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Windsor Fleet offices will close at midday on Wednesday 23rd December 2015 and will re-open on Monday 4th January 2016 at 8.30am. 

 

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Mitsubishi Outlander – 7 Seater Option

wf-014There is something about seven-seaters. They are a bit like spare rooms. You don’t use the extra space that much, dump all sorts into them and then panic when they’re needed. Seven-seaters cost more to buy, take up valuable boot space and aren’t always that easy to access (more anon).

Yet I’m told by those in the know that there is strong, and rising, demand for them. And it’s not necessarily all from parents of large families. It’s also from those who want the flexibility – for when it’s their turn to take their children’s pals to football or hockey matches, for example.

The really big downside, I always feel, is how little space there is for luggage when you have the third row occupied (when not, they fold flat and give good luggage room).

Equally, you would be surprised at how strong a case can be made for a five-seater (especially from carmakers who don’t have a seven-seat option). And you’d be surprised at how some dismiss others by claiming ownership of ‘full-size’ third rows.

I think Mitsubishi have hit on a good overall mix with their heavily revised SUV/crossover Outlander. They have a 4WD version with seven seats and a five-seater with 2WD which costs €7,000 less. Not all rivals bother with five seats so they have something going for them there.

Here I have to say that while the Outlander has been around a while it has never been the first name on my mid-size crossover/SUV shopping list. Or the second, for that matter. The likes of the Hyundai Santa Fe, KIA Sorento and Nissan X-Trail have had, up to now anyway, a higher profile.

I think that may be about to change a bit. They have given the motor a fairly serious going over as well as packing in much higher levels of spec – my 7-seater had leather upholstery as standard.

The Outlander is not a big car to look at, which makes the presence of the third row all the more intriguing. Avert your gaze now if you are any way squeamish because visualising me climbing into the third row could upset you. I have to say it was easier than I expected. I flicked forward the outside middle-row seat and, with the odd grunt, heaved myself in. I didn’t stay long. The little seats were never meant for my bulk but smaller, younger children would be fine in them.

I was lucky to have the 4WD drive version over the few days of wind and water; I never had a concern about grip in the poor conditions. And for a tall-ish vehicle there was minimal side-buffeting by crosswinds. Solid car. The cabin was comfortable and it seemed much quieter – a result of better insulation from engine, road and (yes) wind noise.

Whatever they did in re-tuning the steering made a difference to the entire feel of the car. I also liked the driving position; it was easy to get my best spot because of electric adjustment and a nice, small steering wheel.

But I would have liked better lumbar support on my seat. And I wouldn’t be taken at all by the darker insets around the cabin; things are gloomy enough on the outside these wintry days.

It’s not the snazziest looking crossover/SUV either but as someone said recently, you spend 99pc of your time on the inside. And there is no doubt they have substantially improved it on that front.

My test car had the 2.2-litre DiD 150bhp diesel and manual transmission, a combination that worked well. The best test of the engine was a lower-gear/higher revs section of driving where little or no added sound or vibration came through. That’s a sign of much better insulation.

I wouldn’t say the Outlander is a mould-breaker but they have improved it sufficiently to move it well up the shopping list – for either a seven or five-seater.

Facts & figures

Mitsubishi Outlander 7-seater SUV/crossover 4WD, 2.2-litre diesel, 6spd manual, 150bhp, 4.8l/100km; emissions of 139g/km; road tax of €280 (automatic 5.3l/100km, €390 road tax).

Price from €38,450 (automatic €41,950); 2WD 5-seater version €31,450, 8-year/150,000km warranty.

Standard spec includes 18ins alloys, full-leather upholstery, dual-zone air con, 8-way electric driver’s seat, heated front seats, paddle-shift gearchange, rearview camera/parking sensors, touchscreen audio display, Hill Start Assist, seven airbags, on-demand 4WD, cruise control, Bluetooth.

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Source: Indo Review

 

 

 

EV Update: Galway to Dublin and Back on One Charge

 

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This is the car Audi claim will be able to travel the equivalent of Dublin to Galway and back on one charge of electricity.

 

The Audi e-tron quattro concept, recently shown at the Frankfurt Show, is the springboard for the company’s first large-scale electric car which we can expect by 2018.

 

It will, Audi promise, have a range of more than 500kms (310 miles) which means it should have no bother doing the coast-to-coast trip on one ‘fill’ of electricity.

 

The concept has all-wheel steer and e-quattro drive. One of its electric motor drives the front axle and two power the rear.

 

Helping stretch the mileage is the concept’s low drag coefficient of 0.25.

 

Being an electric vehicle, you will also get a huge boost of acceleration and torque that make it drive like a sports car. The downside is that it will drain battery energy much more quickly. Nonetheless, the acceleration figure of 0-100kmh in 4.6 seconds will surely tempt prospective buyers.

 

On a wider perspective, the ability to make cross country trips on a single charge would revolutionise how we think about electric cars. Being able to travel 500km would erase most of the ‘range anxiety’ (will I have enough power to get me where I’m going?) currently associated with the genre.

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Source: Independent.ie

 

 

New Ford Galaxy Set to Launch

 

wf-014The new Ford Galaxy officially launches in Ireland at the end of October. Featuring the latest Ford global design language, the all-new Galaxy offers seven full-size seats. 

 

Switching between seating or load space is easier than ever with a push of a button. 

 

This segment-first feature can be specified to raise the third-row seats electronically. 

 

Comfort is enhanced for front seat passengers with optional massaging Ford Multi-Contour Seats. 

 

Integral-link rear suspension offers a smoother, quieter ride. 

 

Ciarán McMahon, Chairman and Managing Director, Ford Ireland, said: “Customers are reassured by its ability to carry seven in first-class comfort and safety, and to constantly surprise with its unmatched versatility. 

 

“The all-new Galaxy enhances those qualities with improved dynamics, fuel efficiency and refinement – as well as some very useful innovations.”

 

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Source: RTE.ie and Ford Ireland

 

 

 

 

 

Coming Soon – new Audi A4

 

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The new Audi A4 is due to launch in Ireland in November in both the saloon and Avant (estate) versions.

 

Standard equipment is higher and includes xenon headlights, keyless go, Audi drive select and a seven-inch MMI colour display. 

 

Dimensions have grown very slightly but weight has been reduced by up to 120kg (depending on the engine). 

 

With the new A4 Audi placed high priority on reducing CO2 emissions. 

 

The new 150hp 2.0 TDI ultra has CO2 emissions of 95g! 

 

Powertrains and gearboxes, along with the chassis, have been redeveloped. 

 

The A4 Saloon also has the best drag coefficient in its class at 0.23. 

 

The most powerful TDI in the range will offer an optional ‘sport differential’ on the rear axle (starting in 2016). 

 

Full Irish equipment and pricing information will be announced in the coming weeks. 

 

To find out more about the new Audi A4 or any other vehicle, please contact us on 01 419 8373 or click here

 

Source: RTE.ie

 

 

 

 

 

New Toyota Auris Now Available

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Toyota has launched the 2015 Auris range, combining hatchback and touring sports body styles with a choice of diesel, petrol and hybrid powertrains, as well as increased levels of specification.

 

Toyota says the 2015 Auris has been designed to meet the needs of every C-segment customer model range, and is available from €20,750.

 

Commenting on the launch, Steve Tormey, Chief Executive of Toyota Ireland, said: “The new 2015 Auris ticks all the boxes for C-segment drivers who believe in beautiful design, exceptional driving experience and great value for money.”

 

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Source: RTE.ie

 

 

 

 

 

A-Z Of What’s New For 152

 

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It’s been a busy year for Audi and new for 152 is the arrival of the second generation Q7. Launching with a choice of two 3.0 litre engine models, the 3.0TDI 272ps and 3.0 TFSI 333ps. The 3.0 TDI 218ps variants will join the range later in year. A new R8 will arrive in October and in November an all-new A4 will be in showrooms.

 

BMW‘s ever expanding range continues this year unabated. Just arrived in showrooms around the country and priced from €35,940 is their first seven seat MPV, the Gran Tourer. The second generation X1 joins the range in October. Prices start from €41,310 OTR for an X1 sDrive 18d SE. The 3-Series gets a 40th birthday nip and tuck and will be here by the end of the year.

 

On sale from July 1, the new Citroen Berlingo will be added to the French carmaker’s line up and promises a significant reduction in running costs combined with driver comfort, safety and convenience gains.The arrival of the DS5 in July will be the first model to be launched by the new standalone DS brand. With the new brand Citroen plan to revive the tradition of premium vehicles, innovation and distinction inherited from the first DS launched in 1955.

 

Ford‘s calendar is certainly packed this year with seven new models joining the range over the next few months. First up is the facelifted C-Max/ Grand C-MAX and all -new S-Max. The new Galaxy will be here in the Autumn. The iconic Mustang, Mondeo Vignale and the eagerly-awaited 300bhp Focus RS will be in showrooms later in the year.

 

Honda‘s line up has been boosted by the new and updated Civic, Civic Tourer and CR-V and there is no let up; the all-new HR-V, Jazz and Civic Type R will all be launched before the end of the year. Arriving in July to the CR-V range is the new high-power 9 speed automatic diesel, the 1.6 i-DTEC 160 AWD Auto.

 

With over two billion euro invested in its development, the new XE is without doubt the most important car Jaguar has ever built. In its most efficient 163bhp version, the 2.0-litre diesel XE returns 99g/km of CO2 with fuel economy of 3.8 l/100km (74.3mpg). The 180bhp engine emits 109g/km, returns 4.2 l/100km (67.3mpg) and costs €190 to tax annually, while the 240bhp 2-litre Ford-derived petrol engine delivers 7.5 l/100km (37.7mpg) combined. But if efficiency is not your concern, the one to opt for is the special-order supercharged 3-litre V6 340bhp. The first cars, due here this month, will be the 180bhp automatic and the V6. Three more versions join the range in September – the 163bhp 2.0 litre diesel, in manual or automatic and manual version of the 180bhp and a 240bhp 2.0 petrol.

 

It will be the end of the year before we see anything new from Lexus. In December the new RX450h will launch but no prices or spec are available yet. The RC sports coupe will arrive in time for 161 sales and will be similar to the Lexus RC-F but with a 2.5L hybrid engine.

 

Having launched the new Mazda2, 6, CX-5 and just arrived in showrooms their new compact crossover the CX-3, Mazda complete their new model line-up with the arrival of the all new MX-5 Roadster later this autumn priced from €27,995.

 

The Mercedes S Class Maybach and their BMW 6 series rival the GLE Coupe are the newest models in the Mercedes-Benz range. A facelifted A Class will launch in September when the B-Class will be offered with a B160 petrol engine. At the end of the year the C-Class Coupe will be launched and the CLA Shooting Brake 180 CDi.

 

Named after one of Adam von Opel‘s sons, Karl is a five-door city car due here in August. With a starting price of €12,695 all models will be powered by a punchy three-cylinder one-litre petrol engine with 75bhp. The 11th generation Astra will make its world debut this September at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt.

 

Peugeot is expanding its range with the arrival in July with the refreshed 208. For the first time, buyers get a new 1.6BlueHDI 100bhp diesel as an option. Petrol options include a new 110bhp 1.2-litre 3-cylinder petrol that comes with a choice of a five-speed manual or six-speed automatic gearbox. Joining the line-up this summer is the new Peugeot Tepee, a practical but smart MPV that can seat five or seven and is likely to be priced in the region of €23,000.

 

In September, Landrover’s Range Rover Evoque and the Discovery Sport will be fitted with the new Ingenium 2.0 diesel engine and a convertible version of the Evoque is due early in 2016.

 

Due in showrooms in September the Kadjar is Renault‘s late entrant to the small SUV market. Aiming to take on the likes of the Mazda CX-5 and Ford’s Kuga it will be offered in front wheel and four wheel drive versions. Powering the range will be three diesel and one petrol engine with CO2 from 99g/km. Prices have yet to be confirmed but we would expect it to be priced lower than the Nissan Qashqai, a car it shares many components with.

 

Suzuki will launch a VW Polo, Ford Fiesta and Opel Corsa rival toward the end of the year but little is known yet of the new hatchback that debuted at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show as the iK-2 prototype.

 

A new version of the popular SEAT Alhambra goes on sale in September with prices starting at €38,595. Also arriving in September is a new SEAT Ibiza.

 

Skoda‘s new Superb model will go on sale here next month with prices starting at €27,795 for its 1.6 TDI model. Longer and wider than the previous model the boot space in the saloon has also increased to a very impressive 625 litres.

 

The New Avensis is the big news for Toyota and it now comes with Toyota Safety Sense as standard and is also available with a 1.6- diesel engine as well as 2.0L diesel. There is also an updated Auris with changes to the exterior and interior and now available with a 1.2 turbo petrol engine .

 

Volvo‘s second generation XC90 has just been launched in time for 152 and gives rivals a serious run for their money. Priced from €70,950 seven seats are standard and is crammed with the latest safety features.

 

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Source: Geraldine Herbert for the Sunday Independent

 

 

 

 

 

Å koda Go Cleaner And Greener

wf-014Å KODA have announced that they will be introducing a brand new engine line-up just in time for the new 152 registration period.

A new range of EU6 compliant petrol and diesel engines will see fuel economy improve by up to 23% and CO2 emissions reduced by up to 18%. All Rapid, Octavia and Yeti models will receive new technologies such as new variable valve timing systems and the latest Stop/Start technology.

 

The ŠKODA Rapid 1.6 TDI 90bhp is replaced by a newer, 1.4-litre unit with the same output (90bhp) but with 23% better fuel economy (with up to 3.4l /100km on the combined cycle).​​​​​​​ There is a new 1.6-litre 110bhp (+5 bhp) TDI diesel engine for the ŠKODA Octavia which replaces the former 105bhp version.

The entry-level 90bhp Octavia 1.6 TDI now comes with Stop/Start technology which reduces fuel consumption by 10% and now delivers up to 3.7 l/100km on the combined cycle. ​ The ever-popular ŠKODA Yeti in 2.0-litre TDI 110bhp & 150bhp guise are the first models in the ŠKODA range to benefit from AdBlue® technology, which drastically reduce NOx nitrogen oxide emissions to close to zero, in addition these engines have reduced both CO2 and fuel consumption, the 110bhp by 12% (4.5 l/100km on combined cycle).

 

John Donegan, Brand Director of Å KODA Ireland said: “Customers investing in a Å KODA are benefiting from some of the most advanced engine technology available on the market today”.

 

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Emergency Packs To Be Carried In All Vehicles?

wf-014The Road Safety Authority (RSA) has launched a public consultation to seek views on the requirement for a breakdown emergency pack, including a first aid kit, a high visibility vest, a breakdown triangle and a torch to be carried in all vehicles.

 

The RSA believes that there is a potential road safety benefit associated with the introduction of emergency packs in vehicles and is an action (105) in the Government’s Road Safety Strategy 2013-2020.

 

Before making formal proposals to the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, the Road Safety Authority is seeking feedback from the public via this public consultation. Feedback can be given until Friday 12th June via the RSA.ie website.

 

Many Windsor Fleet customers request safety packs in all of their company vehicles and this cost can be incorporated into the monthly payments if required.

 

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Motor Industry – Quarter One Statistics

wf-014Quarter One statistics in the motor industry show an increase in registrations compared to the same period in 2014. Figures were up 29.66% based on vehicles registered in the first quarter.

 

Volkswagen,  Toyota and Ford respectively were the top selling makes, all showing an increase in market share compared to 2014, although Volkswagen’s increase was the most modest of the three.

 

Nissan is the fifth top selling make, with an impressive 52% increase in registrations compared to 2014.

 

The Volkswagen Golf is still the top selling model, followed by the Ford Focus, who gained in both units and market share. The Nissan Qashqai is in third place, with unit gains despite losing market share.  The Hyundai IX35 and the Kia Sportage both improved market share in this segment, whilst the Toyota Corolla and the Skoda Octavia make up fourth and fifth place, both showing an increase in registered units although the Octavia’s market share fell slightly. The Volkswagen Passat Saloon showed an increase of 43% in the number of units registered, which is understandable given that the new model was not launched at this stage in 2014.

 

The importance of CO2 emissions and the associated cost savings is clear as Band A vehicles (CO2 of less than 121g/km) account for a massive 71.25% of the new passenger vehicle market for the first quarter. Band B vehicles (121g/km-140g/km) make up 24.51% with other bands making up the final 4.24%. Registrations of vehicles in bands F and G (which are the most costly to both tax and run) saw considerable percentage drops whilst Band E showed a surprising gain which equated to a 0.2% increase in market share.

 

Petrol vehicles saw gain in market share in 2015, although with almost 71% of the market, diesel is clearly the preferred choice of the Irish consumer and business user. Electric vehicle registrations increased from 101 units in 2014 to 249 units in 2015, which equates to a whopping 147% increase. These vehicles still only make up a very small part of the market but these figures show a real appetite for the benefits of such vehicles.

 

In terms of colours, silver and black make up the majority followed by grey. White, red and blue  all share similar popularity, with the rest making up less than 10% of the total vehicles registered in the first quarter.

 

Light commercial vehicles (LCVs) also showed a considerable increase in registrations in the first quarter of 2015, with a 59% improvement on 2014. Ford, Volkswagen and Renault make up the top three manufacturers, although VW lost market share despite an impressive increase of 55% in terms of vehicles registered. Renault made huge gains in both market share and registrations as did Ford, the clear market leader with a market share of almost 10% more than 2nd placed Volkswagen.

 

The ever popular Ford Transit van range was the most registered amongst light commercials, followed by the Volkswagen Caddy and the Ford Transit Connect. The commercial Toyota Landcruiser and commercial Land Rover Discovery made up more than 10% of the market share of LCVs, highlighting that this type of vehicle is becoming increasingly popular once again with the business user.

 

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