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Plenty of interest from Irish customers in new Suzuki Vitara

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The Suzuki Vitara.

Suzuki has been thrown a lifeline with the arrival of their Vitara earlier this year. Orders are ahead of supply and with the 152 plate now in full swing, they are relishing the rest of the year. While that may be surprising to some, the new Vitara is a massively important car for the Japanese brand and with an attractive entry price tag and four-wheel drive as an option, there is a lot of interest from Irish customers.

It is also a very handsome SUV in the right bracket just now. Sales of this type of vehicle are an all-time high and with some buyers always chasing something different, the Vitara makes a lot of sense. Starting at €19,995 for the 2WD 1.6 petrol model, it sits below many of its competitors making it an alluring proposition. That price is a special introductory price that will last until October, so now is a good time to have a closer look.

There is also a range of 1.6 DDiS diesel models and these are expected to be the most popular with Irish customers. All are available in GL, GL+ and GLX grades. Both the petrol and diesel models have 120 bhp with CO2 emissions for the diesels at 106g/km and 123g/km for the petrol.

Suzuki has been in the SUV business longer than most and since its market launch in 1988, the Vitara name has been noted for reliability, style and ease of use. This new car takes these qualities to a new place with its city-oriented design; compact, easy to manage dimensions; good on-road performance; and genuine off-road capability.

I have been driving the top-of-the-range GLX grade with ALLGRIP 4-wheel drive and all the bells and whistles that come as extras in this model. Large diameter wheels and the higher ground clearance make it ideal for going off road while it still manages to behave with good manners on the public roads. With the ALLGRIP four-wheel drive system you get four modes that allows the driver to choose a mode to suit the road surface and driving conditions.

All Vitara models come with seven airbags, 16-inch alloy wheels, DAB Radio with USB and Bluetooth connectivity, Cruise control with speed limiter, auto air conditioning, front and rear electric windows and projector headlamps. GL+ adds 17-inch silver painted alloy wheels, rear privacy glass, Smartphone link audio and navigation system.

Moving up to GLX, the car that I got to test, you get the addition of LED Projector headlights, 17-inch polished alloy wheels, suede seat fabric, keyless entry with start button, Adaptive Cruise Control, Radar Brake Support and Panoramic sunroof. This model has a price tag of €27,995, a price that will again rise in October.

My test model came in a turquoise blue colour that certainly stood out from the crowd. There are a wide range of colours available and this would not be my favourite. The colour scheme was carried inside the car too and while it may be attractive to some, I think it cheapened the interior. There are more traditional schemes than this and I would prefer an all-black dashboard.

Otherwise, the cabin is a bright, well appointed, easy to use offering with a colourful touchscreen that is easily navigated. I also like the seating and the panoramic sunroof adds the bright ambience.

On the road the Vitara drives like many other SUVs. You have a high seating position and while there is some roll in the corners, it is nothing that will make you feel out of control or uncomfortable. The engine is a lovely power unit that attached to a silky six-speed gearbox give you all the driving prowess that you need in a car like this.

It comes with a detachable tow hitch and when tested, the car proved to be a very competent car with a trailer attached. It is a lot lighter than you would expect and this has a positive effect on fuel consumption – my return was 6.9L/100 – and on CO2 emissions.

All-in-all there is little to complain about with the new Vitara. It is a stylish, likeable SUV that stands out from the norm with some clever touches both internally and externally. Suzuki has been making SUVs for a long time and this new Vitara is their best so far and, at the discounted price, it is worth consideration.

 

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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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