• The new Nissan LEAF inaugurates this category as the first vehicle to receive the Green Car award from the Inter-American Federation of Automobile Journalists (FIPA)

Detroit, USA (17 January, 2018) – The Nissan LEAF, the brand’s 100 per cent electric vehicle and global sales leader in the segment, was awarded the “2018 FIPA Green Car of the Year” in Detroit, from the Inter-American Federation of Automobile Journalists (FIPA).

The New Nissan LEAF scored the highest result among nine other candidates.

During the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, representatives of FIPA gave this award to José Luis Valls, Nissan Latin America’s chairman.

This award is added to another award granted by the same entity in 2016 to the previous version of the Nissan LEAF, when the vehicle stood out as “2016 4-Wheel Drive Electric Car of the Year.”

“This award is a clear example of Nissan’s global leadership in electric vehicles and autonomous driving technology under the vision of Nissan Intelligent Mobility, where the brand aims to improve people’s lives through a transformation in how vehicles are driven, powered and integrated into society,” said Luis Valls.

About Nissan LEAF

The Nissan LEAF has just reached an important milestone: 300,000 units have been sold worldwide since its launch in 2010. The Nissan EV is the first zero emissions, 100 per cent electric vehicle produced for the mass market, and also the best-selling in the world.

The new generation of the Nissan LEAF was presented at the end of last year in Tokyo.

Its new design stands out as well as the incorporation of innovative technology that make the Nissan LEAF the benchmark model of the brand’s vision of Intelligent Mobility.

Also, the new version offers a range of 400 km (under the Japanese standard) with power output of 110kW, and a top speed of 144km/h.

New technology

The new LEAF adopts ProPILOT autonomous driving technology, used during single lane driving on the highway.

It also offers ProPILOT Park technology, which takes control of steering, acceleration, braking, shift-changing and the parking brake to automatically guide it into a parking spot, including parallel parking, safely, and with simple operation.

e-Pedal: reducing driver stress

This revolutionary technology allows drivers to start, accelerate, decelerate and stop by increasing or decreasing the pressure applied to the accelerator.

When the accelerator is fully released, regenerative and friction brakes are applied automatically, bringing the car to a complete stop. The LEAF holds its position, even on uphill slopes, until the accelerator is pressed again. The reactiveness of the e-Pedal maximises EV driving pleasure.

Exterior design: sleek silhouette and “cool tech attitude”

The New Nissan LEAF’s design includes a profile that gives it a sharp, dynamic look.

Along with excellent aerodynamics, the styling – from the sleek silhouette to the car’s “advanced expression” – evokes the excitement of driving an EV. Nissan design features the already familiar signature boomerang-shaped lamps and V-motion flow in the front.

The flash-surface grille in clear blue and the rear bumper’s blue molding identify the car as a Nissan EV.

Interior design: premium ambience with a clean, relaxed, high-tech feeling

The New Nissan LEAF’s completely redesigned cabin is focused on the driver, featuring a front panel in the form of a “gliding wing.” It also combines an excellent use of space with functionality.

The interior design creates a relaxed ambience and premium quality feel, thanks to carefully selected materials. Vibrant blue stitching in the seats, dashboard and steering wheel has been incorporated as a symbol of Nissan’s electric vehicles.

The 7-inch, full-colour (TFT) display has been redesigned to highlight key features, such as the Safety Shield technology power gauge and audio and navigation system information. Apple CarPlay has also been added.

*Editor’s note. Overseas model specs and features mentioned

About Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.

Nissan is a global full-line vehicle manufacturer that sells more than 60 models under the Nissan, INFINITI and Datsun brands. In fiscal year 2016, the company sold 5.63 million vehicles globally, generating revenues of 11.72 trillion yen. In fiscal 2017, the company embarked on Nissan M.OV.E. to 2022, a six-year plan targeting a 30 per cent increase in annualised revenues to 16.5 trillion yen by the end of fiscal 2022, along with a core operating profit margin of 8 per cent and cumulative free cash flow of 2.5 trillion yen. As part of Nissan M.O.V.E. to 2022, the company plans to extend its leadership in electric vehicles, symbolised by the world's best-selling all-electric vehicle in history, the Nissan LEAF. Nissan’s global headquarters in Yokohama, Japan, manages operations in six regions: Asia & Oceania; Africa, the Middle East & India; China; Europe; Latin America; and North America. Nissan has a global workforce of 247,500 and has been partnered with French manufacturer Renault since 1999. In 2016, Nissan acquired a 34 per cent stake in Mitsubishi Motors. Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi is today the world’s largest automotive partnership, with combined annual sales of more than 10 million vehicles a year.

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