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Nissan Leaf named 2011 World Car of the Year

Model has range of 100 miles.

The Nissan Leaf has been named 2011 World Car of the Year.

Showcased at the New York International Auto Show, the all-electric model beat the BMW 5-Series and the Audi A8 for the top spot, following similar recognitions for its affordability and reduced environmental impact.

Judges praised the car as the first mass-market zero-emission option, stating that it has an average range of 100 miles when fully charged.

They also pointed out its low centre of gravity, which provides the car with responsive handling and "almost no body roll".

Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn said: "This accolade recognises the Nissan Leaf, a pioneer in zero-emission mobility, as comparable in its driving performance, quietness and superb handling to gas-powered cars."

He added that it is "great joy" to bag the prestigious industry award.

Nissan was recently recognised as the most improved car brand in the UK in the Driver Power survey.ADNFCR-3205-ID-800510967-ADNFCR