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

Give the Gift of New Mitsubishi Accessories

2015 Outlander Sport

Even if you don’t have a Valentine this year, you can still give presents to what you love – including your favorite Mitsubishi. New Mitsubishi accessories are a great way to indulge and give your vehicle a little bit of extra TLC.

 

Roof Rack Kit

Do you like to travel often or enjoy recreational, outdoorsy activities? Pick up a Roof Rack Kit to add some extra functionality to your favorite ride.

 

Chrome Door Handle or Side Mirror Covers

Add an edge of style to your Mitsubishi with chrome covers for your door handles or side mirrors. Some door-handle covers even come with a FAST Key system to make your life more convenient.

 

LED Fog Light Upgrade Kit

Show your vehicle some love with this upgrade to more modern, striking LED fog lights. They will boost visibility and look good, too.

 

Sunroof Wind Deflector

Love having a sun roof, but hate the wind noise? Improve the aerodynamics of your car for a quieter ride with a sunroof wind deflector.

 

Rear Spoiler

Add a sporty-cool vibe to your Mitsubishi by throwing in an athletic rear spoiler.

 

These new Mitsubishi accessories will give your vehicle a whole new look and feel for the road. If you’re interested in any of these parts, or adding a new Mitsubishi to your garage, visit us at Pantili Mitsubishi.

The History of Mitsubishi

100 Years of Mitsubishi

Mitsubishi produced its first car in 1917, but its history goes back even further than that, as one of the premier shipbuilding companies in Japan in the early 20th century. Mitsubishi’s very first car, the Model A, was designed as a luxury car for government officials, and only 22 were made.

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries was temporarily a major producer of military aircraft and ships during the first and second World Wars, but after the wars ended, it immediately began making vehicles again. The company split and merged multiple times over the next couple of decades, finally branching off into Mitsubishi Motors Corporation in 1970.

Mitsubishi established itself early on as a versatile brand, winning the Macau Grand Prix and setting a track record in 1962, starting some of the earliest electric vehicle research in the early 1970s, and selling a family vehicle as its first American-sold car. Mitsubishi continued to innovate throughout the 1970s and ‘80s, introducing Silent Shaft technology, the world’s first Turbo Diesel engine, and the first Active Electronically Controlled Suspension.

Mitsubishi won a wide range of awards throughout the decades, like the Car of the Year Award in Japan in 1987 and the Motor Trend Import Car of the Year Award in 1989 for the Galant VR-4. The 1990s saw such innovations as the industry-first Traction Control System, iconic sports cars like the Eclipse and the 3000GT, and direct-injection technology.

Considering its winning racing history, decades upon decades of innovation, and commitment to eco-friendly design, Mitsubishi has always been one of the most forward-thinking automakers in the industry. To find out more about the history of Mitsubishi, give us a call at Pantili Mitsubishi.

Make These Safe Driving New Year’s Resolutions

 

2018 is here, so it’s time to start thinking about what positive changes you’re going to make in the New Year. In 2018, we’d love to see a reduction in the number of traffic accidents and injuries, so consider making some safer driving New Year’s resolutions.

Ignore Your Phone

One way to drive safer in 2018 is to make a commitment to not use your phone while you’re driving. iPhones now have a driving feature that allows you to turn off notifications and not access your phone when it senses you’re driving. You should turn the ringer off, zip your phone in your purse, do whatever it takes to avoid distracted driving and keep your eyes on the road.

Leave a Little Earlier

Five minutes is all you need to ensure that you won’t have to rush. Go the speed limit, or as close as you can while still going with the flow of traffic. Speeding is the cause of a third of all fatal car accidents. Think about how many lives we could save if we all committed to leaving five minutes earlier and driving a bit slower.

Slow Down

Slower driving goes hand-in-hand with being calmer and working on road rage. Be polite to other drivers, don’t tailgate, and always use your turn signal when you switch lanes or turn. Be a good example for your kids, who learn from everything you do!

For more safe driving tips to help you with your 2018 New Year’s resolutions, give us a call at Pantili Mitsubishi.

Introducing the New 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

If you’ve been on the hunt for something capable, stylish, smart, and affordable, we have good news. The new 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport has received a number of updates this year. As the smaller, compact version of the Mitsubishi Outlander, the Outlander Sport offers a lot of bang for the buck.

The 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is powered by one of two smart engines. The standard 2.0-liter option delivers 148 horsepower and 145 lb-ft of torque, while a 168-horsepower 2.4-liter engine is also available. The Outlander Sport is an efficient option, boasting 24 mpg city and 30 mpg highway*, and with the available all-wheel drive it’s ready to pave the way off-road.

With new standard features, the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is better equipped than ever to keep passengers connected and safe on the road. A 7-inch touchscreen audio display is now standard in every trim, and features a rear-view camera. The second trim, the Outlander Sport SE 2.4, now comes with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ plus two USB ports. The highest trim, the Outlander Sport SEL 2.4, adds leather seating surfaces and available safety features like Forward Collision Mitigation and Lane Departure Warning.

No matter which trim you choose, we’re sure that you’ll be impressed by the many amenities and the friendly price tag. Learn more about what’s new in the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport by stopping by Pantilli Mitsubishi.

2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

Introducing the 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

You may have known the Mitsubishi Eclipse as a peppy sports car—and so have we. But that admirable vehicle has been out of production in the states since 2012. However, Mitsubishi is bringing the Eclipse name back, now in the form of a crossover utility vehicle. The 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross will carry over the same standard of peppy driving dynamics and intelligent technology that were set in the original Eclipse.

 

The 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross starts at a very affordable price, especially considering all that this crossover has to offer. Its sporty styling is reminiscent of a coupe, accented with things like LED brake lights and stunning color options. The cabin is crafted with premium materials and filled with smart technology. A 7-inch touchscreen audio display can sync to a passenger’s smartphone with the help of Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™. Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross updates also include a color head-up display which projects performance-relevant information behind the steering wheel where it’s easy to see.

 

This new crossover version of the Eclipse is just as peppy, if not more so, thanks to the standard 152-horsepower turbocharged 1.5-liter engine. It’s also equipped with Mitsubishi’s unique Super All-Wheel Control system, which provides exceptional handling in any situation.

 

We expect to see the new 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross on the lot at Pantilli Mitsubishi in March 2018. Be sure to stop by for one of the first test drives in this exciting new crossover!

Tips for Avoiding Deer on the Road During Peak Season in West Virginia

Deer

Fall is the perfect time to take a scenic drive. The colors are stunning and wildlife is abundant. But, according to the Division of Natural Recourses, October and November also present the highest risk to West Virginia drivers of colliding with deer.  So, you can safely enjoy all the beautiful fall drives West Virginia has to offer, here are some tips from Pantili Mitsubishi for avoiding deer on the road this fall.

Be Aware of your surroundings

 Scan your peripherals for deer. If you see a deer, immediately reduce your speed and sound your horn several times in short blasts.

Use your headlights

 Keep your headlights on even during the day. This will often help you spot deer because their eyes are reflective. At night, use your high beams when possible to increase your field of view.

Brake, don’t swerve

 If you encounter one or more deer on the road, don’t swerve out of your lane to avoid it. Instead, apply your brakes and wait until the deer clear out of the way before proceeding.

One deer usually means more deer

 If you see one deer, proceed with extreme caution and keep an eye out for more, as deer typically travel in groups.

This fall, make a habit of driving defensively. Colliding with a deer is very dangerous and can do massive damage to your vehicle. Keep your eyes peeled and drive safely!

Easy and Fun Thanksgiving Crafts for the Whole Family

Thanksgiving Day Crafts

Easy and Fun Thanksgiving Crafts for the Whole Family

While there’s nothing wrong with eating a little too much and spending the day on the couch watching football, there are plenty of other exciting activities to fill up your Thanksgiving. Do something new this year by trying out one of these fun Thanksgiving crafts from Pantili Mitsubishi.

 Pinecone Turkey 

This craft is perfect for kids and is a great excuse for them to get out of the house while you finish up the cooking. Send them out to look for the perfect pinecone before they get started on this easy craft that only requires some basic supplies you probably already have lying around. These cute turkeys also make great centerpieces when they’re done!

 Thanksgiving Tree

 Bring everyone together and have them trace their hand on construction paper to make “leaves” for your Thanksgiving tree. Once they’re cut out, have everyone write something they’re thankful for before hanging it up. This craft is easy for everyone and reminds us all what Thanksgiving is really about.

 Pin the Tail on the Turkey

 With some common crafting supplies, you can quickly make a tailless turkey so the kids can play Pin the Tail on the Turkey while you’re busy in the kitchen. It’s super simple, lots of fun for the kids, and will give you some time to get things done before the relatives show up.

Thanksgiving is about coming together with friends and family, and what better way to do so than by making something together. Try out one or all of these Thanksgiving crafts and have the best holiday ever!