-Latest Accolade for Zero-Emission Vehicle Comes at New York
International Auto Show-
NEW YORK, April 21 /CNW/ - Today, at the New York International Auto
Show, the 100-percent electric, zero-emission Nissan LEAF was named
2011 World Car of the Year, edging out the BMW 5-Series and the Audi A8
for the top spot. Today's award is the latest in a string of accolades
for the world's first affordable mass-market, all-electric vehicle for
the global market, which was also named European Car of the Year.
"It is a great joy that the world's first, mass-marketed electric
vehicle, the Nissan LEAF, has won the prestigious award of 2011 World
Car of the Year," said Nissan Chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn. "This
accolade recognizes Nissan LEAF, a pioneer in zero-emission mobility,
as comparable in its driving performance, quietness and superb handling
to gas-powered cars. And it validates Nissan's clear vision and the
values of sustainable mobility that we want to offer to customers
around the world."
The World Car Awards jurors observed that, "The Leaf is the gateway to a
brave new electric world from Nissan. This 5-seater, 5-door hatchback
is the world's first, purpose-built, mass-produced electric car. It has
a range of over 100 miles on a full charge claims Nissan, takes around
8 hours to recharge using 220-240V power supply and produces zero
tailpipe emissions. Its low center of gravity produced sharp turn-in
with almost no body roll and no understeer. The good news? It feels
just like a normal car, only quieter."
The World Car of the Year competition was launched in 2004, with winners
chosen by a panel of automotive journalists from Asia, Europe and North
Nissan LEAF is available in Japan, the United States and select European
markets and will be released in other global markets in 2012. The
vehicle is currently built at Nissan's Oppama, Japan plant. It also
will be manufactured at the company's Smyrna, Tenn., plant in the
United States in late 2012 and at Nissan's Sunderland plant in the
United Kingdom by early 2013.
Aiming to be the world leader in zero-emission vehicles, Nissan, with
its Alliance partner, Renault, has formed partnerships with more than
90 governments, cities and other organizations around the world not
only to develop and produce EV and lithium-ion batteries but also to
promote sustainable mobility. Nissan is also taking a comprehensive
approach to encourage to the world to more sustainable mobility such as
improvement of charging service, infrastructure deployment, the
promotion of the use of recycled materials and overall energy
management system including second-life use of lithium-ion batteries.
More information, high-res images and b-roll are available at www.media.nissan.ca or upon request.
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SOURCE Nissan Canada Inc.
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