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 Touran is Europe’s top selling MPV

Volkswagen’s Touran is, for the first time, Europe’s most successful MPV with more than 112,000 new registrations in 2016, writes Trish Whelan.

The latest generation of the all-rounder with its innovative driver assistance and infotainment systems, is sold over 40 countries worldwide. With its fold-flat seats (with up to seven seats and 834 litres of boot space), the Touran ranks as one of the most variable multi-purpose cars of any class.

Volkswagen recently updated one of the Touran’s most important driver assistance systems: the ACC (including Front Assist surroundings monitoring and City Emergency Brake function). The adaptive cruise control now covers the speed range from 30 to 210 km/h (previously 30 to 160 km/h).

Combined with a dual clutch gearbox (DSG), this spectrum widens from 0 to 210 km/h. With ACC and DSG, the Touran now moves through stop-and-go traffic almost automatically and slows to a stop and pulls away again autonomously. The car also has the 3-zone Climatronic system and the Car-Net Cam Connect camera system - where a GoPro camera removes the need for parents to turn around by showing a picture of any children in the back, on the infotainment system’s monitor.

Prices start at €30,045 and there is a €1,500 deposit contribution for cars ordered before 31 March as well as finance rates of 1.9pc APR on Highline models.


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