19 January 2002

MULTIPLA "HAT-TRICK"

For the third successive year, Fiat Auto's innovative Multipla six-seater mini-MPV has been voted Best Family Car by BBC Top Gear Magazine and the Top Gear TV programme.

This is the third annual running of the Top Gear Awards, and the Fiat Multipla beat off strong competition from the Chrysler Voyager, Honda Stream, Kia Sedona, Mercedes-Benz Vaneo and Toyota Corolla Verso to win top honours in the Best Family Car category.

Commenting on the result, Top Gear Magazine says: "Yes, it's been here before, twice, but what else is there that drives so sweetly, is just a bit longer than a Mini and almost as roomy as a Pickfords van? Nothing. So, a hat-trick it is then."

Multipla is available throughout Fiat Auto's UK dealer network in either petrol or diesel versions, in two levels of trim, together with a host of dedicated accessories. Like all Fiat cars, Multipla has the added advantage of a comprehensive three-year warranty and roadside service package.

Prices start from £12,995 on the road.

Note to Editors - UK awards for Multipla to date:

Car of the Year 2000

BBC Top Gear Magazine and Top Gear TV programme

Best Family Car 2000

BBC Top Gear Magazine and Top Gear TV programme

Best MPV

Fleet World Honours 2000

Best Compact MPV

Auto Express New Car Honours 2000

MPV Winner

Towcar of the Year 2001

Best MPV 2000

Channel 4 Driven

Scottish Family Car of the Year 2000

ASMW

Best Family Car 2001

BBC Top Gear Magazine and Top Gear TV programme

Mini-MPV Winner

Diesel Car of the Year Awards 2001, Diesel Car

Used Car of the Year 2002

Used Car Buyer magazine

Best Used MPV 2002

Used Car Buyer magazine

Best Family Car 2002

BBC Top Gear Magazine and Top Gear TV programme

ends.

For further information please contact:

PETER NEWTON Public Relations Director

or

Puneet Joshi Press Officer

Fiat Auto (UK) Limited

Tel: 01753 511431 Fax: 01753 516871

e-mail addresses:

peter.newton@fiat.com/puneet.joshi@fiat.com

This press release is also available on www.newspress.co.uk

30497/040402

 

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