Mitsubishi Philippines delivers its first Outlander PHEV

Updated Sep 15, 2020 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates
Spoiler alert. It’s going to function as a company car.

Launched just a couple of days ago, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has floated in the minds of many Mitsubishi fans here in the Philippines. It’s Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation’s (MMPC) first ever hybrid vehicle, and it’s another model that can fulfill a primarily family carrying role.

As a proof that many are indeed excited for the Outlander PHEV’s arrival, MMPC has revealed that it has already delivered its first Outlander PHEV unit. The lucky person however isn’t just some customer. Instead it’s Mr. Keeichi Matsunaga, the General Manager of Mitsubishi Corporation Manila Branch. It won’t be used as his personal vehicle though. Instead, this particular Outlander PHEV unit will function as the said company’s official vehicle.

A picture of MMPC president and MC Manila Branch manager with the new Outlander PHEV

MMPC President Mr. Mutsuhiro Oshikiri and MC Manila Branch Manager Mr. Keiichi Matsunaga with the Outlander PHEV

The Mitsubishi Corporation that Mr. Matsunaga manages is a direct arm of Mitsubishi Corporation (MC), which is a separate company from MMPC. MC however, is currently a 20 percent shareholder of MMPC.

With the delivery of the Outlander PHEV unit, this signals more collaborations between MC and MMPC. This cooperation will involve more self-sustaining and environmentally friendlier technologies available locally. This potentially means that MMPC might be introducing more hybrid vehicles and related technologies to the local market.

Regarding this, here’s what Mr. Mutsuhiro Oshikiri, the President and CEO of MMPC has to say:

“With the initial transaction of Outlander PHEV to Mitsubishi Corporation (MC), MMPC is excited to jumpstart a collaboration between the two companies that is geared to promote environment friendly and self-sustaining technology. As announced in January, we plan to integrate Vehicle to Home (V2H) showcase facilities to some of our pilot dealers. We hope that in the future, we can also collaborate with MC to accelerate the introduction of renewable and self-sustaining power supply systems to MMPC.”

As for the Outlander PHEV itself, it has already been around since 2013. While its most recent version has only been introduced to our shores recently, it is already available in more than 60 countries. Its worldwide sales even reached up to 260,000 units in August 2020 alone. This makes it one of the best-selling PHEVs globally.

>>> Related: A complete guide to Mitsubishi cars in the Philippines

A picture of the Outlander PHEV parked on the side of a road.

The Outlander PHEV costs Php 2,998,000 here in the Philippines

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Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar learned how to drive a car years before he got his license. Today, he's still looking for that perfect '90s Japanese coupe to drive into the sunset while listening to Crazy Little Love by Nuage. Also has a thing for badass off-road vehicles and weird engine swaps.