Automakers don’t get to have all the fun when it comes to advancements in car technology. Goodyear is getting in on the action, and at this year’s Geneva Motor Show they introduced their concept for tires that can charge an electric vehicle.
The tire, called the BH-03, uses two different advanced technologies to generate electricity using the friction between the road and the tire. The tire could then send that energy to an electric vehicle’s battery, helping the car go longer distances between charges.
According to autos.yahoo.com, “A weave of thermoelectric fibers transforms the heat generated by the tire’s friction with the road into energy, while piezioelectric material does the same using changes in the tire’s shape as it moves.” Though Goodyear didn’t comment on how much electricity the tire could generate, they did point out that this kind of technology could help offset an owner’s anxiety associated with short-range EVs.
Goodyear also debuted a different technology, appropriately called Triple Tube, which uses three tubes inside the tire instead of one to automatically adjust to environmental and road conditions. Pumps would automatically inflate or deflate each tube as needed to provide optimal driving conditions. The tires offer three different modes, including the ability to offer more grip for maneuvers at high speeds, inflate across all tubes for less rolling resistance and improved fuel economy, and higher inflation of the center tube to reduce the chance of hydroplaning.
Neither tire is anywhere near ready for production, but that hasn’t stopped those of us here at Mountaineer Mitsubishi from daydreaming about the potential of these tires being paired with Mitsubishi vehicles!
Mitsubishi recently announced that the Outlander Sport will be getting a new engine option. The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport’s new engine will provide even more power than the original 2.0-liter engine, and provides another alternative to those seeking that little something extra.
The new engine is a 2.4-liter MIVEC 4 cylinder that produces 168 horsepower. There will also be a few additional upgrades to the new Outlander Sport 2.4. The ES trim will come equipped with a black center bumper; the GT adds aluminum pedals, power driver’s seat, leather-wrapped parking brake handle, new exterior upgrades, black roof rails, and LED turn signal indicators.
The 2015 Outlander Sport 2.4 ES will start with a base price of $21,295 and the GT will start at $23,595. Mitsubishi is committed to providing customers with the best cars, trucks, and SUVs at a great value you simply cannot beat. If you’re interested in checking out the all-new 2015 Outlander Sport, visit us at Mountaineer Mitsubishi today!
Despite selling less than 2,000 units in the past three years, Mitsubishi isn’t giving up on its electric minicar. Deliveries for the new 2016 i-MiEV will start in March. The newest model since 2014, the minicar comes with an array of options to fit buyer preferences better than ever.
The 2014 model is still on sale with a $6,000 price cut and rounds out to a little less than $23,000 before taxes. Keep in mind a federal tax credit drops that number down to below $16,000, too. Don’t forget that since this is an all-around electric minicar, it’s completely green. There’s no emissions and, best of all, there’s no reason to stop at a gas station for anything other than snacks.
Don’t fret about the battery either. Mitsubishi warranties the battery for up to eight years or 100,000 miles. If you don’t like the minicar, it’s even transferable, a selling point to most buyers. Charging is simple and convenient too. A portable charging cable plugs into a standard home outlet and charges from 0 to 100 in around 22 hours.
For faster charging, an Eaton home charging dock will reach full capacity in six hours. Out in public, CHAdeMO level three public chargers hit 80 in a half hour. So while it may be true that the electric minicar has its work cut out for it, everyone loves an underdog story, right? With Mitsubishi’s commitment, there’s hope yet for a comeback.
If you’re looking for a sporty ride that has just the right amount of power, look no further—we here at Mountaineer Mitsubishi have just the vehicle for you. The 2015 Outlander Sport crossover now has two different engine options, including a brand-new 2.4-liter MIVEC four-cylinder that gives the crossover a significant power boost.
This new 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport powertrain offers a 20-horsepower increase over the current 2.0-liter engine, churning out a healthy 168 horsepower. The engine is offered in the 2.4 ES and 2.4 GT trim levels, offering a range of features, including a black center bumper that differentiates the model from the 2.0-liter models. For the Sport 2.4 GT models, an MSRP of $23,595 gets you features like a power driver’s seat, a leather-wrapped parking brake handle, aluminum pedals, and exterior enhancements. The 2.4 ES model goes for a lower price of $21,295.
For more information about the new Outlander Sport powertrain—or to test-drive it yourself—stop in to Mountaineer Mitsubishi today!
The Mitsubishi brand is diving further into the EV pool, the definite wave of the future. They’ve created a new plug-in hybrid crossover vehicle, which will make its debut at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. And soon after that, we’ll see this new (and as yet unnamed) plug-in hybrid crossover hit the US market, as well.
Mitsubishi already has the Outlander PHEV out on the roads in Europe, so they’ll be expanding their lineup of EV crossovers very soon. We know very little about the new plug-in hybrid so far, but we’re giving it the benefit of the doubt based on all of our great years of experience with Mitsubishi vehicles. The brand calls the new concept “a powerful embodiment of its next generation 2WD plug-in hybrid electric (‘PHEV’) technology as well as its bold design renaissance, all contained in Mitsubishi Motors’ favorite format of the SUV crossover.”
There’s even more good news for US Mitsubishi drivers, though. The Outlander PHEV will be making its US debut in the second quarter of 2016, which we are now anxiously awaiting the arrival of. The Outlander will arrive as a 2017 model, and hopefully this new concept will follow as a production model soon after. Come see us at Mountaineer Mitsubishi today to learn more.
Soon, the snow will be melting, the buds will be sprouting on the trees, the birds will be singing and you’ll probably wait until the last minute to get your significant other something for Valentine’s Day.
But not if your better half is an automotive-nut, we hope. Here are a few Valentine’s gift ideas for car lovers.
For those rainy or snowy days when racing around town may not be all that fun or safe, get your car lover the latest racing video games. Gran Turismo 6 features cars modeled on real-world concept cars by automakers, for which your car lover may have a particular liking.
Racing-themed films always work too. You might want to check their DVD shelf first to make sure you don’t buy something that they already have. Days Of Thunder is a good one for NASCAR nuts. Senna is a great documentary about one of F1’s most renowned and accomplished drivers.
Tickets to a race will usually please any race car driving fans. The Sprint Cup comes to Richmond International Speedway in the Spring and in the Fall.
Lastly, at the very least, your automobile-enamored significant other needs to look cool when he or she is behind the wheel. And all that requires is a quality set of aviator-style Ray Bans.
When it comes to loyal customers, the Mitsubishi Mirage has many. The vehicle ranked highest in customer loyalty among Non-Luxury Traditional Sub-Compact Cars for the 2014 model year.
A study by IHS Automotive confirmed that more previous owners of the Mirage returned to purchase a Mirage during the 2014 model year than any other vehicle in its class. To us, that says a lot about customer satisfaction, and we are honored to have customers return to the Mirage when they shop for a new vehicle.
“We are delighted to receive this Model Loyalty recognition by IHS Automotive,” said Don Swearingen, Mitsubishi Motors North America executive vice president. “Mitsubishi Motors has experienced growing customer loyalty across our entire model lineup through the years, and this award demonstrates that we are successfully retaining our current customers while simultaneously introducing new consumers to the brand.”
The new 2015 Mirage is now available with a starting price of $12,995. Contact us at Mountaineer Mitsubishi for more information on why so many customers stay loyal to the Mitsubishi Mirage.
Annual Mitsubishi sales for 2014 ended with a strong December performance, as the automaker sold 6,545 vehicles, marking a 1.9% increase over December 2013 and the tenth consecutive month of year-over-year sales increases. That helped total sales for the year reach 77,643 units, a whopping 24.8% improvement over last year.
Highlights included the Outlander, Mirage, and Outlander Sport in particular. The latter experienced its best December ever, with 2,755 units sold and enjoyed a strong 24.5 percent overall sales increase for 2014 compared to last year. The Outlander was up 6.4 percent from 2013 while the Mirage continued its strong sales pace by yet again having over 1,000 units sold last month.
“As we move into 2015 we will start to introduce new versions of the Outlander with more refinement and power in what will be the first of a series of launches that will incorporate the brand’s new design language and vehicle packaging,” said Don Swearingen, executive VP.
We look forward to the New Year at Mountaineer Mitsubishi!
Three 2015 Mitsubishi models have just been named 2015 Top Safety Picks or better by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, including the Outlander, Outlander Sport, and Lancer.
Both the Lancer and the Outlander Sport achieved the highest possible score of “Good” in most of the Institute’s crashworthiness evaluations—including moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraint—as well as a score of “Acceptable” in the more difficult small overlap front crash test.
That was enough to get the coveted Top Safety Pick honors, but the Outlander went even one step further. It got a good rating in the small overlap front crash test and an advanced rating in frontal crash prevention thanks to its Forward Collision Mitigation technology, earning it the Top Safety Pick+ award!
“The Mitsubishi RISE safety body construction system is the perfect example of this kind of technology,” said Don Swearingen, executive VP at Mitsubishi. “In the event of an accident, energy is absorbed and deflected away from the occupant cell, which enhances passenger protection.”
At Mountaineer Mitsubishi, we’re proud to be selling some of the safest vehicles on the road!