Beating out competitors such as the Alfa Romeo Giulietta and Opel Meriva, the Leaf was praised as a revolutionary vehicle which showcases the future of automotive transportation.

After several rounds of voting, the Nissan Leaf has been named the 2011 European Car of the Year.

Beating out competitors such as the Alfa Romeo Giulietta and Opel Meriva, the Leaf was praised as a revolutionary vehicle which showcases the future of automotive transportation. According to Håkan Matson, president of the CoTY jury, "I am convinced that we will see other electric cars named Car of the Year in the future. But when we do, we must always remember that only one can be the first. And that is why Nissan LEAF Car of the Year 2011 is - and will remain - so very special."

As we have previously reported, the Leaf features an electric motor that produces 80 kW (107 hp / 109 PS) and 280 Nm (206 lb-ft) of torque. It is powered by a lithium-ion battery, which allows the car to travel approximately 160 kilometers (99 miles) on a single charge. Once depleted, the battery can be fully recharged in eight hours using a standard household outlet.