A field of 51 candidates for the Continental Irish Car of the Year 2014 Awards has been announced by the Irish Motoring Writers' Association (IMWA).
The Continental Irish Car of the Year and Continental Irish Van of the Year will be revealed at a gala event in the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Santry on Thursday November 21.
The full field of candidates for the Continental Irish Car of the Year 2014 is as follows:
Audi RS 6 Avant
Audi S Q5 TDI
BMW 4 Series
BMW M6 Gran Coupé
Citroen C4 Picasso
Dacia Logan MCV
Fiat 500L MPW
Ford Fiesta ST
MINI John Cooper Works GP Hatch
Mitsubishi Space Star
Nissan Juke Nismo
Peugeot 208 GTi
Range Rover Sport
Renault Clio Renaultsport 200 Turbo
SEAT Ibiza Cupra
Suzuki SX-4 S-Cross
Volkswagen Golf GTI
Gerry Murphy, Chairman of the IMWA, said: "The number of cars eligible for this year's award is up from 36 entrants last year to some 51 new models for this year; that is a 38% increase. And although we mightn't see signs of it here in Ireland yet, the car manufacturers are certainly showing confidence in the wider European car market."
The 28 voting members of the Irish Motoring Writers' Association assess each vehicle, attributing points on the basis of criteria ranging from innovation and safety, to space, comfort, build quality, driving quality and value for money.
"For anyone in the lucky position of looking to renew their car with a 141 reg in January, the IMWA car jury provides a great service for Irish motorists in helping them to make sense of the array of new cars that has been launched in Ireland this year," said Tom Dennigan of Continental Tyres Ireland, Irish Car of the Year sponsor.
A shortlist of vehicles will be announced in the coming weeks.
Last year the Continental Irish Car of the Year title went to the BMW 3 Series, while the van accolade was won by the Ford Transit Custom.