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Two Mazdas in the top three for World Car awards; why we are worse behaved than before; Electronomous comes to capital

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Mazda CX-30

Mazda CX-30

Mazda CX-30

The finalists for this year's World Car of the Year awards have been announced.

A jury of 86 international automotive journalists, including myself, selected the finalists by secret ballot based on evaluation of each car as part of our professional work.

These are the final three for the different categories:

* World Car of the Year (overall award): Kia Telluride, Mazda CX-30 and Mazda3;

* World Urban Car: Kia eSoul EV, MINI Electric and Volkswagen T-Cross;

* World Luxury Car: Mercedes EQC, Porsche 911 and Porsche Taycan;

* World Performance Car: Porsche 718 Spyder/Cayman GT4, Porsche 911 and Porsche Taycan;

* World Car Design of the Year: Mazda3, Peugeot 208, Porsche Taycan.

The road to the World Car Awards will end with a grand finale awards ceremony and press conference at the New York International Auto Show on April 8.

* We wish Jana Solovjova the very best in her new role as marketing manager at Gowan Distributors, Peugeot importer in Ireland.

Jana takes over from Emma Toner, who moves to a senior position in Opel Ireland, which was acquired by the Gowan Group late last year.

* It comes as no surprise to learn that a majority of motorists believe driver behaviour has worsened in recent years.

According to recent research from AA Ireland (more than 7,000 Irish motorists participated in the survey), 30.8pc strongly agreed that behaviour had worsened.

A further 35.11pc partially agreed that was the case, while only 3.4pc strongly disagreed.

I wonder why it is the case that such a widely held perception prevails?

I happen to believe it is a fact and that people are generally more pre-occupied with themselves than before. That is putting it mildly.

Now, I don't think every driver out there is a road-rage maniac.

It is more subtle than that.

I think we have just slowly become selfish and self-centred and feel entitled to pre-eminence.

You see it every day: how few drivers will let you out of a side road even though it only means losing a couple of car lengths, for example.

Or how many will flash and honk at you if you are driving a bit slower.

I could go on and on but what is the point?

It is a poor lookout if, with all the deterrents and advice and advertising, that we are less courteous than we were.

It is easy to forget that less courteous means less safe sometimes.

* This year's Electronomous International Car Tech and Mobility Summit is due to take place on May 21/22. The new location will be Hangar One, Weston Airport, Dublin.

Already confirmed are Dell Technologies, Deloitte, UNEC, Tecnalia Electric Aircraft Lab and autonomous race series Roborace.

For more details on the summit go online and visit electronomous.com.

Irish Independent