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The Honda Civic has been voted Semperit Irish Car of the Year 2007 by the Irish Motoring Writers’ Association.
The announcement was made at an awards ceremony on Thursday in the Pavilion at Leopardstown Racecourse attended by leading figures from the motor industry.
The Civic won with 94 points from the Ford S-MAX with 77, Opel Corsa 76, Peugeot 207 on 65 points, and BMW 3 Series Coupe with 54 points.
The Irish Motoring Writers’ Association judges awarded points on the basis of criteria ranging from innovation and safety to space, comfort, build quality, driving quality and value for money.
Presenting the trophy to Adrian Cole, MD of Honda Ireland, Paddy Murphy of Semperit Ireland said the awards “are a good way for the average motorist to get a feel for the huge number of new vehicles that are launched in Ireland each year”.
On the carnage on our roads, he said the key challenge is how to get the safety message across in a meaningful way to the average young male driver; and more importantly in a way that will bring about a change in behaviour.
The tyre industry, he added, have been doing their bit to help improve road safety with Semperit carrying out further emergency stop tests to highlight the inefficiency of the 1.6mm legal tread depth when trying to stop at motorway speeds, and members of the IMWA have been supportive in highlighting this issue in their publications.
He believed faulty tyres are a significant factor in many road accidents and that this is not being recognised by ordinary motorists or by legislators.
Lives, he said, will be saved if the authorities strictly enforce the laws covering tyre safety and the minimum thread depth is increased to make allowances for the increase in the tyre’s width.