David Walshe and Michael Sheridan of the Irish Car of the Year Committee; Des Cannon, managing director Gowan Distributors Ltd-Peugeot Ireland and Tom Dennigan of Continental Tyres at the presentation of Irish Car of the Year 2018 to the Peugeot 2008.

The Peugeot 3008 was voted Irish Car of the Year 2018 in association with Continental Tyres as a special ceremony at Dublin’s Gibson Hotel last week. The overall winner, which was also the first SUV or crossover type car, to be named as the European Car of the Year, was chosen from a shortlist of nine category winning cars as Michael MoroneY reports.

The new Peugeot 3008 was launched on the Irish market in early February 2017. This new SUV to the Peugeot range features the latest-generation Peugeot iCockpit with digital instrumentation as standard across the range.
The car combines driving efficiency with high-levels of safety and technological equipment.
With a choice of five trim levels, to include Access, Active, Allure, GT Line and GT versions, a wide range of both petrol and diesel engines is available.
The 1.2-litre PureTech 130bhp turbo petrol engine, with CO2 emissions from just 117g/km, was voted International Engine of the Year in its category for the second-year running, earlier in 2016. This engine is available with a 6-speed manual gearbox or with Peugeot’s latest generation EAT6 6-speed automatic transmission. The 1.6 THP petrol 165bhp BVA automatic has emissions from 129g/CO2.
Four BlueHDi diesel engines are available, trim dependent, with CO2 emissions from 103g/km, and power ranging between 100, 120, 150 and 180bhp. The 2.0 litre BlueHDi 150bhp version is matched to a 6-speed manual gearbox, whilst the 1.6 BlueHDi 120bhp version is available with a choice of a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed EAT6 automatic gearbox.
The range-topping GT version comes equipped as standard with a refined 2.0 litre BlueHDi diesel 180bhp 6-speed automatic.
The new Peugeot 3008 is a stylish, safe and easy car to drive and comes with a range of advanced driver safety features as standard across the range. The entry level cars come with an impressive 5-star Euro NCAP safety rating.
The base safety pack includes an electronic stability programme, 6 airbags, cruise control with speed limiter, speed limit information with intelligent speed adaptation, driver attention alert level 1 and lane departure warning, along with two ISO-Fix seat fittings, as standard.
The range starts from €26,595 plus delivery related charges for the entry level model, the Access 1.2 130bhp PureTech petrol version.
There were a total of nine category winners, all of which were in the running for the top honour.
The 30 journalists on the voting panel elected the Peugeot 3008 as the Irish Car of the Year 2018 by a slight margin over the Skoda Kodiaq, another popular SUV.

 

The category winners in the
Irish Car of the Year Awards

 

Kia Picanto – Irish City Car of the Year 2018
Nissan Micra – Irish Small Car of the Year 2018
Honda Civic – Irish Compact Car of the Year 2018
Alfa Romeo Giulia – Irish Medium Car of the Year 2018
BMW 5 Series – Irish Executive/Premium Car of the Year 2018
Peugeot 3008 – Irish Compact Crossover of the Year 2018
Skoda Kodiaq – Irish Large Crossover of the Year 2018
Toyota Prius PHEV – Irish Green Car of the Year 2018
Alfa Romeo Quadrifoglio – Irish Performance/Sports Car of the Year 2018

Skoda’s new Kodiaq SUV was voted as the Irish Large Crossover of the Year

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