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Monday, November 28, 2016

Fiat 500: 140 Awards and Counting

Fiat 500 Car of The Year

The award winning Fiat 500. Fiat fans and owners have heard this phrase for years, but what exactly does that mean? Clearly, the Fiat 500 has won an award, but what exactly has it won? Was it just one award or two? Maybe a handful? A lot of cars do that, so that is not that big a deal. However, in the case of the Fiat 500, the car has earned the description 'award winning' and then some. To date, the Fiat 500 has won more than 140 international awards making it one of the most awarded cars on the road today.

For fun, we have put together a partial list of the more significant awards the Fiat 500 has earned since its introduction. You will see the phrase 'Car of the Year' many times, as well as 'Best...'.

There truly is something special about the Fiat 500 that experts from around the world recognize. That will not surprise Fiat owners, but for those who are not familiar with the 500, stop by a Fiat dealer and see for yourself why it is called the 'award winning Fiat 500.'


2016 AWARDS
  • NUMBER ONE IN TOTAL QUALITY - STRATEGIC VISION
  • MOST DEPENDABLE CAR IN ITS SEGMENT - JD POWER
  • 10 COOLEST CARS UNDER $18,000 - KELLY BLUE BOOK
  • BEST BUY FOR SUBCOMPACTS FOR MODEL YEARS (2012-2016) - CONSUMER DIGEST
  • FIAT 500 ABARTH - ONE OF TOP 10 FASTEST CARS UNDER $25,000 - CHEATSHEET.COM
  • FIAT 500e  - TOP 10 ELECTRIC CARS  - CLEAN FLEET REPORT
  • CITY CAR OF THE YEAR - 2016 BUSINESS CAR AWARD - UK

2015 AWARDS
  • NUMBER ONE IN TOTAL QUALITY - STRATEGIC VISION
  • FIAT 500 ABARTH - ONE OF THE TOP 10  MOST FUN NEW CARS FOR LESS THAN $27,500 - ROAD AND TRACK
  • FIAT 500 ABARTH - ONE OF THE QUICKEST CARS FOR UNDER $25K - ROAD TEST REVIEWS
  • FIAT 500 ABARTH - ONE OF THE TOP 10 MOST TUNABLE 2016 HATCHBACKS
  • BEST IN CLASS IN JD POWER APEAL AWARDS - JD POWER
  • 10 COOLEST CARS UNDER $18,000 - KELLY BLUE BOOK
  • BEST BUY FOR SUBCOMPACTS FOR MODEL YEARS (2012-2016) - CONSUMER DIGEST
  • FIAT 500 TWINAIR - NEXT GREEN CAR AWARDS CITYCAR WINNER- NEXT GREEN CAR - UK

2014 AWARDS
  • 10 COOLEST CARS UNDER $18,000 - KELLY BLUE BOOK
  • FIAT 500e - 10 BEST ENGINES AWARD - WARD'S AUTO
  • BEST BUY FOR SUBCOMPACTS FOR MODEL YEARS (2012-2016) - CONSUMER DIGEST

2013 AWARDS
  • BEST IN CLASS IN JD POWER APEAL AWARDS - JD POWER
  • BEST SMALL CONVERTIBLE - SOUTHERN AUTOMOTIVE MEDIA ASSOC(SAMA)
  • READERS CHOICE AWARD BEST CAR UNDER $17,000 - ABOUT.COM
  • 10 COOLEST CARS UNDER $18,000 - KELLY BLUE BOOK
  • FIAT 500 ABARTH - MOTORWEEK DRIVERS CHOICE AWARD - MOTORWEEK
  • FIAT 500 TURBO - SUBCOMPACT CAR OF TEXAS - TEXAS AUTOWRITERS
  • BEST BUY FOR SUBCOMPACTS FOR MODEL YEARS (2012-2016) - CONSUMER DIGEST
  • POLK LOYALTY AWARD IN SEGMENT - IHS AUTOMOTIVE
Sergio Marchionne, CEO of FCA, receives the Car of the Year Award from Ray Hutton, president of the jury.

2012 AWARDS
  • NUMBER ONE IN TOTAL QUALITY - STRATEGIC VISION
  • 10 COOLEST CARS UNDER $18,000 - KELLY BLUE BOOK
  • FIAT 500C -  BEST SMALL CONVERTIBLE - SOUTHERN AUTOMOTIVE MEDIA ASSOC (SAMA)
  • FIAT 500 ABARTH - THE MOST EXCITING CAR IN AMERICA UNDER $25K - TORQUENEWS.COM
  • 2012 TEN MOST FUN TO DRIVE CAR AWARD - TFLcar.com
  • BEST BUY FOR SUBCOMPACTS FOR MODEL YEARS (2012-2016) - CONSUMER DIGEST
  • 2012 DESIGN AWARD/BEST DESIGNED CAR - TRAVEL AND LEISURE MAGAZINE 
  • SUB COMPACT CAR OF TEXAS - TEXAS AUTO WRITERS ASSOCIATION (TAWA) 
  • E-NENPI (FUEL CONSUMPTION) AWARD IMPORT CAR - Japan
  • FIAT 500 TwinAir - CARVIEW YEAR CAR (IMPORT CAR) - Japan
  • THE KING OF THE SMALL CAR - QUATTRORUOTE - China
  • THE MOST FASHIONABLE CAR - bitauto.com - China
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2011 AWARDS
  • RUEDAS ESPN BEST ECONOMY CAR - RUEDAS ESPN - USA
  • BEST BUY / SUBCOMPACT - CONSUMERS DIGEST - USA
  • TOP 10 GREEN CARS - KELLEY BLUE BOOK'S kbb.com – USA
  • AUTO STYLE AWARD - eCityofStyle - USA
  • HOTTEST SPORTS COMPACT CAR - SEMA - USA
  • TOP SAFETY PICK - INSURANCE INSTITUTE FOR HIGHWAY SAFETY - USA
  • GEAR OF THE YEAR AWARD - MEN'S JOURNAL - USA
  • READERS CHOICE AWARD/SUB COMPACT CAR - TEXAS AUTO MEDIA ASSOCIATION - USA
  • FIAT 500 ABARTH - 2012 CAR OF THE YEAR AWARD/COMPACT CAR - HISPANIC MOTOR PRESS ASSOCIATION - USA
  • FIAT 500 TWINAIR - 6-BEST OF RJC IMPORT CAR OF THE YEAR 2012- Japan
  • FIAT 500 (TWINAIR ENGINE) - 6-BEST OF RJC TECHNOLOGY OF THE YEAR 2012 - Japan
  • FIAT 500 TWINAIR - ENGINE FOR THE LIFE AWARD 2011- Japan
  • THE PERSONALIZED CAR OF THE YEAR - ORIENT AUTO - China
  • THE MOST FASHIONABLE CAR - AUTO CONSUMER REPORT - China
  • THE PERSONALIZED CAR OF THE YEAR - AUTO CAR - China
  • THE MOST FASHIONABLE CAR OF THE YEAR (IMPORT) - HANGZHOU DAILY - China
  • THE MOST FASHIONABLE IMPORTED CAR OF THE YEAR - GUANGZHOU DAILY - China
  • THE MOST CREATIVE DESIGN OF THE YEAR (SMALL CAR) - AUTO HERALD - China
  • BRAND PEOPLE OF THE YEAR - NATIONAL BUSINESS DAILY - China
  • ORIENTAL BEST DESIGN - AUTO CAR - China
  • BEST CAR 2011 - GQ MAGAZINE - USA
  • BEST NEW DESIGN (2011) - TEXAS AUTO WRITERS ASSOCIATION (TAWA) - USA
  • BEST VALUE (2011) - TEXAS AUTO WRITERS ASSOCIATION (TAWA) - USA
  • 2011 COOLEST NEW CAR UNDER $18,000 - KBB.COM (KELLEY BLUE BOOK) - USA
  • FIAT 500C- BEST SMALL CONVERTIBLE OF THE YEAR - SOUTHERN AUTOMOTIVE MEDIA ASSOCIATION - USA
  • 2011 TOP 10 BACK-TO-SCHOOL CARS - KELLEY BLUE BOOK'S KBB.COM - USA
  • FIAT 500 TWINAIR - ENVIRONMENTAL FRIENDLY - CAR MAGAZINES - Greece
  • FIAT 500C TWINAIR - GREEN APPLE GOLD AWARD FOR GREEN VEHICLES, COUPES AND CABRIOLETS - INTERNATIONAL GREEN APPLE AWARDS - UK
  • FIAT 500 TWINAIR - CITYCAR MANUFACTURER OF THE YEAR AWARD - 2011 GREENFLEET AWARDS - UK
  • FIAT 500 TWINAIR - GELBER ENGEL - ADAC MOTORWELT - Germany
  • FIAT 500 TWIN AIR - PRIX AUTO ENVIRONNEMENT 2011 - MAAF - Germany
  • FIAT 500 1.4L 16V MULTIIAIR - CAR AWARDS 2012 - ENVIRONMENT - CAR MAGAZINE - Brazil
  • WERTMEISTER - SCHWACKE - Germany
  • AD OF THE YEAR 2012 - AUTO ESPORTE MAGAZINE - Brazil
  • BEST PRODUCT TV AD - TOP CAR TV - SPECIALIZED MEDIA ASSOCIATION- Brazil
  • THE BEST SMALL CAR OF THE YEAR - CHINA AUTO PICTORIAL - China
  • THE MOST WELCOMED CAR BY NETIZENS OF THE YEAR- CAR AND DRIVER - China
  • THE IMPORTED CAR OF THE YEAR - AUTO MAGAZINE - China
  • SMALL CAR OF THE YEAR (IMPORT) - 163.COM - China
  • “COMPASSO D’ORO ADI” AWARD - ADI-ASSOCIAZIONE PER IL DISEGNO INDUSTRIALE - Italy
  • CITY CAR OF THE YEAR - 2011 BUSINESS CAR AWARD - UK
  • BEST CITY CAR IN THE 2011 - FLEET WORLD HONOURS - UK
  • FIRST IN THE "VEHICLE OWNER SATISFACTION STUDY" - J. D. POWER AND ASSOCIATES - Germany
  • WINS AN AWARD OF DESIGN SPONSORED - MAGAZINE “CAR” - China
  • FIAT 500 C - BEST GAS MILEAGE 4-SEAT CONVERTIBLE - GREEN CAR REPORTS
  • FIAT 500 TWIN AIR - PRIX AUTO ENVIRONNEMENT - MAAF - France

2010 AWARDS
  • POPULAR SCIENCE MAGAZINE (MULTIAIR SYSTEM) - BEST OF WHAT'S NEW - USA
  • “SMALL CAR OF THE YEAR 2010” - CAR MIDDLE-EAST AWARDS 2010 - CAR MIDDLE-EAST MAGAZINE - United Arab Emirates
  • “GQ BEST STUFF 2010” - GQ MAGAZINE
  • “TOPAUTO 2010” IN THE FUN CATEGORY - AUTO SECTOR JOURNALISTS - Germany
  • MY FAVORITE CARS - CITY-CAR CATEGORY - QUATTRORUOTE - Italy
  • MOTORPRESS BEST CARS 2010 - SUPER MINI CATEGORY - Portugal
  • BEST CARS 2010 IN THE PUBLICITY CATEGORY - MOTOR PRESS BRASIL - Brazil
  • BEST CARS 2010 IN THE COMPACT CATEGORY - MOTOR PRESS BRASIL - Brazil
  • BEST CARS 2010 IN THE MINI SEGMENT CATEGORY - MOTOR-PRESSE POLSKA, AUTO MOTOR & SPORT MAGAZINE - Poland
  • AUTOMOTIVE AWARDS IN THE MINI CATEGORY - OPTION PRESS - Greece
  • FLOTTEN-AWARDS 2010 IN THE MINI CATEGORY - Germany
  • PREMIO NELLA CATEGORIA “MINI”- RIVISTA AVTO MAGAZINE - Croatia
  • CAR OF THE YEAR - READERS OF MOTOR AND AUTO MOTO - Poland
  • FIAT 500C - CAR WITH CLASS - LISTENERS OF RMF CLASSIC RADIO - Poland
  • FIAT 500C - WOMEN'S CAR OF THE YEAR - READERS OF TWÓJ STYL - Poland
  • FIAT 500C - MOST BEAUTIFUL CAR ON THE WEB 2010 IN THE FASHION CAR CATEGORY - INFOMOTORI - Italy
  • FIAT 500 TWIN AIR - PRIX AUTO ENVIRONNEMENT IN THE UNDER 120 HP GASOLINE CATEGORY - MAAF INSURANCE - France
  • FIAT 500 TWIN AIR - DIE AUTOSCOUT24: SPECIAL AWARD “BESTE UMWELT-INITIATIVE” - BEST ENVIRONMENTAL INITIATIVE - Germany
  • FIAT 500 TWIN AIR - TOPAUTO 2011” IN THE INNOVATION CATEGORY - AUTO SECTOR JOURNALISTS - Germany
  • FIAT 500 TWIN AIR - BEST ENVIRONMENTAL INITIATIVE- INTERNET AUTO AWARDS 2010 - EU

2009 AWARDS
  • “CITY CAR OF THE YEAR” - BUSINESS CAR - UK
  • “BEST CARS OF 2009” - AUTO MOTOR UND SPORT - Germany
  • “MY FAVORITE CARS” - CITY-CAR CATEGORY - QUATTRORUOTE - Italy
  • “IMPORT OF THE YEAR” - OVERDRIVE - India
  • AWARD- C AT “MINI” - AVTO MAGAZINE - Croazia
  • “THE BEST CAR OF 2009” IN THE MINI CATEGORY - AVTO MAGAZIN - Slovenia
  • “2009 WORLD DESIGN CAR OF THE YEAR” AT THE NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW - Usa
  • “BEST CARS 2009” IN THE MINI CATEGORY - MOTOR PRESS MAGAZINE - Portugal
  • “AWARD OF AWARDS” - AWARDED BY THE MINISTRY FOR PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND INNOVATION - Italy
  • “AUTO TROPHY 2009” - AUTO ZEITUNG - Germany
  • “BEST IMPORT OF 2009” - Brazil
  • “BEST DESIGN IN 2009” - Chile
  • FIAT 500 ABARTH - PRODUCTION POWER CAR UP TO 6000 €/KGR/HP - Greece
  • FIAT 500 ABARTH - “SPORTSCAR 2009” IN THE SMALL CATEGORY - ELECTED BY THE READERS OF AUTO BILD - Germany

2008 AWARDS
  • “CAR OF THE YEAR 2008”
  • “AUTO EUROPA 2008” - UIGA (ITALIAN ASSOCIATION OF AUTO JOURNALISTS) - Italy
  • “CAR OF THE YEAR” - AUTO KLUB MAGAZINE - Croatia
  • “CAR OF THE YEAR 2008” - AUTO MAGAZINE - Croatia
  • “TOP AUTO 2008” IN THE CITY CATEGORY - Germany
  • “NO. 1 CAR” - READERS OF AUTO PLUS - USA
  • “CHI E' CARS OF THE YEAR 2008” - CRISALIDE PRESS - Italy
  • “CAR OF THE YEAR” IN THE MINI CATEGORY - L'AUTOMOBILE - France
  • AWARD -CAT “MINI”- AVTO MAGAZINE - Croazia
  • “CITY CAR OF THE YEAR” - BBC AND TOP GEAR - UK
  • “BEST SMALL CAR OF THE YEAR” - FIFTH GEAR TV - UK
  • “BEST CAR 2008” IN THE MINI CATEGORY - BEST CARS - AUTO ILLUSTRIERTE - Switzerland
  • "MY FAVORITE CARS” - CITY-CAR CATEGORY - QUATTRORUOTE - Italy
  • “NO. 1 CAR IN POLAND” - Poland
  • “MOST BEAUTIFUL CAR ON THE WEB 2008” - INFOMOTORI - Italy
  • “MOST BEAUTIFUL CITY-CAR ON THE WEB 2008” - INFOMOTORI - Italy
  • “AUTO LEADER 2007” - READERS OF AUTO MOTO AND TWOJ STYL - Poland
  • “WOMEN'S CAR OF 2007” IN THE CAR WITH IMAGINATION CATEGORY - WOJ STYL - Poland
  • “COMPANY CAR OF 2008” - SELECTED BY FIRMENAUTO (FLEETS) AND DEKKRA -Germany
  • “CAR OF THE YEAR 2008” - UK
  • “SMALL CAR OF THE YEAR” - FIFTH GEAR - UK
  • “BEST CITY-CAR 2008” - AUTO EXPRESS - UK
  • “BEST SMALL CAR” IN THE IMPORT CATEGORY AT THE AUTO TROPHY AWARD - AUTO ZEITUNG - Germany
  • “BEST COMPACT CAR” - Japan
  • “IMPORT OF THE YEAR” - OVERDRIVE - India
  • “LUXURY CAR 2008” - TOP GEAR - India
  • SMALL DIESEL CAR OF THE YEAR - AUTOSPIES.COM

2007 AWARDS
  • “EUROCARBODY 2007” - AUTOMOTIVE CIRCLE INTERNATIONAL - Germany
  • AUTO TROPHY IN THE SMALL CATEGORY - READERS OF AUTO ZEITUNG - Germany
  • “MOST BEAUTIFUL CAR IN THE WORLD” - MUSEUM SRL - Italy
  • "SALES ACHIEVEMENT TROPHY” - L'AUTOMOBILE - France
  • “CAR DESIGN OF THE YEAR 2007” - UK
  • “NEW CAR OF THE YEAR” - QUATTRORUOTE - Italy
  • “2007 CAR OF THE YEAR” - CAR MAGAZINE - UK


Information courtesy of Fiat Group Press and author's research

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