Launch of the Nissan Leaf in Japan on December 20: the EV is expected to be a game-changer in both Japan and the US, where it has already been launched.
Nissan Leaf Japan Launch
After months of anticipation, Nissan will launch its long-awaited Leaf in Japan December 20. It will go up against the Mitsubishi i-MiEV in Japan and the Chevrolet Volt in the US as one of the world's first mass-produced electric vehicle. The European launch in selected markets is slated for early 2011.
23rd North American International Auto Show
Detroit, Michigan, US
NAIAS is the biggest event on the North American motoring calendar and draws visitors and exhibitors from all over the world. With Detroit looking healthier than it has for a few years now, guests can expect to see a renewed focus on innovation and more aggressive attempts from North American automakers to oust foreign competitors from some of the turf they've grown to occupy.
North American Car and Truck of the Year Ceremony
Detroit, Michigan, US
The 2011 edition of these awards is the 18th iteration and will be selected, as always, by a panel of leading automotive journalists from across the US and Canada. This year, electric cars have been included for the first time, and in case you're interested, US automakers have won the car award nine times, European automakers have won four times, Japanese automakers have won three times and a Korean automaker has won once.
29th Tokyo Auto Salon
Japan's answer to the massive SEMA enthusiast show in Las Vegas is billed by organizers as the largest such show in the world. With over 600 vehicles in display, it promises to showcase the best of Japan's varied and advanced after-market industry, with live entertainment from top musicians and appearances by well-known drivers.
89th European Motorshow Brussels
With a focus on light commercial vehicles, recreational vehicles and motorcycles, the European Motorshow Brussels isn't a major show but it could see some new vehicles making their European debuts. Like other shows, attention is expected to be focused on electric vehicles for this, the 89th edition of the event.
69th Washington Auto Show
Washington, DC, US
January 28 - February 6
Billed as a show attended by policy-makers, the Washington Auto Show will place a strong emphasis on green vehicles this year. Highlights include the "Advanced Technology SuperHighway", a 65,000-square-foot display housing the latest innovations in safety and sustainability from clean diesel to electric vehicles, and a keynote from GM CEO Dan Akerson.