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DETROIT, April 10, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- J.D. Power recognized the 100 percent electric Nissan LEAF as the highest rated redesign for its inaugural J.D. Power Engineering Awards, presented at the Society of Automotive Engineers 2019 WCX World Congress Experience.
“This award is a credit to hundreds of Nissan technical professionals here in the U.S., as well as in Japan,” said Chris Reed, senior vice president of engineering at Nissan North America. “Any vehicle redesign requires a massive amount of coordination across many functional teams, and I am very proud of the excellent vehicle this effort produced which has been recognized by J.D. Power.”
The J.D. Power Engineering Awards were presented at the annual SAE Awards Ceremony held on Tuesday, April 9 at Cobo Center in Detroit.
“While J.D. Power has become known for benchmarking quality in all phases of the automotive industry for the past 50-plus years, we wanted to recognize the achievements of the engineers who translate concept vehicles into practical road vehicles,” said Doug Betts, senior vice president of global automotive at J.D. Power. ”Nissan launched its first LEAF vehicle in 2010, and their engineers were able to utilize the lessons learned from that vehicle and successfully apply improvements to the redesigned vehicle.”
Last month J.D. Power announced the creation of two new engineering achievement awards: Highest-Rated Vehicle All-New and Highest-Rated Redesigned Vehicle for the 2018 model year.
More than 400,000 Nissan LEAFs have been sold globally. The LEAF underwent a complete redesign for its 2018 model year and a 62 kWh version capable of up to 226 miles* of range was added to the 2019 lineup.
*EPA range for LEAF S PLUS only. Actual range will vary with trim levels, options, and driving conditions; see Customer Disclosure Form for details.
About Nissan North America
In North America, Nissan's operations include automotive styling, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program and has been recognized annually by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year since 2010. More information on Nissan in North America and the complete line of Nissan and INFINITI vehicles can be found online at www.nissanusa.com and www.infinitiusa.com, or visit the U.S. media sites nissannews.com and infinitinews.com.
About J.D. Power
J.D. Power is a global leader in consumer insights, advisory services and data and analytics. These capabilities enable J.D. Power to help its clients drive customer satisfaction, growth and profitability. Established in 1968, J.D. Power has offices serving North America, South America, Asia Pacific and Europe. More information at https://www.jdpower.com/business
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