A panel consisting of 66 automotive journalists from 24 countries awarded the Nissan Leaf with the “World Car of the Year” award, calling it “the gateway to a brave new electric world.” This award also validates the promising future of EVs, despite the fact that at the moment there are some issues with the range and price tag.
Looking at the other competitors, the accomplishment of the Nissan Leaf is truly remarkable, managing to beat extremely popular cars like the BMW 5-Series, Audi A8, along with other 34 cars from all over the world.
The funny thing is that the Leaf wasn’t able to win in the World Green Car category, finishing in 3rd place, right behind the BMW 320d and the Chevy Volt.
The 2011 World Car Design of the Year went to the exquisite Aston Martin Rapide.
The World Performance Car of the Year award went to the beautiful Ferrari 458 Italia, who managed to pull ahead of the Mercedes SLS AMG and the Porsche 911 Turbo.