Ireland’s motoring journalists crown the Peugeot 3008 as Irish Car of the Year 2018

The Irish Car of the Year Awards in association with Continental Tyres recently took place at the Gibson Hotel, Dublin.

Motoring journalists from print, online and broadcasting hosted a gala black tie event attended by Ireland’s leading car brands, importers, distributors and other motoring dignitaries.

Peugeot took the top award with its 3008 model which was also named as Irish Compact Crossover of the Year category winner.

ICOTY Committee member Michael Sheridan said: “What an achievement for the Peugeot 3008 to come out on top from a field of some 60 new models launched this year on the Irish market.”

ICOTY Committee member David Walshe said: “It was a very tight competition this year with many, many fine vehicles in the running for the Irish Car of the Year accolade, congratulations to a worthy winner.”

Tom Dennigan of Continental Tyres said about the awards: “The choices of the Irish Car of the Year jury are a great help in informing Irish consumers as to the bewildering array of high tech vehicles that are launched in Ireland each year. Continental is delighted to be associated with the Irish Car of the Year awards.”

The category winners:

Kia Picanto – Irish City Car of the Year 2018

Nissan Micra – Irish Small Car of the Year 2018

Honda Civic – Irish Compact Car of the Year 2018

Alfa Romeo Giulia – Irish Medium Car of the Year 2018

BMW 5 Series – Irish Executive / Premium Car of the Year 2018

Peugeot 3008 – Irish Compact Crossover of the Year 2018

Skoda Kodiaq – Irish Large Crossover of the Year 2018

Toyota Prius PHEV – Irish Green / Efficient Car of the Year 2018

Alfa Romeo Giulia QF – Irish Performance / Sports Car of the Year 2018

New for this year’s awards programme, the Irish Car of the Year Committee introduced an award designed to recognise outstanding innovation, the Irish Car of the Year Innovation award. The Irish Car of the Year Committee explained that the aim of the award is to highlight the many innovative technologies and systems that car makers are integrating in new models. Many of these innovations are helping to improve road safety and are making cars more intelligent as the dawn of autonomous driving comes ever closer.  The winner of the inaugural Irish Car of the Year Innovation Award for 2018 is the Honda Civic Sensing Suite of Safety Features.

Apart from the Innovation category award winner, the nine other category winners were all in the running for the top honour with the judging panel of some 30 journalists electing the Peugeot 3008 by a very tight margin.

58 Cars To Compete for 2018 Irish Car of the Year Title

The list of cars eligible for Irish Car of the Year 2018, in association with Continental Tyres, has been revealed.

58 cars will compete for a number of category wins and for the overall title of Irish Car of the Year 2018. The winners will be announced at a gala event in The Gibson Hotel, Dublin, on November 9th.

Pictured above at The Gibson Hotel launching the 2018 awards programme are Tom Dennigan from awards programme sponsor, Continental Tyres, holding the Irish Car of the Year trophy, and Michael Sheridan and David Walshe, of the Irish Car of the Year Committee.

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The list of candidates for the Irish Car of the Year 2018 Awards is as follows:

Alfa Romeo Giulia Kia Picanto SEAT Leon
Alfa Romeo Giulia QF Kia Rio Skoda Citigo
Alfa Romeo Stelvio Kia Stonic Skoda Kodiaq
Audi A5 Land Rover Discovery Skoda Octavia
Audi A8 Mazda CX-5 Skoda Rapid
Audi Q2 Mini Countryman Suzuki Ignis
Audi Q5 Mercedes GLA Suzuki Swift
Audi RS5 Coupe Mercedes S-Class Tesla Model S
BMW 5 Series Nissan Micra Tesla Model X
BMW 530e Nissan Qashqai Toyota CH-R
Citroen C3 Opel Crossland X Toyota Prius PHEV
Fiat 124 Spider Opel Insignia Toyota Yaris
Fiat Tipo Peugeot 3008 Volkswagen Arteon
Ford Fiesta Peugeot 5008 Volkswagen e-Golf
Ford Ka+ Porsche 718 Volkswagen Golf
Honda Civic Range Rover Velar Volkswagen Golf R
Honda Civic Type R Renault Koleos Volkswagen UP
Hyundai i10 Renault Scenic Volvo XC60
Hyundai i30 Renault Zoe
Hyundai Ioniq SEAT Ibiza