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  • ŠKODA ENYAQ COUPÉ

    The already successful ŠKODA ENYAQ is about to be joined in Irish showrooms with an elegant coupé version. This new ŠKODA ENYAQ COUPÉ is one seriously good-looking machine with generous amounts of space and a boot capacity of 570 litres. Depending on specification, the ENYAQ Coupé has a range of up to 545 km on the WLTP cycle. There is a choice of two battery sizes, rear- and all-wheel drive, plus power outputs ranging from 132 kW to 195 kW. Prices start from €56,710 inclusive of a 3-year maintenance and tyre plan. Libor Pavlas, ŠKODA Ireland, Product Manager, says: “The Irish launch of the ENYAQ COUPÉ was delayed by more than 12 months as result of excessive worldwide demand. We are delighted to finally confirm prices and specifications and would encourage customers to place their orders from 2nd February, 2023. The original ENYAQ iV, ŠKODA’s first fully electric vehicle, was first revealed back in 2020, with Irish sales pre-booked online by way of a €1,000 deposit. Three years on and demand continues to outstrip supply so early ordering is strongly advised for the COUPÉ version.” The new ŠKODA ENYAQ COUPÉ features a discrete sporty front apron as well as body‑coloured side skirts. It is equipped with alloy wheels measuring between 19 and 21 inches. From the B-pillar, the roofline gently slopes towards the rear before merging with a tailgate featuring a sharp trailing edge. The vehicle’s lines are further accentuated by a dark tinted panoramic glass roof, a standard feature for the COUPÉ model. The largest panoramic glass roof in the ŠKODA range, it spans the entire length of the roof and merges seamlessly with the rear window. The panoramic glass roof allows more daylight into the interior, giving the car a more airy feel. Meanwhile, a thermodynamic coating ensures temperatures within the cabin are pleasant at all times. Just as with the ENYAQ iV, the coupé is available with the optional Crystal Face where the vertical ribs of the striking ŠKODA grille are illuminated by 131 LEDs, while a horizontal light strip rounds off the car’s stunning look. In terms of specification, the ENYAQ COUPÉ closely mirrors that of its SUV sibling with the addition of a panoramic sunroof, body coloured doorsills and bumpers as well as a stylish rear spoiler. Boot capacity is only 15 litres less than that of the ENYAQ SUV at 570 litres. The interior is defined by the Design Selections which are inspired by modern living environments and use natural, sustainably processed and recycled materials. Power output starts at 132 kW with the rear-wheel-drive ENYAQ COUPÉ 60, which is equipped with a 62-kWh battery. The ENYAQ COUPÉ 80, also rear-wheel-drive, produces 150 kW from its 82-kWh battery. In addition to this larger battery, the ENYAQ COUPÉ 80x features a second motor on the front axle, making it all-wheel-drive. The ENYAQ COUPÉ 80x has a system output of 195 kW. The outstanding aerodynamics of the ENYAQ COUPÉ contribute to the car’s high level of efficiency. Meanwhile, the low drag coefficient has a positive impact on the vehicle’s maximum range, which is up to 545 km WLTP for the ENYAQ COUPÉ 80. To see our trusted ŠKODA dealers please visit www.donedeal.ie and browse from the many vehicles on offer.

  • Clever Cooling For Inbound Volkswagen ID.7

    Air conditioning systems are pretty standard in most cars nowadays but Volkswagen are about to go one step further in the new ID.7 which has a system that performs faster cooling or heating of the interior before the start of a journey. Among other things, this is made possible by electronically controlled air vents that distribute the air throughout the vehicle interior as soon as the driver approaches with the key. The new, smart automated air conditioning system also reacts to voice commands and takes into account the position of the sun as well as individual user preferences. The result is an increase in comfort with which the new electric saloon will set standards in its class. With a camouflaged concept vehicle, Volkswagen provided a first glimpse of the new ID.7 at the world’s largest consumer electronics show, the CES in Las Vegas. The ID.7 can activate the air conditioning before passengers get into the vehicle. The vehicle interior is cooled on hot days and heated when it is cold. If the door is opened in conditions with high outside temperatures, smart air vents in the cockpit distribute the air quickly over a large area by means of dynamic horizontal movements. When the passengers are seated in the car, the air flow can be redirected straight at the body or used for indirect ventilation of the interior space, according to the preference. The ID.7 is the first Volkswagen model with such an intelligent control system. The climate control function is located on the uppermost operating level of the new 38-centimetre (15-inch) infotainment display of the ID.7. This means that it is always visible and can be activated by simple tapof a finger. Using the clear air conditioning context menu, all smart air vents can be digitally controlled at the outlets. The strength and direction of air movements can be adjusted intuitively and saved individually. The temperature can be controlled by means of backlit touch sliders. The digitally controlled air conditioning system can be activated by voice control. Special wishes are stored as “Smart Climates”. For example, a program is selected that activates the steering wheel heating if the command “Hello Volkswagen, my hands are cold” is spoken. This will initiate warm air directed at the hands on the steering wheel for around five minutes. The individual user preferences are saved as “Personalisations” in the ID.7. This includes the settings made for the automatic air conditioning system. This is especially practical if the vehicle will be used by multiple drivers. When the automatic function is activated, the smart system reacts to its climatic surroundings. For example, a sensor in the area of the windscreen detects the incident angle of the sunlight in conditions with high outside temperatures and high solar intensity. If the sun is shining strongly onto one side of the vehicle, the ID.7 adapts the air conditioning to an even greater extent for the warmer zones: first towards the respective area of the vehicle interior, and then in a second step specifically towards the vehicle occupants. Following the ID.3, ID.4, ID.5 and the ID. Buzz3, the ID.7 will be the fifth model of the all-electric ID family to be available in Ireland. After the ID.4, it will be the second global vehicle from Volkswagen based on the modular electric drive matrix (MEB). The world premiere of the ID.7 is scheduled for the second quarter of 2023. The market launch of the electric saloon in China and Europe is planned for this year. North America will follow in 2024. Exciting times for VW's electric future!

  • New Mercedes-AMG SL Arrival

    We recently had an opportunity to see the all new Mercedes-AMG SL Roadster in the metal! This car will mark the start of a plethora of new model arrivals planned for 2023. Virtually unique within the world of motoring, the SL has been a symbol of elegance and style ever since it first arrived on the scene as the 300SL Roadster almost 70 years ago. the inspiration for this very car came from a Grand Prix racing car that had been built two years earlier. Reborn, according to Mercedes-AMG, as ‘an icon for the modern era’, the new SL offers what Mercedes-AMG calls ‘performance luxury’ with a 2+2 seats configuration (the first since 1989) and a ‘revolutionary interior experience’ that combines analogue geometry with the digital world – a combination reflected in a fully digital instrument cluster. Visually, the new SL is everything owners would wish it to be. With its crouching poise and ‘let’s get going’ good looks, its genetic ancestry and sporty nature are evident in every detail, not least in its AMG grille, athletic body shape and interior refinements. Inside, a wide choice of sports or performance trim and leather coverings is offered as is the latest-generation MBUX system, supplemented with AMG-specific content. Described by Mercedes-Benz passenger car sales manager, Ciaran Allen as a ‘true legend for the future’, the new SL comes in a soft-top version which Allen says ‘can be opened and closed at speeds up to 60 kilometres per hour’. Said by Mercedes-AMG to combine ‘the highest levels of comfort and quality in its interior, with just the right amount of sportiness’, its notable features include an ‘aviation-inspired’ instrument panel, a centre console with adjustable touchscreen, sculptured seats with integrated headrests, and heated ‘air scarf’ feature that wards-off chills when driving with the top open. Initially, Mercedes-AMG 43 381hp, and two 4.0-litre V8 biturbo engines are available with 476hp or 585hp, top speeds from 295 km/h and 0 to 100 km/h times of under four seconds in each case. A Formula 1 inspired E-PERFORMANCE hybrid with an electric power unit at the rear axle will follow. Fully variable 4MATIC+ all-wheel drive is standard. Prices begin from €238,395 for the Mercedes-AMG 43 – a figure influenced largely by the quality of manufacture and high level of specifications and which most buyers will likely regard as a long-term investment, particularly amongst those focused on maintaining their purchase in pristine condition.

  • Record Month For EV Sales In Ireland

    Interesting news in today from the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) as they release their official 231 new vehicle registrations statistics for January. New car registrations for the month of January were up 9.4% (27,364) when compared to January 2022 (25,014). Light Commercial vehicles (LCV) are up 10.1% (5,559) compared to January last year (5,051). HGV (Heavy Goods Vehicle) registrations are also showing an increase of 52.5% (424) in comparison to January 2022 (278). Imported Used Cars seen a 6.3% (3,786) decrease in January 2023, when compared to January 2022 (4,041). New electric car registrations reached their highest month on record with 3,682 registered in January 2023 (+36.5%), compared to 2,697 January 2022 and now account for 13.5% of the marketplace. Automatic transmissions have risen in popularity, with a 58.11% of market share, while manual transmissions now account for 41.81%. The hatchback is Ireland’s top selling car body type of 2023. Brian Cooke, SIMI Director General commenting: “New car registrations for the month of January are 9.4% ahead of last year. While this is an important step in the right direction for the Industry, both in terms of new cars and the additional trade-ins generated to supply the used car market, sales still remain 15% behind Pre-Covid January 2019. Sales of commercial vehicles both Light (LCV) and Heavy (HGVs), are also showing an increase on last year. Even more positively the sale of new Electric Vehicles (EVs) have shown a promising start to the year with 3,682 registrations, a record monthly total. With supply chains improving, we anticipate continuing growth in the EV market, although this will not only be down to vehicle supply but also to the level of Government supports. We are still in the early stages of the EV project and the recent announcement of increased funding by the State for the national charging infrastructure will help allay range anxiety concerns and encourage more motorists to look at an EV. However, this increased investment must not be at the expense of purchase supports, which are essential in encouraging the behavioural change required to convince more consumers to go electric. The extension of grants, reduced tolling charges and VRT reliefs, as well as halting the reduction in the EV Benefit-In-Kind reliefs, should be on the agenda. We recognise that supports cannot remain in place indefinitely, however any early erosion or reduction in supports could risk EV supply levels and also reduce sales growth at a key time in the evolution of market, which would also delay the creation of an active used EV market.” 10 Top Selling Car Brands 2023 were: 1. TOYOTA, 2. HYUNDAI, 3. VOLKSWAGEN, 4. SKODA, 5. KIA, 6. FORD, 7. DACIA, 8. PEUGEOT, 9. AUDI, 10. BMW 10 Top car model’s year 2023 were: 1. HYUNDAI TUCSON, 2. TOYOTA YARIS CROSS, 3. TOYOTA YARIS, 4. TOYOTAC-HR, 5. TOYOTA COROLLA, 6. DACIA SANDERO, 7. KIA SPORTAGE, 8. HYUNDAI KONA, 9. VOLKSWAGEN T-ROC, 10. HYUNDAI IONIQ 10 Top Selling Electric Vehicles (EVs) 2023: 1. HYUNDAI IONIQ 5, 2. HYUNDAI KONA, 3. VOLKSWAGEN ID.4, 4. KIA EV6, 5.BMW I4, 6. KIA NIRO, 7. NISSAN LEAF, 8. SKODA ENYAQ, 9. RENAULT MEGANE, 10. TOYOTA BZ4X As always for new and used vehicles from our trusted dealer network please log on to www.donedeal.ie and browse in confidence.

  • Lord Mayor of Dublin goes electric with Volvo Recharge

    The Lord Mayor of Dublin, Caroline Conroy, took receipt of the first car registered in the city for 2023. Tradition dictates that each year, the first citizen of Dublin has the first car registered in the capital for transport to official engagements. Conscious of the environmental impact of driving, The Lord Mayor has chosen the fully electric Volvo C40 Recharge for her 231D1 registration. At the handover, the Lord Mayor of Dublin Caroline Conroy said, “I am delighted to become the first ever Lord Mayor of Dublin to travel in a fully electric car. According to the latest figures from the CSO, the number of electric vehicles registered in Ireland increased by more than 80% last year, which is great to see. I would like to thank Volvo Car Ireland for their continued sponsorship, and I look forward to going fully electric!” David Thomas, Managing Director of Volvo Car Ireland said “We are delighted to continue supporting the work of the Lord Mayor of Dublin. At Volvo, we have made a commitment to electrification & sustainability, and to see the Lord Mayor move into one of our all electric, leather-free cars, truly sets the tone of a new way of driving in Ireland.” Volvo Car Ireland has seen a significant increase in the demand for fully electric cars, accounting for 27% of sales in 2022. This is a promising step towards the all-electric future of Volvo Cars, which aims to be a fully electric car company by 2030. The C40 Recharge is a crossover with all the benefits of an SUV, but with a lower and sleeker design featuring improved aerodynamics. It is the first Volvo Model in the company’s history to be designed as pure electric only and the first Volvo model with a completely leather-free interior. Safety is at the core of Volvo Cars and the C40 Recharge is equipped with the latest Advanced Driver Assistance Systems; a modern, scalable active safety system that consists of an array of radars, cameras, and ultrasonic sensors. From all at DoneDeal we would like to wish Caroline a happy year of electric motoring.

  • 70% of Irish car buyers are considering an electric vehicle as their next car

    DoneDeal, Ireland’s largest car website, in association with the SEAI, has released its latest consumer market insights and found that 70% of Irish consumers are considering an electric vehicle as their next car purchase. (Source: Survey of 1,000 car buyers in November & December 2022). Ireland's most viewed new car in 2022 was an Electric Vehicle: Onsite demand for new & used electric vehicles (EVs) grew by 33% in 2022 (DoneDeal proprietary Ad View Data), while demand for diesel fell 39% during the same period. For the first time, 2022 was the first year when an electric vehicle, the Volkswagen ID.4, was the most in-demand new car on DoneDeal. What do Irish motorists view as the most important consideration when buying a used EV? With the supply constraints on new electric vehicles, used EVs will have to account for a large percentage of EV targets over the next decade. The DoneDeal survey found that the most important consideration for buyers when it comes to purchasing a second-hand EV is the upfront purchase cost (number 1 concern for 32% of respondents), followed closely by the range of the vehicle (number 1 concern for 25% of respondents). Speaking about the findings, Fergus Sharkey, Head of Business Supports and Transport, SEAI says: “Buying a used EV is a great way to gain all the benefits of driving electric, at a reduced cost. Now with more options available and reasons to drive electric, the used EV market is growing. If you’re thinking about buying electric, the SEAI have advice and information available on our website along with Compare and Calculate online tools to help check potential cost savings. With the number of EVs in Ireland doubling year on year, there has never been a better time to save money and to help change Ireland’s energy use for the better”. Range anxiety remains a persistent hurdle for Irish motorists: Top of the list of concerns buyers have around buying a used EV is how many year’s battery life is left (a concern for 83% of respondents). Concerns over the range that a used EV battery can achieve was a consideration for 78% of respondents. The psychological phenomenon of “range anxiety” remains a persistent hurdle for Irish consumers, and improving our charging infrastructure will be paramount in the further adoption of EVs in this country. There are currently only 1,350 EV charging points on the island of Ireland, operated and maintained by the ESB. In contrast, Norway currently has a staggering 17,000 charging stations across the country to accommodate their population of just over 5.5 million. The Government's plan to roll-out a pool of high-powered chargers every 60 km on our motorway network will certainly help remove some of the anxiety around range. What does the future hold for EVs in Ireland? Positive signals remain for the EV market in 2023 with 70% of Irish car buyers considering an EV as their next purchase. However, DoneDeal’s consumer findings also show that the adoption of EVs in Ireland doesn’t come without concerns for motorists. With updates to the Climate Action Plan aiming to ensure that nearly one in three private cars will be an electric vehicle by 2030, allaying these concerns and building a strong second hard EV market will be key to achieving this target.

  • DS 4 (Review 2023)

    Written by Justin Delaney, an Independent Reviewer, Journalist, and Motor expert. Cars don’t come much more striking than this especially in this segment. Welcome to the all-new DS 4, which is a car that has been designed to offer an alternative to the premium offerings currently on the market. Could you be tempted away from the German giants for a little French flair? Lets find out. Sitting at 1.83 metres in width, 1.47 metres and 4.40 metres long the DS 4 is not exactly a small car. It has presence from the moment you lay eyes on it and the design is nothing short of spectacular. To the front, very slim projector headlamps with the new DS MATRIX LED VISION system that combines matrix and directional lighting looks sharp sitting over the daytime running lights. Walking around the side you notice flush fitting door handles, huge 19-inch alloy wheels and then your eye follows the roof which stretches down towards the steeply sloping rear window. Standing at the boot it has wide haunches and looks powerful even standing still. A flick of the key button automatically opens the tailgate to reveal 430 litres of space, which is perfectly acceptable. Features This exceptional design does not stop on the exterior of DS 4 and when we opened the driver’s door it was the level of detail the master upholsterers delivered on various parts of the cockpit that impressed most. The stitching is amazing not just on the seats but around the dash, door cards and steering wheel. The whole car is relatively kind on the environment also made of 95% reusable materials and 85% recyclable parts. 30% of its weight is from renewable or recycled materials, divided between metals and polymers. The dashboard in particular is made of 20% hemp for parts that can’t be seen. Among the recycled materials, polypropylene, polyester and elastomer fibres are used under the chassis as baffles, for noise reduction or as mounting points. Speaking of noise you get virtually none from the engine but the 690-Watt FOCAL ELECTRA sound system with 14 speakers and acoustic side glass in front and rear make it resemble a moving recording studio! Crisp vocals and deep bass tones flood the cabin and can be interrupted any time by a button press on the 10-inch infotainment system or by using the DS IRIS SYSTEM. Controlled by voice and gesture, DS IRIS SYSTEM incorporates a personal assistant and is on hand to help you on any journey. Power A 1.2L PureTech 130 Automatic petrol engine, plus a 1.5L BlueHDi 130 Automatic Diesel are on offer with consumption from 4.8 litres/100km for Diesel and 5.9 litres/100km for petrol on the WLTP combined cycle and CO2 emissions of 125g/km for diesel and 135g/km for petrol. If you do fancy a little more power to match the looks then the E-TENSE 225 could be the engine for you. This version has a 4-cylinder 180 horsepower 1.6L PureTech engine combined with a 110-horsepower electric motor and 12.4kWh battery. DS claim a zero emissions range of up to 55km (on the WLTP combined cycle). The 360Nm of torque allows you to hit 100km/h in just 7.7 seconds. Fuel consumption isn’t bad either sipping just 1.3 litre/100km and emissions from 29g/km of CO2 on the WLTP combined cycle. This hybrid tech was directly inherited from the DS Performance Formula E Team, which have won four championship titles to date! Safety The new DS 4 comes equipped with solid crash protection equipment that is common across the segment, including an active bonnet for pedestrian protection and a new centre airbag located between driver and front passenger. The standard camera-only autonomous emergency braking system, however, underwhelmed in the track tests simulating accidents with other vehicles, such as rear-end crashes, resulting in a four star rating overall. To get a performance that is more comparable to its rivals in the segment, consumers must purchase the optional ‘Safety Pack Plus’ that adds a radar sensor. These safety features combined gave the new DS 4 a five-star safety rating from Euro NCAP. Costs The on the road price, including delivery charges for DS 4 start from €37,295 here in Ireland. Customers will have five grades to choose from to include Bastille +, Performance Line, Trocadero, Performance Line+ and top of the range Rivoli spec which is also on the way. DS offer various finance and PCP packages, which you can see, samples of online or drop into the new flagship DS store. Summary We spent a week in the 1.2 litre Puretech variant in Performance Line trim. To drive, it was typical DS using that state of the art active scan suspension system they are now famed for. It basically has a camera mounted at the top of the windscreen watching and anticipating irregularities in the road surface and transmits the data to a computer in milliseconds to prepare the dampers. The system controls each of the wheels independently, using the information it receives, it makes the suspension harder or softer, resulting in comfort no matter the road surface! The motor pulls well but it’s a little rev happy and we would opt for the diesel or perhaps the E-TENSE 225 for the hybrid technology. Everywhere we went the DS 4 garnered plenty of attention. People seem to want to know more about the brand and who DS actually are? Yes the hardened car fanatics remember it as a Citroen derivative but it’s much more than that now and needs to be treated as its own product/brand. DS 4 is on now on sale at the newly opened DS Store Dublin, located at Gowan Motors on Navan Road in Dublin 15. We urge you to drop into this new store and enjoy the premium ambiance ahead of your test drive. Things are changing fast for the DS brand and they are here to stay! For Serenity Interior Design Against Petrol engine a little rev happy! To check out DS stock on DoneDeal, click here. To watch our YouTube video review on the DS 4 please click here. DoneDeal hosts the widest selection of cars for sale in Ireland, with 78,000 on sale today. The vast majority of those, over 60,000, are from over 1,000 trusted local dealerships that offer certainty in your purchase through warranties History checks. One car ad is placed every minute on DoneDeal, with about 600,000 cars advertised a year. DoneDeal is Ireland's No.1 Motor Website with over 70 million car searches taking place annually. To check out DoneDeal’s range of cars from all of Ireland’s trusted car dealerships, see here. #Motors

  • Fuel Prices Steady But For How Long?

    Recent news in from the AA has revealed fuel prices remain steady across the country and their most recent survey. The average petrol price across the state is €1.61, just 0.6% more than in December 2022. Diesel fuel has dropped slightly, with the average at €1.71, 1.7% less than in December 2022. This steadying of prices comes ahead of an EU-wide ban on the importation of Russian oil products, which comes into effect from February 5th, which could lead to price increases. The government is also due to end a reduction on duty on petrol and diesel at the end of February. Before Russia invaded the Ukraine they were Europe's largest external fuel supplier, and the continent has continued to buy in significant volumes up to the cutoff. Subsequently, the sanctions are likely to see a great rerouting of global diesel — helped by Russia's new crude buyers, most likely, sending fuel back to Europe. "Europe has been raising its diesel imports from Asia and the Middle East; the two regions are now expected to shoulder most of its exports after the ban comes into place. The longer freight distances, however, and higher demand for tankers shipping the fuel into Europe have meant that freight rates are rising, potentially adding to the cost for consumers at the pumps. In the short term, there's a risk of higher prices," said AA Ireland's Head of Communications, Paddy Comyn. The proposed cessation of the excise duty on petrol and diesel will increase fuel prices by 15 cents per litre for diesel and 20 cents per litre for petrol. The AA Ireland has called for this increase to be staggered to avoid difficulties at fuel stations. "Suddenly switching off the excise duty reductions overnight will inevitably lead to anxiety leading up to the end of February, which could lead to tailbacks filling stations or pumps running dry in certain areas. A more prudent approach would be to stagger this over two to three months. There remains uncertainty because of the Ukraine conflict and the EU's imminent ban on Russian oil products, particularly diesel, so a staggered reduction in duty could offer a buffer to any potential increases," adds Comyn. The AA has calculated a diesel car will travel, on average, around 850km on a tank vs 700km in petrol, which is why even though diesel is more expensive, the consumer is still likely to use less of it for the same average 17,000km per year.

  • Windsor expands with acquisition of Agnelli Motor Park

    Windsor is expanding with the acquisition of Agnelli Motor Park which is one of the largest and most well-known family-owned motor dealerships in Dublin. Agnelli Motor Park has been in operation since 2004 and recently moved into a state-of-the-art premise on Airton Road in Tallaght. It has been successfully run by Michael Kerslake who has now stepped away from the business. Windsor has retained all fourteen employees and has plans to grow the business, create new jobs and maintain and develop its high standard of customer sales and aftercare service as the main Peugeot and Suzuki dealers in south-west Dublin. The dealership has been renamed Windsor Airton and the newly opened premises include modern showrooms, an AfterCare Workshop with 14 work bays to provide quick and efficient service, a dedicated outdoor Light Commercial Vehicle (LCV) display area, and a 90-vehicle forecourt. “We are delighted to acquire such an established business, to strengthen our existing relationship with Peugeot and to add such a distinguished car brand as Suzuki to the growing range of car brands that Windsor sell and service.” said Peter Nicholson, Managing Director of Windsor Windsor has embarked on an ambitious growth strategy which has been underpinned by its successful MotorMall concept which brings multiple car brands together under one roof. The wide range of car brands that it offers now includes, Nissan, Renault, Dacia, Opel, Peugeot, Mazda, Citroën and Suzuki.

  • Opel Astra GSe (Preview 2023)

    Written by Justin Delaney, an Independent Reviewer, Journalist, and Motor expert. Late last year Dave O’C and I joined Opel Ireland for the launch of the all-new sixth generation Astra where we got to experience both petrol and diesel variants of this good looking hatchback. To watch our most recent YouTube video review please click here or indeed to read my detailed review simply click here. Since then, the Opel Astra has been extremely well received in Ireland and even went on to claim Irish Compact Car of the Year 2023 at the Irish Car of the Year awards in association with Continental Tyres. In this article we are taking a look to the future of the Astra and in particular the inbound GSe. Yes, you read that right, the GSe badge is making a comeback on the rear of an Astra and this time they will be plug-in hybrids designed with performance in mind. They will be available in hatchback and Sports Tourer guise in 2023 and this news is set to excite many long term Opel fans who recall the days of the Monza, Kadett or indeed Astra GSe. On the cars of old the badge actually translated from "Grand Sport Einspritzung" (Grand Sport Injection) to what Opel now refer to as "Grand Sport electric" which ultimately signifies Opel's new top-of-the-range, sporty sub-brand. Features So what’s actually different before we get to power-train options? Well at this point we know the new-generation Opel Astra is a good looking car but with the signature styling cues of the GSe, it gets that little bit more aggressive. From the outside, the design of the 18-inch light-alloy wheels has been heavily inspired by the stunning all-electric Manta GSe concept that we seen last year. A new front bumper and fascia lead you to believe there is something different about this particular car and to the rear you get the famous GSe emblem on the tailgate. Inside its gets a performance feel with the Alcantara-trimmed sports front seats, steering wheel, door cards and the GSe badge once again. The whole car sits about 10mm lower on the road also and this isn’t just a spring height adjustment but more a GSe specific set up featuring KONI FSD (Frequency Selective Damping) technology, which enables different damping characteristics at high frequencies (suspension control) versus low frequencies (body control). The ESP settings have also been reworked and are exclusive to GSe models to give you more feedback under spirited driving. Both the steering and brakes have also been fettled with to offer more feel and bite! Power The plug in hybrid GSe Astras will have a 1.6 Direct Injection petrol engine with electric power from a 13.2 kwh battery producing 225hp and maximum torque of 360 Newton metres (WLTP combined fuel consumption: 1.1 – 1.2 l / 100 km, CO2 emissions 25-26 g / km; preliminary values) Opel have started the Astra GSe will match any of their competitors in their respective classes for launch from a standstill, acceleration, and top speed! Details on a full electric GSe will follow! Safety The Opel Astra’s safety shell incorporates the latest automated driver assistance packages available with petrol, diesel or hybrid power-trains. Along with a gaggle of airbags and a multi-function camera in the windscreen, a further four body cameras to the nose, tail and each side along with five radar sensors and ultrasonic sensors front and rear come together to keep occupants safe. This enables the system to adapt speed in bends, make speed recommendations and perform semi-automatic lane changes. Hands-off detection, rear cross-traffic alert, long-range blind-spot detection, active lane positioning, adaptive cruise control, Stop & Go are all features available on the GSe. Costs Opel have various PCP and Finance offers available now throughout their dealer network along with personal leasing opportunities but we have yet to receive confirmation on a price for the GSe. If you take entry into Astra ownership starts with the SC trim priced at €27,995 plus delivery with the top of the range Elite trim level priced at €34,995 we would estimate a price point north of €40k. Summary For us, as true ‘car guys’ here in DoneDeal, we do get excited by a badge! As this is a preview piece, we have yet to drive the GSe but anticipation is running high as we await its arrival. Could this be the last Opel to use the GSe badge that has some form of combustion engine? Well it certainly looks that way if the comment below from Opel CEO, Florian Huettl is anything to go by: “The new Opel Astra GSe and new Astra Sports Tourer GSe are the ideal cars for launching our dynamic new sub-brand, in full alignment with our strategy to become an all-electric brand by 2028.” Lets embrace these remaining years of combustion power albeit heavily assisted by electricity and hope the GSe delivers a smile and not just a badge. For Styling Interior To check out Opel stock on DoneDeal, click here. To watch our full video review on YouTube please click here. DoneDeal hosts the widest selection of cars for sale in Ireland, with 78,000 on sale today. The vast majority of those, over 60,000, are from over 1,000 trusted local dealerships that offer certainty in your purchase through warranties History checks. One car ad is placed every minute on DoneDeal, with about 600,000 cars advertised a year. DoneDeal is Ireland's No.1 Motor Website with over 70 million car searches taking place annually. To check out DoneDeal’s range of cars from all of Ireland’s trusted car dealerships, see here. #Motors

  • Adare Machinery Ltd certified as a Gold Bobcat Dealer

    Adare Machinery Ltd have been certified as a Gold Bobcat Dealer. The certification was awarded by Bobcat EMEA which recognises the best in dealer standards. Commenting on the award, a spokesperson for Adare Machinery Ltd said, “Full credit goes to our staff, who will always endeavor to provide top-quality service to our customers. As we celebrate 40 years in business, we feel this is only the beginning and we are incredibly excited for the future.” Adare Machinery is the sole main dealer for Bobcat in Ireland. From their premises in Limerick, they offer sales, parts and service across the entire Bobcat range. You can check out Adare Machinery's showroom on DoneDeal Agri here.

  • Citroën e-C4X (2023 Review)

    Written by Justin Delaney, an Independent Reviewer, Journalist, and Motor expert. Madrid was to be the chosen city for the recent launch of the new Citroën ë-C4 X model. With this vehicle the brand is taking the bold step of offering only the all-electric ë-C4 X model in many of its European markets including Ireland. They already see the strong uptake of electric vehicles here over the last few years and with that in mind they have hedged their bets on electricity only for this particular C4X. Built exclusively in Europe for all markets at the Stellantis Villaverde manufacturing facility in Madrid this new e-C4X keeps it’s French flair now made greater by a little Spanish flavour. The styling is clean with lines that draw your eye to that lovely slope back rear three-quarter. The latest LED lighting is used both up front and to the rear and the Citroën badge has been modernised for a fresh new look. With its 100 kW powertrain and up to 360 km WLTP range Citroën are confident the ë-C4 X will be the only all-electric car to offer a combination of design, comfort and saloon car spaciousness in the mainstream mid-sized market. Few in this segment can offer can offer the likes of a 510-litre boot volume and cabin space comfortable enough for four adults to drive, or be driven in! Features Inside Citroën prioritised the driver ensuring access to clear and intuitive operating interfaces that are easy to read, easy to understand and easy to use. When seated in the driver seat you get a dedicated readout on the digital instrument panel to view the battery status or range, as well as a choice of three displays: power indicator, energy flow or heat comfort consumption. The latter makes it possible to view the impact of in-car heating and temperature comfort on energy use. By pressing a button on the centre console or direct on the 10-inch HD touchscreen interface, specific pages show the system's operating status or the settings for delayed battery charging so you can avail of cheaper charging rates. When the vehicle is charging, the screen can show the remaining time required to achieve a full charge, the range recovered or the recovered battery charge percentage. It really is a clever and intuitive system to use. Getting down to what Citroën is most famed for and we must talk about ride quality and the gentle suspension system combined with soft Advanced Comfort seats. It is sublime to do mileage in and after spending a few hours driving around Madrid its not just the comfort but the lack of engine noise and vibration inside that makes it so nice to drive. As expected all the connected services such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are available although for once we found ourselves using the in built navigation such was the quality of the 3D maps throughout the busy Spanish city. Citroën now class this as their ë-Comfort commitment to customers delivering accessible electric driving with zero CO2 emissions to meet their environmental and ecological expectations. They want Irish drivers to enjoy zero noise, zero fumes, zero vibrations, jolts and gear changes. Remotely programmable e-services for peace-of-mind and reduced maintenance bills to minimise the cost of ownership are also available. Power So where is the power coming from and how quick will it take a charge? Well, the ë-C4 X gets a 100 kW electric powertrain with 136hp and 260 Nm of torque that is instantly available. Expect the 0-100 km/h dash to be completed in 9.5 seconds when in Sport mode and a top speed of 150 km/h is possible on a suitable stretch of the Autobahn of course! The 50 kWh battery pack is rated as a high-voltage 400 V Li-ion and regenerative braking enables the driver to partially recharge the battery and increase range while on the move by amplifying the deceleration of the car without pressing the brake pedal, recovering energy that would otherwise be lost. Roughly 80% of battery charge can be received in 30 minutes at an Ionity fast charger. Three driving modes are available to include Eco, Normal or Sport all activated by the mode selector in the centre console. We found Normal mode had enough grunt to make overtakes but also relatively easy on battery consumption during our test drive. Safety The Citroën ë-C4 X joins the latest-generation C4, C5 Aircross and C5 X models in offering customers a truly comprehensive driver assistance and safety package. There are up to 20 Citroën Advanced Driver Assistance Systems available to help improve safety while driving. Expect Active Safety Brake function, Speed Limit Information, Lane Keeping Assist, Driver Attention Alert 3 with lane departure detection and a Forward Collision Warning system all included. Active Blind Spot Detection, adaptive cruise control and a head-up display ensure the driver is stress free regardless of what journey you undertake. Costs Pricing for the new ë-C4 X in Ireland has yet to be confirmed. With that said there will no doubt be at lease two specifications with Feel and Flair and we estimate the car will sit between 40 and €45k. Like other current Citroën models on sale in Ireland finance will be available from 1.9% and there will be a competitive PCP offering. Summary Well what can we say really? We suppose the ë-C4 X is ideal for customers wanting zero emission electric power with usable range in an stylish, spacious and compact 4-door alternative to more traditional SUV and hatchback crossovers. It will particularly appeal to business users and perhaps taxi drivers needing to operate in and around cities and suburban zones. Plugging the car in could not be easier thanks to the cleverly designed charging port, and the cable can be easily stored under the boot floor. A coloured indicator on the charging port allows you to monitor the process, which can also be followed on the My Citroën app. We enjoyed our time with the ë-C4 X and look forward to spending a week with it when Irish dealerships start to take delivery. For now it’s a clever package that offers existing electric vehicle owners a fresh alternative or indeed new punters and chance to experience EV ownership with decent range and fast charging. For added peace-of-mind Citroën also confirmed the battery warranty is eight years or 160,000 km for 70% of charge capacity. Considering most people take three to five years out of a vehicle, this should be more than adequate. Naturally on the secondhand market various battery health checks should be carried out. If this is a vehicle that interests you be sure to place your name down for a test drive at your local Citroën dealer. Supply has yet to be confirmed for Ireland but you are better safe than sorry! For Size Styling Comfort Against Not a lot really! To see our full video review of the Citroën ë-C4, please click here. To check out Citroën stock on DoneDeal, click here. DoneDeal hosts the widest selection of cars for sale in Ireland, with 78,000 on sale today. The vast majority of those, over 60,000, are from over 1,000 trusted local dealerships that offer certainty in your purchase through warranties History checks. One car ad is placed every minute on DoneDeal, with about 600,000 cars advertised a year. DoneDeal is Ireland's No.1 Motor Website with over 70 million car searches taking place annually. To check out DoneDeal’s range of cars from all of Ireland’s trusted car dealerships, see here. #Motors

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