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Skoda Superb – Car of the Year is thoroughly deserving of the accolade

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The Skoda Superb.

By Gerry Murphy

Now in its third generation, the new Skoda Superb which recently was named Car of the Year by the Association of Professional Motoring Press (APMP) in Ireland and it is hard to argue with that decision. As a voting member of the jury, I also nominated it as my favourite car on my voting slip. It is a car that has become all grown-up at a price that makes it real value for money.

The first thing that people talk about is the space you get in the Superb and that is the unique selling point. This is a big car with a huge amount of room for passengers and their luggage. Add in excellent build quality and a great range of engines and you have an all-rounder that puts much more expensive and premium cars in their place. I have been driving the 2.0-litre 190bhp version and that is more power and clout than most drivers will need.

Skoda has taken all that was good about the predecessor and added new styling and a much improved interior that take the Superb to a new level. Parked side-by-side with the car that it replaces, you are instantly drawn to the sharper body lines to give it a incisive look and an all-round better appearance that would look splendid in every driveway. The attention to detail is spot on and the selection of classy wheel trims add to the overall image.

Inside, they have taken a leaf out of the Volkswagen design book. It is now an ultra modern cabin with all that you would expect from the family bloodline. Everything is placed with the driver in mind and that adds to the functionality and the ambience.

But, it is the space that excites more than anything. Just look at the rear leg room for conformation. Is there another car in the segment that matches it? Absolutely, not!

The boot space too is better than all comers. Through the giant, electric tailgate, there is nothing to match it. The boot capacity with the rear seats in place offers 625 litres, while when the seats are folded down it increases to a massive 1,760 litres.

On the road, the Superb is as solid as it looks. Traits from the parent company are all there with composure on all highways and sharp cornering through it precise steering giving you the confidence to tackle any journey.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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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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