The title, which is the oldest award of its kind in Europe, was awarded to the Fiat 500 for its ‘innovative and original design’, said the judges.
It was also described as being the best of ‘made in Italy’, while its five-star safety rating in the Euro NCAP safety tests was praised.
The Fiat 500 is no stranger to awards, as well as being named World’s Sexiest Car by BBC’s Top Gear ahead of a raft of supercars and luxury vehicles, it was voted European Car of the Year in 2008 – the biggest accolade in Europe.
The small city car also boasts the International Engine of the Year 2011 in the shape of the two-cylinder petrol TwinAir engine, one of very few petrol engines to deliver CO2 emissions low enough to qualify it for zero Vehicle Excise Duty (Band A) and exemption from the London congestion charge.
Available with three standard trim levels (Pop, Lounge and range-topping Sport), choices for the Fiat 500 do not end there.
Several special editions are also available, including the Fiat 500 Pink, fashion-inspired models such as the 500byDIESEL and 500byGucci and convertible models in the form of the Fiat 500C.
A selection of engines are offered with the Fiat 500 including the TwinAir petrol, more powerful MultiAir petrol and low-CO2 diesels from the MultiJet range.
The Fiat 500 is one of the most popular customisable premium small cars on the UK market and prices start from £11,100 in the UK.
The customisation options include 11 different body colours with standard versions, a choice of alloy wheels and accessories such as roof graphics, chrome bumper inserts and other cosmetic choices.