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After receiving the “2011 World Car of the Year” award, placing the BMW 5-Series and the Audi A8 in the shadows and with its five-star Euro NCAP rating, the Japanese based automaker has released the 2012 model year of the Nissan Leaf, where the eco-friendly vehicle is promising to pack more interesting features for its future customers.

According to the Japanese based automaker, the 2012 Nissan Leaf has a standard battery heater, heated steering wheel, heated outside mirrors, heated front and rear seats and rear HVAC duct on all models, with a Quick Charge Port being offered in standard on the Leaf SL, which can charge the vehicle up to 80 percent of its full capacity in 30 minutes, using the DC fast charger, while charging it at home through a 220V outlet is estimated to take around seven hours.

“The Nissan Leaf is the first of four 100% electric vehicles Nissan has announced, part of our worldwide commitment to becoming a leader in the effort to build a sustainable, low-carbon society. We believe Nissan Leaf is an exceptionally exciting first step”, said Al Castignetti, the vice president and general manager of Nissan North America.

The 2012 model year Nissan Leaf comes with a warranty of 8 years or 100.000 miles for the advanced lithium-ion battery pack. Five exterior colors are available for the “new” Leaf: the Cayenne Red, Super Black, Brilliant Silver, Blue Ocean and Glacier Pearl.

Nissan is continuing to offer the Leaf with front-wheel drive and its motor is generation a total output of 107 horsepower and has a peak torque of 207 lb-ft, offering a range of 100 miles (160 km) per charge, while being fitted with the vehicle speed sensitive electric power steering, regenerative braking system, power assisted front ventilated discs for the front and solid for the rear disc brakes with ABS, EBD and BA (Brake Assist), “covered” with 16 inch aluminum alloy wheels and 205/55 Bridgestone Ecopia tires.

The 2012 Nissan Leaf is being offered in two well-equipped models, the SV and the SL, and it’s being assembled by the Nissan Motor Co., Ltd in Oppama, Japan, while the lithium-ion batteries are being produced in Zama, Japan.