The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter has been voted the Continental Irish Van of the Year 2014 by the Irish Motoring Writers' Association (IMWA).

The announcement was made at an awards ceremony in the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Santry, in front of the leading figures from the Irish motor industry.

Sprinter was adjudged the winner following the IMWA van jury vote, which was based on a range of criteria, including safety, driving quality, reliability, versatility and value-for-money.

Presenting the award to Stephen Byrne, Chief Executive of Mercedes-Benz in Ireland, Tom Dennigan of Continental Tyres Ireland said: "The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter brings a new level of comfort, driving dynamics and economy to the commercial sector and it is no surprise that the members of the IMWA have voted it the best van in Ireland. Well done to Mercedes-Benz."