Automotive Science Group Declares Nissan LEAF Best All Around Performer In Midsize Segment
The Automotive Science Group (ASG) announced that the 2015 Nissan LEAF is the BEST ALL-AROUND PERFORMANCE car.
The Japanese EV won against more than 1,400 other Model Year 2015 sold in the North American market.
Additionally, the Nissan LEAF received the BEST ENVIRONMENTAL PERFORMANCE title from ASG.
While the Nissan LEAF won the general classification title and the mid-size car category, noteworthy is that the Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid is in top five in mid-size cars.
In the compact car category, the winner is the Ford Focus Electric, while the Chevrolet Volt placed fifth.
Tesla Model S leads the full-size car category, while Ford C-Max Energi won the Wagon category.
“KEY FINDINGS – CAR AND SUV
The 2015 Nissan LEAF is ASGʼs BEST ALL-AROUND PERFORMANCE selection (best combined environmental, social and economic performance) for model year 2015. ASG assessed more than 1,400 model year 2015 vehicles in the North American market, and the LEAF is our top selection for the second consecutive year.
ASG’s 2015 study also found the Nissan LEAF to hold the smallest life-cycle carbon footprint of any model year 2015 automobile available in the North American market (measured in life-cycle gross energy requirement and greenhouse gas emissions), also earning the 2015 BEST ENVIRONMENTAL PERFORMANCE honor. While the electricity mix of the U.S. grid varies by region, the average forecasted mix for 2015 will provide an energy source for the Nissan LEAF that is environmentally preferred over conventional combustion engines. Looking forward, energy forecasts identify a cleaner electricity mix across the U.S. grid, further increasing the environmental benefits of electric technologies in future years.
Looking to conventional technologies, ASGʼs study found the 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage to hold the smallest life-cycle carbon footprint of any conventionally powered vehicle in North America, earning the distinguished 2015 BEST ENVIRONMENTAL PERFORMANCE honor among all 2015 conventionally powered vehicles. The Mirage was also the top ranked conventionally powered vehicle in our all-around performance assessment, earning the distinguished 2015 BEST ALL-AROUND PERFORMANCE honor among all 2015 conventionally powered vehicles in North America.
From an economic standpoint, the 2015 Chevrolet Spark was found to hold the lowest cost of ownership over a five-year economic forecast, taking into account purchase and operating costs of all model year 2015 automobiles available in the North American market, earning the coveted BEST ECONOMIC PERFORMANCE honor. The 2015 Jeep Patriot was found to hold the lowest cost of ownership among all Crossovers and SUVs, earning the BEST ECONOMIC PERFORMANCE honor over all Crossovers and SUVs for the third year in a row.
The 2015 Mazda CX-5 was the top performer among all Crossovers and SUVs, earning the 2015 BEST ALL-AROUND PERFORMANCE honor, while the 2015 Honda CR-V was found to hold the smallest life-cycle carbon footprint of any model year 2015 Crossover and SUV available in North America, earning the 2015 BEST ENVIRONMENTAL PERFORMANCE honor.
From a social performance perspective – considering the rights of those charged with vehicle manufacture and assembly – MINI, BMW, Audi, Mercedes-Benz, Ford, Nissan and Honda each produced an award-winning vehicle in class, demonstrating sound corporate social responsibility initiatives.”
Source: Automotive Science Group