Saturday 29 April 2017

Alfa, Fiat drive price cuts; new showrooms; EU rap; SUV breaks record

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Alfa Romeo Giulietta
Alfa Romeo Giulietta
Eddie Cunningham

Eddie Cunningham

Alfa Romeo have knocked the starting price of their Giulietta by at least €1,000 as they attempt to boost sales in 2017. It now starts from €21,950.

- Our best wishes to all at Carroll and Kinsella Toyota Churchtown who are moving to their brand new premises in Sandyford this week.

- There is no doubt that FIAT are seriously going after buyers in 2017 with the announcement that their new Tipo saloon (the hatch and estate are already here) will cost from €16,745. When they unveiled the latter two they promised a 'keen' price for the saloon. They have come up with one, without doubt, as it is well below the hatch (€17,995).

- It is hard to have faith in European institutions sometimes. A draft report by the EU Parliament into the VW emissions scandal says several countries delayed stricter tests, even though they had evidence that pollution levels had gone above legal limits.

The report also heavily criticised the EU Executive's 'desire' to protect Europe's powerful car industry following the 2008 financial crisis by delaying responses and initiatives.

- Audi have announced pricing and specs for their new A5 Sportback. Prices start at €47,350 for diesels and €48,010 for petrols.

There are two trim lines: SE (MMI Navigation, driver assistance systems) and S-Line (LED headlights, sporty flat-bottomed steering wheel). There are three TFSIs and two TDIs.

- Fair bit of talk about KIA's new hybrid SUV, the Niro, especially after it managed 76.6mpg in driving coast-to-coast from Los Angeles to New York.

That's 3,715.4 miles and 4.1 tanks of fuel. And that was enough to get it into the Guinness World Record title for the lowest fuel consumption driving across the US in a hybrid car.

- No escaping electric cars this week. Renault say their new Kangoo Z.E van will have 50pc more range. It will debut at the Brussels Motor Show on January 13.

- Audi is to build/open a new €20m super showroom on Bracken Road, Sandyford. It means current operations at its Ballsbridge and Goatstown sites will relocate to the flagship showroom next November.

They say 20 new jobs will be created as a result of the multi-million euro investment and claim it will be the largest and greenest Audi showroom in the country.

The floor area extends to a massive 10,000 square metres.

Irish Independent

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