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Renault Captur – signature model has some snags but will deliver in urban environment

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The Renault Captur.

By Gerry Murphy Based on the platform of the Clio, the Captur is one of the earlier ones of this new breed of car and it has grabbed the public interest since it was first launched in 2013.

Renault say that a quarter of the cars bought in this country will be small and compact SUVs combined, which makes this type of car all the more important for the car companies.

Here is a car that is aimed at small car buyers that want a higher driving position and want to make a fashion statement. Visually the Captur cuts a dash and with the introduction of their Signature model – the test car for this week – customers can now enjoy the car for its top-spec trim including 17-inch alloys, additional chrome detailing and a two-tone paint finish.

Inside you get part-leather upholstery, exclusive mats and door sills and some colour-coded detailing on the centre console and air vents. On top of the visual niceties, you get additional technologies with a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system featuring USB connectivity; a better stereo with 3D sound; rear parking camera; and rear parking sensors. You also get Renault’s ‘Grip Xtend’ traction control system that assists on difficult surfaces, giving the front-wheel drive Captur some off-road ability.

However, the Captur that I drove had some irritating snags that need some intervention to correct. My test car suffered from a lot of rattles, especially in the rear from the parcel shelf and the rear seating.

That gives the sense that the build quality is less than it should be and while a couple of purposefully placed foam blocks could solve the problem, Renault need to have another look at the design of this area. Also, the interior is finished with hard surfaces and this lack of soft touch materials here give the impression of cheapness that others in the segment do not have.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Breathe easy in new Volvo

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The Volvo S60, which features the new air technology.

Volvo has introduced new premium air-quality technology in its cars, allowing Volvo drivers to breathe clean and healthy air inside their cars and it can even clean the air inside the cabin ahead of their journey.

The company’s world-first Advanced Air Cleaner technology comes with a sensor that measures PM 2.5 levels inside the cabin, creating a feature not available in any other car currently on the market. Now Volvo drivers can also compare air quality inside the cabin to that outside the car.

PM 2.5 is a widely used measure for air quality by measuring the amount of fine particulate matter in the air. Globally, many urban areas suffer from PM 2.5 values that exceed recommended levels by the World Health Organisation, underlining the need to minimise their impact.

This new technology is now available in all 60 and 90 series Volvo models since this Spring. The Advanced Air Cleaner cleans out fine particulate matter from the cabin and thanks to a synthetic fibre-based filter and ionisation, up to 95% of all PM 2.5 particles are kept out of the cabin.

This optimises air quality inside the car, limiting the adverse health effects that are associated with air pollution and fine particulates. Cleaner air inside the car also helps to advance safe driving, since healthy and fresh air can help boost driver concentration.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Details announced of 10th generation C4

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Citroën C4

Citroen Ireland recently revealed details of their new 10th generation compact hatchback, the Citroën C4. They have also announced more particulars of the fully electric e-C4.

Known for boldness of design and for technology, Citroen has a long history in the segment and the new C4, like many of its predecessors has a character all of its own compared to what’s out there in the compact hatchback market. It will be available in a choice of petrol, diesel or all-electric, and will be first seen in Ireland in the first quarter of next year. Prices and detailed specifications will be announced closer to the launch of the car.

For now, we get a look at the pictures where the front end of the new C4 comes with a V-shaped lighting signature and includes double-stage headlights with chrome chevrons stretched across the entire width of the vehicle. These iconic chevrons flow into to the LED daytime running lights at the top and extend to the LED headlights at the bottom.

The bonnet, high and horizontal, echoes the concave shape of the bigger C5 Aircross SUV and exudes an energetic and assertive attitude. The unique roof line, combined with the sloping rear window, clearly expresses the aerodynamics of the vehicle, while the rear spoiler enhances the vitality of the body shape.

It has a gently sloping roof and overhanging side windows and is a nod to the iconic Citroen GS but also offers a design feature that allows for a generous boot volume of 380 litres.

Personalisation levels are vast and the C4 comes with a choice of 31 colour combinations thanks to seven exterior colours options and five exterior colour packs. There are also six different interior choices and a host of alloy wheel options available to ensure optimal customisation.

On the inside, the wide horizontal dashboard gives passengers a feeling of space and volume while the chevron grain pattern on the dashboard and Satin chrome (or high-gloss black) accents on the vents, steering wheel, instrument panel and cabin controls offer a comfortable cabin experience by clearly identifying useful touchpoints.

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New van model from Toyota

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The new Proace City from Toyota.

Toyota’s latest offering in their commercial range, the Toyota Proace City has arrived in Ireland and is available at Tony Burke Motors at Ballybrit on the outskirts of Galway City.

To celebrate the launch of the new Proace City, which is priced from €15.038 (ex VAT) and is aimed at the Light Duty Van segment, there are a range of offers that customers can avail of, from leasing offers with Toyota Financial Services, or a 3.9% APR Hire Purchase offer, or a scrappage bonus of €3,000.

The vehicle comes with the option of two wheelbase lengths, 4.4m or 4.7m.

The shorter base has a cargo volume of up to 3.30 m3, a standard cargo length of 1.80m, and two individual front seats. For those who need to carry more personnel and cargo, the Smart Cargo feature allows for a three-seat bench with a folding outer passenger seat and a bulkhead hatch which provides an extra 0.4m3 load space, increasing the maximum load length by 1.30m to 3.10m.

The centre passenger seatback can also be rotated to create a handy desk space, with additional under-seat storage.

With the longer wheelbase option, its standard cargo length is 2.20m, and cargo volume is 3.90m3. Both cargo length and volume increase to 3.40m and 4.30m3 respectively with the Smart Cargo feature.

The Proace City has a payload capacity of up to 1 tonne and both the long and short wheelbases can accommodate up to two Euro pallets.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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