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All-new Range Rover EVOQUE makes guest appearance at 40 year celebration of the Brand

Monday, July 12th, 2010

All-new Range Rover EVOQUE makes guest appearance at 40 year celebration of the Brand

  • First image of all-new compact Range Rover released
  • Officially named Range Rover Evoque
  • 1,000 new jobs created at award winning manufacturing plant Halewood, Liverpool
  • Global car to be sold in over 160 countries
  • Design stays true to LRX concept car
  • Smallest, lightest, most fuel efficient Range Rover ever
  • Available in both 4WD and 2WD and sub 130g of CO2
  • Official public debut at Paris Motor Show: 30 September
  • On sale summer 2011

The Orangery, Kensington Palace, London 1st July 2010 – The first official picture of the all-new compact Range Rover is released today, following an exclusive preview in London for guests attending a 40th birthday celebration of Range Rover held in partnership with VOGUE magazine*.

Named the Range Rover Evoque, this all-new coupé will join the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport line-up in the summer of 2011. It will be the smallest, lightest and most fuel efficient Range Rover ever produced. Customers have a choice of both a 4WD and a 2WD version, with a sub 130g/km CO2 demonstrating the Range Rover brand’s commitment to environmental sustainability.

Phil Popham, managing director of Land Rover said: “Today is a very special occasion for Range Rover, not only are we celebrating 40 years of the brand, we are also demonstrating our exciting future by showing the all-new Range Rover Evoque. Range Rover is one of the most highly regarded and iconic vehicles in the history of motoring and has been a continuing success since we first introduced it in 1970. The all-new Range Rover Evoque, is an important step for the future continued success and growth of the brand. Customers can be confident that the new car will be premium, luxurious and just as special as the other Range Rover models. Its sporting looks and unique qualities will open the brand to a new group of customers who may not have considered a Range Rover product before.

“The all-new Range Rover Evoque will be built at our multi-award winning plant in Halewood, creating 1,000 new jobs in the Merseyside area, a fantastic boost to the UK economy. The Halewood plant has a reputation for excellence and quality and is recognised throughout the industry as a leader in Lean Manufacturing.

“The all-new Range Rover Evoque is a true global car and will be sold in over 160 countries. It was important to give the car a name that was instantly recognisable through language and cultural boundaries throughout the world. We wanted to create a new name which was innovative and different. A name which implies exclusivity and arouses emotions. Evoque is cosmopolitan and cross-continental, sophisticated and matches the car’s urban elegance,” he added.

Gerry McGovern, Land Rover design director said: “The Range Rover is an iconic design that has stood the test of time and it’s not difficult to see why. Like the current version, the original Range Rover is such a simple and memorable shape that is easily recognisable.

“The all-new Range Rover Evoque marks a bold evolution of Range Rover design, providing customers with a desirable, premium and compact car like SUV. In 2008 we introduced the LRX concept car: after a positive reception worldwide, the natural step for the business was to turn the LRX concept car into reality. Tonight we wanted to show the world that we have stayed true to our word and delivered a car that completely represents the spirit of the LRX concept.

“The all-new Range Rover Evoque will resonate with customers on an emotional level. Its unique silhouette accentuated by the distinctive falling roof and dramatic rising waistline creates a modern and relevant execution of the familiar Range Rover design language. This car makes a powerful statement of the Range Rover’s brand intent to appeal to a wider audience,” he added.

The all-new Range Rover Evoque will make its global public debut at the Paris Motor Show at the end of September and will go on sale from next summer.

Range Rover Evoque

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Peugeot Unveils New e-HDi Technology

Monday, July 12th, 2010

Peugeot has presented its e-HDi technology, a new generation diesel stop & start system. The new e-HDi Stop & start technology turns off a car’s engine when stationary, which in turn delivers improvements in fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions of up to 15%. To be deployed across the Peugeot range from late 2010, the PSA Group aims to sell one million vehicles equipped with e-HDi by 2013.

The e-HDi system’s unrivalled performance reflects the combination of several technologies:
- An HDi engine, one of the industries most efficient powerplants
- A stop & start system with a second-generation reversible starter-alternator
- An e-booster system, for instantaneous engine restart
- An electronic alternator management system, for regenerative braking
- A gearbox with optimised gear ratios

In addition, all e-HDi-powered models will be fitted with low rolling resistance tyres.

e-HDi will enable the PSA Group to widen its lead in low-carbon vehicles. In 2009, PSA Peugeot Citroën sold nearly one million cars emitting less than 130g of CO2 per km, including more than 757,000 with emissions below 120g. The Group’s objective is to sell one million cars emitting less than 120g of CO2 per km in 2012. Under this plan and in addition to e-HDi technology, Peugeot will also launch the iOn all-electric car in late 2010, the Peugeot 3008 diesel hybrid in early 2011 and a new 1.0 litre petrol engine in 2012.

Development of the e-HDi system took 36 months, with more than 30 patents filed. A total of 500 engineers and technicians worked on the project. The project cost was €300 million.

Pictured: Peugeot’s e-HDi technology will be available across the Peugeot model range from late 2010, including the stunning new 308 Coupe Cabriolet.

308CC

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FIRST HALF OF 2010 SEES CAR SALES RISE BY 45%

Monday, July 12th, 2010
FIRST HALF OF 2010 SEES CAR SALES RISE BY 45% FORD IS MOST POPULAR CAR BRAND

Cork, 1 July 2010 – The car market rebounded strongly in the first half of 2010, with sales up 45%, according to statistics from the Society for the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI). Ford, the best-selling car brand over the period, is predicting a full-year industry of almost 85,000 cars this year, an increase of 27,540 on last year.

Total sales in Ireland grew to 67,856 in the year to July. Ford, with 13.6% market share, topped the market, ahead of Volkswagen (11.7%) and Toyota (11.6%). Sales in June alone were up 75.9% on last year.

Car Sales

Brand June 2010 January-June 2010
Ford 1,252 (14.8%) 9,214 (13.6%)
Volkswagen 1,033 (12.2%) 7,971 (11.7%)
Toyota 746 (8.8%) 7,901 (11.6%)
Renault 839 (9.9%) 6,459 (9.5%)
GM(Opel) 758 (9%) 5,145 (7.6%)
Total industry 8,459 67,856

June car sales totalled 8,459 units, with Ford the best-selling brand, followed by Volkswagen.

“In spite of unfavourable conditions, the car industry has been resilient this year,” comments David O’Driscoll, Sales Director, Ford Ireland. ”The Government acted with a scrappage stimulus, and this has certainly induced buyers into the market. The industry has responded, with unprecedented and ongoing deals, and motorists in turn have responded, recognising the value on offer. The Fiesta and Focus are powerful illustrations of the impact of the above factors, and, as two of the country’s best-selling models, have kept Ford as the No.1 brand.” With 3,242 units sold the Focus was the best selling car in the 6 month period.

“Customers, though reticent in their spending, still have an appetite for new cars.  Scarcity of finance, however, remains a stubborn impediment to growth.”

The bounce–back in the commercial sector so far this year was considerably more measured, at 16% on same period last year. Again, Ford was the top-selling brand, with 19.1% market share.

29 Ford Sales June

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New and Upgraded engines in Volvo’s 2011 models

Monday, July 12th, 2010

New and Upgraded engines in Volvo’s 2011 models

  • New five-cylinder 2-litre turbodiesel introduced in the all-new Volvo S60 is now available throughout Volvo Cars’ model range.
  • Introducing Volvo’s new engine nomenclature.
  • A number of specification improvements across the range.

The Volvo range has been enhanced with a range of new engine additions and enhancements for the 2011 Model Year update. These new engines include the addition of a new two-litre five cylinder diesel powerplant which is introduced to the XC60 model and replaces the familiar four-cylinder 136 PS unit in the C30, S40, V50, C70, V70 and S80. All new engines are available to order now.

“The new engines offer greater driving pleasure across the range.  What is more, our strong drive to reduce carbon dioxide emissions means that fuel consumption has been cut as well,” says Magnus Jonsson, Senior Vice President Product Development at Volvo Cars.

The new five-cylinder engine, named D3, is in principle the same engine as the well-established 2.4-litre diesel, but its displacement has been reduced with a shorter stroke to optimise fuel consumption.   The engine has been optimised for low fuel consumption and the injection system has a different type of piezoelectric fuel injector compared with the D5 engine. These injectors minimise consumption with exceptionally rapid and precise injection pulses under high pressure. This promotes extremely efficient combustion.

In order to give the car better driving properties, the turbocharger has been fine-tuned to provide high torque from low revs.

In the Volvo S80, V70, and XC60 the newly developed 2-litre diesel engine produces 163 hp and 400 Nm of torque. In these models the engine is badged the D3.

Fuel consumption (EU Combined, preliminary figures) and CO2 emissions:

Model

Gearbox

Fuel Cons (l/100km)

CO2 Emissions (g/km)

Road Tax Band

S80 D3

Man

5.3

139

B

V70 D3

Man

5.5

144

C

XC60 D3

Man

5.9

154

C

The Volvo S80, V70, and XC60 can also be specified with the high-performance D5 engine that produces 205 horsepower and 420 Nm of torque.

All the variants of the new two-litre turbodiesel can be mated to a six-speed automatic transmission or six-speed manual gearbox. In the D5, the automatic transmission now also features a Sport setting for more agile gearchanging.

New 2-litre variant in the C30, S40, V50 and C70
The new 2-litre turbodiesel engine is also available in the C30, S40, V50 and C70 models:

Also badged D3, in this guise it has 150 hp and 350 Nm of torque. This engine will be introduced in the C70 immediately and will be available in the C30, S40 and V50 later in 2010.  The new D3 meets the Euro 5 emission standards.
Fuel consumption (EU Combined, preliminary figures) and CO2 emissions:

Model

Gearbox

Fuel Cons (l/100km)

CO2 Emissions (g/km)

Road Tax Band

C30 D3

Man

5.1

134

B

S40 D3

Man

5.1

134

B

V50 D3

Man

5.1

134

B

C70 D3

Man

5.9

154

C

All the variants of the new two-litre turbodiesel can be specified with a six-speed automatic transmission or six-speed manual gearbox.

New Engine Nomenclature

Technically, engines are improving and there is no longer the same need for as many cylinders or large displacements to achieve power and refinement.  Instead, modern engines have a range of power levels depending on tuning level or degree of electrification. For the driving experience, the power output is far more important than the number of cylinders or the displacement.

From Model Year 11, Volvo engine badging will be prefixed with either D for Diesel or T for Petrol, followed by a number.  The numbering format will follow the principle of Volvo’s car nomenclature, the higher the number the larger the bhp.   Engines with a similar bhp output will have the same number, whether petrol or diesel.
D2 with 114 g CO2 emissions
The C30, S40 and V50 are also available with the 1.6-litre diesel engine, under the new engine nomenclature called D2, which also complies with the Euro 5 standards. Fuel consumption in all three models is 4.3l/100 km (EU Combined), which corresponds to CO2 emissions of 114 g/km and Band A in Ireland.   The engine produces 115 hp and 270 Nm of torque and now comes with a six-speed manual gearbox, an increase of 6hp and 30Nm respectively from the previous 1.6D variant.

Other new features on the Volvo S80, V70, XC70 and XC60
Among the other new features in the 2011 Volvo S80, V70, XC70 and XC60 line-up are:

  • The Volvo XC60 is now available with 2-wheel drive D3 engine, producing 154g/km of CO2 (Band C for VRT & Road Tax = €302p.a.)
  • The Volvo XC60 is also available in a new colour, Seashell, and the range of wheel rims has been extended with a new 18-inch wheel with six double spokes.
  • New exterior colour, Flamenco Red, for all four models.
  • The Volvo V70 gets colour-coded lower body panels as standard, in line with the Volvo S80.
  • Electrically folding rear seat headrests in the V70 and XC70.

Other new features on the Volvo C30, S40, V50 and C70
Among the other new features in the 2011 Volvo C30, S40, V50 and C70 line-up are:

  • Information Centre, Floormats and Passenger Airbag Cutoff Switch are all now standard across the S40 and V50 ranges.
  • The value for money of the S40 and V50 models has been significantly enhanced by a free upgrade from the SE specification to the luxury SE Lux spec, worth €1,215 for MY11.
  • The Volvo S40 and V50 now get the same larger iron mark as the Volvo C30 and C70.
  • New paint option for the Volvo C30, S40 and V50 – Flamenco Red. The Volvo S40 and V50 are now also available in Cosmic White and Orange Flame.
  • The range of upholstery in the Volvo S40 and V50 now includes a new contrasting leather option with black seat sides, white backrest and orange stitching.
  • C70 buyers can now specify optional parking sensors front and rear.

Ironmark MY11

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New Holland grows its ‘Goodwill Department’

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

New Holland has recruited a new member to its after sales team with the appointment of Paul Alcock. Paul took up his new post in time to join his colleagues at this year’s Cereals event, in Royston, Cambridgeshire.

Paul, who has extensive experience in the agricultural sector having worked previously for Massey Ferguson, will be responsible for Wales and Northern Ireland.

As part of New Holland’s After Sales department, Paul will work closely with After Sales Commercial Manager, Rob Alker, ensuring that the network of New Holland dealers are all well equipped, well trained, motivated and geared up to provide the best possible after sales support for their customers.

Rob says: “Paul brings a wealth of enthusiasm and experience to the after sales team. I was immediately impressed not only with Paul’s industry credentials, but more importantly he understands how the development of goodwill generates customer satisfaction – an absolutely essential business tool for New Holland.

“New Holland stops at nothing to keep the customer moving – this promise requires a real and lasting commitment to ensure that when customers have a problem, it can be efficiently and satisfactorily resolved. The job doesn’t end once the tractor is sold. We aim to make it the start of a lifelong relationship with the customer.”

Paul concludes: “This was an opportunity too good to miss! New Holland has an enviable reputation within the farming community and I’m relishing the chance to work with some of the leading professionals in the industry. I already know a great many of the dealers and customers in my area and I’m looking forward to working with them and others in the future.”

Paul Alcock New Holland

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VOLVO TRUCKS TEACHES CHILDREN THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING SEEN IN TRAFFIC

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

60 per cent of all accidents in which a truck collides with a pedestrian or cyclist can be blamed on the driver’s blind spot and unfortunately many of these are children. To help combat this, Volvo Trucks in Denmark have linked up with several other organisations in a project designed to teach children how to behave when there are trucks around.

It is the middle of the morning rush-hour in the little town of Svendborg on the Danish island of Fyn. At the Byskolen village school, curious children are crowding around a large truck parked in the school playground. The third-graders are having a traffic education lesson.

“Many of my pupils cycle through the village to school, and it’s important that they learn more about the traffic they encounter,” says class teacher Lise Jakobsen.

Denmark’s largest-ever traffic safety campaign, ‘Traffic Safety at Eye Level’, has arrived in Svendborg. The campaign was launched in 2003 by Volvo Trucks and other organisations. The background was that there had been many accidents involving cyclists and trucks, caused by the blind spot that becomes particularly hazardous when the driver turns right in a left-hand drive truck. In 2003 alone, more than ten people died in Denmark, several of them children.

In 2007 the International Road Transport Union carried out an analysis of more than 600 accidents involving trucks in seven European countries (France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Slovenia and Spain). The study revealed that 60 per cent of accidents in which a truck drives into a pedestrian or cyclist are attributable to the truck driver’s blind spot. In half the cases, the accidents took place when turning right and two-thirds of blind spot-related accidents resulted in fatalities.

“These accidents are very difficult to prevent. That is why we joined forces with several partners to start the campaign and highlight the risks,” says Peter Andersen, PR manager at Volvo Trucks in Denmark.

In the beginning the training sessions were held at Volvo Trucks dealerships on Saturdays. However, it was difficult to attract families with young children at weekends, but it was only when the campaign started coming into schools that it picked up momentum. Today, more than 60,000 children throughout Denmark have attended the course.

“As a manufacturer, we want to help ensure that this type of accident never happens again,” says Peter Andersen. “For instance, we have developed a safety system featuring cameras that monitor the blind spot. However, not everything can be solved with technology and driver training, which is why we must actively teach cyclists about the risks because that is our responsibility as a truck manufacturer.”

Place: Byskolen village school. Inside one of the classrooms, the pupils in class 3A are sitting in a circle. Their attention is focused on a model road junction on which there is a 1:32 scale Volvo truck. Instructor Jens Hesselvig shows how the truck’s trailer cuts the corner as the vehicle turns right. The aim is to show the children how easy it is to be run over in such a manoeuvre when they are on their bikes.

“I’m a lot more careful about trucks now. These things can actually kill someone,” says third grader Vera Meyer after the lesson.

The biggest danger occurs as the truck slows down and is about to start its right turn. This manoeuvre creates blind spots where the driver cannot see everything that is happening on the vehicle’s right side. Several accidents have happened when cyclists have continued straight ahead at the same time as a truck is negotiating a right-hand turn.

“The cyclists believe the truck driver can see everything. However, there’s a huge difference between a passenger car and a truck when it comes to the blind spot. That is why it is vital for children to come up into the truck’s cab and see the view from the vehicle’s right-hand mirror,” explains instructor Jens Hesselvig.

There is no difficulty getting the children out into the school playground for the next exercise. After a bit of pushing and shoving on the staircase, a couple of boys are the first in the line to climb up into the truck cab. Meanwhile, instructor Jens places the rest of the class along the truck’s right side.

“OK, how many of your classmates do you see in the right-hand mirror ? Sit in the driver’s seat and count them,” shouts Jens.

The boys in the cab cannot see more than half the class. It is particularly difficult to see their classmates standing right beside the first pair of wheels, even though they are waving their arms and doing their utmost to be seen.

“It was fun sitting in the cab. But now I understand how difficult it is to see cyclists down there on the road. I’ll probably jump off my bike and get onto the pavement from now on whenever I have a truck beside me,” says Jens Erngard, class 3A.

“When we were told about the course it felt perfectly natural to accept the offer. It’s a good opportunity to learn more about this now that my pupils are at the age that they are beginning to cycle to school on their own. They are more receptive to information about the dangers involved,” says class teacher Lise Jakobsen.

In Denmark the number of accidents involving cyclists and trucks in right-hand turns has dropped since the campaign got under way in 2003 from about ten fatalities a year to just one in 2009. It is of course difficult to quantify precisely how much the campaign has contributed to this result, but today there is immense demand for the course among Danish schools.

“When we started visiting schools in 2005, there were many people who doubted whether this was the right method. After just one year, however, we saw that the project was highly appreciated by the schools. That’s reason enough for us to continue,” says Peter Andersen, PR manager at Volvo Trucks in Denmark.

Volvo CE officially inaugurated its expanded heavy equipment factory in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania.

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

The event was attended by local and state public officials, company executives and personnel and members of the local media.  It marked the revealing of a 30 million USD investment to expand the company’s assembly capabilities to meet anticipated demand in the North American market.

The campus broke ground on the 200,000 square foot, 30 million USD expansion of the facility just over a year ago. The expansion includes a materials service center and an assembly hall, designed to improve manufacturing flow and increase production space to incorporate the production of Volvo motor graders. The design and construction of the new facility is built on the Volvo core values of quality, safety, and environmental care and the company is seeking recognition as a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified green building.

The expansion of the plant and its manufacturing capabilities was made possible in part by a 1 million USD Opportunity Grant from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Department of Community and Economic Development.

Jim Thompson, President, Operations Americas and the plant’s general manager, paid tribute to the individuals and organizations that helped make the expansion of the manufacturing complex possible. He thanked the local government agencies for their ongoing support of the company’s Shippensburg construction equipment operation.

“It is a testament to the importance Volvo CE places on our dealers and customers in the North American market that, despite the extremely poor market conditions which have persisted for several years in North America, and recently in many other parts of the world, the commitment to this investment has never been in doubt” said Pat Olney, Executive Vice President, Global Operations, who attended the inauguration.  He added “Volvo remains as committed today as ever to invest the resources – money, people and know how – in developing the Shippensburg facility for the future.”

In Shippensburg, Volvo CE has around 550 employees and manufactures over 60 different models of asphalt pavers, soil and asphalt compactors, milling machines and motor graders. The factory was acquired in April 2007 as part of the road development division of Ingersoll Rand.  Today it has become an important member of the worldwide Volvo Construction Equipment manufacturing complex, spread across four continents.

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NEW-LOOK FORD MONDEO TO DEBUT AT MOSCOW SHOW

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

new-LOOK ford Mondeo TO DEBUT AT MOSCOW SHOW

  • Smart new look inside and out, plus enhanced quality throughout
  • New 200 PS 2.2-litre Duratorq TDCi diesel engine
  • Latest double wet-clutch Ford PowerShift transmission
  • Technologies includes Lane Departure Warning system,

Auto High Beam, Driver Alert and Active Grille Shutter

COLOGNE, June 25, 2010 – Ford of Europe will debut its stylish and technologically advanced new Mondeo at the Moscow Motor Show in August. The new model, which will go on sale in the final quarter of 2010 in Ireland, features a restyled exterior and upgraded interior, new high-efficiency Ford EcoBoost petrol and TDCi diesel powertrains, plus a host of new comfort and convenience features and safety technologies.

The first official preview images issued today show that, following similar updates to the Ford S-MAX and Galaxy models earlier this year, the new Mondeo is the latest Ford car to benefit from the continuing evolution of Ford kinetic design.

While the Mondeo is renowned as being stylish and versatile, offering high levels of driving enjoyment and comfort, the new model is set to build on this reputation with a fresh look for all three body styles – 4-door, 5-door and wagon.

“The Ford Mondeo is already a very strong package and, with the significant design changes and in particular the comprehensive array of new technologies we are introducing, we have no doubt that the new model will strengthen Mondeo’s position as the flagship Ford model in our European line-up,” said John Fleming, Ford of Europe Chairman and CEO. “This is the smartest, safest, most environmentally friendly and best quality Mondeo we have ever launched, and it completes the regeneration of our CD segment range in 2010.”

Smart Design, Enhanced Quality

Key changes include distinctive new grilles featuring a bolder lower trapezoid and a slim, stylish opening above, plus an enhanced bonnet profile. New front bumpers include LED daytime running lights, and re-designed rear lights also employ LED technology. Additionally, a new rear deck lid treatment matches the revised rear light profile.

The interior is also revised and features a new flow-through centre console design, revised door treatment with flush and integrated door release handles, and a new central overhead console featuring ambient lighting. New trim materials across the range have been selected to enhance the premium feel of the new Mondeo.

New Mondeo’s interior also benefits from a range of new features, including the introduction of LED interior lights and a new Satellite Navigation system, as well as a Premium Sound System option incorporating a 265-watt, eight-channel amplifier, new speaker system and large, 17-litre subwoofer.

Higher Performance, More Technology

The launch of the new Mondeo will see the first application of a high performance 240 PS version of the efficient 2.0-litre Ford EcoBoost turbocharged petrol engine. This will be complemented by the existing 203 PS version of this engine launched in Mondeo, new S-MAX and new Galaxy earlier this year. EcoBoost provides fuel consumption and emissions reductions of up to 20 per cent compared to traditional petrol engines.

The new Mondeo sees the introduction of the comprehensively revised 2.2-litre Ford Duratorq TDCi engine, which boasts a 12 per cent power increase to 200 PS. The new engine is joined in the Mondeo TDCi line-up by the improved 2.0-litre Duratorq TDCi diesel, which is available with 115, 140 or 163 PS power ratings, each delivering an average CO2 emission of just 139 g/km (Band B).

Making the powertrain offering even more efficient are a number of new Ford ECOnetic Technologies, including Smart Regenerative Charging, Ford Eco Mode and – a Ford first – an Active Grille Shutter system. This electronically controlled device regulates the airflow through the radiator and engine compartment to reduce aerodynamic drag, but also offers benefits to the engine heating characteristics to improve the fuel economy and warm-up performance.

Powertrain advances in the new Mondeo extend to the transmission; the latest 6-speed Ford PowerShift double wet-clutch transmission system comes as standard for EcoBoost petrol engines, and optional for the 140 PS and 163 PS versions of the 2.0-litre Duratorq TDCi.

The new Mondeo range will include a comprehensive array of driver assistance features, many of which are appearing for the first time in a Ford model, including Lane Departure Warning, Driver Alert and Auto High Beam. New features already introduced in the latest S-MAX and Galaxy models are now extended to the Mondeo range, including the Blind Spot Information System, Speed Limiter, Rear Door Power Child Locks and Rear View Camera. LED lighting technology is also used for the daytime running lights and rear tail and brake lamps.

Further information and technical details of the new Mondeo range will be released closer to launch

28 Mondeo Moscow

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The new BMW X5.

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

The new BMW X5.

-          Irish prices announced

-          Improved version of the world’s most successful Sports Activity Vehicle now available in Ireland

-          New engine line-up cleaner, yet more powerful

-          Standard specification enlarged

Dublin. BMW’s class-leading Sports Activity Vehicle, the BMW X5, just received an array of design and engine changes offering even greater performance and lower emissions, whilst also updating its look.  The new BMW X5 is now on sale in Ireland.

Three new engines are available for the xDrive30d, xDrive40d – replacing the xDrive35d – and the xDrive50i – replacing the xDrive48i.  All of the new powerplants now meet EU5 standards.

The entry level xDrive30d has been upgraded to provide increased performance, making this the first conventionally-powered luxury SAV to record a sub 200g/km CO2 reading.  The engine consumes just 7.4 l/100km on the combined cycle and emits only 195g/km of CO2  – a 10 per cent improvement – yet produces 245hp, up 10hp on the previous xDrive30d.  Acceleration to 100 km/h now takes only 7.6 seconds – a six per cent improvement over the previous model.

The replacement of the twin-turbocharged xDrive35d with the new xDrive40d sees an improvement in emissions of 10 per cent, emitting only 198g/km CO2 whilst delivering 37.7mpg on the combined cycle.  In true EfficientDynamics style the performance of the car has also increased.  The zero to 100km/h time is now just 6.6 seconds, down from 7.0 seconds, courtesy of a 306hp output, 20hp more than the outgoing engine.

Powered by the world’s first twin-turbocharged V8 engine with the catalytic converter located in the vee, the xDrive50i has an extra 53hp compared to the model it replaces, taking the total to 408hp.  This leads to a lower zero to 100km/h time of 5.5 seconds, an improvement of 1.0 second over the outgoing powertrain.

The BMW X5 will be mated to a standard eight-speed automatic transmission.  This transmission helps to lower the X5’s CO2 output and allows smoother shifting and greater driving dynamics.

The new BMW X5 includes a number of exterior changes, enhancing the athletic appearance of BMW’s original 4×4.  Revised front bumpers with enlarged vents, to increase the air supply to the engine and brakes, and matt aluminium-look lower scuff plates and vent fins, now feature to underscore its performance credentials.

New xenon headlights, with bright white LED corona rings, modernise the face of the car whilst the more centralised front fog lights complete the new front end.  At the rear is a revised red light cluster, enhancing the lines of the car with horizontal LED light bars.  Enlarged tail pipes, within a redesigned rear bumper, finish off the look.

Enhanced standard specification Completing the updates is a raft of additions to the standard equipment list.  As well as the new eight-speed automatic transmission, for the first time leather upholstery comes as standard across the entire X5 range.  Xenon headlights will light the way for the entire range whilst Servotronic steering now comes as standard.

A wider range of high-tech options are available, including Lane Departure Warning, Active Cruise Control with ‘Stop and Go’ function, speed limit display and side-view cameras.  Aesthetically, a new colour pallet is available.

Prices for the new BMW X5 will start at €76,580 RRP (or €77,430 OTR).

New BMW X5 engine line-up

Description

Power Hp

Torque Nm

Zero – 100km/h

Top speed km/h

Combined l/100km

CO2

RRP Price

OTR Price

X5 xDrive30d SE

245

540

7.6

210

7.4

195

€76,580

€ 77,430

X5 xDrive30d M Sport

245

540

7.6

210

7.4

195

€84,340

€ 85,190

X5 xDrive40d SE

306

600

6.6

236

7.5

198

€80,750

€ 81,600

X5 xDrive40d M Sport

306

600

6.6

236

7.5

198

€88,510

€ 89,360

X5 xDrive50i SE

408

600

5.5

240

12.5

292

€100,760

€ 101,610

X5 xDrive50i M Sport

408

600

5.5

240

12.5

292

€106,600

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New Peugeot Managing Director Designate

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

The Board of Gowan Distributors Limited, Peugeot Importers in Ireland, is pleased to announce the appointment of George Harbourne as Managing Director Designate, with immediate effect. George will replace David McConnell as Managing Director, when David retires on 15th September 2010. David will remain as Non-Executive Director for a year post retirement and will work closely with the Gowan Distributors management team, to ensure a smooth transition.

George joined Gowan Distributors in 1985 and brings a wealth of expertise and experience in all aspects of the motor industry to his new role. He spent many years developing the Peugeot parts business before taking responsibility for overall aftersales in 2004, where he again initiated many positive changes with a commercial and sales focus. In 2008 he was appointed Commercial Director, assuming responsibility for both sales and aftersales.

Commenting on the appointment, Gowan Group Managing Director, Michael Dwan stated, “George has been appointed Managing Director of the Peugeot franchise at a very challenging, but nonetheless exciting time. Following a very difficult eighteen months, we are witnessing a return to growth in the Irish Motor Industry with Peugeot’s market share rising steadily to 3.9%. George’s experience, gained over many years in all aspects of the business, is vital as we continue to work through these challenging times. Assisted by the enthusiasm and professionalism of the Gowan Distributors team and the Peugeot Dealer Network, I am confident that George Harbourne, in his new position, will take the Peugeot franchise in Ireland to even greater heights in the years ahead.”

George, a keen golfer and member of the Balcarrick Golf Club, North County Dublin, is married to Nuala and has three sons. His motto in life has always been, “Do the best you can today – no one is promised tomorrow.”

George Harbourne MDD

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