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.