A roundup of car news

Ford’s all-new Fiesta RS World Rally Car was revealed in its 2011-specification today when the company unveiled the colour scheme that will adorn the car in the FIA World Rally Championship.

Team driver Mikko Hirvonen with Ford of Europe motorsport chief and Cork native, Gerard Quinn, unveiled the livery for the eye-catching Fiesta RS WRC at the Autosport International Racing Car Show in Birmingham, motorsport’s traditional start-of-season showcase event.

The Fiesta RS WRC will form part of a new era in the world championship, for which a revised cost-effective formula is introduced this season.  It boasts four-wheel drive transmission and a 1.6-litre turbocharged engine, based on the new Ford EcoBoost road vehicle power plant, to comply with the new regulations.

The full specification of the car will be available at the beginning of February.  Testing will continue in Sweden next week ahead of the Fiesta RS WRC’s championship debut in Rally Sweden, the opening round of the series, on 10 – 13 February.

The new Alfa Romeo 159 (Series III) has just been launched in Ireland featuring a host of refinements for 2011 including a revised interior, higher equipment levels and a new 136hp 2.0 JTDM turbo-diesel engine.

The Alfa 159’s cabin has also been revised for 2011, with new seat upholsteries, new dashboard inserts and improved equipment levels. The entry-level Turismo model, for example, now includes dual-zone climate control, rain sensors, Blue&Me and alloy wheels all as standard. What’s more, it’s also significantly more affordable than before, with the 2.0 JTDM Turismo starting at just €27,995 – a reduction of €3,500 compared to the 120hp 1.9 JTDM Turismo it replaces. The range has also been simplified to just five models with the top 1750 TBI saloon now retailing for €6,500 less than before.

159 2.0 JTDM 136hp Turismo €27,995
159 2.0 JTDM 136hp Lusso €30,495
159 2.0 JTDM 136hp Lusso Sportwagon €32,095
159 2.0 JTDM 136hp TI €32,495
159 1750 TBi 200hp TI €36,995



To celebrate the arrival of the new 11-plate registration this month, along with the launch of Citroën’s Scrappage Specials and the brand New Citroën C4 , Citroën will be holding an exclusive ‘Open Week’ from Monday 17th January to Sunday 23rd January.

The Citroën Open Week provides the perfect opportunity to come and view Citroën’s impressive model range, including the brand New Citroën C4, you can also take advantage of the fantastic offers that will be available during the week.

Scrappage customer will be able to drive away in a new Citroën C1 from just €7,995*, the Citroën C3 from €10,900* or the C3 Picasso from just €15,395* (Prices include Government and Citroën Scrappage).  And with savings of up to €6,205 (Citroën C5), including the Government Scrappage rebate, there is a Citroën to meet every customer need.

At Citroën the great deals don’t stop with Scrappage!  All customers will be able to avail of some fantastic Citroën Rewards across the entire line up meaning the executive saloon; Citroën C5 is available from only €22,385 (saving €3,005) and the safe, spacious MPV the C4 Picasso from €23,385 (saving €2,805).

To celebrate the launch of the New Citroën C4, Citroën is offering a €1,505 introductory bonus on the new model meaning the New Citroën C4 is available from €17,485 (before Government Scrappage).  Alternatively customers can avail of a 4% APR typical finance offer with a minimum 30% deposit (36 monthly payments).  With the largest boot in its class at 408 litres, larger than the Ford Focus and Opel Astra, with CO2 emissions as low was 109g/km and available with stop-start technology, the New Citroën C4 is revolutionary and must not be missed.

Furthermore, Citroën are also offering 4% APR Typical Finance with a minimum 30% deposit (48 monthly payments) on all New Citroën DS3 models. Voted Topgear Magazine Car of the Year, the Citroën DS3 is original, innovative and radically different from other cars.

Last but not least for one week only Citroën will also be offering the C5 TOURER VTR+ NAV 1.6HDi model for the same price as the Saloon equivalent.  Meaning you can take the advantages of an estate car at no additional cost!

So, visit your local Citroën dealer during the Citroën Open Week to take full advantage of these fantastic offers and be among the first to test drive the New Citroën C4.

N.B. Prices quoted exclude dealer related charges.  Metallic / pearlescent paint extra.