Ford Mondeo is the Irish Car of the Year 2016

At a ceremony in Dublin recently, ex-rally driver Rosemary Smith was invited by the Irish Motoring Writers’ Association to announce the winning car in the 2016 Continental Irish Car of the Year awards. The invitation was to mark the 50th anniversary of her victory in the Tulip Rally in 1965, the only time this event has been won by a woman. Rosemary is pictured with John Galvin, chairman of the Irish Motoring Writers’ Association and the winning car - the new Ford Mondeo.

At a ceremony in Dublin recently, ex-rally driver Rosemary Smith was invited by the Irish Motoring Writers’ Association to announce the winning car in the 2016 Continental Irish Car of the Year awards. The invitation was to mark the 50th anniversary of her victory in the Tulip Rally in 1965, the only time this event has been won by a woman. Rosemary is pictured with John Galvin, chairman of the Irish Motoring Writers’ Association and the winning car - the new Ford Mondeo.

The Ford Mondeo has been voted Continental Irish Car of the Year 2016 by the Irish Motoring Writers’ Association, succeeding the Nissan Qashqai, which took the prestigious title last year. The announcement of the 39th Irish Car of the Year Award was made at an awards ceremony in Dublin recently.

The overall results (with weighted scores ) were as follows:

1. Ford Mondeo (148 points )

2. Volvo XC90 (147 points )

3= Mercedes Benz GLE (144 points )

3= Kia Sorento (144 points )

5. Skoda Superb (140 points )

The Irish Motoring Writers’ Association judges awarded points on the basis of criteria ranging from design, comfort, safety, economy, handling, and performance as well as driver satisfaction, value for money, and technical innovation, with a maximum of 20 points under each heading.

John Galvin, chairman of the Irish Motoring Writers’ Association, commented: “The Irish motoring writers have selected an exciting model and no doubt the 2016 Irish Car of the Year accolade will provide a huge boost to the popularity of the Ford Mondeo in the Irish market, particularly in the context of the current competitive economic environment”.

Reflecting the diversified nature of today’s car market in Ireland, awards were made in six categories:

Continental Irish Small Car of the Year: Opel Corsa

Continental Irish Compact Family Car of the Year: Honda HR-V

Continental Irish Medium Car of the Year: Ford Mondeo

Continental Irish Large Car of the Year: Kia Sorento

Continental Irish Executive Car of the Year: Volvo XC90

Continental Irish Performance Car of the Year: Audi TT

Padraic Deane’s top vote for the prestigious Continental Irish Car of the Year 2016 went to the Skoda Superb.

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