Tips for Travelling with Pets This Summer

travelling with pets

More and more drivers prefer to travel with their pets, especially on summer vacations. That’s why we at Pantili Mitsubishi have written these tips for travelling with pets. From proper restraints to knowing when to take a break, there are some important things to keep in mind when driving with your furry companion.

According to the DMV, driving with a pet is like driving with a small child in many ways. You should never leave them unattended, always use proper safety equipment, and be prepared for messes. In particular, you should stop every two hours for water and a bathroom break when travelling with dogs, and never leave them in the car. Temperatures can soar on hot days, which is often fatal for pets.

Avoid letting your pet stick its head out the window, regardless of how much it might enjoy it. That’s because this can cause respiratory problems, road debris can strike your pet, and they can escape in the event of an accident. Pets should be in small carriers that securely strap into the seat. For big dogs, consider buying a rear seat barrier.

Finally, be prepared for messes. Some companies offer no-spill dog bowls for your pet to have fresh water all the time, and many suggest travelling with newspaper, towels, and cleaning supplies.

To avoid car sickness on long trips, try car training. This involves taking short trips with your pet to get them acclimated. Above all, if you notice your pet is too stressed, consider just leaving them at home.

Recreated Model A Marks Mitsubishi’s 100-Year Anniversary

Mitsubishi’s 100-Year Anniversary

Partnering with West Coast Customs, Mitsubishi recently developed a special version of the model that inspired it all: the Mitsubishi Model A. In celebration of Mitsubishi’s 100-year anniversary, the 1917 vehicle will be recreated with some new additions, including a plug-in hybrid powertrain.

According to Mitsubishi, the Mitsubishi Model A recreation was the first car to have the Mitsubishi emblem, launching in Japan with a limited 22-car production. Featured in an episode of Inside West Coast Customs on the Velocity network, the Mitsubishi Model A is a four-door seven-seat sedan that has a town car body style.

“We’re proud to be a 100-year-old brand with a rich heritage in the automotive landscape. The Mitsubishi Model A is the vehicle that paved the way for many other unique and exciting models over the years and we’re excited to re-design it with West Coast Customs,” said Francine Harsini, senior director of marketing at MMNA.

In lieu of the 35-horsepower 2.8-liter four-cylinder engine in the original, the new Model A will have a plug-in hybrid powertrain borrowed from the Outlander PHEV. This includes the Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) system and a 2.0-liter gas engine that’s paired with two high-performance electric motors. The new Model A is just one of the many ways Mitsubishi is celebrating its 100-year anniversary.

We at Pantili Mitsubishi couldn’t be happier to be a part of the Mitsubishi legacy.

Mitsubishi Named Finalist for 2017 WOMMY Awards

The Word of Mouth Marketing Association, or WOMMA, recently named Mitsubishi one of the top brands in the industry. Mitsubishi is one of three finalists for the Introduction Award category for the 2017 WOMMY Awards, offered for the most remarkable word-of-mouth marketing and social media. Essentially, people love Mitsubishi models so much that they talk about the brand more than any other in the industry.

According to Mitsubishi, the brand is receiving recognition from WOMMA for the recent “Kids Talk Safety” campaign. This program let kids use their imagination to explain some of the latest safety features Mitsubishi offers. This includes some of the complex driver assist technologies that hit the market, especially those offered on the Mitsubishi Outlander.

“We challenged our social media team to come up with an unexpected campaign that touted the safety features in the 2017 Outlander in an engaging way that broke through the clutter in the social world,” said Francine Harsini, senior director of marketing.

The WOMMY Award is one of the most prestigious brand image awards on the market. Here at Pantili Mitsubishi, we couldn’t be happier that customers are talking about Mitsubishi vehicles more than any other brand. This just goes to show just how impressive Mitsubishi truly is.

Off-Roading Tips: Dos and Don’ts

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The 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is one of the many Mitsubishi vehicles with available AWC systems.

Going off road is one of the best ways to enjoy your Mitsubishi model, particularly those offered with the innovative All-Wheel-Control (AWC) system. Nevertheless, there are some important off-roading tips to keep in mind before you hit the trail. From safety to common sense, we’ve compiled some of the most important things to keep in mind.

According to Popular Mechanics, it’s essential to read the terrain. That means you should scout out the trail before you speed through, looking for dangerous spots, sharp turns, and cliffs. You should look for points on the horizon where the trail disappears, which signals a sharp dip or turn. Finally, look for topographical maps of the area if possible.

Next, put it into four-wheel drive as soon as you hit the trail. It sounds like common sense, but many drivers get the adrenaline going and forget to turn on 4WD. Before you know it, you could get stuck. Additionally, you should go through a pre-trail checklist, including 4WD, a stocked first aid kit, and more.

Finally, take recovery gear. If you get stuck, you should be prepared with essentials like heavy-duty tow straps (with fabric loops, not metal), tow hooks, a winch, and gloves. You may also want to stock your first aid kit just in case as well. These are just some of many tips we at Pantili Mitsubishi recommend.

New Mitsubishi Mirage Design Is Among Most Affordable on Market

Mitsubishi Mirage design

The Mitsubishi Mirage was recently named one of the most affordable vehicles to lease. This model comes with a practical, sporty design that’s ideal for virtually any driver, and it also happens to be one of the most affordable vehicles on the market. If you’re looking for the best bang for your buck, check out the new Mirage.

The Mitsubishi Mirage design is one of the major reasons it’s so affordable, as it’s built with lightweight yet durable materials. According to Mitsubishi, the new Mirage comes with a range of great features like a 3.0-liter engine, Rockford-Fosgate speakers, and more. The new Mirage also has smartphone connectivity to improve infotainment like never before.

“Growella listed the top 100 vehicles according to the affordability of lease it offers consumers. The Mitsubishi Mirage ranked number one,” said Mitsubishi in a release. “The Mirage was recognized for its low depreciation, insurance rate, and was rated at $79 for average monthly cost of gas. All together, Growella estimated the monthly Mirage lease cost of $219, the lowest of the 100 vehicles in the study.”

In addition to its affordable design, the new Mirage also comes with one of the best warranties in the industry, offering up to 10 years/100,000 miles of coverage. Stop by Pantili Mitsubishi to learn more about the latest Mirage.

Warm Weather, Sunny Skies: Spring Driving Tips

spring driving tips

Spring weather is warmer, sunnier, and wetter—reasons you may need to change your driving habits. Here is a list of spring driving tips to keep in mind as you hit the road in the coming months, as spring showers can lead to dangerous roadways. From driving habits to maintenance, there are some helpful ideas to remember.

According to AARP, you should be extra careful after it rains. Roads are often covered with a thin layer of oil, and, when combined with rain water, can be incredibly slick. Try to go 10 mph slower while it rains and immediately after to prevent unnecessary accidents. Also, be sure to get new wipers if yours are in poor shape.

Next, you’ll have to share the road with bikes and motorcycles. Warm weather brings more people outdoors, increasing the risk of a collision in many areas. One important tip to remember is that motorcycles and bikes alter your spatial perception because they are smaller than cars; therefore, you’re driving closer than you might think. Be sure to give motorcycles and bikes extra space to ensure safety.

Finally, talk to your doctor before taking allergy medications and driving. Many may cause drowsiness and slow reaction time, making them dangerous to take while behind the wheel. If your allergies are severe enough, it may be a bad idea to drive at all.

These are some of many spring driving tips. Want to get your car in working order for the spring? Stop by Pantili Mitsubishi to let our experts have a look.

New Mitsubishi SUV to Debut in Geneva

Geneva Motor Show

The Geneva Motor Show will take place March 7th through the 19th in Geneva, Switzerland. At this year’s show, a new Mitsubishi SUV will be revealed. It will join the Outlander Sport, Outlander, and Outlander PHEV midsize SUVs.

We don’t know much about this new Mitsubishi SUV. However, Mitsubishi has released a teaser image that shows a profile of the new crossover. In the image, we see a stylish design, which Mitsubishi describes as an “active looking coupe SUV shape.” It has heavily flared fenders, a steeply raked rear window, dramatic character line running along the side, and a wedge-shaped belt line.

According to Autoblog, there are rumors that the new crossover will use the Mitsubishi Eclipse name, which was last used on a sporty, compact coupe through the 2012 model year.

Besides describing the new SUV as “compact,” Mitsubishi didn’t say where in the lineup it would sit. Many in the industry suspect it will be smaller than the Outlander Sport, meaning it would compete with other subcompact crossovers like the Chevrolet Trax and Honda HR-V.

Here at Pantili Mitsubishi, we can’t wait to see what this new Mitsubishi SUV will be and are looking forward to seeing it on our showroom floor.

How to Keep Your Car Organized and Clean

Car with messy trunk

Does your trunk look like these? These tips might help! Photo courtesy of State Farm.

If your car always seems to be filled with junk or collects piles of trash, you might need some help getting organized. Today, we’ll share some tips with you on how to keep your car organized and clean, so you don’t have to be embarrassed the next time someone asks for a ride.

The first thing you’ll need to do is clean your car. This will likely taking longer than you realize, so plan it for a weekend day when you have plenty of time. Consider driving to a local car wash that has a vacuum. Take everything out of your car. Throw away all the trash, and separate everything else into two categories—things to put back in your car and things you need to put somewhere else.

Once you’ve taken everything out of your car, including the floor mats, it’s time to vacuum. Start at the top of your car and work your way down. For your floor mats, if they’re rubber, hose them down. If they’re carpet, vacuum them as well as you can. Or you can always hose these down, too, and leave them outside until they’re completely dry.

Now that you’ve cleaned, take control of your clutter with the proper tools. Have a dedicated container or bag for trash that you empty regularly, like when you fill up your gas tank.

Finally, utilize the storage compartments already in your car to keep your necessities organized. Get additional storage containers if you need more room.

Brand New Mitsubishi Crossover Model to Debut at Geneva Motor Show

New Mitsubishi Crossover

Mitsubishi has big plans for the upcoming Geneva Auto Show this March, including the release of a brand new Mitsubishi crossover model. The vehicle is set to get its debut in Geneva and then go on sale in the United States in early 2018.

We don’t know too much about the new vehicle yet, but rumor has it that it will fit in between the Mitsubishi Outlander and the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport in the vehicle lineup, as a small-ish crossover.

Of course, the compact crossover segment is a crowded one, but with the Outlander and Outlander Sport, Mitsubishi has been crushing the competition. We think the new Mitsubishi crossover will do just as well.

The new vehicle is said to be powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder engine and come with Mitsubishi’s “diamond shield” grille design. Also, given its size, we can assume that the vehicle will be quite fuel-efficient and likely accommodate a good number of passengers.

For now, that’s about all we know. Keep your eyes peeled until March, when the Geneva Auto Show gets to host the new Mitsubishi vehicle, and in the meantime, we’ll let keep you apprised of updates.

To learn more about what Mitsubishi has planned – or to check out our enormous selection of current Mitsubishi vehicles – contact us or visit us anytime at Pantili Mitsubishi.

New Year’s Driving Resolutions

 New Year’s Driving ResolutionsIf you still haven’t chosen a New Year’s resolution, then we have the perfect idea for you: Become a better driver. This goal doesn’t involve any significant amount of skill, time, or money. All you have to do is observe your surroundings and follow a few basic rules, making you a safer and more responsible driver.

Here are a few New Year’s driving resolutions to get you started:

  • Familiarize yourself with your vehicle; have you actually read your owner’s manual?
  • Make a seatbelt rule in your car, not only enforcing it upon yourself but also upon your passengers, no matter what.
  • Slow down this year! Not only is it much safer to drive more slowly, but also, it increases your fuel economy.
  • Stop driving on empty. As your gasoline level reaches its lowest, your engine has to work harder, with dirtier gasoline, causing damage with time.
  • Put together a hand-written maintenance log and keep it in your glove box, keeping track of your oil changes, tire checks, etc.
  • Finally, put a stop to drunk driving – and never ever drive while under the influence again.

For more safe driving tips – or to start the year out behind the wheel of a brand new vehicle – contact us or visit us anytime at Pantili Mitsubishi.