Just one month af­ter the re­lease of the new 19MY Out­lander PHEV, Mit­subishi Mo­tors NZ’s mar­ket-lead­ing plug-in hy­brid SUV has recorded its high­est-ever monthly sales fig­ure – a re­sult that has helped to pro­pel the brand to third spot in the mar­ket and its most suc­cess­ful Septem­ber for 24 years. At $ 55,990 ( plus On-Road Costs), the new Out­lander PHEV VRX was launched at a price point $ 8,000 be­low the pre­vi­ous top- of-the-range model, mak­ing it the most lux­u­ri­ous and af­ford­able PHEV that MMNZ has ever re­leased. MMNZ Chief Op­er­at­ing Of­fi­cer Daniel Cook at­trib­uted the new model’s lower price point as a key fac­tor for in­creased cus­tomer up­take, along­side ris­ing fuel costs and an ex­pand­ing na­tional net­work of charg­ing sta­tions. “Out­lander PHEV has led its class since its re­lease in 2014; in our lat­est edi­tion, we wanted to make the PHEV even more ac­ces­si­ble to Ki­wis look­ing to em­brace this al­ter­na­tive tech­nol­ogy,” said Cook. “We are very pleased to have been able to do that and it is ex­tremely re­ward­ing to see more cus­tomers en­joy­ing the ben­e­fit.” Out­lander PHEV has an elec­tric range of 54km and a com­bined range of over 600km. DC Fast Charge ca­pa­bil­ity can recharge the bat­tery from 0 to 80 per­cent in around 20 min­utes.

Tri­ton track­ing well

Tri­ton 2WD and 4WD mod­els shared near 50: 50 of the spoils in Septem­ber, with 230 and 220 regis­tra­tions re­spec­tively. MMNZ’s high­est-sell­ing ve­hi­cle has en­joyed a strong run since Fiel­d­ays, with the highly pop­u­lar 4WD GLS Black Edi­tion be­ing swiftly fol­lowed by a run-out deal on the 2WD GLX-R Dou­ble Cab. “Tri­ton is our star per­former again, boosted strongly by the ar­rival of the 2WD GLX-R in Au­gust,” said Cook. “We are pleased to have been able to put ear­lier sup­ply is­sues be­hind us and feed the on­go­ing ap­petite for our tried and trusted ute.” Cook pointed to the strong col­lec­tive per­for­mance of Mit­subishi’s SUV and crossover range as fur­ther ev­i­dence of the brand’s close align­ment with con­tem­po­rary Kiwi life­styles, sup­ported by class-lead­ing cus­tomer ser­vice.

Out­lander PHEV recorded its big­gest sales month ever in Septem­ber, with 54 units reg­is­tered.

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