New petrol MINI Cooper C and Cooper S

Thu, Feb 15, 2024

Following the launch of the new MINI Cooper Electric last year, the brand has now further expanded its offering with the introduction of a couple of new three-door petrol models: the MINI Cooper C and the performance-enhanced MINI Cooper S.

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BYD SEAL brings stunning design and breakthrough technology to D-segment market

Thu, Feb 15, 2024

Latest new model to arrive here from leading EV manufacturer, BYD is their eye-catchingly sleek BYD SEAL. A four-door, all-electric, D-segment sedan whose dynamic and sporty appearance underline the appeal it is likely to have for Irish and European motorists, the BYD SEAL is the third model to launch here since BYD was introduced to Ireland just eight months ago.

With the recently-introduced BYD DOLPHIN and the BYD ATTO 3 – winner of the Continental Irish Small/Compact SUV 2024 award – the BYD SEAL is a model that its Irish distributor believes will ‘boost the awareness of BYD, help in attracting new dealers, and consolidate BYD’s growing reputation in Ireland as ‘the biggest car brand you’ve never heard of’.

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Updated Ford Puma gets more tech and spec

Thu, Feb 15, 2024

Ford has revealed an updated version of its popular Puma, which is said to feature an all-new interior, large digital displays, cutting-edge connectivity and advanced driving technologies.

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5-star Green NCAP for MG4

Thu, Feb 15, 2024

The MG4 SE Long Range has been awarded top marks by Green NCAP, the industry-leading European emissions assessment programme.

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Volkswagen Amarok named pick-up of the year

Thu, Feb 15, 2024

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ third generation Amarok has been named Pick-up of the Year in the International Van of the Year Awards (IVotY).

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Latest Kodiaq on sale now

Thu, Feb 08, 2024

The second generation Skoda Kodiaq is available to order now in Ireland, with prices starting from €53,670 for the 2.0 TDI, 110 kW (150 hp).

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New BMW models on the way

Thu, Feb 08, 2024

BMW has revealed a number of new models soon to arrive on Irish shores.

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Polestar 4 has no rear window

Thu, Feb 08, 2024

When you think: cars-with-no-rear-window, you (should) think of the iconic Maserati MC12 produced from 2004 to 2005. Only 50 examples were produced, and it remains the fastest Maserati road car ever made, with a top speed exceeding 205mph.

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Gowan Auto proudly supposts the elephant in the room mental health awareness drive

Thu, Feb 01, 2024

Gowan Auto, the exclusive importer and distributor of Alfa Romeo, Citroën, DS Automobiles, Fiat, Fiat Professional, Honda, Jeep, Opel and Peugeot in the Republic of Ireland, has announced its partnership with the Elephant in the Room movement, as Official Vehicle Sponsors, in aid of Samaritans.

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Beibhinn Parsons an Opel brand ambassador

Thu, Feb 01, 2024

Irish Rugby star and Galway native, Beibhinn Parsons, has been appointed an Opel brand ambassador, as she was presented with a new Opel Corsa Electric at Bill Sheehan and Sons, Terenure, Co Dublin.

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Motorists urged to check 12V batteries as winter bites

Thu, Jan 25, 2024

Low temperatures and unprecedented demands on 12V vehicle battery systems has seen Clarios, the company behind the Varta brand, warn of the risks of failing to check battery health.

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£30m fleet deal for 600 hybrid Volkswagen Multivans

Thu, Jan 25, 2024

Sometimes I read of big deals that put the size of our market in Ireland in perspective. One such deal happened recently when a London-based private hire company invested Stg.£30 million in a 600-strong fleet of hybrid Volkswagen Multivans (people carriers).

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Safety must come first as new SUVs continue to arrive

Thu, Jan 25, 2024

In its final release of the year, Euro NCAP has delivered the safety results of eleven cars: the Volkswagen ID.7, BMW 5 Series, Mercedes-EQ EQE SUV, Kia EV9, smart #3, BYD Seal-U, Honda ZR-V, Hyundai Kona, XPENG G9, VinFast VF8 and the BYD Tang.

In the context of COP28, it would appear encouraging that the majority of these are EVs, but Euro NCAP says this release highlights “a concerning trend” in consumer demand for heavier, more powerful, and taller cars that not only put other drivers at risk but also have an adverse effect on the environment.

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Refreshed Ford Kuga on the way

Thu, Jan 25, 2024

Ford has revealed an upgraded version of its very popular Kuga SUV, which boasts enhanced hybrid powertrains and the latest generation infotainment and driver assistance technology.

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Successful launch of Corrib Oil Galway International Rally

Thu, Jan 18, 2024

Galway Motor Club held a well attended and successful launch of the Corrib Oil Galway International Rally on Friday night last in the Connacht Hotel. Among the attendees were the Mayor of Galway City, Cllr Eddie Hoare, Cathaoirleach Galway County, Cllr Liam Caroll, as well as representatives of Corrib Oil, the Connacht Hotel and Rallying for Down Syndrome. The event was expertly compered by Michael Lyster of formerly of RTE.

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Kia Sorento upgrade to go on sale here in April

Thu, Jan 18, 2024

An upgraded seven-seat Kia Sorento model is set to arrive in Ireland next spring.

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Survey suggests more Irish drivers eyeing electric

Thu, Jan 18, 2024

More than two in five (41 per cent) Irish motorists plan to buy either a hybrid electric or fully-electric vehicle for their next car purchase, a new survey has revealed.

According to a survey commissioned by Toyota Ireland, 29 per cent are opting for hybrid electric and 12 per cent for fully electric.

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New Opel Corsa appealing to Irish supermini buyers

Thu, Jan 18, 2024

The new Opel Corsa is primed to attract more Irish buyers. It arrived in Ireland recently in three trim levels and priced from €23,995, plus delivery-related charges.

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All-new Mercedes-Benz CLE Coupé arrives

Thu, Jan 18, 2024

Joining the new E-Class on the newcomers podium from Mercedes-Benz is the new two-door CLE Coupé - a model making its first appearance on the Irish market.

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Motorists must check batteries as winter bites

Thu, Jan 18, 2024

Low temperatures and unprecedented demands on 12 Volt vehicle battery systems has prompted Clarios, the company behind the Varta battery brand, to warn of the risks of failing to check battery health.

With increased demands on the battery, across both electric vehicles (EVs) and those with combustion engines, door lock-outs, starting difficulties and other problems often occur in winter when temperatures are low. Battery capacities are reduced in low temperatures, especially if the battery has already been damaged by high temperatures in summer.

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