Nissan Leaf is 2011 World Car of the Year

Congratulations Nissan! The hugely-hyped, 100% electric, zero-emission 'Leaf' has been selected as the World Car of the Year 2011. In the final round of polling, the Nissan Leaf garnered more votes than the other two finalists, the Audi A8 and BMW 5 Series, quite formidable competitors I would say.

By winning the World Car of the Year title, the Nissan Leaf has become the recipient of two significant automotive awards this year. Remember that the Leaf was voted the European Car of the Year 2011 a few months back. Its just a case of history repeating itself as Volkswagen Polo did the same and won both the awards last year.

The results were announced at the 2011 New York International Auto Show a couple of days back. The other awards announced were as follows:

* World Car of the Year - Nissan Leaf (Audi A8, BMW 5 Series)
* World Performance Car of the Year - Ferrari 458 Italia (Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, Porsche 911 Turbo)
* World Green Car of the Year - Chevrolet Volt (Nissan Leaf, BMW 320d Efficient Dynamics)
* World Design of the Year - Aston Martin Rapide (Alfa Romeo Giulietta, Ferrari 458 Italia)

The models inside the braces were the other finalists that ended runners up in the respective categories. Isn't it ironical that the Nissan Leaf, the big-winner of 2011, ended up a distant third in the North American Car of the Year awards behind the Chevrolet Volt and the Hyundai Sonata?

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