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New Nissan LEAF wins ‘Best Electric Car’ award in annual DieselCar and EcoCar awards

LONDON, UK (Thursday, 10 May 2018) – The new 2018 Nissan LEAF has been named ‘Best Electric Car’ in the annual DieselCar and EcoCar awards, a celebration of the most capable new cars on sale today.

 

The DieselCar and EcoCar editorial team evaluated more than 175 new cars in real-world conditions using a comprehensive road test scoring system to create the final rankings.

 

Ian Robertson, Editor of DieselCar and EcoCar Magazine, said; “If you want a barometer of the electric vehicle landscape, you can’t do much better than have a look at the new LEAF. If you do, you’ll see the huge progress Nissan has made with the latest-generation car, now boasting a range of up to 168 miles WLTP combined cycle (or 235 miles using the outgoing NEDC test).

 

“Charging the LEAF is significantly faster, with 80 per cent charge achieved in under an hour, while improved performance and a much more desirable design is sure to make the new car more popular. And while EVs used to work for early adopters and people with a second car, the latest LEAF opens up electric driving for a far broader audience.”

 

Alex Smith, Managing Director of Nissan Motor GB commented, “Since the LEAF’s UK debut in 2011, it has set the standard by which all other mainstream electric vehicles are measured. Whilst other car makers work on launching their first generation EV, this official recognition by the DieselCar and EcoCar judges for our second generation LEAF, further cements the model’s position as the benchmark in the segment.”

 

The new Nissan LEAF, the world's best-selling electric vehicle, is the icon of Nissan Intelligent Mobility. It represents a whole new driving experience, designed to move people with greater exhilaration, confidence and connection to the world around them thanks to intelligent features such as ProPILOT, e-Pedal and bi-directional charging.

 

The new LEAF was also the first car to be assessed against Euro NCAP’s improved and extended protocols for 2018, achieving the maximum 5-star safety rating. 

 

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About Nissan in the UK

  • Nissan Sunderland Plant produces the Nissan Qashqai, Juke, Infiniti Q30 and the 100% electric Nissan LEAF
  • Production of lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles began in 2012
  • Total plant volume since 1986 stands at more than 9 million units with 80 per cent of production exported to over 100 markets worldwide
  • Total investment made and announced since then is over £4.0 billion
  • 507,436 units were produced at Sunderland plant in 2016
  • Employment in Nissan’s UK design studio (Paddington, London), technical centre (Cranfield Bedfordshire), manufacturing plant (Sunderland, Tyne and Wear) and sales and marketing operations (Maple Cross, Hertfordshire) now totals more than 8,000.
  • A further 28,000 jobs in Nissan’s UK supply chain and 4,000 in its UK dealer network takes the total British jobs supported by Nissan to more than 40,000

 

About Nissan in Europe

Nissan has one of the most comprehensive European presences of any overseas manufacturer, employing more than 17,000 staff across locally-based design, research & development, manufacturing, logistics and sales & marketing operations. Last year Nissan plants in the UK, Spain and Russia produced more than 660,000 vehicles including award-winning crossovers, commercial vehicles and the Nissan LEAF, the world’s most popular electric vehicle. Pursuing a goal of zero emissions and zero fatalities on the road, Nissan is leading the field with its vision of Intelligent Mobility. Designed to guide Nissan’s product and technology pipeline, this 360 degree approach to the future of mobility will anchor critical company decisions around how cars are powered, how cars are driven, and how cars integrate into society. Nissan is positioned to become the most desirable Asian brand in Europe.

http://www.newsroom.nissan-europe.com

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 2017, the company sold 5.77 million vehicles globally, generating revenue of 11.9 trillion yen. On April 1, 2017, the company embarked on Nissan M.O.V.E. to 2022, a six-year plan targeting a 30% increase in annualized revenues to 16.5 trillion yen by the end of fiscal 2022, along with 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, symbolized 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% stake in Mitsubishi Motors. Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi is today the world’s largest automotive partnership, with combined sales of more than 10.6 million vehicles in calendar year 2017.

 

For more information about our products, services and commitment to sustainable mobility, visit nissan-global.com. You can also follow us on FacebookInstagram,Twitter and LinkedIn and see all our latest videos on YouTube.

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