Eddie Cunningham: The day James Corden called me a legend
It's not every day a world showbiz star calls you "a legend", even in jest.
But that's what TV presenter James Corden did last week when we met up at a packed, pulsating Jaguar/Land Rover gig in Los Angeles. Of course he was joking, but I have the vid proving he said it.
What a wonderful young man. Seriously. He was so nice, so kind and so accommodating of this silly old Irishman who just wanted a selfie to show my two Corden-fan daughters that I'd met him. He wouldn't hear of just a plain old pic. Instead, he took control of my mobile and created a wonderful 60-second video saying hello to my daughters (by name) and hoping he'd meet them some day.
Behind the wheel, on stage or just messing around at a car gig, this guy's got class. We both know who the legend is.
* The Johnson & Perrott Motor Group has joined the SEAT dealer network, a move seen as a significant strategic development for the brand. Johnson & Perrott acquired Cashman Car Sales, the established SEAT dealership in Midleton, Co Cork. They will continue to operate from the site until mid-2018. At that stage, the franchise will relocate to the Johnson & Perrott Mahonpoint premises. We wish all concerned the best of luck.
* Congratulations to Stephen McConnell of McConnell's Toyota, Waterford, who has been named Technician of the Year at the company's National Technical Contest. The event involved 49 of the best motoring technicians in the Toyota Ireland network competing for the award. As overall winner, Stephen received a plaque from Toyota Motor Corporation, as well as a trip to visit the Toyota factory in France.
* CarsIreland.ie has announced a tie-in with Fleet, the new car-sharing app for the Irish rental industry. From next Monday, car dealers who are using the site can add idle vehicles to the Fleet marketplace for free. Fleet lets users rent directly from local owners. Its app has been downloaded more than 25,000 times and now has more than 11,000 users looking to rent cars.
* Could it happen here? Never, surely? But it has happened in Germany. A government agency has removed the Tesla Model S saloon from the list of electric cars eligible for State subsidies. That decision has kicked off a right old barney over what's eligible and what's too expensive.
Automotive Europe reports how Tesla customers cannot order the Model S entry-level version without extra features that push the car above the €60,000 limit. The incentives are partially funded by the auto industry to give electric cars a sales boost. One to watch, I think.
* There are strong reports that BMW could expand its electric vehicle range with iX-badged SUVs because it wants to profit from the swing towards battery-powered cars.