Earlier in March, we evaluated if the all-new Mitsubshi Xpander would be a fit model to replace the Adventure AUV. While we think it'd be hard to match the popularity of the late Adventure, we're quite sure that comfort over the number of passengers you can fit in inside a car is what Filipinos need.
Well, not only in the Philippines, the Xpander has also won the hearts of the Indonesian market. That’s because the leading automotive tabloid in Indonesia, Otomotif, crowned the Japanese MPV as Indonesia's Car of the Year. Aside from this, the Xpander also bagged two more awards at the same ceremony. These were the Best of the Best MPV and Best Small MPV (Best Low MPV) awards.
It isn't actually quite surprising if we look at the numbers. The Indo-spec Xpander has already taken 60,000 orders since its August launch. It was just last month when it ranked among the top 3 best-selling models in Indonesia's small MPV segment.
The Indonesia-spec Xpander's production is currently held at Mitsubishi Motors Krama Yudha Sales Indonesia's (MMKSI) manufacturing plant in Bekasi Prefecture, West Java, which is part of the $540-million investment. This is the same production model that will later on be exported to the Philippines and Thailand.
"We are very grateful to have received this award from Otomotif, which is a recognition of the wonderful reception that Xpander has been given by the people of Indonesia. Many people had a hand in this success, including our friends and business partners at MMKSI and the Indonesian government. Years of careful research went into the design of the Xpander, a modern MPV that meets the needs of Indonesia's hard-working families."
In the Philippines, the Mitsubishi Xpander is available for viewing in Cebu until April 20, 2018. In addition, Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corportation (MMPC) is handing out GoPro Hero 5 cameras to customers who will seal their transaction before April 30, 2018.
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