While the fortunes of Mitsubishi Motors might seem in doubt here in America, over in Europe the just-launched Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has become something of an overnight success story. Since it went on sale in October of 2013, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has moved over 8,000 units, with orders for another 11,000 still in the books.
Though Mitsubishi launched the Outlander PHEV in just a few select markets that includes the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, and Switzerland, more than 12,000 people signed up to drive the high-MPG SUV. With three driving modes and capable of the equivalent of 143 MPG, the Outlander PHEV also benefits from numerous tax benefits aimed at increasing the number of hybrid cars on the road.
As a result, 8,009 of the 8,197 sales of the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV have been in the Netherlands, though there are still thousands of pending orders still left to work through. With Mitsubishi hoping that hybrid and electric vehicles will account for as much as 20% of sales in the year 2020, the Japanese automaker is well on its way to meeting its own ambitious goals.
Source: Hybrid Cars