9 December 2016

Erne Motor Works is Toyota Dealer of the Year 2016

The Toyota Dealer of the Year 2016 title has been awarded to Erne Motor Works, Co Cavan, writes Trish Whelan. In addition to the accolade, Erne Motor Works received a cheque for €5,000 which will be used to reward the staff for their excellent achievement.

The ceremony took place in Dublin earlier this week.

The annual Awards recognise the excellence achieved by Toyota Dealers and their staff who worked to ensure the success of the Toyota brand both locally and nationally.

The Award for the Highest New Vehicle Sales in 2016 went to Toyota Long Mile, Dublin, who also took the Sales Dealer of the Year gong; the Hybrid Retailer of the Year 2016 went to Carroll & Kinsella Blackrock, Dublin; Part Sales Performer 2016 went to Tadg Riordan Motors Ashbourne, Co Meath; Accessory Sales Performer 2016 went to Kellys Sales & Service, Mountcharles, Co Donegal, while After Sales Performer of the Year 2016 went to Hugh Boggan Motors, Wexford.

Winners are pictured above with Steve Tormey, Managing Director of Toyota Ireland. 

8 December 2016

Renault launches Megane Grand Coupe in Ireland

The Megane family is growing with the introduction of a four-door version, the new Megane Grand Coupe available now to order from Renault’s 28 dealerships, writes Trish Whelan. Prices are from €21,990. 

Its arrival completes Renault’s offering in the C-segment.

The car was developed in tandem with the all-new Megane and benefits from the same features, technology and engine variants as its five-door sibling, but with added ‘record-breaking’ roominess for its class. 

The generous level of space for all onboard is down to the car’s longer wheel base. The boot is larger than that in the Renault Fluence. 

Other features, more commonly associated with the next segment up, include a colour head-up display, a 7-inch TFT colour screen instrument display and the R-LINK 2 multimedia and navigation tablet available in two formats (7-inch landscape or 8.7-inch portrait) as well as MULTI-SENSE technology which allows users to personalise their driving experience. 

The car also benefits from many high-tech driving aid technologies such as Adaptive Cruise Control, Safe Distance Warning, Blind Spot Warning, and Tiredness Detection Warning. 

Customers have a choice of two dCi engines of 110 and 130 with manual and EDC transmissions. 

Renault claim a fuel consumption of 3.7 L/100kms (76mpg) for the combined cycle and C02 emissions as low as 96g/km. Annual road tax is from €180-€190.

Four trim levels are offered, and nine exterior colours.  

Megane Grand Coupe has gained a top 5-star safety rating from Euro NCAP. 

Renault’s 171 offer includes 3pc APR Finance, 3 years servicing, and 5 years Warranty and Roadside Assistance.

Built in Renault’s Bursa plant in Turkey, the Megane Grand Coupe is set to go on sale in nearly 30 countries. 

7 December 2016

LaFerrari raises $7m for Italian earthquake fund

Earlier this week, a prized LaFerrari was sold at auction in Florida for $7 Million to benefit the reconstruction of Central Italy in the aftermath of the devastating earthquakes of 2016. The auction was held in conjunction with RM Sotheby’s and in collaboration with the National Italian American Foundation's Earthquake Relief Fund. The price achieved represents a record for the most valuable 21st Century automobile ever sold at auction.

All proceeds from the auction will go toward the reconstruction efforts in the areas affected by the earthquake. RM Sotheby’s has graciously donated their expertise to raise the highest amount possible. The decision to donate a LaFerrari from the company’s own collection for this cause  was announced on 31 August 2016 on the occasion of the bilateral talks between the Italian and German governments that took place at the Ferrari factory in Maranello, Italy.

The LaFerrari boasts a unique livery with a distinctly Italian theme: a red exterior with a white dream line on the hood and rear windshield. A  small Italian flag on the hood serves as a reminder that this is a gift by Ferrari to its home country. The car will also feature a commemorative plaque.

More details on new Insignia

Opel has released the first full pictures of the new Opel Insignia Grand Sport, writes Brian Byrne.

Key elements of the new car include the styling of a large coupe, overall lighter by 175kg over the current Insignia, AWD, and new generation intelligent LED lights.

It is slightly longer, lower and has a wider track, and a longer wheelbase which improves both the ride quality and the interior space.

The aerodynamics will be class leading with a CD number of 0.26.

A full range of safety technologies will include a 'bird's eye' camera system. lane keeping assist, rear cross traffic alert, and more.

The car will be revealed to the public at the Geneva Motor Show in March and will then go on sale.

Suzuki launches new Ignis

Suzuki’s new Ignis compact crossover model will go on sale in Ireland from January 2017, writes Trish Whelan.

Available in SZ3, SZ-T and SZ5 grades, the new car will be priced from €12,995-€17,995.

Power is from a 1.2 Dualjet with C02 emissions of 97g/km 104g/km, and 106g/km. Annual road tax is €180-€190. A 5-speed automated manual is offered along with a 4x4 ALLGRIP for the SZ5 model which is a ‘mild’ hybrid.

The Inis SZ5 gets a Dual Camera Brake Support which can detect lane markings as well as objects ahead including pedestrians and also their distance away. This Safety Pack feature has helped the SZ5 model to be awarded a top five stars in the latest Euro NCAP tests, while the standard model gained just three.