Winter Weather Driving Tips

It may only be early November, but winter is coming. And snow is coming with it. Therefore, it is important to know what to do when a layer of cold stuff blankets the road. Here are some winter weather driving tips to use.

  1. Accelerate and Decelerate Slowly

Roads become slick when snow enters the picture. So it’s important to take your time when speeding up or coming to a stop.

  1. Turn off Cruise Control

During inclement weather conditions, you need all your wits about you. You are much better off using your own driving abilities than relying on a cruise control computer system.

  1. Give Cars Up Ahead More Room

No one likes a car that follows too closely during nice weather. It’s even worse during snowy weather. Give the driver ahead of you more space, which will in turn give you more space to stop.

By following these winter driving tips, you can handle snow business with no problem.

Winter Weather Driving Tips

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Another 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Reveal in Frankfurt Precedes Release

The updated 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV was on display at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September – though the model had already been revealed elsewhere. Regardless, spectators were able to check out the new vehicle, which has received some serious cosmetic upgrades.  The main exterior difference between the 2016 Outlander and its predecessor is a totally redesigned front fascia, giving the vehicle a bold, aggressive look that counters the rest of its roundness. As for the actual driving, the new Outlander is said to offer significantly better handling, while producing much less noise and fewer vibrations. And of course, the 2016 PHEV model is more fuel-efficient than ever.  The 2016 Outlander PHEV will hit dealerships sometime in the next year, so if you’re interested in getting behind the wheel of one, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us here at Mountaineer Mitsubishi.  What did you think of the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander reveal? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

The updated 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV was on display at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September – though the model had already been revealed elsewhere. Regardless, spectators were able to check out the new vehicle, which has received some serious cosmetic upgrades.

 

The main exterior difference between the 2016 Outlander and its predecessor is a totally redesigned front fascia, giving the vehicle a bold, aggressive look that counters the rest of its roundness. As for the actual driving, the new Outlander is said to offer significantly better handling, while producing much less noise and fewer vibrations. And of course, the 2016 PHEV model is more fuel-efficient than ever.

 

The 2016 Outlander PHEV will hit dealerships sometime in the next year, so if you’re interested in getting behind the wheel of one, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us here at Mountaineer Mitsubishi.

 

What did you think of the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander reveal? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

 

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Start Fall Out Right: Visit These Pumpkin Patches Near Beckley

Are you looking to create a new family tradition? A long-lasting memory among friends? Consider taking a trip to your local pumpkin patch, where everyone gets to pick out their favorite pumpkin!

 

Whether you carve your pumpkin into a jack-o’-lantern, roast its seeds for a treat, or simply leave it intact for a festive decoration, there’s nothing else that can get you in the mood for Halloween like a pumpkin.

 

Here are some pumpkin patches near Beckley and spreading further out, where you can begin your journey:

 

  • Okes Family Farms
  • Cooper Family Farms
  • Old McDonald’s Pumpkin Patch
  • Orr’s Farm Market
  • Byrnside Branch Farm
  • Morgan Orchard

 

Wherever you go, be sure to wear sunscreen and wear long sleeves. Even though it’s October, long exposure to sunlight can do damage.

 

What’s your favorite thing to do with a pumpkin? Let us know your thoughts in the comments. And if your trip takes you past Mountaineer Mitsubishi, consider stopping in to check out all the great models we have on the lot—or to show us your pumpkin masterpiece!

Pumpkin Patches Near Beckley

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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.

Mitsubishi Sales Increase

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2016 Mitsubishi Outlander on Top of Cars.com’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, Cars.com placed the 2016 Mitsubishi on top of Cars.com’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 Cars.com 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 Cars.com approved 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander, stop by Mountaineer Mitsubishi today!

Most Affordable Three-Row Crossovers

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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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