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Alfa Romeo 4C has been named the ‘Most Beautiful Car of the Year 2013’ at the 29th International Automobile Festival, confirming its standing as one of the world’s most stunning vehicles.

The compact supercar won the prize following a worldwide internet survey conducted in collaboration with event multimedia partners Le Point, Auto Addict, Automobiles Classiques, AD and JC Decaux.

4C won an impressive 40.70 per cent of the votes, beating BMW 4-Series (25.55 per cent), Mercedes CLA (22.15 per cent) and Mazda 3 (11.60 per cent).

Alfa Romeo has a rich history in the Most Beautiful Car of the Year prize; Alfa 164 won the inaugural title in 1988, Brera won it in 2005 and MiTo in 2008.

Centro Stile Alfa Romeo designed 4C, taking inspiration in particular from the iconic 1967 33 Stradale.

The International Automobile Festival, which started in 1986 in Chamonix, France, has become a key event on the automotive calendar.

The Most Beautiful Car of the Year award began in 1988.

The accolade follows numerous other awards for 4C; it was recently named FHM magazine UK’s Car of the Year 2013, the ‘Coup de cœur 2013’ from Automobile Magazine in France and ‘Auto Trophy 2013’ from German magazine Auto Zeitung.

4C will launch in Australia later this year.