NYAS 2011: Nissan Leaf wins 2011 World Car of the Year – ahead of 5 Series and Audi A8

News | April 22nd, 2011 by 8
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As we predicted, Nissan Leaf won the 2011 World Car of the Year, besting the Audi A8 and the BMW 5 Series. Today, at the …

As we predicted, Nissan Leaf won the 2011 World Car of the Year, besting the Audi A8 and the BMW 5 Series. Today, at the 2011 New York Auto Show, Brian Carolin, Senior VP for sales and marketing at Nissan, accepted the award. “It’s a great honor. The Nissan Leaf truly is a game changer.”

The award shows once again the importance of electric vehicles and future mobility, and the trend will continue in the next years. Fuel efficient vehicles are slowly becoming the core product of large automakers and a bet that can transform many companies.

In the World Green Car award, Chevrolet Volt won takes the top spot ahead of BMW’s 320d and the Nissan Leaf. The World Car Design award went to the Aston Martin Rapide, defeating the Alfa Romeo Giulietta and the Ferrari 458 Italia. The Ferrari 458 Italia was named the winner of the World Performance Car category, defeating the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG and Porsche 911 Turbo.

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A jury of sixty-six distinguished international automotive journalists selected the following top ten finalists in both categories by secret ballot, based on their experience with each candidate as part of their professional work. The jury members constitute a balance of representation from Asia, Europe, North America, South America, as well as other parts of the world.

8 responses to “NYAS 2011: Nissan Leaf wins 2011 World Car of the Year – ahead of 5 Series and Audi A8”

  1. Frederico Silva says:

    What a joke…
    This is just an example of the lobbies working..

  2. JRobUSC says:

    Personally I think the Leaf is a good idea but a horrible implementation — a vehicle that can only be driven an hour and a half a day before needing to recharge overnight doesn’t make any sense to me. Even weirder, if the Leaf won because of how ground breakingly green it is, how did the Volt, which wasn’t even under consideration for Car of the Year, beat the Leaf for Green Car of the Year?

  3. pimeto says:

    Its not the first time we see such BS awards… This is just a PR to boost some sales and convince dumb people that EV are worth the money nowadays!

  4. Alex says:

    what the fuck? they chose that goddamn crackerjack toy over the 5er and A8? I would have been happier if the A8 won.

  5. wazon8 says:

    Since ecology is in vogue, even golf cart is chosen over true cars. I don’t know what kind of “game changer” this Nissan is supposed to be. Siriously, I haven’t noticed any significant feature of it yet that would differentiate it from other cars of its type. With its range I can hardly consider this Nissan as everyday car – it’s simply not multipurpose and efficient car as BMW diesels are. Looking at its price tag makes me only more and more reluctant toward this horrible car. I guess that, beside some enviromentalists, nobody will be interested in it. If you want to drive cheap in a city at short distances, you can buy much cheaper car with small pethrol/diesel engine and perhaps you won’t spend more on fuel than you would have to spend in order to cover price tag difference and charging expenses. If you drive a lot outside the city, this car is simply useless. You need something that will be refuelable in a minute, not all day long. Moreover, its only advantage, i.e. lack of CO2 emission, is balanced out by used batteries that it left behind it during its life time. In one word, this award is an example of stupid choice.

  6. Manchester Man says:

    Its simpe.. The Leaf is f*cking shocking!! Just look at it!! How could you even compare that piece of poo to the BMW and Audi???

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