Awards 2011 - City Car: Fiat 500
25 January 2011
Fiat is on a roll in the city car category, which the 500 comfortably wins for the third consecutive year.
Despite Fiat's fleet deal with BSM on rundown, thanks to the latter's instructors voting to return to the larger Vauxhall Corsa, the 500 continues to be the most popular city car with BusinessCar readers.
No doubt the car's looks aid its success, with the bubble-shaped vehicle still turning heads three years after its launch. With Fiat introducing new TwinAir engines to its model range, the least-polluting 500 iteration now only emits 92g/km CO2, making it a sensible choice for savvy fleet managers wanting to keep business costs down with a decent city run-around. The success of these engines, currently only available in the 500 in turbocharged 85hp form, has led the carmaker to plan a non-turbo 65hp version and a more powerful 105hp version.
The 500 may well continue as the winner of this category as Fiat told BusinessCar late last year that the smaller TwinAir engine allowed room for hybrid components in the vehicle. A spokesman said: "The hybrid version is already under development and will have further CO2 and mpg benefits. It's in the prototype stage and is a mild hybrid."