The Peugeot 3008 crossover has been voted Continental Irish Car of the Year 2010 by the Irish Motoring Writers Association (IMWA). The announcement was made at an awards ceremony today in the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Santry, attended by leading figures from the motor industry.
In determining the winner, the IMWA jurors voted on a shortlist of 10 cars spread over five categories. The results of the vote were as follows:
1 Peugeot 3008 239
2 Mercedes Benz E-Class 199
3 Kia Soul 198
4 Honda Jazz 169
5 Volkswagen Golf 165
6 Opel Insignia 164
7 Honda Accord 132
8 Volkswagen Polo 120
9 Renault Grand Scenic 70
10 Renault Kangoo 28
All 27 members of the Irish Motoring Writers Association voted, awarding points on criteria ranging from innovation and safety to space, comfort, build quality, driving quality and value for money.
Presenting the award to Dave McConnell, Managing Director of Gowan Distributors, Paddy Murphy of Continental Tyres commented: “As a crossover, the Peugeot 3008 is the first Irish Car of the Year to come from outside the traditional car segments. It’s a huge testament to the car’s qualities that it has emerged top of such an illustrious list of models.”
Awards were made in five categories, reflecting the diversified nature of today’s car market in Ireland. The Peugeot 3008 was the winner of the Continental Irish SUV/Crossover of the Year category in addition to the overall award.
Continental Irish Small Car of the Year
Continental Irish Family Car of the Year
Continental Irish SUV / Crossover of the Year
Continental Irish MPV of the Year
Renault Grand Scenic
Continental Irish Luxury / Sport Car of the Year
The Peugeot 3008 succeeds the Citroen C5, which took the title last year.
The Continental Irish Van of the Year 2010 award went to the Ford Transit Connect.