Leaf named Car of the Year at Tokyo Motor Show

The home team won the Car of the Year Japan award at last week’s Tokyo Motor Show, as Nissan’s Leaf became the first EV to bag the coveted cup.

 

The home team won the Car of the Year Japan award at last week’s Tokyo Motor Show, as Nissan’s Leaf became the first EV to bag the coveted cup. The show includes 179 exhibitors from a dozen countries, many of whom were showing off EVs or PHEVs in various stages of market readiness.

Nissan’s 5-door hatchback has an 80-kW electric motor and a 24-kWh lithium-ion battery, giving it an average range of around 73 miles (up to 138 miles under ideal conditions), according to the EPA. Advanced features include remote access via smartphones, and vehicle-to-grid capabilities. So far, Nissan has sold over 20,000 units worldwide.

“This award is as much a win for Nissan as it is for our customers,” said Nissan President and CEO Carlos Ghosn. “All these accolades show that zero-emission vehicles can clearly be competitive alternatives to conventional ones.”

 

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