Nissan Leaf wins 2011 World Car of the Year award at New York International Auto Show

By on Apr 22, 2011 in Automobile, Lifestyle, Travel, United States Comments

Nissan Leaf won the 2011 World Car of the Year award at the New York International Auto Show on Thursday, on Thursday, April 21, 2011, beating Audi A8 and BMW 5 Series.

Nissan Leaf wins 2011 Car of the Year,
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As reported at the World Car of the Year website on Thursday, Nissan Leaf was voted as the 2011 World Car of the Year at the New York International Auto Show.

Nissan Leaf, which LEAF stands for “Leading, Environmentally friendly, Affordable, Family car”, was chosen from an initial entry of 39 new vehicles worldwide, then down to the final three.

Winning vehicles are being voted by an international jury panel consisting of 66 top-level automotive journalists from 24 nations worldwide, with each juror appointed by the World Car Steering Committee.

Apparently, Audi A8 and the BMW 5 Series were the other two finalists, in which candidate cars should have been available in the market in at least 2 continents from January 1, 2010 to May 30, 2011.

“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,” Nissan Chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn said on the report.

Nissan Leaf was noted as the world’s first mass-produced electric car, and takes about 8 hours to be recharged on a 220-240V power supply and produces zero tailpipe emissions, with its maximum speed of 90 mph although Nissan said it can reach to over 100 mph on full charge.

On the other hand, Ferrari 458 Italia bagged the 2011 World Performance Car award, while the Chevrolet Volt won the 2011 World Green Car award.

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