Classifieds Advertise Archive Subscriptions Family Announcements Photos Digital Editions/Apps
Connect with us

Motors

Volkswagen guilty of more than just altering emission readings

Published

on

The new Audi A4: parent company VW has picked an unusual time to announce its arrival.

By Gerry Murphy

Timing is everything in business and the press releases coming from Audi about the launch of the new Audi A4 could have been better timed for obvious reasons.

The Volkswagen Group diesel disaster has been in mainstream news for all sorts of reasons and, in my view, because the company has been so slow to address the issues for its customers, it has created a vacuum and it has been filled with all sorts of commentary that is mostly callously critical

Europe’s largest carmaker, who recently boasted about being the world’s biggest car maker – something the moguls of the car industry in the United States do not like – and currently claims to be Ireland’s leading brand, has admitted to using software to rig diesel emissions tests in the US and in Europe, where Volkswagen sells about 40% of its vehicles.

Volkswagen and it subsidiaries are under huge pressure to get to grips with a crisis that sent shock waves through the global auto industry and could ultimately damage Germany’s economy. Heads have rolled internally, with the CEO Martin Winterkorn resigning and the heads of Research and Development being suspended, but there are now real fears that the damage could also hit the European economy extremely hard and that the Irish economy could creak in the aftershocks too.

In Ireland, only in the last few days have we heard what they are planning to do for their Irish owners across the Volkswagen, Audi, Skoda and Seat brands. It is about time too that they tell their Irish customers exactly what is happening. Hiding behind the circumspect corporate brand public relations machine is just not acceptable, not to mention the perceived lack of respect for the person who has signed the cheque, or taken their offer of PCP finance for a car that does not do exactly as it says on the tin.

Customers are asked to log in to the Volkswagen Ireland website, click on the EA 189 Campaign icon and enter the registration number of their car. This will confirm if your car is involved. Customers will be informed in the coming weeks and months about how their cars will be retrofitted.

The cars affected are models with 1.6 litre or 2.0 litre TDI diesel engines of the type EA 189 and certified according to the European emission standard EU5. The same engines defined here apply in Ireland too. The company is adamant that these cars continue to be roadworthy and technically safe without any restrictions.

The 1.6-litre and 2.0 litre TDI engines certified according to the new EU6 emission standard are not affected, nor are V6 and V8 TDI engines, irrespective of whether they are certified according to EU5 or EU6. Volkswagen Group Ireland may have to recall over 110,000 cars, made up of 80,000 cars sold as new in Ireland and up to 30,000 cars that were imported from Northern Ireland and the UK.

To be fair to the Volkswagen Group, there has been a lot of misinformation out there in the last two weeks. While they have admitted to hiding the truth about health-threatening NOx (Nitrogen Oxide) emissions for so long, they will pay a heavy price for their cover-up when the multitudes of lawsuits start appearing. However, they have also been very slack in coming forward with the whole truth to their customers and the parent company must take the majority of the blame for that.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

Connacht Tribune

Demand is set to outstrip supply for the ŠKODA ENYAQ 60 and ENYAQ 80

Published

on

The ŠKODA ENYAQ.

Last week ŠKODA introduces the Irish public to the new ENYAQ iV, their new all-electric SUV that looks set to be one of the most coveted cars of 2021 and has been getting a brilliant reaction by those who have driven it. Prices have also been announced and a limited numbers of the cars will be here in Ireland for the remainder of the year.

Just before the opening of order books for the ENYAQ iV – which will initially come to Ireland in two versions – ŠKODA has announced pre-grant prices starting from €46,570 for the ENYAQ 60 and €54,630 for the ENYAQ 80.

The ENYAQ 60 has a range of 390km thanks to a 58kWh battery. It comes with a generous standard equipment list, which includes 19” Proteus alloy wheels, Front Parking Sensors, LED headlights, Climate Control and a 13” infotainment system.

The ENYAQ 80 (which is expected to make up the bulk of Irish sales) has a 77kWh battery, capable of up to 510km (as measured under WLTP) and gains additional equipment such as a heated steering wheel, drive mode select, adaptive cruise control and 3-zone climate control.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

Connacht Tribune Digital Edition App

Download the Connacht Tribune Digital Edition App to access to Galway’s best-selling newspaper.

Click HERE to download it for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store, or HERE to get the Android Version from Google Play.

Or purchase the Digital Edition for PC, Mac or Laptop from Pagesuite  HERE.

Get the Connacht Tribune Live app
The Connacht Tribune Live app is the home of everything that is happening in Galway City and county. It’s completely FREE and features all the latest news, sport and information on what’s on in your area. Click HERE to download it for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store, or HERE to get the Android Version from Google Play.

Continue Reading

Connacht Tribune

Mazda3 a highlight of special editions to mark company’s 100th anniversary

Published

on

Mazda3

Salthill native David Bannon is the man employed to look after the marketing for Mazda in Ireland, and he will have few problems promoting their collection of special editions that celebrate Mazda being in existence for 100 years.

Recently I’ve been spending some time with the Mazda3 version, a car that is piled high with technical features that anyone would want in a car today. It has all the driver assistance to make for a brilliant driving experience, and the safety elements to make it really reassuring.

Against all that, these extras come at a rather hefty price and at an eye-watering €37,220. While you can get a Mazda3 with a starting price of €28,595, you do get a huge amount more in this anniversary model.

Like all Mazda cars, it drives so well, putting the driver front and centre. That is a given that all Mazda owners will know about, and something that puts the brand high on my list of firm favourites. They consider it to be like the relationship between a horse and a jockey in full flight and when it comes to its handling, cornering and ride quality, there are only a few that come close and hardly any that surpass this car in its class.

“As much as the limited-edition spec adds to the vehicle, the big change worth talking about is under the bonnet. The Skyactiv-X engine has received some updates in power and efficiency which I feel have noticeably improved the drive of the vehicle,” says Bannon.

That power comes from a 2.0 Skyactiv-X with mild hybrid assistance giving 186ps and 240Nm of torque. Both these are increased while the 0-100km time is reduced to 8.1 seconds.

Mazda claims that the car can deliver fuel economy (WLTP) of 5.3 L/km. Over almost 900 kilometres my fuel figure came to 5.9 L/100km which is very respectable compared to the catalogue figure and more than acceptable on a day-to-day basis. To put that figure in context, it is the same as the 1.8-litre diesel that has recently been discontinued in the Mazda3 range. CO2 emissions are recorded at 120g/km which equates to an annual €200.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

Connacht Tribune Digital Edition App

Download the Connacht Tribune Digital Edition App to access to Galway’s best-selling newspaper.

Click HERE to download it for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store, or HERE to get the Android Version from Google Play.

Or purchase the Digital Edition for PC, Mac or Laptop from Pagesuite  HERE.

Get the Connacht Tribune Live app
The Connacht Tribune Live app is the home of everything that is happening in Galway City and county. It’s completely FREE and features all the latest news, sport and information on what’s on in your area. Click HERE to download it for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store, or HERE to get the Android Version from Google Play.

 

Continue Reading

Connacht Tribune

Electric vans get into top gear

Published

on

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.

Connacht Tribune Digital Edition App

Download the Connacht Tribune Digital Edition App to access to Galway’s best-selling newspaper.

Click HERE to download it for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store, or HERE to get the Android Version from Google Play.

Or purchase the Digital Edition for PC, Mac or Laptop from Pagesuite  HERE.

Get the Connacht Tribune Live app
The Connacht Tribune Live app is the home of everything that is happening in Galway City and county. It’s completely FREE and features all the latest news, sport and information on what’s on in your area. Click HERE to download it for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store, or HERE to get the Android Version from Google Play.

 

Continue Reading

Local Ads

Local Ads

Advertisement
Advertisement

Facebook

Advertisement

Trending