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Audi Launches a New Era of Motoring in the Capital

A new era of motoring was unveiled in Dublin, as Audi North Dublin officially opened the doors to its new state-of-the-art showroom. Located just off Exit 5 M50 in North Park, North Road, Dublin 11, the dealership is now the largest Audi showroom, sales and service centre in Ireland.

 

The €10 million investment in Audi North Dublin will see the creation of up to 30 new jobs over the next two years and forms part of an overall strategic plan which sees Audi Ireland invest €80 million over the next 18 months, creating in the region of 260 jobs.

 

Group CEO at Audi North Dublin, Gavin Hydes, commented: “The opening of our new Audi North Dublin terminal is a significant statement of intent. The new showroom will superbly showcase the exciting 2013 Audi model range and provide an unparalleled customer experience together with premium parts and aftersales services. This investment demonstrates our confidence in the Audi brand and reaffirms our commitment to our manufacturer partner”.

 

Andrew Doyle, Director of Audi Ireland said: “I am delighted to announce the details of yet another exciting Audi terminal style showroom which will bring the very best new car, used car, and aftersales premium motoring experience to the capital. Whilst this facility is now the largest Audi dealership in Ireland, with a showroom for 18 new cars, 16 service bays, and 80 used car spaces, I can assure Audi customers it will be additionally matched by the offering of a world-class and personal customer care experience.”

 

Wayne-Anthony Griffiths, Regional Manager Europe of AUDI AG commented: “2012 has been a hugely successful year for Audi Ireland and for AUDI AG. This is largely due to the exceptional quality of dealer partners such as Audi North Dublin and I would like to thank them for their commitment to the Audi brand and wish them every success in their new premises. AUDI AG is firmly committed to Ireland and our continued investment clearly illustrates this.”

 

The spacious showroom is prominently located off the M50 and boasts a new 18 car showroom over two levels, up to 80 used cars together with a state of the art workshop containing 16 service bays fully kitted out with the latest technology. Other features include an extensive display area for Audi Genuine Accessories, an exclusive first floor Audi quattro showroom for special individualisation of cars as well as a customer coffee lounge, kids’ entertainment area and an onsite Audi Training academy fully equipped with the latest in audio visual technology.

 

The ŠKODA Octavia just got Exclusive!

One of Ireland’s best selling cars the Škoda Octavia has undergone a specification enhancement for 2013.

 

Having made its first public appearance at the National Ploughing Championships in September the new Octavia Exclusive is available nationwide in both hatchback and Combi (estate) body styles.

 

Engine wise, ŠKODA’s low CO2 Diesels are retained including their Band-A, 1.6TDI, 105bhp and Band-B, 1.2 TSI 105bhp direct injection petrol unit. For those who demand more power a 2.0 TDI 140bhp Diesel unit is also offered.  All engines are also available with a 7-speed DSG automatic transmission.

 

However it is its specification that justifies the Octavia its Exclusive title with factory fitted Satellite Navigation System, 16” Alloy Wheels and Half Leather Upholstery all added to an already impressive list including Cruise Control, BlueTooth Phone Preparation, Parking Sensors and Climate Controlled Air-Conditioning that were standard equipment on outgoing Octavia models.

 

Prices are competitive starting from €19,995 for the 1.2 TSI 105bhp petrol version and €22,995 for the 1.6 TDI Diesel.

 

Commenting Raymond Leddy Head of Marketing “Having sold over 35,000 Octavia’s in Ireland since 1998, the new Octavia Exclusive is certain to appeal to motorists seeking value and economy in 2013, this is a great offer and we have a limited quantity of these vehicles so we urge those interested to speak to their local dealership before January regarding availability to avoid disappointment”

 

ŠKODA have also enhanced the Octavia RS model with €900 worth of free equipment including new 18” Alloy Wheels, front and rear parking sensors, a new interior and Satellite Navigation system.

 

To support sales ŠKODA have also extended their PCP Solutions Finance package to the Octavia range. Including servicing the Octavia Exclusive can be purchased for less than €230 per month.

 

Pricing for the all-new seventh generation Golf revealed

Pricing starting at €19,995

Volkswagen Ireland has revealed the pricing for the all-new Golf, which goes on sale in Ireland in December.

Not only is the new car lighter, safer, more advanced, more spacious, more efficient and better equipped than previous generations of Europe’s best-seller, of which over 29 million have been sold, but with a starting price of just €19,995 for the 3-door 1.2-litre 85bhp Trendline model it is still below €20,000. The diesel line up starts at just €22,695 for the 105bhp 1.6-litre TDI model. This new 1.6-litre TDI 105bhp engine will have CO2 emissions of just 99g/km.

From launch, the Golf will be available in Ireland in three trim levels: Trendline, Comfortline and Highline (the GTD, GTI and BlueMotion models will join the line-up in 2013). Three petrol engines and two diesel engines will be available to order.

The petrol engine range starts with a four-cylinder 1.2-litre TSI unit producing 85 bhp, rising via a 1.2-litre TSI 105 bhp up to the all-new 1.4-litre TSI 140 bhp engine with Active Cylinder Technology. This helps to create an extremely efficient engine capable of 4.7 l/100km (combined cycle) and 109 g/km thanks to the ability to deactivate the central two cylinders under light loads. This makes it 23% more efficient than the equivalent engine in the previous version of the Golf.

The two diesel engines at launch are a 1.6-litre TDI 105 bhp and a new 2.0-litre TDI 150 bhp unit. Both feature the latest common rail diesel technology for maximum efficiency. All new Golf models – both diesel and petrol – come with a Stop/Start system as standard, along with battery regeneration. A 90bhp diesel will follow in Quarter 2 of 2013.

Gearboxes are a mixture of five- and six-speed manuals, and six- and seven-speed DSG units, depending on the engines’ power and torque outputs.

Standard specification levels build on those of the outgoing Golf, bringing new items of luxury and technology to the class.

All Golf models come with seven airbags, including a driver’s knee airbag, five three-point seatbelts, ABS with ESP, XDS electronic differential lock and Isofix preparation for two rear child seats.

On Trendline models, the standard Composition Media system includes a 5-inch colour touchscreen, FM/AM radio as well as eight speakers (front and rear) and a CD drive (MP3 compatible). The CD drive is located in the glovebox along with the SD card slot.

Also standard is ‘Climatic’ semi-automatic air conditioning and an electronic parking brake, among a host of other features.

Moving up from Trendline to Comfortline trim brings an outstanding range of features, including Cruise Control, Bluetooth phone connectivity, Radio Composition Media which has a 5.8 inch touch screen display which responds to wiping and zooming gestures and there is access to ‘Phone’ and ‘Voice’ commands. There are USB and aux-in interfaces integrated into a separate compartment in the centre console in front of the gearshifter. On the outside, 15” Lyon alloy wheels come as standard on Comfortline models.

From the outside, the Highline model can be recognised by its 16-inch ‘Dover’ alloy wheels, front fog lights, deep red tail-light clusters, black radiator grille with chrome mouldings and electrically folding exterior mirrors. Inside, the Highline gets a 3-spoke leather multifunction steering wheel, sports front seats and Piano Black Mesh inserts for the centre console.

Optional equipment includes high beam assist, lane assist, park assist (which is able to parallel-park the Golf in spaces only 80 cm longer than the car itself in addition to providing automatic parking), ACC adaptive cruise control and a rear-view camera. Drivers can also select from a choice of alternative alloy wheels up to 18 inches in diameter, bi-xenon headlights, ‘Vienna’ leather upholstery (optionally with 12-way electrically adjustable front seats), 2-Zone climate control, the Discover Pro navigation system with 8-inch colour touchscreen, keyless entry and a panoramic sunroof, among other options.

Volkswagen retailers will start taking orders for the new Golf from mid-to-late-October, with first deliveries due in mid-December. As ever, attractive finance rates will be available from Volkswagen Bank, with Hire Purchase rates of just 4.9% available on new Golf and PCP (Personal Contract Plan) rates from just €239 per month including delivery charges.

For full details, see the price list. For more information on the Volkswagen range visit www.volkswagen.ie.

 

Model

Trim

Fuel Type

CO2

RRP

GOLF TL BMT 1.2TSI 3DR 85HP

Trendline

Petrol

114

€19,995

GOLF TL BMT 1.2TSI 5DR 85HP

Trendline

Petrol

114

€20,945

GOLF TL BMT 1.2TSI 3DR 105HP

Trendline

Petrol

116

€20,745

GOLF TL BMT 1.2TSI 5DR 105HP

Trendline

Petrol

116

€21,695

GOLF TL BMT 1.2TSI DSG 5DR 105HP

Trendline

Petrol

116

€23,445

GOLF TL BMT 1.6TDI 3DR 105HP

Trendline

Diesel

99

€22,695

GOLF TL BMT 1.6TDI 5DR 105HP

Trendline

Diesel

99

€23,645

GOLF TL BMT 1.6TDI DSG 5DR 105HP

Trendline

Diesel

103

€25,395

GOLF CL BMT 1.2TSI 3DR 105HP

Comfortline

Petrol

116

€22,395

GOLF CL BMT 1.2TSI 5DR 105HP

Comfortline

Petrol

116

€23,345
GOLF CL BMT 1.2TSI 5DR 105HP

Comfortline

Petrol

116

€25,095

GOLF CL BMT 1.6TDI 3DR 105HP

Comfortline

Diesel

99

€24,345

GOLF CL BMT 1.6TDI 5DR 105HP

Comfortline

Diesel

99

€25,295

GOLF CL BMT 1.6TDI 5DR 105HP

Comfortline

Diesel

103

€27,045

GOLF HL BMT 1.2TSI 3DR 105HP

Highline

Petrol

116

€24,045

GOLF HL BMT 1.2TSI 5DR 105HP     Highline Petrol   116

€24,995

GOLF HL BMT 1.2TSI DSG 5DR 105HP

Highline

Petrol

116

€26,745

GOLF HL ACT 1.4TSI 3DR 140HP

Highline

Diesel

114

€25,995

GOLF HL ACT 1.4TSI 5DR 140HP

Highline

Diesel

114

€26,945

GOLF HL ACT 1.4TSI DSG 5DR 140HP

Highline

Diesel

113

€28,695

GOLF HL BMT 1.6TDI 3DR 105HP

Highline

Diesel

99

€25,995

GOLF HL BMT 1.6TDI 5DR 105HP

Highline

Diesel

99

€26,945

GOLF HL BMT 1.6TDI DSG 5DR 105HP

Highline

Diesel

103

€28,695

GOLF HL BMT 2.0TDI 5DR 150HP

Highline

Diesel

109

€29,695

GOLF HL BMT 2.0TDI DSG 5DR 150HP

Highline

Diesel

119

€31,645

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BMT = BlueMotion Technology

ACT = Active Cylinder Technology

 

Tom Tom says Dublin is Europe’s 16th most congested city

~ TomTom’s latest Congestion Index identifies traffic congestion hot spots in Europe ~

Dublin, October 11 2012 – TomTom today announces the results of its latest   Congestion Index measuring traffic congestion in European cities between April and June 2012. The latest Congestion Index, now covering 58 European cities, finds Istanbul the most congested city in Europe. Dublin was found to be the 16th most congested city. On average, journey times in Dublin are 27% longer than when traffic in the city is flowing freely, 53% longer during morning rush hour and 58% longer during evening rush hour. As a result drivers are facing a delay of 33 minutes for every hour they drive in peak periods. Drivers with just a 30 minute commute waste 81 hours a year stuck in traffic jams.

 

This is an improvement on traffic congestion in Dublin from last quarter when Dublin had a 30% congestion level. Dublin is found to be ranked higher than Leeds-Bradford, UK’s most congested city, which is now 17th and London which is the 18th most congested European city. The most congested day was found to be Thursday 31st May. This may be contributed to the June bank holiday weekend traffic. TomTom’s Congestion Index, including individual city reports, can be found at www.tomtom.com/congestionindex.

 

TomTom’s Congestion Index is the world’s most accurate barometer of congestion in urban areas. The Index is uniquely based on real travel time data captured by vehicles driving the entire road network. TomTom’s traffic database contains over six trillion data measurements and is growing by five billion measurements every day. The overall Congestion Level for all the European cities analysed between April and June 2012 is 23%, a drop of 4% compared to the same period in 2011.

 

The top ten most congested European cities, ranked by overall Congestion Level, between April and June 2012 were:

 

  1. Istanbul 57%
  2. Warsaw 45%
  3. Marseille 42%
  4. Palermo 40%
  5. Rome 34%
  6. Paris 34%
  7. Stuttgart 33%
  8. Brussels 33%
  9. Hamburg 32%
  10. Stockholm 30%

 

 

 

“This Congestion Index gives the general public, businesses, industry and policy makers accurate and unbiased information about congestion levels in urban areas,” said Ralf-Peter Schäfer, Head of Traffic at TomTom. “Because TomTom’s traffic information is so precise, we can pinpoint congestion trouble spots more effectively. When combined with real-time traffic information and routing technology, traffic starts to be routed away from these congested areas, helping to ease congestion in cities and urban areas.”

 

 

  

NEW PEUGEOT NATIONAL SALES MANAGER

Gowan Distributors Limited, the Importer of Peugeot vehicles and genuine parts and accessories in Ireland, announces the appointment of Colin Sheridan as National Sales Manager. In his new role, Colin assumes responsibility for driving sales of the award-winning Peugeot range across the Peugeot Dealer Network in Ireland.

Colin has a wealth of Sales and Aftersales experience gathered over almost three decades in the Irish Motor Industry at both retail and distributor level. Prior to his appointment as Skoda National Aftersales Manager in 1993, he lectured in the Department of Transport at DIT Bolton Street and held various technical and training roles within the VW, Ford and Subaru franchises. He became Skoda National Sales Manager in 1998, responsible for the Skoda Dealer Network development and marketing of the Skoda brand, before rising to the position of Skoda Brand Director in 2008. Since 2010, Colin has been engaged in providing consultancy services to franchise dealerships.

Commenting on the appointment, Des Cannon, Sales and Marketing Director stated, “I am very pleased to welcome Colin Sheridan to Gowan Distributors. In his new position as Peugeot National Sales Manager, Colin brings to us an excellent sales management track record. He is ideally equipped to drive significant sales growth for Peugeot in 2013 and beyond. I wish him every success in his new role.”

Colin is married with two sons and his interests include motorsport and travelling.

BOOK RECALLS IRELAND’S MOTORING PAST

A new book entitled ‘Historic Motoring in Ireland’ which recalls Ireland’s motoring history from the earliest days is being published to commemorate 50 years of the Irish Veteran & Vintage Car Club.

The 170-page hardback production, compiled and edited by IVVCC club member Anselm Aherne, contains a fund of articles, information and historical recollections and is richly illustrated with photographs, many of which were never previously published.

Published with sponsorship by Motor Distributors Limited, the book has a cover price of EUR25 and will be available later this month through the club website, <http://www.ivvcc.ie>

Founded in 1963, the IVVCC has some 650 members, comprising veteran, vintage and classic car enthusiasts dedicated to the preservation of Ireland’s motoring heritage.