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Volkswagen guilty of more than just altering emission readings

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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.

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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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