The Mitsubishi Group is made up of about 40 individual companies with no controlling parent company. Each of the Mitsubishi companies owns substantial (but usually not controlling) portions of the shares of the others.
Mitsubishi Motors Corporation is a multinational automotive manufacturer headquartered in Minato, Tokyo, Japan. In 2011, Mitsubishi Motors was the sixth biggest Japanese automaker and the sixteenth biggest worldwide by production. From October 2016 onwards, Mitsubishi is one-third (34%) owned by Nissan, and thus a part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance.
Mitsubishi Motors started selling its i MiEV, the all-electric mini-car with a lithium-ion battery pack tucked under its floor, to retail customers in the summer 2009, a year ahead of schedule. It has also announced its plans to offer five other e-drive vehicles.
As part of the third generation line-up, Mitsubishi launched in January 2013 a plug-in hybrid model called Outlander P-HEV. Cumulative global sales passed the 100,000 unit milestone in March 2016. Europe is the leading market with over 65,500 units sold, followed by Japan with almost 34,000.
As of September 2016, the top European markets are the UK and the Netherlands, each country with about 25,000 registered. The Outlander P-HEV was the top selling plug-in electric vehicle in Europe in 2014 and again in 2015. Both in 2014 and 2015, it also ranked as the world’s top selling plug-in hybrid, and as the third best selling plug-in car after the all-electrics Tesla Model S and Nissan Leaf. As of March 2016, the Outlander P-HEV ranked as the world’s all-time second best-selling plug-in hybrid after the Chevrolet Volt, and fourth all-time top selling plug-in electric car.