The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, unveiled the new Mitsubishi Outlander range at the company’s global headquarters in Tokyo.
The Mayor has played a large part in the success of the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (Plug-in hybrid electric vehicle) with his incentives such as the Ultra-Low Emission Zone in London and his drive for more plug-in vehicles in the city. This has contributed to a sales rise of 226.5%, with some 20,992 motorists turning to the electric side in 2015 with the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV leading the way.
If low emissions weren’t enough, the new model range will also create more job opportunities and investment by Mitsubishi Motors in the UK. Since Mitsubishi introduced the Outlander PHEV in 2014, 400 jobs have already been created and this is expected to grow to more than 1,000 during the next three years with the new model. New Job prospects will include: sales people with specialist skills in ultra-low emission vehicle technology, additional people at the UK headquarters as well as more people to prepare the cars once they arrive at the final assembly point at Portbury, Bristol.
The Mitsubishi PHEV is a five-seat four wheel drive with exceedingly low emissions and high MPG. It offers a very smooth and dynamic driving experience whilst maintaining quick acceleration and virtually silent cabin sound. It has eliminated any ‘range anxiety’ with a combined hybrid range of more than 540 miles as well as being able to recharge on the move.
Lance Bradley, Managing Director of Mitsubishi Motors in the UK described the new Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV as “delivering the right balance of low-emission driving, value for money economy and practicality.”
The Government’s Plug-in Car Grant means that Mitsubishi can offer the Outlander PHEV at the same price as the equivalent vehicle with diesel engine. This has resulted in more buyers wanting to experience the new technology as demonstrated by the sales surge for plug-in hybrids.