The fully electric Nissan LEAF has been named the Car of the Year Japan at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show. This is the first time an electric vehicle has won the award.
Nissan was understandably pleased with the accolade, since it has been pushing for the LEAF to become an internationally recognised global model. Nissan-Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn recently spoke about what the award meant to the company:
"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."
The Nissan LEAF was also awarded 2012 RJC Car of the Year, presented by the Automotive Researchers’ & Journalists’ Conference of Japan. Ghosn added,
"All these accolades show that zero-emission vehicles can clearly be competitive alternatives to conventional ones."
Other vehicles that have picked up the award in previous years also featured super fuel-efficient, modern technologies, including the Honda CR-Z and Toyota Prius hybrids.
The Nissan LEAF will go on sale in Australia in April.