51 cars compete to be chosen as Continental Irish Car of the Year 2014

Tom Dennigan of Continental Tyres Ireland with Gerry Murphy, Chairman of the Irish Motoring Writers Association at the announcement of the field of runners for the 2014 Continental Irish Car of the Years awards.
A field of 51 candidates for the Continental Irish Car of the Year 2014 awards was announced by the Irish Motoring Writers Association (IMWA).

A field of 51 candidates for the Continental Irish Car of the Year 2014 awards was announced by the Irish Motoring Writers Association (IMWA).

The Continental Irish Car of the Year and Continental Irish Van of the Year will be revealed at a gala event in the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Santry, on Thursday, November 21

The full field of candidates for the Continental Irish Car of the Year 2014 are as follows:

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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

Mazda6

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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Gerry Murphy, Chairman of the IMWA, commented: “The number of cars eligible for this year’s award is up from 36 entrants last year to some 51 new models for this year, that is a 38 percent increase. And although we mightn’t see signs of it here in Ireland yet, the car manufacturers are certainly showing confidence in the wider European car market”.

The 28 voting members of the Irish Motoring Writers’ Association assess each vehicle, attributing points on the basis of criteria ranging from innovation and safety, to space, comfort, build quality, driving quality and value for money.

“For anyone in the lucky position of looking to renew their car with a 141 reg in January, the IMWA car 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”, commented Tom Dennigan of Continental Tyres Ireland, Irish Car of the Year sponsor.

A shortlist of vehicles will be announced in the coming weeks.

Last year the Continental Irish Car of the Year title went to the BMW 3 Series while the van accolade was won by the Ford Transit Custom.