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2018-10-12 06:30

Janine Van der Post, Robin Classen

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Mitsubishi might only have a six-model range but the automaker manages to sell quite a few units locally each month. We look at how well the Japanese automaker is doing in SA.

The Pajero Sport tops the charts with a year-to-date figure of 372 units sold so far, selling an average of 40 cars per month in South Africa.

The automaker's SUV is a vehicle that;s underestimated in our market, and frankly, so is the Triton bakkie. Both vehicles are reliable products and they have improved leaps and bounds in terms of styling over recent years.

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The Pajero Sport is priced from R569 995 and although it might look pricey on paper, it comes loaded with bells and whistles, many of which have to be added as optional extras to its SUV rivals. 

Its design evolution has gone from bland to striking over the years, and its road presence has increased substantially.

The 2.4 D4 16-valve DOHC Mivec 4X2 automatic diesel model is mated to an 8-speed transmission and delivers 133kW and 450Nm of yummy torque. The automaker claims a combined fuel consumption of 8.0-litres/100km which is pretty decent for a 68-litre fuel-tank SUV considering our current fuel-price crisis.

 

It should definitely be an option for those looking for an alternative vehicle looking in the SUV segment.

It also comes with a third row of seats and has a 215mm ground clearance if you need to go off-roading. The 4X4 version comes with Super Select II 4WD with Rear Diff Lock. 

Mitsubishi has also recently brought in the Athlete version of the Triton and it looks absolutely handsome!

Mirage not popular

The Outlander is sitting on 47 units for the year so far while the now discontinued Mirage has only found a single owner.

READ: Mitsubishi launches special edition Triton: New Athlete bakkie in SA

The top 3 best-selling models were only separated by 10 units during August but the Pajero Sport took the lead again in September by quite a margin.

Here is a complete breakdown of each unit sold since January this year:

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