Built to rival BMWâ€™s modern incarnation of the Mini, Fiatâ€™s 500 is proving to be a worthy contender. Much like itâ€™s predecessor wooed millions of drivers from the late 50â€™s through to the mid 70â€™s the new 500 is repeating the act, being a sell out success seemingly wherever it goes on sale. If that isnâ€™t enough, the Fiat 500 is finishing off 2007 with one big fat trophy for the cabinet â€“ 2008 European Car of The Year.
The Fiat 500 appears to be an across the board hit with motoring publications and journalists, winning car of the year by a handy 60 points over the runner up Mazda2 with Kiaâ€™s Ceeâ€™d coming a distant third. Positions four and five were taken by Nissanâ€™s Qashqai and the Mercedes-Benz C-class.
This win is no mean feat with the 500 having to impress some 58 motoring journalists from 22 countries along with seven major motoring publications, a far cry from â€œWheels Car of the Yearâ€.