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

Peugeot 3008 SUV European Car of the Year 2017

Peugeot 3008 Wins European Car Of The Year 2017

The Peugeot 3008 has been awarded European Car of the Year 2017 by a 58 member jury made up of motoring journalists from 22 countries across Europe.

The Peugeot 3008 received 319 points, pushing the Alfa Romeo Giulia into second with 296 points and the Mercedes-Benz E-Class into third with 196 points.

This is the first time an SUV has won the award since the awards were established in 1964. The judging panel acclaimed the Peugeot 3008 for its style, interior design and performance.

The Car of the Year award is given to the most outstanding new car to go on sale in the 12 months before. Cars are judged based on design, comfort, safety, economy, handling, performance, functionality, environmental requirements, driver satisfaction, and price. Technical innovation and value for money are particularly important factors.

This is the fifth time that Peugeot has won this title, following the 308 in 2014, the 307 in 2002, the 405 in 1988 and the 504 in 1969.

On the announcement, Jean-Philippe Imparato, CEO of the Peugeot brand said:“I am particularly proud and very pleased that the new Peugeot 3008 has just won the 2017 Car of the Year prize. This trophy is the culmination of five years of incredible work by the brand's teams and our group.”

Caroline Kidd

Peugeot 3008

Irish Pricing For New Peugeot 3008

The new Peugeot 3008 SUV is now available to order, with the first cars due to arrive in dealers across Ireland by early February 2017.

Petrols will be priced from €25,995, while diesels will start at €26,515. There will be a choice of five trim levels - Access, Active, Allure, GT Line and GT.

The new Peugeot 3008 is being offered with 1.2-litre (130hp) and 1.6-litre (165hp) turbo petrols, and 1.6-litre (100 or 120hp) and 2.0-litre (150hp) diesels. 6-speed manual and 6-speed automatic gearboxes are available.

The range-topping GT version comes as standard with a 2.0-litre BlueHDi diesel with 180bhp and a 6-speed automatic.

The latest Peugeot iCockpit interior will be standard across the range and consists of a compact steering wheel, a configurable 12.3" head-up digital instrument panel, an 8” touchscreen, multifunction steering wheel, Bluetooth, USB connectivity and 3 x 12V sockets.

Cruise Control with Speed Limiter, Speed Limit Information with Intelligent Speed Adaptation, Driver Attention Alert Level 1 and Lane Departure Warning also feature as standard.

Other standard features include 17” steel wheels, a spare wheel, four electric windows, central front armrest with butterfly-wing opening and illuminated chiller compartment, rear armrest with ski flap and two cup-holders, two-position boot floor, 1/3 – 2/3 Magic Flat folding rear seats with controls accessible from the boot, child safety locks, Isofix child seat fittings x3 in the front passenger and outer rear seats, tinted rear side windows, tinted rear tailgate, electric and heated door mirrors with LED side indicators, rear LED Peugeot signature 'Claw Effect' lights (with daylight function), semi-automatic air-conditioning with sensitive controls, and driver / passenger seat height adjustment.

The Peugeot 3008 will debut Peugeot's stunning new iCockpit

The level two Active model, priced from €28,295, gains the Euro NCAP Pack (Advanced Emergency Braking System with video camera and radar and Front Collision Warning), rear parking sensors with 180 degree reversing camera (Visiopark 1), 17” alloy wheels, alloy roof rails, electric parking brake with Hill Assist, automatic headlamps and wipers, electro-chrome rear view mirror, automatic follow-me home lighting, rear parking aid, LED daytime running lights, front fog lights with chrome trim, automatic & bi-zone diffusion air conditioning with sensitive controls and Mirrorscreen connectivity and WIFI, stainless steel roof arch trim, body colour rear spoiler with stainless steel edging trim, body protectors (bottom of front and rear bumpers + wheel arches + protection at bottom of doors), electric folding door mirrors and LED interior lighting.

Allure versions, priced from €29,855, see the addition of a Safety Plus Pack to include Active Blind Spot Detection (ABSD), Active Lane Keeping Assistance (LKA), and Advanced Driver Attention Alert (DAA3). Also added is Peugeot Smartbeam Assistance, door mirror mounted LED courtesy approach lights, front parking aid, a front bumper scuff plate in Lion Grey, black front wing trim with chrome detail, stainless steel door sill scuff plates and 18" diamond cut alloy wheels. Interior features include driver seat lumbar adjustment, a foldable front passenger seat with picnic table, blue ambient lighting to front door panels / storage / footwells and cupholders, Brumeo fabric dashboard / front and rear door panel finish, a satin chrome front door panel recess trim and leather effect and cloth seat trim.

The GT Line level four model, priced from €33,225, boasts, has self-levelling full LED headlamps, LED fog lamps with cornering function, LED sequential scrolling front indicators, door mirror mounted LED Peugeot Lion approach lights, 3D Connected Navigation, TomTom® Live updates (3 year subscription), voice recognition (radio, navigation and telephony features), black diamond roof, panoramic opening sunroof with electric blind and blue ambient lighting, Peugeot Open and Go keyless entry and push button start, Park Assist (parallel & row) with front & rear camera and 360 degree vision (Visiopark 3) and a Smartphone charging plate. Exterior features include Nera black door mirror shells, GT Line emblems in satin copper on the front wings and tailgate, chequered radiator grille with black Peugeot lettering, chrome side window trim, sports front bumper design, twin exhaust effect trim and 18” matt two-tone finish diamond cut alloy wheels. Interior touches include leather effect and cloth seat trim with Aikinite double stitch detail on armrest, gear lever and dashboard, full grain perforated leather steering wheel with satin chrome GT Line emblem, tramonte black roof lining and floor mats with Aikinite contrast stitching.

The new Peugeot 3008 will arrive in Ireland in February 2017

The top-of-the-range GT 2.0 litre BlueHDi automatic version, will be available at a later stage and will feature a grey oak dashboard, front and rear door panel finish, full grain leather and satin steel chrome gear lever, Mistral full grain perforated leather steering wheel with satin chrome GT emblem, driver seat multi-point massage function, driver seat 2 position memory function, driver seat 8-way electric adjustment (includes electric lumbar adjustment), driver and front passenger seat heating and seat adjustable cushion nose, Nappa Mistral full grain leather seat trim with Aikinite double stitch detail. Further enhancements include chrome door mirror shells, GT emblems in satin copper in the front wings and tailgate, wheel arch extensions and 19" matt two-tone finish diamond cut alloy wheels.

Caroline Kidd

Nissan Micra

6 Ordinary Heroes From 2016 Paris Motor Show

Forget the supercars and concepts! Here are my picks of the best ordinary cars from the 2016 Paris Motor Show. These six will be arriving in Ireland over the coming months and into 2017.

1.Suzuki Ignis 

Suzuki Ignis
The Suzuki Ignis, a funky new compact crossover

One of my stars of this year's show, Suzuki has given new life to the Ignis name in the form of a new compact crossover. The Ignis will be arriving in Ireland in early 2017 and has a cute and quirky presence. Customisation will be a key feature with the option of two tone colour schemes (with a black roof) and accent colours in the cabin. Four wheel drive will be available and power will come from a 1.2-litre petrol engine.

2.Nissan Micra

Nissan Micra
The Nissan Micra has gone all cool and edgy for the first time in its history

There was a big surprise on the Nissan stand with the unveiling of Generation 5 of the long standing Micra. For the first time the Nissan Micra is a cool and edgy affair, and some of the cars on display sported daring colours and youthful colour accents. The interior design and quality looks a huge step forward for the supermini. At launch, the car will offer the choice of a 0.9-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine and a 1.5-litre diesel, both developing 90hp. The range will be joined soon after by a naturally aspirated 73hp 1.0-litre petrol engine.

3.Citroen C3

Citroen C3
The Citroen C3 has crossover inspired styling

Citroen released photos of the new C3 a few months ago but this was the first time to see it in the metal and this will really be one to watch. This car looks far better in reality and is something refreshingly different in this segment with crossover inspired styling. A look inside reveals a smart interior with stylish colour accents and neat design details.

4.Peugeot 3008

Peugeot 3008
The Peugeot 3008 will be arriving in Ireland in December

This was the first time for us to explore the new 3008 SUV in the metal and it looks really promising. Peugeot have been talking a lot about a move upmarket, and the 3008 looks like a really well polished vehicle with crisp styling and a stunning cabin based around Peugeot's next generation of the i-Cockpit. This will be an interesting entrant to the C-segment SUV market when it arrives in Ireland in December.

5.Skoda Kodiaq

Skoda Kodiaq
The new Skoda Kodiaq is another one to watch - more subdued colours will be available!

Skoda has been leading an epic build up campaign to the Kodiaq. Photos of the new seven seater were released a few weeks ago but this was my first time to look around the car. Interior space is exceptionally good, even in the third row, while there is decent cargo space  with the third row of seats in place. The interior quality seems really good too and on the outside the Kodiaq has the same premium look as the new Skoda Superb.  Bound to be a hit if the pricing is good.

6.Honda Civic

Honda Civic
This is the Type R version of the new Honda Civic - the standard car will be a bit tamer!

The Honda Civic has matured and is looking more 'normal' now than it has since the mid-Noughties, which should mean that there will be less of a Marmite reaction to the car. The Civic has always been a fine car but did it always get the attention it deserved? Less polemic styling should certainly help. New turbo petrol engines are promised too so the engine line up should be competitive to what else is knocking about in this segment. Cabin space seems generous too.

Caroline Kidd