Mitsubishi Expands Production Capacity Of Outlander PHEV To 50,000 Annually
Mitsubishi Motors Corporation recently increased production capacity at its Okazaki Plant in Okazaki City, Aichi Prefecture, Japan from 174,000 to 212,000.
For us, the most interesting numbers are those related to Outlander PHEV, which entered production in late 2012 and was introduced in Japan in January 2013.
For fiscal year 2013, Mitsubishi planned to produce 30,000 units, but after some problems with battery production and suspended production for few months, the Japanese company missed the target. Recently, we noted that total sales exceed 26,000.
After increasing capacity by two thirds, in fiscal year 2014 (which begins in 1 April 2014 and ends March 2015) Mitsubishi hopes to produce 50,000 Outlander PHEVs. One more up step and production of PHEV version will catch up with ICE versions.
This for sure could cement Outlander PHEV as one of the best selling plug-in vehicles ever at a rate of approximately 4,200 a month worldwide (Nissan LEAF territory).
Source: Car Watch