15 December 2017

13 December 2017

Mercedes opens orders in Germany for new CLS

Mercedes-Benz in Germany has opened its order books for the new third generation CLS 4-door coupe, writes Brian Byrne.

The car will be delivered to its first customers in March of next year. In Germany prices start at €62,127.

Engines availability include two 3.0 diesels and a 3.0 petrol, all with 4WD, and ranging in power from 210hp-340hp.

There are AMG-Line and Edition 1 option grades.

Families test Volvo autonomous cars

Volvo has begun a programme of autonomous cars testing on the streets of Gothenburg, by local families who will drive the specially equipped XC90 SUVs in what is called the 'Drive Me' project, writes Brian Byrne.

The first two families have already taken delivery of their cars, and over the next four years up to 100 people will have been involved in the project. Engineers will monitor their everyday use and interaction with the car, as they drive to work, bring children to school or go shopping for groceries.

During these first stages, the families will keep their hands on the steering wheel and supervise the driving at all times when using their cars. But, over time, all participants in the Drive Me project will gradually be introduced to more advanced assisted-driving cars, after receiving special training. Even then, testing these more advanced cars will initially take place in controlled environments with supervision from a Volvo Cars safety expert. No technology will ever be introduced if there is any question over its safety.

Volvo plans to have fully autonomous cars commercially available by 2021.

Kia Ireland sponsoring a running race series

Kia Ireland is sponsoring a new nationwide running race series through 2018 which will bring together seven established regional races and a new closed running event at Mondello Park, writes Brian Byrne.

The Kia Race Series will kick off in March with The Streets of Portlaoise 5k with the finale event in Mondello Park organised in September by Pop Up Races.

The Kia Race Series is encouraging Ireland’s best male and female distance athletes to compete against each other, with a new Kia Stonic up for grabs for both the overall male and female winner of the series.

To be eligible to win the series, runners must take part in five of the eight races including the finale. There is the added incentive of €7,000 bonus fund available for course records. The series also open to runners of all abilities from elite to club to weekend warriors with all those who take part in the series receiving a commentative t-shirt. For more details and to enter on-line go to kiaraceseries.com.

Pictured at the launch of the series are Catherina McKiernan and Mick Clohisey, with James Brooks, MD of Kia Ireland.

10 December 2017

Sandyford Motor Centre joins Peugeot dealer network

Sandyford Motor Centre have joined the Peugeot Dealer Network of Ireland, writes Trish Whelan.

Fronted by Dealer Principal, Bruce Soraghan, Sandyford Motor Centre is now retailing the full line-up of Peugeot passenger cars and light commercial vehicles, with a range of quality used cars for sale. The Aftersales Department is now alsofully equipped with the latest Peugeot diagnostic equipment, with the Parts Department stocking genuine Peugeot parts and accessories.

Sandyford Motor Centre is a well-established, family-run business founded over 17 years ago by Bruce and Robert Soraghan, and has built up a solid, loyal customer base.

Pictured back row at the signing of the agreement are: Joe O'Grady, Group Head of Finance and Business Development, Sandyford Motor Centre; Colin Sheridan, Sales and Marketing Director, Peugeot Ireland; front row: Des Cannon, Managing Director Peugeot Ireland Bruce Soraghan, Dealer Principal, Sandyford Motor Centre.