Nissan Juke No 1
THE Nissan Juke has been voted Continental Irish Car of the Year 2011 by the Irish Motoring Writers' Association. The announcement was made at a ceremony last Thursday in the Convention Centre, Dublin attended by leading figures from the motor industry.
The Juke -- a funky baby Qashqai -- with 185 points beat my favourite, the tardis-like Kia Juke, which had 166 points. In third place was the BMW 5 Series (158 points) while the Skoda Yeti, with 149 points, came fourth and the Opel Astra fifth with 144.
The Irish Motoring Writers Association judges awarded points on criteria ranging from innovation and safety to space, comfort, build quality, driving quality and value for money. Awards were made in five categories, reflecting the diversified nature of today's car market in Ireland.
Continental Irish Small Car of the Year: Nissan Juke.
Continental Irish Compact Family Car of the Year: Skoda Yeti.
Continental Irish Family Car of the Year: Peugeot 5008.
Continental Irish Executive/Luxury Car of the Year: BMW 5 Series.
Continental Irish Performance Car of the Year: Peugeot RCZ.
Presenting the award to Paul O'Sullivan, marketing director of Nissan Ireland, Paddy Murphy of Continental Tyres Ireland commented: "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."
The Continental Irish Van of the Year 2011 title was awarded to the Mercedes Benz Vito.