100 Years of Mitsubishi Motors: A Century of Excellence

MitsubishiIn 1917, Mitsubishi, still functioning under the title “Mitsubishi Shipbuilding CO. Ltd.,” manufactured its first automobile: the Mitsubishi Model-A, designed to be a luxury vehicle for government officials across Japan. The Model-A, Japan’s first mass-produced automobile, would commence 100 years of Mitsubishi Motors, a bar-raising century of excellence in engineering and manufacturing.

The roots of Mitsubishi Motors reside in the Mitsubishi zaibatsu, a Japanese term for a group of financially- and industrially-linked companies. Founded in 1870 by Yataro Iwasaki, the Mitsubishi zaibatsu lasted until Japan’s occupation during World War II in 1947. Mitsubishi Motors would persist through the Japan’s nationwide struggles during the War and come out the other side in a prime position to become one of the top automakers across the globe.

In 1962, Mitsubishi solidified its global presence by setting a track record at the internationally-acclaimed Macau Grand Prix. The champion vehicle, the Mitsubishi Super Deluxe 500, was also the first car used to test aerodynamics with a wind tunnel in Japan.

Always ahead of the curve, Mitsubishi began researching electric vehicles (EVs) in 1970. It makes sense that Mitsubishi would then become one of the first automakers to mass-produce an affordable electric vehicle.

One year later, Mitsubishi would sell its first car in America: the 1971 Dodge Colt. Mitsubishi Motors would enter the American market on an enormous scale in 1982 with the introduction of the Mitsubishi Motors marquee and the nationwide launch of three Mitsubishi models: the Tredia, Cordia, and Starion.

Mitsubishi would continue to introduce high-performing and class-leading models in the United States, earning the 1989 Motor Trend Import of the Year award for the Galant VR-4, 2003 Automobile of the Year from Automobile Magazine for the Lancer Evolution, and the “Greenest Vehicle of 2012” from the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy for the i-MiEV. Those are just a few of its many accolades over the decades.

Looking back at the 100 years of Mitsubishi Motors, we are reminded why we are proud to provide our customers with Mitsubishi vehicles. Visit us at Pantilli Mitsubishi to become a part of the strong Mitsubishi tradition.

Summer’s Not Done Yet: The Best Outdoor Day Trips Near Princeton

Day Trips Near PrincetonSummer is sadly coming to a close, but the weather here in West Virginia is still perfect for a few more relaxing outdoor day trips. Whether you’re in the mood for biking, hiking, fishing, or a little bit of everything, our hometown has access to plenty of lovely natural locations that make for ideal day-long getaways.

Here are a few of our favorites day trips near Princeton.

Pinnacle Rock State Park

Pinnacle Rock is a strangely beautiful and oddly enormous sandstone structure towering at 3,100 feet above sea level. Around the rock, there are miles of easy hiking trails and picnic points, promising a delightful day for “outdoor adventurers” of any level.

Brush Creek Falls

Park your Mitsubishi in the Brush Creek Nature Preserve lot and walk just over a quarter of a mile to the Falls, and you’ll feel as though you’ve been transported into the true wilderness. The Falls are beautiful, and usually not over-crowded this time of year; it’s the perfect place to get your family on their feet.

Glenwood Park

If you’re a Mercer County native, there’s a good chance you’ve been to Glenwood Park before. Glenwood Park is full of hiking trails and is home to a bountiful lake for fishing. If you’re in the mood for a relaxing couple of hours spent in the sunshine, Glenwood Park is the place to go.

If you think you might need a new ride so you can take outdoor day trips like this all year long, stop by Pantilli Mitsubishi today and check out our selection of reliable Mitsubishi vehicles, from sporty crossovers like the Mitsubishi Outlander to gas-sipping compacts like the Mitsubishi Mirage G4.

Signs of Worn-Out Tires

rain tiresKeeping you connected to the road are four very important pieces of rubber. Your tires are a crucial part of your vehicle’s safety, and when they get old and worn out, they could jeopardize your safety. That is why it is very important to know when you have worn-out tires. Here are some of the ways to tell when it is time to replace your tires.

  • Tread depth. With a simple penny, you can test the depth of your tread. Put a penny head down into the grooves on your tire. If you see the top of Lincoln’s head, your tread is too low. Do this test on a few places on each tire since they do not always wear evenly.
  • Other signs of wear. If the tires have any cracks or bulges on the side wall, you need to get them inspected as soon as possible.
  • Age. Regardless of wear, tire manufacturers recommend you replace your tires every 6 to 10 years. Check the recommendation for your specific tires.

If you are concerned about the wear or age of your tires, schedule a service appointment here at Pantili Mitsubishi and we can inspect your tires and let you know if they are in need of replacement.

Mitsubishi’s June Sales Show Promising Growth

June was a good month for Mitsubishi. In fact, Mitsubishi’s June sales show some great growth for some of the brand’s best-selling models and set a strong pace for the rest of the year. While total sales for the month were down, when compared to 2016, both the Outlander and Mirage had double-digit gains.

The Outlander Sport was the best-selling Mitsubishi model in June with total sales of 2,705 units. In addition, the larger Outlander saw sales of 2,313 units, which is an increase of 16.2% over last June.

Mitsubishi Outlander
The future looks bright for Mitsubishi!

The compact, fuel-efficient Mirage also had some great success. Total June sales came in at 1,739 units, a gain of 12.8% over June 2016. These sales include both the hatchback and new Mirage G4 sedan model.

And, total year-to-date Mitsubishi sales are very promising. So far this year, Mitsubishi has sold 54,576 units, a gain of 5.1% when compared to the same six months in 2016.

We at Pantili Mitsubishi are excited by these sales gains and want to invite you to come see what the Mitsubishi brand can offer you and your family. We think you will be impressed with Mitsubishi’s lengthy warranty coverage, long list of standard features, fuel-efficient lineup, affordable pricing, and sporty styling.

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

off-roading tips - 2017 mitsubishi outlander sport
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.