Irish Car of the Year 2018

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The Irish Car of the Year for 2018 is the Peugeot 3008.

The announcement was made at the Irish Car of the Year awards event held tonight in the Gibson hotel, Dublin. The awards ceremony was attended by the great and the good of Ireland’s motoring industry. Attendees witnessed a number of category wins, an innovation award and the coveted overall award winner being announced. The awards were voted on by a panel of judges made up from members of the association of professional motoring press (APMP of which I’m Chairman) and the IMWA.

The City Car of the Year 2018 award went to the Kia Picanto.

The five seat Kia beat off stiff competition from the Suzuki Ignis, the VW up!, its sister car the Skoda Citigo, the Hyundai i10 and Ford’s spacious Ka+.

The Small Car of the Year 2018 award went to the Nissan Micra.

This highly competitive category featured the Ford Fiesta, the Suzuki Swift, the Kia Rio, the Citroen C3, the Toyota Yaris, the SEAT Ibiza, the Skoda Rapid and the Dacia Sandero

The Compact Car of the Year 2018 award went to the Honda Civic.

In a class dominated by the Volkswagen Golf the Japanese machine beat the German that had recieved a facelift and a new 1 litre petrol engine option plus the all new Civic also beat Golf’s its sister the SEAT Leon, the value for money Fiat Tipo, the Hyundai Ioniq with its green credentials, the spacious Skoda Octavia, the Hyundai i30 and the budget Dacia Logan.

The Medium Car of the Year 2018 award went to the Alfa Romeo Giulia.

A small group battled it out with the Volkswagen Arteon, the Audi A5 and the Opel Insignia coming close to the Italian. The rear wheel drive Giulia has direct steering and is a lot of fun to drive.

The Executive/Premium Car of the Year 2018 award went to the BMW 5 Series.

Another small but impressive group this year with the Mercedes Benz S Class getting a facelift and the Tesla Model S cgoing on sale in Ireland for the first time but both machines failed to match the all rounder from BMW.

The Compact Crossover of the Year 2018 award went to the Peugeot 3008.

The European Car of the Year now adds this to its long list of awards. The 3008  beat off rivals such as the Audi Q2, The Ford Kuga, the Kia Stonic, the Mazda CX-5, The Mercedes Benz GLA, the MINI Countryman, the Nissan Qashqai, the Opel Crossland X, the Renault Captur, the Toyota CH-R and Renault Scenic.

The Large Crossover of the Year 2018 award went to the Skoda Kodiaq.

The remarkable Kodiaq beat off stiff competition from the excellent Volvo XC60 and others like the Alfa Romeo Stelvio, the Audi Q5, the Land Rover Discovery, the Peugeot 5008, the Range Rover Velar, the Renault Koleos and Tesla Model X.

The Green/Efficient Car of the Year 2018 award went to the Toyota Prius PHEV.

In a tough category the plug in Toyota beat off competition from the BMW 530e, the Hyundai Ioniq, the Renault Zoe (40), two Teslas the S and X and the Volkswagen eGolf. The four seat plug in Prius adds EV only range to the popular car from the world’s leading hybrid brand.

The Performance/Sports Car of the Year 2018 award went to the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio.

This astonishing Italian machine took the award ahead of the Porsche 718, the Volkswagen Golf R, the Fiat Spider and the Honda Civic Typre R. I’ve racedit on Alfa’s test track and it is brilliant. On Irish roads it works very well too.

 

The Innovation award went to Honda Ireland for its Honda Sensing suite of driving aids.

The potentially life saving suite of driving aids are fitted as standard and not as an option in the new Honda Civic.

Other nominees included Citroen C3’s Connected Cam dash camera, BMW’s Connected Drive with Microsoft Exchange and Skype for business, the Land Rover Discovery’s Activity Key, Alfa Romeo’s new integrated braking system and the Honda Civic’s side retracting load cover.

ICOTY Committee member Michael Sheridan (me!) said in the official press release: “What an achievement for the Peugeot 3008 to come out on top from a field of some 60 new models launched this year on the Irish market.”

ICOTY Committee member David Walshe said: “It was a very tight competition this year with many, many fine vehicles in the running for the Irish Car of the Year accolade, congratulations to a worthy winner.”

Tom Dennigan of Continental Tyres said about the awards: “The choices of the Irish Car of the Year jury are a great help in informing Irish consumers as to the bewildering array of high tech vehicles that are launched in Ireland each year. Continental is delighted to be associated with the Irish Car of the Year awards.”

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Michael Sheridan

Michael is Motorhub's Editor. Well known from TV and radio, Michael has been writing, presenting and judging cars since the mid 90's. He is a renowned Producer/Director and documentary film maker. Dozens of credits include: The Whole Way Round (Gay Byrne), The Shamrock Run (Alan Shortt), The Viking Run (Clodagh McKenna) and The Irish 66ers (David Mitchell) and The Climb for Kids (Colin Farrell). Print credits include: the RTE Guide (motoring editor 1999-2003), many national daily papers and Sundays including The Irish Times (freelance) plus other magazines. National radio credits include multiple at RTE Gerry Ryan show, the Mooney Show, The Dave Fanning Show, Drivetime etc. TV credits as a motoring expert include RTE's flagship current affairs show Primetime and TV3's Ireland AM. Michael also presented RTE's car show Drive! in the late 90s and directed some items in MPH2 on TG4. Michael contributes weekly on motoring issues to The Last Word show with Matt Cooper on Today FM. Michael has represented Ireland's motoring journalists in Motorsport at the International Mazda MX-5 endurance race series in Italy and the Arctic Ice Race. He has been a Car of the Year Judge for over 18 years and is a former Chairperson of the Association of Professional Motoring Press (APMP).

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