Nissan Leaf, the Japanese automaker Nissan’s prime candidate of clean and environmental friendly motoring to counter the hybrids and diesels, took home the prestigious World Car of the Year award of 2011. It defeated 39 other finalists of various makes and models including the brand new Audi A8 and the amazing BMW 5 series.

“It is a great joy that the world’s first, mass-marketed electric vehicle, the Nissan LEAF, has won the prestigious award of 2011 World Car of the Year,” said Nissan Chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn. “This accolade recognizes Nissan LEAF, a pioneer in zero-emission mobility, as comparable in its driving performance, quietness and superb handling to gas-powered cars. And it validates Nissan’s clear vision and the values of sustainable mobility that we want to offer to customers around the world.”

The international jury of 66 motoring journalists from all over the world love this 100bhp 5 door hatchback electric car, with quotes including “It feels just like a normal car, only quieter”. It has a range of over 160 km on a full charge of 8 hours, using 220-240V power supply and produces zero tailpipe emissions. There are a number of categories in this award, but strangely the Nissan Leaf loses the World Green Car of the year Award to the Chevrolet Volt.

For those who ditches the Nissan Leaf because it’s just another boring car, well fear not as after all, it is from the maker of the best sports and performance vehicle from Japan. Maybe the picture below may change your mind.

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