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Electric hatch beats Audi A8 and BMW 5-series to World Car of the Year award in New York

The Nissan Leaf has been named World Car of the Year at the New York motor show.

The Leaf is the first winner of the award and has already claimed this year’s European Car of the Year accolade. It finished ahead of runners-up the Audi A8 and BMW 5-series in New York today.

The 66 jurors from 24 countries commented that the Leaf “feels like a normal car, only quieter”.

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Elsewhere, the Chevrolet Volt beat the BMW 320d EfficientDynamics and the Leaf to the World Green Car of the Year award.

The Aston Martin Rapide claimed the World Car Design of the Year Award, while the Ferrari 458 Italia triumphed over the Mercedes SLS AMG and Porsche 911 Turbo to win the World Performance Car of the Year.

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