Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Sales Surge In Japan Starts To Weaken – Nissan LEAF Sales Still Low
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV sales are still growing strong in Japan (+187% year-over-year), in the second month of availability of the refreshed 2016 model, although its overall result weakened from nearly 2,400 to 1,313.
We hope for ongoing 1,000+ sales a month from this point on.
After eight months of 2015, Outlander PHEV sales stand at 6,918 (-4% over the first eight-months in 2014), but there shouldn’t be any problems in increasing sales over last year with 4 months remaining this year.
The second most popular plug-in model in Japan, the Nissan LEAF, is still falling like a stone to 583 units sold (-36% last month) and to 6,768 (-26%) so far this year.
Only the new 2016 version could save Nissan from achieving its worst annual LEAF sales result in history in Japan, unfortunately it seems the model will arrive very late in this calendar year.
We should not that when it does arrive, the Japanese-spec 2016 LEAF receives some features not found in the US and European versions: new two-tone colors (w/black roof), forward emergency braking, and a lane departure warning system