31 October 2013

Continental IVOTY contenders

The list of eligible vans for the title of Continental Irish Van of the Year 2014 has been announced by the Irish Motoring Writers’ Association (IMWA) Van of the Year Jury. The winner of the 2014 overall Irish Van of the Year title will be announced at an awards ceremony in the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Santry on Thursday November 21, 2013.

The eligible vans for this year’s award are as follows Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Nissan NV200, Renault Kangoo and 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.

“For Irish van drivers or fleet managers in the market for a new van, the overall guidance and reviews of the IMWA van jury are a great help in identifying what just might be the best vehicle to meet their needs," said Tom Dennigan of Continental Tyres.

Brian Byrne, Chairman of the IMWA Van Jury said that in the context of the overall depressed market, there is 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 2014 category award winners – Car-Derived Van and SUV Commercial – will be announced in January 2014.

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 Van and the Ford Kuga Van respectively.