Nissan's all-electric LEAF has been named as the 2011-2012 Japanese Car of the Year, making it the first electric vehicle to ever win the award in its 32-year history.
"We have sold 20,000 Nissan LEAFs and also delivered on our promise of affordable, zero-emission mobility on a global scale. This award is as much a win for Nissan as it is for our customers," said Nissan president and chief executive Carlos Ghosn. "All these accolades show that zero-emission vehicles can clearly be competitive alternatives to conventional ones."
The 2011-2012 Japanese Car of the Year is the latest accolade given to the LEAF, which has also been named the 2012 Car of the Year by the Automotive Researchers' and Journalists' Conference of Japan, the 2011-2012 Car of the Year by the Japan Automotive Hall of Fame, the 2011 European Car of the Year and the 2011 World Car of the Year.
The Nissan LEAF, however, isn't the first car to win two major Car of the Year awards on the same year. That honor goes to the Nissan March, which won both the European and Japanese Car of the Year awards in 1993.