2013 Continental Irish Car of the Year shortlist announced

The shortlist of models for the Continental Irish Car of the Year 2013 has been announced by the Irish Motoring Writers Association (IMWA). Sponsored by Continental Tyres Ireland, the overall winner of the 2013 title will be announced at an awards ceremony in the Convention Centre Dublin, Spencer Dock, Dublin 1, on Thursday November 22, 2012,

The shortlist of models for the Continental Irish Car of the Year 2013 has been announced by the Irish Motoring Writers Association (IMWA). Sponsored by Continental Tyres Ireland, the overall winner of the 2013 title will be announced at an awards ceremony in the Convention Centre Dublin, Spencer Dock, Dublin 1, on Thursday November 22, 2012,

The shortlisted models are as follows (in alphabetical order):

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BMW 3 Series

BMW 6 Series Gran Coupé

BMW M5

Ford B-Max

Kia cee’d

Kia Optima

Mazda CX-5

Mercedes-Benz M-Class

Peugeot 208

Toyota GT86

Volvo V40

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From 35 eligible cars, selection of the shortlisted vehicles is based on votes from the 28 voting members of the IMWA, taking into account such factors as value for money, style, engineering and performance.

“In spite of the weak car market in Ireland, this year’s shortlist includes a nice mix of interesting and exciting new concepts and revisions of old nameplates,” said Paddy Murphy of Continental Tyres Ireland.

Gerry Murphy, Chairman of the IMWA, said: “the task now for the IMWA voting members is to re-test each car at our ‘Refresher’ day drive event and over the coming weeks before the final deadline for submission of votes”.

The winner of last year’s Continental Irish Car of the Year was the Kia Rio.