Nissan LEAF named ‘Best Electric Car’ at 2018 What Car? Awards

Nissan LEAF named ‘Best Electric Car’ at 2018 What Car? Awards

The all-new 2018 Nissan LEAF has been named “Best Electric Car” at the 2018 What Car? Awards, just as the world’s best-selling, zero-emission vehicle is being launched to European media at the “Nissan Electric Ecosystem Experience” in Tenerife, Spain.

What Car? are one of the most widely recognized and respected awards amongst car buyers in Europe. They are also one of the UK’s biggest car-buying media brands, widely regarded as a trusted source for new car advice.

Steve Huntingford, Editor of What Car?, praised the award-winning model, saying: “The electric car market has never been more competitive, yet the LEAF saw off all its rivals because it makes the most sense to most buyers. It combines excellent performance with generous standard equipment and low running costs. And even in winter weather, its real-world range is good.”

The EV market in the UK is growing and now accounts for around a fifth of LEAF sales in Europe. At the recent Nissan Electric Ecosystem Experience, Nissan also revealed that just three months since the new Nissan LEAF was announced, it has already received over 12,000 orders for the latest model. That is one sold every 12 minutes in Europe.

Nissan’s xStorage was also “Commended” in the “Technology Award” category, an accolade which recognizes innovative new technology developments. Nissan’s xStorage system uses recycled batteries from electric vehicles, allowing you to store power when prices fall, and even sell excess power from your Leaf back to the energy grid.

“The new Nissan LEAF is the most advanced and accessible 100% electric vehicle on the planet,” said Philippe Saillard, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Nissan Europe. “We’re delighted to receive such an accolade from the prestigious automotive brand, What Car?. This is a car that is more enjoyable, more connected and more exciting to drive than any other mainstream electric vehicle in history. It is simply amazing.”

The all-new LEAF offers a significant update over the previous model with dynamic new styling, advanced technologies and a higher capacity drivetrain that delivers significant increases in both range and power.

The 2018 LEAF is also the first Nissan model in Europe to feature Nissan’s autonomous ProPILOT technology as well as e-Pedal, which allows drivers to start, accelerate, decelerate and stop simply by increasing or decreasing the pressure applied to the accelerator.

Customer deliveries of New Leaf will commence progressively across Europe from early February 2018.

About Nissan LEAF
The new Nissan LEAF is the embodiment of Nissan Intelligent Mobility a consumer proposition that encompasses three main pillars:

Intelligent Power, which is brought to life through the LEAF’s advanced new 40kWh e-powertrain, with improved energy efficiency, increased torque and power output for more exciting driving.

Intelligent Driving, which is technology designed to improve driving confidence, enhance safety and reduce stress.

Intelligent Integration, the linking of the car to wider society via connectivity and to energy grids via unique bi-directional charging technology.

Much more than just a 100% electric vehicle, the LEAF is a whole new driving experience, designed to move people with greater exhilaration, confidence and connection to the world around them.

The Nissan LEAF has won a total of 114 awards across the globe. Highlights include:

Award Name Publication or Awards Organization
2018 Best Electric Car What Car?
2017 Auto Test Green Car Award Auto Test
2017 City Car of the Year Top Gear Lietuva Awards
2017 Driver Power Survey – Best   Green Car Overall Auto Express
2017 Best Fleet Value in America   – EV/Plug-In/Hybrid Vincentric
2016 Véhicule Eco-Sécurité de   l’année L’Automobile   & L’Entreprise   Magazine
2016 Green Innovation Award Autó Pult 2016 Awards
2017 Green Gold Award UIGA
2015 Best Alternative Fuel Car of   the Year Motor.es Award 2015
2016 EV Innovation Award VCS
2016 Automotive Loyalty Award IHS Automotive
2015 Codacons Superprodotto   dell’Anno CODACONS Italy
2014 Canadian Green Car Award –   Battery Electric Canadian Green Car Automotive Jury
2014 Ecocar Tuulilasi
2014 Véhicule Eco-Sécurité de   l’année L’Automobile & L’Entreprise   Magazine
2014 Most Loved Vehicle: Small   Alternative Car Strategic Vision
2014 Best All-Around Performance   Award Automotive Science Group
2013 Motoring.com.au Recommends   Award Motoring.com.au
2014 Green Vehicle of the Year Auto123
2014 Grand Prix Auto   Environnement MAAF MAAF
2013 Editors’ Choice Best Green   Car Car1.hk
2014 Green Gold Award UIGA
2014 Eco Car of the Year Car of the Year in Latvia 2014
2013 Sweden Electric Car of the   Year Elbilsverige
2013 Environment Award FLEET WORLD HONOURS
2013 Green Car of the Year KBB.com
2013 IIHS Top Safety Pick IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway   Safety)
2013 Electric Family Car of the   Year VAB – Flemish Automobile Club
2012 Electric Car of The Year AMPER exhibition jury
2012 Véhicule Eco-Sécurité de   l’année l’Automobile et l’entreprise Magazine
2012 Readers’ Choice Best Green   Car Car1.hk
2012 The Best EV Car Plus Magazine
2012 Green Award of the Year Autocar Asean Car of The Year 2012
2011 VROOMIE Award – Best   Electric Car of the Year Vroom Girls
2012 Most Ideal Hybrid/EV   Car AutoPacific/AutoBytel
2011-2012 Japan Car of the Year Car of the year Japan
2012 RJC Car of the Year RJC
2011 Annual Technology Award QQ.com and Auto Magazine
2011 Gold Award for Innovation Croatian Car of the Year
2011 Car of the Year Top Gear (Hong Kong)
2011 Green Steering Wheel Award Auto świat (Axel Springer Poland)
2011 Portugal Car of the Year Volante Verde (Green Driving wheel)
2011 Auto Express Special Award Auto Express
2011 Green Car Website Green Car   of the Year Green Car Website
2011 Cars.com Eco Car of the Year Cars.com
2011 Popular Mechanics’   Breakthrough Award Popular Mechanics
2011 Ward’s 10 Best Engines Ward’s AutoWorld
2011 World Car of the Year World Car Awards
2010 China Green Car of The Year Motor Trend
2010 Green Family Car Award National Business Daily
2011 Ecobest   Award Auto Best Organization
2011 European Car of the Year ECotY
2011 Ultra Low Carbon Award What Car?

courtesy: newsroom.nissan-global.com

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