13 December 2018
It's hoped that the Kia Race Series 2019 will add more records to the eight set by the 2018 series.
The male and female winner of the Kia Race Series will get to drive a brand-new Kia Stonic for one year and there is the added incentive of €9,000 bonus funds on offer for course records. Kia will also be offering a “Masters” (O40 in year of series) prize of a trip for two to the European Masters for both male and female winners.
There are nine regional races in seven counties across Ireland in this year’s series which will start in March with The Streets of Portlaoise 5K. It is open to all abilities and is encouraging runners to #runyourrace, be it for fun, to set a personal best or to take on your first 5k. For more details and to enter on-line go to popupraces.ie.
The Calendar of the series is:
1. Streets of Portlaoise 5k: 17th March, 11am
2. Streets of Kilkenny 5k: 18th April 7:30pm
3. Bob Heffernan (Enfield, Co. Meath) 5k: Tuesday May 21st 8pm
4. Braveheart 5k (Trim), June 14th 8pm
5. Dunshaughlin (Meath) 10k Road Race: Saturday June 22nd, 7:30pm
6. Roscommon 10 Mile: July 6th, 10:30am
7. Edenderry (Offaly): 10 Mile, July 21st 9:30am
8. Castlepollard 5k (Westmeath) Wednesday Aug 14th, 8pm
9. The Lakes 10k (Blessington/Wicklow) September 7th, 11am
The 2019 series was launched by Olympians Kerry O’Flaherty and Mick Clohisey.
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The convoy will include the Camry Hybrid, Corolla Saloon Hybrid, RAV4 Hybrid, Corolla Touring Sport Hybrid and Corolla Hatchback Hybrid. They will be visiting two dealerships a day during weekdays and one per day on weekend days, starting in Dublin on Thursday, January 3rd and travelling county by county until January 30th.
Entertainment and appearances from local celebrity brand ambassadors will be part of the dealership visits. Toyota's 191 offers include three years' Servicing as standard on all new models, three years of free 24hr Roadside Assistance, and Trade In-Trade Up Booster of up to €3,000.
Honda is reported to be seriously considering production of the vehicle, which is based on its existing and highly respected all-terrain vehicle chassis. For the prototype, the company has integrated GPS and sensor-based self driving technology.
It is on test in a number of real world scenarios in various parts of the US.
The Kodiaq RS will be arriving shortly in dealerships priced at €62,295. It is powered by a 240hp diesel and 4x4 and dual-clutch automatic are both standard.
External style cues include gloss black details on the grille, window frames and mirror housings, as well as anthracite coloured alloy wheels.
The interior of the 7-seat car includes as standard the Volkswagen Group's 'virtual cockpit', Alcantara leather seats and carbon and red detailing.
Skoda Ireland expects to sell 50 Kodiaq RS units next year as part of a total number o f2,200 Kodiaqs.
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The company says the latest version will have sportier handling and better steering, and innovative technology will include more advanced autonomous driving systems.
Three grades will be available at launch, SE, Sport and M Sport. From the lowest grade, specification will include extended LEDs, a reversing camera, and park assist, as well as 3-zone air conditioning and acoustic glazing.
The top end M Sport gets a 'digital cockpit' instrumentation and a larger central screen.
The price range will be €42,770-€53,460.
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The car, which has been highly successful globally for Renault since its launch in 2015, now looks a little stronger, and has been tweaked inside to provide a bit more of a premium feel.
Kadjar continues to be available in both FWD and AWD formats, though in the Irish market the latter only represents around 2pc of the model's sales.
The new turbocharged petrol engine is the result of a joint venture with Daimler and comes at the moment in 140hp and 160hp forms, with substantial torque available from as low as 1500rpm in the smaller power version. The diesels are a 1.5 115hp, and a 1.7 150hp.
Transmissions are six-speed manual or Renault's EDC dual clutch automatic.
Prices for the revised car have not yet been revealed, but a starting price is expected in the region of €27,000 which lines with the opening prices of main competitors. This represents an increase on the outgoing Kadjar's base price of around €25,500.
Renault Ireland says new fuel economy levels under the WLTP regime are a significant factor in price rises, while a VRT increase on diesel cars also comes into effect from 1 January.