Published on December 23rd, 2020 | by Amirul Mukminin0
Fiat 500 Scoops Double Award Win
The new Fiat 500 has added two new awards to its growing list of accolades received in Europe. In France, the funky hatchback received the “Green Car” award at the Automobile Awards 2020, while in the UK, the website DrivingElectric has bestowed the car with the “Car of the Year and Best Small Electric Car” award. This brings the total number of awards won by the new 500 to a laudable four.
Introduced in March 2020, the new 500 is a fully-electric car that delivers an operating range of up to 320 km (based on the WLTP cycle) thanks to a 42-kW battery. Meanwhile, its 87-kW (118-hp) electric motor enables a century sprint time of 9.0 seconds and a top speed of 150 km/h. Charging the battery to 80% takes just 35 minutes.
A few weeks after its presentation to the international press, the New 500 continues to captivate the European public, achieving a double win – first in France, then in the UK – further improving a trophy haul that already includes “Green Car” at the Automobile Awards 2020, plus “Car of the Year and Best Small Electric Car” bestowed by DrivingElectric, to join the “Best Design 2020” award from the German magazine “Auto Motor und Sport” and “Best Design Concept” in the internationally renowned “Red Dot Design Awards”.
In France, the New 500 won “Green Car” at the Automobile Awards 2020, an acknowledgment bestowed by a jury of experts from the automotive industry, fans and end consumers, counting among its members the guest of honor, the actor and comedian Arnaud Ducret. The new model has also won an award in the UK for the first time: the prestigious “Car of the Year and Best Small Electric Car”, given by the “DrivingElectric” specialist website, where it was appreciated for its elegant design, technology, usable range of up to 320 km and the price of its entry-level Action trim.
This double win comes after the two other coveted awards it has recently received in Germany. The first was in October, when the New 500 took a “Red Dot Award 2020” – one of the most coveted prizes in the world of industrial design – in the Design Concept category. The jury consisted of 21 of the most renowned design professionals and lecturers in the world, having considered over 4,100 candidates from 52 countries this year.
It was met with the same success one month later with the title of “Best Design 2020” in its category, conferred by readers of the German magazine “Auto Motor und Sport”, who cast their votes in the ”Autonis 2020” contest. The New 500 has therefore taken one of the most prestigious acknowledgments in the world of design, beating off competitors with a conventional combustion engine, thanks to its unique and distinctive style that continues to amaze and enchant.
Four prestigious awards, confirmation that the New 500 is revolutionizing the world of electric mobility in terms of technology and design.
FCA’s first 100% electric car, it still remains a true 500. The 42-kW battery guarantees extended range, up to 320 km in the WLTP cycle, increasing to 450 km in the urban cycle, and comes with an 85-kW battery charger as standard in both the Passion and Icon versions. It only takes 5 minutes to charge it up to drive 50 kilometers, more than necessary for average daily use. The fast charger can also charge the battery to 80% in just 35 minutes. In terms of performance, the batteries are combined with an 87-kW (118-hp) electric motor, delivering an automatically limited maximum speed of 150 km/h, acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 9.0 seconds and from 0 to 50 km/h in 3.1 seconds.
The 500 also comes with Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems (ADAS), making it easier, safer, simpler and more fun to drive, as well as being the first car in its segment equipped with level 2 autonomous driving. But FCA’s engineers didn’t stop there. Their aim was to humanize the technology, by implementing specific solutions tailor-made for the 500: from advanced driver-assistance features to control the car longitudinally and laterally to sensors that detect whether the driver has their hands on the steering wheel. Risk level monitoring is therefore much more accurate, meaning we could make the automatic warnings less intrusive. And there’s more: ‘Lane Centering’ keeps the New 500 in the center of the lane, whereas ‘Urban Blind Spot’ uses ultrasonic sensors to monitor blind spots and warn of any obstacles with a triangular warning light on the wing mirror. At the same time, the eleven 360° sensors provide a ‘drone view’ to avoid any obstacles when parking or performing complex maneuver: almost a bird’s eye view of any obstacles in your path.
The New 500 is also the most connected car ever. The proof is in the new fifth-generation UConnect 5 infotainment system – the connected platform created by FCA for the future, available with a 7” screen in the PASSION version and 10.25” in the ICON – with a custom interface and the advanced voice recognition system, activated hands-free with the wake word “Hey Fiat”. Connectivity features are enabled by the new UConnect Box, offering access to the New 500’s “UConnect Services”, one example of which transforms the car into a Wi-Fi hotspot to connect up to 8 devices at the same time. These connectivity services are usually reserved for higher segments, but for the first time Fiat makes them accessible on an A-segment car, with features developed specifically for the world of electric vehicles.
The New 500 is available in hatchback and cabriolet versions, plus the brand-new 3+1 variant, featuring a third small passenger side door.