Monthly Archives: November 2013

Still Time To Order Your 2014 Vehicles

wf-014There’s still time to order your brand new fleet vehicles and have them ready to go for the start of 2014.


Whether you know exactly what you are looking for, or if you’d prefer a little guidance from us on the best vehicles for your fleet, get in touch with us today and we will give you the best pricing possible and our advice is free! 


Windsor Fleet supply all makes and models of both passenger and commercial vehicles. If you are looking for a new car to replace another on your fleet, a large number of fitted-out vans, or anything in between, we can help. Our sales and account management team have an average industry experience of over 9 years and so we are well placed to assist you, whatever fleet challenges your company faces.


For more information on the best vehicles for your company, call us on 01-419-8373 or click here



Insignia Sets New Benchmark

wf-014The stunning new Opel Insignia has launched with an impressive list of class-leading accolades to its name.


From just €24,995, the German manufacturer breaks the mould in engineering efficiency, aerodynamics and technology, with its flagship new Insignia. While the established Insignia combines stunning design, impressive German engineering with a host of technologies, New Insignia breaks the barrier across a range of categories.


The new 2 litre turbo diesel engine, which replaces the 130PS variant, sees the power increases from 130PS to 140PS, the fuel consumption fall to an incredible 3.7l/100km and CO2 emissions drop to a remarkable 99g/km, making it the most efficient engine in its class. The higher output 2 litre diesel engine gains 3PS to 163PS with no increase in fuel consumption or emissions. An all-new generation 1.6 Turbo 170PS petrol engine, consuming just 139g/km CO2 is added to complete the petrol line-up with the already established 1.4 Turbo 140PS petrol unit, which also demonstrates class-leading efficiency of 5.2 litres/100km (123g/km CO2).


Opel engineers have succeeded in giving the new Insignia exceptionally low Cd values of just below 0.25 and 0.28 for the Insignia hatchback and Sports Tourer respectively, making them the most aerodynamic cars in their class – in the world. S


Key to New Insignia’s ground-breaking new technology is its unique IntelliLink infotainment system. Insignia’s IntelliLink features two visual display screens and four modes of operation (8-inch colour touchscreen, steering wheel mounted controls, voice recognition and via the revolutionary touchpad, which supports handwriting recognition and haptic feedback).


While still retaining distinctive Insignia styling cues like the “blade” along the side doors and the muscular, coupé-like stance, the New Insignia gets a new lower, wider front grille, reshaped headlights and new chrome decals in the lower front bumper. Front Fog lights change from a square shape to round, projector-style units.


In terms of spec levels, the S has 16” Alloy Wheels, Air Conditioning, LED Daytime Running Lights and Taillights, Cruise Control with Speed Limiter, CD MP3 7-Speaker Stereo with 4.2” Colour Screen, USB & Aux-In Plugs and iPod Control, Leather Steering Wheel, Electric Height Adjustment & Lumbar Control on Drivers Seat, Remote Central Locking, Electric Front Windows and Heated Door Mirrors, Automatic Lighting Control, Electric Parking Brake with Hill Start Assist.


SC adds to S: RF900 Satellite Navigation System with 8” Colour Touchscreen, 3D Map Display and European Mapping, IntelliLink Apps System, Video Playback, Voice Activation, Bluetooth Mobile Phone System and Audio Streaming, Digital Audio Broadcast, Centre Console Touchpad with Handwriting Recognition, Audio & Trip Computer Controls on Steering Wheel, Climate Control with Rear Vents, Ultrasonic Alarm, Chrome Beltline, Shark Fin Antenna.


SE adds to SC: Half Cloth/Half Morrocana Upholstery, 18” Alloy Wheels, Rear Electric Windows, Automatic Wipers & Self-Dipping Rear View Mirrors, and Chrome Window Surrounds.


SRi Limited Edition adds to SC: Sports Seats & Upholstery, 18” Bi-Colour Alloy Wheels, OPC-Line Exterior Body kit (Bumper & Sill Extensions, Rear Spoiler), OPC-Line Interior (Flat-bottomed Sports Steering Wheel (with Gear Change Paddles on Autos), Sports Gear Knob, Dark Headlining), Front Fog Lights, Rear Electric Windows, Dark Tint Rear Glass.


Elite adds to SE: Leather Upholstery, Heated Front Seats, Fully Electric Driver’s Seat with Memory, Xenon Adaptive Forward Lighting with Automatic Headlight Dipping and High-Pressure Headlight Washers, Dual Zone Climate Control with Humidity Sensor and Tinted Windscreen, Front & Rear Parking Sensors, Front Fog lights, Electrically Folding Door Mirrors


The high levels of specification combined with the low levels of CO2 emissions will make this a very popular choice for fleets throughout Ireland.

To speak to Windsor Fleet about the new Opel Insignia, please click here



New Volvo V60 Review

wf-014Volvo’s new engines give its German rivals a run for their money, and may finally find more favour with Irish car buyer


The introduction of a new range of four-cylinder engines may not sound like the most earth-shattering event, but for Volvo it really is the beginning of a new era. Even though the Swedish firm is no longer under Ford ownership (it’s now majority-owned by Chinese car maker Geely) it’s still using a lot of Ford-derived components, especially engines.


Well, starting now, those Ford engines are being phased out and all models will now start to use a new family of 2-litre turbocharged petrol and diesel units. Eight variants, ranging in power from 120bhp all the way up to 300-plus bhp are planned but, for now, just three variants are being made available: a 181bhp D4 diesel, a turbocharged 245bhp petrol T5 and a range-topping turbo-and-supercharged 306bhp petrol T6.


Of that three, the T6 is obviously rather fast and furious. Of much greater import is the D4 diesel, which replaces the aged, if characterful, 163bhp five-cylinder engine. Power is now increased to a highly competitive 181bhp and torque rises to 400Nm, which means that the V60 estate we tested felt distinctly fleet of foot.

Thanks to electronic launch control (yes, really, on a Volvo) the V60 D4 can sprint from standstill to 100km/h in a very un-dieselly 7.6secs, and on to a top speed of 225kmh. That it does so while returning a claimed 3.9-litres per 100km (the guts of 80mpg) and scoring a 105g/km CO2 rating is doubly impressive.


True, that CO2 advantage is worth more in bragging rights than in outright motor tax savings (there’s a mere €20 annually in it) but the effect on Vehicle Registration Tax is palpable. Spec for spec, a V60 D4 undercuts a 320d Touring by as much as €6,000-€8,000, an advantage not to be sniffed at.


The Volvo outpoints the BMW in one other significant area – refinement. BMW’s 2-litre diesel has been getting increasingly noisy of late, but the Volvo D4 engine really has it trounced for noise suppression. Cruising, or at low throttle openings, this engine is astonishingly quiet. Open the taps, and yes, there’s a noticeable diesel roar, but it’s well suppressed and shuts up again once your need for acceleration is done with. Combined with the usual superbly comfy Volvo seats and a cabin that is more welcoming and pleasingly laid out than any of its German rivals, and you have a car that is especially good at knocking off long journeys without any seeming effort.


In its handling, the V60 has to give some small ground to the Beemer. The steering just isn’t as sharp, the chassis not quite so poised, and it’s more ready to understeer than the Munich benchmark. Your choice of alloy wheel will also be crucial. The V60 is naturally a softly sprung car, but going for wheel sizes above 17in adds an unnecessarily harsh and jiggly note.


No Volvo launch would be complete without another new addition on the safety side of things, and this time it’s an extra layer of software in the City Safety and pedestrian detection systems. Now, the forward-looking camera can pick out a weaving cyclist and warn you of an imminent impact, or even slam on the brakes if you don’t take action in time. The system now also has a helpful function that lights up a small red indicator on the dash when you’re getting too close to the car in front. Traditional Irish tailgaters will presumably ignore that light, but it’s useful for the rest of us.


Volvo has struggled in Ireland in recent years, unable to keep pace with the likes of BMW and Audi in sales terms, and this in spite of the fact that its current range – the S60 and V60 especially – are unusually well suited to Irish conditions. A lack of marketing spend doesn’t help matters, but hopefully the introduction of this hugely impressive new diesel engine – and the arrival of a €29,995 1.6 D2 diesel S60 model to compete with the likes of the Audi A3 Saloon – will rekindle Irish affections for the Swedish brand that has nothing to do with flat-pack.


By Neil Briscoe
Source: Irish Times



Ford’s Autoparking Technology

wf-014Ford Motor Company has revealed technology developed to enable drivers to park at the touch of a button from inside or outside their car.


Ford has also unveiled a prototype system that uses automatic steering and braking to avoid collisions with vehicles or pedestrians.


Experts from Ford’s Research and Advanced Engineering organisation have harnessed advances made in existing Ford technologies Active Park Assist and Ford Powershift to deliver a Ford Focus test car equipped with the prototype Fully Assisted Parking Aid system. The next-generation parking technology controls steering, gear selection and forward and reverse motion to facilitate push-button parking that can even be operated by remote control.


Ford’s Obstacle Avoidance technology has been developed as part of a Ford-led and European-funded research project. Ford’s Obstacle Avoidance-equipped Focus test vehicle issues warnings first if it detects slow-moving objects, stationary obstacles or pedestrians in the same lane ahead. If the driver fails to steer or brake following those warnings the system will then automatically steer and brake to avoid a collision.


Both technologies were demonstrated for the first time at Ford’s test facilities in Lommel, Belgium. “The future for Ford means developing innovative products and technologies – including Fully Assisted Parking Aid and Obstacle Avoidance – that help deliver a safer, more convenient, more desirable, more personalised and greener driving and ownership experience,” said Barb Samardzich, Vice President Product Development, Ford of Europe.


“Ford is focused on making sure the vehicles, technologies and features we develop better meet changing customer expectations and values.”





Nominees Announced For 2014 Awards

wf-014A field of 51 candidates for the Continental Irish Car of the Year 2014 Awards has been announced by the Irish Motoring Writers’ Association (IMWA).


The Continental Irish Car of the Year and Continental Irish Van of the Year will be revealed at a gala event in the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Santry on Thursday November 21.


Contenders for this accolade include the Ford Kuga, Mazda 6, Opel Mokka, Skoda Octavia, Toyota Corolla and the Volkswagen Golf to name a few.


Gerry Murphy, Chairman of the IMWA, said: “The number of cars eligible for this year’s award is up from 36 entrants last year to some 51 new models for this year; that is a 38% increase. And although we mightn’t see signs of it here in Ireland yet, the car manufacturers are certainly showing confidence in the wider European car market.”


The 28 voting members of the Irish Motoring Writers’ Association assess each vehicle, attributing points on the basis of criteria ranging from innovation and safety, to space, comfort, build quality, driving quality and value for money.


“For anyone in the lucky position of looking to renew their car with a 141 reg in January, the IMWA car jury provides a great service for Irish motorists in helping them to make sense of the array of new cars that has been launched in Ireland this year,” said Tom Dennigan of Continental Tyres Ireland, Irish Car of the Year sponsor.


A shortlist of vehicles will be announced in the coming weeks.


Last year the Continental Irish Car of the Year title went to the BMW 3 Series, while the van accolade was won by the Ford Transit Custom.





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