The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Hits 200,000 Sales
After the big reveal of the Mitsubishi Engelberg Tourer and the Dendo Drive House at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show, Mitsubishi Motors needs to take a little nap. Part of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, it can do that now that it’s partners/competitors will have to unveil their own advancements soon enough. It’s all part of the six-year-mid-term plan for the alliance entitled “Alliance 2022”. Along with producing electric and self-driving car technologies, Alliance 2022 also has plans to increase sales. Mitsubishi Motors had its best sales since 2004 for the 2019 first quarter, and now the Outlander PHEV has hit 200,000 units worldwide.
200,000 – How Did It Happen So fast?
Truth be told, the Outlander PHEV has actually been out and on city streets since 2013. It was just driving on the other side of the road and was only known overseas for six years until the Outlander PHEV came to America at the end of 2017. This was soon after Mitsubishi joined the Renault-Nissan Alliance, and together, the three automakers lit up Europe with EV sales.
The Alliance 2022 six year plan is relying heavily on the brand-sharing of common platforms and powertrains while sharing innovation in electrification, connectivity, and autonomous drive technologies going forward. With their success of the Outlander PHEV, the alliance is looking towards Mitsubishi to advance their plug-in hybrid technologies, whereas the Nissan Leaf may benefit Mitsubishi with a new electric vehicle. In 2018, the alliance saw a 5.1-percent sales increase and sold a new record of 5,538,530 vehicles in the first half of the year. The largest demand came from several segments, including crossovers, sports utility vehicles, and pick-up trucks, as well as zero-emission electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) models.
In December of 2018, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV became the best-selling plug-in hybrid in the world. Now with the success of the Outlander PHEV in 2019, that number is only going to get higher. An increasing number of drivers are starting to make the switch from their old internal combustion engine vehicles and to a hybrid, plug-in hybrid, or electric vehicle. With the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV having just reached its 200,000-vehicle global sales milestone, is there any more proof the industry needs?
Not to toot the horn too much, but in past six years, the Outlander PHEV has picked up various awards around the world, 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 U.S., and the “2013-2014 Japan Car of the Year Innovation Category” award together with the “2014 RJC Technology of the Year Award”. In 2019, the Outlander PHEV is even better, with lowered CO2 emissions levels, making it more eco-friendly, while still being able to achieve a fuel economy of 74 MPGe and a total driving range of 310 miles. It’s all thanks to the plug-in hybrid powertrain, made up of a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and a 60kW Twin AC synchronous permanent magnetic motor that generates a combined 197 horsepower and 281 lb-ft of torque.
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