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Hyundai Ioniq 6 is Continental Tyres Irish Car of the Year 2024

At an awards ceremony last Friday afternoon in the Conrad Hotel in Dublin, the Hyundai Ioniq 6 was named as the 2024 Irish Car of the Year in association with Continental Tyres.

Members of the Motoring Media Association of Ireland (MMAI), the grouping that brings together some 35 of Ireland’s most experienced motoring journalists, hosted the awards event attended by Ireland’s leading car brands, importers and distributors.

The awards are voted on by the members of the MMAI who individually assess each new car model that is launched in Ireland each year.

It is the fourth consecutive year that an electric vehicle has been voted the Irish Car of the Year, the oldest and most reputable automotive award title in Ireland.

From left: Joe Rayfus, chairman, MMAI; Sarah Hayes of Hyundai Ireland; Tom Dennigan of awards sponsor, Continental Tyres; with the winning car, the Hyundai Ioniq 6. (Julien Behal Photography)

Chairman of the MMAI, Joe Rayfus said: “Congratulations to Hyundai Ireland on taking the coveted Irish Car of the Year title for the Ioniq 6, a very worthy winner indeed. What more concrete proof can there be that the era of electric motoring is truly here.

“Our fourth straight winner of the title. And look at the evolution of vehicles in that time, electric models have gone fully mainstream and luxury as this Ioniq 6 proves.”

Tom Dennigan of awards sponsor, Continental Tyres added: “The Hyundai Ioniq 6 is a really stylish car at the forefront of automotive design. I am sure that our Irish Car of the Year title will be a huge boost to the nameplate’s profile with Irish motorists who are considering making the move to electric.”

The Irish Car of the Year category winners:

Irish Small / Compact Car of the Year: MG4 EV
Irish Small / Compact SUV of the Year: BYD Atto 3
Irish Medium SUV of the Year: Renault Austral
Irish Medium / Large Car of the Year: Hyundai Ioniq 6
Irish Large SUV / MPV of the Year: Nissan X-Trail
Irish Luxury Car of the Year: BMW i7 / 7 Series
Irish Performance Car of the Year: BMW M2

In the Irish Van of the Year awards programme for 2024, the Ford Ranger Raptor took the category award for Irish Commercial SUV of the Year, while the overall Irish Van of the Year 2024 in association with Continental Tyres award was bestowed on the Mercedes-Benz Citan.