Nissan Leaf wins Car of Year 2011
It’s a good time for Nissan as the firm’s new electric car has just secured the prestigious Car of the Year title in Europe. The Nissan saw off competition from the likes of the Alfa Romeo Giulietta and Opel Meriva to take the coveted title.
The 58 members of the Jury – including this writer representing Ireland - gave the title to the Nissan after several months of testing the 41 candidate models for this year’s title.
After whittling the list down to seven shortlisted finalists, each judge allocated a total of 25 points between the cars. The total final scores were: Nissan Leaf: 257 points, Alfa Romeo Giulietta: 248 points, Opel/Vauxhall Meriva: 244 points, Ford C-Max/Grand C-Max: 224 points, Citroën C3/DS3: 175 points, Volvo S60/V60: 145 points, Dacia Duster: 132 points.
My votes went as follows. Nissan Leaf – 8 points; Opel Meriva – 5 points; Ford C-Max – 4 points; Volvo S60/V60 – four points; Alfa Romeo Giulietta – 3 points; Citroen C3/DS3 – 1 point.
Judges also have to provide written justification of their votes and this Wednesday’s Motors will contain a summary of my points justification.