Nissan Leaf Electric Car named 2011 European Car of the Year

Posted on Jan 25, 2011 by

Nissan’s Leaf electric car has been recognized as European car of the Year 2011, ahead of 6 conventional cars, making it the first all-electric car to receive this recognition.

The 58 CoTY Jury made up of leading motoring journalists from 23 European countries created a milestone with this award. In CoTY’s 48 year history, this is the first time that European Car of The Year award has been won by an electric vehicle.

The 58 members of the Jury, with seven votes each, nominated seven finalists for the 2011 Car of the Year award from an initial list of 41 contenders for the award.

The finalists were:

Alfa Romeo Giulietta

Citroën C3/DS3

Dacia Duster

Ford C-Max/Grand C-Max

Opel/Vauxhall Meriva, and

Volvo S60/V60

To determine the winner, each member had to allocate a total of 25 points among at least five of the seven nominees, with no more than 10 points for the preferred choice. Nissan’s Leaf can out ahead of the race and won the award for 2011 European Car of The Year.

Carlos Ghosn, Nissan’s President and CEO proudly received the award at a special ceremony held at Pavillion Gabriel in Paris

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.

Closer to home, there have been no official announcements of Leaf’s arrival in the Middle East as yet.

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