Volvo XC60 wins World Car of the Year 2018 award

Volvo's XC60 has won the World Car of the Year Award 2018, with the Nissan Leaf 40 kWh picking up the World Green Car title at the New York Auto Show.

This year's awards proved that green cars are increasingly becoming mainstream, with the UK-built Leaf the only pure-electric model in the final winners' list, but not the only electrified car.

World Luxury Car of the Year - Audi's A8 - comes as a mild hybrid, but more prominently, the Volvo XC60 is available as a plug-in hybrid. The XC60's T8 variant is one of the strongest in its range and offers almost 30 miles of electric driving off a single charge.

The new Nissan Leaf on the otherhand will travel 235 miles on a charge according to official NEDC figures, and around 140-160 in the real world. The second-generation EV has proved popular already, with high demand reported, and looks set to continue Nissan's reign as world leaders in electric vehicles.

Other World Car of the Year award winners were the BMW M5 in the performance car section, the Range Rover Velar took the design award, and VW's Polo picked up the urban car prize.

Decisions behind the World Car of the Year Awards have been made over the past nine months or so, with around 80 judges picking the contenders, shortlisted models, and out-right winners coming from around the world.

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