The BMW 3 Series wins Car of the Year

The BMW 3 Series has been voted Continental Irish Car of the Year 2013 by the Irish Motoring Writers’ Association.

The BMW 3 Series has been voted Continental Irish Car of the Year 2013 by the Irish Motoring Writers’ Association.

The announcement was made at an awards ceremony in the Convention Centre ,Dublin attended by leading figures from the motor industry. It was the first time BMW took the title.

The results were - 1 BMW 3 Series 240 points; 2 Volvo V40 220 points; 3 Peugeot 208 202 points.

The Irish Motoring Writers Association judges awarded points on the basis of criteria ranging from innovation and safety to space, comfort, build quality, driving quality and value for money.

Presenting the award to Michael Nugent, Director of Sales and Marketing, BMW Group Ireland, Paddy Murphy of sponsor, Continental Tyres Ireland, said the BMW 3 Series was a fitting winner of this prestigious award given its renowned efficiency and technological strengths.

“For some time this series has been a favourite among the business and broader driving public, and the recognition of excellence from the Irish Motoring Writers today will only enhance this standing,” he added.

Awards were made in five categories:

Continental Irish Small Car of the Year - Peugeot 208.

Continental Irish Compact Family Car of the Year - Volvo V40.

Continental Irish Family Car of the Year - BMW 3 Series.

Continental Irish Executive / Luxury Car of the Year - BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe.

Continental Irish Performance Car of the Year - Toyota GT86.

The Ford Transit Custom was voted Continental Irish Van of the Year 2013 by the Irish Motoring Writers Association (IMWA).

The Transit Custom, with 69 points, finished ahead of the Citroen Berlingo Airstream on 49 points and the Peugeot Partner Euro 5 (44 points).

Presenting the award to Ciaran McMahon of Ford Ireland, Paddy Murphy of award sponsors Continental Tyres Ireland commented: “We witness great progress being made in commercial vehicles each year, not least in terms of fuel economy and driver technology, and Ford’s Transit Custom is a case in point. These and other strengths make it a worthy bearer of the title Continental Irish Van of the Year 2013.”

The Transit Custom succeeds the VW Crafter, last year’s winner.

The Irish Motoring Writers’ Association has organised the Irish Car of the Year awards for the past 36 years. ’People motoring correspondent, John Knox, is a voting member on the Car of the Year jury.