And the winner is: Kia Rio
THE Kia Rio has been voted Continental Irish Car of the Year 2012 by the Irish Motoring Writers' Association. It marks the first time that a Korean car brand has taken the title in the 35-year history of the awards.
The results were: 1. Kia Rio, 181 points; 2. Ford Focus, 176 points; 3. Peugeot 508, 165 points.
Presenting the award to James Brooks, managing director of Kia Ireland, Paddy Murphy of sponsor, Continental Tyres Ireland, said: "The Rio's victory is a measure of the progress which Korean manufacturers have made on the car market in a very short time."
Awards were made in five categories: Continental Irish Small Car of the Year -- Kia Rio; Continental Irish Compact Family Car of the Year -- Ford Focus; Continental Irish Family Car of the Year -- Peugeot 508; Continental Irish Executive/Luxury Car of the Year -- Range Rover Evoque; Continental Irish Performance Car of the Year -- Mercedes-Benz SLK.
The Kia Rio succeeds the Nissan Juke which took the title last year. The Continental Irish Van of the Year 2012 title was awarded to the Volkswagen Crafter.