Semperit Irish Car of the Year

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The 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 28 motoring journalists. The award was sponsored by German tyre manufacturer Continental Tyres / Semperit. In 2010, the title of the award was changed to Continental Irish Car of the Year, as the sponsor sought to raise the profile of the Continental Tyres brand in Ireland.

The current winner is the Nissan Qashqai

The award has 5 category winners, Continental Irish Small Car of the Year, Continental Irish Compact Family Car of the Year, Continental Irish Family Car of the Year, Continental Irish Executive / Luxury Car of the Year, and the Continental Irish Performance Car of the Year.

It also has a "Continental Irish Van of the Year", The current winner of that category is the Ford Transit. The awards event takes place each year, at a venue in Dublin in late November.

Current rules[edit]

Cars are assessed by the 28 jurors on the following criteria:[citation needed]

  • 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, maneuverability.
  • Engine, ease of driving, braking.
  • Price, warranty, dealer network, after sales service.
  • Driver/user feedback.

Results[edit]

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.

It was a similar story with the Renault 19, which had gone into production in August 1988.

Winners sorted by manufacturer
Germany BMW 1 F30 (2013)
France Citroën 3 Xsara (1998) C5 (2009) C4 Picasso (2014)
Japan Datsun 1 Stanza (1981)
Italy Fiat 5 Ritmo (1980) Uno (1984) Croma (1987) Tipo (1989) Tempra (1990)
Germany Ford 7 Escort (1982) Sierra (1983) Granada (1986) Mondeo (1994) Focus (1999) Focus (2005) Mondeo (2008)
Japan Honda 1 Civic (2007)
South Korea Kia 1 Rio (2012)
Japan Mazda 1 6 (2003)
Japan Nissan 2 Juke (2011) Qashqai (2015)
Germany Opel 4 Kadett (1985) Astra (1992) Omega (1995) Corsa (2001)
France Peugeot 2 406 (1997) 3008 (2010)
France Renault 2 19 (1990) Laguna (2002)
Japan Suzuki 1 Swift (2006)
Japan Toyota 4 Corolla (1988) Carina (1993) Yaris (2000) Avensis (2004)
Germany Volkswagen 3 Golf (1978) Derby (1979) Polo (1996)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Nissan scores top prize at 2015 Continental Irish Car of the Year awards". cullencommunications.ie. 2 December 2014. 
  2. ^ "Citroën C4 Picasso Irish Car of the Year 2014". atthelights.com. 21 November 2013. 
  3. ^ "BMW 3 Series named Irish Car of the Year". atthelights.com. 22 November 2012. 
  4. ^ "KIA RIO WINS CONTINENTAL IRISH CAR OF THE YEAR AWARD". joe.ie. 24 November 2011. 
  5. ^ "NISSAN JUKE WINS IRISH CAR OF THE YEAR TITLE FOR 2011". joe.ie. 25 November 2010. 
  6. ^ "Peugeot 3008 Irish Car of the Year". caradvice.com. 2 December 2009. 
  7. ^ "Citroen C5 takes Semperit Irish Car of the Year Crown". advertiser.ie. 27 November 2008. 
  8. ^ "New Ford Mondeo takes Semperit Irish Car of the Year crown". autotrade.ie. 29 November 2007. 
  9. ^ "European Civic Wins Semperit Car of the Year (Ireland)". vtec.net. 20 November 2006. 
  10. ^ "SUZUKI SWIFT TAKES IRISH CAR OF THE YEAR CROWN". Suzuki. 25 November 2005. 
  11. ^ "Focus wins Semperit's Irish title". irishtimes.com. 24 November 2004. 
  12. ^ "Toyota Avensis takes Semperit Irish Car of the Year crown". eforecourt. 15 January 2004. 
  13. ^ "Mazda6 Irish Car of the Year". eforecourt. 27 November 2002. 
  14. ^ "Renault Laguna takes Semperit Irish Car of the Year crown". eforecourt. 26 November 2001. 

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