Nissan LEAF World Car of the Year

At the New York International Motor Show, the 2011 World Car of the Year went to the Nissan LEAF. Carlos Ghosn, Nissan Chairman and CEO, said they are overjoyed that the first mass marketed electric car was named winner of such a prestigious award. The award recognizes not only the zero-emission but the driving performance, quietness and superb way of handling compared to that of the gas-powered vehicle.

The award validates the carmaker’s vision and the value they place in sustainable mobility in their vehicles. The LEAF is sold in select European markets, the United States and Japan with 2012 release to other global markets.

Currently manufactured in Oppama, Japan it will also be manufactured in Tennessee in the US starting in late 2012 and in the UK at their Sunderland plant in early 2013.The car was designed from the beginning to be just a pure electric powered vehicle.

This concept made it a truly revolutionary vehicle that marked a turning point for the automobile industry. It is powered by a laminated lithium-ion battery that has an output of 90kw. The driving range of the vehicle is over 100 miles and the LEAF is fully equipped with air conditioning, satellite navigation and a parking camera.