Two New Mitsubishi Models Could Be Coming to US Next Year

Mitsubishi had a great sales year in 2014, and are now looking to expand on that success by creating some fresh offerings. According to CEO Osamu Masuko, two new Mitsubishi models could be ready as early as next year.

According to Automotive News, in addition to the Outlander PHEV plug-in hybrid crossover and Mirage sedan, Mitsubishi is planning a plug-in hybrid version of the Outlander Sport and the Montero SUV.

The really good news here is not just that Mitsubishi had a great sales year, or even just that new Mitsubishi models are coming to America. The truly great news is that Mitsubishi is doing well in the US and isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

“We are trying to introduce new vehicles,” Osamu Masuko told AutoNews. “We aren’t thinking of withdrawing whatsoever.”

Here at Mountaineer Mitsubishi, we are ecstatic about all of the good news that’s been coming Mitsubishi’s way lately. And while the new Mitsubishi models sound promising, there are plenty of other great vehicles available in their current lineup, as well. Stop by and test drive one today!

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Mitsubishi Hybrid Vehicle Looks Awesome in New Photos

The Los Angeles Auto Show is always full of new and interesting concepts and technologies. This year, the XR-PHEV was among those newcomers. The XR –PHEV, a new Mitsubishi hybrid vehicle, looks awesome as well as efficient in a gallery of pictures taken at the LA Auto Show. The car is just a concept at this point, of course, but it’s got the potential to be much more.

It’s a plug-in crossover concept that seems to occupy a big space in the next logical leap for the new car market, given the current success of both the EV and the compact crossover segments.  “We also brought it to L.A. to reinforce the message that Mitsubishi is here to stay in the United States,” Don Swearingen, Mitsubishi Motors North America Executive President, said in a statement. “As we regrow the brand, we will introduce new models while updating existing ones, creating a new look and a new value proposition for the brand.”

That’s good news for us here at Mountaineer Mitsubishi, and certainly good news for you Mitsubishi fans out there as well. Check out all of the pictures of the new hybrid concept online, and then come see us to check out the current inventory we have on sale for you today.

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Tips for Shoveling Your Driveway This Winter

Shoveling your driveway and sidewalk is one of the unfortunate realities of winter, but it is something that must be done. Believe it or not, this relatively simple (if not totally undesirable) task can actually become an even bigger problem if you don’t know how to do it correctly.

Though it might be cold out there, one thing to remember is not to over-dress. Wearing too many layers can cause your body temperature to rise too quickly—especially when you consider that you are exerting energy by shoveling—and you could actually find yourself at risk for passing out. To make sure this doesn’t happen, bring some fluid out there with you—whether it’s some cold water or a thermos of hot tea—and stay hydrated.

Another thing to remember is that your form is going to be important if you want to make sure that you come away without an achy back. Be sure to lift with your legs, and reduce the need to carry large amounts of snow over long distances by picking a point in the middle of your job for piling.

Finally, be sure to take a break when you need to do. No job has to be done in a hot minute, so take time to warm up or cool down, whatever your need. If you want to take a longer break, why not stop over to Mountaineer Mitsubishi to check out the winter-ready Outlander and Outlander Sport?

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New Mitsubishi Models for North America Announced

New Mitsubishi Models for North America

Over the course of the last few years, Mitsubishi has been slowly increasing its influence on the American car market. Now, on the heels of its first major profit in this market, the Japanese carmaker is looking to introduce new Mitsubishi models for North America, building on the company’s current momentum.

While there isn’t much information out yet about the exact types of models Mitsubishi will release, we do know that there will be two possible new entries as early as next year. One of these will be the long-awaited Outlander PHEV plug-in hybrid crossover, a much needed entry in the hybrid segment. Another possible model is a sedan version of the Mitsubishi Mirage subcompact hatchback. The automaker is also considering a possible hybrid version of the Montero SUV, according to CEO Osamu Masuko.

Currently, Mitsubishi has seen an increase of 20 percent in North American sales with a sales target of 116,000 vehicles. With these types of numbers, it comes as no surprise that more models will arrive in our growing market soon.

What type of models would you like to see from Mitsubishi in the future? Share your thoughts with Mountaineer Mitsubishi below!

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Revisited Mitsubishi Outlander SE Still Holding Strong on the Road

Outlander SE

It’s been a year since we first saw the 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander SE S-AWC hit lots around the states, so it’s about time we see how it’s been holding up long-run. After all, the initial response at launch is always telling of what to expect of the car when you first buy it, but it’s the long-term assessments that really judge the quality of the car.

Motor Trend recently wrote about a revisited Mitsubishi Outlander SE and gave the vehicle a year’s end review. Fortunately, they’ve got good things to say about the car in the long run. While some of the safety alerts tested nerves (as is true of most safety alarms, as people with a fire alarm near their kitchen will tell you), the folks at Motor Trend were pleased with their overall functionality, especially in bumper-to-bumper commutes. The adaptive cruise control helped their driver overall with long-term travel as it made the drive a lot smoother.

The car’s speed and acceleration are stable and reliable without bringing too much noise to passengers. The Outlander SE can also get up to highway speeds and maintain them without the protest drivers can often hear in other cars. It also yielded an average 24.0 mpg fuel economy.

Mountaineer Mitsubishi has plenty of options for you if you’d like to revisit the Outlander for yourself – or perhaps check it out for the first time. For pricing options and more, visit us or contact us today!

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Check Out These Helpful Winter Driving Tips

winter driving tips

Plan for the worst and everything else will be a pleasant surprise. While we’re not suggesting you drive every day of the winter expecting to get stranded in a blizzard, there are quite a few things you can do to ensure you fare just fine in the event of a snowstorm.  The Huffington Post shared some of these winter driving tips.

Freezing Anti-Freeze: Make absolutely sure that the type of anti-freeze that you use is rated for the lowest temperatures in your area.

Going Blind: Top off your windshield wiping fluid as often as you can. With salt trucks everywhere, the moisture and salt makes a terrible mix for visibility.

Let There Be Light: A flashlight is absolutely essential. Visibility can be reduced dramatically during a blizzard, especially at night. In case of a breakdown, you may need to use the flashlight for a signal.

Who’s Hungry…and Cold: Stash some food in your ride, specifically things that keep well like jerky or peanut butter.  Also, throw some blankets in your car as well as extra gloves and a hat.

Those of us here at Mountaineer Mitsubishi wish you a safe and joyous winter!

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Important Tips for Safe Driving at Night


Tips for safe driving at night

Poor vision, fatigue, and driving under the influence all play a major role in increasing the risk of an accident when driving at night. The National Safety Council offers several tips for safe driving at night, providing ways of reducing the impact of these factors and ensuring a safer driving experience for everyone on the road after the sun goes down.

  1. Keep your lights – headlights, tail lights, signal lights – and your windows clean to allow for the best visibility possible. You should also be sure your headlights are aimed correctly. If they are not in the proper alignment, your ability to see directly in front of you is decreased, and the lights are potentially obsuring the vision of drivers on the opposite side of the road. We can help you with cleaning and alignment here at Mountaineer Mitsubishi.
  2. Reduce your speed while driving at night. We often feel the need to speed when we are heading home to our families and warm beds after a long day, especially when it seems like the roads are clear because everyone else is already home. Be careful not to become so focused on the destination that you fail to slow down and travel safely. If you are too tired to drive, don’t. Make other arrangements or take a nap before continuing your journey.
  3. Do not drink and drive. Obviously, this is an obvious recommendation; but since alcohol is still a leading factor in fatal motor vehicle accidents, the point bears repeating. In addition, refrain from smoking and driving and night. The nicotine and carbon monoxide released when you smoke negatively affect your night vision.

As dusk changes to night earlier these days and more of us find ourselves driving at night, let’s all keep these tips in mind and work together to keep our roads safe at night.

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2015 Mitsubishi Mirage’s Fuel Economy Ratings Are Best of Any Non-Hybrid

2015 Mitsubishi Mirage’s fuel economy

The 2015 Mirage five-door compact hatchback has earned the top fuel economy rating of any non-hybrid or non-electric vehicle in America. The 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage’s fuel economy is rated at an impressive 37 mpg city and 44 mpg highway, which is about the same as many hybrid models (but available at a fraction of the cost).

The Mirage has a price tag even lower than most used vehicles, which tend to retail for around $17,000. In comparison, the five-speed manual Mirage is available as low as $13,805, which makes it the third cheapest new car in America. The super-efficient Mirage with a CVT goes for just $14,905. In terms of safety features, the car comes with electronic stability control, anti-lock brakes, and an abundance of air bags that keep you and your passengers protected.

The Detroit News says the light Mirage comes with impressive standard features that consist of a “rear spoiler, power outside mirrors, micron air filter, carpeted floor mats, keyless entry with panic alarm, power windows and door locks and air conditioning.” The car’s audio system can accommodate both CDs and MP3s, and every Mirage comes with a USB port.

To experience the 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage’s fuel economy for yourself, stop by Mountaineer Mitsubishi and test drive this incredible value today!

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New Concept Ups the Outlander PHEV’s Visual Appeal at Paris Motor Show

Paris Motor Show

The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is one of the coolest vehicles we’ve seen at Mountaineer Mitsubishi. It’s a 2.0-liter four-cylinder hooked up to an electric motor and Twin Motor 4WD system for enhanced power and drivability.

It perhaps hasn’t caught on as well as Mitsubishi would have liked, but that all changed at the 2014 Paris Motor Show, when the automaker revealed the new Outlander PHEV Concept-S, which adds massive improvements to the compact SUV.

The update includes a new front-end design, which now features bold chromed accent moldings on either side of the badge and wraparound headlamps. Inside, black wood grain trim with silver accent and soft, hand-stitched fine leather just beckon you to stay.

Under the hood, the new concept is more or less the same, though we would argue Mitsu doesn’t need to fix or change something that is far from broken. But thanks to a redesigned image, however, the Outlander PHEV finally looks the part.

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Will the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo’s Replacement be an SUV?

Mitsubishi Lancer Evo’s Replacement

If reports from Autocar UK are correct, then the outgoing Mitsubishi Lancer Evo’s replacement will be a high-performance hybrid SUV. Mitsubishi product boss Kanenori Okamoto told Autocar UK that “the Lancer Evolution will not exist as we know it. It will be replaced in spirit by an SUV with high performance.”

As points out, this should really come as no surprise, since Mitsubishi Motor Sports has kept their focus on developing electric technology, and has performed particularly well in the motor sports segment. Earlier this year, Mitsubishi Motor Sports won an impressive victory at Pikes Peak with the MiEV Evolution III, and the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is being tested on tough rally courses in the Asian Pacific.

One thing Mitsubishi Lancer Evo enthusiasts are hoping for is another platform built to easily accept aftermarket upgrades. The Lancer Evo was specifically designed for fans who like to tune and upgrade their power, and Mitsubishi made it easy for enthusiasts to build on their car’s performance. Evo fans have made it clear that they would be more likely to consider purchasing a new PHEV SUV if Mitsubishi continues to support aftermarket enhancements.

We don’t yet know exactly what will replace the beloved Lancer Evolution when it leaves the Mountaineer Mitsubishi showroom after this year, but we have our sights set on the Concept XR-PHEV Evolution. What do you think?

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