The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Business and Mercedes Benz X-Class have been named Category Winners of the Irish Van of the Year 2019. in association with Continental Tyres.
The Irish Van of the Year awards are voted by a jury of Ireland’s most experienced light commercial vehicle journalists, including Padraic Deane from Automotive Publications.
In deciding on these category winners, the Irish Van of the Year committee members took into account such attributes as load capacity, reliability, overall versatility, cost of ownership and driving comfort.
Presenting the awards to Jason Byrne of Mitsubishi Ireland, and Fergus Conheady, Mercedes Benz Ireland, Tom Dennigan of award sponsor Continental Tyres Ireland, commented: “In today’s tough commercial vehicle market, these two vehicles have been singled out by the Irish Van of the Year experts. I am sure that these awards will be a huge bonus to the winning vehicles as we enter the 192 registration market.”
Anthony Conlon, chairman of the Irish Motoring Writers' Association and an Irish Van of the Year committee member, said: “In assessing candidates for the Irish Van of the Year category awards, our jurors pay close attention to how the vehicles meet the particular requirements of the Irish market – that is why these recommendations are so useful to Irish van/commercial drivers and fleet managers.”
Jarlath Sweeney, another Irish Van of the Year committee member, added: “For both of these category awards, there was an extremely strong field of contenders and it is interesting to see the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Business come out on top – plug in hybrid vehicles and, indeed, full electric commercial vehicles, are becoming more and more popular as they help companies and public bodies meet their commitments in relation to reducing emissions from their business fleets.”
The Commercial SUV and Pick Up of the Year titles are category awards under the umbrella of the annual Irish Van of the Year awards, in association with Continental Tyres. The overall Irish Van of the Year award for 2019 was won by the Mercedes Benz Sprinter.
The titles Irish Van of the Year© and Irish Car of the Year© are registered with, and the property of the Irish Motoring Writers’ Association.