Renault teams with Irish Restaurant Awards 2017

Renault Ireland and The Restaurant Association of Ireland have announced Renault Ireland as the official car partner of the Irish Restaurant Awards 2017, writes Trish Whelan . The Irish Restaurant Awards (RAI) will travel around the country driving new Renault models for a series of regional events this March to announce county and regional award winners across 15 different categories. County winners will be announced at four regional events with over 600 guests expected to attend each. This year’s host counties for the events are Kilkenny, Fermanagh, Limerick and Sligo. This year over 80,000 individual nominations were cast online from 11-25 January. Pictured above are Ciara Doyle (Business Development & Sponsorship Manager, Restaurant Association of Ireland), and Liz O’Gorman (Marketing Manager Renault Ireland) with two chefs from The Radisson Blue St Helen’s, Stillorgan Road, Dublin. Speaking on the quantity of nominations received, CEO of the Restaurants Association of Ireland

New 124 Spider offers 'sense of engagement'

Fiat’s new 124 Spider is now on sale in Ireland at a starting price of €31,495, writes Trish Whelan.

The 2-seater sports car comes in three grades, Classica, Lusso, and Lusso Plus, and is powered by a 140hp 1.4 turbocharged petrol engine. The RWD car can accelerate to 100km/h in 7.5 seconds.

The style of the car, which is being built by Mazda on the same line as its MX-5 roadster, has design details which reflect the original sports car produced between 1966-1980.

The car shares the Mazda’s platform, interior and folding roof, but the body and engine are provided by Fiat.

Going up through the grades adds features such as satellite navigation, larger wheels, and adaptive LED headlights.

At the recent Irish media launch, FCA Ireland MD Paul Hunt said the 124 Spider is very much a halo model for the brand in Ireland and he was going to be ‘realistic’ about numbers to be sold.

“The Spider is very much part of Fiat DNA, and is designed to give owners a sense of engagement,” he said.


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