Mitsubishi has long been a name synonymous with equestrian sports, largely due to their ongoing sponsorship of the Mitsubishi Motors Horse Badminton Horse Trials, but what about their motors? Here’s what we have found out about the new Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV :
Less than one year from launch, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has now overtaken every other plug-in hybrid and pure electric car, even passing vehicles that have been on sale since 2011, such as the Nissan Leaf, to become the UK’s favourite plug-in vehicle.
By the end of March, sales of the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV will have passed the 10,000 mark.
Mitsubishi Motors’ UK Managing Director, Lance Bradley said: “This is certainly a satisfying achievement for us but more significantly it is an indication that this newly developing market is beginning to decide which electric vehicle technology delivers the right balance of low emission driving, value for money, economy and practicality.”
Mitsubishi’s Outlander Plug-in electric vehicle (PHEV) has transformed the plug-in market. The Outlander PHEV has an all-electric range of up to 32.5 miles and phenomenal economy and environmental credentials. It emits just 44g/km of CO2 and the official combined fuel consumption figure is 148mpg. And, critically, it is available at the same price to the customer as the equivalent specification Outlander diesel.
The company is seeing a strong and sustained period of growth. Mitsubishi Motors’ UK passenger car sales for February 2015 are 178 per cent up on the same month last year against a market that is up 12 per cent, according to latest figures released by the SMMT.
The company’s ASX active sports cross-over car is 92 per cent up year to date, the result of a high profile TV and press marketing campaign. The iconic L200 pick-up vehicle is making a dramatic impact in the retail sales sector. It is 42 per cent ahead of the same month last year, following the launch of the L200 Challenger – the company’s best ever value for money pick-up.
February retail sales for Outlander diesel and Shogun are equally impressive, up 67 per cent and 77 per cent respectively compared with 2014.
So what do the Pros think:
“The biggest thing in the Outlander PHEV’s favour is its price, because it costs exactly the same as an equivalent automatic diesel model to buy. With most other similar technologies, such as the diesel-hybid Volvo V60, the price is so high it wipes out most of the company car tax advantage you gain from the ultra-low CO2 output.
The Outlander, though, is a seriously good proposition if you are paying company car tax as it commands only a 5% premium. Even the cleanest diesel cars are charged at 13%. Being able to use only electric power for short journeys will also pay dividends if the bulk of your useage is for shopping and school runs too, assuming you have easy access to a charging point. If you meet the criteria for a plug-in Outlander, then, it’s a seriously tempting proposition.”
What Car? (4 out of 5 star rating)
“Given how badly most ‘plug-in’ vehicles have been missing their sales targets of late, you might think that introducing another sounds like a gamble. Mitsubishi, like every car maker who has introduced a battery car of the current crop, would reply that its plug-in is different – the one to break through. But Mitsubishi argues with more compelling reasoning than we’re used to.
The Outlander PHEV comes with a price relative to the diesel-engined mid-sized 4×4 standard and, says Mitsubishi, without a compromise elsewhere, while returning a claimed 148mpg. Super-frugal or not, it could save you thousands of pounds in company car tax every year. As such, it might be a car you can’t afford not to take an interest in.”
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