Ford Ireland to get on board hybrid bandwagon; Mercedes-Benz expands sales organisation

A round-up of the latest motoring news from the past week. 

Ford Hybrid

Ford Ireland is about to get on board the hybrid bandwagon. The company’s first hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) — a hybrid Mondeo — is to arrive here in the next few weeks. Available now to order, the Mondeo HEV is based on a 4-door body style with a 2.0 litre 187PS automatic transmission petrol powertrain in either Titanium or Vignale series.

The car is priced from €34,895 but when a promotional launch discount and VRT rebate is included, customers will be able to get into a new Mondeo HEV for approximately €31,500 for a limited period.

Similar to other HEV models, the energy for the electric motor comes from the petrol engine and from regenerative braking where the energy generated by braking recharges the battery.

The Mondeo HEV delivers excellent fuel efficiency with a fuel consumption rate of 3.8 l/100km. For comparison purposes, a 2.0 litre diesel 150PS Powershift automatic transmission would deliver a fuel consumption rate of 4.8 l/100km. Mondeo HEV arrives in Ireland in early 2018.

Leaf orders

Nissan is reporting that its new Leaf electric vehicle has had some 10,000 customer orders.

As the global leader for electric vehicles, Nissan is well-placed to judge the customer reaction towards the forthcoming launch of its pioneering, all-new Leaf EV. Back in 2010, when the first-generation LEAF was introduced in Europe, most competitors were sceptical towards this Nissan innovation.

Mercedes dealerships

Mercedes-Benz has expanded its sales organisation with the opening of new dealerships in Dublin, Galway and Wexford, and in the redevelopment of two longstanding dealerships — in Ballsbridge and Athlone — both of which have been remodelled and expanded.

Fronted by a new 18-car showroom within an overall €4m redevelopment that brought about a 50% increase in space generally, the new MSL Grange dealership at Pottery Road, Deansgrange has been transformed into a full-service Mercedes-Benz sales and after-sales dealership.

The Mercedes-Benz C Class

Further new Mercedes-Benz dealerships were opened by Connolly Motor Group on the eastern approaches to Galway City and another on the approach to Wexford from Gorey, operated by Bolands of Wexford.

Other developments have seen the flagship MSL Ballsbridge Motors dealership transformed into an exclusive Mercedes-Benz sales centre. Following an extensive remodelling, showroom space has been increased from 11 to 28 cars.

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