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

VW flexes Atlas muscles for US

Volkswagen hopes its Atlas, a three-row, seven-seat SUV, will turn it into a major player in the mainstream market in the United States, writes Brian Byrne.

This is the vehicle that was first previewed in 2013 by the CrossBlue concept. It will be built at VW’s plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee and is expected in US showrooms in the spring of 2017.

Like the Crossblue concept, the Atlas is based on the flexible MQB platform found in the smaller Golf and other models from the Volkswagen Group. The Atlas features the largest version of the platform and is the largest vehicle in VW’s fleet.

Will we see it in Europe? Probably not. Longer than a Range Rover, it’s just too big for most garages over here. An extended length Tiguan Allspace, debuted at Detroit this week alongside the Atlas, will fill the 7-seat bill for us.


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