The Oscars of the Irish Motor industry took place today in Dublin’s Westin Hotel
Other car companies heading home happy from the plush event in Dublin’s Westin Hotel included Opel, Fiat, BMW, Citroen, Kia and Mercedes (who picked up three awards in total), who all collected various coveted awards, sponsored by Continental Tyres.
Journalists from the Motor Media Association of Ireland congregated and awarded ten separate awards at the motor industry’s main event, which also included Irish Van of the Year and the Service to the Industry award.
The new all-electric Fiat 500e scooped the Small Car of the Year ahead of the Honda Jazz Cross Star, Skoda Fabia and the Toyota Aygo X.
The latest version of the Kia Niro picked up the Compact Crossover SUV of the Year trophy thanks to its new design, improved technology and various powertrains. It edged the award just ahead of the Suzuki S-Cross and the Volkswagen Taigo.
Before winning the top prize the stunning looking VW ID.Buzz was also officially named the Best MPV in Ireland after pipping the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer, Dacia Jogger and its stable mate VW Multivan.
The Compact car of the year was one of the most hotly contested awards this year with giants like Cupra Born, Opel Astra, Peugeot 308, Renault Megane E-Tech and Suzuki Swace competing. Ultimately it was the 6th-gen Opel Astra that won the title for 2023.
Kia picked up its second award of the day when the Sportage won the Medium Crossover SUV gong on the day beating Mercedes EQB, Nissan Ariya, Volvo C40 Recharge and the VW ID.5.
The Aston Martin DBX, Mercedes EQS, Porsche Taycan and the all-new Range Rover were the four stunning cars competing for the Best Luxury Car of the Year award and it was the all-electric EQS that reigned supreme.
Mercedes also went home with the award for Best Compact Executive Car ahead of BMW 2 Series, the DS4 and Polestar 2 thanks to the C-Class.
The Large Crossover SUV title was won by the brand-new Citroen C5X in a tough category that also included the Ford Mustang Mach E, the Range Rover Sport and Tesla’s Model Y.
The Performance Car of the Year is an elite group of cars that most of us will never get to drive but that doesn’t mean they should be ignored. The BMW i4 M50 was victorious on the day ahead of the Aston Martin DBX 707 and Audi’s eTron GT RS.
The Large Executive Car of the Year was a straight shoot between the BMW i4 and the Merc EQE with Mercedes completing the hatrick.
The Continental Tyres Van of the Year award was awarded to the commercial version of the ID.Buzz marking a rare double for the top German brand.
Also, on the night a Special Service to the Industry Award was presented to Aidan Doyle who retired recently after a career in Opel and Kia. Aidan’s achievement was unanimously decided by this year’s ICOTY committee.
But the night was Volkswagen’s as they went home with three awards including the big one.
See more in this Sunday’s paper