Continental Irish Van of the Year 2014 awards shortlist

IMWA LogoThe list of eligible vans for the title of Continental Irish Van of the Year awards 2014 has been announced by the nine members of the Irish Motoring Writers’ Association (IMWA) Van of the Year Jury.  

IVOTY logoThe winner of the 2013 overall Irish Van of the Year title will be announced at an awards ceremony in Dublin on Thursday November 21, 2012.

The eligible vans for this year’s awards are as follows:

Continental Irish Van of the Year 2014 Contenders
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
Nissan NV200
Renault Kangoo
Toyota ProAce

The Continental Irish Van of the Year jury is comprised of nine specialist members of the IMWA. In order to find the winning van and category winners each year, the jury members assess each van that is launched on the Irish market, grading each vehicle on such attributes as: value for money, versatility, build quality and performance.

“In the tough circumstances of the current commercial vehicle market in Ireland, the overall guidance and reviews of the IMWA van jury are a great help to customers who are looking to renew their van or indeed their company fleet”, said Tom Dennigan of Continental Tyres.

Brian Byrne, Chairman of the IMWA Van Jury said: “In the context of the overall depressed market, we have a reduced number of entrants for this year’s award – however, they are all excellent vehicles and it is still a wide open competition for the title”.

The winners of the Continental Irish Van of the Year 2013 category award winners – Car-Derived Van and SUV Commercial – will also be announced in early January 2013. Here are the contenders for these two categories:

Continental Irish Van of the Year 2014 – Car Derived Vans
Ford Focus van
Hyundai iPro
MINI Clubvan
Toyota Auris van

Continental Irish Van of the Year 2014 – Commmercial SUVs
Mitsubishi Outlander Comm
SSangYong Korando Commercial
SSangYong Korando Sport Pick-Up

Last year’s Continental Irish Van of the Year title was awarded to the Ford Transit Custom.  The Car-Derived Van and Commercial SUV category awards went to the Ford Fiesta and the Ford Ranger respectively.