Yearly Archives: 2014

Under Pressure


In a recent ‘Fill Up With Air’ promotion hosted by Michelin at four Irish sites – Galway, Naas, Dungarvan and Ballymena – motorists were given a free air pressure and tyre check, the results of which showed that one in every three vehicles was found to have tyres deemed to be ‘dangerously’ or ‘very dangerously’ underinflated. Pressures between 7psi and 14psi below the manufacturer’s recommendation are classified as ‘dangerous’ by Michelin, while 15psi and below under-inflation falls into the ‘very dangerous’ category.


In Naas, 90 vehicles presented for checking of which only 20% passed muster. Of the remainder, 42% had tyres that were ranked ‘dangerous’ or ‘very dangerous’. A marginally better picture emerged in Galway where 31% of vehicles had tyres that were correctly inflated with 32% falling into the ‘dangerous’ and ‘very dangerous’ category, while Dungarvan saw 46% of vehicles falling inside the ‘dangerous’ or ‘very dangerous’ categories.


In stark contrast, of the 158 vehicles that presented in Ballymena, an encouraging 44% had tyres that were correctly inflated.


Commenting, Martin Stuart, events manager for Michelin in the UK and Ireland, said: “We run these Fill Up With Air events to highlight just how important it is to look after your tyres. Underinflated tyres are dangerous – control and braking distances are harmed, and the risk of skidding, aquaplaning, punctures and blow-outs increases significantly… Underinflated tyres also use a lot more fuel, so making sure they are at the correct pressure and in good condition saves money and lives. I would urge Irish motorists to know the correct tyre pressures for their vehicles and to check their tyres regularly.”


For further information on how to check your tyres and stay safe on the road, call us on 01-419-8373 or click here





Be Winter-Ready


November 13th saw the Government’s ‘Be Winter-Ready’ 2014-2015 Information Campaign launched in Dublin.


Through a dedicated website advice is being made available from a number of sources including Government Departments and Agencies, An Garda Síochána, the Health Service Executive, the Office of Public Works, Local Authorities and the transport providers. The advice has been categorised under various headings including: the Home, Road Safety, Schools, the Farming Community and the Business Sector. A synopsis of the information available has been compiled into a redesigned “Be Winter Ready” booklet, which can be downloaded from the website.


The main objectives of the ‘Be Winter-Ready’ information campaign are:


• To provide practical advice on how best to prepare for the coming winter.

• To ensure the public are aware of where advice and help can be found, if needed

• To reassure the public that preparations are being made and arrangements have been put in place to ensure that there will be a coordinated response to severe weather events.


The twitter account can be followed on @emergencyIE and the public are being encouraged to join in the conversation at #bewinterready. All of the Ministers stressed that the main message that they wish to convey today is – “to be prepared, stay safe and know where to find help if you need it.”


For more information on the being winter ready on the road, check out the winter ready website, call us on 01-419-8373 or click here



Time To Order For 2015


2015 might still seem like a long way away but now is a great time to order your brand new fleet vehicles and have them ready for the new year.


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



New Nissan Pulsar set to shake up the C-segment


Nissan’s passion for innovation and technology has seen it transform the family car landscape over the course of the last seven years. Now, using the same design approach and original thinking that produced its range of crossovers, Nissan is expanding its product portfolio once again with an exciting, all-new family hatchback challenger – the Pulsar.


Combining bold design, technical innovations and class leading interior space, the all-new Nissan Pulsar brings a fresh dimension to the C-segment, offering all the familiar Nissan qualities in a stylish new package.


The Pulsar’s introduction highlights Nissan’s bold ambition and desire to deliver intelligent design and technical innovation to the widest possible audience. Designed to appeal to a broad range of buyers, from D-segment downsizers to family motorists who have outgrown their B-segment cars, the Pulsar showcases Nissan’s design skills and introduces an array of in-car technologies – some of which are brand new to the sector. With exceptional material and build quality, the Pulsar offers buyers a premium ownership and driving experience without having to pay premium prices.


Instantly recognisable thanks to its trademark Nissan V-motion grille, boomerang signature headlamp characteristics and bold, muscular curves, the Pulsar was designed and engineered for Europe and will be built at Nissan’s Barcelona production facility.


Embedded with the same design DNA that gives the Qashqai and X-Trail such powerful road presence, the Pulsar combines strong lines with immaculate detailing to create an elegant, athletic form. Like its crossover stablemates, the Pulsar is characterised by strong wheel volumes, a tapered waistline and a flowing profile.


The confident, premium approach continues inside, where high quality materials and clear design are perfectly integrated with Pulsar’s impressively high equipment levels.


Thanks to the longest wheelbase in the class (2,700mm) and clever packaging, the Pulsar offers considerably more rear legroom and shoulder room than its sector rivals. Indeed, with 692mm of leg space – the Pulsar has in fact more rear kneeroom than the average D-segment offering. Yet despite this, it retains a compact footprint (length 4,385mm), making it easy to park in tight urban environments.


As drivers have come to expect from Nissan, the new Pulsar is packed with a range of accessible and useful technologies designed to make the ride feel more confident and comfortable. Nissan’s reputation for introducing new-to-sector technologies has been strengthened with a wide number of features usually reserved for premium or luxury models. These include Nissan’s acclaimed Safety Shield system with Moving Object Detection, Lane Departure Warning and Blind Spot Warning. Nissan’s revolutionary Around View Monitor brings even more advanced technology to the sector, as does the latest-generation NissanConnect system that offers seamless integration with smartphones and full satellite navigation functions.


As befits a car packed with new technology, the Pulsar launches with two highly advanced engines – a 1.2-litre DIG-T petrol unit and a 1.5-litre dCi diesel. Both offer exceptional performance, economy and refinement, and integrate a host of fuel-saving technologies to help owners go further for less.
The new Pulsar range features three familiar trim grades: Visia, Acenta and Tekna – with all three offering exceptionally high equipment levels. All models come with air conditioning, five-inch Advanced Drive-Assist Display and electric windows all-round. Tyre Pressure Monitoring System, six airbags and Stop & Start system are also all fitted as standard across the range.




The Comeback of the Estate Car


Modern estate cars bear very little resemblance to the traditional boxy vehicle which always seemed to be accompanied by at least one obligatory dog. Sportwagens, Combis, Sports Tourers, there’s a whole range of names to describe the new generation estate vehicles which are growing in popularity amongst both the retail and fleet markets.


Estate vehicles are extremely functional. Their boot space is generally plentiful and easy to access and they are now available with much sleeker lines and improved interior design. For the fleet driver who needs to carry large amounts of product, estate vehicles can be a real option, in terms of both cost effectiveness and fuel efficiency.


In the smaller fleet vehicle segment, the Skoda Octavia Combi and the Seat Leon Sports Tourer are both good options. In fact, this segment has seen such a growth in popularity that we are now seeing the return of the Volkswagen Golf Estate to Ireland, after a marked absence.



It has 605 litres of boot/cargo but that shoots up to 1,620-litres with the rear seats folded flat. With all three of these vehicles available in the ever-frugal 1.6TDi engine, they are a strong choice for the environmentally conscious (and financially astute) fleet manager. The Kia Cee’d Sportwagon might also be worth considering, as these vehicles are available in both a 1.4CRDi and 1.6CRDi engine and have some fairly decent spec levels.


Moving up in size, the Opel Insignia Sports Tourer, Mazda 6 Tourer and the Volvo V60 are all popular choices, as are the Audi A6 Avant and the BMW 5 Series Touring at a slighter higher end of the scale, with the Audi A4 Avant and the BMW 3 Series Touring sitting in between.These vehicles combine the comfort and luxury of their saloon counterparts, but with an increased level of storage and practicality.


If you are thinking about your current vehicle fleet or next company car, why not give Windsor Fleet a call on 01-419-8373 or click here and we can guide you on the best options.



Safest Volvo – The new XC90


Volvo Car says its all-new XC90, which will be revealed in August, will offer the most comprehensive and technologically sophisticated standard safety package available in the automotive industry.


The new technologies will take the company a significant step closer to its vision that ‘no one will be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo car by 2020’.


The standard safety package on the all-wheel drive, seven-seat premium SUV will include two world-first safety technologies: a run-off road protection package and auto-brake at intersection capability. These innovations will form part of a suite of safety features that will make the all-new XC90 one of the safest cars ever made.


“Our starting point on safety is the same today as it was 87 years ago: real-life situations,” said Dr Peter Mertens, Senior Vice President Research and Development of Volvo Car Group.


“We study data. We crunch numbers. We innovate. The result is one of the safest cars ever made.”


Source: RTE 



Stylish New Peugeot 308 SW Arrives in Forecourts for 142-Reg Plate


Peugeot has announced prices and specifications for the stylish new Peugeot 308 SW estate, as the company prepares to dispatch the first customer deliveries this month. Sharing the European Car of the Year 2014 accolade with its sister hatchback, the 308 SW boasts a stylish design, an impressive driving experience, high levels of standard specification, functionality, and outstanding load space.


A choice of efficient, low CO2 petrol and diesel engines is available, including the new, class-leading 1.2 PureTech petrol range. The new 308 SW retails in Ireland from €21,990, plus dealer delivery related charges for the Access 1.2 110bhp PureTech petrol model and it comes to market with a five year manufacturer warranty.


Featuring the same innovative i-Cockpit as the hatchback version and indeed the same stylish front face, the new Peugeot 308 SW is built on Peugeot’s new Efficient Modular Platform (EMP2). It is 140kg lighter overall than its predecessor, making it the lightest vehicle in the segment and thus a class leader in terms of reduced fuel consumption and low-CO2 emissions. At 4.58m in length, 1.47m in height and 1.8m in width, Peugeot designers have extended the wheelbase by 11cm compared to the hatchback and the rear overhang by 22cm, to allow more rear passenger room and a bigger boot. The boot volume, below the parcel shelf, totals 610 dm3 (660 litres). Folding the rear seats results in a total load volume of 1660 dm3.


The new Peugeot 308 SW range in Ireland has three trim levels, mirroring the hatchback range. The Access model comes to market at a €900 premium over its equivalent hatchback version and features LED daytime running lights, rear lamps with distinctive LEDs, colour-coded door mirrors and door handles, a spare wheel, air conditioning, one-touch electric front windows, cruise control + speed limiter, radio + integrated CD player, Bluetooth and USB connection, six airbags, ESP and cloth trim.


The Active and Allure models each gain roof rails and chrome boot luggage rails, over the standard hatchback equipment, at a premium of just €1,200. The Active specification includes automatic dual zone air conditioning, height adjustable passenger seat, 16” alloy wheels, rear electric windows, programmable cruise control + speed limiter, hill assist, lumbar adjustment of driver’s seat, rear parking aid sensors, front fog lights, automatic headlamps + wipers and an electrochrome rear view mirror. It also receives the 9.7” multi-function colour touch screen.


The Allure model adds 17” alloy wheels, full LED headlamps with integrated LED daytime running lights, an automatic electric parking brake, electric folding door mirrors and courtesy light and sports style front seats.


The new 308 SW will be available in Ireland this summer with 3 petrol and 2 HDi diesel versions, to suit every taste and budget and offering excellent fuel economy and low CO2 emissions. The new 308 is the first in the range to benefit from Peugeot’s new revolutionary three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine; already a record breaker, the new 1.2 PureTech petrol engine fuelled a standard 308 hatchback for an incredible 1810km from just one tank, to become a benchmark in the segment. 


For the launch of the new 308 SW, Peugeot will release the first of the marque’s frugal and efficient, next-generation six-speed automatic gearbox. The new automatic gearbox emits just 4g/km CO2 more than the manual version. 


The new Peugeot 308 SW is the latest model to join the lion-stable, as it celebrates its youngest ever range in the company’s 125-year history. It will be available for test drives at Peugeot dealerships nationwide this summer.



Volvo Teams Up With Android Auto


Volvo Car Group (Volvo Cars) tells us it has joined the Open Automotive Alliance to make the Android smartphone platform available to drivers through its new ground-breaking user interface.


This move brings together one of the world’s most progressive car companies and the world’s most popular smartphone platform (developed by Google).


The integration of Android Auto™ promises to add yet another dimension to the Volvo in-car experience.


Android Auto brings features and services familiar to Android smartphone and tablet users directly into the car via Volvo Cars’ large centre console touch screen display.


“Google’s approach to user-centricity and the application of technology to improve peoples’ everyday lives makes Android Auto a perfect addition to the Volvo experience,” said Håkan Samuelsson, President and CEO of Volvo Cars.


The interaction between Android Auto and Volvo Cars’ brand new user interface transforms the look and feel of a car’s interior.
Volvo Cars’ interiors will be characterised by their high-tech simplicity and functionality.

Samuelson added: “We have worked hard to ensure an enjoyable user experience with Android Auto.


“This will offer our customers a new degree of fluidity and accessibility in the usage of their mobile devices, and bring the digital ecosystem our customers already enjoy into the car, complementing Volvo Cars’ existing connected car services and applications.”


Source: RTE



New Opel Vivaro: Practical, Elegant Office on Wheels


The Vivaro’s engine portfolio comprises an all-new 1.6 CDTi with 90hp or 115hp outputs, as well as the sophisticated 1.6 BiTurbo engine with sequential turbocharging and a twin-cooler system giving 120hp or 140hp. This offers reduced fuel consumption from as low as 5.7 litres per 100 kilometres, with CO2 emissions down to 149 g/km giving it best in class fuel economy.


Flexible, multi-purpose and well-equipped – the new Opel Vivaro can be configured to meet just about every Light Commercial Vehicle need. Available in four body style variants, two roof heights and two body lengths which are both 216 millimetres longer than before. The new Vivaro’s total load volume for the panel van is also increased, ranging from 5.2 to 8.6 m3. There are three trim levels available, the entry ‘Edition’ level, premium ‘Sportive’ trim and ‘Essentia’ for Combi, the passenger Vivaro.


“The Vivaro is in a fiercely competitive market, and today’s customers require more from a light commercial vehicle than ever before,” says Dave Sheeran, Managing Director, Opel Ireland. “The vehicle must be extremely versatile while also operate as a private people carrier. The new Opel Vivaro range offers the perfect solution to all these needs. It is an important part of our large product offensive and will considerably strengthen our position in the light commercial vehicle segment.”


Striking a balance between performance and running costs isn’t a problem with the new Vivaro. With the optional FlexCargo bulkhead compartment Vivaro can carry loads of up to 4150mm and has the minimum space for 8x4ft sheets and Euro pallets. The payload capacity for the new Vivaro is 1281kg. The service interval on Vivaro has also increased from one year to two years or 40,000Kms. This helps the overall whole life costs of the Vivaro. Various other innovations have been introduced including a very useful convex mirror on the passenger visor that avoids blind spots.


All new Vivaro models are seriously well-equipped featuring standard items on ‘Edition’ such as day time running lights, Bluetooth connectivity, aux-in and USB, digital radio, electrically operated front windows and mirrors, six way lumbar support for driver convenience plus plenty of in-cabin storage options.


Meanwhile on the ‘Sportive’ trim comes with LED day time running lights and front fog lights. Comfort and safety features include air conditioning, cruise control with speed limiter and rear parking sensors. The premium look is completed with body colour bumpers, side mouldings exterior mirror housings and rear light cluster surrounds and Black Connect embossed cloth interior trim.


Meanwhile the second generation combines the functionality of a light commercial vehicle and benefits of an office on wheels with the comfort and design appeal of a passenger car. Its cabin features the optional state-of-the-art IntelliLink infotainment technology with user-friendly navigation, as well as equipment details which quickly and easily transform it into a mobile office.


Advanced propulsion technology makes the new Vivaro an economical and powerful all-purpose van. Two all-new turbo diesels ensure fast acceleration even when the Vivaro is fully loaded. Featuring twin turbochargers, this all-new 1.6CDTi engine combines excellent performance with high fuel economy. The new Vivaro also provides plenty of power: From just 1,500 rpm, the120hp BiTurbo generates impressive maximum torque of 320 Nm, while the 140hp variant delivers 340 Nm.


With sophisticated chassis control systems and numerous safety functions, the new Vivaro puts its power and performance solidly on the road. In addition to ABS, including Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), the driver is supported by Emergency Brake Assist (EBA), Hill Start Assistant (HSA), Electronic Stability Program (ESP) with Traction Control (TC) and Roll Over Mitigation.


Modern assistance systems make driving the new Vivaro even safer and more relaxed. It is available with a combined cruise control and speed limiter, as well as a Park Pilot which helps the driver reverse into a parking space. The driver also has access to an optimum rear overview with the addition of a rear-view camera, while another practical and safety-related feature is the large convex mirror in the passenger sun visor. It can be tilted to a position which enables the driver to see into the ‘blind spot’ area, while also offering better all-round visibility.


The new Vivaro continues its predecessor’s successful concept of diverse variants and is available as a panel van, Combi, crew van or platform cab, in various configurations including two body lengths (L1: 4,998 / L2: 5,398 mm) and two roof heights (H1: 1,968 / H2: 2,465 mm). This adds 100 mm to the cargo bay in both vehicle lengths for 2,500 mm (L1) and 2,900 mm (L2), giving sufficient space to carry three Euro palettes stacked next to one another. Easy access to the cargo bay is provided by the rear doors. To transport especially long items, the right-hand door can be fixed open at a 90° angle while the other door is closed independently. Hatches in the front passenger seat and cabin bulkhead also provide an extended load-through option. Alternatively, in the Combi variant with a sliding side door, eight passengers can comfortably travel in three rows of seats.


The cockpit in the new Vivaro is designed to provide a modern, mobile workspace. Customers can choose comfort seats with lumbar support that are adjustable for both length and height. All key functions in the cockpit are now positioned in line of sight and within optimal reach, ensuring exemplary ergonomics. These include practical details such as the center front seat, which can be quickly and easily transformed into a small desk to hold a laptop. Work or other everyday items can be stowed in spaces above the infotainment system on the center console, or in a drawer under the front passenger seat with 42 litres of storage volume.


The Vivaro now offers optimum onboard connectivity via Opel’s IntelliLink infotainment system, which includes a 7-inch color touchscreen, Bluetooth telephone connectivity, audio streaming and advanced navigation functions with maps that can be simply updated by USB download. Equipment features such as automatic climate control and a Keyless Open & Start system increase cabin comfort and ease of use.


Practical and comfortable inside, robust and elegant outside: the all-new Vivaro brings Opel’s award-winning design philosophy ‘sculptural artistry meets German precision’ to the light commercial vehicle segment for the first time. So for enhanced design appeal alone, it promises to attract new customer groups. The exterior is even more elegant and contemporary, with a large, prominent grille, distinctive headlamps and a flowing ‘blade’ side motif from Opel’s multi-award-winning design language. The Daytime Running Lights come in a signature Opel ‘wing’ graphic and are available with crisp LED technology, giving the Vivaro an unmistakable look. With its clean and practical rear design, the Vivaro clearly communicates the robustness that customers demand from a van during everyday use.


Vivaro customers can choose between three equipment/trim variants as well as 11 body colours. Right from market launch, further specific colours will be available for special-use vehicles, ensuring the new Vivaro comes in an outfit that’s perfect for every business and commercial need.



Revised Audi A7


Audi says it has spared no effort in revising the A7. The big five-door coupe is now more powerful – thanks to new engine configurations, new transmissions.


It looks slightly different too with new headlights and taillights, plus there are new infotainment systems. Back in 2010, when the A7 first debuted, Audi was already on the top of its game setting new standards in design. A7’s long engine bonnet, flowing C-­pillars and the sharply dropping rear end created a dynamic overall impression.


Audi says the most striking changes are to the single frame grille, bumpers, tailpipes and headlights. LED technology is now standard; upon request, Audi can supply Matrix LED headlights, which light the road optimally without causing glare for other road users. Combined with the Matrix LED headlights, dynamic turn signals are also installed at the front; they come standard at the rear.


The new Audi A7 will begin arriving at dealerships in Ireland in October 2014. Final pricing and equipment details will be released closer to launch.



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