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Facelift for new generation Mercedes-Benz A-Class

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Three years after its introduction, the new generation Mercedes-Benz A-Class has been given extra A-Classiness thanks to a facelift that it is hoped will see a continuation of the trend whereby two out of every three European owners are newcomers to the brand.

By Gerry Murphy

Three years after its introduction, the new generation Mercedes-Benz A-Class has been given extra A-Classiness thanks to a facelift that it is hoped will see a continuation of the trend whereby two out of every three European owners are newcomers to the brand.

Now arriving into dealer showrooms across Ireland, the restyled A-Class is kitted out with an enhanced level of standard features – items that include heated front seats, cruise control, reversing camera and keyless-go.

Taken together, these additional standard specifications have a value of €1,560 – an amount that Ciaran Allen, sales manager for Mercedes-Benz passenger cars, says “will more than counterbalance” the below 2% price increase.

Another feature that Mercedes-Benz is confident will bring additional customers to the brand is the introduction of their recently announced PCP contract purchase plan which, in the case of A-Class, starts from €298 per month (APR 3.9%) for the entry level A160 petrol version.

Other built-in features that owners can anticipate include Collision Prevention Assist, radar driven Adaptive Brake Assist, the drowsiness detecting Attention Assist and Dynamic Select, a feature standard on all automatic models that enables the driver to adjust the vehicle’s driving dynamics.

The new A-Class range – which includes 4-Matic and Mercedes-AMG versions – is powered by a choice of four diesel and six petrol engines. In Ireland, emphasis is being placed on the A160 1.6-litre entry-level petrol version (€27,145 ex works) and on the 1.5-litre A160 diesel (€28,940 ex works).

Looks wise, curved surfaces, coupé-like window lines, diamond grille, newly designed tail lamps and a more arrow-shaped front bumper enhance the A-Class’ visual appeal.

Inside, an instrument cluster of tubular design, a seat cushion adjustable by up to 60mm, a new freestanding infotainment display screen (available with a larger optional 8-inch face) are amongst the most obvious improvements while a range of interactive, high-tech elements boosts the appeal it will have for that younger generation of drivers at whom it is aimed.

Other models to watch for in the range are a 1991cc (381hp) Mercedes-AMG version with its top speed of 250km/h and 0-100km/h speed of 4.2 seconds and a A180 BlueEFFICIENCY diesel model that Mercedes-Benz says is the most fuel efficient with its consumption figure of just 3.5-litres per 100kms.

 

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Demand is set to outstrip supply for the ŠKODA ENYAQ 60 and ENYAQ 80

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The ŠKODA ENYAQ.

Last week ŠKODA introduces the Irish public to the new ENYAQ iV, their new all-electric SUV that looks set to be one of the most coveted cars of 2021 and has been getting a brilliant reaction by those who have driven it. Prices have also been announced and a limited numbers of the cars will be here in Ireland for the remainder of the year.

Just before the opening of order books for the ENYAQ iV – which will initially come to Ireland in two versions – ŠKODA has announced pre-grant prices starting from €46,570 for the ENYAQ 60 and €54,630 for the ENYAQ 80.

The ENYAQ 60 has a range of 390km thanks to a 58kWh battery. It comes with a generous standard equipment list, which includes 19” Proteus alloy wheels, Front Parking Sensors, LED headlights, Climate Control and a 13” infotainment system.

The ENYAQ 80 (which is expected to make up the bulk of Irish sales) has a 77kWh battery, capable of up to 510km (as measured under WLTP) and gains additional equipment such as a heated steering wheel, drive mode select, adaptive cruise control and 3-zone climate control.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Mazda3 a highlight of special editions to mark company’s 100th anniversary

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Mazda3

Salthill native David Bannon is the man employed to look after the marketing for Mazda in Ireland, and he will have few problems promoting their collection of special editions that celebrate Mazda being in existence for 100 years.

Recently I’ve been spending some time with the Mazda3 version, a car that is piled high with technical features that anyone would want in a car today. It has all the driver assistance to make for a brilliant driving experience, and the safety elements to make it really reassuring.

Against all that, these extras come at a rather hefty price and at an eye-watering €37,220. While you can get a Mazda3 with a starting price of €28,595, you do get a huge amount more in this anniversary model.

Like all Mazda cars, it drives so well, putting the driver front and centre. That is a given that all Mazda owners will know about, and something that puts the brand high on my list of firm favourites. They consider it to be like the relationship between a horse and a jockey in full flight and when it comes to its handling, cornering and ride quality, there are only a few that come close and hardly any that surpass this car in its class.

“As much as the limited-edition spec adds to the vehicle, the big change worth talking about is under the bonnet. The Skyactiv-X engine has received some updates in power and efficiency which I feel have noticeably improved the drive of the vehicle,” says Bannon.

That power comes from a 2.0 Skyactiv-X with mild hybrid assistance giving 186ps and 240Nm of torque. Both these are increased while the 0-100km time is reduced to 8.1 seconds.

Mazda claims that the car can deliver fuel economy (WLTP) of 5.3 L/km. Over almost 900 kilometres my fuel figure came to 5.9 L/100km which is very respectable compared to the catalogue figure and more than acceptable on a day-to-day basis. To put that figure in context, it is the same as the 1.8-litre diesel that has recently been discontinued in the Mazda3 range. CO2 emissions are recorded at 120g/km which equates to an annual €200.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Electric vans get into top gear

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Opel Combo-e Cargo

With numbers of electric cars on the increase by the day it is inevitable that electric vans would follow. Already there are a number on our streets and it makes sense that van owners and fleet managers would seriously consider them.

Opel is the latest brand to highlight their newest 100% electric van, the Opel Combo-e light commercial vehicle. Joining its Combo petrol and diesel engine siblings the zero-emission compact van does everything that the others do and has the same space for cargo.

Boasting a range of up to 275km from a single charge, the new Combo-e offers up to 4.4m3 cargo space and 800kg payload and is available in two lengths.

The 4.40m long Combo-e, which has the shorter wheelbase of 2,785mm and can carry objects up to 3,090mm long, offers payloads of up to 800kg and cargo volumes of 3.3 to 3.8m3. It has a towing capacity of 750kg.

The 4.75m extra-long XL-variant has a wheelbase of 2,975mm and a cargo volume of up to 4.4m3 that can accommodate objects up to 3,440mm in length. Six tie rings on the floor (with the option of four more at mid-height) help keep everything in its place.

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