BREAKING RECORDS: The new Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle is the star of the show. Image: Newspress.
LONDON, England - Less than a year after launch Mitsubishi's Outlander plug-in electric hybrid has overtaken sales of every other plug-in hybrid and battery car, even those on sale since 2011, such as the Nissan Leaf, to become the UK’s favourite plug-in wheels.
By the end of March, the automaker says, sales of the hybrid Outlander will have exceeded 10 000.
Lance Bradley, Mitsubishi Motors’ UK managing director, said: “This is certainly a satisfying achievement for us but more significantly it is an indication that this developing market is beginning to decide which electric vehicle technology delivers the right balance of low-emissions driving, value for money, economy and practicality.”
The Outlander, Mitsubishi says, has transformed the plug-in market. It has, it's cliamed, an all-electric range of up to 52km and "phenomenal economy and environmental credentials". It emits 44g/km of CO2 and the claimed combined fuel consumption is 1.5 litres/100km, Critically, it is available at the same price as the equivalentOutlander diesel.
The company is seeing a strong and sustained period of growth, the report said. Mitsubishi UK's car sales for February 2015 were 178% of the same month in 2014 against a general market increase of 12%, according to the latest figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.
February UK retail sales for Outlander diesel and Shogun were up by 67% and 77% over 2014.