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Apr212011

Nissan Leaf Named 2011 World Car of the Year

Aaron Katersky/ABC News(NEW YORK) -- For the first time ever, the honors of World Car of the Year went to a vehicle that uses no gas, the Nissan Leaf.

The electric-powered vehicle beat out the Audi A8 and the BMW 5 Series for the award, which was announced Thursday at the International Auto Show in New York.

Nissan's Brian Carolin said the victory shows where the auto industry is headed.

"It just recognizes what a game changer the car is -- the first affordable zero emission mass marketed electric car," Carolin said.

So far, the Leaf isn't the easiest vehicle to find -- it has only been sold in select cities in limited numbers.  But production is ramping up, and by the end of next year, the car will be made in Tennessee.?

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