What is WLTP?

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Have you heard of WLTP? The EU have developed a new test called the Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test (WLTP) which is being rolled out on all new vehicles that come to the market. The WLTP will replace the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) test procedure for establishing the official fuel consumption and CO2 emissions figures for new vehicles.

WLTP aims to provide more realistic test conditions that reflect ‘real world’ driving and therefore give a more accurate basis for assessing a vehicles fuel consumption and emissions figures. This new testing will apply to all new vehicles registered from September 1st 2018. The new test will apply across the board to all manufacturers which may result in a shortage of some new vehicles or even a cut of some vehicle models. To counter this, manufacturers are holding good stock levels which means that now may be a great time to buy!

As WLTP is more accurate, the new test figures will most likely result in an increase in the declared fuel consumption and/or CO2 emissions figures that apply to your vehicle.

What does WLTP mean for you?

  • An increase in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions figures will result in an increase in the VRT which will likely result in an increase in the vehicle’s purchase price.
  • An increase in the vehicle’s purchase price will result in an increase in Benefit-in-Kind due to be paid by employees who have been provided with a company car.
  • Increased CO2 emissions figures will also result in an increase in the vehicle’s Annual Road Tax.
  • As the new testing will apply to all new vehicles registered from September 1st 2018, now may be a great time to buy before prices increase.

If you have any further questions, please contact our sales team today on 01-4605250.

Ballyboden Senior Hurling Partnership

We are delighted to announce our new sponsorship deal with Ballyboden St Enda’s senior Hurling team.  We are always looking for a chance to integrate ourselves in the local community and are delighted to be affiliated with such a fantastic club on and off the pitch.

Last week we were invited along to watch the guys play against the All-Ireland Champions Cuala in a match that we are happy to say went the way of Ballyboden with a 3 21 to 0 16 win.

Our Managing Director Leanne Nolan was invited into some photos along with Senior Hurlers Conor Dooley & Stephen O’Connor along with Chairman of the Hurling Section John Ryan, Chairman of Ballyboden St Enda’s Ciaran Maguire & Hurling Treasurer John Small.  A few photos of the occasion are below.

We are extremely excited with our new partnership and wish the boys all the luck in the coming season, hopefully we may have an All-Ireland Champion on our side.

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Built for City Life – The New Volvo XC40

The new Volvo XC40 was recently awarded the prestigious title of European Car of the Year 2018. It’s not hard to see why it won the award, with it’s smart solutions that are designed with your everyday needs in mind, helping make your life easier.

From the bold front grille to the T-shaped signature lights, the XC40 is unmistakably a Volvo. Inside, the panoramic roof floods the whole interior with natural light, and when the sun is out you can open it up and enjoy the sunshine on your daily commute.

Smart Storage

Volvo knows that storage solutions are very important when it comes to choosing your vehicle and the new XC40 has plenty of smart storage for all your needs. The storage space in the door holds a laptop and there is a hook on the glove compartment to hold your bag or that take-away dinner, stopping it from spilling all over your car. In the boot of the car there is a folding floor that adapts to what you are carrying and is lockable, meaning that the contents will no longer roll all around the boot as you’re driving. And for larger items, you can fold the backrest for extra room with the touch of a button.

Driving

Agile handling and responsive mean you always feel in full control when driving the XC40. The new XC40 comes with the following driving features to making driving easier:

  • Advanced all-wheel drive, which senses which wheels have the best grip and automatically distribute power to those wheels and,
  • Automatic Parking with Park Assist Pilot which is a self-parking function that an steer the XC40 into a parallel or standard parking space. All you need to do is operate the accelerator and brakes as advised by the car.

Smart Technology

The Volvo XC40’s smart technology aim to make your life easier. The 360 degree camera uses images from several cameras to create a view of the car as seen from above, allowing you to clearly see where your car is in relation to other objects surrounding it. You can stay connected while on the road with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. This means that your favourite apps are easily available on the centre touch screen and you can connect with Apple Siri or Google Assistant. Underneath the centre touch screen, there is a space for holding your smartphone while also allowing wireless charging, ensuring you’re always connected on the go!

Safety

The new Volvo XC40 has a number of safety features and functions that help you stay on the road and avoid accidents.

  • City Safety constantly monitors what’s ahead of you. It identifies other vehicles, pedestrians, cyclists and large animals ahead, warning you if a collision is imminent. If you don’t react in time then it will brake automatically to help avoid or mitigate a collision.
  • Cross Traffic Alert warns you with an audible warning and by graphics on the centre display, if there is crossing traffic when you are reversing out of a car parking space.
  • Pilot Assist semi-autonomous with Adaptive Cruise Control means you get gentle steering support to help keep the car centred in its lane and at a set speed or distance from the car in front.

The Volvo XC40 is out now and prices start from €38,900.

If you’re looking to lease or rent a vehicle for your company, contact us today on 01 4605250 or email info@jensenfleet.ie.

Our Favourite Cars from the Geneva Motor Show

The 88th Geneva International Motor Show kicked off last week and here are some of our favourites from the show.

Jaguar I-Pace

Jaguar have won the race among the premium carmakers to be the first to release an all-electric SUV. The i-Pace, Jaguar’s first all-electric car, spearheads a range of forthcoming electric Jaguar’s, the next being a new-generation XJ luxury saloon, due out next year. The 5 seat, medium-sized SUV is no match for the Tesla X in terms of size but what it lacks in size it makes up for in power. It delivers 395bph and can go from 0-100km in 4.8 seconds, and one full charge will provide a range of 480km. The i-Pace will be available in Ireland this summer with prices starting from €80,000-€85,000.

Lagonda Vision Concept

Aston Martin began using the Lagonda nameplate in the 1960s for a series of advanced, ultra-luxurious sporting sedans, and this new Vision Concept certainly fits in well. The new Lagonda concept underlines Aston Martin’s desire to revive its old nameplate by 2021 as an all-electric, boutique super-brand. The Lagonda Vision concept oozes modern luxury with silk, cashmere and ceramic tiling peppering the futuristic interior, ensuring you arrive in style!

Mercedes A-Class

The new Mercedes A-Class made its world debut last week at the Geneva Motor Show. The interior is very special, complete with the new MBUX infotainment system, and promises to be a small hatchback that will appeal to all ages. Mercedes boss Dieter Zetsche said at the car’s reveal, “It’s a grown-up A-Class that fully embraces our vision of luxury. It looks and drives like a grown-up Mercedes. We have fundamentally improved the driving experience – and as a result of the torsional stiffness, comfort has grown too. It has the abilities of a car from a higher segment. It is at C-Class levels in these regards, and S-Class level in regards to driver assistance and safety systems.”

Volvo V60

Looking like a small V90, the new Volvo V60 exudes a cool, calm, Swedish of understated style and, as expected from a Volvo, pack as much safety and connectivity technology as you could possibly want. This estate is due out in the second half of this year.

Range Rover SV Coupe

This limited edition Range Rover is a two-door version of the current, full-size Range Rover and is being made to mark Land Rover’s 70th birthday. It’s a throwback to the original 1970 Range Rover, which only came with two doors. It sits lower than standard, new front-wing vents, and a super-luxurious interior with pale leather up front and dark blue leather in the back. Hand built by Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations division, this limited edition vehicle is the fastest Range Rover ever produced as well as being the most expensive! Which means we better start playing the lottery to have a hope of buying one.

Audi A6 Saloon

The new Audi A6 has had a very subtle style evolution from the outgoing model with the only noticeable difference being new lights and a lower, wider grille. Inside, you will find more cabin space complete with the high-tech new cabin layout from the A8, with two central digital touchscreens and a 12.3-inch digital instrument screen in front of the driver. Audi are promising that this will be the best-to-drive A6 yet, with four-wheel steering and, on the quattro models, torque vectoring to distribute the power to the wheel best able to handle it. The basic German price of the diesel model will be €58,000 when it goes on sale in June and Irish sales will follow quickly after.

 

At Jensen Fleet Solutions we believe what makes a great Fleet company is the personalised service, that we will be there every step of the way to manage the contract, build the relationship and retain our customers. We are extremely proud of the service we provide and the fact that over the past 5 years we have seen a retention rate of 95% speaks volumes as to how we treat our customers.

Our commitment is to provide the best Fleet Management solution for our client’s needs, to help influence our customers to make the right choice.

If you’re looking for a car lease, contact our sales team today on 01-4605250 or email info@jensenfleet.ie.

Dynamic & Agile – The New Jaquar E-Pace

The new Jaguar E-PACE is a dynamic and agile compact SUV with the lines of a coupe with a modern interior that is distinctly Jaguar. When you get behind the wheel you will discover the excitement of driving the E-PACE. It offers a unique between agility and ride comfort, with a fully independent suspension system which has a sophisticated multi-link rear suspension design.

Exterior

When you first see the new E-PACE, you will notice its unmistakably sporty look, with bold honeycomb mesh grille framed by LED headlights with the signature ‘J’ blade. At the rear, the full LED tail lights provide a distinctive night time signature. The E-PACE’s muscular haunches give an assertive stance, and the wide tailgate has been designed to allow easy access to the large and versatile loadspace.

Interior

As you would expect from a Jaguar, every component you can see and touch has been meticulously designed to deliver a refined, tactile experience. In the driver seat you will find the cockpit wraps around you while the 3-spoke leather steering wheel incorporates key controls for ease of use. And why not opt for the optional fixed panoramic glass roof to flood the E-PACE’s interior with light and enhance the airy, spacious feeling inside the vehicle.

The E-PACE has fantastic interior stowage. The deep centre console with removable cupholders, provides a highly flexible space. The large glovebox is great for all those essentials you want to keep close at hand and both deep front door bins have been sculpted to carry a range of items.

Infotainment

  • Touch Pro: The Touch Pro is the standard 10″ touchscreen sits at the heart of the centre console and support swipe and pinch gestures and delivers Jaguar’s richest ever audio-visual entertainment.
  • Interactive Driver Display: The optional 12.3″ high-definition Interactive Driver Display can receive and project a vast amount of driver information, entertainment and active safety data including navigation, phone and navigational directions on the windscreen.
  • Head-up Display: The Head-up Display is an option that presents key vehicle data such as your speed, gear position and navigational directions on the windscreen.
  • Connectivity: InControl is Jaguar’s suite of standard and optional features that connect you to your vehicle and links you seemlessly and securely with the outside world. Standard features include; Pinpoint Touch Control, Personalised Homepage, Interactive Side Panel, Multimedia, Enhanced Phone Interface and Voice Recognition System.

Driver Assistance

Standard Driver Assistance features include:

  • Emergency Braking,
  • Lane Keep Assist,
  • Driver Condition Monitor,
  • Cruise Control & Speed Limiter,
  • Front & Rear Parking Aids, and
  • Rear Camera.

Optional Driver Assistance features include:

  • Blind Spot Assist,
  • High-speed Emergency Braking,
  • Park Assist,
  • 360 degree Surround Camera,
  • & many more.

The new Jaguar E-PACE is available now and starts from €36,000.

If you’re looking to lease or rent a vehicle for your company, contact us today on 01 4605250 or email info@jensenfleet.ie.

Calculating Benefit in Kind for Company Cars

At Jensen Fleet we understand that your company cars and your drivers are essential to the successful running of your company. One of the major things to understand in relation to the lease of company cars is the Benefit in Kind implications for your staff.

In relation to company cars, there are two ways of calculating the Benefit in Kind due from each employee.

The extent of the relief depends on the total number of kilometres of business travel for the year, and (if the car was first provided in 2009) the CO2 emissions of the car.

The assessable annual cash benefit for the use of a company car is calculated at 30% of the original market value of the car. This percentage is reduced for high business mileage as follows:

Business Mileage from 2009 and all subsequent periods:

  • 0 – 24,000 Km – 30%
  • 24,001 – 32,000 – 24%
  • 32,001 – 40,000 – 18%
  • 40,001 – 48,000 – 12%
  • 48,001 + – 6%

 

Commercial Vehicles

All commercial vehicles are exempt from benefit in kind where the below rules are followed:

  • The vehicle is used for the purpose of the employees work
  • The employer requires the commercial vehicle to be brought home
  • The employee spends most of his/her time working away from the office

Where any of the above conditions are not met a 5% Benefit in Kind should be applied.

For more information visit the revenue.ie.

If you’re looking to lease a vehicle for your company call us today on 01-4605250 or email info@jensenfleet.ie to find the best package for you.

New Volkswagen T-Roc

Design

You are sure to impress with the new Volkswagen T-Roc and its expressive design, countless customisation options and high-quality finishes. The T-Roc exudes character, while its bold front design and side panels create a powerful appearance, sure to turn heads wherever you go.

The T-Roc Sport trim impresses with plenty of athletic details which are guaranteed to get any car fans pulse racing. Meanwhile with the T-Roc Design you can enjoy plenty of design freedom, both for the body and the interior, allowing you to reflect your personality.

Turns head when driving the T-Roc with it’s one-of-a-kind lighting design. The T-Roc comes equipped with standard daytime driving lights that sit boldly in the front bumper. And because the turn signals are built into the daytime driving lights, they catch the eye when it’s time to turn or change lane.

Interior

Comfortable and spacious, the T-Roc offers you plenty of space to bring your personality to life. Forward-thinking design elements add to this overall impression along with the countless customisation options.

The interior of the T-Roc Design lets you express your personal taste. Decide for yourself which colour you want for the dash board, this colour will also be found on the side decorative trim and the trim in the centre console. It doesn’t comprise design for quality though, with comfortable seats (with optional leather trim and coloured accents) as well as a panoramic sliding roof.

For your convenience, the cockpit has been designed with the driver in mind, and you’ll quickly be able to find your way around all the instruments. If you wish, you can opt to go for the Active Information Display instead of the traditional round instruments. This high-resolution coloured screen shows you more than just the speedometer. For example, various information profiles provide you with information about your journey, or, in conjunction with your navigation system, you can conveniently display a large version of the map directly in front of you.

Technology and Assistance Systems

  • Lane Assist (standard)
  • Adaptive Cruise Control System (standard on the Design and Sport trims)
  • Light Assist, an optional high-beam function
  • Front Assist area monitoring system including City Emergency Braking System and Pedestrian Monitoring function (standard)
  • Park Assist with parking sensors (standard on Sport)
  • Blind Spot Sensor with Rear Traffic Alert (optional)
  • Optional Car-Net Guide & Inform, allowing you access to the internet from the vehicle and Car-Net App-Connect, which allows you to connect your smartphone to the car’s infotainment system through MirrorLink, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
  • Optional wireless charging for your smartphone.

Driving Experiences

The TSI petrol engines impress with their power and efficiency and you will benefit from maximum torque even at low engine speeds. The TDI diesl engines are economic with turbocharging and direct fuel injection using common rail technology. They are also particularly quiet running, while their high torque means sporty handling is guaranteed.

The T-Roc is also available in the optional 4MOTION all-wheel drive.

Pricing

If you’re looking to lease or rent a vehicle for your company, contact us today on 01 4605250 or email info@jensenfleet.ie.

Skoda Karoq

The new Skoda Karoq made its debut in September at the Frankfurt Motor Show. It is out in December and will be replacing the popular Yeti. With the popularity of the Kodiaq we expect the Karoq to be just as popular. The new Karoq will be competition for the Nissan Qashqai, Peugeot 3008, Volkswagen Tiguan and other new arrivals the Kia Stonic and the SEAT Arona.

 

Design

The high headlights and grille at the front of the Karoq, exude confidence and is sure to catch people’s attention. The rear is dominated by high-set wedge-shaped rear lights, their outer parts stretching to the bodywork’s sides. The beautifully design is completed with full LED lights. And when you open the door, you will notice a welcome logo projected on the tarmac!

Highlights

You will have a perfect overview provided by the Digital Instrument Panel which can display on-board computer specifications in combination with other information such as navigation. You can choose from three basic and one reduced view option, respective layouts, controlled via the View button on the multi-functional steering wheel. The Karoq will be the first Skoda to use the Digital Instrument Panel, which is the same as the Active Information Display found in Volkswagen models.

For your driving pleasure the Dynamic Chasis Control with Driving Model Select will let you customise the vehicle’s handling to your personal preference: Normal, Sport or Comfort.

And for your comfort, the Panoramic Electric Roof ensures optimal interior climate as it is made of tinted glass that has reduced light and thermal transmittance. In addition, a windscreen can be extended to reduce noise and direct air flow into the interior so that passenger comfort is in no way comprised.

Connectivity

Skoda Connect provides online navigation and information services with the option to control selected vehicle functions remotely with a smartphone. As well as this, Smartlink + provides you with a connection between your smartphone and the in-built infotainment via Apple CarPlay,  Android Auto, MirrorLink and SmartGate. And there are two USB slots in the front for charging.

Safety

  • Driver Fatigue Alert
  • Lane Departure Assist
  • Front Assist with Predictive Pedestrian Protection
  • Blind Spot Detection
  • Rear Traffic Alert for when reversing out of a parking spot
  • Traffic Jam Assist
  • Traffic Sign Recognition
  • Park Assist which helps you get in and out of parking spaces.

Trims

If you’re looking to lease or rent a vehicle for your company, contact us today on 01 4605250 or email info@jensenfleet.ie.

The All New Kia Stonic

Sleek on the outside with distinctive traits, the new Kia Stonic exudes sporty fun. The SUV-like roof rails make it stand out from the crowd, and the customisation options let you make the Stonic your own. You can choose from twenty two-ton colour combinations for the roof and body and inside you have the option of four colour packs (bronze, orange, green and grey), letting you create the right Stonic to suit your personality.

The interior of the new Stonic is just as stylish and sleek as the exterior. With cloth or leather seat options, and a luxe-leather covered D-cut steering wheel along on-trend colour inserts and interior details like the contrasting stitching on the steering wheel and seats means you can enjoy your drive with style.

The interior isn’t just stylish, while driving you can sit back and get comfortable in the roomy cabin. The screen, with all the essential information, looks towards the drivers seat, with all the buttons within easy reach. This lets you concentrate on what really counts – driving.

Connectivity 

The new Stonic comes with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, keeping you connected when on the road. It also has Kia’s Connected Services, powered by TomTom, which give you access to information about speed cameras, weather, traffic and more.

Safety Technology

The following options are available with the Kia Stonic:

  • Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist which supports you in avoiding or mitigating an accident by warning and braking automatically,
  • Lane Departure Warning gives you visible and audible alerts to help keep you on track,
  • High Beam Assist smartly dims your high beams, so others aren’t blinded,
  • Blind-Spot Collision Warning keeps you safe when others enter one of your blind-spots,
  • Driver Attention Warning advises you when a break is in your best interest.

 

Trims Key Features

 

K1 K2 K3 K4
From €18,599 From €21,098 From €22,599 From €24,599
15″ Alloy Wheels 17″ Alloy Wheels 17″ Alloy Wheels 17″ Alloy Wheels
Cloth upholstery Parking sensors Android Auto & Apple CarPlay Android Auto & Apple CarPlay
7″ LCD Screen 7″ LCD Screen Rain sensors Rear view camera
Cloth & leather uphostery Leather upholstery
Optional two-tone paint Optional two-tone paint

The new Kia Stonic is available now from €18,599. If you’re looking to lease or rent a vehicle for your company, contact us today on 01 4605250 or email info@jensenfleet.ie.

October Car Sales Down 13%

New figures from the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) show that car sales in October (1,947) were down 13.74% compared to the same month in 2016 (2,257), and cars for the year so far (130,521) are down 10.27% compared to the same period last year (145,461).

Light Commercial Vehicles (LCV) sales fell in October by 24.68% with 873 registrations compared to 1,159 in October last year. Sales for LCV’s for the the year so far were down 14.39% (23,372) compared to the same period in 2016 (27,303). The top five best selling LCV makes so far this year are: Ford (5,498), Volkswagen (4,197), Renault (3,131), Toyota (1,924) and Peugeot (1,706).

Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGC) sales were down 10.94% (114) in October compared to the same month last year (128). And sales were down 15.33% (2,348) for the year so far compared to the same period last year (2,773). The top five selling makes of HGV so far this year are: Volvo (643), Scania (492), Daf (265), Mercedes-Benz (254) and Renault (223).

Volkswagen was once again the top selling make in October with 286 units, followed by Skoda, Kia, Audi and Ford. Volkswagen was  the also best selling brand for the year to date with 13,676 units with Toyota (12,641), Ford (12,199), Hyundai (11,841) and Nissan (10,303) completing the top five.

The top selling car of October was the Volkswagen Golf, followed by Skoda Octavia, the new Kia Stonic, Ford Mondeo and Volkswagen Tiguan. The top five selling car models for the year to date are the Hyundai Tucson (4,903), Volkswagen Golf (4,283), Nissan Qashqai (4,177), Skoda Octavia (3,948) and Ford Focus (3,835).

For more information and statistics visit www.beepbeep.com/stats.