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

Car registrations 17.5pc up in 2016

New car registrations for 2016 were 17.5pc ahead of 2015, finishing out at 146,672, writes Brian Byrne.

The end of year figures also put Toyota as the biggest selling brand in Ireland for the year with 15,515 units, from Volkswagen (15,506) and Hyundai (15,421), with Ford (14,630) and Nissan (11,877) rounding out the top five.

The Hyundai Tucson (7,419) was the biggest selling model of the year, followed by Volkswagen's Golf (5,452), Ford's Focus (4,822), Skoda's Octavia (4,657) and Nissan's Qashqai (4,594).

During December, with a total of 499 cars registered, a 45pc boost over last year, Toyota dealers achieved 150 registrations between the 20th of the month and the end of the year, leapfrogging Volkswagen (+3) and Hyundai (+3) into top place for 2016 (figures from

Light commercial vehicles also showed an increase year on year, finishing out at 18.25pc above 2015, to 23,829.

Pictured is Toyota's latest offering, the C-HR compact crossover.


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