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Nissan LEAF named 2011 World Car of the Year

The Nissan LEAF has been crowned the 2011 World Car of the Year at the New York International Auto Show, beating an initial field of 39 new vehicles from around the globe. The all-electric LEAF broke the German stranglehold of the award – with the Volkswagen Polo and Golf winning in 2010 and 2009 – by outshining another two premium Germans in this year’s top three: the Audi A8 and the BMW 5 Series...

Nissan LEAF, Chevrolet Volt receive top IIHS safety ratings

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in the US has just rated the Nissan LEAF and Chevrolet Volt after the cars were put through their first ever crash tests. Both of the eco-friendly models received 'good' ratings for front, rear, side and rollover protection...

Nissan LEAF Nismo RC to debut at New York

Nissan aims to give new meaning to the term ‘racing green’ when it reveals the Nissan LEAF Nismo RC at this week’s 2011 New York International Auto Show. Despite featuring the same electric underpinnings as the production LEAF which went on sale in the US, Europe and Japan in December, the LEAF Nismo RC – for ‘Racing Competition’ – is a genuine performance hatch...

Nissan LEAF restart troubles caused by air-conditioner

A number of Nissan LEAF owners in the US and Japan have had difficulty restarting their new electric vehicles, but Nissan has not recalled the cars because it says it is not a safety issue. Nissan has traced the fault back to the LEAF’s air-conditioning unit and is continuing to investigate whether the defect is a hardware issue or a programming one...

Nissan LEAF production struggling to keep up with orders

Nissan has put a pause on all orders of the popular new Nissan LEAF electric car as production catches up. So far, projected production of the LEAF is said to top out at 10,000 by March 31, even though around 27,000 orders from Japan, US and Europe have been made. Nissan plans to build the remaining 17,000 units during the next financial year, starting April 1...

Nissan Leaf Aero Style Concept at 2011 Tokyo Auto Salon

Nissan is set to unveil nine new customised vehicles at the 2011 Tokyo Auto Salon. In collaboration with Autech Japan and Nissan Motorsports International (Nismo), the vehicles range from styling concepts to production racecars. One of the most striking designs is the Nissan Leaf Aero Style Concept...

Nissan Leaf awarded European Car of the Year 2011

The all-electric Nissan Leaf has just been awarded European Car of the Year for 2011. It's the first time the award has gone to an electric vehicle this year, which outscored 40 worthy contenders. Judging the award was 57 automotive journalists from 23 different European countries. They rated the Nissan Leaf highly giving it 257 points...

Nissan Leaf gets official EPA sticker

The Nissan Leaf has been officially rated by the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) in the US, and all the ratings are very green. The sticker says the car is at the 'best' end of the scale in fuel consumption and is rated as being able to achieve the equivalent of 99mpg, or 2.37L/100km. The rating is given as an average between city driving and highway driving, where it achieved 2...

Nissan Leaf to be backed by 'rapid-reaction task force' in US

Nissan Motor Company has announced  it is preparing a 'rapid-reaction task force' to be on the ready for when the Nissan Leaf is launched next month. The company wants to tackle any niggles the electric car may have as early as possibly. Nissan doesn't really know what to expect with the new Nissan Leaf, as a range of new technologies will be used for the first time, for the company, in a mainstream car...

Nissan Leaf drives 187km on single charge

Nissan Leaf, the yet-to-be released all-electric vehicle that Nissan says should be able to drive 160km on a single charge, is proving to be more convenient and eco-friendly than first suspected. Plugin Cars journalist, Nick Chambers, has just driven a Nissan Leaf example 187km on a single charge...

Nissan Leaf reaches pre-order target of 20,000

Nissan has put a stop on all pre-orders of the Nissan Leaf electric vehicle after announcing the 20,000-unit target has been reached. Nissan has said that no more orders of the car will be taken until next year. The company has also received 6000 pre-orders from Japan-based customers, taking the order form quantity to 26,000...