desire and deserve.. The Audi Q6 e-tron model range will do extremely well in Ireland and I encourage those curious to visit their local dealer as these models arrive.”

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