Gearing up for ‘Car of Year’ vote

The shortlist of models for the Continental Irish Car of the Year 2013 has been announced by the Irish Motoring Writers Association (IMWA). Sponsored by Continental Tyres Ireland, the overall winner of the 2013 title will be announced at an awards ceremony in the Convention Centre Dublin, Spencer Dock, Dublin 1, on Thursday, November 22.

The shortlist of models for the Continental Irish Car of the Year 2013 has been announced by the Irish Motoring Writers Association (IMWA). Sponsored by Continental Tyres Ireland, the overall winner of the 2013 title will be announced at an awards ceremony in the Convention Centre Dublin, Spencer Dock, Dublin 1, on Thursday, November 22.

The shortlisted models are as follows (in alphabetical order) - BMW 3 Series, BMW 6 Series Gran Coupé, BMW M5, Ford B-Max, Kia cee’d, Kia Optima, Mazda CX-5, Mercedes-Benz M-Class, Peugeot 208, Toyota GT86 and Volvo V40.

From 35 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.

“In spite of the weak car market in Ireland, this year’s shortlist includes a nice mix of interesting and exciting new concepts and revisions of old nameplates,” said Paddy Murphy of Continental Tyres Ireland.

Gerry Murphy, chairman of the IMWA, said the task now for the IMWA voting members was to re-test each car at the ‘refresher day’ drive event before the final deadline for submission of votes.

The winner of last year’s Continental Irish Car of the Year was the Kia Rio.