The New Nissan LEAF has been named as a top 10 finalist in the prized 2018 World Car of the Year awards.
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.
“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.”
The first-generation Nissan LEAF was named World Car of the Year in 2011.
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.
The 2018 World Car of the Year winner will be selected from the following 10 finalists:
Alfa Romeo Giulia
Land Rover Discovery
Range Rover Velar
There are four finalists in the 2018 World Green Car category. They are:
BMW 530e iPerformance
Chevrolet Cruze Diesel
Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid
The 2018 World Urban Car will be chosen from one of these top five finalists:
The 2018 World Luxury Car top five finalists are as follows:
BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo
The 2018 World Performance Car top five finalists are:
Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio
Audi RS 3 Sedan
Honda Civic Type R
Lexus LC 500