The 100% electric Nissan Leaf has 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 Leaf's 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.