Nissan Leaf takes the 2011 ‘Car of the Year’ award

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 30, 2010

The Car of the Year title goes to Nissan’s Leaf – the first time that an all-electric car has ever received this recognition. The contest this year had one of its most diverse voting processes ever. Nissan’s Leaf may have won with 257 points but it was definitely not unanimous. In fact, some jurors put it in last place.

Coming in at second place is the Alfa Romeo Giulietta (248 points) while the third place went to Vauxhall/Opel Meriva (244 points). The other finalists include the Ford C-Max/Grand C-Max (224 points), the Citroën C3/DS3 (175), the Volvo S60 and V60 (145) and the Dacia Duster (132).

The votes came from 59 jury members in 23 countries. Autocar’s Steve Cropley, one of the six British voters, put the Leaf as No. 1 on his list.

He said that the Leaf “does more than any rival to “normalize” electric cars.“ However, he stated that he felt bad for his No. 2 choice, the Dacia Duster, which offers “a lot of style and utility for amazingly little money.”

He added that what makes the Duster even more amazing is that it undercuts SUVs like the VW Tiguan and Ford Kuga by up to £10,000. He also expressed delight that the Giulietta, which he calls as “the best car from Alfa Romeo for many years,” is well supported.

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