The Fiat 500 continues to lead the way in the business world after scooping the City Car of the Year title for the third consecutive year in the 2011 BusinessCar Awards.
There's no disputing that it's won the hearts of thousands of private buyers throughout the UK, but it's in industry and business that the popular city car continues to impress.
The multi-award-winning 500, which is into its fourth year on sale in the UK, already has an impressive list of trophies, including Car of the Year in 2008, along with several from the UK's leading consumer and trade titles.
The car's cheeky good looks, coupled with excellent running costs and residual values, made a big impression on the awards' judges – the readers of BusinessCar, therefore truly reflecting the opinions of the market.
"Fiat's 500 has once more proved that business cars can make sense to both the head and the heart," says Paul Barker,editor of BusinessCar. "The 500 has great residual values and running costs combined with the ability to put smiles on faces, making it the perfect city car for the corporate market, something BusinessCar readers obviously echo in voting the 500 City Car of the Year."
"Three consecutive awards and three consecutive wins in the City Car category – that's wonderful news and a great tribute to the Fiat 500, which continues to sell well both to private customers and into fleets," says Andrew Humberstone, managing director, Fiat Group Automobiles UK and Ireland. "We will never tire of receiving awards for this remarkable car and this latest accolade from BusinessCar and its readers is very welcome."
Available with a choice of ultra-low emissions Euro 5 engines: 85bhp 0.9-litre TwinAir, 69 bhp 1.2-litre and 100bhp 1.4-litre petrol, and 95 bhp 1.3-litre MultiJet turbodiesel, the Fiat 500 can be ordered in three different trim levels – Pop, Sport and Lounge. With a starting price of just 9,665, the 500 represents outstanding value for money.