19 April 2018
Based on the 4-door saloon, the car has a 187hp 2.0 petrol engine with automatic transmission, and is available in both Titanium and Vignale grades.
These will include a hybrid version of the iconic Mustang that will deliver V8 power with a 4-cylinder engine.
Ford says the Mondeo Hybrid is capable of driving at up to 135 km/h in electric mode and the official fuel consumption rate of 4.2 L/100km compares to that of a 2.0 diesel 150PS Powershift automatic transmission that would deliver a fuel consumption rate of 4.8 L/100km.
18 April 2018
With more shoulder room and a bigger capacity boot, the car is overall a significant move onwards for the nameplate in its fourth generation.
There are also new engines, including 1.3 and 2.0 petrol units and a 1.5 diesel.
Semi-autonomous driving will also be available in certain conditions, according to the company. The full range of current Mercedes-Benz connectivity and safety technologies will be included in the specifications.
First market launches commence in May.
16 April 2018
The event took place in the marvellous car museum in Motor Distributors Limited on the Naas Road in Dublin, home to Mercedes-Benz, and was attended by a huge audience from the motor industry, past and present.
|Rosemary Smith and Frank Keane.|
Larry Mooney, former MDL employee and Chairman of C.A.R. said: "Just how difficult this book must have been for Bob can be summed up in an email received the other day from a C.A.R. colleague who said, 'I am glad that the subject has been written up while there are still people around who remember the facts, or at least the facts as they remember them. I think that this book is a significant historical document that has recorded an important part of our economic heritage."
|James Wyse, formerly of Citroen; and Gemma Maughan, Gowan Group.|
Bob Montgomery said: "It should be remembered that at the time assembly was introduced, the Free State had virtually no light industry manufacturing, yet within six months there were no fewer than 13 assembly plants in operation together with the necessary component suppliers. In the years that followed, in the region of 52 different makes of cars were assembled here."
To get the process started, in 1933 Sean Lemass provided a tax concession to companies who engaged in assembling cars. The result was that within a year there were 13 assembly plants importing cars in in CKD form - completely knocked down - where the key components were taken from the manufacturing line and shipped to Ireland for assembly. A significant light industrial sector developed around these plants providing tyres, batteries, glass, springs, spark plugs, upholstery, paint and other components.
|Bob Montgomery at today's launch with his son Robert (Mitsubishi Motors).|
|Former Toyota employee Jim Cusack, with Steve Tormey, CEO, Toyota Ireland.|
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