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New VW Tiguan set for arrival in July

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The VW Tiguan.

By Gerry Murphy

Volkswagen’s second-generation Tiguan model arrives in showrooms in July, and order books are now opening across Volkswagen’s dealer network.

It will start from €29,720 in petrol form, with a 1.4-litre TSI engine putting out 125bhp and starts at €33,765 for a 2.0-litre TDI engine putting out 150bhp. There is one diesel engine size available initially, a 2.0-litre unit, putting out 150bhp with a choice of two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive, with 4Motion All-Wheel Drive available in diesel engines from 150bhp upwards. An entry-level 2.0-litre diesel, putting out 115bhp will be available in early 2017, as well as 2.0-litre diesel engines with 190- and 240 bhp, pricing has yet to be finalised for these models.

The traditional specification grades for Volkswagen are used with new Tiguan, starting with Trendline and moving through Comfortline, up to the highest specification – Highline. Even entry-level Trendline models get 17” Montana alloy wheels, Air Conditioning, Bluetooth connectivity and USB interface. There is a raft of safety features as standard including ESC, Lane Assist, ISOFIX points for two child seats and the front assist including city automatic emergency braking.

Comfortline models add 17” Tulsa alloy wheels, a multifunction leather steering wheel, more storage compartments, silver roof rails, 65% light absorbing rear side and rear windows, cornering lights, 6.5” Composition Media radio system with CD player and 8 speakers, Premium Multifunction Display, ParkPilot with acoustic and visual warning signals, adaptive cruise control and ‘Climatronic’ 3-zone climate control.

Highline, the highest specification level, gets a full spectrum of standard items including 18” Kingston alloy wheels, LED headlights, a chrome strip on the rear and a chrome bar on the air intake, ArtVelours seat upholstery, active info display, park assist including rear view camera, electrically folding, heated and adjustable wing mirrors, hill descent control and dynamic headlight range adjustment.

The new Tiguan is the first Volkswagen Group SUV to be based on the MQB platform, and this means the new model is lighter, more efficient, more spacious and comes with a more dramatic drive system. The new Tiguan is longer, lower and wider than the model it replaces and it starts the arrival of a range of SUVs in the Volkswagen range. There is a big step-up in quality with the new Tiguan, which will very much be the premium offering in the segment.

“The Tiguan arrives in a segment that has blossomed this year,” said Volkswagen Ireland’s Head of Operations, Paul Burke.

“There has been a huge shift towards SUVs here in Ireland, and Volkswagen’s new Tiguan will install itself as the premium offering in this segment thanks to the fabulous build quality, increased interior and luggage space and generous equipment levels.”

Volkswagen dealers can now take provisional orders for the new car, with first deliveries expected in time for the 162-plate.

 

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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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