Nissan Leaf Electric Car Won 2011 World Car Of The Year At New York International Auto Show

Nissan Leaf was named as 2011 World Car of the Year during the New York International Auto Show, international news reported. The all-electric Nissan Leaf is the first electric car to win a global auto prize, beating out the Audi A8 and the BMW 5-Series.

“It is a great joy that the world’s first, mass-marketed electric vehicle, the Nissan Leaf, has won the prestigious award,“ Nissan Chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn said.

Nissan Leaf is 100% electric which features zero tailpipe emissions, high response 80kW AC synchronous electric motor, speeds up to 90 mph and powered by a lithium-ion battery that can be recharged in about eight hours. It’s a 5-seater, 5-door car and has a 100-mile range.

The World Car of the Year Award was announced on Thursday and were chosen by a panel of automotive journalists from Europe, North America and Asia.

Nissan Leaf

Image Credit: Nissan Motors Co.

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