The Nissan Leaf pure electric vehicle has recently been awarded the coveted Top Safety Pick designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, highlighting the vehicle's exemplary performance in four passenger safety tests.
The IIHS rates a vehicle's performance on various crash tests as good, acceptable, marginal or poor. To qualify for the 2013 Top Safety Pick award, a vehicle must earn good ratings in the all the tests, which include moderate overlap frontal test, side impact, rollover and rear tests.
"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."
Every Leaf comes standard with the Nissan Advanced Air Bag System with dual-stage supplemental front air bags with seat belt sensors and occupant classification sensor, front seat-mounted side impact supplemental air bags and roof-mounted curtain side impact supplemental air bags for front and rear-seat outboard occupant head protection. In addition, it features the Vehicle Dynamic Control and the Traction Control System.
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Not only are they safe, but they're inexpensive
The Nissan Leaf recently topped the Chevrolet Volt with more sales once again in April, as the automaker recently lowered the price of the all electric car.
The Detroit Free Press reported that Leaf outsold the Volt in April for the second consecutive month, as Volt sales slipped 11 percent on a year-over-over comparison. In addition, Nissan dropped the sales price of the Leaf by $6,000. Now, it only costs $28,800 to own the car, well below the sales price for a Volt, which is sitting at $40,000.
"Nissan has been so aggressive that they're almost giving them away," Jack Nerad, executive market analyst for Kelley Blue Book, told the news source. "That's certainly had some effect on Volt sales, although General Motors has certainly been pretty aggressive with Volt over time. I think the larger factor might be fuel prices being stable or going down."