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Astra Tourer is ready to turn heads

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The Opel Astra Tourer.

Opel has revealed details of the new Astra Sports Tourer that is due to make its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show next week. Based on a completely new lightweight vehicle architecture making it up to 200kgs lighter, the Astra Sports Tourer can also carry more luggage than before – up to 1,630 litres.

“Our Sports Tourer is the perfect combination of practicality, style and technology: more space, less weight and features clever equipment details such as an electronic power tailgate that opens and closes automatically with a little kick of the foot,” said Dave Sheeran, Managing Director Opel Ireland.

The Astra Sports Tourer is due to arrive in Ireland in March 2016 and is sure to turn heads with its elegant, lean and athletic styling. A new double chrome bar on the grill carries the Opel ‘Blitz’ and the front headlamps melt into the radiator grill to form a graphic unity. The Sports Tourer further extends the dynamic lines of the 5-door.

Opel chiefs say that the interior demonstrates perfectly just how intelligent the design and the entire packaging are: the newcomer has exactly the same dimensions as the outgoing model but is considerably more spacious inside, offering more comfort for the driver and passengers along with more loading space.

The latest generation Sports Tourer has the same dimensions as the outgoing model – however, it offers much more space for passengers and luggage. The driver can enjoy 26mm of additional headroom while passengers in the rear have 28mm more legroom.

In order to increase loading space, the new Astra Sports Tourer comes with 40/20/40 foldable rear seats enabling even more flexible loading space configurations. Furthermore, the FlexOrganiser product range with side rails, dividing nets and various fastening options are available so that all loaded materials can be stored safely and tidily.

A clever new feature will help customers of the Astra open the car without touch or a remote control will be available on the new Astra Sports Tourer. In combination with ‘Keyless Open’ a simple small kicking motion under the rear bumper is enough to open the tailgate. A further kicking motion under the bumper will close the tailgate. The clever system can detect any obstruction and stops the mechanism in case of emergency.

A new petrol and diesel engine portfolio will be available with outputs ranging from 100hp to 150hp which all combine efficiency with excellent responsiveness and running smoothness.

Apart from impressing with a complete range of new engines and transmissions, the new Astra Sports Tourer also sets new standards in safety, infotainment and comfort. Numerous systems drawing on the latest generation Opel Eye front camera offer the driver support in the new Astra including Traffic Sign Assist and Lane Keep Assist, which offers active steering corrections in case of an emergency.

Meanwhile Forward Collision Alert with Collision Imminent Braking can even bring the car to a standstill at speeds under 60km/h. Intelligent IntelliLux LED matrix light enables permanent glare-free high beams and automatically and continuously deactivates individual LED modules with oncoming traffic, just a sample of some of the technologies that will be available on the new Astra.

On the inside, another unique feature for Astra’s class can be found: Opel OnStar, the personal connectivity and service assistant, serves as a guardian angel for the driver and passengers. In addition, two new IntelliLink systems will be introduced. The latest generation of the infotainment system is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

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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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