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Nissan Leaf Wins World Car of the Year

Chevy Volt takes Green Car honors.

by on Apr.21, 2011

Nissan's Brian Carolin claims the World Car of the Year Trophy for the new Nissan Leaf battery car.

The Nissan Leaf won the latest round in its ongoing battle with battery-car competitor Chevrolet Volt – though both can claim a bit of a victory.

The Japanese battery-electric vehicle was named World Car of the Year at an event at the New York Auto Show, but Chevy’s plug-in hybrid didn’t walk away empty-handed, Volt being named the World Green Car of the Year.

“Leaf is truly a game-changer,” declared Brian Caroling, director of sales and marketing for Nissan Americas, as he picked up the WCOTY trophy.

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The World Car winner was chosen by a groupof 66 jurors from six continents, organizers noted, a structure designed to minimize the impact of regional tastes and prevent any media outlet from dominating the selection.

Jurors also named: (more…)