Back in March, production of both the Mitsubishi Outlander plug-in hybrid and the all-electric i-MiEV ground to a halt over a pair of incidents where overheated lithium-ion batteries caused vehicle fires. Following the rocky start, The Japan Times is reporting that production of the Outlander PHEV has recommenced following the five-month stoppage.

The battery fires were tracked down to a supplier issue before more than 4,300 vehicles were recalled in June, but Mitsubishi received heavy criticism from the Japanese government for the delayed recall. According to the report, though, that hasn't slow down enthusiasm for the plug-in crossover – Mitsubishi has received close to 18,000 for the Outlander PHEV. To keep up with demand, the automaker is planning to double production to 4,000 units a month.


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      DaveMart
      • 1 Year Ago
      To put this in context, demand for the Outlander PHEV is so high that they are ramping up to 4,000 a month as soon as they possibly can, and even that will mean that potential customers in the US and elsewhere will have to wait. That is as many as the Leaf and Volt sales in the US COMBINED. Its pretty obvious that people want the lack of range compromise in the Leaf, and the lack of space compromise in the Volt and to some extent in the Leaf. Kudos Mitsubishi! Go Mitsubishi!
      DaveMart
      • 1 Year Ago
      'New Outlander Gets Top Safety Recognition Around The Globe Earlier this month, the all new 2014 Outlander received the IIHS Top Safety Pick in the US. Prior to that, it was awarded the Euro NCAP "Advanced" Safety Award for it's Forward Collision Mitigation System (FCM) in June. And in May, it was selected for Japan's JNCAP 5-Star Award.' http://www.insideoutlander.com/posts/mitsubishigetsoutlanderphevbackontrackwithproductionrestartandtopsafetyhonors
      DaveMart
      • 1 Year Ago
      Let's hope the battery problems are now solved, as it should be a great car. Unfortunately the delay has screwed a lot of Dutch purchasers, who had a deadline for large subsidies. Release in the US is also put back, whilst Mitsubishi tries to meet demand in Japan and Europe.
      Marcopolo
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is the sort of vehicle Ford should have built in Australia ! ( This is the sort of vehicle the Australian government should have encouraged Ford to build in Australia ! ) This is the vehicle Mitsubishi should have introduced instead of the ill-fated i-Mev !
        needforsuv
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Marcopolo
        the imiev was the R&D w/o it the costs would be like a volt and noone wants that
      Bryan Lund
      • 1 Year Ago
      I saw a dark blue 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander for sale at the Mitsubishi dealership in Las Cruces, NM. Mitsubishi makes great cars and SUV's.
      • 1 Year Ago
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      Dave
      • 1 Year Ago
      That looks so generic, they should have named it the SUV. I really liked Mitsu's in the early 90's such as the3000GT, Eclipse, and Montero. Even the Diamante and Gallant were not bad.
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