All-New Outlander PHEV Model Wins Technology Car of the Year in 2021-2022 Car of the Year Japan Awards

  • Outlander PHEV recognised for its innovation, eco-friendliness and safety credentials
  • A leader in the PHEV market with 290 000 cumulative sales
  • Third consecutive year of recognition in prestigious Japanese awards

JOHANNESBURG – Mitsubishi Motors Corporation has announced that the plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) derivative of the all-new Outlander crossover SUV has been crowned as the Technology Car of the Year in the 2021-2022 Car of the Year Japan Awards for its innovative technologies, eco-friendliness and safety credentials.

The awards jury were unanimous in their praise for the revamped PHEV system of the all-new Outlander, which has increased the output of the front and rear motors, as well as for the extended total driving range made possible by increasing the battery and fuel tank capacity. The Outlander PHEV model was also recognised for its evolved Super-All Wheel Control (S-AWC) integrated vehicle dynamics control system. Based on twin-motor 4WD, it allows nimble handling that is not normally associated with an SUV.

The all-new Outlander PHEV model is Mitsubishi Motors’ flagship model, bringing together the company’s expertise in electrification and all-wheel control technologies, while also incorporating a newly developed platform and an array of advanced technologies. Based on the product concept of “I-Fu-Do-Do” – or authentic and majestic in Japanese – the all-new model has been given significant upgrades all over, from the body and chassis to the powertrain. After its launch in 2013, the previous-generation Outlander PHEV was rolled out in global markets including Japan, Europe, Oceania, North America and ASEAN, and has been a leader in the PHEV category with more than 290 000 total units sold thus far.

About the 2021-2022 Car of the Year Japan

The 42nd Car of the Year Japan Awards were given to models that premiered or went on sale in the Japanese market between November 1, 2020, and October 31, 2021. This year, the 10 Best Cars were selected on November 5, and after the 10 Best Test Drive on November 24, the jury voted for each award. The results were announced on December 10, and winners were selected for the 2021-2022 Car of the Year, Import Car of the Year, Design Car of the Year, Technology Car of the Year, Performance Car of the Year, and K Car of the Year.

This marks the third consecutive year that Mitsubishi Motors has been recognised in the prestigious Car of the Year Japan awards. In 2018 the eK X (pronounced eK cross) and eK wagon won the Small Mobility award in 2019, and in 2020 the eK X space and eK space which were named K Car of the Year.

“This is but the latest of many awards for the Outlander PHEV,” says Jeffrey Allison, General Manager: Marketing at Mitsubishi Motors South Africa. “In October this year it won a Good Design Award in Japan, where the panel of judges praised Mitsubishi for creating a plug-in hybrid mid-sized SUV that also offers a third row of seats.”

The 2022 Outlander also earned Mitsubishi its first-ever Wards 10 Best Interiors trophy on the strength of is distinctive design, advanced technology and outstanding value. Judges commented on its premium and luxurious design and finish, which one would normally expect to find on much more expensive vehicles.

“The Outlander PHEV is the ultimate SUV, combining all the versatility of a large family car with the ultra-low carbon footprint that’s possible with a plug-in hybrid. Being recognised with these accolades in the Car of the Year Awards is further proof that Mitsubishi continues to be at the forefront of advances in mobility and speaks to the brand’s commitment to creating vehicles that are both trendsetting and highly desirable,” concludes Jeffrey Allison, General Manager: Marketing at Mitsubishi Motors South Africa.

Mitsubishi’s FREE safety check ensures hassle-free vacation motoring

  • 28-point check of all safety-critical components
  • Service and maintenance parts discounted by 15%
  • Opportunity to win accessories to the value of R5 000

JOHANNESBURG – As 2021 draws to a close, the school year is coming to an end and many businesses are preparing for their annual shutdown. This means that many South Africans are gearing up for an age-old local tradition – year-end vacation. For those fortunate enough to be able to travel to far-off holiday destinations there is plenty to do, least of which being to ensure that their vehicles are in top-tip shape for the trip.

Mitsubishi is taking the hassle out of this vital task by once again offering a FREE 28-point safety check for all Mitsubishi vehicles, from the mighty Triton and Pajero Sport to the hot new Xpander and Eclipse Cross. Of course, the ever-popular ASX and Outlander also qualify for this offer.

Additional good news is that Mitsubishi are also offering a 15% discount on service and maintenance parts. Spreading even more festive cheer, customers will stand a chance to win an accessory voucher of R5 000.

“With the holiday season upon us, consumers are faced with additional expenses that can quickly deplete annual bonuses. This is no time to skimp on vehicle maintenance though and Mitsubishi wants to ease the burden by making sure that owners have their vehicles checked before hitting the road,” explains Jeffrey Allison, Manager: Marketing at Mitsubishi Motors South Africa (MMSA). “We also want to reward their loyalty by offering the opportunity to kit out their Mitsubishi with approved accessories to the value of R 5000, on us!”

Although all Mitsubishi vehicles are covered by excellent warranties and service plans, possible wear-and-tear niggles could arise between scheduled services. In addition, extended vacations might mean that scheduled maintenance is postponed. By offering a FREE safety check, Mitsubishi is offering its customers a quick, easy and no-fuss opportunity to make sure that their vehicles are ready for the road.

The FREE safety check is available from any one of the 53 Mitsubishi dealerships around the country. Highly trained technicians will inspect all safety-critical components of the vehicle. This includes ensuring that all mechanical parts of the drivetrain and powertrain are operating according to Mitsubishi’s exacting standards.

“The 28-point safety check also includes a diagnostic scan of all electrical components and circuits for any possible issues that might cause a problem or leave you stranded on the side of the road,” Allison says. “This will provide owners the peace of mind of knowing that their vehicles are mechanically and electronically reliable.

MMSA believes that offering value-for-money, high-quality products means nothing if this is not backed up with exceptional customer care and aftersales service. Providing a FREE safety check is just another way of ensuring that the entire ownership experience is a positive one.

Mitsubishi owners can book a FREE safety check at their nearest dealer or by visiting the MMSA website –

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