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

Jaguar readies new small SUV

Following on from the Los Angeles Auto Show reveal of its electric SUV I-Pace Concept (above), Jaguar is also well in progress to launch a new smaller regular SUV towards the end of the year, writes Brian Byrne.

The smaller car — possibly to be called the E-Pace — will target the likes of Audi/s Q3 and Mercedes-Benz GLA, both of which have proved the market for small premium SUVs.

The push for another SUV was accelerated by the big success of the F-Pace, now worth close on a third of Jaguar’s total sales.

The likely powertrains are from the Ingenium petrol and diesel 4-cylinder units developed by Jaguar Land Rover in recent years.

Meanwhile, the I-Pace will become a production model chasing the Tesla Model X as well as upcoming electric SUVs from Audi and others in 2018.

It is claimed to offer 350kms in range and will feature 400hp from a pair of electric motors.


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