YOKOHAMA, Japan (Dec. 5, 2011) – Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. is proud to announce that its 100% electric Nissan LEAF has won the Car of the Year Japan 2011-2012 award.
The Car of the Year Japan 2011-2012 winner was announced at the 42nd Tokyo Motor Show*1 venue. This is the 32nd year that the Car of the Year Japan awards has been held, and it is the first time in its long history that an electric vehicle has won this prestigious award.
Nissan LEAF is a zero-emission vehicle that emits no CO2 while it is being driven. With optimally-placed lithium-ion batteries, a high-performance electric motor as well as advanced control technologies, Nissan LEAF achieves strong and smooth acceleration performance, excellent quietness, outstanding riding comfort and superb handling stability.
Comfortable and fun driving is enhanced by a dedicated on-board IT system that can be accessed by remote control via mobile phones.
Nissan LEAF will also be able to supply electricity to houses via its high-capacity lithium-ion batteries. The Nissan LEAF offers new mobility value as the world shifts toward a sustainable zero-emission society, not only as a means of transportation, but also as an element of social infrastructure on account of its ability to store electricity.
“We have sold 20,000 Nissan LEAFs and also delivered on our promise of affordable, zero-emission mobility on a global scale. This award is as much a win for Nissan as it is for our customers,” said Nissan President and CEO Carlos Ghosn. “All these accolades show that zero-emission vehicles can clearly be competitive alternatives to conventional ones.”
Nissan LEAF was also named the 2012 RJC Car of the Year award winner, presented by the Automotive Researchers’ & Journalists’ Conference of Japan, in addition to winning the Japan Automotive Hall of Fame’s 2011-2012 Car of the Year, the 2011 European Car of the Year and the 2011 World Car of the Year accolades.
The Car of the Year Japan honor is another recognition of the Nissan LEAF’s value and attractiveness that has received high praise from customers around the world.