Fiat 500 picks up gong in Berlin

The Fiat 500 bagged another prestigious award at an automobile ceremony in Berlin this week.

Journalists from 22 countries in Europe voted the model Car of the Year 2007 last night, making it the second A-Segment vehicle to be bestowed the honour following the Fiat Panda’s success in 2004.

Some 57 out of 58 judges put the supermini on its shortlist, with a further 33 citing it as their vehicle of the year.

According to Fiat Group Automobiles chief executive Sergio Marchionne, the firm is "proud" to have picked up the prestigious gong.

He said: "We see the 500 as not just a car, but as a ‘travelling agenda’ of what we want to achieve."

Earlier this month, the firm posted its biggest-ever trading profit margin.

Last year, the French automobile manufacturing company made £2.37 billion from a turnover of £43 billion.

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