• Irish Car of the Year longlist announced

    by  • October 18, 2013 • Motoring News

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    2013 Renault Clio exterior front right

    The Renault Clio is one of four Renaults eligible for the Continental Irish Car of the Year 2014

    Some 51 new cars have been announced as early contenders for the prestigious Continental Irish Car of the Year 2014 award.

    This is a significant increase in last year’s longlist, which consisted of just 36 cars.

    A shortlist of vehicles, along with category finalists, will be announced ahead of next month’s awards ceremony.

    The winners will be selected by the 28 voting members of the Irish Motoring Writers’ Association, with marking based on safety and innovation, build quality, space and comfort and value for money, as well as driving quality.

    Its chairman, Gerry Murphy said that car makers are ‘certainly showing confidence in the wider European car market’.

    Tom Dennigan of Continental Tyres Ireland, which sponsors the awards, said the IMWA jury ‘provides a great service for Irish motorists in helping them to make sense of the array of new cars that has been launched in Ireland this year’.

    Last year’s overall award went to the BMW 3 Series. The 2014 winners will be announced on November 21.

    The full list of candidates for the Continental Irish Car of the Year 2014:

    Audi RS 6 Avant
    Audi S3
    Audi S Q5 TDI
    BMW 4 Series
    BMW M6 Gran Coupé
    Citroen C4 Picasso
    Dacia Duster
    Dacia Logan MCV
    Dacia Sandero
    Fiat 500L
    Fiat 500L MPW
    Ford Fiesta ST
    Ford Kuga
    Jaguar F-Type
    Kia Carens
    Lexus IS
    Mercedes-Benz A-Class
    Mercedes-Benz CLA
    Mercedes-Benz S-Class
    MINI John Cooper Works GP Hatch
    MINI Paceman
    Mitsubishi Space Star
    Nissan Juke Nismo
    Nissan Note
    Opel Adam
    Opel Mokka
    Peugeot 2008
    Peugeot 208 GTi
    Porsche Cayman
    Range Rover
    Range Rover Sport
    Renault Captur
    Renault Clio
    Renault Clio Renaultsport 200 Turbo
    Renault Twizy
    SEAT Ibiza Cupra
    SEAT Leon
    SEAT Toledo
    Skoda Rapid
    Skoda Octavia
    SsangYong Korando
    Subaru BRZ
    Subaru Forester
    Suzuki SX-4 S-Cross
    Toyota Auris
    Toyota Corolla
    Toyota Prius+
    Toyota RAV4
    Volkswagen Golf
    Volkswagen Golf GTI

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