Motoring – VW Makes History With Irish Awards

By Declan Glynn

by Gazette Reporter
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Volkswagen Passenger Cars’ ID. Buzz and Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ ID. Buzz Cargo have been named Irish Car of the Year and Irish Van of the Year 2023 – the first time in the event’s history the same model has won both awards. 

The ID. Buzz Cargo and its ID. Buzz people stablemate were awarded the unprecedented honour at a special ceremony at The Westin Dublin on Friday last, capping off a memorable week for the new arrivals.

On Monday, November 7th, the ID. Buzz had its official Irish launch in front of a VIP audience at the VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art in Carlow. On Wednesday, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Director Alan Bateson was in Hanover to collect a Golden Steering Wheel Award for the ID. Buzz, Germany’s best known award for new car models. On Thursday, he received the trophy for International Van of the Year at the Fleet Awards in Johnstown House, Co Meath. Friday’s Irish Car of the Year and Irish Van of the Year Awards in association with Continental Tyres, were the highlight of an incredible week. 

A judging panel from the Motoring Media Association of Ireland (MMAI), which consists of motoring journalists from across Ireland, named the ID. Buzz and ID. Buzz Cargo the best car and van of the year, a feat that has never been achieved before. In addition, the ID. Buzz people won the MPV of the Year category, making it a hat-trick for Volkswagen Ireland on the night. Founded in 1978, the Irish Car of the Year and Irish Van of the Year awards are the most prestigious honour in the motoring calendar. Voted on by a jury of 32 of Ireland’s most experienced commercial vehicle journalists, each award recognises technology, efficiency, safety, comfort and practicality. 

Tom Dennigan, of awards sponsor Continental Tyres “The MMAI jurors provide a great service to Irish motorists in providing a really helpful insight into the broad range of increasingly sophisticated car models that are launched here each year. No doubt, the Irish Car and Irish Van of the Year titles will be a huge boost to the popularity of the ID. Buzz in the new vehicle market in January and throughout 2023.” 

The Irish Car of the year category winners: 

Irish Small Car of the Year: Fiat 500e 

Irish Compact Car of the Year: Opel Astra 

Irish Compact Executive Car of the Year: Mercedes-Benz C-Class 

Irish Compact Crossover / SUV of the Year: Kia Niro 

Irish Medium Crossover / SUV of the Year: Kia Sportage 

Irish Large Crossover / SUV of the Year: Citroen C5X 

Irish MPV of the Year: Volkswagen ID. Buzz 

Irish Luxury Car of the Year: Mercedes-Benz EQS 

Irish Large Executive Car of the Year: Mercedes-Benz EQE 

Irish Performance Car of the Year: BMW i4 M50

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