2011 European Car of the Year is Nissan Leaf

For the first time in the history of Europe's most prestigious automotive award, a zero-emission electric car, the Nissan Leaf has been chosen as the Car of the Year for 2011. This is the second time Nissan is getting this coveted title after the Micra won the award in 1993. Mr. Carlos Ghosn, CEO of Nissan accepted the honor by saying, "This award recognizes the pioneering zero-emission Nissan Leaf as competitive to conventional cars in terms of safety, performance, spaciousness and handling. It also reflects Nissan's standing as an innovative and exciting brand with a clear vision of the future of transportation, which we call sustainable mobility."

A total of 41 models launched in 2010 were eligible for the title initially which were then trimmed down to seven final contenders. The Nissan Leaf ultimately took the title after the jurors proclaimed that it is a breakthrough for electric cars and that it is the first electric vehicle that can match conventional cars in many respects. It was a close contest though, with the Alfa Romeo Giulietta and Opel/Vauxhall Meriva giving the Leaf tough competition.
2011 ECOTY Results :
  1. Nissan Leaf (257)
  2. Alfa Romeo Giulietta (248)
  3. Opel/Vauxhall Meriva (244)
  4. Ford C-Max/Grand C-Max (224)
  5. Citroen C3/DS3 (175)
  6. Volvo S60/V60 (145)
  7. Dacia Duster (132)
Previous ECOTY Winners :
  • 2010 Volkswagen Polo
  • 2009 Opel/Vauxhall Insignia
  • 2008 Fiat 500
  • 2007 Ford S-Max
  • 2006 Renault Clio
The jury for "European Car of the Year 2011" consisted of automotive journalists representing 23 European countries. The seven organizers of this annual title are prominent automotive publications such as Auto (Italy), Autocar (UK), Autopista (Spain), Autovisie (Holland), L'Automobile Magazine (France), Stern (Germany) and Vi Bilagare (Sweden).

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