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Brian Byrne, Chairman of the IMWA van jury presents the award for Car Derived Van of the Year to Ian Corbett of Toyota. Looking on is Tom Dennigan of Sponsor, Continental Tyres.

Vans of the year

The Toyota Auris Van and Ssangyong Korando Commercial have been named Category Winners of the Continental Irish Van of the Year 2014 title by the Irish Motoring Writers Association (IMWA) Van Jury. All nine voting members of the IMWA Van Jury took part in the vote. In deciding on these category winners, the jury members took into account attributes such as load capacity, reliability, overall versatility, cost of ownership and comfort. Presenting the awards to Ian Corbett, of Toyota Ireland, and John Keogh, SsangYong Ireland, Tom Dennigan of Continental Tyres Ireland, commented “In today’s tough commercial vehicle market, these two vehicles have been singled out by the IMWA van experts. I am sure that these awards will provide a huge boost for both the Auris Van and Korando Commercial.” Brian Byrne, Chairman of the IMWA van jury, said “In assessing candidates for the Continental Irish Van of the Year category awards, our jurors pay close attention to how the vehicles …

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Pictured at the presentation of the Continental Irish Car of the Year trophy were Tom Dennigan, Continental Tyres Ireland, Frederic Soulier, Managing Director, Citroen Motors Ireland, Gerry Murphy, Chairman, IMWA and model Adrienne Murphy.

Irish Car of the Year

The Citroen C4 Picasso has been voted Continental Irish Car of the Year for 2014 by the Irish Motoring Writers Association. The winner was revealed at an awards ceremony in the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Dublin late last week. The Picasso MPV received 377 votes from the IMWA jurors, ahead of the Volkswagen Golf (364 votes) and the Mazda6 (327 votes). It is the third time that Citroen has taken the overall Continental Irish Car of the Year title, after the Citroen Xsara (1998) and the Citroen C5 (2009). Members of the IMWA awarded their votes on the basis of key criteria including safety, equipment level, fuel economy, comfort, practicality, ride and road-holding. The trophy was presented to Frederic Soulier, Managing Director of Citroen Ireland, by Tom Dennigan of Continental Tyres Ireland, who commented: “The Citroen C4 Picasso is an outstanding car and a worthy winner of our main award. It combines excellent driving qualities with a range of truly …

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