The Outlander PHEV continues its sales success in the market, according to the Daily Record.
Mitsubishi have never been the most fashionable car firm – until now.
Sales are up 133 per cent thanks to their Outlander plug-in SUV becoming an overnight success.
The Outlander became the UK’s favourite plug-in vehicle in March this year, when it overtook the Nissan Leaf’s all time sales. In May 2015 it outsold its nearest competitor by nearly three to one, indicating a strong market preference for the versatility and practicality of hybrid plug-ins over pure battery electric vehicles.
The Outlander PHEV has a range of 32.5 miles in electric mode alone – more than enough to accommodate the average daily commute. The vehicle’s official fuel consumption figure is 148 miles per gallon and it has emissions of just 44g of CO2 per kilometre.
Mitsu’s SUV success has also had an impact on UK electric sales.
Interestingly, 11,842 ultra-low-emission vehicles were registered last month, a four-fold increase on the same period last year.
The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders says the rise is down to better consumer awareness of the benefits of Ultra-Low Emissions Vehicles, as well as a wider choice. Just six ULEVs were available to choose from in 2011, compared to around 20 today.
SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes said:
“The remarkable growth in demand for plug-in vehicles is expected to continue as the range of ultra-low-emission vehicles on sale increases.”