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BMW 3 Series wins IMWA Continental Irish Car of the Year Award By Brian Foley

The BMW 3 series has been voted Continental Irish Car of the Year 2013 by the Irish Motoring Writers’ Association. The awards were presented at a gala event in the Convention Centre Dublin attended by leading figures from the motor industry. It marks the first time that BMW has taken the title.

The top three were:

1. BMW 3 Series    240 points
2. Volvo V40    220 points
3. Peugeot 208    202 points

The Irish Motoring Writers Association members awarded points on the basis of criteria ranging from innovation and safety to space, comfort, build quality, driving quality and value for money.

Presenting the award to Michael Nugent, Director of Sales and Marketing, BMW Group Ireland, Paddy Murphy of sponsor, Continental Tyres Ireland, commented: “The BMW 3 Series is a fitting winner of this prestigious award given its renowned efficiency and technological strengths. For some time this series has been a favourite among the business and broader driving public, and the recognition of excellence from the Irish Motoring Writers today will only enhance this standing.”

Awards were made in five categories:
Continental Irish Small Car of the Year    Peugeot 208
Continental Irish Compact Family Car of the Year    Volvo V40
Continental Irish Family Car of the Year    BMW 3 Series
Continental Irish Executive / Luxury Car of the Year    BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe
Continental Irish Performance Car of the Year    Toyota GT86

The Continental Irish Van of the Year 2013 title was awarded to the Ford Transit Custom.

The Irish Motoring Writers' Association has organised the Irish Car of the Year Awards each year for the past 36 years.

New BMW 3 Series wins IMWA Continental Irish Car of the Year 2013 award – pictured at the awapresentation (l to r) Paddy Murphy, Continental Tyres Ireland; Michael Nugent, BMW Group Ireland; Model, Daniella Moyles; and Gerry Murphy, Chairman of the Irish Motoring Writers’ Association (IMWA).