Electric eX Concept Hints at Mitsubishi Brand Future

MitsubishiMitsubishi has electrified the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show in a big way. The Japanese carmaker has showcased the Mitsubishi eX Concept, a compact SUV that utilizes the brand’s next-generation electric vehicle system. This concept car offers a look into the Mitsubishi brand future, thanks to its innovative technologies and new style.

“We have a very exciting plan to take Mitsubishi Motors to the next level, and that plan is through crossovers and electrified vehicles,” said Don Swearingen, chief operating officer for Mitsubishi Motors North America. “The eX Concept redefines the future of the compact SUV and is representative of the company’s design direction, both inside and out. With nearly 50 years’ experience of automotive electrification technology, we have the expertise and know-how to pioneer a new future with next-generation electric vehicles.”

On the exterior, the eX hints at a sportier Mitsubishi brand future. It has elegance and style thanks to the newest interpretation of the Japanese carmaker’s Dynamic Shield front design. This sporty look hints at the concept car’s athletic powertrain, which is capable of achieving 248.5 miles of range.

The eX combines Mitsubishi’s innovative electric-powered technologies with an all-wheel-drive system to create a practical, fuel-efficient mode of transportation. It also offers automated driving, connected car interfacing, and a multitude of active safety technologies that make this crossover one of the most advanced yet.

If you like the styling of the eX Concept, make sure you stop in to Mountaineer Mitsubishi to see what other design cues the brand has to offer.

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How to Identify Leaking Fluids

If you notice something dripping underneath your car, you need to figure out what it is as soon as possible to keep your car from becoming even more seriously damaged. Here are some ways to identify leaking fluids from your car.

Color, smell, texture, and even taste are all characteristics that can help you figure out what a fluid is. Engine oil, for example, ranges from light brown to black in color, depending on when it was last changed, and it feels oily to the touch. You can identify the smell by pulling out the dipstick and comparing.

Transmission fluid can be mistaken for engine oil if it’s brown or black, though newer transmission fluid may be pink or red. It also feels slippery to the touch. Power steering fluid is a reddish brown, also easy to confuse with transmission and engine oil, but its consistency is thinner.

Brake fluid is easily identified by its clear or light amber color that looks similar to vegetable oil. Coolant is nearly always bright green or red and usually has a sweet smell, though in recent years the formula for the smell has been changed to keep dogs from eating it.

If you notice plain water dripping from your car, don’t worry about it—it’s most likely dripping condensation from your climate control system.  As always, contact our service department with any questions!

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Thanksgiving Driving Tips

Thanksgiving is the most traffic-heavy holiday of the entire year, partly because it isn’t a big vacation holiday like Christmas so everyone is out on the day of. Thanksgiving driving means major road congestion in addition to potentially slick roads, a car full of precariously packed food, and the usual holiday stress, so follow these tips for a safer drive.

Distraction is the enemy of safe driving, especially on busy roads. If you need directions to where you’re going, have a passenger navigate or put your GPS in clear view so you don’t have to look away from the road to check the directions. And seriously, do not text.

Don’t let holiday frustration get the best of you. Easier said than done, sure, but heavy traffic is not where you want to get impatient and make a stupid mistake. Getting somewhere on time is never as important as getting there alive.

Unfortunately, when you’re driving on a holiday, other drivers will be just as frustrated and distracted and impatient, so you have to account for their actions even more than you usually do. Be extra vigilant at intersections and exits where you could get cut off.

Otherwise, drive slowly, be cautious, and brake and accelerate gradually, and you’ll have a much safer trip!

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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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How to Prepare Your Car for Winter While It’s Still Warm Outside

Is your car ready for the cold weather this year?

Prepare Your Car for Winter

It may seem like summer has only just ended, but cold, potentially hazardous weather will be upon us soon, creating dangerous driving conditions. Luckily, there are simple steps you can take to make sure that your car is ready:


  • Make sure that your current tires are in excellent condition, and consider replacing them with snow tires, if appropriate.
  • Replace any emergency supplies in your car that were used, and add both a blanket and some warm weather gear to your trunk.
  • Check to make sure that you have enough antifreeze, and test that your heater is working ahead of time, before it gets too cold.
  • Consider getting some windshield wiper fluid that is designed for winter weather, or at least make sure you have enough regular fluid.
  • Grab a quality ice scraper, some thick gloves, and small shovel and put them in you car, so you will be ready the very first time snow strikes.
  • Lastly, make sure your oil is at the right level and clean, and perhaps even switch to winter-grade engine oil.


For more information on how to prepare your car for winter, or to start the season behind the wheel of something totally new, contact us or visit us anytime at Mountaineer Mitsubishi.

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10 Songs Perfect for Road Trips

Vacation destinations can be a ton of fun! However, the trip to get to them can be quite boring. However, that trip doesn’t have to be dull when you burst out belting these 10 songs perfect for road trips!

Songs Perfect for Road Trips

  1. “On the Road Again” by Willie Nelson- Willie Nelson’s tribute to traveling is the best way to start out a road trip.
  2. “Life is a Highway” by Tom Cochrane- Jam out this this song while heading out on the highway.
  3. “I’ve Been Everywhere” by Johnny Cash- Compare everywhere that you have been with all of the places that Johnny Cash has been.
  4. “Born to Be Wild” by Steppenwolf- It might be a bit cliché, but you will never feel tougher on the road than you will while singing this song.
  5. “Take It Easy” by the Eagles- This relaxing song will get you through the more stressful moments of your trip.
  6. “Fast Car” by Tracy Chapman- You don’t need a fast car to get caught up in the infectious beat of this single.
  7. “Every Day Is a Winding Road” by Sheryl Crow- Sheryl Crow’s hit song has become synonymous with feel-good road trips.
  8. “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” by The Proclaimers- You don’t have to understand what “haver” means to enjoy this road trip classic.
  9. “Born to Run” by Bruce Springsteen- While you may not exactly be running in your car, you will still connect with this classic by the Boss himself!
  10. “Holiday Road” by Lindsey Buckingham- Whether you are going to Walley World or not, this song will remind you that your vacation could always be a little crazier!

Don’t forget if you are heading out on the open road, get your car checked!

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Affordable 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Named One of KBB’s 10 Best

Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com has honored the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander as one of their 10 Most Affordable Three-Row Vehicles of 2016, landing impressively at third place on the list, and cementing the vehicle’s spot as one of the best family-friendly models on the road.


To be eligible for the list, vehicles must be able to seat either seven or eight passengers, and all of the models are in a price range of $23,000 to $30,000.


Concerning the Outlander, Chief Operating Officer of MMNA Don Swearingen said, “Our objective was to provide consumers with a reliable, value-oriented vehicle that offers them the technology, safety and utility today’s families require”


And it’s clear that Mitsubishi has achieved just that with the latest Outlander, which has also been praised for its safety features, fuel efficiency, and versatility.


To learn more about the affordable 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander or to check one out in person, 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.

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How to Spring Clean Your Car’s Interior

Spring has finally sprung, which means it is finally time to head outside! However, before you do, you may want to consider cleaning the inside of your vehicle. Over the course of winter, plenty of dust and junk can accumulate in the interior cabin of your vehicle. In order to get rid of it all, follow these steps on how to spring clean your car’s interior.

Step 1: Brush the Vents

The heating vents in your vehicle are certainly used quite a lot during the winter. This also means that dust can accumulate inside the vents. Use a fine brush to clean out the crevices of your vehicle’s vents. Also, keep a vacuum nearby so that the dust doesn’t just float away to somewhere else!

Step 2: Clean Your Interior Windows

Most drivers remember to clean their outside windows. Unfortunately, many forget to clean the inside of the windows as well. Be sure that you do clean them, using a rag in a circular motion.

Step 3: Polish the Leather

Leather is a nice feature to have inside your vehicle’s cabin. Therefore, it is important to keep it looking nice. Using the right cleaners and a gentle hand, polish the leather surfaces of your car to make them look good as new.

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