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All-new Citroen Dispatch wins What Van? Award

The new Citroen Dispatch has picked up a major accolade in the UK. The new mid-size panel van was named joint winner of both the overall Light Commercial Vehicle of the Year prize and the Medium Van of the Year trophy at the 2017 What Van? Awards.


  What Van?’s panel of experienced judges considered the model to be “an outstanding new van that has come to the market this year”, adding that the New Dispatch “breaks new ground in the largest and most important sector of the market.”

  James Dallas, Editor of What Van?, commented: “The Citroen Dispatch represents a big step up compared with its predecessor in terms of quality, refinement and practicality. It should propel the brand to the forefront of what is a very competitive market sector. The new Dispatch brings useful innovations to the market and it now stands shoulder-to-shoulder with the best medium vans on offer.”

  The What Van? Awards are voted for by an expert panel of judges who use their combined decades of experience to decide the winners. The awards highlight the best products, companies and services in the industry, and reward those making the biggest difference to van operators and drivers.

  The design of the New Citroen Dispatch was inspired by the world of passenger cars and SUVs. Its styling is fluid and practical, with the all-new modular platform allowing new Dispatch to be available in three lengths. Its practicality is illustrated by an optional hands-free function for the sliding side doors and numerous improvements in the cabin that make the life of the driver significantly easier.

  Besides useful everyday functions like hands-free entry and start, the new Dispatch also features technology such as Mirror Screen smartphone connectivity that brings the van right up to date.

  Louise Murphy, Citroen Ireland’s Marketing Director, said: “We are delighted that What Van? Magazine has voted New Citroen Dispatch as the best new light commercial vehicle. In a highly competitive market to gain industry recognition on such an important new product is very important to us.”

  The all-new Citroen Dispatch van, which went on sale recently offers customers a compelling and competitive product range with exceptional capabilities and efficiencies. It also looks very well with the latest brand identity and robust and modern design.

Renault expands youthful and impressive range

2017 is an exciting year for the Renault Group with four new models launched recently and a number of the range refreshed, including the Dacia range and new Clio.


New Megane and Scenic models

The all-new Mégane Range is available in three body styles – the Hatch, Grand Coupé (saloon) and Sport Tourer (estate) offering something for everyone. Both the Sport Tourer and the Grand Coupe versions are longer and have a longer wheelbase than the hatchback, which helps provide more room in the cabin, especially for passengers in the rear seats.

  The Megane Sport Tourer is priced from €20,490 and the Grand Coupe from €21,990.

  The Grand Coupe offers a new top of the range Signature trim level, which includes full leather interior and LED headlights.

  The additional arrival of the distinctive fourth generation all-new Renault Scénic and Grand Scenic provides a great sales boost for the brand. The new Scenic models offer a range of efficient petrol and diesel powertrain options, including Hybrid Assist version. They also offer unique-in-segment technologies and 8.7-inch portrait touchscreen infotainment and navigation system.

  Unprecedented 20-inch wheels as standard across the range and they have a 5 Star Euro NCAP rating. 22,000 Scenics sold in Ireland since 1996, and pricing starts from €26,000 for all-new Scenic and €28,400 for the Grand Scenic.

  The arrival of the fourth generation Scénic signals the complete renewal of Renault’s all-new family car line-up, alongside the Kadjar and the all-new Mégane trio, means that the French manufacturer now claims to have the youngest model range on sale in Europe.

  The Clio which came in at number four in the B-segment after the first ten days of January has had its first refresh since 2012 when the brand’s new styling identity was launched. Its more appealing than ever with full-LED lighting signatures, redesigned front top and lower grille and interior upgrades including upgraded upholstery across all trim levels. The new Clio also comes in four new body colours.

Dacia is king

The Dacia brand which continues to shock Irish motorists with its ridiculously affordable range of cars, has proved to the market that by doing the maths, you can own a brand new car for a lot less than a second hand car or get more bang for your buck than other established brands.

  Coming in at 2.8% share for a brand less than 5 years launched is a great success story for the Group. Dacia has now refreshed its entire range of cars, including new Duster, new Sandero, new Sandero Stepway and new Logan MCV.

Vantastic European LCV leaders

Renault is Europe’s best selling and multi award winning LCV range. The popular Trafic was the best-selling model for Renault, followed by Master and Kangoo.

  The award-winning LCV range combined with the very attractive 5-year warranty makes Renault LCV a very affordable proposition for businesses of all sizes.

You can bank on Renault

The French carmaker points out that Renault and Dacia continues to be Ireland’s fastest growing network with 28 dealerships nationwide (and this will be capped at 30), all of which operate a branch of its own bank.

 Renault says that the availability of finance through it’s own bank was also a key factor in the success of the two brands, as was Renault’s unique five year warranty which is available across the entire range of Renault vehicles. Renault Bank celebrated five years in Ireland in September 2016.


Over half of motorists pass at first attempt

If you’re thinking of learning to drive for the first time this year, it can be an exciting yet daunting experience.

  Carzone’s 2016 Motoring Report findings recorded that almost a third (29%) of Irish motorists took to the wheel at the age of 17, with the majority (41%) learning to drive between the ages of 17-20.

  You may know all of the theory and rules of the road, but getting behind the wheel for the very first time is a completely different story. The first time you sit in the driver’s seat you’ll be nervous; it’s only natural and the only way to overcome this is through practice! Practice appeared to make perfect for over half (57%) of Irish motorists who boasted of passing their test first time round. So good luck!

Ford launches new sporty ST-Line range

Ford has launched a new ST-Line model range in Ireland, featuring vehicles with sporty styling. Inspired by Ford Performance, they are offering a range of powerful and efficient EcoBoost petrol and TDCi diesel powertrain options.


  The ST-Line is available on some of Ford’s most popular models: the Fiesta, Focus, Mondeo and Kuga. ST prices start from €21,350 for the Fiesta with the 100PS engine.

  Delivering a bold and sportier exterior and and enhanced interior styling inspired by Ford’s Fiesta ST and Focus ST performance models, the new ST-Line range is designed for customers who aspire to the sporty image of Ford’s acclaimed ST models. That’s drivers that do not require the full performance delivered by optimised ST engines and chassis with sports technologies. The ST-Line line-up is offered with a range of powerful engines including Ford’s multi-award-winning 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine; sport suspension and body styling; unique alloy wheel designs; and sport seats, sport steering wheel and alloy pedals for the interior.

  “With our new ST-Line range even more customers can experience sporty style and driving dynamics inspired by our most exciting Ford Performance line-up ever, that includes models such as the Focus RS, Fiesta ST200 and Ford GT supercar” said Ciarán McMahon, managing director of Ford Ireland. “With its sporty looks, extra powered engines and good value, I am sure our new ST-Line range will appeal to a broad range of buyers.”

  The new Ford ST-Line models are available only with high-power engine derivatives that complement the enhanced driving dynamics delivered by sport suspension.

  For example, the Fiesta ST-Line model boasts Ford’s award-winning 1.0 litre EcoBoost petrol engine with higher power outputs of 100PS and 125PS. For the Focus ST-Line, diesel powertrains on offer include a 120PS 1.5 litre TDCi or a 2.0 litre 150PS option.

  “The new ST-Line range will offer customers a chance to enjoy the famous fun-to-drive characteristics and great looks of Ford’s performance models in an exciting and affordable package with a broad range of petrol and diesel engines,” concluded McMahon.


JJ’s to host first Beer and Cider Festival!

JJ Harlow’s has become renowned for a wide range of local and international refreshments and this Saturday the bar will host its first Beer and Cider Festival, with craft breweries taking centre stage.

  Co-owner Brian Mugan said the idea had been in the pipeline for a while: “It’s an idea myself and Caitlín have always had, to create a festival feel around it and showcase some of the producers of our popular craft beers and ciders. This Saturday we’ll have craft beer and cider producers here from 2 pm until close. We’ll be clearing out space for them and they’ll be setting up their own bars.”

  Brewing companies such as Black Donkey, Galway Hooker, St. Mel’s, Reel Deel, Soulwater and McIvor’s Cider Company from Armagh will be on hand with the very best in craft produce. Tokens can be purchased at the bar and Brian’s business partner, Caitlín, says she’s looking forward to the atmosphere.

  “Customers from the three bars (in JJ’s) will be mixing so it will have that real busy feel which I like. We’re really looking forward to it and it’s a great way of bringing producers and customers together!”

  Beer and cider aficionados won’t even have to leave the bar to get food, as Brian explains: “Castlemine Farms will also be here providing sausages and Molloy’s Bakery will be providing the bread.”

  Castlemine’s glorious sausages and Molloy’s delightful freshly-baked bread won’t be the only food available as the industrious Brian and Caitlín have recently struck up a pizza partnership with the popular ‘Moma’ Italian restaurant in Roscommon.

  Music will be provided on the day by a top DJ, adding to what promises to be a unique occasion. Customers will have the opportunity to try some of the region’s finest breweries as well as JJ’s usual offering at the bar. JJ’s also stocks over 25 different gins, and a pure Irish gin and tonic comes highly recommended!

  So this Saturday JJ Harlow’s invites you to sample some of Ireland’s best craft beer and cider as well as some great food in a warm, friendly atmosphere from 2 pm until late.


Rebel without a car, because it’s in the RDS!

One of the unsung stars of the hit TV series ‘Rebellion’ will be featuring at the AXA National Classic Car Show. Organised by the Royal Irish Automobile Club the event in the RDS runs on March 5th and 6th.

  The Model T was the first mass produced vehicle in the world and was the brainchild of Henry Ford, a grandson of Irish emigrants to the USA during the Famine. This Irish American entrepreneur wanted to produce a vehicle that would be affordable for all.

  As he said in his own words: “I will build a car for the great multitude. It will be large enough for the family, but small enough for the individual to run and care for. It will be constructed of the best materials, by the best men to be hired, after the simplest designs that modern engineering can devise. But it will be so low in price that no man making a good salary will be unable to own one”.

  By 1914 over fifty percent of all cars sold in the world were Model Ts and many had found their way into Irish ownership. During the 1916 uprising in Ireland many of these vehicles were used in different roles during the fighting. The Ford Model T Car appearing at the RDS show has featured in nearly every episode of the hit RTE TV series Rebellion.

  Bob Montgomery, Show Director, said, “Ford has been synonymous with Ireland for many reasons not least the companies Cork connections through both the founding family’s personal history and the manufacturing plant that was operated there for many years. The Ford Model T is probably one of the most significant cars ever built. It was the first time that people of modest means could afford a car and it was the beginnings of our love for mass motorised transport.

  “The car that appeared in the show Rebellion is a perfect example of the vehicles that were in use at the time of the 1916 Uprising.”

  For spectacular displays of truly amazing classic cars and entertainment for all the family, visit the AXA National Classic Car Show on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th of March, 10 am–6 pm each day.


Men are better drivers well, according to men …but women disagree!

According to research carried out by motoring solutions experts, easytrip, 82% of men claim they are the better driver in their relationship. The other 18% are probably still in the honeymoon period and therefore pretending to be modest, to impress their partners!

  On the other hand, 73% of women said that they are the better driver. A high proportion of women, one in four, thought their partner was a better driver, while only 15% of men thought their female partner was.

  Maybe men are better drivers – or maybe they just think they are – but the research suggests that women are happy enough to go along with the assumption, with only 45% claiming to be the main driver in the relationship.

  Women are also greedy when it comes to sharing their car, with only 27% of them letting their partners drive their car. A whopping 59% of men allowed their better half to drive theirs. I suppose they have to get home from Super Sunday pints somehow!

  Criticising your partner’s driving isn’t a rare occurrence, with 1 in 5 of respondents saying their partner always let them know if they were doing something wrong whilst travelling in the car with them.

  The top five most annoying habits listed were: Bad parking, making phone calls while driving, road rage, driving too slow/fast and insisting on being the designated driver.

  Let’s be honest though, gender is largely irrelevant when it comes to driving skills as both men and women are capable of developing dangerous bad habits. Safety is hugely important when it comes to road use, so buckle up, slow down and never use your phone while driving.

Top tips to get your motor through the NCT

The NCT can be a costly business so here at the Roscommon People we’ve put together the five most important tips to assist you in getting your car through.

  Clean the car: This is not just about removing dirt out of courtesy, but ensuring that items to be tested are clean. Clean the lights, windows, mirrors and registration plates and make sure they’re undamaged. Try giving the underside a scrub too and don’t forget the interior and the boot!

  Check your lights: If like me you have a car whereby you need a Masters in mechanical engineering to change the bulbs, tough, it’s an automatic fail if you roll up to the centre with a blown light. Check all bulbs and if needed pop into Halford’s or any decent car parts shop and they’ll change or adjust them. Top up fluids: Oil, engine coolant, brake fluid, power steering fluid and windscreen wash. Top these up before you head in.

  Don’t ignore warning signs: A lot of cars fail the NCT due to suspension issues, so if you notice your car attempting to drive you into a ditch or any knocking or pulling, get it sorted. It could save you the hassle and expense of a retest. Don’t ignore any warning lights either.

  Inspect your tyres: Checking tyres at any time of the year is advisable but particularly in winter; so don’t wait for the NCT to do so. Make sure your car is fitted with ‘E’ stamped tyres and that they are not damaged or balding.

  Finally don’t forget all documentation and payment and make sure your tax is up to the date!


Test drive the all-new Kia Sportage at Sleator’s

Now entering its fourth-generation, the new Kia Sportage compact SUV builds comprehensively on the success of the outgoing model, offering an innovative and sophisticated package to buyers in an increasingly competitive market.

  The new-look interior features high quality materials and design integrity, as well as great practicality and a range of technologies to improve comfort, convenience, connectivity and safety. Updated engines and transmissions will result in enhanced efficiency and performance, while ride, handling and refinement are all improved.

  James Brooks, Managing Director of Kia Motors Ireland commented: “The Kia Sportage has been a key driver in the growth of the Kia brand in Ireland with over 11,000 very happy customers as brand ambassadors for the car. Competition in this segment is growing but we are confident that the new Sportage will emulate and exceed the success of its predecessors. Following a very successful pre marketing campaign we expect over 1000 customers to take delivery of a new Sportage between now and the end of February and we are forecasting full-year sales of 3500 in 2016.”

  The new Sportage is comes with a choice of two engines – 1.7D for 2WD and 2.0D for AWD . The 1.7 engine has been refined for extra efficiency and with the addition of Idle Stop and Go technology the new Sportage moves from Band B2 to A4 with annual road tax now at €200 pa.

  The fourth-generation Kia Sportage features a bold new look, with the vehicle’s designers creating a sense of sporty and powerful energy from every angle. The design of the new Sportage has been led by Kia’s European design studio in Frankfurt, Germany, with input from the brand’s Namyang, Korea and Irvine, California design centres.

  Drop into Sleator’s showrooms in Mullingar and test-drive the all-new Kia Sportage.

When driving through fog, what should you use? Your car

How NOT to complete the Theory Test…

If ever you worry about the standards of driving on Roscommon and Irish roads, just be thankful you’re not driving in California. The following are a sampling of REAL answers received on exams given by the California Department of Transportation’s driving school.

Q: Do you yield when a blind pedestrian is crossing the road?

A: What for? He can’t see my license plate.

Q: Who has the right of way when four cars approach a four-way stop at the same time?

A: The pick-up truck with the gun rack and the bumper sticker saying, “Guns don’t kill people. I do.”

Q: When driving through fog, what should you use?

A: Your car.

Q: What changes would occur in your lifestyle if you could no longer drive lawfully?

A: I would be forced to drive unlawfully.

Q: What are some points to remember when passing or being passed?

A: Make eye contact and wave “hello” if he is cute.

Q: What is the difference between a flashing red traffic light and a flashing yellow traffic light?

A: The colour.

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