VAUXHALL is opening the next chapter of its comprehensive electrification offensive and will focus entirely on full battery electric vehicles from 2028. Paul Willcox, Managing Director of Vauxhall Motors, says as of 2028, Vauxhall would only offer fully electric cars and vans in this marketplace. Vauxhall believes that the future of the automotive industry is electric, and that it will lead that revolution. At the Stellantis (Vauxhall’s parent company) EV Day 2021, held online, it was announced that a new, exciting, all-electric car, a modern-day version of the Opel Manta, will be introduced, following on from the positive public reception to the Manta GSe concept car. Incidentally, my favourite car from the 1980s is the Opel Manta, and although I am not a big electric car enthusiast, I will be at the front of the queue when this beautiful car is launched.
THE Peugeot e-208 and 2008 have won awards at the 2021 DieselCar and EcoCar Top 50 New Car Awards, winning the Best Electric Supermini and Best Compact SUV respectively. The models have been praised for their range, handling, efficient powertrains, and design. Not only was the Peugeot e-208 the recipient of the Best Electric Supermini at this year’s awards, it also placed fourth overall in the Top 50 models on sale for 2021. Praised for its innovative interior design as well as generous suite of driver aids, including its infotainment system and large boot, the full electric e-208’s impressive 217-mile range was also a key factor in its win. Featuring a 50kWh battery connected to a 100kW (136hp) electric motor, the Peugeot e-208 supports up to 100kW rapid charging with a 0 to 80 per cent charge taking just 30 minutes. Similarly, the Peugeot 2008’s modern look was an appealing factor in its category win, this time for the Best Compact SUV. The model’s strong design with upright grille and distinctive ‘tooth’ design LED daytime running lights was just one of elements that received a string of positive comments from DieselCar and EcoCar, alongside highlighting the 2008’s neat handling, efficient petrol, diesel or electric powertrain options and the Digital Instrument Panel as key selling points. DieselCar and Eco Car recognised both the new Peugeot 3008 and 5008 as being vehicles of note in its Top 50 models on sale this year. A past Top 50 winner, the Peugeot 3008 was again praised for its choice of plug-in hyrbrid powertrains, offering a choice of 225hp two-wheel drive or 300hp four-wheel drive versions, both providing strong on-road performance and sharp handling. The new Peugeot 5008’s recent facelift was the centre of its praise, with its looks and lines described as striking. Featuring a modular seven-seat interior as standard, its excellent headroom in all seats was a point of high value. Its generous 702-litre boot (with row three seats stowed) which expands to a huge 1,940 litres when rows two and three are folded flat, was also particularly favoured. The DieselCar and EcoCar magazine Top 50 is a listing of the greatest and most capable cars on sale in the UK this year. The winners are selected using a meticulous and all-inclusive scoring system to ensure that the front-runners are truly the best cars in each category. Full details of the awards will be featured in the DieselCar and EcoCar July 2021 issue, on stands now.
THE all-new Renault Arkana is now available to pre-order online. Renault has confirmed full pricing and specification details for the latest SUV model that will be available alongside the Captur and Kadjar in the crossover range. The distinctive Arkana benefits from sleek exterior styling with a dynamic coupé design and some eye-catching details.
RALLYING is set to return in June when the 2021 McGrady Insurance NI Rally Championship bursts into action at the Bishopscourt Race Circuit in County Down. The Ballynahinch & District Motor Club (BADMC) organised event will be the first time in over a year that a stage rally has been held here after the pandemic brought motorsport to a halt in March 2020.
POTHOLES blight our roads, wreaking havoc on tyres, wheels and suspension, while spotting a pothole at the last minute can cause a driver to swerve dramatically presenting a significant danger to other road users. Cyclists, motorcyclists and scooter riders can find themselves unseated by potholes, sometimes with fatal outcomes. Irish roads have a huge pothole problem, caused by a myriad of issues: lack of investment, traffic volumes that have risen hugely, winters that cause moisture to freeze then expand, and substandard repairs by utilities contractors are all certainly at the top of the list.
On 22 June 1993, after 26 years of drinking and drugging (there is no difference between alcohol and drugs, as in my experience alcohol, is a drug and a killer drug at that), alcohol stripped me of everything that was good for me.