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 Countryman goes on sale here

BMW’s new generation Mini Countryman is now on sale in Ireland with prices starting at €33,580 OTR, writes Brian Byrne. Irish customers will get their first deliveries in February 2017.

Larger than its predecessor, the new Countryman also benefits from a new generation of engines and transmissions, as well as being the first Mini to offer a plug-in hybrid drive. The normal powertrains include 1.5 and 2.0 petrol engines and a 2.0 diesel.

Another first is a central touchscreen in the area originally used for the iconic Mini central speedometer.

The Countryman also features a Picnic Bench, a fold out loading sill cushion on the luggage compartment lid for outdoor use.

The plug-in hybrid uses a turbocharged petrol engine and an electric motor, reducing fuel consumption to 2.1L/100kms, while its CO2 emissions figure is 49g/km. Prices for the plug-in hybrid model will be announced later.


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