Car of 2011 for Europe became Nissan Leaf “for the first time in the history of the prestigious award (CaroftheYear.org) winner was an electric model.
“Leaf” surpassed by only nine points the new Alfa Romeo Juliet “- the successor to the 147, which brought together 248 items
Third ranked minivan interesting “Meribah” to “Opel”, which raised the opposite opening doors in modern cars. The model, which participates in the race, “Van of the Year” in the Bulgarian version of the contest garnered 244 items
Top models complement week Ford C-Max / Grand C-Max (224 pts), Citroen C3 “/ DS3 (175 points), Volvo S60″ / V60 (145 points) and Dacia Dastar “( item 132).
“The jury distinguish Nissan Leaf” as among the revolutionary electric car.
He was the first electric model that can be compared with standard cars on multiple criteria, “said jury chairman.
This award recognizes the revolutionary zero-emission model as a real competitor to the standard car safety, road performance, space and management, stressed the head of Renault-Nissan Carlos Ghosn.
“Leaf” is a five-door hatchback. Its length is 4.45 meters and width, 1.77.
Driving the front wheels are and the engine – electric, with power of 80 kW (109 hp). All are available in the range 2730 – 9800 rpm.
The curve of maximum torque is more right: 280 Nm are available to the driver between 0 and 2730 rpm.
The maximum vehicle speed is 145 km / h and acceleration 0-100 km / h is about 11.9 sec.
So far, Nissan Leaf “is still not present on the European market. The first units will appear in December as the first sales will begin in Britain, Holland, Ireland and Portugal. In these countries already have government subsidies for the purchase of an electric car.
Expected cost model in Europe is around 30 thousand euros.
“Leaf” bring the prestigious prize of “Nissan” 18 years after making it “mini” – the first Japanese model with this distinction.
Last year the winner was the Volkswagen Polo, and before him the Opel Insignia and Fiat 500.