Organised and judged by the Irish Motoring Writers Association (IMWA) and Association of Professional Motoring Press (APMP), a grouping of of Irish motoring journalists, drawn from all over Ireland, the Group Category Winners and overall winner of the prestigious Continental Tyres Irish Car & Continental Tyres Irish Van of the Year Awards, were announced on Friday 11th February.
The party is still going on at Kia Ireland, where their EV6 took the top accolade of Irish Car of the Year 2022. It is worth noting that Kia also won this this award in 2020 for the Kia Soul, effectively making them back-to-back winners as no award was made in 2021
The EV6 Kia’s first dedicated first dedicated battery-electric vehicle has proved popular in other European countries with an ever-growing trophy cabinet for its designers and engineers .
Just this week the EV6 scooped up a win in the ‘Family SUV and Crossover’ category at the renowned Trophée de L’argus awards 2022 in France.
Other accolades to date include: winner of 2022 What Car? ‘Car of the Year’ awards; ‘Crossover of the Year’ at the TopGear.com 2021 awards; ‘Premium’ winner in the German Car of the Year 2022 awards; and joint winner of the inaugural ‘Best Cars of the Year’ 2021/2022 awards. It is no surprise that the EV6 has also been shortlisted in the 2022 European Car of the Year awards, with the winner due to be announced on February 28.
Ronan Flood Managing Director of Kia Ireland , commented, "We are honoured to receive this prestigious award. The competition was extremely tough this year with many new high -profile entrants to the market. It is to the credit of our designers and engineers who created this cutting-edge model that EV6 emerged as the choice of the jurors for this year’s Continental Tyres Irish Car of the Year .”
“I would like to thank the members of the ICOTY jury who recognized the unique characteristics of this car and also the Kia customers who are literally queueing to get their hands on EV6 “
The inaugural Irish Car of the Year award was established in 1978, with some 34 models, divided into seven segments, out of which the EV6 was chosen as the overall winner.