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Volkswagen kicks off electric car dealership expansion

Wednesday, 6th February, 2019 4:57pm

Volkswagen’s battery electric vehicle (BEV) retailer network is expanding significantly and following the addition of eleven new BEV enabled retailers to the Volkswagen network at the end of 2018, 50 per cent of the Volkswagen network are now enabled to sell BEVs.

Volkswagen BEV dealers must meet exact standards when it comes to tooling, training, servicing standards and product knowledge before they can be certified to sell BEVs and with the brand’s increased focus on the future of e-mobility, have appointed new BEV dealers across the breadth of the country.

Newmarket Motors in Cork has been changed from a PHEV (plug-in hybrid) to a BEV retailer, and Blackwater Motors Fermoy is added to Cork’s other current BEV retailer Blackwater Motors Cork city.

Commenting on these appointments, Volkswagen Ireland Brand Director Gerrit Heimberg said; “This is an exciting time for Volkswagen as we embark on an electric vehicle offensive, which has already begun with the e-Golf and e-Golf Executive Edition. We have ensured that all of our EV retailers are fully trained and prepared for this new dawn, to ensure that our customers receive the best experience as they start to embrace this new technology. We will continue the rollout of BEV retailer to include our entire 34 retailers by the middle of this year.”

All of these retailers can now offer sales and service of the Volkswagen e-Golf, as well as our Plug-In Hybrid models. The e-Golf is now available as two versions, the e-Golf and the e-Golf Executive Edition.

Prices start at €35,995 including Government incentives, with the Executive Edition, which is described as “the ultimate e-Golf” with the addition of a host of optional extras such as sporty 17 inch Madrid alloy wheels, LED tail lights, a full leather interior, active info display, a rear-view camera and keyless access. The e-Golf Executive Edition is available from €39,495 after Government incentives.

Don’t fancy electric power? VW can also offer you the ultimate in petrol power with the special edition TCR version of the Golf GTI.

This 290hp hot Golf can reach speeds of up to 260 km/h, and is fitted with a seven-speed dual clutch gearbox (DSG), petrol particulate filter and highly exclusive equipment as standard.

Price for the car in Ireland is €47,495 in either three-door or five-door body styles. Only 20 examples will be sold to Irish customers.

The new Golf GTI TCR was derived from the racing car of the same name – the two-time overall winner of the international TCR racing series.

The road version passes the 100 km/h mark after just 5.6 seconds, while the maximum speed is 250 km/h. The top speed can optionally be increased to 260 km/h.

The Golf GTI TCR is even more exclusive than the Golf GTI Performance (which produces 245hp) and features technology such as front assist, active info display and LED headlights. The standard equipment includes a front-axle differential lock, perforated brake discs, driving profile selection, premium front sport seats with a new microfibre/fabric design, seat belts with red edging plus an exclusive sports steering wheel.

As with the racing series, its leather is specially imprinted (perforated leather) at the 3 o'clock and 9 o'clock positions as well as with a red mark at 12 o'clock.

The GTI TCR is also distinguished by the standard 18 inch Belvedere forged wheels (or 18 inch Milton Keynes alloy wheels, as an alternative), black exterior mirror caps, sill extensions, front splitter, TCR roof spoiler and a diffuser at the rear.

The newcomer makes a further strong impression even before the driver settles behind the wheel, as the TCR logo is projected onto the road when the front doors are opened. The CR can be further customised with optional equipment such as a new honeycomb decor foil for the side sections, exterior mirror caps in carbon look, a black painted roof and two wheel packages to choose from.

In addition to the Vmax increase from 250 to 260 km/h, the option package at a price of €2,895 includes the 19 inch Reifnitz wheels, adaptive chassis control, including lowering by 20mm compared to the standard running gear (five millimetres less as compared to the GTI running gear) and a special, sporty tuning of the front and rear axle shock absorbers.

The second tier package costs €3,895 and is tailored especially for the racetrack. Compared to the first tier package, the distinguishing feature here is the set of 19 inch Pretoria rims with semi-slick tyres.

Deliveries for the lucky 20 customers are expected to commence in March.

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