It’s been available in the UK for exactly a year, and Fiat’s remarkable two cylinder 500 TwinAir continues to scoop top awards.
As a power unit, the 0.9-litre TwinAir is the current International Engine of the Year, but this latest award – the 2011 GreenFleet Awards City Car Manufacturer of the Year – highlights the car’s popularity, environmental credentials and low fuel economy.
Launched as an engine option last October, it was then introduced as part of the 500 model line-up in its own right in June this year. The TwinAir range has a sporty and assertive appearance, enhanced by black alloy wheels, burnished metal effects on dashboard and front and rear mouldings, spoiler, chrome exhaust pipe and sports seats.
But it’s not all about good looks: the TwinAir engine is capable of lively 0-62mph acceleration in 11 seconds, while maximum speed is 108mph. And it has incredibly low CO2 emissions of just 95g/km, along with 68.9mpg fuel economy (combined cycle).
"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,” says Colin Boyton, GreenFleet Marketing Manager. “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 for the 0.9 TwinAir, rising to £15,500 OTR for the convertible 500C TwinAir Lounge.