Fiat 500 TwinAir wins green award

The efficient petrol version of the city car has helped Fiat take the 2011 GreenFleet Awards City Car Manufacturer of the Year, it has been announced.

Launched as an engine option last October, the 0.9-litre petrol two-cylinder TwinAir is the current International Engine of the Year because of its unique two-cylinder setup and road tax-free level of CO2 emissions.

The latest award, says Fiat, highlights the Fiat 500’s popularity and low fuel economy in the new TwinAir range.

This TwinAir engine has low C02 emissions of just 95g/km along with a combined fuel economy of 68.9mpg. It is also capable of 0-62mph in 11 seconds and has a top speed of 108mph. These figures will give cars such as the Kia Picanto competition in the city car supermini segment.

Colin Boyton, GreenFleet Marketing manager said: “Although a closely fought category again this year, the Fiat 500 TwinAir, with its low consumption, two-cylinder, clean petrol engine, was the resounding choice for the City Car Manufacturer of the Year Award.”

The Fiat 500 is also accompanied by a sporty appearance with its black alloy wheels, burnished metal effects on dashboard and front and rear mouldings, spoiler, chrome exhaust pipe and sports seats.

The success of the TwinAir engine for the retro-styled premium small car led Fiat to launch a full TwinAir range last year, making it the only car maker at the time to offer a road tax and congestion charge-free petrol car in the UK.

Boyton added: “Even though it is already an extremely popular choice out there, I know we will be seeing many more take to the roads over the next year, as businesses look for a maximum return on their fleet investment. Well done Fiat, worthy winners.”

The Fiat 500 TwinAir range starts at £11,600 OTR. The 0.9 TwinAir and convertible 500C TwinAir Lounge are £15,500 OTR.