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Ultra Low Carbon Award for the the Nissan LEAF

17 January 2011

Ultra Low Carbon Award for the the Nissan LEAF


The Nissan LEAF’s run of award success has continued, picking up the Ultra Low Carbon Award in the What Car? Car of the Year Awards 2011.

The What Car? award win builds on an already great reception with the 100% electric vehicle winning worldwide praise, including picking up the 2011 Car of the Year.

What Car? Editor-in-Chief Steve Fowler said: “The Nissan LEAF is one of the most exciting new cars we’ve tested in recent years and that’s not only because of the technology involved. It actually stacks up as a sensible family buy with plenty of space, lots of gizmos, good build quality and, of course, low running costs.”

Paul Willcox, Managing Director at Nissan Motor (GB) Ltd, said: “We are very pleased that What Car? has recognised the Nissan LEAF’s pioneering qualities. It represents another step in the acceptance of fully electric cars into the mainstream and the LEAF’s other award wins show that it has all-round appeal.”

Nissan research has found that 80% of daily driving in Britain is below 30 miles, and with the LEAF’s ability to carry five passengers up to 109 miles, it marks a significant development in the environmentally-friendly, cost efficient options available for motorists.

Customers have been able to pre-order the Nissan LEAF since September last year ahead of deliveries from March 2011.  The LEAF is priced at £23,990 OTR including the government’s EV grant.


The trophy recognising the revolutionary Nissan LEAF as Europe’s Car of The Year 2011 was handed over to Nissan Motor Co.’s President and CEO Carlos Ghosn in a special ceremony held today (24/01/2011) at the Pavillion Gabriel in Paris.

To win the award, the 58 CoTY members – leading motoring journalists from 23 European countries – placed Nissan LEAF ahead of six conventional new cars on the shortlist. It is the first time in CoTY’s 47-year history that the annual award has been won by an electric vehicle.

“I am convinced that we will see other electric cars named Car of the Year in the future.
But when we do, we must always remember that only one can be the first.
And that is why Nissan LEAF Car of the Year 2011 is – and will remain – so very special,” said Håkan Matson, president of the CoTY jury, speaking at the ceremony.

“It is a great honour for Nissan LEAF to be recognised as the European Car of the Year – the first all-electric car to receive this distinction. Like previous Car of the Year winners, Nissan LEAF is an appealing, competitive car, with no compromise on style, features, safety, performance or handling. Yet it stands apart as an innovative car that reflects a clear vision of the future of transportation – a vision of sustainable mobility,” said Ghosn after receiving the trophy.

Pre-orders for Nissan LEAF have reached more than 27,000 units globally. The zero-emission car is currently built in Japan, but will also be manufactured in the United States and United Kingdom when new manufacturing facilities there open in late 2012 and early 2013 respectively. Deliveries to individual customers in Japan and the US began in December. In Europe, deliveries will start shortly to Portugal, the Republic of Ireland, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands followed by more markets later in the year.


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