• Irish Car of the Year longlist revealed

    by  • October 19, 2012 • Motoring News

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    The Volkswagen up! is one of the contenders for the Continental Irish Car of the Year 2013

    Some 36 car models have made the longlist for the Continental Irish Car of the Year 2013 awards.

    The candidates have been chosen by the 28 voting members of the Irish Motoring Writers’ Association, based on criteria including innovation and safety, comfort, space, driving quality, build quality, and value for money.

    Chairman of the IMWA, Gerry Murphy said: ‘In spite of the general economic slowdown, we are still seeing the arrival in Ireland of a lot of innovative new car models brim full of new automotive technologies and the field of runners for the 2013 title certainly doesn’t disappoint.’

    Paddy Murphy of Continental Tyres Ireland, which sponsors the Irish Car of the Year, added: ‘The list of candidates for this year’s award is an eclectic one with a lot of quality in it – it won’t be an easy choice for the jurors.’

    A shortlist of vehicles will be announced ahead of the November 22 awards ceremony.

    The Kia Rio won last year’s Continental Irish Car of the Year, with the van award going to the Volkswagen Crafter.

    Continental Irish Car of the Year 2013 nominees:

    Audi A3
    Audi Q3
    BMW 3 Series
    BMW 6 Series Gran Coupé
    BMW M5
    Chevrolet Cruze
    Chevrolet Orlando
    Chevrolet Spark
    Chrysler 300C
    Citroen DS5
    Fiat Panda
    Ford B-Max
    Honda Civic
    Honda CR-V
    Hyundai i30
    Hyundai Santa Fe
    Hyundai Veloster
    Kia cee’d
    Kia Optima
    Lexus GS
    Mazda CX-5
    Mercedes-Benz B-Class
    Mercedes-Benz M-Class
    Mercedes-Benz SL
    Opel Zafira Tourer
    Peugeot 208
    Porsche 911
    Porsche Boxster
    Renault Clio
    SEAT Mii
    Skoda Citigo
    Subaru XV
    Toyota GT86
    Volkswagen Beetle
    Volkswagen up!
    Volvo V40