Irish rugby star, Jack Conan, has been appointed a Windsor Opel Brand Ambassador, writes Trish Whelan.
The company also says the sixth generation batteries it will be producing for its cars by 2025 will offer a 30pc increase in range over current ones of similar size and weight.
BMW is developing a new design of lithium-ion cells that are round in shape, and use less cobalt than current batteries. Moving to an 800-volt architecture will also speed up charging times.
BMW will be producing the batteries at factories in China, Europe and North America, designed at its Battery Cell Competence Centre located in Munich.
One of them, the Avenger, will go on sale in Europe in early 2023. It is described by the company as an 'urban SUV'. It will be built in Poland on the Stellantis Group CMP platform already used for the Corsa and 208 models among others.
A Recon off-roader will reflect elements of the iconic Wrangler, and there's also a new up-market model reviving the company's Wagoneer nameplate.
Both of these will eventually be sold in Europe, though not until after US sales begin in 2024. Jeep is aiming to have 100pc of its sales in Europe as EVs by 2030.
The E-Transit Custom will have a rated range of up to 380km, with an 1,100kg payload and a towing capacity of up to 2,000kg.
Under the Ford Pro division, the E-Transit Custom is also described by the company as a 'business hub', with 5G connectivity and a flexible workspace including a steering wheel that folds to become an holder for laptops and tablets.
E-Transit Custom is one of four new Ford Pro electric commercial vehicles coming to Europe by 2024. The E-Transit large van is already on sale and Ford Pro claims operating savings compared to the diesel version can be as much as 40pc.
Meanwhile, the Renault Group achieved an 11.2pc market share in Ireland in August, achieving second position.
The Renault Clio was number one in the B segment and third in the overall car market for the month.
The Dacia Sandero is in the number two slot year to dat in the B segment, with Renault's Clio overall the fourth best selling car.
For the year to end August, Dacia has recorded a 3.2pc market share, up 1.0pc on last year, helped by sales of the all-new 7-seat Dacia Jogger.