20 November 2017

BMW announces its ‘Sterling Offers’

As many Irish consumers look to 2018 to buy a new car, BMW Ireland has announced 9 per cent off the price of any new BMW model, writes Trish Whelan.

This ‘Sterling Sales Event’ offer is in addition to the Lower Emissions Allowance announced earlier this year by BMW Group Ireland which gives customers a further €2,000 off any BMW with emissions of 130g/km or less. The incentive is open to owners of diesel Euro 4 emission standard cars or below, who can trade-in their car for a new BMW i, BMW iPerformance model, or low C02 emission models.

The promotional offer is available from now until the 31 March 2018 at BMW Retailers nationwide. For example, the BMW 530e SE plug-in hybrid model now comes with €5,711 off the list price, €7,500 off in SEAI grants and VRT rebates, plus a potential €2,000 with the Lower Emissions Allowance dropping the price of this model to €48,249 (RRP). 

The new BMW X4 SUV has now arrived at BMW retail outlets. A new 2.0 petrol engine is offered with the familiar diesel offering, plus a new performance flagship, the M40i - the first ever M Performance car in the X3 line-up. Promotional discounts on this model range from €5,196 to €7,648 for the limited period. 

BMW 6 Series GT
The new 6 Series GT, which takes over from the 5 Series Gran Turismo, is offered with a choice of three engines. The BMW xDrive AWD system will be available in two of the three variants. Prices start for a limited period from €66,495 with BMW Ireland’s Sterling Sales Event offer.

OTR prices for the BMW X2 start at €50,320 (xDrive20d SE). It is expected to arrive in Q1 2018. 

New Subaru Impreza arrives

The new Subaru Impreza has arrived in dealer showrooms priced from €25,995 for the new 1.6i CVT automatic, rising to €29,995 for the 1.6i SE Lineartronic CVT automatic version, writes Trish Whelan. 

The newly redesigned inside out compact hatch features the brand’s new global platform that achieves a centre of gravity that is 5mm lower than the current model. Significant enhancement to the body and chassis rigidity, offers ‘unprecedented levels of driving pleasure, agility, crash protection and ride comfort’.

EyeSight, Subaru’s driver assist technology includes features such as Pre-Collision Braking Control, Adaptive Cruise Control, and Lane Keep Assist. 

Two trim levels for Irish buyers are S and SE, both offering generous levels of standard equipment. A touch-screen display in the centre of the instrument panel allows you connect with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and other setups. 

Airside Citroen host fashion extravaganza

Over 140 people attended Airside Citroen’s fashion event in their showroom on Friday last to coincide with the Citroen Open Week from 6-12 November 2017, writes Trish Whelan.

Attendees were treated to a night of fashion and fun with a catwalk fashion show hosted by Citroen Ambassador, Shirley Lane, featuring all the latest clothing trends from the Blanchardstown Shopping Centre.

Guests also had the opportunity to check out the New Citroen C3 Aircross compact SUV. 

Airside Citroen is owned and managed by Avanacar Ltd, a subsidiary of Brightstone Trading Ltd. The dealership is managed by Dealer Principal and Director, Damien Smyth.

On the fashion event, Damien commented “We were delighted to host this special event to help raise funds for two local groups, Loreto College Swords and Robyn’s Life Trust. Being an active member of our local community is very important to us at Airside Citroen so we were thrilled so many people from the local area turned out to support the event.”

Some €2,000 was raised through ticket sales from the event to be split between these two local groups.

19 November 2017

New 5008 launched by Peugeot

Peugeot has launched its new 5008 seven-seater SUV, big brother to the 2008 SUV and new 3008 SUV recently crowned Irish Car of the Year 2018 in association with Continental Tyres, writes Trish Whelan.

In looks, the new version is lower, longer and more spacious than the previous model — Ireland's best-selling large MPV last year — but retains the same height  of 1.64m. Increased length ensures more room for occupants including more knee room for those in the second row. All three separate seats here fold and tilt and all have Isofix child seat anchor points. Two are removable.

The two rear seats can fold flat or be taken out. Boot capacity is up to 1,060 litres with five seats in use, more than in the original 5008.

Buyers can choose from five trim levels, Access, Active, Allure, GT Line and GT versions, and between petrol and diesel engines.

Standard features from Access trim include Peugeot's iCockpit interior which comprises a compact steering wheel, a 12.3-inch head-up digital instrument panel, 8-inch touchscreen, multifunction steering wheel, Bluetooth, USB connectivity and 3 x 12V sockets.

Ultra-efficient engines include the award-winning 1.2 130hp turbo petrol engine, with both manual or automatic transmission; and the 1.6 petrol 165hp 6-speed automatic. The 1.6 and 2.0 diesel engines, again with manual and automatic transmission choices, range between 100hp-180hp. The range-topping GT version is a 2.0 diesel 180hp 6-speed automatic.

Peugeot claims to have the lowest petrol C02 emissions of from 115g/km, and from 105g/km C02 for its diesel engines over key competitors Nissan X-Trail, Skoda Kodiaq and Range Rover Discovery and Hyundai Santa Fe (for diesel).

The new 5008 has secured the maximum five stars safety rating from Euro NCAP.

At the car's launch last week, Colin Sheridan of Peugeot Ireland said the new 5008 'is made for Ireland with its low C02 emissions' and that the brand 'is looking at the car to become the benchmark of the D-segment large 7-seat SUV segment by providing an arsenal of comfort and safety features'.

The new 5008 is available for test drive at Peugeot Dealerships during the brand's SUV Drivetime event up to 22 December.

18 November 2017

Jaguar E-PACE here in December

Jaguar’s new E-PACE will arrive in Jaguar Land Rover showrooms in early December, writes Trish Whelan.

This is the newest member of Jaguar’s SUV family following the F-PACE, Jaguar’s performance SUV and Winner of World Car of the Year 2017.

JLR has announced a limited edition introductory launch price of €36,000 for the 2.0D i4 150hp manual model. This represents a €2,000 saving.

Jaguar Land Rover’s MD Gerard O’Farrell says the E-PACE 'provides the best of both worlds: the brand’s sports car dynamics with compact SUV practicality'.

This is a five-seat compact SUV that packs the design and performance of a Jaguar sports car into a spacious, practical and connected AWD vehicle. It takes its design inspiration from the F-TYPE sports car. 

The E-PACE and E-PACE R-Dynamic come with a choice of three diesel and two petrol engines. The 2.0 four-cylinder Ingenium diesel powerplant is available in 150/180 and 240hp outputs, while the pair of 2.0 four-cylinder Ingenium petrol turbo units deliver 249hp or 300hp. 

The 300hp Ingenium petrol turbo engine takes 6.4 seconds for the 0-100km/h sprint. The front-wheel drive 150hp diesel delivers C02 emissions of 125g/km and has annual road tax of €270.

The E-PACE comes with the latest safety and driver assistant technologies, and is the first Jaguar to feature the company’s next-generation Thin-Film Transistor Head-Up display technology.

It comes with the wearable Activity Key waterproof and shockproof wristband that allows the driver to lock the main key inside the car when enjoying outdoor pursuits like running or cycling. When the Activity Key is activated by holding the wristband up to the upper edge of the number plate surround on the tailgate, any conventional key fobs left inside the car are disabled.