ALFA Romeo couldn’t have wished for a better start to 2014: The Alfa Romeo 4C has not only claimed the “Most Beautiful Car of the Year 2013” title at the 29th International Automobile Festival in France, it has also scooped the top award in the “Importers” sports car category in the Auto Motor und Sport “Best Cars 2014” awards. In both cases, the awards were decided by a public vote.
In the process of claiming the ‘Most Beautiful Car of the Year 2013” title, the Alfa Romeo 4C claimed an astonishing 40.70 per cent of the votes in a worldwide survey, significantly more than the BMW 4-Series, (25.55 percent), Mercedes CLA (22.15 per cent) and Mazda 3 (11.60 per cent).
Created in 1986 in Chamonix and presided over by Remi Depoix, the International Automobile Festival recognises creativity in automotive design and is now a key event on the world automotive calendar.
The Most Beautiful Car of the Year title was first awarded in 1988, with the Alfa 164 winning the inaugural award. Alfa Romeo has also won in 2005 with the Alfa Brera and again in 2008 with the Alfa MiTo.
Meanwhile in Germany, readers of the prestigious motoring magazine ‘Auto, Motor und Sport’ voted the Alfa Romeo 4C top of the “Importers” sports car category in its ‘Best Cars 2014’ awards, ahead of 28 considerably more expensive models from numerous specialist sports car manufacturers.
More than 115,000 readers chose the Alfa Romeo 4C as the most exciting, imported sports car of the year, with Alfa Romeo’s two other, recently revised models also making the podium for imported cars in their respective categories: the Alfa Romeo MiTo came second in the ‘hatchback’ segment, while the Alfa Romeo Giulietta took third place among the ‘compacts’.
These latest awards add to the ever-growing list of accolades bestowed upon the Alfa Romeo 4C. It was recently named ‘Car of the Year 2013’ by the editors of FHM magazine in the UK; it won the ‘Coup de cœur 2013’ award of Automobile Magazine in France and it was named ‘Auto Trophy 2013’ by the readers of the German magazine Auto Zeitung.