Fiat has been earning titles, receiving awards and recognition ever since its establishment in 1899. Our history is one to shout from the roof tops.
Let’s take a look:
In 1967, the Fiat 124 starts the ball rolling by winning Car of the Year. Not to be outdone, the FIAT 128 and 127 followed suit in 1970 and 1971, respectively.
In 1972, Lancia starts its reign as World Rally Constructors’ Champion, continuing on from 1974 – 1978.
During that time, in 1975, Ferrari wins its first Formula 1 World Championship. This was repeated in 1977 and 1979.
In 1983 the FIAT Uno is revealed, and it wins Car of the Year in 1984.
In 1995, ’96 and ’98, the Fiat Punto, Fiat Bravo-Brava and the Alfa Romeo 156 are named “Car of the Year”.
2004 brings another Car of the Year award for Fiat Panda.
In 2007, the new FIAT 500 is debuted, and it receives its first Car of the Year award in 2008.
2009: Two years after its introduction in 2007 the Fiat 500 wins the: “What Car? Green Awards 2009.” in the UK. The award not only recognizes the most economical and environmentally friendly cars on sale in the UK but also a green car that is fun to drive, easy to own and practical for every day use.
In addition, the Fiat 500 wins over 20 awards between 2007 – 2010, including four awards for its TwinAir Engine in the International Engine of the Year competition, six ‘Best City Car’ awards, and several ‘Consumers Choice/ Vehicles Owners Choice’ for Best Car of the Year. Especially important, the Fiat 500 was the first A-segment vehicle to achieve a 5-star Euro NCAP (New Car Assessment Program) adult occupant protection rating.
2011: The Fiat 500 arrives in the United States. Can the US version carry on the award-winning legacy?
So far, she’s off to a very good start:
Before our US Fiat even hit the market, it already started receiving accolades. This time it was for achieving best in class fuel economy. Fiat North America released EPA fuel economy specs for the 2012 Fiat 500, and it showed for the manual transmission car, 30mpg city and 38mpg highway with a combined rating of 33mpg. This is best in class performance. The Fiat 500 with an automatic transmission earned a rating of 27mpg city and 34mpg highway with a combined 30mpg. Again, a best in class performance.
In May 2011, The Texas Auto Writers Association announced its annual Spring Round Up award winners. After reviewing 50 vehicles, the Fiat 500 received two of the competitions eight awards: Best New Design and Best Value. It was the only car out of the 50 to receive two awards.
The Fiat 500 was named the #1 coolest car under $18,000 by Kelly Blue Book in their “Best, Coolest and Top 10 Lists” competition. In their “Top 10 Coolest Car List”, Kelly was looking for “…the select few, the cars that not only do everything you want and need a car to do, but also do it in an engaging and enjoyable manner, like the friend you have that’s “just fun to be around.” (June 2011)
In July 2011, the Fiat 500c Cabrio was given the “Best Small Convertible of the Year” Award from the Southern Automotive Media Association (SAMA), an organization that represents the South Florida automotive media community.
The 2012 Fiat 500 has earned the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s Top Safety Pick rating. The Fiat 500′s performance in front, side, rollover, and rear tests was rated as good, the highest score.
The latest win for the Fiat 500 is the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Award for the “Hottest Sports Compact Car.” The SEMA Award honors vehicles that specialty-equipment manufacturers believe are the best platforms for accessorization and showcase this year’s most unique products. The award recognized the Fiat 500 as the “Hottest Sport Compact Car” in its category. Winning the SEMA Award is significant because it means that owners of a Fiat 500 can expect to find more aftermarket accessories and customizing options available to them compared with its competitors.
We’d say that’s a pretty good start….
Don’t let the FIAT legacy pass you by. Life is best when driven.
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