29 May 2017

Renault Group’s 172 offers

Renault has announce its 172 offers on new models available to order now, writes Trish Whelan.

Available now across all 28 dealerships, the 172 offer through Renault Bank includes 3pc APR finance, 3 years’ servicing included and 3pc cashback. Cashback is a new addition for 712 which is based on the RRP of the car. The 3pc APR offer applies on PCP and HP across the Renault car range.

The 172 offer, exclusive to Renault Bank, applies to all orders taken from now until 31 July 2017 and registered on or before 31 July 2017.

The offer is also available for 171 registrations in May and June across the Renault range including Clio, the new Megane range which includes Megane Grand Coupe and Megane Sport Tourer; the new Scenic and Grand Scenic, and crossovers Kadjar and Captur which leads the B-SUV segment in Ireland.

On Renault’s LCV range, which includes Master, Trafic and Kangoo, customers can avail of 3pc APR HP Finance 3 years’ servicing included, and 3pc cashback for 172.

Renault also has a number of new models arriving in its dealerships including the ZOE ZE 40 fully electric car (pictured above), now available to order. ZOE ZE 40 has an NEDC range of 400km which Renault estimates as 300km of range in real-world driving. This battery is standard on the Dynamique Nav and top Signature Nav versions, at €27,490 and €29,990, with an offer of 9pc APR HP. ZOE, with a 5-star Euro NCAP rating, is available from €23,490 with a 22kW/h battery. These prices include SEAI grant (€5,000) and VRT relief. All ZOE pricing now includes the battery. The new Renault Koleos, expected here in July, is pictured below.

Dacia celebrates five years in Ireland this year and offers zero deposit and 4.9pc APR PCP with Dacia Bank for 172 across the range including Duster, Sandero, Stepway and Logan. The offer is also available for 171 registrations this month and in June.

Boyles dominate Cavan Rally

Niall Murray.
Double National Rally champions Declan and Brian Boyle dominated the Cavan Kilmore Hotel Stages Rally yesterday, writes Richard Burke, with their Fiesta WRC finishing the eight stages more than half a minute clear of the Impreza of Garry Jennings and Rory Kennedy. 

The Donegal cousins held second place for the two opening stages, behind the Fabia of Marty McCormack and David Moynihan, but went ahead on the third stage and pulled away from there to the end. McCormack dropped to third after a duel with Jennings for the rest of the day, with just two seconds eventually covering the two rivals. 

Local man Gary Kiernan, from Bailieborough, came out best of the two wheel drive cars in his Escort, taking a strong fifth place overall, ahead of thesimilar cars of Adrian Hetherington, Ryan Loughran and Mickey Conlon.  

At Kirkistown, in Co Down, Kildare's Kevin O'Hara and Dubliner Niall Murray (pictured above), both former Young Racing Drivers of the Year, took a victory each in the two Formula Ford 1600 races.

BMW shows 8 Series concept

This is the BMW 8 Series Coupe concept which previews the first model in a new range of cars planned by the Munich car-maker to debut in 2018, writes Brian Byrne.

The concept was revealed in Italy last week, and the eventual range of what will be BMW’s new flagship is expected to include a convertible and a 4-door Gran Coupe.

The 7 Series saloon is currently the brand’s top model.

Ford launches Omnicraft spare parts brand

Ford Ireland has launched its ‘Omnicraft’ range of spare parts for all non-Ford vehicles, allowing its dealerships to offer full repair service for all such cars, writes Brian Byrne.

Omnicraft is the first new brand offered by Ford in more than 40 years and has initially focused on developing the most commonly requested parts, including oil filters, brake pads and discs, starter motors and alternators.

In the coming months, Ford will introduce engine and cabin air filters, brake master cylinders and wheel hub assemblies, amongst many other parts.

At launch, Omnicraft parts will be available at more than 56 Ford dealerships across Ireland.

Ford also offers its Ford Motorcraft complete line of replacement parts for older Ford vehicles.

Tyre offences enforcement criticised

A criticism of the enforcement of tyre-related offences has been made by Continental Tyres Ireland, writes Brian Byrne.

Following an analysis of the penalty points applied for such offences since they came into force last May, Continental’s Tom Dennigan said the company was ‘very disappointed’ at the ‘extremely low level of enforcement’.

The analysis showed that there were just 853 fixed penalty notices issued for tyre condition offences, compared to 27,755 notices issued in 2016 for mobile phone offences.

“Our own analysis of replacement tyres at tyre depots around the country has shown that vehicles running on dangerous or illegal tyres are extremely common,” Mr Dennigan said. “We would therefore have expected the number of tyre-related penalty point notices to be much higher than the recorded figure.”

That investigation showed that badly worn and damaged tyres uncovered in the analysis included a full range of faults including tread depth worn to below the legal limit of 1.6mm and in some cases, worn right down so that the wire carcass of the tyre can be seen.

Lumps, bulges and holes in tyres again showing the wire ‘carcass’ of the tyre were also found, and uneven wear with one side of the tyre worn down to dangerous levels due to incorrect balancing and tyre tracking.

Pictured is a tyre from a BMW 5 Series in Carlow, showing a dangerously degraded tyre with the wire showing. The driver of this car would be liable for penalty points under the tyre safety penalty points regime.

26 May 2017

Ford's 100 New Century Sales Event

As the company celebrates 100 years in Ireland this year, Ford has launched its Ford 100 New Century Sales Event in time for the new 172 registration plate with reductions across the range, writes Trish Whelan.

Running until 30 June, the promotion also provides 3-years free motor tax and extended 7-year warranty on selected models.

Customers buying a new car also have the chance to follow in Henry Ford’s footsteps and sail in luxury across the Atlantic on a Cunard cruise-liner. This is the winning prize in a test-drive draw open to anyone who takes a test drive in one of the selected 172 models before the end of the promotion.

The sales event offers include substantial discounts on a range of new Ford models including Fiesta, Focus, EcoSport, Mondeo and Kuga. Discounts range from €2,300 off Fiesta models to €4,300 off the Focus ST Line which is offered from the special price of €22,645 (price excludes delivery and related charges). Other reductions include up to €3,300 off EcoSport; €4,000 off Mondeo; and €5,00 off Kuga.

Ford is also offering a choice of two or three year cycle deals on Ford Options with a 9pc APR on selected models.

25 May 2017

Volkswagen Commercials celebrates 70 years

Volkswagen Commercial vehicles has announced a new range of service offers to celebrate 70 years of its commercial vehicles, writes Trish Whelan

The offers will cover all routine service operations, including a minor service starting at €129 and a major service costing €259. Also, if you avail of the major service offer, you will receive a €50 credit towards your next service or repair.

The company has also introduced the ‘7 for 70 difference’ - Volkswagen will provide 7 benefits that it says other service providers don’t offer. This includes a free wash and vacuum, free courtesy van, price promise, express servicing and extended opening hours to suit the customer’s needs.

Offers are available at participating Volkswagen Commercial vehicle Service Centres. They apply to VW Commercial Vehicles 2013 or older. All prices are exclusive of VAT.

The new Volkswagen Crafter van is pictured above. 

New engine variant for Audi A5 Sportback

One of Audi Ireland’s most popular engine variants, the 2.0TDI 150hp, is now available to order in Ireland retailing from €46,500 RRP, writes Trish Whelan.

This model offers sports car performance with low consumption thanks to new engine technology with C02 from 111g/km and fuel consumption from 4.3 L/100kms.

The five-door A5 Sportback has more interior space and provides 480 litres of luggage capacity.

The Audi smartphone interface integrates iOS and Android mobile phones in an environment specially developed for them in the MMI.

The new A5 Sportback 2.0 150hp is available to order now at your local authorised Audi dealership.