The revived Fiat 500 wins design award based on its successful mix of the old and the new. The top three finalist were all European models and also included the Citroen C5 sedan and C5 Tourer (together) and the Jaguar XF.
The Fiat 500 was presented with the 2009 World Car Design of the Year award at the New York auto show today.
The winner of the award was decided upon by a distinguished panel of judges selected for their expertise in automobile design. The top three finalist were all European models and included the Citroen C5 sedan and C5 Tourer (together), the Jaguar XF, and, of course, the winning Fiat 500.
Previous years' winners were the Audi R8 in 2008, the Audi TT in 2007, and Citroen took home the prize in 2006 for the C4 model.
The World Car Design of the Year award was begun in 2004 and is run by a steering committee of prominent automotive journalists from all over the world. Serving as the judges this year were Robert Cumberford, design critic for Automobile and Auto & Design magazines, Akira Fujimoto, editor of Car Styling magazine, Silvia Baruffaldi, managing editor of Auto & Design magazine and Tom Matano, director of the School of Industrial Design at the Academy of Art university in San Francisco.
The panel said of the 500:
"Icon is an overused word in the automotive world, but the Fiat 500 dating from 1957 genuinely deserves the sobriquet. [The 500 captures] the visual appeal of the original version while meeting modern design and engineering standards."