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The Fiat 500 is a city car built by Italian automaker Fiat since 2007. The four-seater, three-door hatchback 500 is almost identical to the retro concept car Trepiùno presented in 2004. Designer Roberto Giolito's current Fiat 500 is a modern copy of Dante Giacosa's 1957 original rear-engined Fiat 500 or "Nuova 500".
The Fiat 500
Euro NCAP test results
Fiat 500 (2008)
Test Score Rating
Adult occupant: 35 5 /5 stars
Child occupant: 28 3 /5 stars
Pedestrian: 14 2 /4 stars
The North American 500 has a 1.4-litre Multiair engine produced at the Global Engine Manufacturing Alliance in Dundee, Michigan, United States. The engine produces 101 hp (75 kW) at 6,500 rpm and 98 lb·ft (133 N·m) at 4,000 rpm. The North American model has been reworked for North American roads and buyers. Key differences include increased body strength; suspension reworked for the US market; over 20 specific hardware changes for reduced noise, vibration and harshness; BiHalogen projector headlamps and amber front and red rear sidemarker lights and reflectors on each wheel arch edge to comply with FMVSS 108; new four-wheel anti-lock disc brake system with new front calipers for better brake performance; larger 10.5 US gal (40 L; 9 imp gal) fuel tank; upgraded heating and cooling system; new front seats with a new armrest and seat cushion for improved comfort; easier entry system designed into the new front seats; new steering wheel controls and revised steering and new Bose brand audio system. The North American 500 has two gearbox choices: a 6-speed automatic transmission which has also driver-selectable gear changes or 5-speed manual.
Fiat 500 Elettra
Chrysler unveiled the Fiat 500 Elettra concept electric car in the 2010 North American International Auto Show. The carmaker announced that it will build an electric version of the 500 for the U.S. market, with a powertrain that will be developed at its Auburn Hills, Michigan headquarters. The Fiat 500 EV is scheduled go into production in 2012.[The 500 Elettra is expected to be launched at the November 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show.
Fiat 500 Awards
In 2011 the TwinAir engine used in the 500 was awarded with four awards in the International Engine of the Year competition.
What Car? readers' affections 2007
CAR Magazine: Car of the Year 2007
EuroCarBody 2007 award
European Car of the Year for 2008
The World's Most Beautiful Automobile (City Car and Small Car category)
AUTO EUROPA 2008
Fifth Gear: Best Small Car 2007
Top Gear: Best 'City Car' 2007
Auto 1 Europa 2008 - (Auto Bild) 
2008 'What Car?' Green Car of the Year Award
Auto Express: "Best City Car" 2008 
evecars.com Best Supermini/City Car Award 2008
evecars.com readers Sexiest Car of 2008
Best Compact Car Consumers' Choice Award-Car of the Year in Japan
2009 World Car Design of the Year
Auto Express: "Best City Car" 2009 
2010 "What Car? Green Car of the year supermini category
First place in the 2011 J.D. Power & Associates "Vehicle Owner Satisfaction Study" (conducted in Germany).
Best City Car in the 2011 Fleet World Honours.
Men's Journal: "Gear of the Year" award, 2011 Vehicle category (U.S. version).
In the 'Life Is Best When Driven' campaign, Jennifer Lopez was featured in the "My World" ad. The Smoking Gun reported the Big Block-produced commercial was shot in Los Angeles, and a body-double was used for the scenes showing the car driving through Lopez' 'hometown of the Bronx'. Following the production of the ad, the artists behind a copyrighted mural in the Bronx sued Chrysler for using the image in the commercial without their permission, which was later settled out of court in undisclosed terms. Jennifer Lopez later appeared in 2011 American Music Awards with a 2012 Fiat 500 during her performance of "Papi", a 30 and 60-second versions of Fiat 500 Pop commercial, and the Fiat 500C Gucci Edition ad titled 'Elegance'.
In the 500 Abarth 'Seduction' ad, Jennifer Lopez was replaced by Romanian model Catrinel Menghia. A Pop-Up Video version of the ad was also produced.
Another Fiat 500 TV commercial titled 'Liberation' debuted at the 2012 Golden Globes Award Show.
A new Fiat 500 Abarth TV commercial starring Charlie Sheen and the Abarth model Catrinel Menghia that debuted during the 2012 NCAA Tournament