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Old 8th December 2007, 16:03   #1
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Default FIAT 500 wins the European Car of the Year 2008

Time to celebrate yet again for Fiat fans. The Fiat 500 has won with a total tally of 385 points, followed by the Mazda 2 and Ford Mondeo with 325 and 202 points respectively.




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Is such a cute little car-

However, i think FIAT has made it clear that i won't come to India.
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The 500 is really being praised by the press especially 5th Gear's Tom Ford who just loves it. I guess theres still some time before India matures and can accept cars like the Mini and the 500. btw does anyone know how much the 500 retails for?
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Is such a cute little car-

However, i think FIAT has made it clear that it won't come to India.
A little bird tells me that we may get to see it at the Auto Expo though.
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I'm not very good at dates, but I'm sure it's still 2007.

Oh well, maybe journalists live in their own time zones.

I wish cars like this would come to India! Good small cars; perfect city cars, perfect commuting cars if the driver can sacrifice image to practicality.
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I wish cars like this would come to India! Good small cars; perfect city cars, perfect commuting cars if the driver can sacrifice image to practicality.
We already have good small cars that are practical.

The thing with the 500 and the Mini is that one doesnt have to sacrifice image at all. Its positioned more as a lifestyle product and is priced a little moer on the premium side. Not too sure if Indian buyers would appreciate this as yet.
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I'm not very good at dates, but I'm sure it's still 2007.
Oh well, maybe journalists live in their own time zones.

I think its like, Car of the year 2008- is the best car launched in 2007. And 2008 is it's year.
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A little bird tells me that we may get to see it at the Auto Expo though.
Was dying to come to the Auto-Expo this year. But then, Kerala university got no other dates to conduct university examinations.

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For a small or mini car Fiat 500 will be waaaay too costly even if it arrives in India and people will comment "arre yaar yeh toh Fiat hai iska mileage bahut kam hai "
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For a small or mini car Fiat 500 will be waaaay too costly even if it arrives in India and people will comment "arre yaar yeh toh Fiat hai iska mileage bahut kam hai "
Agreed man that this will not be a huge hit with the aam junta. But its not at all targeted at them. Its definitely a niche product and I guess there are many Fiat enthusiasts (including myself) who might not mind owning one and paying the high price (and low fuel economy). TI guess they can still import it as a CKD units
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Fiat has won the ''ECOTY" 12 times since the competition was born in 1964. That is a pretty good record. Here's more from Fiat's website -

This is the second time – the first was the Fiat Panda in 2004 – that a segment A model has won the most prestigious award in the world car industry. This extraordinary record brings total Fiat Group Automobiles wins to twelve: the Fiat 124 (1967), Fiat 128 (1970), Fiat 127 (1972), Lancia Delta (1980), Fiat Uno (1984), Fiat Tipo (1989), Fiat Punto (1995), Fiat Bravo/Brava (1996), Alfa 156 (1998), Alfa 147 (2001), Fiat Panda (2004) and the Fiat 500 (2008).

Launched on 4 July last, the new Fiat 500 immediately aroused huge interest and success: awarded 5 stars by EuroNCAP, more than 105,000 orders were taken in just 4 months and in just two countries, Italy and France, (while marketing is proceeding apace in the rest of Europe); today, in Europe, the Fiat 500 stands second in segment A with a share of 14.1%, behind only the Fiat Panda.

The award ceremony for the Car of The Year 2008, which this time round is being organised by the German magazine Stern, will take place in Berlin on 28 January.
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Nisan Micra, Ford Ka --- I'd like to see these here too
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If Fiat builds such fantastic car, why is their attitude in India like gone to the dogs?
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If Fiat builds such fantastic car, why is their attitude in India like gone to the dogs?
they brought a really good car in india as well(uno,palio),but they suck at marketing.well it was more to do with their tie up with PAL which ruined their image.hopefully now with the launch of the linea and the punto,fiat might be serious.
though one thing that pisses me off about fiat is,that they have such a strong lineup of small cars but since the launch of the palio in 99,they havent brought any new model.they have just been playing around with the palio platform turning it into a sedan,estate.in 8 yrs honda has already gone through 3 facelifts of the honda city.
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If Fiat builds such fantastic car, why is their attitude in India like gone to the dogs?
Do you really think that its the same attitude now?
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Do you really think that its the same attitude now?
It might be changing- But, is it enough?

FIAT/TATA has to try harder to get the confidence of the Indian public. Its not impossible since they have real good cars under the brand.
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