June 15, 2011
by Fleet Management staff
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. The LEAF has also been named European Car of the Year.
The World Car Awards jurors observed, “The Leaf is the gateway to a brave new electric world from Nissan. This five-seat, five-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 Nissan says, takes around eight hours to recharge using 220-240V power supply, and produces zero tailpipe emissions. Its low centre 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 America.