Archive for April, 2011


Tuesday, April 19th, 2011


Thieves were this week thwarted in their attempt to steal a top-of-the-range JCB backhoe loader– thanks to the machine being fitted with the JCB LiveLink satellite tracking device as standard.

The JCB 4CX backhoe loader was stolen from JCB dealer Greenshields JCB’s depot in Hemel Hempstead on Monday night. But it was recovered just hours later and all thanks to its JCB LiveLink telematic system, which gives real-time location information.

When Greenshields JCB staff discovered the theft, they logged into JCB LiveLink, which revealed the machine had been driven and parked up four miles away in Abbots Langley. They promptly recovered the machine.

During 2011 JCB’s 3CX and 4CX backhoe loaders, side-engined telescopic handlers and tracked and wheeled excavators sold in the UK are being fitted with JCB LiveLink and an immobiliser as standard – and the stolen 4CX was one of the first machines to benefit from JCB’s strong stance on plant theft.

Yvette Henshall-Bell, JCB’s UK and Ireland Sales Director said: “The recovery of this stolen machine in a matter of hours of the theft proves beyond doubt the benefit for customers of fitting machines with LiveLink as standard.”

JCB Insurance Director and General Manager Michael Gregory added: “Claiming for the theft of a valuable machine like a JCB 4CX would have had a profound effect of any business’ insurance renewal premium, so the financial advantages of fitting LiveLink speak for themselves.”

JCB LiveLink provides a telematic link to JCB’s machines which gives customers real-time location information, with curfew and geofence alerts – a real defence in the fight against thieves. In addition it can monitor the health of the machine as well as machine hours and performance.

JCB has taken a very strong stance on machine theft in the UK and Ireland, where every week more than £1 million worth of construction and agricultural machines are stolen – with just eight per cent ever recovered.
During 2011 and under the name ‘JCB Guardian’, JCB’s 3CX and 4CX backhoe loaders, side engine telescopic handlers and tracked and wheeled excavators will be fitted with both an immobiliser and the JCB LiveLink system which allows machines to be tracked and located by satellite if stolen. This is the first time that any JCB product has been protected as standard with both immobilisers and Livelink – a move that will help save some UK customers almost £1500 over three years in insurance premiums with JCB Insurance.

Extending protection to other products, JCB LiveLink will be installed as standard on JCB’s wheeled loading shovels and range of Telemaster articulated shovels. In addition, immobilisers will be fitted as standard on JCB’s range of compact telehandlers and mini excavators.
LiveLink backhoe

Sean O’Brien – New Brand Ambassador for Kia Motors Ireland

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

Sean O’Brien – New Brand Ambassador for Kia Motors Ireland

Kia Motors Ireland  have teamed up with one of Ireland’s most exciting young rugby  talents , Leinster and Ireland player Sean O’Brien who will promote the Kia brand and  drive a new Kia Sportage over the coming two years .

“Kia Motor is a young challenger brand and we are delighted that an exciting young player like Sean has chosen Kia as a brand he is happy to promote and drive. We hope that like the Kia brand he goes from strength to strength and we wish him every success in his playing career “commented James Brooks Managing Director of Kia Motors Ireland .

Sean joins other famous Ambassadors for the Kia brand including tennis stars Rafael Nadal and Kim Clijsters and US Golfer Michelle Wie .

Kia Motors Corporation is the major sponsor of the Australian Open and an official automotive partner of FIFA and UEFA .

Sean O'Brien & Kia



Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

Coming just months after the launch of the MINI Countryman and the new MINI Family, MINI has announced that the MINI Cooper SD will be the most powerful diesel variant in the MINI line-up. The new 2.0 litre/143hp available in all MINI body types – Hatch, Convertible, Clubman and Countryman will deliver more power, frugal fuel consumption and lower CO2 emissions.

The MINI Cooper S name first graced the classic Mini back in 1963 and during the ensuing 48 years it has consistently been feted as the ultimate performance Mini, having won the Monte Carlo rally three times and countless other races and rallies around the globe.

It would be almost inconceivable that such an iconic heritage could ever see the valued ‘S’ tag attached to anything other than a finely-honed petrol engine with all its attendant sporting prowess. However, such is the progress made by BMW Group in developing powerful, responsive and efficient diesel units that for the first time the Cooper S badge will grace a new diesel model – the MINI Cooper SD. Not only will it be the most performance-oriented diesel MINI, the MINI Cooper SD will also feature the largest displacement power unit ever to grace the engine compartment of a MINI model in the marque’s 52 year history.

The two litre four cylinder power unit follows the design philosophy of the familiar 1.6 litre engine but produces 143hp at 4,000 rpm, almost 28 per cent more than the Cooper D and nearly 60 per cent above that of the One D. Unsurprisingly its power, allied to a mighty torque figure of 305 Nm (225 lb-ft) from 1,750 to 2,700 rpm, the highest torque value of any MINI engine, even the engines within the John Cooper Works family, endows the Cooper SD with vivid performance: in the case of the Hatch a top speed of 215km/h and a 0-100km/h acceleration time of 8.1 seconds.

Efficient grunt

The new diesel engine features an all-aluminium crankcase to keep weight down while a special and very powerful turbocharger with variable intake geometry is controlled by the engine management system to deliver mighty thrust at all engine speeds. However, this new engine does not sacrifice efficiency on the altar of performance. The common-rail direct injection system features solenoid valve injectors in the centre of the cylinder head that inject each precise dose of fuel at a pressure of up to 1,600 bar. But this parsimonious technology is only the beginning because all five MINI Cooper SD models are equipped with the full panoply of MINIMALISM technology to eke ever more miles from every precious litre of diesel.

The MINIMALISM features include Brake Energy Generation, Auto Start/Stop, Shift Point Display, Electric Power Steering and demand-based ancillaries such as the alternator. The result is nothing short of miraculous. While the MINI Cooper SD Hatch will whizz effortlessly up the Col de Turini above Monte Carlo, it sips fuel at the rate of 4.3 l/100km on the EU cycle and emits a mere 114 grams of CO2.

SD Model Top Speed 0-62 mph Consumption (l/100km combined) Emissions OTR Price

Hatch 215 km/h 8.1 secs 4.3 l/100km 114 grams €26,510

Clubman 215 km/h 8.6 secs 4.4 l/100km 115 grams €27,990

Convertible 210 km/h 8.7 secs 4.5 l/100km 118 grams €29,890

Countryman 198 km/h 9.3 secs 4.6 l/100 km 122 grams €31,080

Countryman ALL4 195 km/h 9.4 secs 4.9 l/100 km 130 grams €33,510
All Cooper SD models are equipped as standard with a new super light six speed manual gearbox. The 22.8 kilo transmission is the lightest gearbox of its kind and offers well-matched ratios and a precise, short shift gear lever action. A six speed automatic transmission is available as an option and includes shift paddles on the steering wheel for auto drivers with a sporty inclination.

MINI Cooper SD


Tuesday, April 19th, 2011


JCB will launch an exciting new line of highly productive and reliable skid steer loaders and compact track loaders at Conexpo 2011. These new generation Eco machines are only the first to be manufactured but also designed and engineered at the company’s North American headquarters in Savannah, Georgia.

JCB is introducing a range of seven new skid steers – four wheeled and three tracked – in a range that will eventually grow to 18 models. All seven initial machines today are vertical lift, which allows for increased capacity and more reach at maximum lift height. The models now available – the 260, 280, 300 and 330 wheeled skid steers and 260T, 300T, 320T track loaders – are large platform machines with rated operating capacities (ROC) of 2,600 lbs and above. With the introduction of the new generation machines, JCB will be able to offer a complete range of wheeled and tracked machines, both radial and vertical lift, ranging from 1300lbs- 3500lbs.

JCB Deputy Chairman John Patterson said: “North America generates 60 per cent of the worldwide demand for skid steers and compact track loaders, so developing and producing the new generation of machines in Savannah makes perfect sense.

“JCB’s new generation of machines gives us 97 per cent market coverage compared to 53 per cent provided by the outgoing range, which presents us with great prospects for growth in this important product sector.”

The new generation machines benefit from a number of new features, including:
· A tilting cab with increased service access
· Multifunction joysticks with an attachment control harness
· A hydraulic quick hitch
· Isolated cab that is sealed and pressurised and reduced noise levels
· Heated air-suspension seat with adjustable armrests
· O-ring face seals for all hydraulic connections
· A new range of more than 30 types of JCB attachments.

· Best-in-class visibility. The new vertical lift machines showcase JCB’s unique “PowerBoom” design, which uses a single arm, rather than the conventional two arm skid steer design. The JCB models do not require a torque tube across the back of the machine. Thus, operators can enjoy an unobstructed rear view and nearly 360-degree total visibility for unmatched job site safety and driver confidence. To further enhance visibility JCB has eliminated the mesh screen around the cab and replaced it with laminated glass.

· Best-in-class serviceability. With O-ring face seal hydraulic fittings and a simplified design resulting in 38 percent fewer parts, JCB’s new machines are even easier to service.  A new tilting cab design gives technicians improved access to the machine’s power train and hydraulic components. The new models also feature a rear service door for easy access to the engine and daily checkpoints, a top-opening hood for radiator access and a hinged radiator for improved engine access.

· Outstanding operator comfort. The new generation machines have a larger entry door and a 17% larger cab than previous models. Operators will also enjoy a quieter cab with noise levels at a very low 76dBa, an 85% improvement.

· Versatility and performance. Switching to any of the machine’s impressive 30 attachment families is a snap thanks to a standard universal mechanical hitch or an optional hydraulic quick hitch.  Parallel lift and 2-speeds make it easy to manoeuvre around job sites and complete more tasks in less time, and with the introduction of an optional smooth ride system (SRS) transporting materials over rough terrain is easier.

· Unmatched safety. As in previous models, the new skid steers and track loaders feature a unique left side entry door that allows the operator to enter and exit the machine clear of the attachment and loader arm, making it the industry’s safest skid steer.

· Exceptional value. Owning a JCB skid steer or tracked loader costs less due to increased productivity and serviceability. Overall fuel consumption has been reduced by 15% equating to an estimated annual savings of more than $3,000 versus competitive machines (based on an off-road diesel price of $2.90).

JCB Skidsteer