Irish Car of the Year shortlist revealed
The voting committee of the Irish Motoring Writers Association (IMWA), have whittled the long list of 51 cars eligible for the 2014 Continental Irish Car of the Year down to the final 16. The overall winner of the 2014 title will be announced at an awards ceremony in the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Santry, on Thursday November 21.
The shortlisted models, in alphabetical order, are:
BMW 4 Series
Citroen C4 Picasso
Ford Fiesta ST
Nissan Juke Nismo
Peugeot 208 GTi
Volkswagen Golf GTI
"What an excellent range of cars in this year's shortlist," commented IMWA Chairman Gerry, "the most exciting for a number of years - they really show how, in latter years, the car manufacturers have developed a range of totally new car segments - it won't be an easy task to choose a winner from this great line up".
The 28 voting members of the IMWA will now further assess the shortlisted cars, attributing points on the basis of criteria ranging from innovation and safety, to space, comfort, build quality, driving dynamics and value for money.
Alongside the overall Irish Car of the Year, the panel will also decide on the winners of Small Car, Compact Family Car, Family Car, Luxury/Executive Car and Performance Car classes.
Tom Dennigan of sponsor Continental Tyres Ireland said: "As a snapshot of the range of excellent cars available to Irish motorists, this year's shortlist for the title has it all, from interesting and exciting new concepts to revisions of familiar old favourites".
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