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Top Gear Philippines Philippine Car News - Mitsubishi takes Outlander plug-in hybrid to cross-country rally race

In preparation for the production of the Outlander plug-in hybrid electric vehicle--and perhaps to show off its capabilities--Mitsubishi took its newest crossover "to a last and most unexpected reliability exercise--cross-country racing."

Using a pre-production Outlander PHEV, Mitsubishi entered the vehicle in the 2013 Asia Cross Country Rally--a Dakar type of extreme cross-country rallying--which was held from August 10 to 16 between Thailand and Laos.

Over six days, the Outlander PHEV and 20 of its competitors in the 4WD category drove over 2,000km on various road surfaces and conditions including mountain roads, muddy jungle and river crossings, "making it a true challenge in terms of driving performance and endurance."

Entered by a private team and backed by Mitsubishi Motors, the Outlander PHEV finished the race 17th overall without breaking down. Making the feat even more remarkable is that, according to the Japanese carmaker, the vehicle is essentially a standard car with the only modifications being the cross-country racing equipment like the upgraded shock absorbers and springs, roll cage, under-floor protection, exhaust and snorkel duct.

Mitsubishi will begin selling the Outlander PHEV in select European markets starting this month with other markets receiving the vehicle from November 2013 onward. In fact, Mitsubishi Motors Philippines already has a test unit which it wants President Noynoy Aquino to test-drive himself. Expect to see this car at the 3rd Philippine Electric Vehicle Summit on November 28-29 at the Meralco Compound in Pasig City.

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