31 Cars in the Hunt for 2010 Continental Tyres Irish Car of the Year Title

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A field of 31 candidates for the Continental Irish Car of the Year 2010 awards was announced by the Irish Motoring Writers Association (IMWA) today. The Continental Irish Car of the Year and Continental Irish Van of the Year, in addition to five car and two van category awards, will be revealed at a gala event in the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Dublin, on Thursday 26th November.

Michael Moroney, Chairman of the IMWA, commented: “It has been a tough year for the motor industry and certainly the slowdown has impacted on the number of new models coming onto the market in comparison with previous years.  However, I am pleased to say that one thing that has not suffered is the quality of the cars in the running for our awards – from really exciting superminis right up to luxury / sport models, they are all there in the 2010 field of runners.

The 27 voting members of the Irish Motoring Writers Association assess each vehicle, attributing points on the basis of criteria ranging from innovation and safety, to space, comfort, build quality, driving quality and value for money.

This year sees a change in sponsorship for the awards.  Semperit Tyres who sponsored the awards for the last 20-years is passing the title to Continental Tyres.  

“The new sponsorship reflects the growing importance of Continental within our brand portfolio in Ireland,” explained Paddy Murphy of Continental Tyres Ireland. “As one in three cars produced in Europe is now running on Continental tyres, the brand is becoming more and more familiar to Irish motorists.  We felt that aligning the Continental name with the IMWA’s Irish Car of the Year award would be hugely beneficial for both our brand and for the awards themselves.

We are sure that the Continental Irish Car of the Year title will become as useful an aid to Irish car-buyers as the Semperit title has been for the last 20 years”, concluded Murphy.

The full field of candidates for the Continental Irish Car of the Year 2010 are as follows:


1. Alfa Romeo MiTo

2. Audi A5 Sportback

3. Audi Q5

4. BMW X1

5. BMW Z4

6. BMW 5 Gran Turismo

7. Dodge Journey

8. Ford Ka

9. Honda Jazz

10. Honda Accord

11. Hyundai i20

12. Kia Soul

13. Lexus RX450h

14. Lotus Evora

15. Mazda3

16. Mazda MX5

17. Mercedes Benz E-Class

18. Mercedes CLC

19. Opel Insignia

20. Peugeot 3008

21. Peugeot Partner Tepee

22. Porsche Panamera GT

23. Renault Megane

24. Renault Scenic & Grand Scenic

25. Renault Kangoo Passenger

26. Suzuki Alto

27. Toyota Avensis

28. Toyota iQ

29. Toyota Urban Cruiser

30. VW Polo

31. VW Golf


In the coming weeks the full listing will be reduced to a short list of 10 cars – two in each of the following category awards:

Continental Irish Small Car of the Year

Continental Irish Family Car of the Year

Continental Irish MPV of the Year

Continental Irish Luxury / Sport Car of the Year

Continental Irish SUV / Crossover Car of the Year

Last year the Semperit Irish Car of the Year title went to the Citroen C5 while the van accolade was won by the Citroen Berlingo / Peugeot Partner.