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Suzuki Vitara

Mitsubishi Concept XR-PHEV

Mitsubishi Concept XR-PHEV

Skoda Fabia Monte Carlo

Skoda Fabia Monte Carlo

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Suzuki Vitara

Suzuki will unveil their new Vitara in Ireland today.

The fourth generation of the popular SUV goes on sale next month. Details are skimpy in advance of today's unveiling, but I reckon the entry-level model could start under the €20,000 mark.

That would put it right on the money, if you'll forgive the pun, in that SUV/crossover sector. Full details next week.

Meanwhile, Suzuki's small-car Celerio is back in the showrooms after being recalled due to a brake fault.

Treading carefully: new 'hybrid' tyre aims to bridge gap

A 'HYBRID' tyre is being developed which has different tread areas. Its makers, Falken, say it could bridge demand from drivers who want sporty handling as well as efficiency from their plug-in hybrids.

It has been difficult to merge low rolling resistance to improve fuel consumption while giving a sharp, sporty feel to the drive.

But Falken claim their tyre might just do that. The outer part has low rolling resistance while the inner part has a curved surface to give greater contact with the road when the car is driven hard.

It will debut this month on Mitsubishi's Concept XR-PHEV II.

Bet on Monte Carlo costing under €19k

SKODA'S new Fabia Monte Carlo is due here in July. And you can expect prices to start under the €19,000 mark. The car was shown at Geneva in the Combi estate as well.

It has elements such as tinted panoramic glass roof, black 16/17ins alloys, optional sports suspension, black interior and special sports seats.

Irish Independent