Mitsubishi Doesn’t Expect Outlander PHEV Sales To Drop In UK Despite Grant Being Cut In Half

1 year ago by Mark Kane 8

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Mitsubishi UK is confident it will maintain the momentum of Outlander PHEV sales, despite the fact that the Plug-in Car Grant was reduced from £5,000 to £2,500 for Category 2 on March 1st.

The one good thing about the expiry is that everyone who did place order before the end of February, and will receive the car over the next several months, will still will qualify for full £5,000. In other words, change should be seamless.

Category 1 – cars with zero emission range of 70 miles or more and CO2 emission below 50 g/km. (£4,500, no price cap)

Category 2 – cars with zero emission range 10-69 miles and CO2 emission below 50 g/km (£2,500, £60,000 price cap)

Category 3 – cars with zero emission range 20 or more miles and CO2 emission 50-75 g/km (£2,500, £60,000 price cap)

One way or another the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV will likely remain the top selling plug-in car in UK, it will just be getting a little less assistance in that mission.

Mitsubishi UK boss Lance Bradley said:

“We never expected the grant to last forever, we just asked for a phased removal, and while this change has come quicker than we hoped, we expect to maintain momentum. From day one we were bold with pricing, and we plan to stay that way.

“Sure, the Outlander will cost more, but the people who were shrewd about the incentive rushed to buy one; I suspect everyone else thinking about it will investigate further and see there is still a substantial incentive, and that the car has enough advantages to pay back the extra initial cost.”

source: Autocar

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8 responses to "Mitsubishi Doesn’t Expect Outlander PHEV Sales To Drop In UK Despite Grant Being Cut In Half"

  1. Nix says:

    “From day one we were bold with pricing, and we plan to stay that way.”

    In other words, they still have some room for some future incentives to keep the sales rolling.

    The Outlander PHEV hasn’t had any price cuts like the $5K price cuts that the Volt and Leaf and others have seen in the US. They have to have some room building up in their margins to smooth out the sunset of the incentives.

  2. JimGord says:

    Send all you can make to North America (with left hand drive of course).
    Hurry!

    1. mr. M says:

      Please drive using both hands 😆

  3. Greg says:

    I am hoping to purchase this vehicle in the U.S. later this year. How much more, percentage wise, is the phev versus the standard base model in the U.K., thank you.

  4. miggy says:

    Not sure in the UK but in New Zealand for the same top of the line spec the prices are:
    Petrol: $54,490
    Diesel: $56,990
    PHEV: $66,990
    But you can get good discounts off these prices by shopping around.

  5. Richard says:

    Greg

    With the previous £5,000 grant the price of the PHEV was the same as the equivalent diesel, so with no grant at all the difference would be £5,000.

    Depending on the deal you could negotiate, models ranged from £30,000 for the base GX3H to around £38-40,000 for the top end GX4HS, although now new GX5H models have been added.

    So at the bottom end the GX3H without a grant is £30,000 for the diesel and £35,000 for the PHEV, or 17% more; and the GX4HS is say £40,000 for the diesel and £45,000 for the PHEV, 13% more.

    1. Greg says:

      Thank you Miggy and Richard. We should qualify for $5200 federal tax credit. Disappointed that Hyundai only put the PHEV in their highest end model and priced accordingly. Mitsubishi may make a loyal customer of me when they finally arrive.

  6. David says:

    Will the phev be going back on motability soon as was looking at one and now our claim has been accepted . It’s no longer available fingers crossed it’s back on soon. Any advice please