|Irish Car of the Year|
The Irish Car of the Year (previously Semperit Irish Car of the Year) award was established in 1978 based on similar Car of the Year awards. It is organised and judged by the Irish Motoring Writers Association (IMWA), a grouping of Irish motoring journalists. The award was sponsored by German tyre manufacturer Semperit, and by Continental Tyres since 2009.
The award has 12 category winners: Car of the Year, Small/Compact Car, Small Crossover, Compact Crossover, Medium Crossover, Large Crossover, Executive/Premium Car, Hot Hatchback, Performance Car, Green/Efficient Car, as well as Innovation and Van of the Year since 2019.
Ford has won the competition eight times, with the Ford Mondeo winning the overall title the most times for an individual model. The current Irish Car of the Year title holder is the Volvo XC40, marking the first time the award has gone to the Swedish car maker.
The awards event takes place each year, at a venue in Dublin at the end of November.
Cars are assessed by jury, comprising 35 of the experienced motoring journalists in Ireland. Each member road-test each car individually on the following criteria:
- Use of new technology/new ideas.
- Safety factors.
- Equipment level, fuel economy, practicality.
- Environmental impact (emissions, recyclability).
- Use of space, comfort, ventilation and layout.
- Build quality, fit and finishing.
- Ride, dynamic qualities, road holding, steering, manoeuvrability.
- Engine, ease of driving, braking.
- Price, warranty, dealer network, after sales service.
- Driver/user feedback.
The first receiver of the award was the Volkswagen Golf Diesel, when it received the inaugural award in 1978. It débuted some four years after the regular Volkswagen Golf. The second receiver, the Volkswagen Derby, was around 1½ years old when it won the award, as was the third receiver, the Fiat Ritmo.
The Datsun Stanza received the award soon after its launch, while the next receiver, the Ford Escort, had been on sale since September 1980. Mercedes won the award of 2017, the first time in the forty year history of the award. The Peugeot 3008 won the accolade for 2018, the second time the car has won the top award since 2010. The current winner is the Volvo XC40 which is also the Irish Compact Crossover of the Year 2019.
Ford Mondeo is the only model achieving three-time winner of the Irish Car of the Year title in 1994, 2008 and 2016.
|Year||Irish Car of the Year Winner|
|2014||Citroën C4 Picasso|
|2013||BMW 3 Series (F30)|
|1993||Toyota Carina E|
|1978||Volkswagen Golf (Diesel)|
Winners sorted by manufacturer
|Ford||8||Escort (1982)||Sierra (1983)||Granada (1986)||Mondeo (1994)||Focus (1999)||Focus (2005)||Mondeo (2008)||Mondeo (2016)|
|Fiat||5||Ritmo (1980)||Uno (1984)||Croma (1987)||Tipo (1989)||Tempra (1991)|
|Opel||4||Kadett (1985)||Astra (1992)||Omega (1995)||Corsa (2001)|
|Toyota||4||Corolla (1988)||Carina (1993)||Yaris (2000)||Avensis (2004)|
|Citroën||3||Xsara (1998)||C5 (2009)||C4 Picasso (2014)|
|Peugeot||3||406 (1997)||3008 (2010)||3008 (2018)|
|Volkswagen||3||Golf (1978)||Derby (1979)||Polo (1996)|
|Nissan||2||Juke (2011)||Qashqai (2015)|
|Renault||2||19 (1990)||Laguna (2002)|
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