Five Millionth Car Produced At Mitsubishi’s Okazaki Plant Is Outlander PHEV


Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Mitsubishi Motors Corporations’ Okazaki plant near Nagoya, Japan has been producing cars since 1977 and recently celebrated its 5 millionth vehicle.

The jubilee car is the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV.

The Okazaki plant, after the ramp-up, is able to assemble some 50,000 Outlanders PHEV a year.

“Tetsuro Aikawa (MMC’s President & COO) formally presented this milestone Outlander PHEV to Yasuhiro Uchida(Mayor of Okazaki City), to be used as a self-sufficient, EV-based, 4WD emergency vehicle in case of a natural disaster.

Located next to MMC’s global R&D centre, the 425,000 sqm Okazaki plant is one of the three Mitsubishi Motors vehicle production bases in Japan with nearly 1,600 staff building Outlander, Outlander PHEV and ASX. During FY13, Okazaki produced 174,000 vehicles.”

Mitsubishi said that, in Europe, 18,644 Outlander PHEVs were sold between January  and November 2014, making it the best-selling plug-in hybrid electric vehicle in the region.

Combined with 8,197 delivered last year in Europe, there are now some some 26,841 Outlander PHEVs on European roads.

With another 18,506 sold in Japan (through the end of October 2014), Mitsubishi is approaching to 50,000 units of Outlander PHEV sold worldwide.

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

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When do we get one here in the U.S.

If they can produce 50,000 per year, why can’t we get it here in the USA?

Yes what is the true reason why they are not selling these in the #1 market in the world for EVs, the USA. If they could get their production numbers up, this could be the #1 selling Mitsubishi vehicle in the USA.

It was scheduled to arrive in the US in late 2014, unfortunately CARB and Mitsu had a little run-in with each other.

As I understand the history of the problem from speaking to both Mitsu and a representative from CARB: CARB required a battery/emissions reporting device on all new PHEVS introduced in California after a certain date…which the Outlander PHEV did not have (likely if the Outlander PHEV had arrived when they first intended this mis-communication/understanding wouldn’t have happened).

Anyway, Mitsu had/has been selling all they could make, so they made the decision to not idle/slow the line and engineer in the fix to accommodate CARB/US sales until the next model year/Outlander PHEV refresh when it was more convenient. So the late 2014 debut got pushed off until late 2015/early 2016 (depending on how long it takes for the refresh to take hold and also ship to the US).

Why not just sell it in 49 other states?

Because, traditionally, CA is the biggest market for this type of vehicle…

Every new vehicle range should have a plug-in option like this from now on. Manufacturers that miss this boat will soon be kicking themselves.