Monthly Archives: February 2014

Five-star EuroNCAP rating for new Nissan Qashqai


The all-new Nissan Qashqai secured a five-star rating by independent safety organisation EuroNCAP.
The new model, which is now on sale across Europe, features a host of new and highly innovative safety features which helped it confidently pass all EuroNCAP’s increasingly stringent tests to record the maximum five-star rating.


High levels of protection
During front impact tests, the passenger compartment of the Qashqai remained stable, with dummy readings indicating good protection for the knees and femurs of the driver and passenger. The driver dummy scored maximum points, with good protection of all body regions. Maximum points were also scored in the side barrier test with all parts of the body well protected.
Designed and engineered to offer the best possible levels of protection for children, the new Qashqai also shone in the Child Occupant tests. Based on readings from the child dummies used in the dynamic tests, the Qashqai scored maximum points for its protection of an 18-month old infant.


Completing the report, the Qashqai’s front bumper scored maximum points for the protection provided to pedestrians’ legs.


Safety designed in from the start

A key factor in the Qashqai’s strong EuroNCAP performance was its highly advanced network of safety features. Packaged together to form an innovative Nissan Safety Shield, the new Qashqai’s electronic systems combine to offer the driver and occupants extremely high levels of passive protection. The new Qashqai’s Safety Shield technologies incorporate Forward Emergency Braking, Driver Attention Alert, Lane Departure Warning, High Beam Assist and Traffic Sign Recognition. The Nissan Safety Shield also features Blind Spot Warning and Moving Object Detection, systems made possible and accessible thanks to Nissan’s acclaimed Around View Monitor technology.


New Qashqai: defining the second-generation crossover
Premium technology, second-generation crossover design and enhanced dynamics all combine to form the backbone of the new Nissan Qashqai. With the original version having recorded more than two million sales, Nissan used its unrivalled knowledge and experience to design and engineer the perfect family car.
Building on the core values and strengths of the first-generation model, the all-new Qashqai combines style, technology and excitement in a unique and thoroughly original package.


A remarkable success story… already
The five-star EuroNCAP test result is the latest in a succession of high-profile achievements recorded by Nissan and the new Qashqai. Production of the new car has been seamlessly integrated into Nissan’s record-breaking Sunderland (UK) plant, with a new model completed every 61 seconds.

The second-generation has also proved a hit with the world’s media, with leading UK editorial brand What Car? awarding its Car of the Year 2014 title to the all-new Qashqai.


New Qashqai – a truly international car
Designed and engineered in Europe, for Europe, the new Qashqai has been created by Nissan’s experts at Nissan Design Europe (London, UK) and Nissan Technical Centre Europe (Cranfield, UK and Barcelona, Spain). Extensive input has also come from Nissan’s designers and engineers in Atsugi, Japan.



Review: SEAT Leon ST


SEAT has just launched its Leon ST (Sports Tourer) here. Leon is basically a VW Golf and Leon ST is a very handsome estate version of the five-seater that is also available as a two-door SC or five-door hatchback. The far from shed-like ST costs about a grand more than the five-door equivalent, but for the extra cash you get a lot of versatility and a split floor boot that holds 587 litres, including the space-saver spare wheel! Fold the seats down and there is tonnes of space.


SEAT offers three trim grades: S, SE and the sporty FR (like Skoda’s vRS) and some attractive sales incentives for orders made before the end of this January. Leon ST prices start at a very attractive €20,185 (1.2-litre, 86hp, TSI petrol – ideal for low mileage users).


We tested the band ‘A2’, 105hp, 1.6-litre SE diesel (€24,405) on motorway- and in city-driving and it performed well. The ride was comfortable and the chassis composed.


Leon ST’s main rivals are the Skoda Octavia Combi, Renault Grand Mégane and the pricier Korean near-twins of Hyundai i30 Tourer and Kia C’eed Sportswagon.


What is clear is that modern estates offer a practical and stylish alternative form of transport to families and those with an active lifestyle.


SEAT expects to sell 200 STs this year in Ireland, accounting for 25% of Leon sales.


The SEAT Leon ST is an attractive, well-priced family car.

Source: RTE
Michael Sheridan



Opel to Unveil Ultra Efficient Astra at Geneva Motor Show

wf-014Opel is set to unveil the all new turbo diesel 1.6CDTi 110hp engine in the Opel Astra at the Geneva Motor Show (March 6 – 16). The ultra-efficient 1.6 CDTi 110hp engine emits just 97g/km of CO2 and consumes an average of 3.7 litres diesel per 100 km, so that the Astra qualifies in tax band A2 (€180) for annual road tax.  


After debuting in the Zafira Tourer last year, this all-new diesel engine ensures that a powerful and clean drive is at the heart of the Opel model portfolio. Also available in the Astra hatchback, Saloon and Astra Sports Tourer models is the 1.6 CDTi 136hp variant with 320 Nm maximum torque.


It boasts superb performance and minimum noise generation while consuming just 3.9 litres diesel per 100 km and emits 104 g/km of CO2 in the NEDC (New European Driving Cycle test procedure).   “This ultra-efficient 1.6 turbo diesel engine and the Astra are a perfect match, coupling performance with top refinement and high fuel efficiency.


They prove that Opel cars not only impress with design, but also offer ultra-modern technologies, low running costs and a first-class driving experience”, said Dave Sheeran, Managing Director of Opel Ireland.   Named the most reliable German compact car by the trade magazine auto motor und sport[1], Opel’s extremely efficient diesel engine already complies with the future Euro 6 emissions standards.


This engine is the cleanest diesel engine Opel has ever built and has best-in-class noise and vibration levels thanks to its optimised component design, an especially efficient combustion process with multiple injection and additional acoustic measures.   The various performance levels of the newest generation all-aluminum turbo unit will successively replace engines with a 1.7-litre displacement, ushering in a new era in Opel’s diesel portfolio.   The output of the Astra 1.6 CDTi 136hp boasts a powerful 320 Nm maximum torque – seven percent more than the 130hp 1.7-litre engine (previously 300 Nm) and emits up to eight percent less than the 1.7-litre predecessor (previously 110 g/km).


Performance is also superb: the turbo unit accelerates the Astra from zero to 100 km/h in just 10.3 seconds (Saloon: 10.1 seconds); from 80 to 120 km/h in fifth gear it needs just 9.2 seconds (Saloon: 9.1 seconds, Sports Tourer: 9.9 seconds). Top speed is 200 km/h and the Saloon even reaches 205 km/h.   Meanwhile the 110hp variant features exemplary low-end torque of 300 Nm maximum torque which is seven percent more than the 1.7-litre predecessor (previously 280 Nm). With the new generation turbo diesel, the Astra hatchback, Saloon and Sports Tourer accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in 12.0 seconds, and has a top speed is 186 km/h.


Improved Transmission Development   The new 1.6 CDTi engine in the Astra comes coupled with the further developed, improved six-speed manual transmission. This guarantees highest shifting comfort, as Opel invested over 50 million euros to optimise the five and six-speed gearboxes. A host of enhancements to the transmission components and shifting mechanisms. Shifting requires minimal effort with the low-friction gearboxes, so that in the Astra 1.6 CDTi it is faster, more precise and above all silky smooth.  

More information on prices and market launch will follow.



Latest Weather Warning


The Road Safety Authority (RSA) is advising all road users to take extra care using the roads as Met Éireann warn of further flooding. 


Gerald Fleming of Met Éireann said the focus now is on rivers because the seasonal high tides that resulted in coastal flooding have passed.


Mr Fleming said the weather “we’re experiencing isn’t unusual for Ireland, although we haven’t had such bad conditions in almost 15 years”.


Mr Fleming said a large storm system will pass over the country that is going to bring heavy rain on Friday.


More heavy showers are forecast over the weekend.


Mr Fleming said that will add to the problems in the rivers which are already very high, particularly the longer rivers which rise very slowly but then tend to fall away slowly.


He said some of them are still rising in response to rain that fell three or four days ago.


The public is advised to check weather reports and heed any advice from local councils and An Garda Síochána regarding road conditions.


The poor weather will create potentially hazardous conditions for road users. As such the RSA is advising drivers that;


• It takes longer to stop a vehicle on wet roads so slow down and allow extra distance between you and the vehicle in front, 4 seconds at a minimum (use the 2 second rule and repeat it twice).
• Take special care when driving behind trucks or buses as they generate a considerable amount of spray which reduces your visibility.
• Watch out for falling/fallen debris on the road and vehicles veering across the road and the reaction of other road users.
• Control of a vehicle may be affected by strong cross winds. High sided vehicles and motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable to strong winds.
• Watch out for vulnerable road users such as pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists.
• Use dipped headlights at all times of poor visibility not parking/side lights and fog lights.
• Check tyres and consider replacing them if the thread depth is below 2mm.
• Be mindful of Aquaplaning on roads where 100/120kmh speeds apply. Aquaplaning occurs where the tyre thread fill with water and the driver is at risk of losing control of the vehicle.
• Pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists are advised to be seen. Wear bright clothing with reflective armbands or a reflective belt.
• Pedestrians should walk on a footpath, not in the street. Walk on the right hand side of the road, facing traffic if there are no footpaths.


The RSA also has the following advice for driving in flooded conditions;

• If the road ahead is flooded choose another route, do not attempt to drive through it. Flooded roads that appear shallow could be deeper than you think.
• Don’t try to cross floods if the water seems too deep. If water gets into the engine it may cause it to fail, which is an extremely costly problem to fix. 
• If driving through water, drive slowly in first gear to avoid stalling the engine. Keep the engine revs high and slip the clutch if necessary.
• Avoid the deepest water, which is usually near the kerb.
• After going through water, drive slowly with your foot on the brake pedal for a short distance – this helps to dry the brakes
• Sometimes roads can be closed due to their fragile state after wet weather or because they are blocked by flooding.
• Road users should always follow recommended routes and obey signs closing roads to traffic.
• Watch out for washed out roads, earth slides, broken water or sewer mains, loose or downed electrical wires, and fallen or falling objects.


If you need further guidance on driving in difficult weather conditions, please consult your driver handbook or call Windsor Fleet on 01 419 8373 or contact us by clicking here



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