Figures released today by The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) confirm the new Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is now the country’s best selling plug-in hybrid vehicle.
Lance Bradley, Managing Director of Mitsubishi Motors in the UK, said:
“The new Outlander PHEV has quickly established its credentials. We have reached a defining moment in vehicle drivetrain technology which challenges conventional wisdom. Few would have predicted that a family-sized 4 x 4 sports utility vehicle could become the UK’s best-selling plug-in hybrid based on economy, on and off road performance and practicality”.
The Outlander PHEV uses both electric and petrol power. Unlike non plug-in hybrid vehicles, the Outlander PHEV can travel substantially further on battery power – 32.5 miles – more than enough to accommodate most daily average journey distances. As such it rarely needs to visit a petrol pump. The impressive electric range gives the vehicle significant environmental credentials. It emits just 44g/km of CO2 and the official combined fuel consumption figure is 148mpg. The vehicle is exempt from road tax, London Congestion Charge and qualifies for the Government’s £5,000 Plug-in Car Grant. For company car drivers Outlander PHEV attracts just 5% taxable benefit in kind, saving £8,216 over three years compared to a similar size 4×4 SUV.
The sales success of The Outlander PHEV is having a positive effect on other Mitsubishi models. The company’s passenger car sales are up 164% in August and 36% year to date. The award winning Mitsubishi L200 is the best-selling pick-up range in August. The Mitsubishi ASX (active sports cross-over) and Mitsubishi Shogun are both out performing YTD.