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Ford offers seven year waranties, price cuts and 0% finance in bid to lure 2017 buyers

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Ford KA+: a small car with big spec.

By Gerry Murphy

As the 171 January new car market draws near, Ford has announced a range of offers as part of the company’s ‘171 Real Deal’ sales event.

Extended warranties have become a key selling point for car manufacturers in the past with Kia offering a seven-year warranty for a number of years now. Mitsubishi followed with an eight-year warranty offer and now Ford have seen the light and are offering a new seven-year version for the coming year.

Indeed the selection of offers ahead of the New Year sales bonanza means that buyers can also avail of a low finance offer of 0% and price reductions.

The 171 Real Deal event includes reductions on ‘top of the range’ versions of several of Ford’s most popular models including: Ford Fiesta Titanium with a reduction of up to €3,000, a new Ford EcoSport reduced by €3,850 and a Ford Focus Titanium coming down in price by up to €3,750.

You will also be able to buy a new Ford Kuga Titanium + which is down by up to €4,250 and the Ford Mondeo Titanium + with a reduction of up to €2,200

Kuga Titanium + is a prime example of what can be availed off in the Real Deal offers.  The new car is available with partial leather trim; SYNC 3, the latest version of Ford’s cutting-edge interactive entertainment and communications technology, with 8-inch touchscreen; hands-free tailgate; keyless entry/start; rear parking sensors; and powerfold mirrors – all for the low price of €29,955.  Plus buyer can enjoy the peace of mind of the new Ford 7-year warranty.

Also new to the range, the all new Ford KA+, combining style and economy motoring with spaciousness in a small car package, is available with 0% finance from just €29 per week (KA+ Studio).  KA+ is a small car with big spec, for example, the KA+ Zetec model includes 15” alloys, manual air conditioning, SYNC, cruise control, leather steering wheel with remote audio controls.

The 171 Real Deal event also sees the launch of the all new ST-Line, specially produced versions of the Fiesta, Focus, Mondeo and Kuga that deliver bold new styling, inside and out, that is inspired by Ford Performance models which are available with an attractive ‘Real Deal’ price discount OR the 0% finance offer.  For example, the sporty Focus ST-Line 1.5 litre TDCi 120PS model is available for the reduced price of €23,090 or customers can opt for 0% finance on the model.

The exciting ST-Line models feature sport suspension and body styling; unique alloy wheel designs; and sport seats, perforated leather steering wheel and alloy pedals for the interior.

Commenting on Ford’s 171 Real Deal offers, Ciarán McMahon, Chairman and Managing Director of Ford Ireland, said: “When you look at it, our Real Deal event really has something for every kind of motorist, going from our stylish new KA+ all the way through the range up to the sporty new ST-Line models, no matter what your needs are, there is a great value model there to suit.”

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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.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Tucson regains its market lead

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Hyundai Tucson Hybrid.

Hyundai Ireland is celebrating confirmation that the new Hyundai Tucson has regained its position as Ireland’s best-selling car.

Proving an instant hit since its arrival in December, the company says sales in January show the new Hyundai Tucson with a clear lead ahead of the second placed model.

Diesel remains very popular for buyers of the Tucson at 1,094 units of the total models sold in January but sales of the new Hybrid version is making an impact at 494 units.

“We are delighted to see the Tucson back at number one in the market, key to its success is its striking new design but also the ability of our dealer network to give honest advice to consumers as to the correct engine type for them,” said Stephen Gleeson, managing director at Hyundai Ireland

“Our overall market share performance (2,731 units – 10.84% of the market) is also satisfying given we are still waiting on deliveries of the all-New Santa Fe 7-seat PHEV, as well as supplies of the all new i20.”

Hyundai Ireland can confirm that despite current restrictions, the Hyundai dealer network is providing a full Click & Deliver sales service. For full details on how Click & Deliver works, log on to www.hyundai.ie.

 

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Peugeot a perfect Partner

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The Peugeot e-Partner.

Since its launch in 1996, the Peugeot Partner has been bought by more than two million customers in 100 countries. It has also won numerous awards including the International Van of The Year title in 2019.

It was the best-selling light commercial van in Ireland last year, capturing 6.91% share of the LCV market. Sales of the vehicle in January 2021 increased by 30% compared to January 2020, translating into an LCV market share of 10.63% month to date.

The model will soon be available with 100% electric power called e- Partner. Based on the platform as the regular Partner, the Peugeot e-Partner runs on a 100% electric engine with a maximum power of 100 kW and a maximum torque of 260Nm available from the start for immediate reactivity, without vibration, noise, gear shifting, odour, or CO2 emissions.

The electric drive train (electric motor, inverter and DC/AC charger-converter) is similar to the new Peugeot e-Expert. Much like the latter, the speed reducer has been adapted in order to fulfil the loading constraints inherent to the use of utility vehicles.

There are two body length and both versions (Standard and Long) are available with a lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 50 kWh, which provides a range of up to 275 km depending on the version, on driving profile.

Two types of on-board chargers are available to suit all uses and all customer charging solutions, with a 7.4 kW single-phase charger as standard and an optional 11 kW three-phase charger.

The charging socket, located on the left rear fender, means that the vehicle can be charged in from a standard socket, a reinforced socket or with a Wall Box and even on a quick charger.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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