Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) announced that the Outlander PHEV mid-size SUV has won the Car of the Year Japan 2013-2014’s Innovation Award.

The Outlander PHEV is powered by the Mitsubishi Motors’ Plug-in Hybrid EV System.

The Innovation Award recognizes the car with the most innovative technologies that contribute environment, safety, and other mobility issues by the Car of the Year Japan committee.

Mitsubishi said the Car of the Year Japan committee chose the Outlander PHEV based on the following:

  • The Outlander PHEV proposes a new way of using a vehicle by skillfully combining the advantages of SUV and plug-in hybrid EV (electric vehicle) technologies.
  • Achievement of a combination of high fuel efficiency with a higher level of driving performance.
  • A solution for the disadvantage of short cruising ranges of EVs while still working as EV through range extension.
  • Superb-ness of ability to charge to the batteries of the vehicle by itself as well as high output from the high-capacity battery

In order to achieve sustainable driving, MMC explained it continues to proactively introduce electric-powered vehicles including EVs and PHEVs (plug-in hybrid electric vehicles) to the market aiming to become a leading company in electric-powered vehicle technologies while contributing towards environmental conservation by reducing CO2 emission at the global level.

In spring 2014 ,Mitsubishi will be launching in the UK the Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) version of its all new Outlander. The Outlander PHEV is rated in the UK up to 148 mpg and 44g/km of CO2. This means that UK customers will benefit from no vehicle excise duty (VED) and the Outlander has also qualified to be London Congestion Charge exempt.