Car of the year contenders

The shortlist of models for the Continental Irish Car of the Year 2014 has been announced by the Irish Motoring Writers Association (IMWA).

The shortlist of models for the Continental Irish Car of the Year 2014 has been announced by the Irish Motoring Writers Association (IMWA).

Sponsored by Continental Tyres Ireland, the overall winner of the 2014 title will be announced at an awards ceremony in the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Santry, on Thursday, November 21.

The shortlisted models are as follows (in alphabetical order) - BMW 4 Series, Citroen C4 Picasso, Dacia Sandero, Ford Fiesta ST, Kia Carens, Mazda6, Nissan Juke Nismo, Peugeot 2008, Peugeot 208 GTi, Range Rover, Renault Clio, Skoda Octavia, Toyota Auris, Toyota Corolla, Volkswagen Golf, Volkswagen Golf GTI

From 51 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.

Tom Dennigan of sponsor Continental Tyres Ireland said: “As a snapshot of the range of excellent cars available to Irish motorists, this year’s shortlist for the title has it all, from interesting and exciting new concepts to revisions of familiar old favourites”.

Gerry Murphy, chairman of the IMWA, said there was an excellent range of cars in this year’s shortlist – the most exciting for a number of years – and they really show how, in latter years, the car manufacturers have developed a range of totally new car segments.

“It won’t be an easy task to choose a winner from this great line up,” he reckoned.

The winner of last year’s Continental Irish Car of the Year was the BMW 3 Series.