The Irish Motoring Writers Association has announced its car of the year for 2011, and The Nissan Juke has been voted Continental Irish Car of the Year 2011. The announcement was made at an awards ceremony in the Convention Centre Dublin attended by leading figures from the motor industry.
The judging panel from the Irish Motoring Writers’ Association ranked their top five as follows:
- Nissan Juke 185 points
- Kia Venga 166 points
- BMW 5 Series 158 points
- Skoda Yeti 149 points
- Opel Astra 144 points
Points were awarded based on criteria ranging from innovation and safety to space, comfort, driving quality, build quality and value for money. The award was presented by Paul O’Sullivan, the marketing director of Nissan Ireland. Awards were made in five categories, reflecting the diversified nature of todays car market in Ireland. The Nissan Juke succeeds the Peugeot 3008 which took the title last year. The Continental Irish Van of the Year 2011 title was awarded to the Mercedes Benz Vito.
Presenting the award to Paul O’Sullivan, Marketing Director of Nissan Ireland, Paddy Murphy of awards sponsor, Continental Tyres Ireland, commented: “The Irish motoring writers have selected an exciting model and no doubt the 2011 Irish Car of the Year accolade will provide a huge boost to the popularity of the Nissan Juke in the Irish market, particularly in the context of the current economic environment.”
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