Published on February 1st, 2018 | by Cynthia Shahan0
New Nissan LEAF Named “World Car Of The Year” Finalist
February 1st, 2018 by Cynthia Shahan
What happens when a loved and appreciated EV, the Nissan LEAF, is reinvented? What happens when the highest selling electric car in history gets considerably greater range, a hot new design, and additional advanced technologies? One thing that happens is the car — the new Nissan LEAF — is named as a top 10 finalist in the prized 2018 World Car of the Year awards.
Nissan continues, “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 from around the world selected the finalists by secret ballot based on their evaluation of each vehicle at exclusive drive events staged by the award’s organizer.”
I have not yet driven the new Nissan LEAF, but I am more than happy with the 2015 LEAF I’ve been driving for the past 2+ years. Aside from some extra range (mine has 84 miles of range on a full charge) and superfast charging, I could really ask for much more. The new LEAF comes with approximately 150 miles of range, which would be wonderful for my and many other people’s needs.
“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.”
Nothing about this recognition surprises me. Offering more extended road trips, the refreshed LEAF has tremendously more range than the first-generation LEAF. Although a few of us liked the old look of the Nissan LEAF, the more mainstream design is broadly considered an improvement of style. It appeals to more consumers. The autonomous driving technologies improve driving safety and make driving more comfortable. The base price point under $30,000 makes the new LEAF extremely competitive.
“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. The 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.”