It seem’s our recent family road test car, the Fiat 500L, is winning praise on the ‘other side of the pond’ as well, as Automotive research and consulting firm AutoPacific, Inc. in the U.S have announced the 5 dour Fiat 500L “Best-in-Class Ideal Compact Car,” praising it for it’s style, efficiency and driving enjoyment in the Compact Car segment.
The 2018 Ideal Vehicle Awards are based on scores developed using results from AutoPacific’s national New Vehicle Satisfaction Survey. Respondents to this survey are owners of new model-year cars and trucks purchased from September through December 2017. The questionnaire was administered from January through April 2018. Respondents rate 14 vehicle attributes concerning their desire for change. Those vehicles wanting the least change win the IVA for their class.
Based on responses from more than 58,000 owners of new vehicles across all major manufacturers, the survey indicates that the Fiat 500L met or exceeded their expectations.
Leading the Compact Car segment, the Fiat 500L builds on the style, efficiency and driving enjoyment that has made the Fiat 500 an icon. The Fiat 500L expands the 500’s appeal by offering 42 percent extra interior space with comfortable seating for five, engaging driving dynamics, all wrapped up in contemporary Italian design.
“IVAs speak to a vehicle’s layout and design,” says AutoPacific President George Peterson. “Giving owners a chance to tell us what they would change and how they would change it reveals which vehicles are designed to meet their needs and expectations. In other words, having owners who are happy with things the way they are says the manufacturer did their upfront research and designed the vehicle with their target buyer in mind.”
AutoPacific is a future-oriented automotive marketing research and product-consulting firm. Every year AutoPacific publishes a wide variety of syndicated studies on the automotive industry. The firm, founded in 1986, also conducts extensive proprietary research, forecasting, and consulting for auto manufacturers, distributors, marketers and suppliers worldwide. Company headquarters are in North Tustin, California, with affiliate offices in the Detroit area, North Carolina and South Carolina.