David Thomas, CEO Volvo Ireland pictured with the winning Volvo XC40 with Tom Dennigan (second left) of Continental Tyres, Bob Flavin and Mark Gallivan of the Organising Committee.
The Volvo XC40 is the Irish Car of the Year 2019.
The Irish Car of the Year awards, in association with Continental Tyres, is voted on by motoring journalists from print, online and broadcasting.
The awards ceremony was in the Gibson Hotel, Dublin and it was attended by Ireland’s leading car brands, importers, distributors and other motoring dignitaries.
Volvo took the top award with its XC40 model which was also named as Irish Compact Crossover of the Year category winner.
ICOTY committee member Bob Flavin congratulated Volvo on winning through from a field of 48 new models.
ICOTY committee member Mark Gallivan said there was a wonderful array of cars in the competition, and it was a very tight race. The XC40 was a very worthy winner.
Tom Dennigan of Continental Tyres said the choices of the Irish Car of the Year jury provide a great helping hand to Irish consumers in navigating their way through the bewildering array of high tech vehicles that are launched in Ireland each year.
“In this regard, Continental is delighted to be associated with the Irish Car of the Year awards,” he added.
Ford Focus - Irish small/ compact Car of the Year 2019.
SEAT Arona - Irish small Crossover of the Year 2019.
Volvo XC40 - Irish compact crossover of the Year 2019. Pictured above is David Thomas, CEO Volvo Ireland with the winning Volvo XC40.
Skoda Karoq - Irish medium crossover of the Year 2019.
Volkswagen Touareg - Irish large crossover of the Year 2019.
Mercedes Benz CLS - Irish executive/premium Car of the Year 2019.
Ford Fiesta ST - Irish hot hatchback of the Year 2019.
BMW M5 – Irish performance Car of the Year 2019.
Nissan Leaf - Irish green /efficient Car of the Year 2018.
Nissan Leaf E Pedal - Irish Car of the Year innovation award 2019.
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 33 journalists electing the Volvo XC40 by a slim margin.
The Mercedes Benz Sprinter was voted as Irish Van of the Year 2019.