Well looks like Europe and Japan are consuming the full production capability, so they have to decide to open another line, but that means being confident that they can shift all those cars, and they have to be confident that demand doesn't reduce in Japan and Europe, so; given the fact that Nissan now calls the shots - I wonder if they are just going to run the production capacity they have, and launch in the US once demand shudders in Europe/ Japan... and the falling value of the £ is pushing import prices up now, so the PHEV will go up about 5% this year.
I concur with Inside EV's stats (hate pie charts!) living where I do on the outskirts of London, those PHEVs are everywhere, and I would see several every day (maybe the same ones all the time though) and its been a while since Mitsubishi have had a success like that.
It's a good car, but I don't think the build quality (notably the interior quality) matches up to the RAV 4 or CR-V at all - though the face-lifted one is a big improvement, both outside and inside.
I have been thinking about one of these for my wife... but it's a decision between that and a RAV-4, and since she does such a low annual mileage now, I'm not sure if I will see the savings. And the RAV-4 she used to have was such a fine car, albeit a gas guzzler by todays standards.
It's a bit of strange car, as it's got 30-40 miles of EV range, but once that's exhausted, the engine isn't one of the most economical or best out there, and i have seen reports that complain about the non-electric fuel consumption, so it's good if you have the right daily commute, or the car beats emission rules around where you can park/ go in central London/ company car tax liability - all of which are heavily influenced by the CO2 emissions of the vehicle in the UK. ... That's the reason for it's success - it gets around tax liability - not because people really want a PHEV or an Outlander. Not sure if those regs exist in the US or not.
Overall, yeah it's a nice car, but its not cheap for what it is.
I normally dont agree with most of the motoring press, but of the lot, I regard 'Honest John.co.uk' as the most unbiased. Full review here:http://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/mi ... phev-2014/
Phixy - I know you like a good read of a decent website, so I think you should have a surf around this one. Interestingly the IMIEV didnt score so well (its subjective after all), but I would think if it was released in 2017 it would score higher... Have a look at 'Car by Car' reviews.