3 November 2023

Hyundai Ioniq 6 is 2024 Irish Car of the Year

Joe Rayfus, Chairman of the Motoring Media Association of Ireland (MMAI); Sarah Hayes of Hyundai Ireland; and Tom Dennigan of awards sponsor, Continental Tyres; with the winning car.

The Hyundai Ioniq 6 electric car is the 2024 Irish Car of the Year in association with Continental Tyres, writes Trish Whelan. The award was presented at a ceremony in the Conrad Hotel in Dublin, the result of voting by members of the Motoring Media Association of Ireland (MMAI), who hosted the event.

It is the fourth time in four straight years that an electric vehicle has been voted the Irish Car of the Year, the oldest and most reputable automotive award title in Ireland.

The MMAI brings together 35 of Ireland’s most experienced motoring journalists, who individually assess each new car model that is launched in Ireland each year. MMAI chairman Joe Rayfus congratulated Hyundai Ireland on taking the coveted award. "What more concrete proof can there be that the era of electric motoring is truly here?" he said, adding that electric models have gone fully mainstream and luxury.

Tom Dennigan of awards sponsor Continental Tyres described the Ioniq 6 as being at the forefront of automotive design. "I am sure that our Irish Car of the Year title will be a huge boost to the nameplate’s profile with Irish motorists who are considering making the move to electric.”

Earlier in the event, the Irish Car of the Year category winners were announced.

Irish Small/Compact Car of the Year: MG4 EV

Irish Small/Compact SUV of the Year: BYD Atto 3

Irish Medium SUV of the Year: Renault Austral

Irish Medium/Large Car of the Year: Hyundai IONIQ 6

Irish Large SUV/MPV of the Year: Nissan X-TRAIL

Irish Luxury Car of the Year: BMW i7/7 Series

Irish Performance Car of the Year: BMW M2

In the Irish Van of the Year awards programme for 2024, the Ford Ranger Raptor took the category award for Irish Commercial SUV of the Year, while the overall Irish Van of the Year 2024 in association with Continental Tyres award was given to the Mercedes-Benz Citan

Andrew Johnson and Gerard Rice of MG Motor Ireland with the award for the MG4 as Irish Small/Compact Car of the Year.

Sarah Hayes of Hyundai Ireland accepting the 2024 ICOTY award from Joe Rayfus MMAI and Tom Dennigan of Continental Tyres.

Jeanne McGann, Head of Marketing & Communications, Nissan Ireland, with company MD Seamus Morgan and the category prize for the Nissan X-Trail Irish Large SUV of the Year.