22 September 2017

Bill Cullen appointed a Fiat Professional Dealer

Bill Cullen Premier Cars on the Naas Road in Dublin has recently been appointed a Fiat Professional Dealership, writes Trish Whelan.

Opening offers at Bill Cullen Premier Cars include Fiat Fiorino from €11,695; Fiat Doblo from €13,495; Fiat Talento from €18,935; Fiat Ducato from €18,780, and the all new Fiat Fullback Pickup from €25,621.

All the above come in a wide variety of variants including cargo van, maxi van, combi, chassis cab and 9-seater passenger. Prices quoted are ex. vat. 

The dealership is open Monday - Friday from 9am -6pm; from 10am to 2.00pm on Saturday.

Kristoffersson seals 2017 WRC Championship

Sweden’s Johan Kristoffersson has won the 2017 FIZ World Rallycross Championship with two rounds still remaining.

PSRX Volkswagen Sweden (Kristoffersson and team-mate Petter Solberg) has also won the teams’ championship after a dominant season with its pair of VW Polo GTi Supercars.

Kristoffersson took his fifth event win, and ninth podium, in a row at the Neste World RX of Latvia in Riga last weekend extending his commanding lead at the top of the driver standings to 62 points (60 points remain over the final two events of the season). PSRX Volkswagen Sweden also leve Latvia with a 112-point advantage in the teams’ championship, a big enough gap over Team Peugeot-Hansen to guarantee VW the team trophy.

The 2017 FIA World Rally cross Championship is presented by Monster Energy. 

Fancy spending Christmas in Spain?

If you fancy doing something different this Christmas like jetting off to the sun, travelfox.ie are offering some great bargains which include flying out on the 19  December from Dublin or on 21 December from Cork, to the Costa Del Sol to escape our dreary winter, writes Trish Whelan.

Hotels include the 3* Ecuador Park Apartments in Torremolinos, with self-catering accommodation, priced from €399pp; or the 3* Bajondillo Apartments, self catering from €549pp. Or you can stay at the 3* Barracuda, half board, from €499pp, or at the 4* Marconfront Beach Club, for an all-inclusive cost from €799pp. 

If you fancy the 4* Las Palmeras in Fuengirola, half board accommodation, the cost is from €569pp. 

All prices are based on 2 people sharing.

Prices include: Aer Lingus flights, 10kgs of hand luggage, transfers and 10 nights accommodation. Christmas dinner may not be included in some of the half board options and may have an additional supplement locally.

If interested, you can contact the company on 021 4976293 or res@travelfox.ie for more information or to book. These offers have limited availability, so it’s advised to book early.

21 September 2017

Irish Ferries' Scarefest package announced

Irish Ferries has unveiled a ‘fright-fully’ attractive family package to Alton Towers Resort annual Scarefest - likely to appeal to brave parents and children seeking an action-packed break this October, writes Trish Whelan.

Valid for travel until 3 November, the €459 deal sees two adults and two children under 11 enjoy three nights with breakfast in the nearby Best Western Tillington Hall Hotel, inclusive of return car ferry travel and one full day’s entry pass to the theme park.

Coupled with spine-tingling favourites such as the House of Monsters, Rides at Dusk and the Freak Show Scare Zone, those seeking a less terrifying experience can visit Alton Towers Cbeebies Land which offers children the opportunity to meet favourites such as Postman Pat, Tree Fu Tom, Upsy Daisy and Igglepiggle.

Bookings can be made by calling 0818 300 400. For more information about Scarefest dates visit www.irishferries.com/alton. 

VW T-Roc prices revealed

Volkswagen’s new T-Roc crossover model, shown at the National Ploughing Championships in Tullamore this week, goes on sale here later this year priced from €24,750, writes Trish Whelan.

The entry-level T-Roc specification is offered with VW’s 1.0 TSI petrol engine putting out 115bhp which made its debut in the updated Golf earlier this year.

Standard spec on this grade has Climatronic 2-Zone air con, USB interfaces, Bluetooth and a 6.5-inch Composition Colour radio system.

The T-Roc Design spec, again with the 1.0 115bhp petrol (€26,995) adds 16-inch Chester alloys, a larger radio system with 8-inch glass touchscreen, a chrome package, Voice Control and App Connect.

The top Sport spec comes with a choice of 1.5 150bhp petrol engines or the 2.0 150bhp diesel, the latter offered in either 6-speed manual or 7-speed DSG automatic. Prices start from €29,750, the 1.0 diesel 4Motion starts from €34,795. Additional models will come later in 2018. The Sport trim comes with sports seats, 17-inch alloys, LED headlamps, tinted rear windows. The 2.0 150bhp 4M DSG diesel Sport is priced from €36,695.

A number of Technology Upgrade packs are offered. All T-Roc models come with Front Assist and Lane Assist systems.

Opel gives a special ADAM for charity

Recognising September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, Opel Ireland is giving away a special Opel ADAM car to help raise funds for the Childhood Cancer Foundation, writes Trish Whelan.

Across September and right trough to midnight on Sunday 15 October, supporters have a chance to win this limited edition Opel ADAM designed by Irish Street Artist ‘Pan Cooke,’ when they make their donation of €4 to the charity by texting ‘GOLDOPEL’ to 50300 to enter the draw.

This special car features a unique roof design created by Opel ADAM Ambassador Pan Cooke. 

Opel Ireland as supporters of CCF for the past three years, recruited Pan’s help, along with children currently battling and recovering from cancer to create a fun roof design on the car in his own unique style.

Emily Barry, Senior Brand and PR Manager for Opel Ireland said they are hopeful that this latest campaign will help raise vital funds for the charity and shine a light on a very real issue that has such a profound and devastating effect on so many families in Ireland. 

Laura Cullinan of Childhood Cancer Foundation added “This campaign will help us to continue to raise awareness of childhood cancer and the devastation that a cancer diagnosis brings to children, their families and indeed their local communities.” She said “Every donation will assist us to continue to fund our projects at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin and other shared care hospitals around Ireland.”

For more details visit the Opel Ireland Facebook Page and www.childhoodcancer.ie/OPELADAM.

19 September 2017

Kia Stonic prices and details released

Kia's new Stonic small SUV will go on sale in Ireland at the end of October at a starting price of €18,599, writes Brian Byrne from Berlin.

There will be four engine options, a 1.25 84hp petrol for the entry K1 grade, a 100hp 1.4 petrol and 110hp 1.6 diesel in the K2 and K3 grades, and a 120hp 1.0 turbo petrol in the top K4 grade.

According to Head of Marketing & PR for Kia Ireland Aidan Doyle, the 1.4 petrol is expected to be the top selling engine variant. James Brooks, MD of Kia Ireland, says he anticipates that upwards of 1,000 units of Stonic will be sold in 2018. He added that his expectation is 74pc of sales will be petrol.

All versions will have as standard a 7-inch touchscreen for entertainment and information management, speed limiter and cruise control, Bluetooth connectivity, and a spare wheel.

The K2 grade adds, among other things, projection fog lamps, folding mirrors and roof rack. The K3 specification includes a suite of driving aids, heated front seats, sat-nav and digital audio radio and a rear-view camera. Personalisation with contrasting roof and body colours will be available in the K3 and K4 grades.

The top spec K4, in addition to the 120hp engine gets push-button start, blind spot vehicle detection, and fully automatic climate control.

The top price for the car, entering a very competitive arena, will be €24,599, for either the K3 diesel or the K4 turbo petrol.

Driving in the countryside outside Berlin demonstrated an easy to drive car with good accommodation for four adults. A stint on a handling track on an old WW2 aerodrome suggested that the Stonic is a nimble and accurate performer, especially in tight and difficult conditions.

The main competitors in the Irish market are the Renault Captur, Opel's Mokka X, the Peugeot 2008, and Nissan's Juke which is due to be brought out in a new generation soon.

A First Drive review will follow.