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.