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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.

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Three World Car of the Year Finalists Announced

Nissan Leaf, Audi A8 and BMW 5 Series are finalists for award.

by on Mar.18, 2011

The Audi A8, BMW 5 Series and Nissan Leaf are finalists for World Car of the Year.

Two German luxury sedans will face off against the world’s first mass-produced electric vehicle for World Car of the Year honors. The winner will be announced April 21, prior to the opening of the New York International Auto Show.

The Germans are the Audi A8 and BMW 5 Series and the EV is, of course, the Nissan Leaf.

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The already well-decorated Chevrolet Volt was not eligible for the award because it is not for sale on two continents, as the award requires. Currently available in select U.S. markets, the Volt hits European showrooms in November.