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The motor industry is highly competitive with numerous well recognised brands. Ford have topped the sales charts in Kildare according to SIMI. Both passenger and commercial vehicles have seen the highest sales figures for the month of November in Kildare. The figures fro November show that Ford have 12% share of the car market and 28.5% share of the van market. Out of the top 5 selling nameplates for November in Kildare three of them were Ford models.

  1. Ford Focus
  2. Ford Mondeo
  3. Ford Fiesta

These statistics show the growth in loyal customers and new customers choosing to buy Ford as their car. FInlay’s are proud t be a Ford Dealership and look forward to another successful year ahead with the brand. Ford Focus

Entrepreneurs of the year 2015

Mike & Gary Finlay



Entrepeneurs of the year

The North Kildare Chamber Business awards 2015 took place in the K Club on 27th November. The awards are county wide awards recognising Entrepreneurship, innovation, diversity and talent of businesses across all sectors. Finlay’s were especially excited for the award ceremony this year as Mike and Gary Finlay were nominated for the Entrepreneur of the year award. Mike and Gary attended the awards ceremony with high hopes for the award but knew that the competition was high. The announcement of the award was, like all talented nominees, a nerve wrecking moment for the two Finlay brothers. Once there name was called the nerves turned to quickly sheer happiness. It was an absolute honour for Mike and Gary to be awarded entrepreneurs of the year 2015.  The award was well deserved recognition for the hard work and dedication both [...]


The Ford Mondeo has been voted Continental Irish Car of the Year 2016 by the Irish Motoring Writers’ Association. The announcement of the 39th Irish Car of the Year Award was made at an awards ceremony in Dublin today attended by leading figures from the motor industry.

Ford MondeoThe Irish Motoring Writers’ Association judges awarded points on the basis of criteria ranging from design, comfort, safety, economy, handling and performance as well as driver satisfaction, value for money and technical innovation, with a maximum of 20 points under each heading.

John Galvin, Chairman of the Irish Motoring Writers’ Association, commented: “The Irish motoring writers have selected an exciting model and no doubt the 2016 Irish Car of the Year accolade will provide a huge boost to the popularity of the Ford Mondeo in the Irish market, particularly in [...]
Road Safety in Ireland


Road safety is important all times of the year, but it is especially important in the winter. Road users need to be sure that their vehicle is winter ready and they take the precautions necessary to stay safe in the cold weather. Road safety in Ireland has made exceptional progress in cutting fatalities in Ireland in the last few years. Check out how to make your car be Winter Ready:

The infographic below provided by Road Safety in Ireland shows the change in fatalities from 1998-2014.

Road Safety

It is easy to see how far Ireland has come in terms of Road safety in a hugely positive way but there is still alot of work to be done. Each and every individual should make it there business to abide by the rules of the [...]

Supporting local corganizations

Busy weekend ahead


FInlay Motor Group have a busy weekend ahead of us at events in Co.Kildare.We pride ourselves on being a local business and we love supporting other local business’s and organizations. Giving something back to the local community is very important to us. This weekend we are supporting two different community events in the county.

Éire_Óg-CorrachoillThe first event this evening is for Eire Og Corrachaill hurling club. This is a local hurling club and they are holding a night in Newbridge greyhound stadium to try and raise funds for the club.

athgarvan gaaThe second event is in aid of a school and Gaa club and they are holding a ‘Who wants to be a Thousandaire’ in the Keadeen Hotel in Newbridge. This event  is to raise much needed funds for both Athgarvan GAA and Schoil Bhride.

Bill Ford – Web Summit 2015

Executive Chairman of Ford Motor Compmay
Bill Ford

William Clay Ford Jr. or more commonly known as Bill Ford is the executive chairman of Ford Motor Company. Bill is great grandson of Henry Ford – founder of Ford Motor Company.

Bill spoke earlier today at the 2015 Web Summit in Dublin and it was one of the highlights of the day. Bill spoke of the change which is happening in the motor industry thanks to technology. He mentioned numerous times that all business’s including Ford should only exist to make peoples lives better.

Speaking on how a company succeeds in business today he mentioned that a company which will emerge as winner in such an era will be the one which can stitch all aspects of a business together while ensuring peoples lives are made easier.

For a company which has not seen any major revolutions Bill ensured he is not nervous of the changes in the industry. Ford are playing and experimenting in new areas [...]

Finlay’s & New Ford Mustang

Finlay’s gets up close and personalise with Ford Mustang

Ford announced earlier this year of the launch of the New ford Mustang. It has been the talk of the car world ever since and the long anticipated wait was over for the lucky staff of Finlay Motor Group last week.

The New Ford Mustang was a surprise guest at Ford’s 2016 launch in Carton House Co. Kildare. The iconic car was welcomed to a very excited room full of surprised onlookers from dealerships around the country. The Mustang was the talk of the day and getting to get up close and personal to the new cutting edge design was by far the highlight of the event.

Performance, refinement and efficiency personalised, the New Ford Mustang’s cutting edge design and state of the art technologies unite to redefine a legend.New Ford Mustang

Ford has managed to embody [...]



Finlay's Naas

Mystery shopping is a tool used by many companies either internally or externally to get a real measurement of how a company is performing. Mystery shopping can measure a number of aspects of a business but the most popular measurements are quality of service, compliance with regulation or to gather specific information about products or services.

This marketing tool is known to be the best method of getting a true insight into a company as how the customer experiences.

Mystery Shoppers can monitor store standards, apply scores to the shop interior and exterior, assess hygiene and cleanliness, check that promotions are being highlighted and monitor customer service standards, staff presentation and performance.

Ford carry out an extensive mystery shopping program on all their dealers to make sure they are up to the [...]

Finlay Motor Group on charity cycle

Mike cycles across Spain on charity cycle for Peter McVerry trust

Mike Finlay of Finlay Motor Group recently spent a week cycling across Spain for charity . The cycle was in aid of The Peter McVerry Trust and Dublin Chamber of Commerce were the organisers of the event. The Peter McVerry Trust was established in 1983 in a bid to tackle homelessness, drug misuse and social disadvantage.  Since being established it has supported thousands of young people in Dublin. It is events and fundraisers like this one which allows charities continue with their work.

This event was a 721km cycle done over a five day period with a total of 30 participants. Mike was one of the participants and was spotted somewhere between San Sebastian and Barcelona sporting the Naas Cycling Club kit. Finlay Motor Group are proud and continuous sponsors of Naas Cycling Club, and both Mike and Finlay Motors are proud to be associated with a local club. Mike was snapped wearing the kit while participating [...]

Ford Announce New Brand Ambassador

Karen Koster proudly announced as Ford Ambassador


New mum Karen Koster is proudly announced by Ford Ireland as the new brand ambassador. Karen is a TV presenter, best known in recent years for being one of TV3’s Xpose presenters.

Karen took delivery of the new Ford Kuga Titanium as her new family car. She comments below on the aspects which are important to her in a car and why the Kuga is ideal for her.

Karen Koster Brand ambassador Ford

Commenting on the Ford Kuga on, Karen said: “The Kuga is the ideal car for my hectic lifestyle since the arrival of baby Finn. It is really stylish and a definite head-turner and most importantly the Kuga has all the safety features to give me peace of mind. It also has plenty of space for the buggy and shopping bags. I’m definitely looking forward to driving it around town and away [...]

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