Nissan LEAF wins Best All-Around Performance Award from ASG
The Nissan LEAF is definitely proving itself as an alternative mode of transportation to the old internal combustion engine powered heaps we drive now. Automotive Science Group named it this year’s best all-around performer in the midsize car market, beating cars like the Toyota Prius and Honda Fit.
The LEAF also took Best Social Performance and Best Environmental Performance, the latter of which should not really be a surprise since that’s kind of what the LEAF is built for. It reached quite a milestone in 2014 by becoming the first EV in history to sell more than 30,000 units in one year.
Automotive Science Group rates each vehicle based on their Automotive Performance Index, a complicated formula that considers social performance, environmental factors, and economic performance. Social performance is affected by how the vehicle impacts the communities it is assembled in, and environmental performance considers the entire manufacturing process’s impact on the environment from raw materials to end-of-life.
Best Economic Performance for this year’s midsize car class went to the 2015 Honda Fit. The Nissan Pathfinder took the Best All-Around Performance award for the full-size SUV class, also winning the Best Environmental and Best Economic awards.
Perhaps the other automakers will start to catch on to the fact that more people want electric car. Until then, Nissan enjoys their huge market share.
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