100% Electric Nissan LEAF is 2011 European Car of the Year

By Nissan Motor Co. Ltd., PRNE
Sunday, November 28, 2010

First Electric Vehicle to Win the Prestigious Award

YOKOHAMA, Japan, November 29, 2010 - In a historic moment for Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. and zero emission
vehicles, the 100% electric Nissan LEAF was awarded 2011 European Car of the

The world's first mass-marketed, affordable, zero-emission vehicle for
the global market beat 40 contenders to win motoring's most important
accolade. This is the first time in the 47-year history of the annual
competition that the award has gone to an electric vehicle. Nissan LEAF's
rivals included vehicles from brands such as Alfa Romeo, Citroen, Dacia,
Ford, Opel/Vauxhall and Volvo. The jury included 57 leading motoring
journalists from 23 European countries.

"The jury acknowledged today that the Nissan LEAF is a breakthrough for
electric cars. Nissan LEAF is the first EV that can match conventional cars
in many respects," said Hakan Matson, President of the Jury, Car of the Year.

Nissan Motor Co. Ltd.'s President and CEO Carlos Ghosn said: "This award
recognizes the pioneering zero-emission Nissan LEAF as competitive to
conventional cars in terms of safety, performance, spaciousness and handling.
It also reflects Nissan's standing as an innovative and exciting brand with a
clear vision of the future of transportation, which we call sustainable
mobility. With three other electric vehicles in the pipeline from Nissan -
and with the imminent market introduction of four additional electric
vehicles from our Alliance partner Renault - Nissan LEAF represents a
significant first step toward a zero-emission future."

Nissan LEAF is powered by a compact electric motor in the
front of the car, which drives the front wheels. The AC motor develops 80 kW
of power and 280 Nm of torque, enough for a maximum speed of 145 km/h (90
mph). The electric motor is powered by a Nissan-developed laminated
lithium-ion battery with an output of more than 90 kW. The car has a range of
175 km (New European Driving Cycle) between charges making it a practical
proposition for many urban drivers.

The vehicle is fully equipped with features such as
regenerating braking, air conditioning, satellite navigation, parking camera
and advanced on-board IT and telematics systems. Innovative connectivity will
allow an owner to set charging functions to monitor the car's current state
of charge and the remaining battery capacity, as well as to heat or cool the
interior of the car remotely via mobile phone or computer. The Nissan LEAF
will be available in five colors in Europe - blue metallic and pearl, white
pearl, silver metallic, black solid and red pearl. The single option is a
solar panel mounted in the rear spoiler that supports charging of the car's
12V battery used for powering accessories.

Deliveries in Japan and the United States begin this December.
In Europe, deliveries start in early 2011 to Portugal, the Republic of
, the UK and the Netherlands. The zero-emission car is currently being
built in Japan, but will also be produced in North America and Europe when
new manufacturing facilities open in late 2012 and early 2013.

Nissan's innovative thinking extends beyond zero-emission
mobility. Under the PURE DRIVE label, Nissan manufactures an extended line-up
of environmentally friendly, internal combustion engine vehicles offering
class-leading fuel efficiency supported by advanced green technologies. In
Europe, the company will soon launch an advanced petrol-electric hybrid
luxury sedan wearing the Infiniti badge, while hugely popular crossover
vehicles, such as Nissan Qashqai and Nissan Juke, have created new and
exciting vehicle segments dominated by Nissan. Next year will also see the
arrival of the fourth generation Nissan Micra powered by a supercharged
version of an all-new 1.2-litre three cylinder direct injection petrol engine
with an Idling Stop system to offer spirited performance and CO2 emissions of
just 95g/km.

Nissan has won the CoTY award in Europe before. In 1993, the
UK-built Nissan Micra became the first car from a Japanese automaker to win
the accolade and started Europe's love affair with the little car that
continues today with the recent launch of the newest Nissan Micra model.

For more information, contact: Nissan Motor Co Ltd., Paul Miles: +81-45(523)5552, paul-miles at mail.nissan.co.jp; Nissan Europe SAS: Mia Nielsen: +33-1-30-13-66-44, mnielsen at nissan-europe.com. For B-roll and photos of Nissan LEAF, go to www.newsroom.nissan-europe.com

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