Approved by over 58 jury members from 22 countries, the Fiat 500 scored 385 points, confidently beating the second-placed Mazda 2 hatchback.

Fiat's heroic retro 500 remake has been selected as the Car of The Year 2008. The Fiat 500, poised as "the MINI killer," has been a huge success with Fiat reportedly having received over 57,000 orders within a week of the model launch.

Approved by over 58 jury members from 22 countries, the Fiat 500 scored 385 points, confidently beating the second-placed Mazda 2 hatchback, which received 325 points. Ford's all-new Mondeo took third place with 202 points. The other top candidates included the Kia Cee'd, Nissan Qashqai and the brand-new Mercedes C-class.

Steve Cropley, editor-in-chief of Autocar and Car of the Year juror, said that "every now and then a car comes along that undoubtedly deserves to be Car of The Year – the Fiat 500 is one of those cars." He added that 34 of the 58 jurors ranked the Fiat 500 in the top spot, a further indication that Fiat has really got it spot on.

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