Month: December 2017

A Golden Age For Motoring

A GOLDEN AGE FOR MOTORING Official statistics released in early December 2017 by the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) show that new car registrations for the month of November 2017 were down 9% (687) when compared to (754) November 2016, with new cars registrations – January 1st to November 30th inclusive – down 10% (131,200) on the same period last year (146,215). 

Registrations in the new Commercial Vehicle sector have seen a decrease too, with the Light Commercial Vehicles (LCV) sector down 12% (580) on November 2016 (656) and are down – January 1st to November 30th...

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New Nissan LEAF – Acceleration of Electrification

The acceleration of electrification – New Nissan LEAF Ten thousand European customers have pre-ordered a new Nissan LEAF in just two months. This represents an unprecedented level of customer interest since the new Nissan LEAF received its European unveiling in October 2017. This strong and consistent demand for the new LEAF across European markets confirms the growing demand for electric vehicles. Production of the new LEAF is currently underway in order to support customer deliveries commencing in February 2018. As the global leader for electric vehicles, Nissan is well placed to judge the customer reaction towards the forthcoming launch...

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New Suzuki Swift Auto – Swift Shifter

New Suzuki Swift – Swift by name & nature Since coming to Ireland in 1985, Suzuki’s range of cars, SUV’s and 4x4’s have gone from strength to strength. There is no stopping the momentum now, as hot on the heels of the talented Baleno and the wonderful Ignis comes the next generation of one of Suzuki’s best selling vehicles, the Swift. Those of us who are old enough to remember the original Suzuki Swift which was launched in 1988, will remember the sheer volume of them that appeared on Ireland’s highways and by-ways. The Swift quickly earned itself the...

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Kia’s New Stonic – Compact Crossover

New KIA Stonic – ‘Speedy Tonic’ Compact Crossover. The new Kia Stonic is the Korean car manufacturer’s first offering in the compact crossover / small SUV market. The Stonic sits beneath the Sportage and Sorento in Kia’s SUV model line-up, but while its bigger brothers feature the option of 4x4 drivetrains, the Stonic is front-wheel drive only. Kia also offers the Niro hybrid crossover, but that is bigger and more expensive than the new Stonic, while the Kia Soul crossover is available for buyers looking for something more iconic. Based on Kia’s Rio supermini, the new Stonic competes against...

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New Volvo V90 Estate

New Volvo V90 – Spacious, Safe & Stylish Volvo, the Swedish car manufacturer, have just announced that their global sales for the first 11 months of 2017 are up by 8.3%. This makes 2017 the fourth consecutive record-breaking year for Volvo sales. The XC90 and XC60 SUV’s are both enjoying worldwide sales success, and there’s a new XC40 SUV arriving in Ireland very soon. Volvo needed to reinvent its big saloon and estate car lineup by replacing the aged S80 (saloon) and V70 (estate) – hence the introduction of the stunning new S90 (saloon) and V90 (estate). The new...

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