Nissan LEAF Earns “Top Safety Pick” from IIHS
Nissan LEAF joins the Nissan Altima and Infiniti M as Insurance Institute for Highway Safety 2013 Top Safety Picks
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Now in its third model year, the
highly innovative, industry-leading Nissan LEAF pure electric vehicle
added another award to its trophy case with the Insurance Institute for
Highway Safety (IIHS) “Top Safety Pick” designation, which recognizes
vehicles for excellent performance in four passenger safety tests.
The LEAF achieved the Institute’s highest rating of “Good” in front,
side, rollover and rear crash tests. Nissan LEAF joins Nissan Altima and
Infiniti M37/M56 on the list of 2013 Top Safety Picks.
“Driver and passenger safety are top priorities for Nissan and the
‘Top Safety Pick’ designation by IIHS reflects the design and innovation
that have gone into this car to make it a practical, no-compromise
electric vehicle,” said Erik Gottfried, Nissan’s director of electric
vehicle sales and marketing. “The new, U.S.-assembled 2013 Nissan LEAF
provides customers with a remarkable level of value, comfort and
security at prices competitive with gas-powered cars in a fun-to-drive
Standard 2013 LEAF safety systems include Nissan Advanced Air Bag
System (AABS) with dual-stage supplemental front air bags with seat belt
sensors and occupant classification sensor, front seat-mounted side
impact supplemental air bags, roof-mounted curtain side impact
supplemental air bags for front and rear-seat outboard occupant head
protection, 3-point ALR/ELR seat belts (driver’s seat ELR only) with
pretensioners and load limiters, child seat upper tether anchor, LATCH
(Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) system and child safety rear
door locks. Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) and Traction Control System
(TCS) are also standard on all LEAF models.
“The IIHS ‘Top Safety Pick’ recognition speaks to the ‘zone body
construction’ design from Nissan’s Safety Shield Concept to help protect
occupants in a wide variety of crash scenarios,” said Robert Yakushi,
Nissan director of product safety.
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Japan’s
second-largest automotive company, is headquartered in Yokohama, Japan,
and is part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Operating with more than
248,000 employees globally, Nissan provided customers with more than 4.9
million vehicles in 2012, generating revenue of 9.4 trillion yen
($US118.95 billion) in fiscal 2011. With a strong commitment to
developing exciting and innovative products for all, Nissan delivers a
comprehensive range of 64 models under the Nissan and Infiniti brands. A
pioneer in zero-emission mobility, Nissan made history with the
introduction of the Nissan LEAF, the first affordable, mass-market,
pure-electric vehicle and winner of numerous international accolades,
including the prestigious 2011-2012 Car of the Year Japan and 2011 World
Car of the Year awards.
For more information on our products, services and commitment to sustainable mobility, visit our website at http://www.nissan-global.com/EN/.
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