Semperit Irish Car of the Year

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The Semperit Irish Car of the Year award was established in 1978. It is organised and judged by the Irish Motoring Writers Association (IMWA), a grouping of 28 motoring journalists. The award is 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 Citroën C4 Picasso

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 winner of that category for the 2014 award is the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter.

The awards event takes place each year at a venue in Dublin in late November. The 2014 Continental Irish Car of the Year awards event took place on Thurs Nov. 21, 2013, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Santry with 195 people - a mix of media and car industry personnel - in attendance. Brendan O'Connor, Sunday Independent and RTÉ TV, was the MC for the event.

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.


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

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