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Jennings wins 2016 Corrib Oil Galway International Rally

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Winners of the Galway International Rally 2016, Gary Jennings and Rory Kennedy pictured with members of the Galway Motor Club at the finish line in the Clayton Hotel on Sunday evening. Photo: Reg Gordon

Weather conditions dictated the difficulty for drivers and the result of the 2016 Corrib Oil Galway International Rally.

Monsoon like conditions greeted the drivers over the weekend and Fermanagh man Garry Jennings with navigator Rory Kennedy in a Subaru Impreza WRC kept his head when all around him were losing theirs to take their first ever Galway International Rally win.

Jennings commented at the finish ramp outside The Clayton Hotel, that he was “Delighted to take the victory after a very challenging event”.

In the end he had a 3 minute 25 second lead from Keith Cronin, who put in a great drive to finish second in his Citroen DS3 R5. Alastair Fisher was another 16.5 seconds behind in third after 190 kilometers of rallying.

On Saturday Jennings was fastest out of the blocks on a stage that took the first casualty on the event, Tim McNulty in the MINI WRC. Jennings set a time 6.8 seconds quicker than his main rival Declan Boyle.

Boyle in his Ford Fiesta WRC reported a steady run over the stage but he was to crash out on stage 6 and that left Jennings with a clear lead that he increased through the day and led overnight by 1 minute 27 seconds. Behind, Keith Cronin and Alastair Fisher were battling hard with only 2.4 seconds between them over the 6 stages of Sunday.

Sunday morning and Garry Jennings stamped his authority on the event when he took the fastest time over the infamous Black Road stage. By the morning service in Gort, he had extended his lead to 2 minutes 34 seconds but the main interest was now the race for second place. Keith Cronin, Alastair Fisher, Sam Moffett and Desi Henry were all separated by 26 seconds with 4 stages to go.

Henry was the first to crack, crashing out on stage twelve; Cronin went on to set a blistering time, a full 13 seconds quicker than Fisher and Moffett.

The penultimate stage saw the demise of Sam Moffett’s challenge when he overshot a junction losing over 30 seconds to his rivals but still held fourth place overall.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Automatic choice for motorists

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Tony Burke of Tony Burke Motors presenting a Toyota C-HR to Galway golfer, Ronan Mullarney, who recently turned professional.

New figures show that the number of new vehicles being sold with automatic transmission in Ireland has almost doubled in the past five years, with the ration in 2020 now down to 2:1 between manual and automatic transmission.

The figures from Cartell.ie show that the purchase of new cars in Ireland with automatic transmission has jumped from 18,831 in 2015 to 36,286 in 2019, and the ratio of manual to automatic transmission vehicles so far in 2020 now comes in at less than 2:1 – 25,474 manuals compared with 14,166 automatics.

For imports the manual is more popular: 319,951 of all imports (cars only) into Ireland are manual transmission while 104,323 are automatics. The whole fleet currently shows 2,624,504 manuals as against 489,414 automatics.

 

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Toyota continues to motor away at head of market

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Steve Tormey, CEO of Toyota Ireland.

New research has found that almost one in four motorists are likely to opt for a hybrid model when making their next car purchase.

A nationwide survey of 1,000 people carried out last month May by research company, iReach, found that 28% of Irish people are planning to buy a car in the next 12 to 18 months, with 14% intending to purchase a new car, 13% intending to buy second-hand and 1% planning on buying an imported vehicle. A total of 23% say they will likely choose hybrid for their next car choice.

When presented with a list of the top 20 mass market car brands and asked which brand they would most likely choose for their next car purchase, almost a quarter of respondents (23%) chose Toyota, with the second choice coming in at almost half of that with 12% of the vote.

Commenting on the figures, Toyota chiefs believe the high figure is due to the fact that Toyota recently ranked the top car brand operating in Ireland overall in the 2020 Reptrak study, and came out on top in an earlier iReach survey in February this year with 21% of respondents stating Toyota has the best reputation of all car brands, followed by the next car brand at 11%.

When it came to intended powertrain choice, hybrid accounted for 23% in the survey, which is very much in line with the 23% opting for Toyota given the brand sells almost exclusively self-charging hybrid models.

Toyota has been at the forefront of progression towards a more eco-friendly motoring environment for more than 20 years since the first Prius hybrid was introduced.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Opel plugs in to electric drive

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Opel Corsa-e

Opel Ireland has announced the official pricing for its first all-electric Corsa-e model. The model is available in SC and Elite trims, with prices set from €27,338 and €30,800 respectively, inclusive of SEAI grant and VRT relief.

Sporting a 50-kWh battery, the Corsa-e offers a range up to 337km, with acceleration of 0 to 100km/h in 8.1 seconds and a torque of up to 260 Nm.

The model boasts an electric drive unit (no gearbox), and a drive mode feature offers the choice between an economical drive for maximum range, a sporty mode for top-level performance and a normal mode for a balance of range and power.

The interior and boot-space are identical to internal combustion engine (ICE) versions, as the batteries are distributed under the floor pan; while there is also a regenerative braking system.

A full battery charge is returned in 7.5 hours from a Wall Box (Fast AC 32A / 7kWh) or 80% charge is returned in just 30 minutes at a dedicated public terminal (Rapid DC 100kWh).

The battery is guaranteed for 8 years or 160,000 km, for up to 70% retention, certifiable by the Opel dealer network. Customers are also covered with roadside assistance for 8 years, or 160,000km.

The Corsa-e SC trim has an array of standard features include a 7” colour touchscreen, DAB radio, Apple Car Play / Android Auto, USB connections, lane departure warning with lane assist, speed sign recognition, automatic emergency city braking, hill assist, cruise control with speed limiter, LED headlights, 16” alloy wheels, high beam assist and ISOFIX child seat fixings on outer rear seats.

Subtle design cues nod to its electric powertrain in the form of e-badging on the side windows and boot, whilst added equipment over its petrol and diesel relatives include navigation, automatic wipers and headlights, anti-dazzle rear view mirror, rear parking sensors, electric parking brake, electronic climate control and keyless start.

Easy-to-understand vehicle data is displayed on the 7” digital instrument cluster to keep the driver fully informed on battery status and energy usage.

Standard features on the Corsa-e Elite trim, over the SC trim, include a 10” colour touchscreen, premium half leather effect seat trim, 17” alloy wheels, panoramic rear view camera, front and rear parking sensors, folding/heated door mirrors, intelligent speed adaption, and keyless entry and start, alarm and side blind spot alert and flank guard.

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