Ireland’s motoring journalists have crowned the Peugeot 3008 as Irish Car of the Year 2018.
The Irish Car of the Year Awards 2018 in association with Continental Tyres took place at a gala event in The Gibson Hotel, Dublin.
The event was attended by Ireland’s leading car brands, importers, distributors and other motoring dignitaries.
Irish Car of the Year (ICOTY) Committee member Michael Sheridan said: “What an achievement for the Peugeot 3008 to come out on top from a field of some 60 new models launched this year on the Irish market.”
ICOTY Committee member David Walshe said: “It was a very tight competition this year with many, many fine vehicles in the running for the Irish Car of the Year accolade, congratulations to a worthy winner.”
Tom Dennigan of Continental Tyres, said: “The choices of the Irish Car of the Year jury are a great help in informing Irish consumers as to the bewildering array of high tech vehicles that are launched in Ireland each year. Continental is delighted to be associated with the Irish Car of the Year awards.”
New for this year’s awards programme, the Irish Car of the Year Committee introduced an award designed to recognise outstanding innovation, the Irish Car of the Year Innovation award. The Irish Car of the Year Committee explained that the aim of the award is to highlight the many innovative technologies and systems that car makers are integrating in new models. Many of these innovations are helping to improve road safety and are making cars more intelligent as the dawn of autonomous driving comes ever closer. The winner of the inaugural Irish Car of the Year Innovation Award for 2018 is the Honda Civic Sensing Suite of Safety Features.
Apart from the Innovation category award winner, the nine other category winners were all in the running for the top honour with the judging panel of over 30 journalists from online, print and broadcast media electing the Peugeot 3008 by a very tight margin.
The category winners:
Kia Picanto – Irish City Car of the Year 2018
Nissan Micra – Irish Small Car of the Year 2018
Honda Civic – Irish Compact Car of the Year 2018
Alfa Romeo Giulia – Irish Medium Car of the Year 2018
BMW 5 Series – Irish Executive / Premium Car of the Year 2018
Peugeot 3008 – Irish Compact Crossover of the Year 2018
Skoda Kodiaq – Irish Large Crossover of the Year 2018
Toyota Prius PHEV – Irish Green / Efficient Car of the Year 2018
Alfa Romeo Giulia QF – Irish Performance / Sports Car of the Year 2018