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

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 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 Recommends   Award
2014 Green Vehicle of the Year Auto123
2014 Grand Prix Auto   Environnement MAAF MAAF
2013 Editors’ Choice Best Green   Car
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
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
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 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 Eco Car of the Year
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?


Nissan and Shikoku Electric join forces to promote electric cars

Nissan and Shikoku Electric join forces to promote electric cars

Nissan and Shikoku Electric join forces to promote electric cars

Buyers of the new Nissan LEAF in a region of western Japan will earn points that they can use to help pay their utility bills, as part of a partnership to promote electric cars.

Beginning Feb. 1, customers of Shikoku Electric Power Co. who purchase a new Nissan LEAF will receive “Yonden Points,” which can be applied toward their monthly electricity bill. Customers can earn points a month for a maximum of three years.

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. and Shikoku Electric Power Co. are working together to promote the use of electric vehicles and reduce the environmental impact of automobiles. In September 2017, Nissan unveiled an all-new version of its 100% electric Nissan LEAF, offering powerful acceleration, agile handling and advanced technologies such as Nissan’s ProPILOT autonomous driving technology.

The new, zero-emission Nissan LEAF embodies Nissan Intelligent Mobility, the company’s vision for changing how vehicles are powered, driven and integrated into society.


New Nissan LEAF wins first international award

New Nissan LEAF wins first international award

New Nissan LEAF wins first international award

The new Nissan LEAF has taken top honors at the CES (Consumer Electronics Show) annual CES Unveiled ceremony, presented by the Consumer Technology Association.

With the announcement of the Best of Innovation award winners for 2018, before a crowd of tech industry experts in New York, the all-new, zero-emission Nissan LEAF won its first major international award. Nissan is aiming for many more to come.

As confirmation of Nissan’s leading investment in innovation, the Nissan LEAF 100% electric vehicle with ProPILOT (known as ProPILOT Assist in North America) and e-Pedal technologies took the following honors:

  • CES Best of Innovation award winner for Vehicle Intelligence and Self-Driving Technology
  • CES honoree for Tech for a Better World

Each year, the Consumer Technology Association announces its CES Best of Innovation award winners as part of the buildup to the January CES in Las Vegas. Nissan and the association will put on a special display of the new Nissan LEAF at the 2018 show.

“It is a great honor to have this early and important recognition for the new Nissan LEAF,” said Daniele Schillaci, Nissan’s executive vice president for global marketing and sales, zero-emission vehicles and the battery business, and chairman of the management committee for the Japan/A&O region. “This award recognizes products and technologies that benefit people and the planet, so it is fitting that the new LEAF has been honored. It is more than just a car. It is the icon of Nissan Intelligent Mobility, our vision to move people to a better world.”

The new Nissan LEAF brings a compelling package of everyday-useful innovations and technologies to more people worldwide than any electric vehicle has done before. The car is helping make the world a better place not only through innovation, but also through accessibility to more people. Additional capabilities such as vehicle-to-home and vehicle-to-grid integration (availability depending on market) help owners know they can waste less and give back more.

The new Nissan LEAF is on sale in Japan and will be arriving at Nissan dealers in the U.S., Canada and Western Europe over the next two months.


The Nissan IMx concept vehicle: embodying the future of Nissan Intelligent Mobility

The Nissan IMx concept vehicle: embodying the future of Nissan Intelligent Mobility

The Nissan IMx concept vehicle: embodying the future of Nissan Intelligent Mobility

Recent technological advancements are spurring the greatest evolutionary leap for automobiles since the car was invented. Electrification and artificial intelligence are having a big impact on how cars are designed, engineered and thought of and may change the very idea of “driving.”

In March 2016, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. unveiled Nissan Intelligent Mobility, an innovative vision that declared the company’s commitment to “pursue a safer and sustainable society, while making the driving experience more exciting.” The IMx concept vehicle, introduced at the 45th Tokyo Motor Show, provides a glimpse into the future of Nissan Intelligent Mobility, promoting a stronger connection between car and driver. The theme for the IMx is “Together We Ride.”

Nissan Intelligent Mobility
Nissan Intelligent Mobility comprises the following three elements:

  • Nissan Intelligent Driving
    Nissan strives to develop technology that will enable a safer, more enjoyable driving experience for all. Nissan Intelligent Driving continues to push the envelope in AI development, combining sensing technology that monitors and collects information surrounding the vehicle, AI technology capable of accurately analyzing collected information, and technology that can control cars with precision. We’re committed to the realization of cars that handle precisely and according to the driver’s intentions, making the driving experience safer and more enjoyable.
  • Nissan Intelligent Power
    Smooth yet powerful acceleration, plus a linear response, delivering both comfort and an exhilarating experience: This can’t be accomplished by simply switching the drivetrain to an electric motor. It can only be achieved with Nissan’s accumulative knowledge in electric motor management, custom tailored to seamlessly engage with human sensitivity. Likewise, sustainable social mobility can only be accomplished with smart implementation of clean energy technology. Nissan will lead the dissemination of electric drive technology in the industry, based on Nissan Intelligent Power.
  • Nissan Intelligent Integration
    As the connection between people and cars – as well as society and cars – becomes stronger, the role of cars will also expand, including the potential to become part of the social infrastructure. Nissan Intelligent Integration will establish new roles for automobiles as an integral part of society that contributes to the improvement of people’s lives, beyond just being a mode of transportation.

Nissan remains committed to aggressively tackling issues that confront the automotive industry, such as climate change, air pollution, traffic congestion and traffic-related accidents. The company has accelerated the development of Nissan Intelligent Mobility to address these issues head on, as it continues to promote the joys of driving and traveling in a safe, comfortable environment. The IMx is not a concept vehicle mired in pure fantasy; rather, it provides a realistic peek into the future of Nissan Intelligent Mobility.

Making travel more enjoyable through the advancement of autonomous driving technology: Nissan Intelligent Driving

The IMx takes the ProPILOT technology offered on the new Nissan LEAF a step further, by offering fully autonomous driving with no human intervention.

With the newest autonomous and AI technologies, the driver can opt for fully autonomous driving by selecting ProPILOT Drive (PD mode). The system stows the steering wheel inside the dashboard and automatically reclines the front and rear seats, allowing the vehicle’s occupants to relax and enjoy their commute. The panoramic, curved display above the dashboard and the wood grain-patterned LCD display become a private entertainment center, allowing occupants to enjoy the scenery outside, watch a music video or even video chat with someone remotely, making full use of their time while traveling to their destination. When Manual Drive (MD mode) is selected, the steering wheel and seats return to their original positions, allowing the driver to take back control. The IMx offers the joy of driving and the pleasure of travel to both driver and passengers.

The Human Machine Interface of the IMx is very simple. The switch from PD mode to MD mode, and vice versa, can only be done by using the PD Commander, located on the center console and steering switch. The displays and infotainment system can be controlled by gestures and eye movements. Intuitive controls and a voice command system allow drivers to focus on driving, allowing them to access various information in a smart, easy and safe manner.

Promoting the convenience and pleasure of electric vehicle driving: Nissan Intelligent Power

Beginning in 2020, Nissan will introduce new, dedicated electric vehicle platforms as it expands its EV model lineup. These platforms will boast truly efficient packaging, with all the mechanical components taking up minimal space, which in turn allows for an extraordinarily large cabin designed to provide maximum comfort for the vehicle’s occupants. Despite the presence of a large-capacity battery, the IMx platform has a flat floor, resulting in a cavernous interior. Also, thanks to Nissan’s vast experience with the Nissan LEAF and other electric models, the IMx boasts the handling prowess of a high-performance car. The new platform’s highly rigid nature translates to an excellent on-road feel, while the low center of gravity enhances the vehicle’s dynamic qualities, giving it a sharper turning response and enhancing overall agility.

Powering the IMx is a pair of high-output electric motors placed at the front and rear of the vehicle, giving the vehicle all-wheel-drive capability. The motors combine to produce 320 kW of power and an astounding 700 Nm of torque, making the vehicle a powerful, yet quiet crossover. A new high-capacity battery, redesigned with increased energy density, results in a driving range of more than 600 kilometers on a single charge. This allows occupants to enjoy sporty driving without worrying about recharging the battery.

With the excellent, straight-line performance and unrivaled agility, the IMx delivers an elevated level of driving excitement for all who sit behind the wheel.

Becoming part of the social infrastructure: Nissan Intelligent Integration

Along with electrification and vehicle intelligence, to achieve sustainable mobility, it’s essential for cars to become part of the social infrastructure. The IMx was engineered to establish unrivaled convenience and social integration by combining autonomous technology with connected-car technology and leveraging the vehicle’s high-capacity batteries to create a new role for cars.

For example, the IMx has the ability to autonomously drive to the airport and park on its own, then pick up the owner when he or she returns from their trip. During that time, the IMx can perform tasks autonomously that were unimaginable until recently. The IMx’s battery can be charged wirelessly, without the need of a cable. The IMx can

automatically share its power using vehicle-to-home or vehicle-to- building systems when it’s parked inside or near a building. It can also link to the local power grid. The high-capacity battery can then help stabilize electrical power frequency and act as a virtual power plant, contributing to the efficient use of renewable energy and energy management.

This future role of connected-car technology is demonstrated by Nissan’s Seamless Autonomous Mobility, introduced at the Consumer Electronics Show in 2017. SAM was designed to handle unpredictable situations during fully autonomous driving. The commands sent from the control center travel through a cloud-based database, allowing it to be shared with other autonomously driven vehicles in the vicinity. Although some critical circumstantial decisions need to be performed manually, the advanced AI system accumulates data for future use with the intent of providing smooth, incident-free autonomous driving.

The IMx, a concept vehicle that embodies the future of Nissan Intelligent Mobility, provides a glimpse of what cars will be like in the future. With Nissan Intelligent Mobility, we’re committed to changing the way people and cars communicate, as well as how cars interact with society – helping build a more convenient and enjoyable driving experience for future generations.


Nissan to show LEAF NISMO Concept, Serena NISMO at Tokyo Motor Show

Nissan to show LEAF NISMO Concept, Serena NISMO at Tokyo Motor Show

Nissan to show LEAF NISMO Concept, Serena NISMO at Tokyo Motor Show

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. will show a number of exciting concept cars and production vehicles at this year’s Tokyo Motor Show, giving customers a glimpse of the company’s newest and future innovations.

A new concept model that embodies the future of Nissan Intelligent Mobility will be among the highlights of the vehicles on display. The Nissan LEAF NISMO Concept car, the performance-oriented Serena NISMO and an updated Skyline will also debut at the show. In all, Nissan plans to display 13 vehicles.

The 45th Tokyo Motor Show, held at Tokyo Big Sight, is open to the public from Oct. 27 to Nov. 5. Press days are Oct. 25-26. The Nissan booth, in East Hall 5, will feature a “spiral” design theme symbolizing the company’s past, present and future commitment to making exciting products. It will showcase the values Nissan strives to offer, including the company’s latest electric vehicles. A simulator will let visitors experience the future of Nissan Intelligent Mobility.

The following is an overview of some of the main display models:

LEAF NISMO Concept: Nissan’s flagship electric car meets NISMO’s driving excitement

Launched in September, the new Nissan LEAF comes with the latest iteration of Nissan’s ProPILOT single-lane autonomous driving technology. It also includes ProPILOT Park, the first technology in a Japanese-made vehicle to help drivers park by automatically controlling the accelerator, brakes, steering, shift changing and parking brake. Another feature of the new LEAF is e-Pedal, which lets the driver start, accelerate, decelerate, stop and hold the car by using only the accelerator pedal.

The NISMO Concept version of the new LEAF has a sporty new exterior designed by NISMO, Nissan’s motorsports and in-house tuning division. The application of NISMO racing technology to the car’s body results in enhanced aerodynamic performance and less lift, without sacrificing the LEAF’s excellent drag coefficient. The black interior features NISMO’s signature red accents, creating an exciting, high-performance feel.

On the road, the LEAF NISMO Concept offers a truly exciting drive. This is thanks to a sport-tuned suspension and high-performance tires, not to mention a custom-tuned computer that delivers instant acceleration at all speeds. The LEAF NISMO Concept combines the environmentally friendly character of an electric car with the exciting driving experience that’s always been a hallmark of the NISMO brand.

Serena NISMO: a minivan with spiced-up looks
The Serena NISMO offers NISMO’s sporting technology – head-turning styling and exhilarating performance – without sacrificing the base model’s family-friendly, utilitarian nature. The exterior design appropriately reflects NISMO’s performance-oriented nature, with custom aero parts that enhance the aggressiveness of its appearance. Inside, occupants will enjoy NISMO’s signature red accents.

The Serena NISMO features sharper handling, thanks to a custom sport-tuned suspension system. A new engine control module and exhaust system add extra excitement and flair to the overall driving experience. The Serena NISMO is scheduled to go on sale in Japan in November 2017.

The Skyline: a premium sports sedan with advanced technology
Nissan’s premium sports sedan has always featured cutting-edge technology that stirs the driver’s emotions. All Skyline models now come with Nissan’s All-Around Safety Shield technology. This can be combined with the high-performance, environmentally friendly hybrid system and Direct Adaptive Steering, which provides intuitive handling for easier and safer driving.

Changes to the Skyline include a revamped exterior and new aluminum wheel designs that spice up what was already one of the most attractive vehicles in its class. Inside the cabin, the steering wheel and shift knob are new, as is the instrument panel’s surface finish, giving the interior an even higher premium quality. The new Skyline is scheduled to go on sale in Japan in December 2017.