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All I want for Christmas is the BMW M Sport Gran Coupé 640d

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BMW 6 Gran Coupe

By Gerry Murphy

Dear Santa,

Please, please can you bring me the BMW M Sport Gran Coupé 640d for Christmas. I may not have been quite as good as I should have been, but I haven’t clocked up any penalty points this year and I promise to be really, really good in 2016.

I have cleared out the garage and put all my other toys away to make space for it.

The nice people in BMW Ireland gave me a test drive in one this week and I have fallen in love with it. It should last for many years to come so, you will not have to bring anything next year at all.

As you know Santa, this car is what BMW are all about. It has a glorious 3.0-litre, straight six diesel 313hp engine is so responsive and powerful that it would bring me to the North Pole in no time, comfortably achieving the 0-100km/h sprint in 5.5 seconds. With ECO, Comfort, Sport and Sport + driving settings available you can be as planet friendly or as outrageously fast as you choose.

It’s probably not as quick as Ruldolf but, with CO2 emissions as low as 139g/km on the 640d SE Coupé, the annual road tax bill will be just €280. I don’t mind paying that and the hefty insurance bill myself but at €117,800 including some extras, most drivers probably cannot afford the price of the car. I know the base price of just over €105,000 is still a lot but I do like the extras that BMW had fitted in the test car.

Now, while that sounds like a whole lot of dosh, it is really worth it for what you get. And, I know too that it is a four-door coupe that will only carry four people but it does have a surprisingly big boot for a coupe so that I can deliver presents to the whole family in one go. Oh, and the electric, heated seats are all wrapped in scrumptious leather and lumbar support and are very supportive for an old guy with a dodgy back.

You can have 18” alloys in the standard package but the test car was fitted with 20” M Double spoke style alloys and while they might be too harsh on the road for some drivers, they do add to the handling and others can stick with the smaller wheels if they like.

Santa, you also get a heads-up display, surround sound speaker system, a heated steering wheel to keep you hands warm on these cold mornings and heated rear seats for passengers. When summer comes around there is an electric, glass sunroof to let in the fresh air. BMW have added a reversing camera and 360 degree surround view as part of the optional package.

So Santa, I haven’t written to you since I was about 11 and that’s not today or yesterday. I hope that I might have enough credit built up since then. I know you are a very busy Santa and the car is very expensive but, I have yet to win the Lotto and this is the car that would be top of my list if I ever do. There’s an idea, bring me the winning Lotto numbers instead!

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Breathe easy in new Volvo

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The Volvo S60, which features the new air technology.

Volvo has introduced new premium air-quality technology in its cars, allowing Volvo drivers to breathe clean and healthy air inside their cars and it can even clean the air inside the cabin ahead of their journey.

The company’s world-first Advanced Air Cleaner technology comes with a sensor that measures PM 2.5 levels inside the cabin, creating a feature not available in any other car currently on the market. Now Volvo drivers can also compare air quality inside the cabin to that outside the car.

PM 2.5 is a widely used measure for air quality by measuring the amount of fine particulate matter in the air. Globally, many urban areas suffer from PM 2.5 values that exceed recommended levels by the World Health Organisation, underlining the need to minimise their impact.

This new technology is now available in all 60 and 90 series Volvo models since this Spring. The Advanced Air Cleaner cleans out fine particulate matter from the cabin and thanks to a synthetic fibre-based filter and ionisation, up to 95% of all PM 2.5 particles are kept out of the cabin.

This optimises air quality inside the car, limiting the adverse health effects that are associated with air pollution and fine particulates. Cleaner air inside the car also helps to advance safe driving, since healthy and fresh air can help boost driver concentration.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Details announced of 10th generation C4

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Citroën C4

Citroen Ireland recently revealed details of their new 10th generation compact hatchback, the Citroën C4. They have also announced more particulars of the fully electric e-C4.

Known for boldness of design and for technology, Citroen has a long history in the segment and the new C4, like many of its predecessors has a character all of its own compared to what’s out there in the compact hatchback market. It will be available in a choice of petrol, diesel or all-electric, and will be first seen in Ireland in the first quarter of next year. Prices and detailed specifications will be announced closer to the launch of the car.

For now, we get a look at the pictures where the front end of the new C4 comes with a V-shaped lighting signature and includes double-stage headlights with chrome chevrons stretched across the entire width of the vehicle. These iconic chevrons flow into to the LED daytime running lights at the top and extend to the LED headlights at the bottom.

The bonnet, high and horizontal, echoes the concave shape of the bigger C5 Aircross SUV and exudes an energetic and assertive attitude. The unique roof line, combined with the sloping rear window, clearly expresses the aerodynamics of the vehicle, while the rear spoiler enhances the vitality of the body shape.

It has a gently sloping roof and overhanging side windows and is a nod to the iconic Citroen GS but also offers a design feature that allows for a generous boot volume of 380 litres.

Personalisation levels are vast and the C4 comes with a choice of 31 colour combinations thanks to seven exterior colours options and five exterior colour packs. There are also six different interior choices and a host of alloy wheel options available to ensure optimal customisation.

On the inside, the wide horizontal dashboard gives passengers a feeling of space and volume while the chevron grain pattern on the dashboard and Satin chrome (or high-gloss black) accents on the vents, steering wheel, instrument panel and cabin controls offer a comfortable cabin experience by clearly identifying useful touchpoints.

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New van model from Toyota

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The new Proace City from Toyota.

Toyota’s latest offering in their commercial range, the Toyota Proace City has arrived in Ireland and is available at Tony Burke Motors at Ballybrit on the outskirts of Galway City.

To celebrate the launch of the new Proace City, which is priced from €15.038 (ex VAT) and is aimed at the Light Duty Van segment, there are a range of offers that customers can avail of, from leasing offers with Toyota Financial Services, or a 3.9% APR Hire Purchase offer, or a scrappage bonus of €3,000.

The vehicle comes with the option of two wheelbase lengths, 4.4m or 4.7m.

The shorter base has a cargo volume of up to 3.30 m3, a standard cargo length of 1.80m, and two individual front seats. For those who need to carry more personnel and cargo, the Smart Cargo feature allows for a three-seat bench with a folding outer passenger seat and a bulkhead hatch which provides an extra 0.4m3 load space, increasing the maximum load length by 1.30m to 3.10m.

The centre passenger seatback can also be rotated to create a handy desk space, with additional under-seat storage.

With the longer wheelbase option, its standard cargo length is 2.20m, and cargo volume is 3.90m3. Both cargo length and volume increase to 3.40m and 4.30m3 respectively with the Smart Cargo feature.

The Proace City has a payload capacity of up to 1 tonne and both the long and short wheelbases can accommodate up to two Euro pallets.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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