New Nissan LEAF named World Car of the Year finalist

Melbourne, Australia (24 January 2018) – The New Nissan LEAF has been named as a top 10 finalist in the prized 2018 World Car of the Year awards.

It was double recognition for the Nissan LEAF, with the new-generation electric vehicle also making the final four in the 2018 World Green Car category.

Revealed in Japan late last year, the Nissan LEAF has been completely reinvented, combining greater range with a dynamic new design and advanced technologies.

A jury of 82 motoring journalists - including four from Australia - selected the finalists by secret ballot based on their evaluation of each vehicle at exclusive drive events staged by the award’s organiser.

“The world is moving towards electric cars at a fast pace and the Nissan LEAF is one of the best,” said Paul Gover, one of Australia’s most respected automotive journalists and World Car of the Year judge.

“You don’t get onto the World Car of the Year final list if you are not extremely worthy.

“The LEAF is a car you have to look at when you think about the future of motoring.”

With Nissan Micra also a finalist in the 2018 World Urban Car category, this is the fifth time in the 14 year history of the World Car of the Year awards that a Nissan has been a finalist.

The first generation Nissan LEAF was named World Car of the Year in 2011, with the Nissan QASHQAI making the final in 2008 and 2015, and the GT-R in 2009.

Today’s announcement of the top 10 finalists kicks off the countdown for the 2018 World Car Awards prize-giving ceremony to be hosted by the New York International Auto Show on March 28.

Winners of the 2018 World Car of the Year, World Luxury Car, World Performance Car, World Green Car, World Car Design of the Year and the World Urban Car titles will all be declared at this time.

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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