[VIDEO] Nissan Leaf is 2011 Car of the Year in Japan image

The popular zero-emissions Nissan Leaf has just been awarded the 2011 Car of the Year in Japan, after receiving the same title in Britain and Europe and after being named the 2011 World Car of the Year.

Besides winning the awards above, the Nissan Leaf was also named the 2012 RJC Car of the Year, by the Automotive Researchers’ & Journalists’ Conference in Japan. The Nissan Leaf is well appreciated around the world being also one of the most efficient electric vehicles out there, managing a five-star safety rating at Euro NCAP, placing cars like the BMW 5-Series or the Audi A8 in the shadows.

“We have sold 20.000 Nissan Leafs and also delivered on our promise of affordable, zero-emission mobility on a global scale. This award is as much a win for Nissan as it is for our customers. All these accolades show that zero-emission vehicles can clearly be competitive alternatives to conventional ones”, said the Nissan president and CEO Carlos Ghosn.

The 2012 Nissan Leaf was already launched worldwide and it’s coming with a standard battery heater, heated steering wheel, heated outside mirrors, heated front and rear seats, heated 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.

Nissan is continuing to offer the Leaf in two well-equipped versions, the SV and the SL. The 2012 Nissan Leaf is coming with an eight-year warranty or 100.000 miles for the advanced lithium-ion battery pack, being assembled in Oppama, Japan, while the batteries are produced in Zama, Japan.