Nissan Leaf named European Car of the Year

The Nissan Leaf has won the 2011 European Car of the Year title.

It is the first time that an electric car has picked up the prize, and it beat off competition from six other finalists, including the Volvo V60, Ford C Max and the Alfa Romeo Giulietta.
With 257 points, the Leaf beat the Giulietta into second place, with the Vauxhall Meriva coming in third. The Alfa and the Vauxhall scored 248 and 244 points respectively.

The rest of the scoring went as follows: the Ford C-Max/Grand C-Max (224 points), the Citroën C3/DS3 (175), the Volvo S60 and V60 (145) and the Dacia Duster (132).

Jury members from 23 European countries decide the winner, with 59 voting in total. The UK has six representatives on the panel, with the allocation being decided by the country's share of the European car market and size of its car industry.

The award has been running since 1964 and former winners include the Vauxhall Insignia, Fiat's Panda and the Alfa Romeo 156. Nissan last won in 1993 with the Micra, and the Volkswagen Polo was victorious last year.

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