New Mitsubishi GT PHEV Concept Revealed at Paris Motor Show

Mitsubishi GT PHEVMitsubishi recently showcased the new Mitsubishi GT PHEV Concept at the Paris Motor Show. This advanced model is designed reshape the industry with its intelligent alternative-energy powertrain and modern styling. In essence, the new GT PHEV Concept is setting new standards for green technologies.

The Mitsubishi GT PHEV has a futuristic and modern exterior design. A “dynamic shield” grille makes a bold statement, covering a large portion of the front end. Thin headlights are aggressive and sharp, accentuating the sloping contours of this aerodynamic model. The interior is wrapped in subdued red leather, according to Green Car Reports, adding sophistication without overwhelming drivers and passengers.

Under the hood of the new GT PHEV is a 2.5-liter gasoline engine that is paired with three separate electric motors. One motor pairs with the engine to power the front wheels, while the other two motors are used for the rear wheels. This gives the PHEV a truly one-of-a-kind all-wheel drive design. The 25 kWh battery pack gives you enough storage for up to 75 miles of all-electric range. There is no word yet on total range or MPGe.

Mitsubishi has been working on multiple PHEV SUV designs over the years, which means the new GT Concept has some great new features and refined systems. There is no word yet as to when, or if, the new model will hit the market. Nevertheless, this green SUV shows what the company would like to do it the near future.

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Upcoming Mitsubishi Crossover EV Could Have 250-Mile Range

Mitsubishi Crossover EVElectric vehicles (EVs) are becoming increasingly popular not only in America but also around the world, due to their incredible ability to skip gasoline altogether, saving drivers money and lowering their environmental impact.

 

So it comes as no surprise that Mitsubishi – environmentally conscious as they are – may be working on a new EV, which would reportedly be an all-electric compact crossover, potentially capable of a 250-mile range.

 

This means that the Mitsubishi crossover EV could travel for a full 250 miles on one, full electric charge, without ever having to stop for gasoline. And with today’s charging technology, we have to guess that it won’t take long at all for the vehicle to charge.

 

Mitsubishi CEO Osamu Masuko brought up the car in a recent interview, where he said that it would hit the road within the next four years. We’re hoping to see it soon rather than later!

 

There’s no telling what the model would be like, outside of its electric capabilities, but many are guessing that it could be based on the Mitsubishi eX concept that was revealed last year.

 

For more information about what Mitsubishi is working on or to check out a current Mitsubishi model, contact us or visit us anytime at Mountaineer Mitsubishi.

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Mitsubishi Donates $30,000 to the American Red Cross of the Heartland

Mitsubishi is a brand that is always willing to lend a helping hand. Mitsubishi dealerships have a long and proud history of aiding various causes in the communities they call home. Recently, Mitsubishi teamed up with one of its dealerships to make a big difference for one local nonprofit.

According to a Mitsubishi press release, Mitsubishi donated $30,000 to the American Red Cross of the Heartland.

The donation was a dual effort by the Mitsubishi Motors USA Foundation and the O’Brien Mitsubishi dealership, located in Normal, Illinois.

The Red Cross of the Heartland will use the donated money to help fund their Red Cross Home Fire campaign, which aims to install smoke detectors in at-risk locations throughout the community.

“The American Red Cross is a great organization that works to improve the well-being of the community,” said Don Swearingen, executive vice president, MMNA. “We’re honored to play a part in the Red Cross Home Fire campaign and trust that the donation made today will further their efforts.”

When it comes to helping those in need, Mitsubishi works to do its part in the community.

American Red Cross of the Heartland

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Brand New Mitsubishi SUVs to Hit Dealerships Every Year until 2021

Mitsubishi SUVs

Mitsubishi already offers two of the most celebrated, reliable SUVs on the market – the Mitsubishi Outlander and Outlander Sport – and now, the automaker is looking to expand, big time, by offering another new SUV every single year, until 2021.

 

The first new Mitsubishi will be based on the eX concept, an all-electric model that experts are predicting may also come in a petrol and diesel version. The eX concept model also gives us a good idea of Mitsubishi’s future design direction.

 

Then, you can expect a larger version of the ASX model found in the UK, a new mid-sized SUV similar to the Outlander, and finally, full-sized Shogun and Shogun Sport models, also based on European models.

 

The Outlander line has been an enormous hit in the United States, so it’s no wonder that Mitsubishi is planning to expand its SUV lineup so drastically. In fact, the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander was just named a Top Safety Pick+ by the IIHS. Mitsubishi will undoubtedly aim for similar recognition for all its SUVs.

 

Want to learn more about Mitsubishi SUVs, or check out the new Outlander? Visit us anytime at Mountaineer Mitsubishi.

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New Mitsubishi Concepts to Debut in Geneva

Mitsubishi hybrid vehicleMitsubishi has two new models to put on display at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show after bringing on new design head Tsunehiro Kunimoto, who left Nissan to pursue a career under Mitsubishi. The brand has already unveiled plans to rejuvenate its lineup by pursuing the crossover and SUV segment; Mitsubishi also revealed the eX electric SUV, which debuted in Tokyo late 2015. Now, two new Mitsubishi concepts are appearing in Geneva — a truck and a crossover.

A teaser image of both vehicles was posted to Mitsubishi’s website, but the picture itself is vague, showing both vehicles’ dark silhouettes against a dark background, with only the bright orange accents clearly distinguishable from the rest of the image. According to inside sources, the ASX crossover and L200 pickup are not meant to be production-ready, but are being referred to as “design studies” instead, though the lifecycle of the current ASX is drawing to a close and a new generation is expected to appear at any moment.

Either way, the introduction of new Mitsubishi concepts breathes new life into the idea that Mitsubishi is effectively restructuring the brand and pulling back the curtain for the public to see its progress so far. The ASX certainly also fits neatly into Mitsubishi’s plans to focus more strongly on SUVs and crossovers, while the L200 is an experimental surprise coming from a brand that is known for its sedans and SUVs.

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Mitsubishi’s January Sales Spike 50% Over Last Year

Mitsubishi’s January sales

Following the release of the all-new Montero Sport, which had been entirely redesigned in order to improve a number of design flaws that caused the previous year’s model to lag behind competition within its segment, demand was so strong for the vehicle that Mitsubishi’s January sales, as reported by Mitsubishi Motors Phillippines Corp., were boosted by 50% when compared to the previous year’s sales.

 

The new generation of the Montero Sport accounted for over a third of all units sold in January. MMPC reported selling 4,867 products in January, with 806 new Montero Sports and 816 of the previous generation being sold. In addition, orders still have not been fulfilled for the 3,000 consumers who reserved a Montero Sport in advance.

 

Froilan Dytianquin, MMPC’s vice president in marketing, commented, “We believe that apart from its strikingly attractive and exciting styling, Montero Sport’s other features such as the new powerful and efficient 2.4 Mivec clean diesel, class-leading 8 speed automatic transmission, advanced four-wheel drive system and safety features convinced our customers to consider our all-new Montero Sport.”

 

The significant improvement of Mitsubishi’s January sales followed a spike in December sales, which showed a year-over-year improvement by 14%, having sold more than 200 times the amount of Montero Sports in comparison to the previous December.

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Mitsubishi Donates $20,000 to Tri-County Operation Cool

Mitsubishi has announced a $20,000 donation to Tri-County Operation Cool, a program that focuses on increasing seat belt usage among teenagers through education and incentive rewards.

Seat belt usage has risen significantly over the last few decades—from a mere 66% in 1993 to 87% in 2013. Still, there is room for improvement, especially with teens. Of drivers aged 20 and under who died in car crashes in 2012, approximately 55% were not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

Mitsubishi has supported Operation Cool since it was created in 1997. Each year, students enrolling in the program sign a pledge to stay involved in school, to not drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and to wear their seatbelt at all times—and ask passengers to do the same.

“Nineteen high schools with approximately 10,000 students in DeWitt, McLean and Livingston counties participate in our program,” said Steven Price, President Tri-County Operation Cool. “Thanks to the support of Mitsubishi Motors, we have been able to educate Central Illinois teenagers on the importance of seat belt usage and driver safety.”

We hope you’ll wear your seatbelt when you drive out of Mountaineer Mitsubishi with your brand new ride!

Tri-County Operation Cool

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2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Named “Best Value on the Road”

Mitsubishi is a company that is all about value. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that one of its vehicles was named the “Best Value on the Road.”

According to a Mitsubishi press release, the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander was named “Best Value on the Road.”

The prestigious title was granted to the Outlander during the 12th Annual Active Lifestyle Vehicle of the Year Awards in Chandler, Arizona.

The awards are granted to vehicles based upon their driving capabilities and their economic value. The 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander combines both of these aspects together to create the perfect vehicle for any active driver.

“It’s exciting to see the 2016 Outlander resonate so well among this group of active people,” said Don Swearingen, executive vice president of Mitsubishi Motors North America. “We’ve positioned this vehicle to be both versatile and a good value, so to see the car recognized as such supports our objective to give consumers what they want in a CUV.”

Be sure to discover just how valuable the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander can be for yourself. Check out more information on The Best Value on the Road!

Best Value on the Road

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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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