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Nissan Ariya EV crowned ‘Car of the Year 2022’ – Automotive Blog

Nissan Ariya

Nissan has scooped the prestigious Auto Express Car of the Year 2022 with its all-new pure electric Ariya.

British engineers at Nissan’s European technical team in Cranfield have played a big role in the development of the new Ariya, resulting in what judges describe as “a comfortable ride and superb refinement with impressive agility for a big car”.

The Ariya is Nissan’s second mass-market EV following its pioneering Leaf, arguably the EV that first made electric driving affordable.

The annual Auto Express Awards are “the most customer-focused car awards in the UK”, recommending models across categories that are set, like the judging criteria, following research into the wants and needs of real UK buyers.

As well as specific EV category wins, there was success for electric cars in traditional car categories, too. The new all-electric Fiat 500 scooped the best City Car trophy and the Renault Megane E-Tech Electric was named Best Company Car.

“The new Nissan Ariya is quite simply a fantastic new car – it just so happens to be an EV, too,” said Steve Fowler, Editor-in-Chief of Auto Express.

“It’s so cleverly thought through, buyers will find it really easy and enjoyable to live with, while it drives superbly, looks great and is the most premium-feeling Nissan we’ve ever seen.”

Auto Express Car of the Year 2022 winners

City Car of the Year – Fiat 500

Supermini of the Year – Renault Clio

Family Car of the Year – Dacia Jogger

Estate Car of the Year – Skoda Octavia Estate

Small Company Car of the Year – Renault Mégane E-Tech Electric

Mid-size Company Car of the Year – Nissan Ariya

Large Company Car of the Year – BMW 5 Series

Small SUV of the Year – Kia Niro

Mid-size SUV of the Year – Hyundai Tucson

Large SUV of the Year – Skoda Kodiaq

Small Premium SUV of the Year – Mercedes-Benz GLA

Mid-size Premium SUV of the Year – Lexus NX

Large Premium SUV of the Year – Land Rover Defender

Luxury Car of the Year – Range Rover

Hot Hatch of the Year – Hyundai i20 N

Coupé of the Year – BMW 2 Series

Convertible of the Year – MINI Convertible

Performance Car of the Year – Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS

Affordable Electric Car of the Year – MG ZS EV

Premium Electric Car of the Year – BMW i4

Affordable Hybrid Car of the Year – Toyota Yaris

Premium Hybrid Car of the Year – Mercedes-Benz C 300 e

Pick-up of the Year – Ford Ranger

Electric Van of the Year – Ford E-Transit

Van of the Year – Fiat Ducato

Technology Award – Mercedes-Benz VISION EQXX

Auto Express New Car of the Year – Nissan Ariya

Source: automotiveblog.co.uk

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