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Just days after images of the new Corsa (pictured) were leaked, Opel released official details – majoring on the car’s electric version. Due here early next year, it will develop 136bhp and have a claimed range of 330km.

This sixth-generation Corsa marks the brand’s first time to produce a battery-electric car. Order books for the Corsa-e will open in a few weeks – it will be followed by diesel and petrol versions.

The 50kWh battery can be fast-charged to 80pc in 30 minutes, they say. You can charge via cable, wall box or high-speed charging. There is an eight-year warranty on the battery.

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Hard to believe Dacia will be soon be seven years on the market here. They’ve sold more than 21,000 models in that time.

Now, they are marking the milestone with special editions, called TechRoad, of the Sandero Stepway large supermini, Logan estate and Duster SUV for 192-registration.

The TechRoad editions cost from €16,440. Dacia is also bringing in a new TCe 130 petrol engine for the Duster. That will make it the most powerful version of the popular family crossover to date. It will cost from €23,040.

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The new Focus ST estate will arrive in September. It will have a 2.3-litre 280 PS EcoBoost petrol engine, with six-speed manual or seven-speed auto transmissions. There will also be a two-litre 190 PS diesel with a six-speed manual box.

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Best wishes to Gabriel Keane, managing director and owner of Kia Liffey Valley, who was elected president of the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI), at the organisation’s recent AGM.

Good to see mobility solutions specialist easytrip has renewed its support of not-for-profit charity Blood Bikes to cover their toll charges for the next two years. Blood Bikes provide urgent transportation of donated blood, human tissue, breast milk and other essential medical items to hospitals and medical centres all year round for free.

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Land Rover’s Discovery Sport has been updated – and the company says its 4cyl petrol and diesel engines now have mild-hybrid technology. Emissions are from 144g/km.

A plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) model and three-cylinder petrol are due later.

There are also major improvements to the cabin; the second row of the 5+2 layout gets 40:20:40 seats. The cars can be ordered from next month – prices will be announced then.

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Best wishes to Alan Nolan, who has just retired as director general of the SIMI after many years at the helm. In his own inimitable fashion, he steadfastly expressed and contextualised the views of the industry and the tens of thousands of people who depend on it for a living. I was always impressed by his ability to deal with so many pressures during some extremely difficult times.

He has given exceptional service. We wish him the very best in his retirement, but somehow I don’t think we’ve heard the last of him.

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