Field of 36 Cars Compete for 2013 Continental Irish Car of the Year Title

A field of 36 candidates for the Continental Irish Car of the Year 2013 awards was announced by the Irish Motoring Writers Association (IMWA) today. The Continental Irish Car of the Year and Continental Irish Van of the Year will be revealed at a gala event in the Convention Centre, Dublin, on Thursday 22nd November.

The full field of candidates for the Continental Irish Car of the Year 2013 are as follows:

Audi A3

Audi Q3

BMW 3 Series

BMW 6 Series Gran Coupé


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


Skoda Citigo

Subaru XV

Toyota GT86

Volkswagen Beetle

Volkswagen up!

Volvo V40

Gerry Murphy, Chairman of the IMWA, commented: “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 dissappoint”.

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.

“As with each year, the IMWA car jury provide a great service for Irish motorists in helping them to make sense of the bewildering array of new cars that has been launched in Ireland this year”, commented Paddy Murphy of Continental Tyres Ireland, Irish Car of the Year sponsor. “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 in the coming weeks.

Last year the Continental Irish Car of the Year title went to the Kia Rio while the van accolade was won by the Volkswagen Crafter.