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Carlos Ghosn is proud of its Nissan LEAF named Car of the Year 2011 Europeenne

This is Carlos Ghosn himself, the big boss of the Renault-Nissan group that received the trophy personally Europeenne of Car of the Year in 2011, attributed to the Nissan LEAF.

Welcoming the revolutionary Nissan LEAF, the trophy Europeenne Car of the Year 2011 was awarded to Carlos Ghosn, President and CEO, Nissan Motor Co. Ltd.., During an official ceremony held in Paris Monday, January 24, 2011 .

To assign this trophy, the jury Car of the Year, consists of 58 automotive journalists from 23 European countries, the Nissan LEAF a place in mind finalists. This is the first time an electric vehicle has won this award presented annually for 48 years.

"I am convinced that we will see in the future other electric cars ELECTED Car of the Year. But then, we will never forget the one that paved the way. This is why Nissan LEAF Car of the year 2011 is and will remain, really special, "stated Hakan Matson, president of the COTY jury, during the ceremony.

"It is a great honor for Nissan LEAF to be distinguished Europeenne Car of the Year, especially because it is the first electric car to receive this distinction. Like all those who have won the Car of the Year before it, the Nissan LEAF is a car that does not compromise style, equipment, safety, performance or handling. Yet it occupies a place apart, as it is an innovative car that reflects a clear vision of the future of transport, a vision of sustainable mobility, "stated Carlos Ghosn at the presentation of the trophy.

The Nissan LEAF is 100% electric and is based on the technology developed by the Renault-Nissan Alliance. The AC motor develops a power of 109 hp and 280 Nm of torque, to ensure a range of 175 km (depending on approval by the New European Driving Cycle) and a top speed of 145 km / h. The electric motor is powered by a battery pack sophisticated lithium-ion lamellar, a superior power to 90 kW. Developed by Automotive Energy Supply Corporation (AESC), a joint venture between Nissan and electronics giant NEC Corp.., This revolutionary battery has the capacity to store twice as much energy as the previous generation battery.

Among the facilities of the zero emission car include regenerative braking, automatic air conditioning, GPS navigation, reverse camera and innovative telematics system to monitor the independence of the car and the level of charge available in the fields action. Thanks to an innovative connectivity for mobile telephony, the owner of the vehicle may since its portable, heat up or cool the passenger compartment even recharge its batteries. The only option available is a solar panel integrated in the rear spoiler, which will supply energy dashboard.

The Nissan LEAF preorders exceed its 27,000 units on a global scale. Currently built in Japan, the zero emission car will also be produced in the United States and the United Kingdom will be implanted or production sites respectively in late 2012 and early 2013. Deliveries individuals began in December in Japan and the United USA. In Europe, deliveries will start very soon in Portugal, Republic of Ireland, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands, as well as many other markets including France later in the year.

The Renault-Nissan Alliance aims to become the world leader in zero emission mobility through a comprehensive approach including both a product and infrastructure in support to the mass marketing of electric vehicles. To date, the Alliance has entered into more than 90 partnerships with governments, municipalities and companies worldwide to prepare the markets and infrastructure for the successful adoption of electric vehicles.

Nissan had already won the Car of the Year. In 1993, the Micra was indeed the first Japanese car to receive this distinction. It began in Europe with the small city a love story that continues today with the launch of the fourth generation Micra.

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