Saturday 18 November 2017

Carrot, stick on diesel, electric; Dangerous drives; Kearys win; Hyundai's Juke rival.

AA director of consumer affairs Conor Faughnan. Photo: Damien Eagers
AA director of consumer affairs Conor Faughnan. Photo: Damien Eagers

Whatever about their Brexit carry on, you've got to say the British government is making, and taking, serious decisions and strides when it comes to motoring.

Reports say diesel drivers could face £20 daily charges and bans from 35 town and city centres across the country under proposed new air pollution plans.

Can you imagine no diesel cars being allowed in Cork, Dublin, Galway? Tullamore or Thurles maybe?

Never.

Or paying €25 a day?

Never.

Well, it's likely to happen across the water. Those driving private diesel cars as well as commercials, taxis and lorries could face the bans during peak hours.

* Another area they have been really proactive on is electric vehicles - in sharp contrast with our politicians.

Just what they've done and how they have gone about it will be outlined in some detail in Dublin tomorrow by a leading advocate of electric vehicles in the UK.

Dr Colin Herron will give a lunchtime address at the SEAI Energy Show taking place at the RDS.

He will, I understand, tell how the conditions have been created to foster a greater uptake of electromobility.

There has been a big, big increase in UK electric vehicle ownership over the past few years (from 7,000 in 2013 to more than 90,000 last year).

In 2016 alone there were 40,000 registered and Dr Herron will discuss how that has been achieved.

* Not a day passes without me thinking if I had been a few seconds earlier, or later, in a given situation I could have been involved in an accident.

I think the AA echo that sentiment in highlighting just how dangerous our roads can be.

They do so in the context of a survey which found that those of us driving in the Dublin area are the worst in the country. Absolutely agree.

Conor Faughnan is correct when he says: "Because we do it so often, we tend to under-appreciate how dangerous driving truly is."

* Best wishes to the Joe Duffy Group who officially opened their new showroom in Airside, Swords recently. It was attended by customers, VIPs and Jaguar Land Rover fans.

* And congrats to Kearys Renault in Cork.

They have just been named as a Dealer of the Year at a presentation in Paris, no less, where Thierry Koskas, executive vice-president, sales/marketing of Groupe Renault, officiated.

Of the 2,500 dealers in the challenge from 35 countries, only 106 winners were chosen for the 2016 awards.

And Kearys was the only Irish winner.

That is a wonderful achievement.

The winning dealers were chosen on the basis of sales performance, customer service quality and compliance with brand standards etc.

The Kearys dealership, on the Kinsale roundabout, employs more than 80 people.

* Hyundai's fourth SUV, the new Kona, will compete with the Nissan Juke when it goes on sale at the end of this year/eaerly next.

Built on the same structure as KIA's Frankfurt debutant (to be called the Stonic we're told), the Kona is being billed as a 'true SUV' by Hyundai.

And that's only the beginning. Reports suggest the automaker has an avalanche of new cars and variants as part of a mega push for more sales in Europe.

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