14 June 2019

Audi 192 Sales Event

Audi e-tron

The Audi 192 Sales Event is currently taking place across 11 authorised Audi dealerships nationwide with offers available on vehicles registered before 31 August, writes Trish Whelan.

The event offers APR rates from 2.9pc.

These exclusive offers also include special edition Audi service plans making it more affordable than ever to drive an Audi with plans available from €15.99 per month as well as a complementary €250 Audi genuine accessories offer.

Audi Q5 - With an APR of 2.9pc, the Audi Q5 model is available in four powerful, efficient TDI variants. This sporty SUV has a sculpturally flared singleframe grille with a solid frame which dominates its aerodynamically flat front end. Space is not compromised by design. Features include Audi’s virtual cockpit included in the Technology Pack. The fully digital instrument cluster, with various display options, projects information directly in front of the driver via a large high-resolution monitor with richly detailed graphics.

Audi A6 - As part of the Audi 192 sales event, the A6 has an APR rate of 3.9pc. It boasts many of the refinements and innovations in the latest Audi A8, the brand’s luxury flagship model. The A6 contains upgrades from advanced mild hybrid drivetrains. The model also contains a new all-digital MMI touch response interface.

As part of its 192 sales event, Audi is offering a host of service packages to suit individual customer needs. Monthly plans start from €15.99 per month and cover all services and schedule maintenance which includes pollen filters, air filter and brake fluid replacement with complementary €250 Audi genuine accessories vouchers on offer. (Plans range from 3 years 45,000km to 5 years 120,000km).

Throughout the Audi 192 sales event, motorists are invited into Audi dealerships to experience the brand’s first all-electric SUV - the Audi e-tron. Audi dealerships will be showcasing the e-tron, providing information on how drivers can invest in an electric vehicle, and also holding demonstrations to bring drivers up to speed with all things e-tron including charging options. 

Thorsten Godulla, Managing Director, Audi Ireland says there has never been such a wide choice of Audi cars available and these offers ‘bring a new level of affordability to ensure drivers can get the Audi they deserve’. He added that the e-tron ‘has received great feedback as it offers real-world efficient driving solutions together with technology and design features that define Audi as a leading automotive brand’.

13 June 2019

MyClinic.ie: Ireland's first online travel vaccination service

An innovative new travel health service has been launched by MyClinic.ie, meaning you can now have your travel vaccinations given at participating pharmacies nationwide, writes Trish Whelan.

After completing MyClinic’s online travel health consultation, priced at €30, a GP will advise you of any vaccinations or anti-malaria tablets you should consider and issues your prescription.

As well as advice from the GP, you also receive a personalised travel health pack by email, containing the most up-to-date information to help you stay healthy on your trip.

Once you complete the consultation you can book an appointment online at your nearest participating pharmacy to pay for your vaccinations and have them given by a specially trained pharmacist. 

The service is designed to be most convenient and cost-effective way for travellers to access travel health consultations. Commenting on the launch, Dr Daniel Clear, founder of MyClinic, said: “We are very excited to be providing the first travel health service of its kind in Ireland.  

“With Irish people travelling more than ever, and infectious diseases on the rise, we want to remove the barriers to accessing appropriate advice and protection so that people can stay healthy when abroad.”

MyClinic launched in 2017 as the first platform in Europe to bring together the range of primary healthcare services online.

Registration to MyClinic is free and provides users with a personal health record and interactive dashboard where they can access video consultations with healthcare professionals, order repeat prescriptions, and avail of the latest in smart home blood testing and STI screening. 

Repeat prescriptions offered cover a range of common conditions,  including acne, cystitis, thrush, male sexual health problems and various forms of contraception.  Prescriptions are sent by post within 24 hours, or directly to a pharmacy for same-day collection,  if needed urgently.  

MyClinic  operates  a  seven-day  service, with a repeat prescription costing €20 and a video consultation with a GP costing €25, a significant saving on the  €60 typically faced in a GP surgery.

12 June 2019

New BMW X1 here in July

With bold new styling, the new BMW X1 which will arrive in Ireland next month (July), falls in line with the latest X family design philosophy, writes Trish Whelan.

The current range of three and four-cylinder Twin-Power Turbo engines will shortly be joined by a new low emission plug-in hybrid X1.

Two petrol and two diesel engines feature. The petrol range starts with the e140hp 1.5 sDrive 18i with peak torque of 220Nm. It will do from zero to 100km/h in 9.7 secs. It comes with either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual clutch auto; C02 emissions are 125g/km and combined fuel consumption 37.7 (56.5mpg).

The more powerful 2.0 X1 sDrive 20i with 192hp and 280Nm of torque can be specified with a seven-speed Sport dual-clutch automatic (0-100km/h in 7.7 secs; 129g/km C02 emissions and combined fuel consumption of 47.9 (52.3mpg) 0-100km/h in 7.4 seconds and C02 is 143g/km; 38.7 (51.4mpg).

The diesel range utilises a 2.0-litre power-plant and both the sDrive and the all-wheel drive xDrive18d models deliver 150hp and a peak torque of 350Nm. The benchmark zero to 62mph sprint is achieved in 9.3-9.4s while emitting 113-1145g/km of CO2. The X1 sDrive18d is offered with a six-speed manual or an optional eight-speed Sport automatic transmission. Combined fuel consumption is 36.7-53.3 mpg for the sDrive and 36.7-55.4mpg for the xDrive. 
The 190hp all-wheel-drive xDrive 20d is at the top of the X1 range delivering a maximum torque of 400Nm while emitting just 123g/km of CO2 with a combined fuel consumption of 39.8-55.4mpg. Like the 18dxDrive it uses the eight-speed Sport automatic transmission that enables it to accelerate from zero to 100kph in 7.8s and go on to a top speed of 219kph 

With OTR prices of from €38,975-€47,395, Irish customers can now place orders for the new X1 featuring increased levels of standard equipment and a simplified option structure.

The X1 has proved to be a huge success for the German car maker who say this latest version builds on that with bold styling, exceptional handling and the introduction of an all-new plug-in hybrid model.

In 2018, not only the highest-selling BMW X model worldwide, it also led the way in its segment as a whole over the same time period.

Features include BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive, extensive infotainment options and an updated range of BMW ConnectedDrive Services.

Four model variants are: SE, Sport, xLine and M Sport, each with its own unique looks and equipment to match. Newly available for the X1 are the exterior colour shades Jucaro Metallic. Exclusively for xLine and M Sport models are the new Misano Blue metallic and BMW Individual Storm Bay metallic.

Next year, the petrol and diesel models will be joined for the first time by the xDrive25e plug-in hybrid model.


Jackie Tyrrell is new Renault Brand Ambassador

Jackie Tyrrell and Liz O'Gorman, Marketing Manager, Renault Ireland.

Kilkenny hurling legend Jackie Tyrrell has been announced as Renault Ireland’s newest brand ambassador, writes Trish Whelan.

Over a 14-year career with his county, Jackie won no fewer than nine All Irelands, four All Stars, 11 Leinster titles, and six National League titles.

The James Stephens man also boasts three Senior County Championships, two Leinster Club Championships and a Club All Ireland title over 19 years playing with the club.

When not working in Glanbia, Jackie is a pundit on RTE’s The Sunday Game and a sports columnist for The Irish Times.

He will join Renault’s strong line-up of sporting ambassadors including Alan Brogan, Dessie Dolan, Marc O Se, Mick Galwey, Anthony Daly and Jason Sherlock.

Jackie is now on the road in a sleek and brand-new Renault KADJAR.

Patrick Magee, Country Operations Director, Renault Ireland said: “We are thrilled to have Jackie on board as our newest Renault Brand Ambassador. We wish him safe and happy driving in his new Renault KADJAR.”

Make Dun Laoghaire your Port of Call in July

Ireland’s biggest sailing event returns this Summer, with the 2019 Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta. 

The biennial four-day series will take place from Thursday 11 to Sunday 14 July 2019. A festival of fun, sun and sailing awaits those in attendance at the waterfront and Dun Laoghaire town, as the four local waterfront yacht clubs will come together for this sailing extravaganza; Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club, National Yacht Club, Royal Irish Yacht Club and Royal St. George Yacht Club.

Some 2,500 sailors and 500 boats across 34 classes will compete in the eight instalment of the four day series on seven race courses will be specially laid out on Dublin Bay. The standard of sailing on show is bound to entertain and excite the crowds, due to its international flavour. The event attracts Olympic, international and national talent, many of whom are champions, with yachts competing from Hong Kong, England, Scotland, Wales, Isle of Man, and all four provinces of Ireland.

On land, there will also be plenty of entertainment around the waterfront to ensure those in attendance stay afloat! This year, face painting and a ‘selfie wall’ will ensure you capture your perfect picture from the day. Volvo and Spirit Motor Group will also be displaying their latest range of cars at The People’s Park, the East Pier and the Harbour Plaza.

There will be market food to sample from the People’s Park Market on Sunday 14 July. 

So, whether you’re looking for a family day out or to simply savour the festival atmosphere, Dun Laoghaire will be the perfect location for you.

11 June 2019

Motorsport Ireland Weekend Round-up

Photo: Michael Chester.

Twenty year old Alex Denning continued his highly successful first season in car racing by taking victory in two of the three Dennings Cars Fiesta ST races at Mondello Park, but had to settle for eighth place in the final race after a last lap spin while battling for fourth position, writes Richard Burke.

The Rathfarnham driver dominated the first two races, finishing two seconds clear of his nearest challenger each time, with double class champion Dave Maguire and Erik Holstein taking the two runner-up positions. Veteran Michael Cullen eventually won an action packed race three when he took the lead from relative newcomer Ross Barnes at three quarter distance, with Barnes finally taking third place after he couldn’t hold off Holstein, who was recovering from a spin.

Limerick’s Paul O’Connell scored another double in the Finnstown Castle Boss Formula Libre races, with Sam Mansfield and Joe Courtney taking second and third each time.

Defending Hillclimb and Sprint champion Rob Dwane continued his unbeaten run this year by winning both days of the Clare weekend at Feakle, with Gary Egan and Billy White completing the leaderboard on each of the two days.  

Jaguar celebrates treble win with €3k discount

Jaguar's PACE family.

To celebrate the Jaguar I-Pace historic treble win at the 2019 World Car Awards, Jaguar has announced the introduction of a unique celebratory offer exclusively for the 192 registration period, writes Trish Whelan. For three months, customers can enjoy a €3,000 discount across the Jaguar range in celebration of Jaguar’s huge win.

The all-electric Jaguar I-PACE is the first model ever to win three World Car titles in the 15-year history of the awards: the 2019 World Car of the Year and World Car Design of the Year titles, it has also been named World Green Car.

The I-PACE completes the brand’s trio of SUVs, the PACE family, comprising the F-PACE performance crossover (the fastest-selling Jaguar ever), the new E-PACE compact performance SUV and now I-PACE. The Jaguar family also includes the award-winning XE, XF and XJ saloons and the dramatic F-TYPE sports car.

Each model comes with Jaguar’s 3-year warranty, 3-year roadside assistance and a Free 3 Year Service Plan. Now, in addition, all new Jaguars will also benefit from a €3,000 discount available for a 3-month summer celebration ending on 31 August 2019.

Dacia celebrates its 7th birthday in Ireland

All New Dacia Duster

Dacia is celebrating its 7th birthday this week and motorists are invited to the party with a three-day Sales Event spectacular running at all 26 dealerships from Thursday 13 - Saturday 15 June, writes Trish Whelan.

Offers include 1 year’s free road tax on all new Dacia models purchased at any dealership during the event. In addition, customers can also avail of 192 offers at Dacia dealerships, with zero deposit and 4.9pc APR across the range until 31 July.

The Dacia range includes the all-new Duster, the most affordable SUV in Ireland from €73 per week; the Sandero Stepway - SUV styling at supermini costs available from €61 per week; and the stylish Logan MCV estate from €52 per week.

24-hour test drives are available across the Dacia range at all dealerships. 

10 June 2019

Skoda launches new Scala here

Skoda Ireland has launched its new Scala compact hatchback at a starting price of €23,650, writes Brian Byrne.

The car replaces the Rapid and is available only in hatchback format.

Power is from petrol engines ranging from 115hp to 150hp and a 115hp diesel. A 95hp petrol will be offered later.

Two grades are offered initially with an entry level version coming by the end of this year.

The company claims unrivalled accommodation for rear seat passengers thanks to it being one of the longer cars in its class.

A full suite of safety and connectivity technologies are available, the latter including provision for a built-in SIM card. USB-c sockets ensure the Scala is 'future proofed' for connecting and charging electronic devices.

Head of marketing for Skoda Ireland Ray Leddy says the car is aimed at a 'younger and more affluent' group of customers of the brand, which has recently entered the top five for registrations in Ireland.