Friday, December 6, 2013

Outlander PHEV Earns Maximum 5-star Rating in 2013 Euro NCAP

Outlander PHEV Earns Maximum 5-star Rating in 2013 Euro NCAP

- Latest award confirms worlds' first plug-in hybrid SUV's combination of performance technologies -
Tokyo, December 6, 2013 – Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) announced that the company's Outlander PHEV mid-size SUV featuring MMC's own Plug-in Hybrid EV System has been awarded a maximum 5-star rating in the 2013 Euro NCAP (New Car Assessment Programme), an overall safety rating system for new models launched in Europe*1. Euro NCAP puts new cars through some of the world's toughest safety tests, including an array of crash tests.

・String of awards redeems "@earth TECHNOLOGY"
This recognition is the latest in a string of awards that confirms MMC's @earth TECHNOLOGY, the technologies that embody MMC's Drive@earth pillars of environmental responsibility, driving pleasure, and toughness and safety – all of which are combined in Outlander PHEV, the pinnacle of @earth TECHNOLOGY.

The Outlander PHEV was awarded the Car of the Year Japan*2 2013-2014's Innovation Award for its environmental performance and motive performance.

In addition, the Outlander PHEV's Plug-in Hybrid EV System drivetrain was recognized for its environmental performance and driving dynamics by the Automotive Researchers' and Journalists' Conference of Japan*3, which in November named the Plug-in Hybrid EV System the "RJC Technology of the Year 2014."

・About the Outlander PHEV
The world's first plug-in hybrid SUV, the Outlander PHEV is an "electric car that charges itself" and represents a fusion of the EV technologies developed by MMC for models such as the i-MiEV, 4WD technologies honed in the Lancer Evolution, and SUV know-how gained from the Pajero (Montero or Shogun in some countries).

The Outlander PHEV is fitted with a combination of several advanced safety features, including: e-Assist*4 advanced safety technologies, RISE*5 high-rigidity impact safety body and seven SRS airbags and harmonizes high levels of performance in environment, safety and premium quality.

*1:     For more information, please visit
*2:     Held by the Car of the Year Japan's supervisory board, made up primarily of Japanese automotive journalists.
*3:     A non-profit organization consisting of Japan-based automotive critics and journalists.
*4:     Called "e-Assist" only in the Japanese market, a combination of advanced technologies including Forward Collision Mitigation System (FCM) which automatically applies the brakes as necessary to help avoid a collision with the vehicle ahead or reduce impact damage in the event of a collision; Lane Departure Warning System (LDW) which alerts the driver when the vehicle starts to drift from its lane, aiding driver concentration; and Adaptive Cruise Control System (ACC), a radar-based system that automatically maintains a driver-adjustable distance with the vehicle in front, reducing the chance of a collision if the vehicle in front suddenly stops.
*5;     Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution, MMC's patented safety body construction system. For more information please visit

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