Mitsubishi Motors has one of the world's safest plug-in vehicles in its stable: Outlander PHEV.
Not only did the Outlander PHEV ace the Euro NCAP crash tests with a five-star rating, now it has achieved the same rating in the 2013 Japan New Car Assessment Program (JNCAP).
So, that's five stars for safety in Europe and five in Japan.
We suspect that when the Outlander PHEV launches in the US in 2015, it will again get 5 stars fro the NHTSA.
Mitsubishi Motors (MMC) has announced that its Outlander PHEV received the Five Star Award, cementing the world's first plug-in hybrid SUV as a leader in automobile safety, adding on to its five-star rating from Euro NCAP in December 2013. The Outlander PHEV also satisfied all tests regarding electric shock safety; including protection against electric shock, high-voltage battery electrolyte leakage performance, and high-voltage battery attachment status.
With this award, the Outlander PHEV carries on the record of outstanding safety of its sibling, the Outlander SUV, which also received the 2012 JNCAP Five Star Award in May 2013, in addition to accolades in Europe, the United States, and Australia.
Outlander PHEV Receives 5 Stars
The Outlander PHEV is the first product that reflects MMC's future product development direction - focusing on SUVs with a combination of advanced electric vehicle technology cultivated from its MiEV series, superior 4x4 stability honed from the Lancer Evolution, and SUV knowhow from the legendary Pajero. The Outlander PHEV also won the Car of the Year Japan 2013-2014's Innovation Award and the unique plug-in hybrid system that propels the Outlander PHEV was chosen as the recipient of the RJC Technology of the Year 2014 award.
MMC plans to expand on the Outlander PHEV and introduce a wider range of models based on this product direction in the future, as displayed at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show with the MITSUBISHI Concept GC-PHEV and the MITSUBISHI Concept XR-PHEV, both also a combination of electric, 4x4, and SUV technologies.
As for the JNCAP 5-star award, Mitsubishi states the following:
The JNCAP Five Star Award is given to new automobiles introduced in during the Japanese fiscal year that earn the maximum five star overall rating in the 2013 JNCAP crash safety evaluation tests conducted by Japan's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) and National Agency for Automotive Safety and Victims' Aid (NASVA)