Wednesday, 8 October 2014

NEWS - Outlander PHEV leads (plug-in, get it?) the way for Mitsubishi

Recent figures released by The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders confirm that the new Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV accounted for over half of all UK plug-in vehicle sales in September, and affirming its popularity amongst consumers. Success of the plug-in Outlander is boosting Mitusbishi sales as a whole, with a 94 per cent increase on last September.

Lance Bradley, Managing Director of Mitsubishi Motors in the UK, said:

“September was a strong month across the range, closing our third quarter with sales more than double the same period last year. There is a great feeling across the Mitsubishi network, which is quickly expanding its staff numbers, that this will be a special year”.

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 on a full charge - 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 the Outlander PHEV attracts just 5% taxable benefit in kind, saving £8,216 over three years compared to a similar size 4x4 SUV.

I'm yet to test an Outlander PHEV myself, but it's definitely on my to-do list, so keep an eye out for that in the coming months.

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