Caroline at the 2020 Irish Car of the Year Refresher Day at Mondello Park

2020 Irish Car of the Year Refresher Day!

 

It's that time of year again! The Continental Tyres 2020 Irish Car of the Year competition kicked off with a Refresher Day at Mondello Park. 48 cars are eligible for Irish Car of the Year 2020. Winners revealed on November 7th. Watch my video for a behind the scenes look at the competition!

For more information on the competition, click here.


2020 Continental Tyres Irish Car of the Year Launched!

2020 Continental Tyres Irish Car of the Year Launched!

2020 Continental Tyres Irish Car of the Year Launched!
The competition for the 2020 Continental Tyres Irish Car of the Year awards programme has been launched!

The 2020 Continental Tyres Irish Car of the Year awards programme has been launched with 48 cars eligible to win.

A gala event will be held in The Westin Hotel, Dublin, on Thursday November 7th, with a number of category winners revealed as well as the overall winner, Irish Car of the Year 2020.

The aim of the Irish Car of the Year awards is to highlight for consumers the best new cars that have launched in Ireland in the previous 12 months.

The jury for Irish Car of the Year is made up of 34 of Ireland’s most experienced motoring journalists, from across online, broadcast and print media, including this writer.

On October 21st and 22nd, jurors will have the opportunity to drive eligible cars again before voting begins. The event will take place at Mondello Park.

The full list of eligible cars for the Continental Tyres Irish Car of the Year 2020 awards is as follows:

Audi A1Kia e-SoulRange Rover Evoque
Audi E-TronKia e-NiroRenault Clio
Audi Q3Kia XCeedRenault Megane RS Trophy
Audi Q8Kia ProCeedSEAT Tarraco
Audi RS5Lexus UXSkoda Scala
Alfa Romeo Stelvio QVLexus ESFord Ranger Raptor
BMW 3 SeriesMazda 3Skoda Kodiaq RS
BMW 8 SeriesMercedes Benz B-ClassTesla Model3
BMW X5Mercedes Benz GLCToyota Corolla
BMW X7Mercedes Benz GLEToyota Camry
BMW Z4Mercedes Benz EQCToyota RAV4
Citroen C5 AircrossMercedes Benz CLAToyota Supra
Citroen Berlingo MultispaceMercedes Benz A35 AMGVolkswagen T-Cross
Cupra AtecaMitsubishi Outlander PHEVVolvo S60
DS7Opel Combo Life
Ford Focus STPeugeot 508
Hyundai Kona ElectricPeugeot Rifter

A dedicated Irish Car of the Year website that contains background on the awards and further details on eligible cars is available at www.caroftheyear.ie.

Irish Car of the Year Committee members, Bob Flavin and Anthony Conlon, and Tom Dennigan (middle), Continental Tyres

Speaking at the launch of the 2020 awards programme, Tom Dennigan, Continental Tyres, said:

“This year, we have another bumper crop of new cars eligible for the Continental Tyres Irish Car of the Year title.  Indeed, the awards website is a great resource for Irish consumers and those interested in buying a new car.  The site has all of the detail on the range of new cars that have been launched in Ireland this year as well as useful video pieces on past winners’.

The website will also feature details of the vehicles that have been successful in the 2020 programme following the awards event on November 7th.

The Volvo XC40 is the current Irish Car of the Year.


Volvo XC40 Irish Car of the Year

Irish Car Of The Year Website Highlights Best New Cars

Volvo XC40 Irish Car of the Year
The Volvo XC40 won the title of Irish Car of the Year 2019

The Irish Car of the Year website is being developed as a comprehensive resource for consumers in Ireland looking to buy a new car.

The official website of the Irish Car of the Year, caroftheyear.ie, provides full background on the awards, with details on all of the winning vehicles across 10 different categories.

The Irish Car of the Year awards in association with Continental Tyres is an annual competition that highlights the best new cars for consumers.  Voted on by an expert panel of 32 of Ireland’s most experienced motoring journalists - including this writer - the awards take place in Dublin in November each year.

Now for 2019, the Irish Car of the Year website has launched a video series that will examine more closely the reasons why our winning models are so highly acclaimed by the judging panel.

Speaking about the Irish Car of the Year website, Bob Flavin, Irish Car of the Year Committee member, said: “We are convinced that the Car of the Year website will become a valuable resource for Irish car buyers as it seeks to highlight all of the key new models as they arrive on the Irish market”.

Mark Gallivan, Irish Car of the Year Committee member added: “Each year we have upwards of 50 new models that are eligible for an award – that is a dazzling array of motoring models for Irish car buyers to make sense of. The Irish Car of the Year awards help those buyers to navigate their way through this bewildering range of options and technologies, so that they can choose the right model for their own particular circumstances”.

As the holder of the current 2019 Irish Car of the Year title, the Volvo XC40 is featured in the first video on the Car of the Year website.  The short video features Irish Car of the Year Committee members Bob Flavin and Martin McCarthy as they discuss the reasons and attributes that helped the XC40 to take the top prize – the video can be seen here: https://caroftheyear.ie/video-review-the-volvo-xc40/.

David Thomas, Managing Director of Volvo Cars Ireland who is featured in the video commented: “At Volvo we were delighted to see our XC40 taking the 2019 Irish Car of the Year award, the first time that a Volvo has won the title.  The award has given a huge boost to the XC40 in the Irish market and we will continue to leverage the title right through 2019”.

As well as featuring additional videos on other models in the coming weeks, the Irish Car of the Year website will also list new car models as they are launched on the Irish market through 2019.

The awards event for the 2020 Irish Car of the Year in association with Continental Tyres will take place in the Westin Hotel in Dublin on Thursday November 7th.


David Thomas, Managing Director of Volvo Ireland, accepting the Irish Car of the Year 2019 award for the Volvo XC40

Volvo XC40 Wins Irish Car Of The Year 2019

David Thomas, Managing Director of Volvo Ireland, accepting the Irish Car of the Year 2019 award for the Volvo XC40
David Thomas, Managing Director of Volvo Ireland, accepting the Irish Car of the Year 2019 award for the Volvo XC40

The Volvo XC40 has won the title of Irish Car of the Year 2019 at a gala event in the Gibson Hotel, Dublin.

Motoring journalists from print, online and broadcasting hosted the Irish Car of the Year 2019 Awards in association with Continental Tyres, with the event attended by Ireland’s leading car brands, importers, distributors and other motoring dignitaries.

The XC40 scooped the top prize from a field of 9 eligible category winners including the new Ford Focus, Nissan Leaf and Volkswagen Touareg. All new cars launched on the Irish market in the last 12 months are eligible for the awards, with 33 jurors, including this writer, voting in this year's competition.

The aim of Irish Car of the Year is to signpost the best new cars in a number of categories to guide Irish consumers looking to buy a new car. For a full list of the categories and contenders in this year’s competition, check out our new site at www.caroftheyear.ie.

There were also a number of categories winners as follows:

Ford Focus - Irish Small / Compact Car of the Year 2019

SEAT Arona - Irish Small Crossover of the Year 2019

Volvo XC40 - Irish Compact Crossover of the Year 2019

Skoda Karoq - Irish Medium Crossover of the Year 2019

Volkswagen Touareg - Irish Large Crossover of the Year 2019

Mercedes Benz CLS - Irish Executive / Premium Car of the Year 2019

Ford Fiesta ST - Irish Hot Hatchback of the Year 2019

BMW M5 – Irish Performance Car of the Year 2019

Nissan Leaf - Irish Green / Efficient Car of the Year 2018

Nissan Leaf E Pedal - Irish Car of the Year Innovation Award 2019

The Mercedes Benz Sprinter was voted as Irish Van of the Year 2019.

ICOTY Committee member Mark Gallivan said: “What a wonderful array of cars we had in this year’s competition, it was a very tight race and the XC40 is a very worthy winner.”

ICOTY Committee member Bob Flavin said: “Congratulations to the Volvo XC40 for winning through from a field of some 48 new models launched this year on the Irish market.”

Tom Dennigan of Continental Tyres said about the awards: “The choices of the Irish Car of the Year jury provide a great helping hand to Irish consumers in navigating their way through the bewildering array of high tech vehicles that are launched in Ireland each year and in this regard, Continental is delighted to be associated with the Irish Car of the Year awards.”


Irish Car of the Year 2018 Peugeot 3008

Irish Car of the Year 2018 Winners Revealed!

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

Caroline Kidd


Irish Car of the Year 2018

Irish Car Of The Year Refresher Day 2018

The Refresher Day for Irish Car of the Year 2018 in association with Continental Tyres has taken place at Mondello Park in Co. Kildare.

The day is an opportunity for jurors to drive eligible cars again before voting begins for this year's Irish Car of the Year competition.

The winners will be revealed at a gala ceremony in Dublin on November 9th.

Eligible cars broken up into categories:

IRISH CITY CAR OF THE YEAR 2018
Ford KA+
Hyundai i10
Kia Picanto
Skoda Citigo
Suzuki Ignis
Volkswagen UP

IRISH SMALL CAR OF THE YEAR 2018
Citroen C3
Dacia Sandero
Ford Fiesta
Kia Rio
Nissan Micra
SEAT Ibiza
Skoda Rapid
Suzuki Swift
Toyota Yaris

IRISH COMPACT CAR OF THE YEAR 2018
Dacia Logan
Fiat Tipo
Honda Civic
Hyundai i30
Hyundai Ioniq
SEAT Leon
Skoda Octavia
Volkswagen Golf

IRISH MEDIUM CAR OF THE YEAR 2018
Alfa Romeo Giulia
Audi A5
Opel Insignia
Volkswagen Arteon

IRISH EXECUTIVE/PREMIUM CAR OF THE YEAR 2018
BMW 5 Series
Mercedes S-Class
Tesla Model S

IRISH COMPACT CROSSOVER OF THE YEAR 2018
Audi Q2
Ford Kuga
Kia Stonic
Mazda CX-5
Mercedes GLA
Mini Countryman
Nissan Qashqai
Opel Crossland X
Peugeot 3008
Renault Captur
Renault Scenic
Toyota CH-R

IRISH LARGE CROSSOVER OF THE YEAR 2018
Alfa Romeo Stelvio
Audi Q5
Land Rover Discovery
Peugeot 5008
Range Rover Velar
Renault Koleos
Skoda Kodiaq
Tesla Model X
Volvo XC60

IRISH GREEN/EFFICIENT CAR OF THE YEAR 2018
BMW 530e
Hyundai Ioniq
Renault Zoe
Tesla Model S
Tesla Model X
Toyota Prius PHEV
VW E-Golf

IRISH PERFORMANCE/SPORTS CAR OF THE YEAR 2018
Alfa Romeo Giulia QF
Fiat Spider
Honda Civic Type R
Porsche 718
VW Golf R


Irish Car of the Year 2017

Irish Car of the Year 2017 Winners!

The Mercedes-Benz E-Class has been awarded the title of Irish Car of the Year 2017.

The Irish Car of the Year Awards in association with Continental Tyres took place last night, October 27th, at the Powerscourt Hotel, Enniskerry and were attended by Ireland’s leading car brands, distributors and other motoring dignitaries.

Stephen Byrne, Chief Executive, Mercedes-Benz in Ireland, said: “We are honoured to win the Irish Car of the Year 2017 award. This accolade bestowed by Irish motoring journalists is a recognition of the advanced technology and features to be found in the new generation E-Class.”

This year’s jury was made up of 30 jurors from across online, broadcast and print media, including this writer. Over 40 new cars launched in Ireland over the last year were eligible for the Awards.

John Galvin, Irish Car of the Year Committee member and Chairman of the Irish Motoring Writers' Association (IMWA), said, “We’ve had 40 years of Irish Car of the Year and the E-Class is an exceptional winner.”

Tom Dennigan from Irish Car of the Year sponsor Continental Tyres, said,“Continental is delighted to be associated with Irish Car of the Year, an event that continues to be the highlight of the motoring year.”

The category winners were as follows:

Irish Small Car of the Year 2017 - Suzuki Baleno

Irish Car of the Year 2017
The Suzuki Baleno - Irish Small Car of the Year 2017

Irish Medium Car of the Year 2017 - Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupé

Irish Car of the Year 2017
Irish Medium Car of the Year 2017 - Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupé

Irish Large Car of the Year 2017 - Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Irish Car of the Year 2017
Irish Medium Car of the Year 2017 - Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Irish Small SUV of the Year 2017 - Peugeot 2008

Irish Car of the Year 2017
Irish Small SUV of the Year 2017 - Peugeot 2008

Irish Medium SUV of the Year 2017 - Hyundai Tucson

Irish Car of the Year 2017
Irish Medium SUV of the Year 2017 - Hyundai Tucson

Irish Large SUV of the Year 2017 - Ford Edge

Irish Car of the Year 2017
Irish Large SUV of the Year 2017 - Ford Edge

Irish Performance/Sports Car of the Year 2017 - Ford Mustang

Irish Car of the Year 2017
Irish Performance/Sports Car of the Year 2017 - Ford Mustang

Caroline Kidd


Irish Car Of The Year 2017

Motor Industry Gears Up For Irish Car Of The Year 2017

The Irish Car of the Year Awards 2017, in association with Continental Tyres, will take place on Thursday October 27th.

This year's jury is made up of 33 jurors from across online and print media who will vote for an overall Irish Car of the Year 2017, along with a number of category winners. Over 40 new cars launched in Ireland over the last year are eligible for the Awards.

Speaking at the launch of Irish Car of the Year 2017, Tom Dennigan from Continental Tyres Ireland said, “Continental Tyres is delighted to be sponsor of the Irish Car and Van of the Year awards, which are adjudicated upon by the majority of motoring journalists in Ireland.”

“For those Irish motorists who are in the lucky position to be considering a new car for the new year, the choices of the learned jurors of the Irish Car and Van of the Year awards are a great help in making sense of the bewildering array of cars and technologies that are available from the smallest car segments right up to the most exotic models on sale in the Irish market."

The categories for this year's Awards are as follows:

Small Car

Medium Car

Large Car

Small SUV

Medium SUV

Large SUV

Performance/Sports Car

An Irish Van of the Year 2017 will also be awarded.

Follow me on Twitter @caroline_kidd for Irish Car of the Year category winners as they are announced.

Caroline Kidd