Irish Car of the Year 2024

Published on 03rd October 2023 at 12:55

A field of 32 candidates for the Irish Car of the Year 2024 awards, in association with 
Continental Tyres, was announced today.  The winners from the 2024 Irish Car of 
the Year awards programme will be revealed at a gala event in The Conrad Hotel, 
Dublin, on Friday November 3rd. 
Voted on by jury members who are drawn from the Motoring Media Association of 
Ireland (MMAI), a group made up of 33 of Ireland’s most experienced motoring 
journalists, the Irish Car of the Year awards highlight for Irish motorists the best cars 
that have been launched in the country this year taking account of the particular 
requirements of the Irish market. 
Joe Rayfus, Chairman of the MMAI, said: “With 32 cars launched here in the past 
year, we have a very strong line up of models for this year’s awards.  Slightly down on 
last year’s field of 37 models, it demonstrates the continued impact of the semi- 
conductor and supply shortage issues that affected the industry over the last year or 
so. However, the record number of new brands entering the market provides us with 
genuine optimism in the short term. We have seen four new marques launch models 
onto the Irish market this year and all are in the running for awards – BYD, INEOS, 
Maxus and Ora.  It is a foretaste of things to come as a raft of new brands will launch 
here in the next couple of years.  However, alongside the offerings from those new 
names, we have some really excellent models from the more familiar automotive 
brands – as ever, trying to predict who will win out in each category will not be an 
easy ask!”   
Tom Dennigan of awards sponsor, German premium tyre brand Continental Tyres, 
said: “We are excited to again support the Irish Car of the Year awards which 
recognises the best cars launched in Ireland each year.  It is a welcome sight to see 
such a range of new brands extending the breadth of options for Irish motorists – 
increased choice and more competition can only be a good thing.  We wish them all, 
old or new brands, the best of luck in the race for an Irish Car of the Year award”.  
The winner of the 2023 Irish Car of the Year award was the all-electric VW ID Buzz, 
the third occasion that an electric car has won the overall title.  To find out if the 
overall winner for 2024 is again an electric model, motorists in Ireland will have to 
wait until the awards event on November 3.  
The full field of candidates for the Irish Car of the Year 2024 awards is as follows: 
Alfa Romeo 
Tonale Citroen eC4x Maxus Mifa 9 Peugeot 408 
Audi Q8 E-Tron Hyundai Ioniq 6 Mazda CX-60 Polestar 2 BST 
Audi RS 3 Hyundai Kona Mercedes GLC Renault Austral 
BMW i7 / 7 
Series INEOS Grenadier Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV Subaru Solterra 
BMW M2 Jeep Avenger Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV Toyota bZ4X 
BMW X1 Kia EV6 GT MG4 Toyota Corolla 

BMW XM Lexus RX Nissan X-Trail Toyota Prius 
BYD Atto 3 Maserati Grecale Ora Funky Cat VW e-Up 

Photo caption: MMAI Chairman, Joe Rayfus, and Tom Dennigan of awards sponsor, 
Continental Tyres, with four of the new brand models competing for an award for the first 
time in this year’s programme: Ora Funky Cat, Maxus Mifa 9, INEOS Grenadier and BYD Atto 
Tony Toner is a member of the Motoring Media Association of Ireland and a voting juror on Irish Car of the 
Year and Irish Van of the Year