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New Nissan LEAF is a ‘Game Changer’ at Autocar Awards 2018

LONDON, UK (Tuesday, 15 May 2018) – The new Nissan LEAF has been named a ‘Game Changer’ at the prestigious Autocar Awards 2018.

The Game Changer awards are given only to vehicles that bring new, higher standards to their class or for defying conventions for the benefits of buyers.

The annual awards ceremony, which celebrates the world’s best cars and the people who make them, was held at Silverstone Circuit.

Mark Tisshaw, Editor of Autocar, said; “Nissan’s purely electric hatchback is already a game changer, having sold to the tune of more than 300,000 units since its introduction in 2010. No zero-emission rival has managed to bottle quite the same blend of range and usability at an affordable price, though several have come increasingly close.”

“The second-generation model represents a towering achievement for Nissan. Simply, this car moves the LEAF out ahead of its would-be rivals once again. Conventional combustion-engine rivals also now face a greater threat from this Nissan than at any point to date. Few, if any electric cars, and certainly none at this price point, offer such a compelling case for making the switch.”

Alex Smith, Managing Director of Nissan Motor GB commented, “We’re simply delighted with this official recognition by Autocar of the strengths of the new Nissan LEAF, not just in the EV segment but also as a compelling proposition to any drivers looking to change to 100% electric.”

“The 2018 LEAF is far more than just an electric vehicle though. Through Nissan Intelligent Mobility it can become a mobile energy hub, providing clean, renewable power to homes and businesses and even saving owners money on their energy bills – all whilst reducing environmental impact.”

The new Nissan LEAF, the world's best-selling electric vehicle, is the icon of Nissan Intelligent Mobility. Made in the UK at Nissan’s manufacturing plant in Sunderland, the LEAF 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.

To find out more about the new Nissan LEAF, visit; www.nissan.co.uk/leaf

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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
  • 495,645 units were produced at Sunderland plant in 2017
  • 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 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.

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

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