21 October 2016

Alfa Romeo Giulia here in November

The Alfa Romeo Giulia will arrive in Ireland at the end of November at a starting price of €39,995, writes Brian Byrne.

The new car will be available with 2.2 diesels in 150/180hp options, as well as 2.0 and 2.9 petrol engines with 200hp and 510hp respectively.

The most powerful Quadrifoglio will offer a 0-100km/h sprint of 3.9s.

The Giulia will be provided in Ireland in five trim levels, Giulia, Super, Super Sport, Super Lux and Quadrifoglio.

The rear-wheel-drive car's transmission will be an 8-speed automatic.

In the Euro NCAP crash test regime, the Giulia achieved a 98pc protection for adult occupation.

Connectivity is available via the FCA UConnect system, with the option of 6.5" or 8.8" touchscreens.

The Giulia Quadrifoglio version starts at €99,945.

The car may be ordered at Alfa Romeo dealers in Ireland now.

20 October 2016

Dundalk firm is Peugeot Dealer of the Year 2016

Lynn Motors, main Peugeot dealers in Dundalk, are Peugeot Dealers of the Year 2016. Mark Lynn, Dealer Principal, was presented with the award at the annual Peugeot Dealer Conference, held at Clontarf Castle, Dublin on 18 October.

The company was appointed Main Peugeot Dealers in 1993 and in 2013 a newly refurbished showroom was unveiled on the existing site on the Newry Road, Dundalk.

Pictured at the Conference are Colin Sheridan, Sales and Marketing Director, Gowan Distributors Limited, Peugeot importers in Ireland; Don and Mark Lynn, Lynn Motors; and Des Cannon, Managing Director at Gowan Distributors Limited.

Liguria is a foodies destination

Situated in north west Italy, Liguria is otherwise known as the Italian Riviera. The long and narrow coastal region is well known for its capital Genoa, the iconic UNESCO World Heritage Cinque Terre villages and for being the home of pesto. Liguria boasts the perfect blend between authencity and a relaxed pace of life and is renowned for its incredible beaches, beautifully preserved medieval villages, stunning mountains and unique cuisine.

Liguria is a unique destination for foodies. The region is well known for being the land of olive oil, focaccia and Ligurian pesto. Its cuisine is rich in tastes and every area of the region is renowned for its traditional recipes and fresh produce.

Here are our top three Ligurian foodie experiences:

New Audi Q2 arrives this weekend

Irish Audi fans will be able to see the new Q2 compact SUV in showrooms from this weekend, and put down orders from €32,490, writes Brian Byrne.

The main seller in the model is expected to be the one powered by a 1.6 diesel with 110hp. Other options will be 1.0 and 1.4 turbocharged petrol engines, prices for which have not yet been released.

There will be two trim lines, SE and S-Line.

The car is in the same size space as Renault's Captur and Nissan's Juke

Chinese global brand to launch in Europe

This is the first car which will go into production from the new global brand, Lynk, from Chinese auto giant Geely Automotive, writes Brian Byrne.

The Lynk 01 will be a compact SUV with power from a 1.5 petrol hybrid engine, targeting vehicles in REurope such as the new Kia Niro and Toyota's RAV 4.

Geely owns Volvo and the platform developed in Sweden will also underpin the next generation of that brand's 40 series cars.

Lynk models will go on sale in Europe in 2018. The name reflects the company's aims to be part of the connected car movement.

First Kodiaqs roll off the line

Though it won't be on sale until February of next year, Skoda has rolled the first units of its Kodiaq off the assembly line, writes Brian Byrne.

The Kodiaq was revealed in Berlin on 1 September. The new car will arrive in Ireland in February 2017.

It is based on the Vision S Concept shown at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year.

18 October 2016

Winter driving tips from Easytrip

With the darker evenings of winter time almost upon us, tolling tag provider Easytrip is offering winter driving tips for Irish motorists.

Vehicle check: before the onset of wintry weather, check your lights, your oil and anti-freeze levels, your wiper blade condition, water levels, and your tyres for any bulges or small cuts – don’t forget to check the spare tyre.

Be safe, be seen: use dipped lights even before darkness has fallen when following other vehicles and in built-up areas.

Watch out for motorcyclists and cyclists: leave space for cyclists and be prepared for the fact that cyclists may not have sufficient lighting or have high visibility clothing on.

Overtaking: it is more difficult to judge a safe gap in the dark so don’t overtake unless you are absolutely certain it is safe to do so — particularly on motorways.

Be aware of pedestrians: particularly in poorly light areas and pay particular attention to children that may be walking to and from school.

Driving in fog or heavy rain: switch on your fog lights and drive slowly when visibility is poor. Turn on your hazard lights if necessary to alert drivers following behind.

Keep your distance: always remember to keep the recommended distance between you and the car in front — two seconds in dry conditions and four seconds in wet.

Renault Zoes take 1-2 class wins in Monte e-Rallye

Renault's Zoe electric car won first and second place in their all-electric class in the 2016 e-Rallye Monte Carlo, writes Brian Byrne.

The cars also took second and third places overall in the rally, behind the fuel-cell Toyota Mirai.

All three vehicles were driven by French crews over the 4-day event, with daily stages Fontainbleu to Moulins, Moulins to Circuit d'Ales, Ales to Monaco, and finally a circuit from Monaco to Monaco via Castillon-Sospel.

In all, the route totalled 1,300km.