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Nissan LEAF Wins 2011 World Car of the Year

Today, at the New York International Auto Show, the 100-percent electric, zero-emission Nissan LEAF was named 2011 World Car of the Year, edging out the BMW 5-Series and the Audi A8 for the top spot. Today’s award is the latest in a string of accolades for the world’s first affordable mass-market, all-electric vehicle for the global market, which was also named European Car of the Year.

“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.” read more »

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Lexus Introduces LF-Gh Hybrid Concept

The Lexus LF-Gh hybrid concept can make its global debut at the 2011 N.Y. International Auto Show. The idea, which sets to redefine the premium grand touring sedan, is going to be in the Lexus display through May 1.

“For this idea, Lexus designers studied characteristics which are often considered contradictory and hard to execute together,” said Kengo Matsumoto, G.M., Lexus Design Division, Toyota Motor Corporation. “The captivating design of the LF-Gh concept examines the potential of balancing what exactly are normally opposing qualities, for example style and functionality.” read more »

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Porsche to Sell 918 Hybrid Supercar

After outstanding customer response to the concept car first shown at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, Porsche today announced that dealers around the world will begin taking 918 Spyder customer orders. This is a significant step toward actual production of the company’s next super sports car, a Porsche that marries unique plug-in hybrid technology and outstanding performance in a visually stunning and purely Porsche package.

The 918 Spyder will feature a high revving 500- horsepower V8 engine assisted by two electric motors with a total of at least 218 horsepower, yet Porsche estimates it will consume only 3.0 L/100 km based on the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC).  Official EPA fuel economy figures or estimates will be announced just before the first customer cars begin arriving inthe United States near the end of 2013.

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