A shortlist of elegible cars for the Continental Irish Car of the Year Awards has been chosen by the Irish Motoring Writers' Asssociation.

A total of five categories will be decided at the event to be held later this November, from which one vehicle will be crowned Continental Irish Car of the Year 2013.

The shortlist: BMW 3 Series, BMW 6 Series Gran Coupé, BMW M5, Ford B-Max, Kia cee'd, Kia Optima, Mazda CX-5, Mercedes-Benz M-Class, Peugeot 208, Toyota GT86 and Volvo V40.