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Nissan Leaf named 2011 World Car of the Year

The Nissan Leaf has been named as the World Car of the Year for 2011, further projecting electric vehicles to the top of the global motoring market. Competing against a host of conventional fuelled vehicles, the win follows the accolade of European Car of the Year, a title given before the public got their hands on the model. Jurors from Asia, Europe and North America said: "The Leaf is the gateway to a brave new electric world from Nissan." Highlighting the car's low carbon properties, the judges added that it "feels just like a normal car, only quieter". Such accolades could give motorists more confidence that electric vehicles are a valid alternative to conventional cars. Indeed, the Leaf beat off the BMW 5-Series and the Audi A8 for the World Car title. In the UK, drivers can receive £5,000 towards the cost of Nissan Leaf through the Plug-in Car Grant. Other eligible c...

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