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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Fiat 500 Ranked Best in JD Power APEAL Awards

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The Fiat 500 ranked best in class in the JD Power's APEAL Awards. The J.D. Power and Associates Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) test study examines what owners like about their new vehicles after 90 days of ownership. APEAL is based on evaluations of 77 attributes in 8 categories of vehicle performance and design: engine/transmission; ride, handling and braking; comfort/convenience; seats; cockpit/instrument panel; heating, ventilation and cooling; sound system; and styling/exterior.

The Fiat 500 was the only car to outperform the segment's average in this year's APEAL Study. It was the second time the Fiat 500 has won its segment since its introduction in the 2012 model year.

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The Fiat 500 was scored as having the best overall performance and design; features and instrument panel, performance, and style in its class. Competitors in the City Car category soundly beaten by the Fiat 500 included the Chevrolet Spark and Smart FourTwo.

JD Powers APEAL Ratings by Category - City Car
Overall Perform.
 and Design
PerformanceComfortFeatures and Instrument PanelStyle
Fiat 500       *****      *****   **       **********
       ***        ***    *****       ***  **
Smart FourTwo       **        **  ****       **  **

***** Among the best **** Better than most *** About average **The rest

The Fiat 500 has won many awards, but this JD Power award is particularly important because it shows that Fiat owners are happy with the design and performance of their car, which is what ultimately matters the most.

To give perspective on how well the Fiat 500 did, let's take a look at how some other popular cars were ranked by owners in the JD Power Appeal awards.

Fiat 500 VS. Others in JD Powers APEAL Ratings
Overall Perform.
 and Design
PerformanceComfortFeatures and Instrument PanelStyle
Fiat 500       *****      *****   **       **********
       ***        ***    ***       ****  ***
       ***        ***    *****       ***  ***
       ***        **    ****       ***  ***
       **        **    **       **  **
       **        **    **       **  **
       ***        ***    ***       ***  ***
       ***        ***    ***       ****  ****

The Fiat 500 is sold in more than 110 countries and sales have reached over 1 million since 2007. Just ask an owner and they'll tell you why.

Source:JD Power

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