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IF you’re in the mar­ket for a 4WD ve­hi­cle, visit Stand D12 at Balmoral Show and check out the lat­est of­fer­ings from North­ern Ire­land’s num­ber one best-sell­ing pick-up, Isuzu, and the world’s largest man­u­fac­turer of AWD cars, Subaru.

The new­est and most ex­clu­sive pick-up, the D-max Cen­tu­rion, makes its UK de­but at Balmoral. Just 100 are be­ing built, it’s brim­ming with ev­ery con­ceiv­able lux­ury and ex­tra as stan­dard, and each ve­hi­cle is uniquely num­bered. There are now six Isuzu deal­ers in North­ern Ire­land with the lat­est spe­cial­ist fran­chise ap­point­ment in Co Fer­managh, but only five Cen­tu­ri­ons are on their way.

“We have more UK out­lets than Cen­tu­ri­ons,” ex­plains NI man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Neville Matthews. “So it fol­lows that the new­est dealer loses out on this oc­ca­sion. Built to cel­e­brate our cen­te­nary year it’s only proper that we al­lo­cated one per ex­ist­ing fran­chisee as the pri­or­ity. The new 2016 Blade in Vene­tian Red is also lim­ited in num­bers, and hap­pily we man­aged to se­cure one of those for our new En­niskillen dealer’s launch.”

“An­other dis­play first on our stand is the UK Cham­pi­onship-win­ning Fury Rally, and we have our best ever Con­tract Hire deal — just £699 down and £239 x 23 puts you into a brand new Fury Plus — changed ev­ery two years and com­plete with special edi­tion two-tone leather up­hol­stery, Magma red paint­work, al­loys, side­steps and of course class-lead­ing 3.5 tonnes tow­ing. Two years’ road tax is also in­cluded — all you need to do is add the driver.”

Subaru have all­new Levorg GT and 2016 model Forester and XV Crossover mod­els mak­ing their North­ern Ire­land in­tro­duc­tions. The full mul­ti­ple award-win­ning Subaru range is on dis­play, from the WRX STI mus­cle car and sporty BRZ through to the Im­preza and the sen­sa­tional Out­back with Eye­sight driver safety as­sist tech­nol­ogy — dar­ling of the in­sur­ance in­dus­try due to dra­matic col­li­sion re­duc­tion statis­tics of up to 40% fewer im­pacts in Eye­sight equipped ve­hi­cles. “It’s been an­other fan­tas­tic start to the year. Glob­ally we’re set­ting new pro­duc­tion records and in the UK that means lead times of four to six weeks for most mod­els. The up­side is that Subarus con­tinue to be in high de­mand, new and used, which means they hold their value ex­cep­tion­ally well” says Matthews. “The com­bi­na­tion of pow­er­ful yet fru­gal diesel and petrol Boxer en­gines linked to sym­met­ri­cal all-wheel drive de­liv­ers out­stand­ing low cen­tres of grav­ity — hence ter­rific han­dling, safety and con­fi­dence. Try a Subaru and you’ll buy a Subaru. Nine out of 10 own­ers en­joy the prod­uct and the ex­pe­ri­ence so much they come back for an­other. We out­sell BMW Audi and Volk­swa­gen com­bined in Amer­ica, to have so many sat­is­fied re­peat cus­tomers we know we’re do­ing some­thing right. It’s a win­ning com­bi­na­tion we in­tend to con­tinue.”

Pick-up or AWD car, there’s a great range of choice on Stand D12 with a num­ber of fi­nance and other of­fers for the du­ra­tion of the Show. Make sure to visit — and say NI Carfinder sent you! The full Subaru and Isuzu ranges are now on the UFU Affin­ity pro­gramme. Mem­bers can sim­ply call UFU Group on 028 9037 0222 for a scheme voucher.

The Isuzu D-max in Co Fer­managh (above left), the 2016 Subaru Out­back and Neville Matthews (left)

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