The announcement was made at a Gala Dinner in Powerscourt Hotel in Co Wicklow, on Thursday night, hosted by the sponsors of the Award, Continental Tyres. It was accepted by Stephen Byrne, MD of Mercedes-Benz Ireland.
Category Awards were also announced. These included the Suzuki Baleno as the Small COTY; the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe (Medium COTY); Mercedes-Benz E-Class (Large COTY).
The Peugeot 2008 was selected as the Small SUV COTY; the Hyundai Tucson (Medium SUV COTY); the Ford Edge (Large SUV COTY) and the Ford Mustang (Performance/Sports COTY).
The Judging Panel comprised 33 motoring writers in Ireland. They made their final selection of the overall winner after the results of their Category Awards were tabulated.
|Pictured are John Galvin of the ICOTY Committee, Ciaran Allen and Stephen Byrne of Mercedes-Benz Ireland, and Tom Dennigan of Continental Tyres Ireland.|