2018 World Car Awards: Nissan LEAF – 2018 World Green Car

NEW YORK, March 28, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — The Road to World Car journey concluded at the New York International Auto Show. However, it concluded with declaring the NISSAN LEAF as the 2018 World Green Car.

Nissan LEAF launched in 2010. They have been able to put more than 300,000 zero-emission electric vehicles on the road worldwide. As we know, this is helping to cut carbon footprints around the globe. These comments came from Daniele Schillaci who’s Executive Vice President, Global Marketing and Sales, Zero Emission Vehicle and Battery Business.

Nissan Leaf EV; Electric Car

The NISSAN LEAF selected from an first entry list of four new vehicles from all over the world, then a short list of three finalists as announced in Geneva earlier this month:  the BMW 530e iPerformance, Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid and Nissan LEAF.

To be eligible for the 2018 World Green Car award, a vehicle had to be all-new, or substantially revised, in production and introduced for sale or lease to the public in quantities of at least 10 in at least one major market during the period beginning January 1, 2017 and ending May 31, 2018.  Tailpipe emissions, fuel consumption, and use of a major advanced power plant technology (beyond engine components), aimed specifically at increasing the vehicle’s environmental responsibility, were all taken into consideration.

Nissan Leaf digital dash 2018

<h4vehicles in all award categories selecting and voted on by an international jury panel consisted of 82 top-level automotive journalists from 24 countries around the world.  Each juror was appointed by the World Car Steering Committee on the basis of his or her ability, experience, credibility, and influence.  Each juror typically drives and evaluates new vehicles as part of their professional work.  Through their respective outlets they collectively reach an audience of many millions world-wide.  The international accounting firm KPMG tabulated the jurors’ ballots.

Nissan Leaf at NYIAS, New York international auto show

The Road to the World Car began in Frankfurt on September 19, 2017 and was followed by our first-ever Tokyo Test Drive conducted at the BMW Tokyo Bay facility in October giving jurors yet another opportunity to evaluate contenders that might not be available in their home markets. Then, the fourth annual “L.A. Test Drives” took place across a six day period in November with a record number of 35 jurors participating. The “Top Three In The World” finalists were announced earlier this month at the Geneva motor show.  The Road to World Car journey ended today at the New York International Auto Show with the declaration of the winners in all categories.

2018 marks the 12th year of World Car’s partnership with the New York show, and the fifth consecutive year that the World Car Awards have retained their ranking as the No.1 automotive awards program in the world in terms of media reach. “The New York International Auto Show is proud of the tradition it has built with the World Car Awards to recognize the ‘best of the best’ in the auto industry,” said John LaSorsa, chairman of the New York International Auto Show.  “Over the past 12 years this awards program has grown to become one of the most coveted honors for the world’s automakers.”

The Global Trends Report, co-presented annually by Prime Research and Autoneum, will also be announced during the New York show press conference and media breakfast. The report is the culmination of research and insights across the past six months. Autoneum CEO Martin Hirzel said, “Trends such as electromobility or autonomous driving shape the automobile future and offer great opportunities for Autoneum. As global market and technology leader in acoustic and thermal management, Autoneum is developing and manufacturing innovative products and technologies for the mobility of tomorrow. For example, our multifunctional, lightweight components are particularly suited for use in electric vehicles, as they help to reduce the vehicle’s weight which is significantly increased by the battery. Thanks to our innovation leadership and advanced production processes, Autoneum is well-prepared for the automobile future.”

2018 marks the 10th anniversary of World Car’s relationship with Bridgestone. “At Bridgestone, we are focused on delivering sustainable mobility through innovative tire technologies and solutions that address global trends in transportation,” said Shannon Quinn, president, original equipment tire sales, U.S. and Canada, Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations. “We are proud to join the World Car of the Year organization again this year in celebrating the very best in automotive excellence.”

As electrification, autonomous driving, connectivity and A.I. continue to enhance the industry, World Car is proud to be a part of this amazing journey along with the New York International Auto Show, Prime Research, Bridgestone, Autoneum, KPMG and Newspress – our official media partner.




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World Car Awards
Now entering their 14th year, the annual World Car Awards are the number one awards program in the world for the fifth consecutive year based on Prime Research’s 2017 media report. The awards were inaugurated in 2003, and officially launched in January 2004, to reflect the reality of the global marketplace, as well as to recognize and reward automotive excellence on an international scale. The awards are intended to complement, not compete, with existing national and regional Car of the Year programs.

New York International Auto Show
Owned and operated by the Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association. In conclusion, the New York Auto Show is an awesome combination of new ideas and technological innovation. Finally, it includes exceptional concept cars and nearly 1,000 of the latest new cars and trucks.  Over one million visitors are expected to visit the show this year to see what is truly possible from the automotive industry.

SOURCE New York International Auto Show

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