The Spectacular New SEAT Tarraco

The new SEAT Tarraco joins the small Arona and midsized Ateca to complete SEAT’s threesome of SUVs. The 7-seat SUV will be set to rival the Hyundai Santa Fe and the Skoda Kodiaq. At 4,735mm long it is slightly longer than both models but not as tall as either.

Design features on the new Tarraco include a distinctive front grille, a welcome light making it easier for you to find your car on dark nights, and LED lights front and rear.

Inside all models of the Tarraco you will find a digital dashboard with an 8” touchscreen above the centre console. Through the touchscreen display you can access your smartphone apps via Apply CarPlay or Android Auto. There is also the option of a wireless charger, so you’ll be connected on the go.

Moving to the rear seats you will find loads of headroom and the second-row slides and reclines, creating more room for the third-row passengers. This ensures the comfort of everyone in the vehicle. There’s plenty of space in the boot too with max bootspace, with the third-row folded, being 700 litres.

SEAT boast that the Tarraco comes with the latest in design and technology and they’re not wrong. It’s driver assistance technology includes lane assist and front assist, which reacts to a cyclist or pedestrian crossing in front of your vehicle suddenly by automatically breaking, on all vehicles. Optional driver assist technology includes the usual; blind spot assist, traffic sign recognition, adaptive cruise control and traffic jam assist which does the slowing down/speeding up for you. The Tarraco will also call emergency services for you in the event of a crash.

There are two petrol engines, a 148bhp 1.5-litre engine and a 187bhp 2.0-litre engine and two diesel 2.0-litre engines producing 148bhp and 178bhp, available. Entry-level models are front-wheel drive with a six-speed manual and the higher-spec models get a seven-speed DSG and a 4WD system.

Prices for the Tarraco start at €34,700 for the SE model and €39,885 for the XCELLENCE model and it’s available to order now.

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 12 Cars of Christmas

With Christmas and the New Year fast approaching, we look at the top 12 car releases we’re most excited about in 2019.

1 – Citroen C5 Aircross

The first on our list is the Citroen C5 Aircross. Going up against the Nissan Qashqai, this large practical five-seat family SUV will be hoping to win over drivers with its overtly adventurous design. Inside the three rear seats incline, fold and slide and the boot will hold between 580-720 litres of cargo depending on how far you slide the seats.

It will initially be launching as a front-wheel drive but a four-wheel drive model and plug-in hybrid model are both expected to join the range at a later date.

 

2 – Toyota Camry

Returning to Irish roads after 14 years, the Toyota Camry will be replacing the Avensis and is expected to be released in the summer. While it is new this side of the water, the Camry is one of the best selling cars in the world, and was the 7th best selling car in the world in June this year. It will be available as a hybrid with a 2.5-litre petrol engine which will be supplemented by an electric motor. It shares its chasis with the new Lexus ES executive platform meaning it has the same flexible TNGA (Toyota New Generation Architecture) platform.

 

3 – Volkswagen T-Cross

Coming in early 2019, the Volkswagen T-Cross will be entering the ever burgeoning small SUV/Crossover segment and will be looking to take on the SEAT Arona, Citroen C3 Aircross and the Kia Stonic. The T-Cross is said to be roomier than most of its rivals, which may give it the edge over the competition, with a big 455-litre boot, it has a boxier, more practical look the larger T-Roc. Functional and versatile, with its crossover design, wide range of customisation options and outstanding practicality for everyday driving, it is the perfect combination of versatility and compact design.

 

4 – Honda CR-V Hybrid

Honda’s answer to the Nissan Qashqai and the Kia Sportage, the Honda CR-V comes with the option of seven or five seats. The new 1.5-litre petrol is available to order now with prices starting from €33,500 and first deliveries are due to arrive in early 2019. The efficient new hybrid model will be released later in 2019 and will replace the diesel model. The hybrid version comprises of a 2.0-litre engine, two electric motors and a single fixed gear ratio, a system Honda calls Intelligent Multi Mode Drive (i-MMD). The electric motors will allow pure EV driving at low speeds, while the petrol will take over at higher speeds or for extra bursts of power.

 

3 – Mini EV

Going into production in the summer, the first customers should get delivery of the new Mini EV in late 2019. The design is based heavily on the Mini EV concept car displayed at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2017 and include the car’s funky aero effects such as little vane spoilers in front of the rear wheels, as well as the show model’s distinctive blanked-off radiator grille. The Mini EV will be instantly recognisable as a Mini but with a new sense of style and bright yellow accents which will set it apart.

It is expected to have similar batteries and motor as the system in BMW’s i3 (BMW own Mini) giving a range of around 300km.

 

6 – BMW 3 Series

Arriving in March 2019, the 7th generation of the 3 Series features the brand’s familiar design, a similar interior layout and the same promise of a comfortable ride combined with sporty and nimble performance. The new 3 Series will be lighter and more powerful. It’s also slightly longer, bringing more interior space and the technology will be upgraded from the current model.

 

7 – SEAT Tarraco

The new seven-seat SUV from SEAT, the Tarraco, is available to order now and prices start from €34,700. Given the popularity of its rivals, including the Skoda Kodiaq, we expect to see plenty of Tarraco’s on the road in 2019. It is 40mm longer than the Skoda Kodiaq and the Volkswagen Tiguan, so will feel roomier, and the extra room combined with the promise of nimble and comfortable performance it could be a compelling alternative to the Kia Sorrento, Skoda Kodiaq, Hyundai Santa Fe and Volkswagen Tiguan. It is being released with the option of petrol or diesel engines and a plug-in hybrid will be added to the line up at a later date.

 

8 – Audi e-tron

Audi’s first mainstream electric car is arriving early 2019. It’s about the same size as the Q5 and the batteries will offer a driving range of around 400km. The e-tron is a bit slower than its electric rivals in the same price range including the Jaguar I-Pace, the Tesla Model X and the forthcoming Mercedes EQC however we doubt this will put off Audi fans who are looking for an all-electric vehicle from their favourite brand. And you are sure to get the luxury, technology and drive you expect to get with an Audi. The charging system is particularly neat, with a 150kW charging port on offer, the e-Tron can recover 80% of its charge in less than half an hour.

 

9 – Mazda 3

One of the highlights from last year’s Tokyo Motor Show was the Mazda Kai concept, which previewed the all-new version of the Mazda 3 and it’s said that the sleek and swooping lines of the concept will be incorporated. The concept had a dramatic nose and bonnet, with smooth flowing lines and a swept-back windscreen that’ll certainly stand out if they make it through the production version, making this a car you’ll want to show off. The Mazda 3 will feature Mazda’s new Sky Activ-X petrol engine. Using new compression and ignition technology, this motor is said to deliver diesel-like efficiency in a petrol format. It’ll offer the economy of a diesel with the smooth nature and lower emissions of a petrol.

 

10 – Mercedes-Benz GLE

Coming out in early 2019, the new Mercedes-Benz GLE looks considerably more modern than its predecessor as well as being longer and taller. Up front you will find two 12.3-inch screens and the car comes with the option of cutting edge technology including air suspension linked to a camera that adjusts each wheel individually to pre-empt potholes and bumps on the road ahead which can also lean into corners like a tilting train, which will make driving around Ireland’s less maintained roads much easier. A plug-in hybrid and AMG version will be added down the line.

 

11 – Tesla Model 3

Tesla’s most affordable model to date is expected to hit Irish stores in 2019. In August this year the Model 3 was the 5th best selling car in the US, and was by far the most expensive in the top ten. Featuring a 15-inch centre touchscreen display, you can expect the Tesla Model 3 to have a futuristic feel. The entry-level model has a driving range of approximately 350km.

 

12 – Audi A9

Coming in 2019, the new luxury coupe was first introduced in 2014 as the Prologue concept car. Along with a V8 engine, bi-turbo petrol engine and four-wheel drive you can expect state-of-the-art hybrid and autonomous technology as well as a serious turn of speed and impressive interior. The final look of the Audi A9 is not yet confirmed but it’s likely to be like the Prologue concept car. We do know it will be a high-end two door coupe and will be Audi’s rival to cars like Mercedes SL and BMW 8 Series.

 

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 Finance Act 2019

The Government has now published the Finance Bill 2018, which will give effect to the measures announced in Budget 2019. However, the Bill also includes a number of measures not announced by Minister Paschal O’ Donohoe.

One measure not mentioned relates to VRT Relief Legislation on operating leases that was introduced in 1993. This has effectively now been removed in the last Finance Act, and these measures will come into effect from 1st January 2019.

3.1.4 Calculation of the Amount of Repayment (Up to 31.12.18)

The percentage amount repayable is calculated using the formula below. R is the

rate of VAT chargeable on the acquisition of a vehicle by the applicant.

R x 100

(R + 100)

Worked example: VAT rate 23%:

((23 x 100)/(23 +100)) = (2300)/(123) = 18.699% of the VRT paid

All new vehicles registered from 1st January 2019 and operated under this type of lease (contract hire / lease purchase) will now be subject to increased monthly rates due to this VRT relief been abandoned.  The increased monthly rate is based on the amount of VRT applicable to each vehicle.

Unfortunately, this is beyond the control of Jensen Fleet Solutions Ltd or any leasing companies operating in our industry and will affect all vehicles across the board.

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe

“On the section itself, a partial repayment of VRT has been available since 1993 on certain vehicles acquired by vehicle leasing or hiring businesses or for providing driving lessons. This repayment reflects the VRT charged on the VAT element of the vehicle and currently represents 18.7% of the full VRT charge.

This repayment is a legacy from 1993, when vehicle excise duty was being replaced by the VRT to ease the transition for car leasing and hire companies by ensuring their costs did not increase under the new VRT regime. This repayment can no longer be justified as a tax expenditure which is not available to other sectors and in the context of typical VRT charges having reduced very substantially since the introduction of the CO2-based VRT charging in 2008.

I have decided that the repayment will not be available for vehicles registered on or after 1 January 2019. However, until 1 April 2019, it will be possible to make claims for vehicles registered up to and including 31 December 2018.”

The Minister for Finance has said “As to whether we engaged with the sector about this decision before it was made, we did not do so” so this has come as a shock to all within the industry.  The VLAI and SIMI are currently lobbying the Minister in relation to this removal but remain unconfident on the outcome.

The All New Audi A6

2019 brings us the highly anticipated release of the new Audi A6.  An upgrade on the previous model this new model gives the A8 a run for its money.  Available to order now, the new A6 comes with the same luxury and technology as the A8 at a portion of the price.  The design remains typically Audi with the large front Grille, the sharp creases along the sides and pronounced arches on the back through to its full HD LED matrix lights.

Inside the vehicle the technology is second to none.  The Air suspension gives you five driving options with the additional option of going higher or lower on each one.  The technology pack gives you a fantastic 360 camera with the added 3D image function, so you don’t miss any angle.  This vehicle comes with rear wheel steering whereby the back wheels move the opposite way to the front when driving at low speeds, think roundabouts.  The interior feels and looks lovely, attention to detail has been approved at every step of the way.  In the back there is more head, knee and shoulder room that’s its predecessor.

The technology pack comes with extras such as the large 10 Inch screen, virtual cockpit, wireless charging, night vision and voice commands.  Added tech options such as driver assist help steer the vehicle to keep you in lane.  This vehicle also comes with adaptive cruise control.

The efficiency of the new Audi A6 comes from it being a mild hybrid whereby the car starter / generator when braking or slowing down stores energy and sends it back to the lithium battery which helps to power the entertainment unit.

The drive of this vehicle is extremely comfortable and luxurious as well as being very quiet on the road.  The most popular model seems to be the 2 Litre diesel with comes with an incredible 200 horse power.  Its extremely snappy when using pedals in manual drive.

Overall this vehicle has a coupe like silhouette that’s a less expensive version of the Audi A8.

Audi describes this car as “distinctive, unmistakable” and we tend to agree.

We are now quoting for the new Audi A6 with vehicles ready to hit the road from January, contact us on 01-4605250 or info@jensenfleet.ie for more information.

Thinking of switching to electric? Check out the all new Nissan Leaf

Heading into 2019 we are hearing more and more about the switch to electric vehicles.  With some manufacturers such as Volvo moving away from traditional diesel engines to electric it looks like EV will become the future.

Launched in 2011, the Nissan Leaf is still the best selling EV vehicle in the world and with the new upgraded version now in dealerships we see no reason for this to change.  With the new upgraded body offering sharp lines, a dynamic front and floating roof the leaf is a beautiful car to set your eyes on.

The benefits of electric are sizable, the Government grants of up to €3,800 for business users, along with no BIK for the next 3 years guaranteed and low road tax of just €120 per annum it makes a case for business to switch to Electric.  There are also such added bonuses as reduced E-Tolls rates, reduced servicing costs.  Not to mention the lack of diesel and petrol to keep your monthly running cost down.  The Nissan leaf can be recharged using a simple 3 pin plug overnight and Nissan estimates a full charge this way will cost less than €3.  The environmental benefits are hard to miss also with zero congestion and zero pollution.

Since the benefits are far and wide, we took a the new Nissan Leaf on a test drive to see what the fuss was all about.  The first thing you will notice when you turn over the engine is the complete silence that faces you.  It takes a while to acclimatise to the sound, and Nissan have added a speaker in the front of the vehicle to warn oncoming pedestrians that you are here such is the low volume that comes from the vehicle.  It certainly is unique and entertaining to drive, with great visibility for a vehicle of its size, and this vehicles handles extremely well.  In the EV range it remains the most powerful and the fastest. Based on Nissan’s assumptions in moderate driving conditions the battery goes further with 270 km’s available from a full charge.

In terms of inside the vehicle you have seamless mobile integration with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, it comes with an integration BOSE sound system that is neatly packed away in the boot.  In the Premium and SVE models you also have full heated seats front and rear.  The Nissan Leaf also comes with 360 camera and parking sensors giving you visibility which is hard to beat.

One of the added features of the Leaf is the Pro-pilot which includes cruise control with the option of the vehicle coming to a complete stop.  Pro-pilot park which uses intelligent mobility features to park the car itself, Lane Intervention which helps keep the car where you want it to be and lastly intelligent Auto headlights with full LED.

The final thing you will notice form driving the Nissan Leaf is the e-pedal, a new way of driving.  This allows you to drive with 1 pedal, press down you will get an instant rush and ease of to slow down. This new features adds a lot of fun to your drive.

If you are considering going electric in 2019 we would recommend the Nissan Leaf 100%.  To get a quote on this or any vehicle for the New Year contact Jensen Fleet on 01-4605250 or info@jensenfleet.ie

Sporty and Elegant the new BMW X4

The new BMW X4 has an athletic exterior with a distinctive coupe shape. It has a sporty and elegant interior and features one of the most intelligent driver assistance systems.

Exterior

The front of the BMW X4 features the brand’s trademark kidney grille and twin headlights. The side profile is marked out by a sweeping shoulder line, with clearly defined haunches and distinctive wheel arches while the lean coupe roofline is enhanced by a smoothly rising sill line. Further emphasising the sporting character of the vehicle are the slim rear window and the extremely low-slung roof spoiler.

The X4 comes with adaptive LED headlights as standard which include low-beam and anti-dazzle high-beam headlights and turn indicators with full LED technology. They also feature variable light control for excellent illumination of the road ahead and better visibility in the dark.

Interior

Inside the new BMW X4 you will find individually adjustable Sport seats for the driver and front passenger featuring numerous manual adjustment options including backrest width, fore-and-aft position and backrest and seat angle, giving you the ultimate comfort.

The panoramic glass roof provides fresh air when open, and when closed it floods the interior of the X4 with natural light. It opens and closes completely automatically at the push of a button, and is equipped with slide and lift functions, roller sunblind and wind deflector.

Sitting in the driver seat you will find the driver-orientated cockpit which offers a focused driving experience. The optional fully digital instrument cluster and the optional full-colour BMW Head-Up Display bring all the relevant information to the drivers’ field of vision – meaning there’s no need to take your eyes off the road. Information such as as the current speed, navigation directions, speed limit information and more are all displayed.

Technology

The new BMW X4 features Driving Assistant Plus which offers greater comfort and security during monotonous or complex driving situations including traffic jams, stop-and-go traffic or long journeys, along with navigating junctions and lane changes, making driving much easier.

Operating the Infotainment system in the X4 is so easy, you, the driver, can control it via the touchscreen, the iDrive Controler, voice or gesture control, whichever works best for you. And the optional built-in WiFi hotspot, which uses the LTE standard to allow for a paid internet connection, will keep you connected on the road.

Prices for the BMW X4 start from €67,100.

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

Top Tips For Choosing Your Fleet

Looking to upgrade your company fleet? Here’s our top tips on how to choose the right fleet for you. Call our Leasing Department today on 01-4605250 or email info@jensenfleet.ie to discuss your needs and let us help you pick the right vehicles for you.

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What is WLTP?

Photo by Connor Lunsford on Unsplash

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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