Friday 6 December 2019

Skoda sees key roles for older people; why e-Soul is a worthy winner; and bidding sad farewells to old friends

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Eddie Cunningham

Eddie Cunningham

In answer to the Beatles' hit "Will you still need me when I'm 64?" the answer from one powerful motoring group here can be summed up as being most definitely: "Yes... and well beyond."

Skoda is planning, over the coming months, to roll out a 'Simply Older, Still Clever' campaign.

It is designed to bring older - should I say 'mature'? - people back into the workplace.


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"We feel they still have a lot to offer," Skoda says.

"Some of our dealerships already have a retiree working a few hours a week, so we want to really utilise this idea.

"The plan is to bring retirees back into dealerships one or two days a week, to meet and greet customers, take customers out for test drives, assist with handovers etc."

What do you think?

Would you like to go back to where you worked for a day or two a week?

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* I was delighted to see the Kia e-Soul take the overall Continental Irish Car of the Year award. It is the first all-electric vehicle to take the gong.

I like the car a lot. It's funky and futurist and I'm glad to see it recognised.

I venture to suggest it will not be the last EV to pick up such an award.

On a personal level, I attended - for the first time in many, many years - for a deeply personal reason.

It was to witness, and be part of, a lovely tribute to my old friend Declan O'Byrne RIP and to pay our respects to the recently deceased Joe Gantly.

* I had the honour of helping another old friend, Larry Mooney, to pick the overall winner of the Dalkey Vintage Festival last August bank holiday Monday.

Thorough professional and gentleman that he was, he rang me the following Wednesday to thank me for attending, looking at, assessing all the cars and reporting on the event.

Little did I know I'd never see him again. I'm greatly saddened by his death as I'm sure are all who knew or dealt with him.

Sincere to a fault and meticulously knowledgeable he was such a car enthusiastic - and a brilliant driver - he'd lift your spirits just listening to him about old times, drivers, vehicles and situations he found himself in.

He was also a wise man, generous with his time and advice. I'll miss him calling every now and then. I'm not alone in that.

Sincere condolences to family and friends.

* I don't know how applicable it is to Ireland, but a new 'What Car?' UK survey found that an electric vehicle (EV) is the best option for nearly one-in-five new-car buyers.

It analysed daily mileage, driving habits and requirements for more than 8,400 people.

It found 19.2pc of drivers could use a fully electric vehicle as their daily transport without impinging on their requirements.

Could you say the same?

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