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Life can be good in a 2013 Nissan Leaf, even when you're crashing one. The all-electric five-seater from Nissan, which is enjoying surging sales this year, has now received the top safety rating by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

The Leaf joined the Nissan Altima and Infiniti M37/M56 on Nissan's stable on the 2013 Top Safety Picks list (which includes a heap of other vehicles) by getting "good" ratings in front, side, rollover and rear crash tests. Among safety-related goodies in the Leaf are its front and side airbags, sensored seat belts and traction-control systems for EV drivers looking to get squirrely.

Ever since Nissan cut the price of the US version by $6,400, to a base of $28,800, Leaf sales through the first four months of the year more than doubled from a year earlier to 5,476 units. Check out Nissan's press release below.
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Nissan LEAF joins the Nissan Altima and Infiniti M as Insurance Institute for Highway Safety 2013 Top Safety Picks -

NASHVILLE, Tenn., May 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- 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 package."

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.

About Nissan
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/.

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 as an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency. 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 Americas media sites NissanNews.com and InfinitiNews.com.

SOURCE Nissan North America, Inc.


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      Spec
      • 2 Months Ago
      Well that is nice to hear. But I don't think that will help sales at all. I wonder if the low-center of gravity helps these cars.
        2 wheeled menace
        • 2 Months Ago
        @Spec
        I'm sure it does. Not having a tall 300lb lump of aluminum/steel in the front of the car is a big improvement too. All that weight can go right where it should be in an electric vehicle :)
      Spec
      • 2 Months Ago
      That's a damn good point. Batteries are modular and can be made in pretty much any shape. Plus you can put them anywhere in the car and just run a wire to the charger & controller. Thus, the designers can move them anywhere they want them to be. And that provides huge advantages for stability and low center of gravity. That is probably one the reasons why EVs perform just as good as ICE cars even if they are carrying a little extra weight.
      2 wheeled menace
      • 2 Months Ago
      Yes, that is a huge advantage for all EVs. You can have the motor and battery in line with the axles, which is perfect. Everything can be in the perfect spot. You could even screw up the layout a little and still have a great result. I have my batteries and motor lined up sort of center / down low on my bike. As you're riding it, you can't tell it's there. Nobody that rides my bikes has problems handling it or ever mentions the weight distribution being off. Yeah, the torque does make up for the weight. The fact that you're not constantly shifting or losing 10-15% of your power to a transmission + differential helps too!