The Nissan Leaf has become the first electric car to be crowned Car of
the Year. The all-electric Leaf scored 257 points, and beat
competition from six other finalists, including the Alfa Romeo
Giulietta (248) and Vauxhall Meriva (244), which came in second and
The remaining finalists were the Ford C-MAX and Grand C-MAX (224), the
Citroen C3 and DS3 (175), the Volvo S60 and V60 (145) and the Dacia
The Leaf marks Nissanís second victory in the competition, having
taken the gong in 1993 with the Micra supermini.
The competition has been run since 1964. 59 jury members from 23
European countries voted in this yearís competition. Each country gets
allotted a number of jurors which takes into account that countries
car market share and car industry, with the UK having six jurors on
the voting panel.