The reigning World Car of the Year, the 100 per cent electric Nissan Leaf, has also been named Japanese Car of the Year for 2011/2012.
The announcement was made at the 42nd Tokyo Motor Show and this is the first time in the award’s 32-year history that an electric vehicle has won.
“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 also won many major awards, culminating in being voted the 2011 World Car of the Year last April. The Car of the Year Japan honour is further recognition of the Nissan Leaf’s value and attractiveness that has received high praise from customers around the world.