Monday 27 January 2020

Driver dismay over fuel consumption lottery, new Discovery preview, and congrats to dealers

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Land Rover's brand new Discovery SUV
Land Rover's brand new Discovery SUV
Eddie Cunningham

Eddie Cunningham

It is becoming quite common now for people to contact me giving out about one of two things in particular.

The first, and main one, is how wide of the mark some manufacturers are with the claimed fuel consumption of smaller, newer petrol engines.

A few have come back a couple of times to update me and say that their dealer is scratching his head at the huge gap between what they are getting on Irish roads and what they were led to believe (pinch of salt included) was reasonably achievable.

It's a shame for buyers, some of whom have made a leap of faith and gone to petrol in the belief they were doing the right thing.

The second group represent a disappointed few who are getting nothing like the electric range they were promised from their plug-in cars. Not alone that, but they find the range they are getting has decreased with use.

Again, that is a pity because plug-ins trade heavily on their claimed ability to cover your average commute without having to use fuel - the battery charge should suffice.

That does not seem to be the case - though I should add it is essential that people fully charge up.

Many from both sets of drivers told me they are unlikely to go the same route a second time.

The sooner more realistic figures are published right across the board the better for all concerned.

* You'll get a chance to see Land Rover's new Discovery - outlined in detail here last week - in the flesh in Ireland at the RDS this weekend.

It goes on sale here in early 2017, but they are hosting a special preview and a chance to chat with Land Rover experts from Friday to Sunday next in the Shelbourne Hall at The RDS: Friday (11am-7pm), Saturday and Sunday (10am-6pm).

It's a pity that the Nissan Note is to be phased out of production at some stage after the new Micra goes on sale next year.

I understood the original strategy to be that the Note would be positioned at the top end of the small-car sector with the Micra occupying its usual slot and the Juke as the crossover.

But Nissan say they can't sustain the two of them - and the Juke - in one sector.

* It's a pity they ever changed the Note from being a mini people-carrier to a large supermini.

I liked it a lot.

And there is some doubt emerging over where the next Juke will be made for the European markets.

There is talk Nissan could decide to end production of the popular crossover at Sunderland following the Brexit decision.

Nissan are saying that making a decision on where to build the popular crossover for European markets will be "difficult" until it is clear how the UK and EU manage to trade together.

* Triple congratulations to dealers this week.

To Bolands Waterford who won the Citroen & DS Automobiles Aftersales Dealer of the Year award.

To south Dublin-based Koping who took the marques' Sales Dealer of the Year gong.

And to Kilkenny Vehicle Centre which took the Dealer of the Year Award.

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