Thursday 27 October 2016

How to handle a recall; Gowran festival, 'on-time' Peugeot; electric future; Alhambra 20th

Published 22/06/2016 | 02:30

Volkswagen seem to have seen the future.
Volkswagen seem to have seen the future.

KIA sure know how to handle a recall.

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The global company issued one formally early yesterday.

I contact the local distributor. Not alone are they recalling, they have 45 of the 194 SOUL models affected here already sorted. It's to do with something in the steering. No reports of accidents or anything like that.

And they hope to have all sorted within a month. That's how you do it.


The SEAT Alhambra is one of those cars that seems to have been around forever. Yet it has not aged like some of its vintage.

Now Seat have yet another edition, this time to mark its 20th anniversary.

You'll recognise it as it has, among other things, a special doorstep with 20th anniversary logo.

There are also 17ins alloys and electric sliding doors (of course). There is a panoramic sunroof, massage seat and navigation system. Prices for the SE start at €41,195.


This year's Gowran Festival of Speed takes place in July at the country's oldest horse-racing track.

I'm told there will be with car, truck and bike shows and the Ferrari and Porsche owners clubs are already confirmed.

But while the show itself is on Sunday July 17, there is plenty of fun lined up for the previous night with a live band, restaurant, bar and a large carnival.

There's even a campsite if you wish to stay overnight.

Lots of machines will take to the track on the Sunday; race, rally and hillclimb cars, off-road racing buggies, single seaters, road racing motorbikes and even a drag racing display.

Irish WRC star Craig Breen will take part in a rally car and motorbike stunt rider Mattie Griffin will have multiple shows during the day.


I see Peugeot have got their revised 2008 SUV into showrooms just in time for the July reg. Prices start from €19,400 for the Access 1.2 PureTech petrol (82bhp).

That rises to €27,280 for the GT Line 1.6 BlueHDi diesel (120bhp).


Volkswagen seem to have seen the future and it's electric in large measure. Their 'Strategy 2025' is said to usher in the biggest change in its history.

There will be more than 30 new e-vehicles by 2025 and they expect to sell up to three million a year.

They are going to develop battery technology, digitalisation and autonomous driving.

We look forward to all that. Of course, we'll still need petrol and diesel cars but there is something of a sea-change afoot globally.

Car-makers - every one of them - are watching ever tougher regulations coming down the line and if they can't lower their overall emissions significantly they will pay a heavy price.

No wonder the likes of Volkswagen are forecasting the biggest change in their history.

The whole world of motoring is undergoing unprecedented change.

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