Tips for Holiday Travel

tips for Holiday travel

When the holidays arrive, so does the rush of holiday travelers and the congestion they cause. Nothing quite puts a damper on your holiday celebrations than bad traffic, but keeping a number of key tips in mind will help you better avoid the hassle and get to your destination with your sanity intact.

 

Alternative routes

 

Most people will resort to taking major highways and familiar routes on their journey. If you want to avoid traffic and potentially enjoy a more peaceful, scenic route, do a little research to find an alternative route to your destination.

 

Leave early

 

Another way to avoid heavy traffic is to beat the rush. This could mean leaving extra early in the morning, or even adjusting your schedule so that, for example, you’re traveling the Monday before Thanksgiving rather than that Wednesday. Try to anticipate when most people will be driving and adjust your schedule to avoid that date and time.

 

Vehicle maintenance

 

Nothing is worse than some unexpected issue with your vehicle delaying your trip. Avoid this unwanted circumstance by getting your oil changed and having your vehicle checked before you leave. Certain things like car batteries and tires are very sensitive to low temperatures and should be given special attention this time of year.

 

Be rested

 

It’s important to get a good night’s sleep before any long journey on the road. Make sure that you are packed ahead of time and have prepared all foods, gifts, or other items before the eve of your departure so that you can relax and get a restful night of sleep.

 

If you’re traveling this holiday season, there’s no better companion than a stylish and intelligent new vehicle. You can find that very thing at the Pantili Mitsubishi showroom.

 

Mitsubishi’s Next-Generation Infotainment System Comes from Partnership with Google

Mitsubishi’s next-generation infotainment

Technology is always moving forward. Mitsubishi’s next-generation infotainment system will be powered by Android. Last month, Mitsubishi announced it was partnering with Google to embed new Android operating systems into its future vehicles.

These new systems are set to make their debut starting in 2021. The next-generation technology will feature turn-by-turn navigation through Google Maps, the ability to answer calls and respond to messages, have access to automotive apps in the Google Play Store, find information, and manage vehicle function with voice controls with the Google Assistant.

Kal Mos, Global Vice President of Alliance Connected Vehicles at Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi, said, “With the integration of the Android platform into our infotainment systems, we are adding a new level of intelligence to our connected vehicles. In the future, the Google Assistant, which employs Google’s leading AI technology, can become the main way customers interact with their vehicles, hands-free.”

The new technology will also allow Mitsubishi to add unique customer interfaces and features specific to its brand that will work with the Android platform. Users will also have access to more connectivity and cloud-based services. The system will also utilize over-the-air upgrades, remote diagnostics, and secure data management. With these features, future Mitsubishi models will have one of the most intelligent in-car infotainment systems available.

To learn more about the infotainment options in current Mitsubishi vehicles,  contact us at Pantili Mitsubishi.

Mitsubishi Extends a Helping Hand to The Asher House to Support Shelter Dogs

Asher House

A simple evaluation of a company’s ethics can be performed by looking at its philanthropic endeavors, and Mitsubishi excels across the board. This August, Mitsubishi announced that it will be extending a helping hand to Lee Asher and The Asher House, which is an organization that strives to help shelter dogs find the loving, forever homes they deserve.

To support The Asher House’s work and mission, Mitsubishi has given the organization an all-new 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, the brand’s smart new crossover.

In recognition of The Asher House’s remarkable work, Mark Chaffin (chief operating officer, MMNA), said, “Lee started with a passion when he created The Asher House and it has become a movement to help raise awareness for rescue animals and shelters across the country; Asher’s bold decision to take action on his ambition is admirable and we’re privileged to be able to help support his mission.”

Lee founded The Asher House in 2017, quitting his job to devote all his time to raising awareness, de-stigmatizing shelter dogs, and helping them find homes. So far, Lee has helped 146 dogs find forever homes.

The 2018 Eclipse Cross will give Lee and his team an invaluable amount of support for years to come, helping him travel across the country and continue carrying out The Asher House’s work. Our team at Pantili Mitsubishi wishes Lee and all the pups the best of luck!

Best First Cars for Teen Drivers

first cars for teen drivers

If you have a young driver in your family, he or she has probably asked for their own car at least once. We can all remember the freedom and excitement that came with our first cars. If you are considering helping your teen get a car, here are some of the best first cars for teen drivers. These models are great choices, whether you are buying new or used.

Mitsubishi Outlander

The Outlander will give your teen plenty of growing room. It comes standard with two rows of seats, which leaves lots of cargo space behind the second row. This is ideal for when he or she heads off to college and has lots of stuff to pack.

Outlander Sport

For a crossover that is a bit smaller, go with the Outlander Sport. It still offers lots of space, sophisticated styling, and great technology features.

Mitsubishi Mirage

If you are concerned about the cost of fuel, the Mirage hatchback will help your teen save money. It is one of the most fuel-efficient non-hybrid vehicles on the road today. And, it is one of the most affordable, too.

Mitsubishi Lancer

The Lancer sedan is no longer in production, so you will only find used models, but it is affordable, versatile, and offers great performance that is sure to excite your teen.

If you want to see examples of these models, contact us at Pantili Mitsubishi or check our online inventory for more information.

Mitsubishi Lauded by Automotive Science Group

Automotive Science Group

Look out, auto industry: Mitsubishi Motors is snagging top awards left and right. This June, the Automotive Science Group honored the automaker with two prestigious awards, naming the brand the “Best All-Around Performance Brand” and the “Best Economic Performance Brand.” The 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage was also honored, earning the “Best Economic Performance Award” and the “Best 5 All-Around Performance Award.” Last month, the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander and Outlander PHEV were named “Best 5 All-Around Performance” winners as well.

The Automotive Science Group (ASG), which is a leading research company, thoroughly evaluates each brand and vehicle before bestowing its top awards. The researchers evaluate three core categories: environmental, social, and economic. This year, Mitsubishi competed against 32 other automotive companies. In testing, the Mitsubishi brand surpassed the other brands by an average of 16%, which is no small feat.

The Mirage, on the other hand, was up against even steeper competition. To be given the “Best Economic Performance Award,” the car had to outcompete 1,663 other vehicles. Remarkably, the ASG declared that the Mirage “holds the smallest life-cycle carbon footprint of any conventional powertrain.” The small car was also given the “Best 5 All-Around Performance Award” for its exceptional value, beating out 351 other vehicles to be named among the top five.

Visit Pantili Mitsubishi to test-drive these award-winning vehicles and see why Mitsubishi is worthy of such high distinctions.

How to Increase Fuel Efficiency

increase fuel efficiency

With hybrid options like the new Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, outstanding fuel efficiency is becoming more accessible than ever. But did you know that there are changes you could be making to your driving habits right now that will increase fuel efficiency no matter the vehicle? These tips will help you save on fuel starting today.

 

Don’t Idle

 

Letting your car idle is bad for the environment and bad for your fuel consumption as well. If you know that your vehicle will be inactive for more than 10 seconds, turn it off to make the most of your fuel.

 

Cool Off Efficiently

 

If you’re driving in the city, windows down is the most fuel efficient way of cooling your car in the summertime. On highway driving, however, using the air conditioning is the better option as windows down decreases aerodynamics at high speeds.

 

Brake and Accelerate Slowly

 

Heavy braking and rapid acceleration use up gasoline that you could otherwise be saving. Get in the habit of accelerating slowly and letting off the gas to slow down rather than braking last minute.

 

Lighten the Load

 

Extra weight in your car takes away from fuel efficiency. If you want the most from your car’s performance, keep it free of clutter both in the cabin and in the trunk.

 

If you’re ready to upgrade to a more fuel efficient vehicle, visit Pantili Mitsubishi to check out our extensive inventive of gas-saving and eco-friendly vehicles.

Follow These Spring Car Care Tips to Keep your Vehicle Running Smoothly Year Round

Spring Car care tips

Winter can be especially taxing on your vehicle. That’s why it’s important to perform some regular maintenance when spring rolls around. Now that winter is finally over, be sure to follow these spring car care tips to keep your vehicle in great condition, and be sure to visit our service center to ensure your vehicle is in the best shape possible.

 

Tire Maintenance

 

Your vehicle’s tires are the only point of contact between your car and the road. As such, it’s hard to over-emphasize the importance of regular tire maintenance. This spring, make sure your car’s tires are evenly inflated and have sufficient tread.

 

Fluid Check

 

Regularly checking on and changing important fluids, including your engine’s oil, might sound like a pain, but it is an extremely important part of keeping your vehicle in good working order. Call us today to schedule an oil change so you can count on optimal performance.

 

Wash and Wax

 

Let’s be honest: a clean car is just more fun to drive. But, washing your vehicle’s exterior is also a good way to remove corrosive substances that tend to build up during.

 

Check A/C

 

Before the temperature rises too much, test your air conditioner to make sure it is working properly. If it’s not working as well as it used to, schedule a maintenance check with us so you can stay comfortable throughout the summer months.

 

For all your car maintenance needs — in spring and throughout the year — call us at Pantili Mitsubishi.

New Mitsubishi SUV Could Join the Lineup

New Mitsubishi SUV

Rumors surrounding a new Mitsubishi SUV have been sparking for the past few months, and now it appears the Japanese automaker is feeding the flames. Enthusiasts are clamoring about the addition of an off-road SUV to the manufacturer’s lineup, a gap that has remained vacant since 2006.

Mitsubishi’s sales are going strong in North America, China, and Europe, making this the ideal time to introduce a new SUV. The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross recently joined the SUV lineup, bringing the total number of available utility vehicles to four. An interview with the vice president of Mitsubishi design reveals that there may be more SUVs yet to come.

“Yes, that is one thing we are looking at. A new SUV,” said Tsuneshiro Kunimoto, vice president and general manager of Mitsubishi design. “The SUV is still growing, also in China and Europe, so it [an SUV] would be a good decision for Mitsubishi.”

Although it’s still available as the Mitsubishi Pajero in most of the world, the Montero officially left the United States market in 2006. The absence has left a hole in the North American Mitsubishi lineup. With a new Mitsubishi SUV looking likely, who’s to say that the next model won’t fill the off-road gap that the Montero left vacant?

To see the current lineup of Mitsubishi vehicles, visit Pantili Mitsubishi.

Get Your Car Ready for Spring with These 3 Tips

Get your car ready for spring

For many drivers, the approaching end of winter is a welcome event. Winter driving can be stressful, and the unpredictable weather can take a toll on your vehicle. So, as the cold season finally draws to an end, be sure to get your car ready for spring with these easy tips from Pantili Mitsubishi.

 

Check your tires

 

Colder temperatures can cause the air in your tires to expand and contract. As spring rolls in, it’s important to check your tires to make sure they are all properly inflated. Also, be sure to monitor your tire tread and replace your tires if any of them are worn out.

 

Replace your wipers

 

If your windshield wiper blades are dry, cracked, broken, or bent, it’s time to replace them. Doing so is relatively cheap and is extremely important to overall safety on the road.

 

Get a wash

 

Spring is the perfect time to hit the car wash. Not only does it feel great to have a clean car, but it also prevents rust damage and helps you spot any of the other body damage that is common over the winter months.

 

It’s simple and easy to check your tires, replace your wiper blades, and get your car washed. As spring approaches, taking these basic maintenance steps can give you the peace of mind to focus on what’s most important: enjoying the onset of warmer weather.

New Outlander PHEV Makes U.S. Debut

2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Mitsubishi has been holding back one of its niche favorites from U.S. shores for years. While the Mitsubishi Outlander and Outlander Sport have been making a splash in the American market, the Outlander name has also been earning green car credibility elsewhere with a plug-in hybrid model. The new Outlander Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) has finally made its way to the U.S. for the 2018 model year, bringing with it affordable efficiency like you’ve never seen.

 

The 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has all the bold, modern design and adventurous elespirit people have come to expect from the standard Outlander Sport, with the five-passenger design and upscale driving dynamics reflecting the vehicle on which it’s based. However, the powertrain provides a convenient plug-in hybrid system – one of the few on the market to also come with All-Wheel Control and amenities like DC Quick Charging. Quick charging allows drivers to get the Outlander PHEV back to an 80% charge in as little as 25 minutes. It’s even rated at 74 MPGe.*

 

The new Outlander PHEV is like nothing else on the market, and the few hybrid SUVs that come close are far above its price point. If you’re looking for an affordable and capable way to drive green, check out the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV at Pantili Mitsubishi.

 

*Combined fuel economy – Electricity + Gasoline