26 July 2017

Ford 100 Fest on Ford Family Farm, Ballinascarthy

The West Cork Vintage Ploughing and Threshing Association’s Ford 100 Fest will take place on the ancestral home-farm of Henry Ford at Crohane, Ballinascarthy, Co Cork on Sunday 28 August, writes Trish Whelan.

Billed as a great day out for all the family, the event will be sponsored by Henry Ford & Son Limited and will be a celebration of 100 years of Ford in Ireland.

The Ford 100 Fest will feature displays of Ford models going right back to the iconic Model T which was the car that helped Henry Ford bring motoring to the masses. In addition to all of the famous Ford cars from the past 100 years, the event will also see one of the largest displays of Fordson tractors ever assembled in Ireland. Fordson tractors were the first vehicles to be produced at the Cork Ford plant on the Marina which was set up 100 years ago this year, in 1917.

There will also be live demonstrations of ploughing, silage cutting, corn cutting, threshing and exhibits of farming from days gone by, and food stands with dishes made from local ingredients. A helicopter will provide attendees with a bird’s eye view of the event.

Ciaran McMahon, Chairman and Managing Director of Henry Ford & Son Limited says “We are delighted to sponsor the West Cork Vintage Ploughing and Threshing Association’s Ford 100 Fest - it is really shaping up to be a great day out and all in aid of some very worthy charities.”

Don Coakley, Chairman of the West Cork Vintage Ploughing and Threshing Association says their Ford 100 Fest will be the highlight event of the summer in West Cork. “We are indebted to Vivian Buttimer and the Ford Buttimer family for hosting the event on the Ford Family Farm, and are also hugely grateful to the team at Henry Ford and Son for their generous support of the event.”

All proceeds will go to the West Cork Vintage Ploughing and Threshing Association’s chosen charities: Temple Street Children’s Hospital in Dublin; the Alzheimer’s Unit of Clonakilty Hospital; Cancer Connect; and West Cork Rapid Response. 

For more updates on the Ford 100 Fest, log on to http://vintageploughling.com/

Death sentence date for internal combustion engine?

Whether it is a chicken or egg situation, the accelerated demise of the internal combustion engine has been well flagged in recent weeks, writes Brian Byrne.

Volvo's decision announced a while ago that it will only produce all-electric or hybrid cars from 2019 was the kick-starter in the public mind, and this morning's news that the UK is to ban all petrol and diesel new cars by 2040 puts a timeline on the matter. This follows a similar move in France announced by President Macron.

BMW is the latest to move, announcing that a new all-electric Mini will go on sale in 2019 as part of a plan to electrify all its brands and models. The company expects that up to a quarter of sales will be of electrified vehicles by 2025, by which time it will be producing a range of EVs.

BMW says regulations and incentives in different markets will play a significant role in the kind of vehicle powertrains it offers, but with Europe's second and third largest car-buying countries now laying down an end-of-game date, the electric side of things will only accelerate.

Mazda CX-8 for Japan sale later this year

This is the Mazda CX-8, which goes on sale in Japan later this year, writes Brian Byrne.

It's a 3-row SUV, which can be ordered in 6- or 7-seat configurations.

The car is smaller than the CX-9, flagship of the brand's range though not on sale in Europe because it is considered too big.

So will we see the CX-8 here? At the moment the company has no declared plans for it outside Japan, but it would seem to us to be a better size for the brand to get back into the larger SUV game on this side of the world.

24 July 2017

Subaru Ireland welcomes Doyle’s Garage Courtown

Doyle’s Garage, Askingarron, Courtown, Co Wexford have been appointed as Subaru main dealers, writes Trish Whelan.

Doyle’s Garage Courtown Ltd have been involved in the motor industry for over 60 years and 36 years as a Peugeot dealer.

Dealer Principal, Patrick Doyle, says he looks forward to welcoming many new and loyal Subaru customers and to working with the Subaru team in the years ahead. General Manager, Bernard Doyle added “As well as providing an excellent sales experience for the customer, we pride ourselves on our excellent aftersales commitment which fits in with the Subaru philosophy. In 2016 we received the ODAS Business Seal of Approval for expertise and quality in our service department. 

Over the years they have established a tradition of value for money and total dedication to customer service. “It’s what you don’t see at Doyle’s Garage that makes them different.”

Speaking at the signing of contracts, Sean Dunne, Financial Controller of Subaru Ireland (pictured left above) replied that their team are looking forward to working with Patrick, Bernard and all the team at Doyle’s Garage Courtown over the coming years. 

Another SUV coming from Volvo

Volvo will be extending its 40 series range with an XC40 compact SUV later this year, writes Brian Byrne.

The car will expand the number of SUVs produced by the Swedish company, owned by Chinese carmaker Geely.

In a teaser showing textiles prior to the model's debut, Volvo is promising a high degree of customisation for owners.

It will join the V40 and a planned S40 saloon which was previewed last year as a concept. A replacement V40 is also in the new cars mix.

20 July 2017

Range Rover Velar goes on sale

The fourth model in the Range Rover lineup has gone on sale in Ireland at a starting price of €62,240, writes Brian Byrne.

The Velar is available with 2.0 and 3.0 diesels and 2.0 and 3.0 diesels, with power outputs between 180hp-380hp, all with automatic transmission.

There are four grades, and all are 4WD with JLR's Terrain Response system.

It is the first Land Rover to use the Lightweight Aluminium Architecture that underpins the Jaguar XE and the F-Pace. It has the same wheelbase as the F-Pace and is built on the same assembly line in Solihull.

The Velar gives Range Rover its first mid-sized SUV and will target the Porsche Macan and BMW X4.