Saturday 25 March 2017

Picking my World Car winner; fund raising, hair raising and roundabout ways

Citroen Spacetourer
Citroen Spacetourer
Audi RS Q3
Eddie Cunningham

Eddie Cunningham

I've just finished my voting/marks for this year's World Car of the Year awards and it has been, genuinely, one of the toughest things I've had to do for a long time. I had to allocate marks out of 10 for a number of different criteria including value-for-money, impact on buyers, 'greeness' etc.

As well as World Car of the Year I marked for the Luxury Car, Performance Car, Green Car, Design of the Year. I love it but it's tough.

I've picked my winner but can't reveal my detailed marks until the announcement is made globally.

I hope the re-alignment of the roundabout at the Sandyford Industrial estate in Dublin is a success. God knows they have been at it long enough. It is no longer a roundabout. It's now a major junction operated by lights. An initial obser vation: they need better, more prominent signage.

Interesting that Volkswagen has put back the date for publication of its annual accounts for 2015 due to "remaining open questions and the resulting valuation calculations relating to the diesel emissions issue". I love the way these announcements are phrased.

New dates will be announced as soon as possible. It will make for interesting reading. There's a lot riding on those figures.

To be clear on the Joe Brolly thing from last week. He was on the Late Late Show to highlight what Cystic Fibrosis sufferers go through. My sincere apologies for any mix-up. Any more ideas on how to help raise funds? I've had a couple and passed them on. Any sponsors out there for the The Broadway Challenge at Naas on March 27? Teams compete by performing pieces from popular Broadway musicals. The organisers hope to raise €40,000.

Citroën's new SpaceTourer will debut at Geneva Its new modular. Watch out for this. It is much bigger than, but based on a variant of the platform used by, the C4 Picasso and Grand C4 Picasso, two of the most popular people-carriers in the business. One version of the new car will be able to carry nine people. I'm tempted to say it might suit a particular political party after the election.

Just how much power do you need in a small crossover? The new Audi RS Q3 has 367PS from a 5-cyl 2.5-litre TFSI (it's a world class engine, no doubt). Just asking, that's all. How fast do/can you go in a small crossover?

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