Volkswagen celebrated success in Ireland, despite significant challenges because of COVID-19 during 2020. The brand was once again Ireland’s best-selling car brand in 2020 for the fourth consecutive year. Volkswagen increased its Market Share in 2020, with 12.1 percent compared to 11.53 percent in 2019, while it has also taken significant steps in reducing overall CO2 emissions both in Europe and in Ireland.
In Ireland, 72 percent of all Volkswagens sold were from the ‘A’ Bands, with CO2 of less than 120g/km. The all-electric ID.3 has made a significant impact since its arrival last summer and was ID.3 has contributed to expanding the brand’s share of electric vehicle sales in 2020 to 5 percent compared to 1.8 percent the year before. The ID.3 will be followed in March by the ID.4, a fully-electric SUV.
The ID.4 will enter the Irish market with two limited-edition models. The 100% electric SUV will come with a 77kWh battery initially, returning up to 500 kilometres of range. The ID.3 and ID.4 are also delivered to the end customer with a 100% certified net carbon-neutral balance as part of Volkswagen’s commitment to reduce emissions through all stages of the production life cycle, from battery sourcing and logistics right through to manufacture and recycling.
The electric car line-up for 2021 is joined by a selection of Plug-In Hybrid Electric models, which offer the benefits of an electric vehicle in urban areas, with circa 50 kilometres of range, and the assurance of the extended range of an internal engine.
Two new PHEV (plug-in hybrid vehicles) versions of the Golf were recently launched – the Golf eHybrid and Golf GTE, with outputs of 204PS and 245PS respectively and capable of driving on electric-only power for up to 64km in the Golf GTE and 71km in the Golf eHybrid, thanks to a larger 13kWh battery. The Golf eHybrid has emissions of 21g/km, with the GTE returning just 26g/km – both models qualifying for Band 1 in terms of VRT and Annual Motor Tax of only €140. Prices, on the road, start at €37,865 including available grants for the Golf eHybrid and the Golf GTE costs from €42,755 on the road including available grants.
The PHEV versions of the new Volkswagen Arteon (from €48,145 after grants, on the road) and all-new Arteon Shooting Brake (from €49,540 after grants, on the road) are available to order now. All versions have CO2 emissions of less than 32g/km. There will also be a PHEV version of the Tiguan introduced mid-2021, and at the top of the Volkswagen range, two PHEV versions of the Touareg model, the Touareg PHEV has C02 emissions of 61g/km (from €75,250 after grants, on the road) and the Touareg R has C02 emissions of 62g/km (€87,250 after grants, on the road). These new models also join the existing Passat GTE and Passat Estate GTE with emissions of 24g/km and 27g/km respectively.
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