So Close, Yet So Far: 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Delayed Once Again
If you’ve lost track of the number of times Mitsubishi has delayed the arrival of the Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) in the United States, you’re not alone. I’m pretty sure we’ve hit five delays at this point, because—surprise, surprise—Mitsubishi has delayed the green SUV’s debut YET AGAIN.
At this point, no one’s sure what we’ll see first: the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV or the second season of the beloved (at least by me) television show Firefly.
The reasoning behind Mitsubishi’s delay is a valid one—if we hadn’t already heard it the last time they delayed the project.
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According to Mitsubishi manager of public relations Alex Fedorak, “Following a thorough evaluation process, we have determined that, in order to meet a level of competitiveness that will exceed customer expectations in the United States, the launch of the Outlander PHEV will be delayed until the summer of 2017.”
This is oddly similar to one of the other numerous times it was delayed, which cited the need to ensure its battery will do well in the American market.
The lack of the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV in the US market is sad, especially since it has been a huge hit around the world. And I mean, HUGE. Despite the fact that Mitsubishi was recently part of a fuel economy scandal, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has received recognition as the United Kingdom’s best-selling plug-in; was named the MGMW Green Apple Award winner, and is close to posting record-breaking sales in Japan.
Hopefully, this will be the last delay for the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV in America. Though, I’m pretty sure that’s what I said last time.
News Source: AutoGuide
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A born-and-raised Jersey girl, Caitlin Moran has somehow found herself settled in Edinburgh, Scotland. When she’s not spending her days trying to remember which side of the road to drive on, Caitlin enjoys getting down and nerdy with English. She continues to combine her love of writing with her love of cars for The News Wheel, while also learning more about the European car market—including the fact that the Seat brand is pronounced “se-at” not “seat” as you might think. See more articles by Caitlin.