The Leaf was awarded a Top Rating of Good in front, side, rollover and rear crash tests. The Leaf joins the Nissan Altima on the 2013 IHHS Top Safety Pick Ratings.
“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 package.”
Nissan’s most innovative year ever is also becoming a record breaking season, as March 2013 was the highest selling month in Nissan North America’s history.
Nissan announced it sold more than 137,000 units in March 2013, making it the best month Nissan has ever has. The redesigned Nissan Altima, Nissan Pathfinder and Nissan Versa all saw record breaking sales, and the all-electric Nissan Leaf also posted its best ever month.
Nissan is calling 2013 its most innovative year ever, featuring popular redesigns of all its most popular models. Customer are obviously falling in love with these redesigns, including the Altima, Sentra, Versa, and Pathfinder.
IIHS said that along with its traditional rankings, they wanted to let the consumer know which vehicles were the safest, thus creating the TSP+ award.
“Of the 29 models evaluated so far in our small overlap frontal crash test, these 13 cars offer the highest level of all-around crash protection,” says Adrian Lund, IIHS president. “We’re pleased to recognize them with our new Top Safety Pick+ award for 2013.”
The popular Nissan model was completely redesigned for 2013, and received rave reviews from the experts. The top features include 38 MPG, all new style and NASA inspired seats. In part because of that great redesign, Nissan announced Wednesday that it has sold its 4-millionth Altima in the United States.
Nissan also announced that it broke all time Altima sales record in 2012, selling nearly 300,000 Altimas.
The 2013 North American Car and Truck/Utility of the Year Award short list has been released. These lists of cars and trucks have been edited down from a long list of 45 vehicles that we detailed back in August.
Ford has the most vehicles on this year’s short list, with 3 combined. Nissan’s most innovated year ever is off to a great start, as they have two vehicles in the running.
Soon enough the jurors will edit this list down further to three finalists that will be announced at the Detroit Auto Show in January 2013.
Many of the top models are in the running for the North American Car of the Year.
Finalists were announced recently, with vehicles from Ford, Honda, Hyundai, Nissan and Subaru making this prestigious list. 45 vehicles in all will compete for the ultimate prize, 2013 North American Car of the Year.