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NETHERLANDS: Mitsubishi Europe starts Outlander PHEV sales

Mitsubishi Motors Europe on Monday (21 October) began retail sales of its Outlander plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) with the first units in the Netherlands – the designated launch country in Europe – after production commenced late August at the Okazaki plant, near Nagoya.

The auomaker said the new model was “Much expected by dealers and customers in a region forecast to be its largest global market” and claimed to have booked 10,000 signed orders across the continent since December 2012.

To balance production capacity and demand, MMC will launch the PHEV sequentially in Europea with Nordic countries (EVs are very popular in Norway as Nissan has found with the Leaf) following next.

The EU specification Outlander differs only from Japanese market versions in complying with local regulations and with suspension “fine-tuned to better suit European driving style”.

In EU guise the permanent electric ‘Twin Motor 4WD’ has a claimed maximum driving range of 824 km, electric only range of 52km, fuel consumption of 1.9l/100km, CO2 emissions of 44 g/km and a maximum speed of 170 km/h. Braked towing capacity is 1,500kg.
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