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Audi Q2 arrives in dealerships

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Audi Q2 arrives in dealerships

By Gerry Murphy

Audi’s latest compact SUV, the Q2 has arrived in dealerships with pricing for the 1.6 TDI 110 bhp SE starting at €32,490; but, likely to be Audi’s volume seller, the 1.6 TDI S Line starts from €35,790.

There will be two petrol models, 1.0 TFSI and 1.4 TFSI, in the range. Pricing for those will be announced over the coming weeks.

The Q2 is available in two trim lines, customised to suit drivers’ preferences. The SE trim includes some of the most popular features from Audi, such as cruise control, smartphone interfacing and rear parking sensors. The S-Line trim includes LED headlights, sport suspension, sport seats, drive select and an 18” 5-spoke Y design alloy steering wheel, in addition to the SE trim features.

The Audi Q2 is immediately striking: it melds a low-riding sporty coupé-style look with the familiar design of a compact SUV.

Inside, the cabin can be customised with a variety of colourful trims and a high seat position. It is equipped with the latest connectivity and infotainment technologies.

Using the Audi smartphone interface, the driver can connect a suitable iOS or Android device to the dashboard USB port, allowing immediate access to the phone’s navigation features, contacts, music and selected third-party apps. The optional Audi phone box lets the driver charge their phone wirelessly and connect it to the car’s antenna for optimal reception.

“An all-new Audi for Irish customers, the Audi Q2 is an exciting combination of coupé sportiness and compact SUV functionality,” said Henning Dohrn, Managing Director of Audi Ireland.

“The compact SUV segment is growing in Ireland and we are confident the Audi Q2 will attract new customers to the Audi brand. It demonstrates the brand’s passion for exploring new ways of designing and building premium cars for every driver.”

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New products and new home sees Opel on comeback trail

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The new Opel Astra Electric.

By Gerry Murphy

A wise marketing man once told me that if you wrap the green flag around a product, Irish people will take to it immediately. Opel once advertised themselves as ‘Ireland’s number one supporter’ when their name was emblazed on the chest of Irish soccer players in the golden days of Jack Charlton and qualification for the Euros in 1988 and the World Cups in 1990 and 1994.

During those heady days, Opel was Ireland’s number one car company, with sales exceeding all others. In later years, sales waned both in Ireland and across Europe, and Opel slipped down the league table.

However, things appear to be changing and Opel is now part of the Stellantis group – alongside Peugeot, Citroen, Fiat, Jeep, and Alfa Romeo – giving fresh impetus to the brand. A host of new products have been launched and are beginning to reignite the famous German car manufacturer.

Here in Ireland Opel have a new home too. Now distributed by the Gowan Group under a very experienced team things, are looking up and these new products we’ll be coming on the market over the coming months.

One of the most familiar names is the Astra, which picked up the 2023 Continental Tyres Compact Irish Car of the Year in November. Actually, I voted for it as my overall car of the year simply because it was available to all buyers in whatever powertrain they liked and it is one of the best cars to drive.

Now we have an all-electric version to look forward to this Spring. One great thing about this new model – like the Opel Corsa before it – is that it will basically look just like all the other Astra models in the range except for a discreet badging on the boot lid.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Toyota is tops for sales in January

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The Toyota Yaris Cross.

By Gerry Murphy

Toyota has closed out the competitive January passenger car sales period in pole position, continuing the brand’s dominance as Ireland’s best-selling car brand for three years in a row.

Toyota sold 4,446 passenger cars last month, over 700 more than the next best seller, giving it a market leading share of 16.25%, and demonstrating the continued high demand for its wide range of low-emission, hybrid vehicles.

Toyota cars accounted for four of the top five best-selling cars with Yaris Cross, Yaris, Toyota C-HR and Corolla all posting impressive numbers. With hybrids representing 21% of the entire January market, Toyota is benefiting from the continued migration away from diesel to more environmentally friendly options.

Reflecting this fact is that January sales of hybrids were just 2.3% lower than the historically high selling diesels. Diesel market share has also fallen significantly over the past few years, dropping from 42.4% in 2020 to 23.2% in 2022. On the other hand, full EVs showed continued growth accounting for 13.8% of the market, while PHEVs were at 7.1% and petrol came in at 37.4%.

 

 

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Entry list is confirmed for Galway International Rally

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Pictured at the launch of this year's Galway International Rally were, from left: Gary Leonard, Galway Motor Club president and Clerk of Course; Kevin McHugo of sponsors, Corrib Oil; Cathaoirleach of Galway County Council, Michael 'Moegie' Maher; and Joe Donoghue of Galway Motor Club.

By Kevin O’Driscoll

The entry list for next weekend’s 2023 Corrib Oil Galway International Rally has been revealed and it contains a stunning line up of drivers and machinery.

More than 150 drivers have entered the traditional season opener in the West of Ireland, which will have a ceremonial start on Eyre Square from 8opm on Friday February 3, with the action getting underway on Saturday with the first stage near Coldwood at 8.45am.

Top seeds by virtue of winning the Tarmac Championship last year are Josh Moffett & Andy Hayes in a Hyundai i20 R5. This crew also won Galway last year to set them on the way to championship success.

Behind them are Meirion Evans & Jonathan Jackson with the Welsh pair using their usual VW Polo and looking to go one better than last year in Galway where they pushed Moffett all the way to the end.

Callum Devine & Noel O’Sullivan (VW Polo) are at three and are more than capable of taking a win. Fourth seeds Sam Moffett & Keith Moriarty are making a return to the international scene after a year having fun in a Toyota Starlet. The 2017 tarmac champion will be competing in a Hyundai i20 R5.

At five is Desi Henry & Paddy Robinson (Ford Fiesta) who didn’t have a lot of luck on the international front last year, leading two events but retiring from both. Jonny Greer & Niall Burns at six will also be looking to build on some strong showings in 2022 and can’t be ruled out for a top result. Cathan McCourt & Liam Moynihan have shown glimpses of real speed but need to find more consistency, they are seeded at seven in a Citroen C3.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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