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PSA Group real world fuel consumption data is world first in automotive industry

All the car-related news you need to know – including new PSA fuel consumption data, new Garda drink-driving offensive and new Renault Dacia dealership.

EVERY WEEK, WE bring you all the latest news you need to know from the motoring world. The big car news this past week involves real world fuel consumption figures, a drink driving clampdown and a new Dublin dealership.

PSA Group publishes real world fuel consumption figures

Before a car can go on sale in Europe it has to go through EU emissions testing, yet these official fuel consumption figures can be far off ‘real-world’ fuel consumption.

This week, the PSA Group has published the results of real-world fuel consumption tests for 30 of its core models.

The test procedure was established with two non-governmental organisations and results were audited by Bureau Veritas.

Based on the European Union’s Real Driving Emissions (RDE) project, fuel consumption was measured using a portable emissions measurement system that was installed on the vehicles.

The tests were carried out on public roads, including motorways and under real life driving conditions, including driving with a passenger and luggage onboard and the use of the air-con functions.

The measurements gained were comparable to those made by PSA customers (obtained from independent customer surveys).

The difference between official and real-world figures ranged from 1.2 litres to 2.7 litres /100km. However, both tests did find that the Peugeot 208 with 1.6-litre BlueHDi 120hp Stop/Start engine was the most economical car with an official fuel consumption figure of 3 litres/100km and a real world fuel consumption figure of 4.7 litres/100km.

Gardai begin drink driving clampdown

The Garda Siochana has begun implementing a major offensive that will target drink-driving behaviour. July and August are among the most dangerous months of the year on Irish roads and are a high-risk period for drink driving.

Speaking about this planned enforcement campaign Superintendent Con O’Donohue, Garda National Traffic Bureau said:

An Garda Síochána is increasing its day to day enforcement activity in July and August. Specifically, we have added seven national 24-hour drink-driving operations to our operations plan for these months.
We are placing a particular emphasis on targeting drink driving late at night over weekends. My colleagues around the country will put additional effort into targeting those counties that have a track record of drink driving related fatalities.

The top counties in the country for drink driving related fatalities include Cork (10.6 per cent), Galway (9.7 per cent), Dublin (7.9 per cent), Donegal (7.6 per cent) and Cavan (5.5 per cent). County Cork also accounts for nearly a fifth all road deaths in the country this year (16 deaths).

Superintendent O’Donohue added:

We are asking everyone to think ahead and, if intending to have a drink when they go out, plan how to get home. If you’re going to drink when you go out then the only safe option is to leave the car at home so that you won’t be tempted to get behind the wheel with alcohol on board.

Linders Motor Group opens new branch

The Linders Motor Group has opened a new branch in Swords Turvey just off the R132. This new branch will aim to take care of customer’s Renault and Dacia needs including Aftersales and Service.

Linders Renault and Dacia was established in 1938 and has grown to be one of the longest established car dealerships in Dublin. Linders has locations in Chapelizod, Finglas, Pavilions Shopping Centre and now Swords Turvey.

Linders Renault and Dacia 162 offers are available at the new dealership in Turvey. Offers include 3 per cent APR (PCP or HP), three years’ free servicing and five years’ warranty and roadside assistance across the Renault range for July. The service plan does not include EV, Twingo, Trafic and Master Passenger models.

On Renault vans and commercial vehicles, there is a 0 per cent APR finance offer on Kangoo, Master and Trafic models registered before 31st July.

Dacia offers include zero deposit (4.9 per cent APR) across the car range on all orders until the 31st July.

Volkswagen 0 per cent 162 offers

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Volkswagen Ireland has announced a 0 per cent PCP finance offer from Volkswagen Bank for a limited period on a number of its high-specification models, this is in conjunction with its other 162 offers, which include low PCP rates, free motor insurance on selected models and €162 Innovation Pack.

The 0 per cent PCP finance offer applies to the Polo Comfortline, Lounge and GT. It also applies to the Golf Highline, GTi, GTD, R and Golf SV Highline and also to the Passat Highline, Highline Business Edition, Alltrack and GTE.

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