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Europe: Mitsubishi Motors @ 2012 Paris Motor Show New Outlander Plug-in Hybrid EV World Premiere

MMC announced today that later this year at the 2012 Paris Motor Show* (“Mondial de l’Automobile*), Mitsubishi Motors will continue its roll out of ambitious, global and green new product generation, with a series of significant premieres.

The highlight of this offensive will be the world introduction of the all-new Outlander Plug-in Hybrid EV.

New Frontier

Neither a mere adaptation of an existing Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) – powered vehicle, nor a dedicated Plug-in Hybrid technology showcase, the New Outlander Plug-in Hybrid EV (or “PHEV”) will share its architecture with the soon-to-be-introduced New Outlander’s ICE versions – an engineering feat in itself.

As such, it will be the first mainstream car from a major manufacturer envisaged from the outset with built-in provisions for either ICE or PHEV powertrains.

Plug-in Hybrid EV

Adding to its credentials, the New Outlander PHEV will further distinguish itself:

1> Mitsubishi Motors’ first Plug-in Hybrid car, it will be an EV-based vehicle, relying on MMC’s extensive EV and electronic know-how, supplemented by a petrol engine when needed – a solution more suited to global markets than Diesel.

2> Making the best use of Mitsubishi’s renowned four Wheel Drive expertise, it will also be the first permanent 4WD electric car in series production.

Long haul

The New Outlander PHEV unique drivetrain combination of front electric motor + rear electric motor + front traction/generator petrol engine will translate into a choice of three driving modes:

1> Pure (Twin Motor 4WD EV)
2> Series (Twin Motor 4WD – EV supported by generator)
3> Parallel (ICE engine supported by Twin Motor 4WD).

When fitted to the New Outlander, the Mitsubishi Plug-in Hybrid system will allow for a long haul range and very low emissions similar to that of the Concept PX-MiEV II show car, i.e. a driving distance of over 800 km and a CO2 target below 50 g/km.

Whilst the New Outlander ICE will start its commercial career in Western & Easter Europe in the fall of 2012, the Outlander Plug-in Hybrid EV will be retailed in Europe during the course of 2013.

Complementing this New Outlander family, Mitsubishi Motors will stage further premieres at the Paris Motor Show, aimed at a European audience and to be detailed at a later stage.

*Sept. 27th – Oct. 14th (

For further information contact
Caitlin Beale
Corporate Communications Manager
Phone: 08 8275 7250
Mobile: 0417 243 719

Shona Connolly
Corporate Communications Coordinator
Phone: 08 8275 2676
About Mitsubishi Motors Australia
Mitsubishi Motors Australia is part of the global Mitsubishi Motors organisation and is fully owned by Mitsubishi, one of the world’s largest companies.

The company’s history dates back to 1870, when Mitsubishi’s Japanese founder, Yataro Iwasaki, started a shipping company with three steamships. The company grew from strength to strength and, in 1914, registered the Mitsubishi three-diamond trademark. This symbol embodies more than 130 years of tradition, and has earned the confidence and trust of customers all over the world.

Mitsubishi takes great pride from knowing that more than 11 million people from around the world have chosen to drive a Mitsubishi vehicle. There are Mitsubishi dealers in more than 200 sites across Australia. These professional and knowledgeable dealers help owners ensure their Mitsubishi car is always looked after by fully-trained Mitsubishi technicians, using genuine Mitsubishi parts that meet stringent global standards.

Mitsubishi works hard to develop award winning new cars, small cars, mid size cars, four wheel drive, commercial vans, utes and electric cars.

If you would like to know more about 4WD models with additional features, comfort and safety, see the Mitsubishi website.



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