Mitsubishi Announces Frankfurt Motor Show Display Lineup

Mitsubishi has announced the lineup it will have on display at the upcoming 66th International Motor Show in Frankfurt, featuring a total of 15 vehicles.

These will include the Lancer Sportback, Montero, Mirage, i-MiEV, L200 (also known as the Triton), and more importantly the new Outlander and Outlander PHEV, including the rally car version of the latter participating in the Baja Portalegre 500 this November.

We’re especially looking forward to the Outlander PHEV, which was already presented in Japan and is making its European debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show. It’ll feature the new Dynamic Shield front fascia and bring quality enhancements to the cabin, including revamped upholstery and materials. The plug-in hybrid system will consist of a Twin Motor four-wheel drive powertrain with separate motors motivating the front and rear wheels and a high-capacity battery under the floor.

Previous models of the Outlander PHEV have been hugely popular in Europe, but Mitsubishi never brought it over to the United States—which is why we’re so happy to say that the new Outlander PHEV will finally be arriving at Mountaineer Mitsubishi in the spring of 2016!

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Mitsubishi L200 Pickup: Bring it to America!

If you ever take a trip to Europe, you’ll find that SUVs and especially pickup trucks are not all that common. By European standards, those kinds of vehicles are too large and unwieldy to really pick up in the market, which makes it truly exceptional that the Mitsubishi L200—also known as the Triton—is actually something of a hit on the other side of the big pond.

According to Carbuyer, the L200 is flat-out the best vehicle in its segment, with best-in-class figures on fuel economy, CO2 emissions, weight, and maneuverability. Under the hood, a turbocharged 2.4-liter diesel engine produces up to 178 horsepower and 317 lb-ft of torque, and a Super Select 4WD-II system lets you pick up to four different driving modes on the fly.

The only flaw we can find about the Mitsubishi L200 pickup is that it isn’t offered in the United States. Sure, the competition would be fiercer, but we think it would do quite well at Mountaineer Mitsubishi. What do you think? Should Mitsu port the L200 to America? Let us know in the comments below!

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Mitsubishi Sales Increase for 16th Month Year-Over Year

Executives must have sat back and smiled at the end of July as they saw yet another Mitsubishi sales increase in North America – the 16th consecutive month of year-over-year sales increases. In June, Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. reported that it had sold 7,963 units, 32.3% more than the year before.

This puts sales for the first half of the year up by 24.9% over the strong performance last year.

“The first half of last year was pretty incredible for Mitsubishi Motors,” said Don Swearingen, executive vice president of MMNA. “And this year our January through June sales are even stronger, up 24.9% for the year. We expect this pace to continue as the new 2016 Outlander starts to roll into dealerships.”

The 2016 Outlander, set to appear later this year, has been completely redesigned, filled with upgrades, and, miraculously, will cost less the current generation Outlander. The new Outlander will also be the first vehicle to feature Mitsubishi’s new design language. Be sure to come by Mountaineer Mitsubishi to check it out.

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2016 Mitsubishi Outlander on Top of’s List of Most Affordable Three-Row Crossovers

Just over a month after the pricing of the redesigned Outlander was announced, Mitsubishi has more news on the new model: due to the lowered MSRP and great value, placed the 2016 Mitsubishi on top of’s list of most affordable three-row crossovers.

The 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander was redesigned from the 2015 model, adding over one hundred design and engineering improvements to create a more stylish, safer, and quieter SUV, all with an MSRP below the price of the 2015 Outlander.

“We designed the 2016 Outlander to be an unmatched value in its segment, so it’s no surprise to us that it leads the way on the list of most affordable 3-row crossovers,” said Don Swearingen, MMNA Executive Vice President. “From its long list of features, to available advanced safety technologies and a new eye-catching design, the seven passenger Outlander is a leader in value and reliability.”

For more information about the approved 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander, stop by Mountaineer Mitsubishi today!

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Mitsubishi EVO vs. Subaru Impreza WRX STI

2015 Mitsubishi EVO

Let’s face it: if you’re reading this, you’re probably trying to reinforce your pre-existing opinion about the Mitsubishi EVO vs. Subaru Impreza WRX STI argument.

But if you already own or have owned an Impreza in the past, and are wondering whether you might want to switch camps during your next car purchase, here are a few reasons why we think you probably should:

The EVO Looks Better

They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but it’s hard to argue when every beholder agrees on the same thing. The EVO is more understated, well-proportioned, and streamlined than the STI. Its bonnet scoop doesn’t just look better, either: it’s also more convenient, because it actually lets you see ahead!

The EVO Sounds Better

The STI sounds like it is constantly misfiring, as though it had an odd, fast-paced cough. By comparison, the EVO is buttery-smooth, low, and grumbly. It lets you and everyone know that you’re driving a fast car. Meanwhile, the STI lets everyone know that you’re the annoying blockhead who keeps everyone awake at night with that necessary aftermarket exhaust.

The EVO Handles Better

Even though the STI dominates the world of rally racing, that hasn’t translated into superior handling dynamics in the road car. The EVO’s Super All Wheel Control system is simply stunning, making it easy to take corners at speeds we thought previously impossible at Mountaineer Mitsubishi!

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2015 Mirage is Among Mitsubishi’s Best-Selling Vehicles

Mitsubishi’s Best-Selling Vehicle

When the 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage outsold the Volkswagen GTI, Lexus GS, Toyota Prius V, Lincoln MKZ, Audi A4, and Mercedes S class last February, it wasn’t just a fluke.

The Mirage has now asserted itself as the fastest-growing nameplate in our lineup at Mountaineer Mitsubishi, something we’d probably have never predicted a few years ago. Even the company’s top executives are a bit surprised.

“It’s selling really, really well, beyond expectations,” said Bryan Arnett, senior manager of product strategy.

“Bryan never thought we’d sell in these numbers,” said Don Swearingen, executive vice president, who explained that Mitsubishi had originally been split into those who thought the imported subcompact would work in the United States and those who thought it wouldn’t.

This year, the Mirage is one of Mitsubishi’s best-selling vehicles and the sharpest-rising model with a 73.6% increase compared to 2014, second only to the Outlander Sport in total sales. It outsells critically acclaimed models like the Tesla Model S and BMW i3 and competing vehicles like the Kia Rio and Toyota Yaris.

In hindsight, it may be no surprise. The Mirage costs just under $13,000, gets 44 miles to the gallon the highway, and comes with a 100,000-mile/10-year powertrain warranty. With numbers like these, maybe the Mitsubishi executives should have seen the success coming!

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Four West Virginia State Parks to Visit this Summer

Did you know that West Virginia is home to over 50 state parks and forests just waiting to be explored this summer? Your next daytrip, weekend excursion, or full-fledged vacation may be mere miles down the road. Check out four of our favorite West Virginia state parks, all less than an hour from Mountaineer Mitsubishi in Beckley, WV.


  1. Little Beaver State Park: Just 15 minutes from Beckley, Little Beaver is home to a variety of outdoor activities. An 18-acre lake stands in the center of the park, where visitors can fish, canoe, or kayak. Visitors can picnic, hike, and bike their way through the park’s many trails.
  2. Twin Falls State Park: Take a short ride to Twin Falls, less than 40 minutes outside of Beckley, boasting a lodge, cottages, campsites, and an 18-hole golf course. Guests are able to hike one (or more!) of the park’s twelve trails, go swimming in the pool, or visit the Pioneer Farm, a restored living history 1830s homestead.
  3. Plum Orchard Lake: About a half-hour from Beckley rests Plum Orchard Lake, spanning over 200 acres. The lake has 6.5 half miles of shoreline and, with a maximum depth of 40 feet, makes for good fishing and boating. Hunting is allowed at Plum Orchard Lake, a wildlife management area, where deer, wild turkey, and squirrel abound.
  4. Pipestem Resort State Park: Drive 55 minutes southeast of Beckley and arrive at Pipestem Resort, where you can stay at one of two lodges, rent a cottage, camp, golf, and more. Park visitors can see West Virginia plant and animal life in the Nature Center, participate in weekly resort activities, fish in Long Branch Lake, and hike the numerous trails throughout the park.


Whether you head to a state park near or far this summer, remember to take advantage of the many attractions West Virginia has to offer, including those local to Beckley. Need a new set of wheels to get you there? Make a stop at Mountaineer Mitsubishi and let us give you a hand. Happy trails!

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Pack your family up in the Mitsubishi and visit one of these great West Virginia state parks!

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2018: Mitsubishi Montero Return?

Mitsubishi is unleashing a couple new models in the United States market to keep its sales on the rise. One of the models is the refreshed Outlander Sport, which we’ve known about for a little while now. The second, however, looks like it will be a long-overdue replacement for the Montero.

Mitsubishi took the Montero off the North American lineup back in 2006, but it’s still available in Europe and Australia. The Mitsubishi Montero replacement in North America will be about the size of its predecessor but thanks to a more modern chassis and use of lightweight materials, it will be several hundred pounds lighter.

The Montero will maintain its off-road capability to appeal to buyers who need an SUV that can tow or head off paved roadways. The head of Mitsubishi Britain, Lance Bradley, stated that the Montero will be a more affordable alternative to the upscale Land Rover LR4. Engine options for the next Montero are looking like a V6 or plug-in hybrid with a turbo four and electric motor.

The Mitsubishi Montero return is scheduled to show up on lots and in showrooms in 2018. Mark your calendars!

We here at Mountaineer Mitsubishi are ecstatic to see a new full size Montero making its way into the Mitsubishi North America lineup!

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Mitsubishi Evo Crossover?

The Lancer Evo is dead after 2015, that’s nothing new, but what may come after is entirely a rumor but interesting nonetheless. After an incredible year of sales in 2014, there’s more room to play with the Mitsubishi lineup. From what we can tell, it looks like the next Evo may very well be a high performance crossover.

Let’s be clear here: the rumor of a Mitsubishi Evo crossover isn’t anything new, but after 2014, it seems all the more likely. The most likely candidate is the Outlander Sport (ASX in the United Kingdom). After the Outlander PHEV brought the automaker a 158% sales increase and a record sales year in the UK, a performance crossover may be the way to go.

Set to compete with the Audi RSQ3 and BMW X2 M, the rumored Evo crossover would roll with a hybrid powertrain and four wheel drive. If this comes to fruition, expect around 300 hp. At this point, it’s all just a rumor and Mitsubishi isn’t committing to anything.

“Ultimately it all comes down to the financial case for it and whether the company has the resources to do it,” said Lance Bradly, head of Mitsubishi UK.

We here at Mountaineer Mitsubishi aren’t sure of anything yet but we’ll keep you updated on the Mitsubishi Evo crossover!

Mitsubishi Evo Crossover

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How to Get Better Fuel Economy

Nobody likes to waste money and nobody likes filling up their car with gas. So, how can you save money and visit the gas station less often? The answer is simple. Just follow these steps to get better fuel economy. Not only will this help you save money and gas, but you’ll also be doing the environment a favor.

  • Drive the speed limit. While we might like to drive with a lead foot sometimes, it really doesn’t get us to our destination significantly faster. By driving the speed limit, you can save fuel and avoid getting a speeding ticket.
  • Get a tune up. Get your oil changed when it should be along with getting other routine preventative maintenance done on your car. This will keep your car running as efficiently as possible.
  • Check your tires. Most new cars come equipped with a tire pressure monitoring system. If it lets you know your tire pressure is low, don’t wait too long to put air in the tires. This will not only help you drive more efficiently, but tires with too little air can be dangerous.
  • Do not idle. Turn off your car when you’re not actually driving. Idling the engine is a complete waste of gas.

Do you have any other fuel-saving tips to share?

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