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May 27, 2019

Mitsubishi Outlander Phev bolts past 200 000

24 May 2019 – Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC), the parent company of Mitsubishi Motors South Africa, achieved a momentous breakthrough when the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, the world’s first plug-in hybrid SUV, sparked past the 200 000 worldwide sales mark since the electric hybrid was launched six years ago.

As MMC’s technology flagship, the success of the Outlander PHEV is proof of the magnitude of consumer demand for vehicles with electric hybrid drive as the automotive industry is experiencing a major technology change.

The Outlander PHEV, which made its debut in Japan in 2013, is sold in more than 50 countries across the world.

“Mitsubishi is renowned for its ability to not only produce vehicles with innovative technology, but we also build great SUVs and now hybrids as well,” says Nic Campbell, General Manager of Mitsubishi Motors South Africa.

At the end of last year (December 2018*1) the Outlander PHEV was the world’s best-selling plug-in hybrid SUV after taking Europe by storm every year from 2015-2018*1.

“This proves that the vehicle’s continuous evolution, including its outstanding engineering, technological advance and innovation, is here to stay.”

Award-winning synergy between electric competence and SUV prowess

The Outlander PHEV, which has advanced from an everyday electric version, boasts a unique architecture with separate electric motors in the front and back and without the need for any kind of transmission system.

The electric hybrid allows customers to enjoy efficient energy consumption while offering a smooth driving experience.

The exciting electric hybrid version of the Outlander has won many awards all over the world over the past few years since inception, including:

  • The “2019 Best Plug-in Vehicle” award from Company Car and Van Magazine in the UK,
  • The “2019 Green SUV of the Year” award from Green Car Journal in the US,
  • The “2013-2014 Japan Car of the Year Innovation Category” award, and
  • The “2014 RJC Technology of the Year Award” 
    (full list of awards below).

The latest version of the Outlander PHEV *2  delivers even lower CO2 emissions levels, coming to only 40 g/km (NEDC Correlated) / 46 g/km (WLTP) and superb fuel economy, with 1.8 /100km (NEDC Correlated)/2.0 /100km (WLTP) and a zero-emission range of 54 km (NEDC Correlated)/45 km (WLTP).

Innovative powertrain and mechanical improvements are also found on the 2019 Outlander PHEV, including:

  • Ultra-efficient new 2.4-litre petrol engine
  • Increased battery capacity (15%),
  • Higher battery output (10%),
  • Improved rear motor output (17%)
  • Enhanced driving dynamics, and
  • More driving modes including Sport Mode and Snow Mode.

List of Global Awards:

CountryYearAward TitleAwarded by
Japan20142013 JNCAP Five starJNCAP
20132014 RJC technology of the yearRJC
20132013-2014 JCOTY innovation category awardJapan Car of the Year
US20182019 Green SUV of the YearGreen Car Journal
2018“Best 5 All-Around Performance” awardAutomotive Science Group (ASG)
2018Best Green Winter VehicleNew England Motor Press Association
UK2019Best plug-in vehicle for 2019COMPANY CAR AND VAN magazine
2016What Van? Awards 2017: Green AwardWhat Van?
2016Best Ultra Low Emission VehicleFleet World Honours
2015Plug-In Vehicle of the YearThe Scotsman
2015Next Green Car’s SUV of the YearNext Green Car
2015Best Ultra Low Emission VehicleFleet World Honours
2014Techies 2014: Best Green DevelopmentBusinessCar magazine
2014Towcar of the YearThe Caravan Club
Germany2018OFF ROAD Awards 2018: Alternative AntriebeOFF ROAD
2017Taxi of the YearTaxi des Jahres
Australia2014Green Car of the YearThe West Australian’s 2017 CARS OF THE YEAR AWARDS
New Zealand2015Best Medium SUVNZ Company Vehicle magazine
2014Green Car of the YearNational Business Review
Czech2018ECO Car 2018Zlatý volant