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Leaf snaps up Euro COTY

2010-11-30 07:26

100% ELECTRIC: Nissan's Leaf is the 2011 European Car of the Year.

Nissan’s all-electric Leaf has become the first of its kind to win the coveted European Car of the Year.

The zero-emissions hatchback scored 257 points, nine points clear of the Alfa Romeo Giulietta with 248 points.

The Opel Meriva (244 points), Ford C-Max (224), Citroën C3/DS3 (175), Volvo S60/V60 (145) and Dacia Duster (132) brought up the rear.

This is the first time in the 47-year history of the annual competition that the award has gone to an electric vehicle.

Nissan’s president and CEO Carlos Ghosn said the award reflected Nissan’s standing as an innovative brand with a clear vision of the future of transportation.

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“This award recognises the pioneering zero-emission Nissan Leaf as competitive to conventional cars in terms of safety, performance, spaciousness and handling.

“With three other electric vehicles in the pipeline from Nissan – and with the imminent market introduction of four additional electric vehicles from our Alliance partner Renault – Nissan Leaf represents a significant first step toward a zero-emission future,” said Ghosn.

The European Car of the Year jury comprises 58 motoring journalists from 23 countries who choose the most outstanding new car to go on sale in their markets in the past 12 months.

Håkan Matson, president of the European Car of the Year jury, said “The jury acknowledged today that the Nissan Leaf is a breakthrough for electric cars. Nissan Leaf is the first electric vehicle that can match conventional cars in many respects.”

Nissan previously won the European Car of the Year award in 1993 when the Micra became the first car from a Japanese automaker to scoop the prestigious title.
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