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.

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.

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!

2018 Mitsubishi Mirage

2018 Mitsubishi Mirage

The 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage stands as one of the most affordable cars in the industry. Its low price point and a plethora of features make it a value-oriented model with few true competitors. On top of that, the Mitsubishi Mirage hatchback is a functional car that’s perfect for heading to college or going on spring break.

Capable of seating up to five passengers comfortably, the Mitsubishi Mirage boasts a surprising amount of interior space for such a small car; folding the rear seats down opens up a vast 47 cubic feet of cargo space. Despite its low pricing, the latest model features a standard rearview camera and LED taillights that prove it’s worth every penny.

A three-cylinder engine produces over 70 horsepower in the Mitsubishi Mirage. That peppy engine returns hybrid-like fuel economy, up to an EPA-estimated 37/43 MPG City/Highway.* Thanks to its small size, the Mirage is capable of navigating tight city streets and fitting into small parking spaces with ease.

To top it all off, the Mitsubishi Mirage comes backed by a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty coupled with a five-year/60,000-mile transferable new vehicle warranty. Owners will also enjoy five years of roadside assistance coverage.

Visit our team at Pantilli Mitsubishi to take the 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage for a test drive.

 *Use for comparison only. EPA estimates. Actual mileage will vary.

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.