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  • 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)

    New models are rolling out thick and fast this year from Renault and no sooner have they dropped the mike on one press unveiling, it appears we are on to the next! This time, it's the familiar Captur model that has been heavily revised for 2024. Naturally these revisions aim to keep the Captur competitive in the growing compact crossover segment by blending modern design, advanced technology, and efficient powertrains for the various markets it will enter. Before we go in to detail on this new model, let’s take a look at where it all started for Captur. Based on the Renault Clio the first-generation Captur was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2013. It offered a high driving position with decent ground clearance, and many personalised styling options including two tone paint. A face-lifted version was introduced to keep the Captur competitive in 2017 which, featured mild bumper and headlight upgrades with improved interior quality. It wasn’t until 2019 when we officially got the second generation built on the CMF-B platform again shared with the Renault Clio. This version featured a completely redesigned exterior and interior, with more advanced technology. Over the following years, the Captur would get more powertrain options including the E-Tech Hybrid but now, the 2024 variant has arrived wearing a new look, fresh interior and impressive technology. Still built at the Valladolid plant north western Spain, this new Captur is now available in Ireland with three levels of trim to include Evolution, Techno and Esprit Alpine. A recent visit out to Madrid gave us our first walk around of the Techno and Esprit Alpine variant along with test drive opportunities. The design looks fresh and inline with what Renault are dishing out across the range currently with the likes of Austral, Rafale and indeed Scenic. With ground clearance of 169 mm the new Captur sits proud on stylish alloys and generally looks and feels more premium. Inside a new welcome sequence brings the large 10.4-inch central screen into life as you slide into the comfort of the drivers seat. Our test car featured Renaults OpenR Link with Google built-in multimedia system, Maps, Google Assistant and Google Play along with access to over 50 applications. Powering the new Captur we had on test was the 145 hp, E-Tech full hybrid which is an excellent little powertrain. Setting off on our first test drive, heavy traffic gave us time to familiarise ourselves with the various driving modes, and test the turning circle on tight one-way Madrid side streets. Both the drivetrain geometry and the calibration of the power steering have been revised considerably to aid in tight conditions and it’s noticeable! Getting out onto the motorway, the cruise control was armed and 40 minutes later the Captur was still mile munching returning 4.7l/100 km in normal mode with three passengers on board. A new E-SAVE function is also available to maintain battery charge at 40% minimum. Ideal if you want to save battery for city use etc! Getting off the motorway and onto the twisting pass of Torrelaguna, the new force-velocity settings of the four shock absorbers got a little workout as we pushed on to make up some time. You know body roll is kept well in check when no passengers complain of nausea even whilst moving at pace. Returning from the pass and backdown onto less challenging roads gave us time to reflect on how far the Captur has come. It has now evolved from a fashionable urban crossover into a more sophisticated and technologically advanced compact SUV, appealing to a broader range of drivers. Irish punters will have a choice of two engines with the TCe 90 Manual kicking off at €29,120. Entry into the E-Tech full hybrid 145 will cost €33,990 for the Evolution trim level. Expect to pay €36,190 for the Techno variant or indeed €38,590 for the top of the range Esprit Alpine we got to send some time with. The new Captur is already rolling into showrooms around the country and we urge you to go see one up close!

  • 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

  • DoneDeal verify ownership of cars for sale

    To make our marketplace as trusted as possible, we’re working with our car dealers and private sellers to add a Greenlight verification to all vehicles for sale on DoneDeal. The Greenlight verification is an initiative driven by DoneDeal in our continued effort to build a marketplace where buyers can have complete peace of mind during their vehicle buying journey. What does it mean for a seller? Private sellers can now take an extra step when selling their vehicle on DoneDeal to verify ownership by supplying their logbook number. Using data directly from our records we match the registration and logbook with information in this database. Basic History Check with Greenlight verification We check if the vehicle was ever logged as a Category A or B* write off in Ireland if it is we don’t list the ad on We check if the vehicle was originally imported, if we find that it was, we display this on the ad. If the vehicle was imported we encourage our users to do a full history check to include the UK since we can’t check the write off status outside Ireland. Greenlight Verification is free We don’t charge either the buyer or seller for this history check since we know this is a really important factor to consider when searching for your perfect vehicle. We do however, always encourage our users to do a full history check when considering their next used vehicle purchase. *About Category A or B write offs Category A The vehicle must be scrapped and no parts or components can be sold other than for scrap. Amounts vary but the scrap value rarely covers the cost of recovery and delivery to a scrap yard. Category A is severely damaged, total burnout or flood damage with no serviceable parts, or already a stripped out shell. In the UK the DVLA will require a “Notification of Destruction”. In Ireland this vehicle would have to be disposed of in an authorised treatment facility and have a death certificate issued and the vehicle then becomes End of Life (ELV). Category B The vehicle must not be used again but non- structural and roadworthy parts and components may be recovered for use in other vehicles. Care must be taken to ensure that they are not critical components with important safety functions. A Category B will have been damaged beyond economical repair, usually with major structural damage. In the UK the DVLA will require “Notification of Destruction” but parts can be removed and sold on. In Ireland this vehicle would have to be disposed of in an authorised treatment facility and have a death certificate issued and the vehicle then becomes End of Life (ELV). Find out more about write off categories here For more tips on buying a car safely, check out our guide here If you have any questions or concerns about a vehicle, you can contact our customer support team here

  • 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.”

  • Teagle Tomahawk 6200H bale processor. Tractor or Telehandler mounted – you decide!

    Effortless bedding perfection for loose housing with round or rectangular bales - No PTO required! Introducing the latest model in the market-leading bale processor range. The Teagle Tomahawk 6200H is available for the 2024 winter housing season and builds on the reputation of the Telehawk model launched in 2014. The Tomahawk 6200H features numerous upgrades and inherits all the convenience of hydraulic drive. Greater flexibility The Tomahawk 6200H now offers greater flexibility as it is can be set up for Tractor or Handler mounting with hitches available for most headstock variants and for three point linkage. The model also features a self-loading gate with a rigid bale beam to retain straw whilst processing.  Cush drive incorporated The tried and tested Wi-Fi control desk operates all functions, including the loading gate, as well as incorporating a pushbutton pause/resume spreading feature. For extended service intervals a Cush Drive has been incorporated to the updated crossbeater driveline. Larger bale chamber The bale chamber can accommodate round bales up to 1.5m (5’) diameter or full size rectangular bales up to 2.8m long. The low speed crossbeater with auto-reverse function gently teases the bale apart, minimising the amount of dust that is created and leaving straw long to create an effective bed structure, improving livestock comfort. Straw is evenly spread up to 13.5m in bedding areas via the 280° swivel chute with Hardox® wearing surfaces which delivers straw to either side or in front of the machine. 30% straw savings compared to manual bedding This process ensures that straw in the bale is thoroughly separated to make use of every part of the bale and minimise wastage. Operators report up to 30% straw savings compared to manual bedding, as well as providing positive feedback on the quiet operation of the hydraulic system which minimises livestock disturbance. Tractor or handler mounted Because the machine can be front mounted, either on a handler or tractor front linkage, visibility of the bedding operation is improved, with the operator able to focus on livestock condition. Electronic controls manage the bale feed making it straightforward to set up and use, with a sensor automatically pausing, reversing and restarting the bed chain and crossbeater when required. The load sensing can be optimised for the bale type or tractor/handler with guidance from a pressure gauge so that the machine is always operating in the & 'green' zone.' Superior paint finish All Teagle products are shot blasted and have a durable double powder coat finish. The £2.5m investment into the paintline, installed in 2022, is Teagle's latest commitment to continuous improvement in quality. All primary components are now robot welded to a modular design that ensures straightforward maintenance. Optional extras Options include a Remote Loading gate switch, Road lighting kit (for highway use on tractors) and a Ski Jump Chute for bedding pig arcs or mulching straw under fruit trees. TEAGLE MACHINERY LTD Blackwater, Truro, Cornwall, TR4 8HQ Tel: 01872 560592 Email:

  • Certa Lands Guaranteed Irish symbol

    Ireland’s largest fuel supplier Certa, which is part of DCC plc, has been awarded the coveted Guaranteed Irish symbol in recognition of its commitment to creating sustainable jobs, supporting localcommunities and promoting Irish provenance. Certa has qualified to become a member of the Guaranteed Irish organisation as a homegrown Irish company that employs over 370 people in communities all over Ireland through its network of 49 pay@pump forecourts and 29 home heating depots. The Certa brand developed through the amalgamation of the Emo Oil, Campus Oil, Jones Oil and DCC Lubricants brands who have been part of the fabric of cities, towns and villages throughout Ireland for more than 35 years. Certa’s support for local communities goes well beyond job creation and extends to volunteering, sponsorship,donations and fundraising, all of which was examined as part of the qualifying criteria for the Guaranteed Irish symbol. Certa is heavily involved in sports sponsorship as the title sponsor of the Ireland Women’s cricket team and is helping the sport to thrive from grassroots to elite level and to inspire young cricket players to follow their dream of playing professionally in Ireland. It has also developed a series of community-based CSR initiatives including its Volunteering Day Programme which allows its 370 strong workforce to take a paid day out of the business each year to volunteer and give back to their local communities. Certa has also partnered with the Open Doors Initiative to provide opportunities for some of the most marginalised members of society through the creation of pathways to work, training, education, employment and entrepreneurship. It is continuing to invest in the service it provides to customers and is now the leading supplier of Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) in Ireland. The renewable biofuel helps motorists and businesses to make greener, sustainable choices that reduce their carbon emissions and lower their energy costs. Certa opened Ireland’s first HVO biofuel station in Liffey Valley last year and is currently upgrading its network of 49 pay@pump forecourts to offer HVO at all sites alongside other fuels. Solar PV panels are also being installed to enable its forecourts to generate their own power. Orla Stevens, Managing Director, Certa Ireland said: “Certa is very proud to be a homegrown Irish brand that operates at the heart of local communities. We are delighted to be awarded the Guaranteed Irish symbol which helps consumers and businesses to identify products and services that are an altogether better choice for the life of their community. Certa is committed to supporting local communities across Ireland and to continually enhancing the service that we offer to domestic, commercial and industrial customers as we continue to pursue our vision of becoming Ireland’s most progressive energy company. We look forward to promoting our Guaranteed Irish credentials as we continue that journey”. Brid O’Connell, CEO of Guaranteed Irish said: “We are delighted to welcome Certa as a member of Guaranteed Irish. The Guaranteed Irish symbol is a national symbol of trust that is only awarded to companies in Ireland that support sustainable jobs, contribute to our local economies, and are committed to Irish provenance. This has been at the core of Certa’s development as an Irish company over the past 35 years and we look forward to working with Certa as it continues to grow and enhance the service that it provides to communities across Ireland’.

  • Cupra Tavascan (2024 Review)

    A visit to Cupra headquarters in Martorell, Barcelona was to be the chosen destination for the recent launch of the all new Tavascan. This much anticipated all-electric SUV developed by Cupra, the performance-oriented sub-brand of SEAT marks Cupra's second fully electric model, following the stylish Cupra Born. We first laid eyes on this vehicle as a concept back in 2019 at the Frankfurt Motor show. Concept cars can often be somewhat misleading with production design restraints resulting in less ‘awe-inspiring’ versions but that’s not the case with the new Tavascan. Somehow, the design team have stayed true to the concept vehicle with only minimal legislative styling tweaks leading to a seriously good-looking coupe style SUV! Sitting at 4,644mm long, 1,861mm wide, 1,597mm high and with a wheelbase of 2,766mm it is a vehicle of ample proportions. Tavascan is built on the Volkswagen Group's MEB dedicated EV platform shared with the likes of the Skoda Enyaq Coupe, Audi Q4 e-tron Sportback and the Volkswagen ID5 but how does it differ aside from the obvious design we hear you ask? First off there are two variants to choose from. The single motor Endurance version has a 77kWh battery pack with rear wheel drive, delivering around 549km based on the official WLTP test cycle whilst the high spec, dual motor, all-wheel drive Tavascan VZ which, we were offered to drive, delivers a range of around 517km from the same 77kWh battery pack. Before setting off on our test drive, I made a point of sitting into the rear of the Tavascan to gauge headroom. Often when the word ‘Coupe’ and ‘SUV’ are combined, it means the sloping rear design can compromise rear occupant headroom. The Tavascan doesn’t suffer in this area because the designers didn’t drop the roofline before the rear headrest which, is made evident from the side profile view. Jumping into the driver seat and you are greeted by an interesting structural piece called the ‘Central Spine’ which acts as the main design feature with storage underneath and the 15-inch infotainment screen sitting neatly on top. Directly in front of the driver you have a secondary instrument display which, looks rather familiar from Cupra Born. Comfort and storage levels are good overall with plenty of phone, drink and snack cubbyholes for both driver and passengers. Bringing the Curpa Tavascan to life is done by simply pressing the start button with a keyless ignition and then selecting D on the steering column mounted stalk. After this, we added one of the two Catalan mountain pass loops into the navigation and we are off to experience all 340 horsepower and 545Nm of torque. Does it go? Well yes, not bonkers quick but the surge of power particularly when the mode selection is toggled from range, through comfort, performance and ultimately into Cupra, is impressive! It is in this mode the car masks its 2.2 tonne body weight best by stiffening up the suspension and allowing you to lean on the 21-inch alloys clad in wide 255mm section performance rubber. Grip is plentiful no matter how hard you push and whilst it might only be marginal, it does feel like the quickest Coupe SUV from ‘parent company’ VW’s current offerings. After pushing on a little through the mountains and getting ample temperature into the brakes we dialled back the mode selector to comfort and enjoyed some of the on board tech. For the first time Curpa have teamed up with premium audio equipment maker Sennheiser to develop a bespoke 12-speaker system which is nothing short of fantastic! If you enjoy crisp vocals with internal moving bass, then you are in the right car! So how important is this vehicle for Cupra and when will we see it on Irish roads? Well the Tavascan is expected to play a significant role in expanding Cupra's market presence not just in Ireland but around the world. It represents a big moment in the brand's transition towards electrification so it is imperative that they get the pricing right! Early indications are that the car will arrive on Irish shores in the last quarter with the Endurance model falling a little north of €50k. Again pricing confirmation will come in due course! Whilst we enjoyed our day with the Tavascan it would be remiss of us not to mention the hit or miss haptic buttons surrounding the steering wheel. Sometimes they work with you, other times not so much, but again it's probably a personal preference to have a good old fashioned button. In time we will have the Tavascan on Irish roads for a week long review where we can accurately see how the vehicle manages range. For now we believe Tavascan will target customers looking for a blend of performance, style, and sustainability. Will it be effective? Only time will tell but it's one good looking offering! Written by Justin Delaney, an Independent Reviewer, Journalist, and Motor expert.

  • Dacia 0% Finance Offers Launched In Style

    Dacia continues to offer Irish motorists lower prices and affordable and flexible finance offers and for 242, and customers looking to get on the Dacia bandwagon will be able to avail of 0% finance offers across the new and improved Dacia range. The ever-popular Sandero and Sandero Stepway are available with 0% APR finance AND no deposit on all new orders taken from now until the 31st of July 2024. There is no maximum finance amount through Mobilize Finance Services (MFS) with savings for customers of over €2,000 versus hight street banks. With the brand’s flagship model Duster and the award winning 7-seater Jogger there is also 0% APR HP with savings for customers of over €1,250 versus the high street banks, when financing through MFS. With the arrival in Ireland of the Jogger Hybrid 140, Dacia’s first-ever hybrid, the model now gives larger families the chance to enjoy the benefits of electrified motoring, featuring a 1.6-litre petrol engine, two electric motors, multi-mode transmission and a 1.2kWh battery. With up to 5l/100KM combined (WLTP), CO2 emissions of up to 112g/km Jogger Hybrid also offers the opportunity to drive in smooth and silent all-electric mode up to 80% of the time on city roads. Available in two trim levels Expression and Extreme, standard specification includes automatic air conditioning, cruise control, rear parking sensors and rear parking camera, automatic headlights and wipers, blind spot warning, keyless entry, heated and electrically adjustable door mirrors, Media Display with 8-inch touchscreen and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Check out the new Jogger Hybrid 140 and all current Dacia models through our trusted dealer network on

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