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Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV remains 'best-selling' plug-in hybrid

2022 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is the best-selling plug-in hybrid SUV and the UK’s second favourite plug-in hybrid model overall, according to the latest registration figures.

More than 2,600 Outlander PHEVs have been registered since the start of the year, contributing a total of almost 52,000 on the road.

There are twice as many Outlander PHEVs on UK roads than any other plug-in hybrid model, according to Mitsubishi.

David Rodriguez, sales and marketing sirector at Mitsubishi Motors in the UK, said: “The enduring popularity of the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV isn’t just down to its technology, reliability and driving refinement, the outstanding service and support provided by our dealer network has been key to its success since day one.

“2020 has been a challenging year for everyone, our customers, our dealers and everyone here at Colt Car Company, but we’re back firing on all cylinders now and working towards creating a positive outcome for the rest of the year and beyond.”

The Outlander PHEV has proved popular with company car drivers, because of the low benefit-in-kind (BIK) tax it attracts, and the commercial variant with fleet operators keen to drive down emissions.

Its plug-in hybrid powertrain uses two electric motors providing full-time four-wheel drive. The car has an EV range of 28 miles, CO2 emissions of just 46g/km and a fuel economy figure of 139.7mpg.

Mitsubishi recently announced it is withdrawing from the UK and Europe, confirming it will not bring any new models to the continent.

Stocks of existing models will continue to be sold until they no longer meet emissions regulations, while aftersales support will be provided by existing dealers and the Colt Car Company, which imports Mitsubishi vehicles to the UK.

You can read more about Mitsubishi's exit from the UK market and the implications for the fleet industry in the August edition of Fleet News, which will be available in digital format next week.

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  • The Engineer - 17/08/2020 19:50

    Only PHEV over 2.0 attracting the higher AFR so needing a break-even of only 28mpg instead of 41mpg. I have seen many colleagues caught out by this, buying a PHEV on the advice of our Outlander drivers but for example BMW ones which are sub 2.0. Then getting a shock when they end up out of pocket on fuel. I suspect the Ford Kuga PHEV will take the Outlander's crown, cheaper, better to drive and also over 2.0. The Germans have really missed a trick in this market.

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