The Nissan Juke has been voted Continental Irish Car of the Year 2011 by the Irish Motoring Writers’ Association. The announcement was made at an awards ceremony in the Convention Centre, Dublin attended by leading figures from the motor industry.
The Irish Motoring Writers’ Association judges awarded points on the basis of criteria ranging from innovation and safety to space, comfort, build quality, driving quality, and value for money.
Presenting the award to Paul O’Sullivan, marketing director of Nissan Ireland, Paddy Murphy of awards sponsor, Continental Tyres Ireland, commented, “The Irish motoring writers have selected an exciting model and no doubt 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.”
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
The Nissan Juke succeeds the Peugeot 3008 which took the title last year. A great week was capped for Nissan with the news that their 100 per cent electric Nissan LEAF was voted 2011 European Car of the Year, despite not being on sale yet in Europe.
The Irish Motoring Writers’ Association has organised the Irish Car of the Year Awards each year, for the past 33 years.