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  • Certa Doubles Number of HVO-Ready Forecourts

    Certa has launched HVO pumps at three more of its forecourts bringing the total of HVO-ready Certa outlets to six. The leading fuel supplier’s new HVO-ready forecourts are located in Maynooth in Kildare, Dundrum in Dublin and Ballyhaunis in Mayo. They join the existing three in Liffey Valley in Dublin, Lee Tunnel in Cork and Trim in Meath. The expansion doubles the number of Certa forecourts now supplying Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) at their existing pumps alongside petrol and diesel. Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil is a new second generation, low-carbon biofuel that serves as a direct replacement for regular diesel without any need for vehicle or engine modifications. It is produced using waste plant-matter and hydrogen, which means it does not release any additional carbon emissions into the atmosphere and can result in a 90% net reduction in CO2 emissions. Certa was the first energy operator in Ireland to open a fully-fledged HVO fuel station when it made the fuel available at the pumps in its forecourt in Liffey Valley in October of last year. The latest expansion comes as the company continues to partner with Škoda Ireland on a new joint campaign aimed at creating awareness of the benefits of using HVO as a replacement for diesel and encouraging existing owners and would-be buyers of new diesel cars to make the switch. The Škoda and Certa awareness campaign was launched in March and included radio and online advertising. Sales of HVO at Certa’s Liffey Valley forecourt in Dublin have risen by 29% in the last two months, suggesting an increased awareness of the benefit of the fuel and an increased willingness among diesel car owners to source it. The total car market in Ireland has increased by 6% for the first four months of 2024. The most recent figures showed that sales of diesel models rose by 11%, the first increase for diesel vehicles after four consecutive years of decline. Diesel has bounced back in 2024, with 1 in 4 cars sold in Ireland now a diesel. Škoda is achieving record sales this year and is currently occupying second position in the Irish market with 7,578 vehicles delivered to customers.  A total of 58% of the brand’s sales have been diesel-powered. This is a 30% increase on 2023 and means Škoda is the biggest supplier of diesel cars in the Irish market. As a leading car manufacturer, Škoda is acutely aware that sales of diesel and petrol-powered cars are scheduled to end in 2035 and that pure electric cars are now clearly the best and most sustainable option for new car buyers. The brand already sells two electric-only models with plans to offer six electric-only models by 2026. It also sells hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles with the newly launched Škoda Superb PHEV and Kodiaq PHEV both featuring a 100km electric driving range. Škoda, however, also recognises the status and potentially important role of HVO as a transition fuel and a cleaner alternative to diesel and, as such, is seeking to encourage both existing owners of diesel cars and any buyers of new diesel cars to consider HVO as an alternative. As it is a relatively new fuel, HVO biofuel is usually sold at a slightly higher cost than diesel. However, Certa currently has an offer which matches the prices of HVO with that of diesel. The company, which is part of DCC plc, is in the process of upgrading its network of 41 unmanned, pay@pump forecourts to offer HVO. In addition to the existing six, Certa is planning to have four more forecourts HVO-ready by the end of this year. HVO is distinguished at fuel pumps through the use of a pink nozzle, which stands out from the black diesel and green petrol ones. In Ireland, HVO is expected to meet a large proportion of the increase in biofuel supply to decarbonise the transport sector and is considered a vital transition fuel as electric powered vehicles continue to become more mainstream. HVO can be used as a direct replacement for diesel in a wide variety of fleet, plant and machinery equipment in addition to passenger cars. It can also be mixed with diesel in any ratio. The performance of diesel engines using HVO is near identical to when they are fuelled with diesel. Škoda has also confirmed that all their diesel models manufactured from mid-2021 are HVO-ready. As part of the HVO awareness campaign, Škoda launched an online vehicle checker where owners of diesel Škoda models can enter their registrations to confirm their car’s HVO-readiness. The tracker and more information on HVO can be found online here. Owners of non-Škoda vehicles are advised to confirm with their manufacturer or dealer concerning HVO compatibility prior to use of the fuel. HVO should not be confused with first generation biodiesel or other vegetable oil products, which should not be used in Škoda vehicles. Orla Stevens, Managing Director of Certa said: “At Certa, our goal is to make it easy for motorists to transition to HVO as a renewable alternative to diesel. HVO’s benefits are well-established, and we believe drivers of diesel cars will switch to using HVO if there are aware of it and are able to access it. As part of our campaign with Škoda, we announced that we are in the process of increasing the availability of HVO and we are now pleased to confirm that we have six HVO-ready forecourts with a further four coming on stream very soon. Motorists wanting to use HVO just need to look out for the pink nozzle at the pumps.” John Donegan, Brand Director at Škoda Ireland, said: "At Škoda, we recognise the importance of electric vehicles, but we also recognise that many buyers are still choosing diesel models for a variety of reasons as illustrated by recent sales figures. For these motorists, switching to HVO today can lead to an immediate and significant reduction in their emissions. We are delighted to partner with Certa on this initiative and Certa should be commended for the progress the company is making in increasing the availability of HVO in Ireland”

  • The New Krone Swadro TC 1570 with unique V-frame concept impresses with high acreage output, extremely quiet running and maximum operator comfort.

    The new Swadro TC 1570 is centered around the well-proven V- frame concept adapted from the world’s largest centre 6-rotor rake, the Swadro TC 2000. This concept gives the machine a flexible working width of up to 15.7m and makes it extremely stable and smooth running. Using the new intuitive user interface, the entire machine can be operated from the tractor cab via an ISOBUS-compatible terminal or in combination with an ISOBUS joystick. Maximum flexibility and stability: The working width of the four-rotor rake centre delivery can be variably adjusted from 11m up to 15.7m via the front rotors guided by the V-outriggers. The two V-outriggers can be retracted and extended independently of each other ensuring field corners and obstacles can also be raked around effortlessly. The outriggers are each supported by a wheel in the front area enabling quiet running, especially at high speeds and during fast turning on the headland. Hydraulically adjustable outrigger arms of the rear rotors, mean that swaths can be produced in a width of 1.40m to 2.90m. Equipped to the maximum: In addition to the V-frame concept, integrated vibration damping also ensures that the machine runs smoothly in the headland position. A Soft–Down automatic lowering mechanism ensures that the outrigger arms are decelerated just before the rotors touch down, ensuring that they land gently on the ground. This protects both the machine and the grass, while also minimising the turning time at the headland. 15 tine arms on each rotor, each with four tines on the front and 5 tines on the rear rotors enable work quality to be maintained at higher driving speeds. With Electrical rotor height adjustment, the height of each rotor can be adjusted individually, or all rotors can be adjusted simultaneously via the operating terminal to suit the working conditions. The Swadro TC 1570 is equipped with a category II/III pendulum- suspended two-point hitch. This reliably compensates for uneven ground and gives the rake enormous manoeuvrability thanks to its large steering angle. Equipment without compromise: The hydraulic rotor relief integrated in the lifting cylinders ensures optimum bearing pressure of the rotors. This can be set separately for the front and rear rotors via the terminal, even while driving. When adjusting the working width or swath width, the relief pressure is automatically adjusted by an active control system so that the rotors are always evenly relieved. Together with the gimbal rotor suspension pulled by the outrigger arm, the rotor adjusts optimally to the ground contours under all conditions – this protects the grass and prevents dirt from entering the crops. The lifting heights of the rotors can also be set via the operating terminal. At the headland, for example, they only lift as far as is necessary so as not to destroy existing swaths. The lift delay of the rear rotors with respect to the front rotors can also be adjusted from the cab. You can choose between a time- dependent or path-dependent delay. Lifting and lowering can be controlled even more efficiently using the Section Control partial width switching. In doing so, the rotors are lifted and lowered fully automatically with the aid of GPS positioning. The main frame of the rake is hydraulically adjustable to allow for a transport height under 4m without the need to fold down the tine arms. Conclusion: With its unique V-frame concept, advanced technology and the highest level of operator comfort, combined with all the familiar Krone features such as Krone Jet Effect for lift up and set down of the rotors without dragging dirt into the crop, a lubricated for life and maintenance free rotor gearbox, Duramax cam-track and one piece tine arm – the Swadro TC 1570 achieves a previously unattained level of performance in the four-rotor rake class. For more information: Stephen Scrivener 086 165 3925

  • Kverneland e-drill – Efficient, Precise & Operator-Friendly

    Barry Mullen, a seasoned cereal farmer at Kirkistown Farm, Co. Down, farming in around 250 acres between mix of oilseed rape, wheat and barley and been working with the cereal sector for 20 years. They had suckler cows before then and started into cereals throughout the years while also working as an Architect. Barry upgraded to the Kverneland e-drill compact in March 2023, leaving behind his Kverneland i-drill PRO. “The Kverneland i-drill PRO, was a great drill, but that's dating back to 2008, 2009 when it first came. So we were just looking to upgrade and try and modernise, And you can you can really see the differences and benefits of the e-drill.” Simplified Operation and Advanced Features Barry praises the e-drill for its "first-class establishment," noting significant improvements over his previous equipment. "Straight away, we could see a noticeable difference," he comments on the spring barley planted in 2023. The e-drill's simplified operation setup and high performance in the field, particularly the user-friendly computer interface, make it stand out. Adjusting seed rates on-the-go, a feature not available on his previous drill, has proven invaluable, especially in varying field conditions. “On our farm, we've got a mix of soils from clays, heavy clays to sort of loamy, soft loamy soil and we find it's been been good on both really depending how you set it up for, for each individual soil type. One of the main benefits was the eldos metering system, the availability to the option to adjust the seed rate on the go, as i said previously. Also, the calibration from start, to be able to electronically metre out the correct amount and use the computer to set that up and check that through. “ Enhanced Seed Placement and Monitoring One of the standout features for Barry is the e-drill’s ability to handle finer seeds like oilseed rape effectively, thanks to innovative add-ons like the in-tank camera. This feature allows for real-time monitoring of seed levels, offering "a wee bit more confidence" during extensive sowing operations. “We added a camera into the tank for, for sowing the finer seed. It allows you to, to monitor how much you have left and if you're in a 50 acre field from one end to the other, if you're the alarm goes off and you're not quite sure how much seed you have, rather than stop to get out and check, it's great to be able to see that through the screen live.“ The drill's precise seed placement, facilitated by CX-II coulters, ensures optimal crop development, which Barry and his agronomist were very impressed by. “You could almost measure the distance between each seed, It was so evenly placed. And we're very impressed with how the press wheels and the coulter system set up for the for the seed emergence. Very, very well placed.” Robust Design and Efficient Performance The e-drill's robust design integrates well with Barry's existing machinery, including a Massey 7718 tractor, proving easy to handle and efficient in power usage. The compact design's close center of gravity ensures stability on varied terrains, a crucial factor for the mixed soil types at Kirkistown Farm. The e-drill's innovative pneumatic system and parallelogram adjustment for the power harrow and coulter bar ensure precise seed application, crucial for effective crop establishment. “We use a Massey 7718, which I think boosts to just over 200 horsepower. It can handle it with ease in terms of lifting capacity and weight. The weight's quite close into the back of the tractor, so there's never any issue with carrying it, hills, etc.. We've never had a power issue.” Reliable Customer Support Barry also highlights the excellent customer support received from D.A. Forgie, where he purchased the e-drill. The on-site assistance and setup by Rodney Crawford were pivotal in integrating the new drill into their operations smoothly. "Their service support backup has been very, very good," Barry adds, emphasising the reliability and faultless performance of the Kverneland equipment over the years. “He helped set up and get the whole system up and running in terms of the wiring and integration into the tractor”. Final Thoughts Barry’s experience underscores the Kverneland e-drill compact as a transformative tool for modern farming, delivering precision, efficiency, and ease of use. "We'd be happy to recommend it to anybody," Barry concludes, “It’s been faultless” reflecting the satisfaction and trust in Kverneland’s machinery, which continues to support Irish farmers like him in achieving higher productivity and operational ease. “We've never had any issues. Service support and backup first class. And the the e-drill has cemented that really for us in the time that we've had it it's been great. Next machine to add to the list is a Kverneland Cambridge roller!” Kverneland e-drill Range The range of Kverneland e-drill as integrated power harrow mounted seed drills allow active seed bed preparation, consolidation and precise seed placement in one pass. Time pressure in the autumn and spring ask for an efficient and versatile seed drill combination, like the Kverneland e-drill. The proven concept and clear design of the e-drill maxi and e-drill compact, together with the high level of incorporated intelligent technology ensure precise and reliable performance. With the innovative pneumatic seed drill, the operator has maximum ease of use, from set-up and filling to operation and transport. The e-drill compact and e-drill maxi seed drills are available in working widths of 3.0, 3.5 and 4.0 metres. The compact version offers a hopper capacity of 1,100 respectively 1,400 litres with hopper extension; whereas the e-drill maxi seed drill has a high-capacity hopper of 1,600 respectively 2,000 litres with hopper extension. Highlights Reduced lifting power requirement Simple and reliable calibration with ELDOS Simple and independent depth adjustment Precise seed placement by CX-II coulters Click here to learn more about the Kverneland e-drill and explore its technical specifications. You can also contact your local Kverneland dealer or contact Kverneland directly: Leonard Hovenden: Product Manager  – 00353 87 147 5137 Greg Tennyson: Area South - 00353 87 700 9689 Allan Hetherington: Area North – 0044 7826 544 630 Website:

  • Škoda Kodiaq First Drive

    One of Ireland’s most loved SUV’s, the Škoda Kodiaq, has just had second generation updates and we travelled to Spain for a first test drive. To us, it still feels recent, but believe it or not, Škoda launched the first generation Kodiaq in 2016 and a whopping 866,100 have been delivered to customers in 60 markets worldwide since. The Irish market has been particularly lucrative for the brand with 11,332 sold since its arrival to us back in 2017 and most recently in 2023, it was Ireland’s top selling 7-seater! Now for 2024 we have a Kodiaq sporting even larger proportions with striking design cues no doubt inspired by the stunning Enyaq. Take the nose for example, a stylish new front grille featuring a horizontal light strip sits proudly between the latest LED matrix beam headlights. In fact, there doesn’t really appear to be a bad angle of the new Kodiaq with a sharp profile that’s complimented further by 20-inch aerodynamically optimised alloy wheels. The modern rear end features new LED lights and what looks like a light bar going from side to side. On closer inspection it is in fact, not lit, and just a visual design trick to accentuate the width giving better road presence. Buyers will have a choice from nine colours, seven of which have metallic finishes, including the new Bronx Gold, which was to become our choice in test vehicle. Features After receiving the keys to our test car I was quick to open the door only to reveal a totally new cockpit that blends the best of both Enyaq and the new Superb into a delightful package. Noticeable immediately is the now free-standing 13-inch screen along with a secondary dials screen directly in the drivers eye line. Our test vehicle also had the optional head-up display projecting vitals such as speed onto the windscreen. The centre console has been decluttered to make more arm and storage space and in doing so, Škoda have repositioned the automatic gear selector onto the steering column. What if you want a manual we hear you ask? Well the new Kodiak will only be available in DSG automatic because thats predominately what sold most, around the world. Another cool feature is the three rotary controls positioned below the infotainment screen allowing you to quickly access various vehicle and infotainment functions all within easy reach and without having to scroll through endless menus! Below this, sits a ventilated phone holder, which can wirelessly charge two smartphones at the same time. The seats are super comfortable also with massive leg and headroom for all occupants. By adopting the Design Selections already known from the Enyaq family, you get a lovely blend of coordinated colours and high quality materials. Our vehicle was wearing cognac leather with matching stitching and classy dark chrome finishing on the plastic trim surrounds. Power So getting down to the business end, whats under the bonnet and tell me Škoda didn’t do away with their trusty diesel offerings? Of course they didn’t! Irish buyers will have a choice of a diesel powered 150hp or 204hp 2.0 TDI engine that can also run on HVO. If this isn’t for you there is a very impressive Kodiaq iV fitted with a petrol plug-in hybrid that can travel more than 100 kilometres on electric power and produce 204hp combined. On top of this, there is a 1.5 TSI with 150 hp featuring mild-hybrid technology for the first time or you could have the flagship petrol 2.0 TSI with 204hp. The high horsepower petrol and diesel offerings also feature all wheel drive. Costs Pricing for the Irish market kicks off with the Selection range from €54,380 rising to €61,870. If you fancy additional spec such as the wonderful leather suite interior and privacy glass then you will have to step up to the Selection Plus range with pricing starting at €60,995 and rising to €67,270. We were informed a Sportline version is also on the horizon later this year. All 27 of the Irish Škoda dealer network are no doubt, on standby ready to offer test drives and take you through the various options in detail. Safety Like the new Superb and Octavia the Kodiaq features a vast array of safety systems including nano radar sensors. Positioned in the right and left corners of the front apron and rear bumper, they aid the assistance systems scan for the unexpected to keep you and your occupants safe. Turn Assist, Collision Avoidance Assist, Crossroad Assist and Exit Warning are constantly acting as secondary eyes on every journey. Summary The outgoing Kodiaq was arguably one of our favourite vehicles to test drive since its arrival to Ireland. The second generation was always going to have big shoes to fill but such is the progress of Škoda as a brand, we were never in doubt the new Kodiaq was going to be anything other than fantastic to drive. Our 2.0 TDI felt potent from the off in Barcelona as we travelled north towards Girona. The smooth DSG gearbox seamlessly takes gears allowing you to waft along in complete comfort. The on board entertainment is good, easy to use, but the navigation is a little hit and miss letting us down on numerous occasions. Is this a major issue? Not really, because you can use your preferred navigation through Apple CarPlay or Android Auto and no doubt in time, Škoda will send an update to rectify the navigation gremlins. On arrival to Girona we took on countryside loop only this time behind the wheel of the Plug-In Hybrid “Kodiak iV” which will hit Irish shores in quarter three this year. With a 25 kWh Lithium-ion battery we were surprised how little it brought in the petrol engine. Admittedly the test route provided was rather flat but only on an increase in elevation or Sport mode activation, did it deem necessary to fire up the combustion engine. If buyers have access to a home charger and have a daily commute of less than 100 kilometres, this could make for a very frugal machine to live with! Overall our time with both vehicles was limited but enough to get a taste for what will no doubt be another incredibly popular offering for Škoda here in Ireland. With vast cabin space, five or seven seat options along with an array of engine choices, it will surely go on to reclaim many of the awards its predecessor was so rightly honoured with in years past. Soon we will have one on home soil to see how it performs over the duration of a week. Watch this space!

  • All New Opel Grandland Preview

    The stunning new Opel Grandland has been unveiled by the German carmaker, boasting a range of up to 700km (WLTP). The newcomer brings to life many design features first seen on the Opel Experimental concept car, including a 3D Vizor with illuminated Blitz logo proudly sitting at the centre, and permanently illuminated OPEL lettering at the rear. The new Opel Grandland will make its way to Irish showrooms in late 2024. The next generation Grandland is the first Opel to benefit from the introduction of the new Stellantis STLA Medium BEV-native production platform. Thanks to the new architecture and its flat battery packaging allowing for up to 98 kWh, combined with a new-generation electric motor and heat pump, the new Grandland Electric can deliver a range of up to 700km (WLTP). At a public fast charging station, it only takes around 26 minutes to recharge to 80% of the battery capacity. Customers can also opt for a Grandland Plug-in Hybrid with up to 85km emissions-free range (WLTP), or the Grandland Hybrid with 48-volt technology, both offering further exciting solutions that deliver on driving pleasure while curbing consumption and CO2 emissions. The impressive stance of the new Grandland becomes apparent at the very first glance. The newcomer is confident and robust, measuring 4650mm in length (+173mm compared to its predecessor), 1905mm in width (+64mm) and 1660mm in height (+19mm). Combined with up to 20" alloy wheels and sporting a two-toned floating roof, contrast cladding, and sharp wheel-arch lines, it sits boldly at the top of Opel's SUV portfolio. Grandeur is added by the new Opel 3D Vizor brand face, combined with the illuminated Opel Blitz logo which is made even more prominent using Edge Light Technology. At the rear, a distinctive illuminated lighting signature also makes its production model debut. Fully in line with Opel's Greenovation approach to conserve all resources related to the automobile, the name of the car is no longer displayed by chrome lettering - instead it is centrally embossed in the tailgate. Occupants of the new Grandland are greeted by a warm, engaging ambience. The slightly driver-oriented 16" central display and high centre console generate a sporty feeling. The top of the instrument panel has a beautiful technical appearance, enhanced by an edge light, and is aesthetically divided into two surface finishes. A wide and fully digital cluster and Intelli-HUD head up display provide essential information, allowing the driver to focus on driving pleasure and avoiding the need to take eyes off the road. Selecting Pure Mode further reduces distraction when driving. In typical Opel tradition, frequently used settings such as climate control can be operated intuitively via physical buttons. Opel's ergonomic AGR seats, certified by Aktion Gesunder Rücken e. V. (Campaign for Healthy Backs), enjoy an award-winning reputation and the new Grandland continues this long-standing tradition, now adding electric bolsters for even more comfort. The patented Intelli-Seat feature in the front seats, designed to relieve pressure on the tailbone, comes as standard and ensures outstanding comfort even during long journeys. All fabrics in the interior are 100% recycled. The new Grandland further offers an extensive array of driver assistance systems including Automatic Cruise Control with Stop & Go function, Extended Traffic Sign Recognition, Intelligent Speed Adaptation, and In Crash Braking, a system with the purpose of helping avoid secondary collision in case of an accident, all as standard. An optional Opel Intelli-Drive 2.0 system integrates numerous electronic assistants and combines them with Semi-Automatic Lane-Change Assist and Recommended Speed Adaption. Parking is also made easier by front and rear park assist, a rear-view camera with automatic cleaning function and the 360-degree Intelli-Vision camera. A latest-generation Intelli-Lux Pixel Matrix HD system offers over 50,000 elements (51,200 to be precise, with 25,600 on each side) for high-definition light. Oncoming objects are detected by a camera and the Intelli-Lux Pixel Matrix HD light cuts out these objects precisely to deliver a much brighter light, whilst ensuring that other road users are not glared at. New welcome/goodbye animations with graphical projections at the front of the vehicle are featured. With oodles of interior space, the long wheelbase of 2,784mm and steep tailgate emphasise the increased roominess in cabin and trunk; passengers in the rear enjoy 20mm of additional legroom compared to the outgoing Grandland. The rear seats can be folded down 40:20:40 and thus, create a load volume of up to 1,641 litres. Indeed, as a family-oriented vehicle, a strong focus was given on interior versatility. With over 35 litres of interior storage compartments, the goal was not only to package numerous storages but also to find innovative solutions making life easier for customers while improving comfort and wellbeing. The highlight of these clever solutions is the new Opel Pixel Box. With its illuminated translucid glass, the Pixel Box is both visually appealing and highly functional. The wireless smartphone charger is located behind the glass so that devices can be charged while being stored safely. While the Grandland benefits from an electrified powertrain portfolio, it also delivers dynamic and comfortable driving pleasure, made possible by dampers with frequency selective damping technology. Depending on the road surface conditions and driving style, this unique technology enables different damping characteristics for comfortable gliding, no matter the surface, on cobblestones or over a manhole cover. The Grandland reacts even more immediately and directly to any command from the driver and, as is typical for Opel, remains stable when braking, cornering and at high speeds on motorways. The Opel DNA is further emphasised by specific spring, anti-roll bar, steering and ESC tuning. Thanks to its state-of-the-art new platform, innovative new technologies, in combination with numerous design features first seen on the Opel Experimental concept car, the new Grandland sits comfortably at the helm of Opel's SUV portfolio, bringing a new level to Opel's ongoing electrification strategy.

  • All-New Škoda Superb

    One of Ireland's most loved vehicles is back! The fourth generation Škoda Superb builds on the strengths of its predecessor, offering an even more sophisticated design, more space and comfort and state-of-the-art technology. With the new Škoda Superb, customers will once again have the choice between a Combi estate version and a hatchback. A new range of sustainable solutions, including textiles made from 100 percent sustainable materials, has been introduced. Innovative Škoda Smart Dials make for a more tactile experience while a free-standing, 13-inch infotainment screen provides greater ease of use. The interior has a clean and spacious look. Meanwhile, Škoda has optimised its powertrains for even greater efficiency. John Donegan, Brand Director, Škoda Ireland, says: “The Superb has been the standard-bearer of Škoda’s range for more than 20 years. Now in its fourth generation it adds even more refinement, sculptural design, outstanding spaciousness and cutting-edge technology. Many competitors have abandoned the large saloon segment, leaving retail and fleet customers with the only option of premium saloons and estates. We are confident the new Superb can compete toe to toe with the best premium German cars on quality and refinement while trumping them in terms of spaciousness and value.” Clever design and aerodynamic refinements have helped reduce fuel consumption while improving performance. Škoda has simplified the engine offering for Ireland, with a new 1.5 TSI mHEV 110 kW (150 hp) and a 2.0 TDI 110 kW (150bhp) diesel to choose from. All new Superb models feature DSG automatic transmissions, with traditional manual gearboxes no longer offered. In hatchback guise, the 1.5 TSI petrol engine, with mild-hybrid technology, consumes just 5.4 litres per 100 km. Prices starts from €48,325 in “Selection” specification. The 2.0 TDI engine, with prices starting from €48,825, consumes 5.1 litres per 100km of diesel or HVO (hydrotreated vegetable oil).  For an additional €2,000 customers can upgrade from the hatchback to the Combi estate with 690 litres of luggage capacity. Both hatchback and Combi estate versions of the Superb are longer and taller than their predecessors, while wheelbases remain unchanged. The Combi’s total boot capacity with rear seats folded is an impressive 1,920 litres. Škoda have simplified the specification offering with three versions offered. The entry “Selection” features keyless entry with an alarm and an electrically operated boot door. The “Selection Plus” model adds heated and ventilated leather seats and interior ambient lighting.  A luxurious and heavily specified “Laurin & Klement” model is also available. A “SportLine” version of the Superb will be unveiled towards the end of 2024, for delivery in early 2025. Improved assistance systems provide even more safety and comfort. Optional new-generation LED Matrix beam headlights and DCC Plus (Dynamic Chassis Control) debut in the new Superb. On the inside, an all-new concept includes a free-standing infotainment display measuring up to 13 inches in size. The gear selector lever has moved to the steering column, enabling a clean, tidy and roomier centre console. In another first for the Superb, a head-up display is available as an option. The new Škoda Smart Dials provide quick, intuitive access to numerous vehicle and infotainment functions. Design Selections, first introduced with the all-electric Enyaq, provide themed option packs as well as individual options. New features include inductive 15-watt fast charging and simultaneous smartphone cooling, as well as back-friendly Ergo seats with 10 pneumatically controlled massage cushions. The electrically operated load cover in the Combi estate is one of 28 new Simply Clever features. Launched in 2001, more than 1.6 million Škoda Superbs have rolled off the assembly lines since. In Ireland, the Superb has been the best-selling car in its segment over the last 7 years, with 9,000-plus Superb models delivered to customers to date. Demand remains strong with 2023 the third most successful year for Superb sales in Ireland since it was launched. The Superb Combi accounted for 19% of the sales mix (1 in 5) with 41% of Superb Sales delivered to Fleet Business Customers. The new Škoda Superb and Superb Combi are available to order now with demonstration examples arriving in authorised Škoda dealers from May.

  • Robyn Courtney Teams Up With Fiat Ireland

    Just last week, Fiat Ireland provided content creator, Robyn Courtney, with a fully electric Fiat 500e as part of their partnership with An Post Insurance. Launched in March of this year, An Post Insurance are running a competition which allows all customers who purchase a new car insurance policy to enter a promotion with the opportunity to win a brand new Electric Fiat 500e Icon worth over €32,000. Further details can be found at Robyn is a Content Creator, Mindset and Self-Development Coach who has recently been posting her Van Life adventures on her social media channels, which has been well received by her followers. Her collaboration with Fiat and An Post Insurance will see her sharing her Fiat 500e road trip adventures while living La Dolce Vita through an Irish lens. Speaking of the collaboration, Ciaran Cusack, Marketing Manager at Fiat Ireland, said, “We are delighted to have Robyn on board.  Her local content of her travels around Ireland in the stunning Fiat 500e will see great engagement with her audience, who are ideal for our stylish, Italian brand”. Suzanne McGuinness, Head of Marketing & Digital for An Post Insurance added, “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Fiat Ireland and give our wonderful customers the opportunity to win such a fabulous prize as this stylish car. We wish Robyn all the best on her eco-friendly adventures and look forward to her sharing her experiences with us along the way.

  • April Registration Figures Revealed

    The Society of the Irish Motor Industry has released their official 241 new vehicle registrations statistics for April. New car registrations for April were down 3.6% (8,591) when compared to April 2023 (8,912). Registrations year to date are up 6.0% (71,110) on the same period last year (67,063). Light Commercial vehicles (LCVs) increased by 3.0% (2,212) compared to April last year (2,148). Year to date LCVs are up 29.0% (17,543). HGV (Heavy Goods Vehicle) registrations are up 37.2% (332) in comparison to April 2023 (242). Year to date HGVs are up 19.5% (1,442). Imported Used Cars have seen a 35.6% (5,206) rise in April 2024, when compared to April 2023 (3,838). Year to date imports are up 26.9% (20,694) on 2023 (16,311). In April 1,091 new electric cars were registered, which was 41.4% lower than the 1,863 registrations in April 2023. So far this year 9,028 new electric cars have been registered which is a 19.1% decrease compared to the same period in 2023 when 11,160 electric cars were registered. In the new car market share by engine type for 2024, Petrol cars lead the new car market at 32.92%, followed by Diesel at 23.56%, then Hybrid (Petrol Electric) at 20.44%, Electric at 12.70%, and Plug-in Electric Hybrid at 8.76%. Brian Cooke, SIMI Director General commenting: “April new car registrations saw a decrease of 3.6% when compared to the same month last year. Despite the softening in demand for new cars in recent weeks, year to date new car sales remain 6% ahead of 2023. Sales of light and heavy commercial vehicles continued to grow both in April and year to date. The Electric Vehicle segment experienced another month of decline in registrations, a trend which is being replicated across most EU markets. With the supply of new EVs no longer an issue, and with an increasing number of brands and models present in the EV segment, the drop in EV sales is demand driven. In Ireland private consumers have been the key drivers of the EV market, and these buyers need greater re-assurances to be convinced to make the change. This means rapid investment by the Government in a reliable, convenient, and affordable electric charging infrastructure, while at the same time extending current incentives such as the purchase grant. For businesses and their employees, extension of the Benefit-In Kind (BIK) relief and thresholds at current levels beyond 2024, will create greater confidence that an EV is the right choice for their companies”. • 5 Top Selling New Car Brands 2024 were: 1. TOYOTA, 2. SKODA, 3. VOLKSWAGEN, 4. HYUNDAI, 5. KIA • 5 Top New Car Model’s 2024 were: 1. HYUNDAI TUCSON, 2. SKODA OCTAVIA, 3. KIA SPORTAGE, 4. TOYOTA RAV 4, 5. TOYOTA YARIS CROSS • 5 Top Selling Electric Vehicles (EVs) Brands 2024: 1. VOLKSWAGEN, 2. HYUNDAI, 3. TESLA, 4. BYD, 5. KIA • 5 Top Selling Electric Vehicle Models (EVs) 2024: 1. VOLKSWAGEN ID.4, 2. HYUNDAI KONA, 3. TESLA MODEL 3, 4. SKODA ENYAQ, 5. MG MG4 • Top Selling Car (April) 2024: HYUNDAI TUCSON • Top Selling Electric Car (April) 2024: VOLKSWAGEN ID.4• Market share by engine type 2024: Petrol 32.92%, Diesel 23.56%, Hybrid (Petrol Electric) 20.44%, Electric 12.70%, Plug-In Electric Hybrid 8.76%

  • Blackwater Motors Marks 6 Years of Dedication to Blood Bike South with the Presentation of a 241 Volkswagen Polo

    Blackwater Motors, a leading Volkswagen dealership in Cork City, proudly celebrates six years of unwavering support for Blood Bike South, a vital charitable organisation providing urgent medical transportation services. To commemorate this milestone, Blackwater Motors has donated a brand-new 241 Volkswagen Polo to further empower the mission of Blood Bike South. Since its inception, Blackwater Motors has been deeply committed to giving back to the community and supporting organisations that make a meaningful impact. Blood Bike South, renowned for its invaluable service in delivering essential medical supplies and blood to hospitals across the region, been instrumental in Blackwater Motors' charitable initiatives Cathal Quirke, Assistant Sales Manager at Blackwater Motors Volkswagen Cork City, remarked, "As a company deeply rooted in Cork City, we are honoured to stand alongside Blood Bike South in their noble mission of saving lives. For six years, we've witnessed the tireless dedication of Blood Bike South volunteers, and we are proud to continue supporting their crucial work." The generous donation of a brand-new 241 Volkswagen Polo underscores Blackwater Motors' enduring commitment to Blood Bike South and its vital role in the community. The Volkswagen Polo, renowned for its reliability and efficiency, will serve as a reliable asset in Blood Bike South's fleet, enabling volunteers to respond swiftly to emergency calls and deliver life-saving supplies with ease. Kevin O'Connor, Vice Chairman of Blood Bike South, expressed his gratitude, stating, "We are immensely grateful to Blackwater Motors for their steadfast support over the past six years. This donation reaffirms their commitment to our cause and will significantly enhance our capabilities in serving the community. Together, we are making a tangible difference in people's lives." As Blackwater Motors commemorates six years of partnership with Blood Bike South, the dealership reaffirms its dedication to fostering positive change and supporting initiatives that benefit the community. Through collaborative efforts with organisations like Blood Bike South, Blackwater Motors continues to exemplify its core values of compassion, integrity, and service.

  • Kia Ireland Partner With The Yoga Picnic

    Kia are delighted to announce its partnership with The Yoga Picnic (TYP), an intimate Yoga Festival on the banks of Lough Ennell, Co. Westmeath which celebrates Mind, Body, and Spirit. The Yoga Picnic, which takes place on July 7th will celebrate leading yoga teachers and promote awareness about yogic philosophies, wellness, mental health, sustainability and the environment. Crafted by three friends and enthusiastic yoga teachers, Mary Gardiner, Katy Harrison and Alice Harrison, The Yoga Picnic is a wellness experience which brings together both national and international teachers and leading holistic practitioners for a day of movement, therapies, discussion and music. Kia is the Sustainable Transport Partner for The Yoga Picnic 2024 and will support this eco-friendly initiative by powering all festival tents using Vehicle-to-Device (V2D) technology. Kia’s Vehicle-to-Device technology allows electric vehicle owners to power external electronic devices in various environments using the vehicles battery as a generator. V2D allows 80% of the maximum battery capacity to be used to power external devices, which is enough power for a family of four, for up to five days based on average monthly household energy consumption. V2D is available on all fully electric Kia models and is accessible via the socket under the rear seats or via the external charging port using the dedicated connector. Cathal Kealey, Head of Marketing & PR at Kia Ireland commented; “We are delighted to be partnering with The Yoga Picnic and to power the event with V2D technology. We are very much two organisations with shared goals and visions and look forward to working together to reduce the environmental impact and carbon footprint of this fantastic festival”. V2D will power all eleven tents at The Yoga Picnic 2024. On the day, Kia will also display their 10 sustainable items which are being used in the brands EV production at present. These items which either originate from recycled plastic or plant-based materials are just one measure being undertaken by the brand on their journey towards Carbon Neutrality.

  • WLTP Explained

    We have all seen the initials quoted after various vehicle range/fuel consumption figures but some of us might be scratching our heads a little! Who and what is WLTP and exactly what does it mean when we see these numbers quoted? Well the initials stands for Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicles Test Procedure. This is a series of tests used to measure fuel/battery consumption and emissions from passenger cars and light commercial vehicles. The WLTP was developed by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and is intended to provide more accurate and reliable data on vehicle emissions and fuel consumption compared to the previous New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) test. In the past some range figures quoted were a little generous or perhaps in ‘ideal world’ conditions such as a flat surface, just a driver on board and nice mild conditions. Whilst different vehicle models and variants may perform differently under the same testing conditions due to factors such as engine design, transmission type, tire specifications, and vehicle weight, the WLTP test cycle is more representative of real-world driving conditions, including higher speeds, accelerations, and decelerations. This makes the WLTP results more reflective of actual driving behaviour and helps you make more informed choices when browsing new vehicles on DoneDeal based on their environmental impact. So what exactly does the test for cars involve? In essence, it is a series of laboratory tests and driving cycles designed to measure fuel consumption, CO2 emissions, and pollutants such as nitrogen oxides (NOx), particulate matter (PM), and hydrocarbons (HC). These key focus points highlighted below help make an informed and more accurate decision. Testing Conditions The tests are conducted in a controlled laboratory environment under specific conditions, including temperature, humidity, and air pressure, to ensure consistency and reproducibility. Test Parameters The test parameters include factors like vehicle weight, aerodynamics, rolling resistance, and accessory load. These parameters are specified for each vehicle type and variant. Driving Cycles The WLTP includes four different driving cycles with varying speeds, accelerations, decelerations, and stops. These cycles simulate typical driving conditions, including urban, suburban, and highway driving. Each cycle has specific characteristics designed to represent different driving scenarios. Test Equipment Vehicles are equipped with precise measurement instruments to monitor fuel consumption, exhaust emissions, and other relevant parameters throughout the test. Test Phases The testing procedure consists of several phases, including cold start, urban driving, extra- urban driving, and high-speed driving. Each phase simulates different driving conditions to capture a comprehensive range of real-world scenarios. Data Collection During the test, data on fuel consumption, exhaust emissions, and other parameters are collected continuously. This data is then used to calculate the vehicle's overall fuel economy and emissions performance. Analysis and Reporting Once the testing is completed, the collected data is analysed, and the results are reported according to standardised formats. This includes information on fuel consumption, CO2 emissions, and pollutant emissions through the different driving cycles. As of now this is a mandatory test for all vehicles sold in Europe. Currently the WLTP are aiming to harmonise testing procedures globally, enabling better comparison of vehicle emissions and fuel consumption data across different regions. This standardisation helps regulators develop more consistent vehicle emissions standards and policies worldwide and strive to refine testing procedures to better reflect actual vehicle performance and environmental impact which is no doubt, a good thing!

  • New Finance Deals Available From Volkswagen Ireland

    Volkswagen Ireland has announced the introduction of market leading finance deals on its new car range. The 2024 Volkswagen Passenger Cars line-up is now available with PCP rates starting at just 2.9% APR. Meanwhile, hire purchase customers can take advantage of 0% finance rates. The new, highly competitive finance deals will help Volkswagen build on a strong start to 2024 and make buying a new Volkswagen easier than ever. As the Irish leader in battery electric vehicles for three years running, Volkswagen Ireland is spearheading the transition towards full e-mobility. Meanwhile, a strong portfolio of fuel-efficient petrol, diesel and hybrid vehicles means there is a Volkswagen to suit every customer’s needs. The product line-up has recently been boosted by the arrival of several new models, including the new T-Cross, ID.7 saloon and next generation Tiguan SUV. The all-electric ID.7 is earning rave reviews thanks to its 615km WLTP* all-electric range, state of the art infotainment and class leading comfort. With an RRP from €56,490 after grants, the ID.7 was named German Car of the Year and 2024 What Car? Safety Award winner. Elsewhere, the iconic Golf celebrates 50 years of driving excellence with the addition of a new 50th anniversary model. Launched in 1974, the Golf is one of the most recognisable names in motoring with more than 37million units sold over five decades. To celebrate the landmark anniversary and the new Golf landing in showrooms soon, an exclusive Golf 50 Edition will be made available. The well-specified, limited-edition model features an illuminated Volkswagen badge, upgraded 18-inch alloys, bespoke Golf 50 scuff plates, metallic paint, tinted rear windows, ArtVelour seats with heating functionality and an upgraded 12.9in infotainment system as standard. From a customer perspective, the Golf 50 Edition comes with €3,300 of additional equipment for an additional €500 versus the standard Golf Style. The newest addition to the Volkswagen portfolio is the Tiguan, which is available to order now, with the ehybrid variant arriving in the coming months.  Priced from €54,250, the next generation Tiguan ehybrid boasts a range of upgrades including a brand-new look, upgraded interior and premium-class features such as the massage function of the ergoActive seats and IQ.LIGHT HD matrix headlights available as optional extras. The Tiguan is available with Volkswagen’s proven TDI engines and has a towing capacity of up to 2000kg (braked 12% incline). The Tiguan ehybrid has an electric range of around 116 km WLTP* thanks to its 19.7 kWh capacity battery. Prices start from €54,250, with the combination of an 85kW electric drive motor and the new 1.5-litre TSI engine (110 kW). The plug-in hybrid model is also impressive on long journeys with low consumption values and combined ranges of more than 900 km. On the battery electric vehicle front, Volkswagen continues to lead the way with 0% finance on the ID.3 and APR PCP rates starting from 2.9% on other ID. models, including the ID.4, ID.5 and ID.7. New additions to the ID. Family are on the way, including the all-new ID.7 Pro S which features an upgraded 86kWh battery and an official WLTP range of 700km** on a single charge. Later this year, the sporty ID.7 GTX will become the latest addition to the ID. Range. We will have more details on both these models in the coming weeks. Volkswagen Ireland Director, Alan Bateson, said: “It is an exciting time for Volkswagen Passenger Cars here in Ireland. We have our best product line-up in years and are offering ultra-competitive finance packages to bring Volkswagen ownership to as many people as possible. Whether you want to go fully electric, hybrid, or drive one of our fuel-efficient petrol or diesel-powered vehicles, our 2024 line-up ensures there is a Volkswagen for everyone.”

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