How to Protect Your Car from Burglars

Although car thefts are on the decline, there are always those out there who are on the hunt for vehicles that would be easy to break into and steal. Whether those people are looking for a new ride for themselves or just  want to make a quick buck by selling its parts, it is important that you stay alert to this ever-lurking danger. Here at Pantili Mitsubishi, we’ve got some tips on how to protect your car from burglars.

  1. Lock up – No matter how long you anticipate being away from your vehicle, be sure to roll the windows up all the way and lock all the doors, every time.
  2. Park well – It is wise to park in a well-lit area. Find a spot under or near a street light whenever possible and avoid parking behind a large van or truck that obscures your vehicle from view, giving burglars easier access.
  3. Hide belongings – Before you leave the parking lot for your next destination, be sure to hide your belongings. Bags, boxes, etc., will only tempt robbers, as will placing bags in the trunk just before walking into a store. We recommend that you place your belongings in the trunk or conceal them in the back seat before you drive from one parking lot to your next destination.

Be sure to hide electronics out of sight as well. If your GPS leaves a ring on your window, use an alcohol wipe to clean the glass and keep prowling thieves from guessing there is a GPS system somewhere inside the vehicle.

While we don’t like to think about there being people in the world with such cruel intentions, we can’t pretend they don’t exist. Make it a habit to exercise safe habits every time you leave your vehicle, so that your car becomes less of a temptation to thieves. The best way to avoid having your vehicle stolen is not to stay home, but to be a smart driver.

Protect your car from burglars

Lancer Evo X Final Concept Debuts at Tokyo Auto Salon

When we learned the current Mitsubishi Lancer Evo would be the last of its kind, we were understandably bummed. One of the most iconic high-performance sports cars in a generation—gone. But recent developments have somewhat changed our outlook on the situation.

First, Mitsubishi executive Don Swearingen told us we would get a special “going away edition” Lancer Evo X in June or July—a GSR five-speed with “more horsepower, some suspension tuning, and more bits [and] pieces that are being finalized.”

That was enough to mute our disappointment, but now we’ve just learned that the upcoming Lancer Evo X Final Edition would be quite a lot more impressive than we’d originally thought. We expected small tweaks, but a newly-revealed Lancer Evo X Final Edition Concept at the Tokyo Auto Show has uncovered so much more.

The special edition gets a new HKS turbo, larger intakes and intercoolers, an upgraded cooling system and exhaust, adjustable HKS suspension, and 19-inch Rays forged wheels. More than just simple “bits and pieces.” Its horsepower output from the 2.0-liter engine has exploded from 290 to 473!

We were sad to learn there would be no more Lancer Evos, but now we can’t wait for the final Evo X to arrive at Pantili Mitsubishi this summer!

Tokyo Auto Salon

2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Safety Features Win Top Safety Pick+ Award

Mitsubishi was recently awarded two Top Safety Picks by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. This prestigious award only goes to the safest vehicles on the market, those which can pass a series of crash tests and simulations. It’s no wonder the 2015 Lancer and Outlander won.

Both the Lancer and the Outlander were given the Top Safety Pick+ designation, according to Mitsubishi. The Outlander was specially recognized by the IIHS for its innovative use of new safety technologies. The best of the 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander safety features are the Forward Collision Mitigation (FCM) system and advanced RISE safety engineering.

“The Mitsubishi RISE safety body construction system is the perfect example of this kind of technology. In the event of an accident, energy is absorbed and deflected away from the occupant cell, which enhances passenger protection,” said Don Swearingen, Executive Vice President of MMNA.

Want to know more about these award winning safety features? Stop by Pantili Mitsubishi to preview the new 2015 Lancer and Outlander today.

2015 Mitsubishi Outlander safety features

2015 Mitsubishi Triton Pickup Truck Announced

When it comes to pickup trucks, it’s likely that the first carmaker that comes to mind isn’t Mitsubishi—but that is about to change. The Japanese carmaker recently announced a brand-new version of its Triton pickup truck. While the truck has sold over 1.2 million trucks since its introduction in 2005, the 2015 Mitsubishi Triton pickup truck will be the first Mitsubishi pickup model to receive a significant overhaul.

The newest Triton will draw from the Mitsubishi GR-HEV concept that debuted at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, combining a comfortable interior with the functionality of a pickup. Consumers can choose from a Single, Double, or Club Cab variant with three different engine options that change depending on the market it is being sold in. These engines include a 2.4-liter gasoline, a 2.5-liter turbodiesel, and a new 2.4-liter turbodiesel with electronic valve timing.

For more information on the 2015 Mitsubishi Triton pickup truck, make sure you stop in to Pantili Mitsubishi today and see what this pickup has to offer!

2015 Mitsubishi Triton Pickup Truck
*First generation pictured

Mitsubishi’s November Sales Show Outstanding 27.4 Percent Improvement

Mitsubishi is reporting yet another outstanding sales month with November sales of 6,534 units, a 27.4 percent improvement over November 2013 that marked the ninth consecutive month of increasing sales and the brand’s best November in the last seven years.

The highlight of the month’s performance was the Outlander Sport crossover, whose unparalleled ability to take on the unknown while making it look easy helped it cinch its best November ever, with sales of 2,679 units.

The month was also kind to the exceptionally fuel-efficient Mirage, which sold upward of 1,300 units for the ninth month in a row. At Pantili Mitsubishi, the Mirage’s ability to get 44 mpg on the highway without resorting to hybrid technology has made it a favorite among customers.

The Lancer compact sports sedan wasn’t far behind. It helped bump up Mitsubishi’s November sales by almost reaching the 1,300 mark as well, marking an 8.9 percent increaser and its best November in the last seven years.

Mitsubishi’s November sales

Last Minute Gift Guide for the Mitsubishi Enthusiast

Buying gifts for others can be daunting. What do they actually want? How much should you spend? What will they use, and what will get tossed to the back of the closet? These are the internal battles we face every year around this time. Today, we can offer some hope to you, fellow weary shopper. If your loved one loves Mitsubishi, we have a few pretty cool ideas we’re willing to bet they’ll enjoy.

Here is our gift guide for the Mitsubishi enthusiast.

JDM Mitsubishi Evo X T-Shirt. This t-shirt is seriously cool. Its simple design is sure to win over the guy in your life, and the message is clear. Don’t we all love Evo?

Mitsubishi GTO Silver iPhone 4 4S 5 5S 5C Hard Back Protective Case. This iPhone case features a photo of a Mitsubishi GTO. What’s not to like?

GillTees “Mitsubishi Puzzle” T-Shirt. People will do a double take at the design of the Mitsubishi logo on this t-shirt.

Mitsubishi Parking Only Sign. Now that special someone can reserve their spot – anywhere.

Looking for something a bit… bigger? Stop by Pantili Mitsubishi and get them the Mitsubishi they’ve been dreaming about!

Gift Guide for the Mitsubishi Enthusiast

Mitsubishi Lancer GSR Return Is Cause for Excitement

Mitsubishi Lancer GSR Return The Lancer GSR is back! It’s not quite the same, but nevertheless it has returned. Its reincarnated form is a non-turbo that sits high in the Mitsubishi range and also acts as the sole Sportback model Mitsubishi produces.

The body kit keeps it distinct, with front and rear spoilers, sports suspension, and a set of 18-inch alloy wheels. The GSR is replacing the former Sportback model, the VRX.

The hood is hiding the standard Lancer drivetrain, a 2.4 liter naturally aspirated MIVEC four-cylinder engine. It has the option of either five-speed manual or CVT auto.

Its standard features include a 6.1-inch touch screen interface with multi-format media playback, a reverse parking camera, auto wipers and headlights, climate control, and tinted rear windows.

This car and another recently introduced model, the Lancer ES Sport Sedan, are very competitively priced, a serious draw towards being a Mitsubishi customer.

Here at Pantili Mitsubishi, we are excited for the Mitsubishi Lancer GSR return, and can’t wait to hear more details.

Three Essential Winter Car Accessories To Purchase This Month

winter car accessories

We hate to have to admit it, but winter weather will be upon us before you know it. In fact, it’s already here. Isn’t that joyous?

Fortunately, we here at Pantili Mitsubishi have put together a short list of tools that you should have to help you fight winter weather and make it to your destination safe and sound.

But first, there are some basics that you need to know. Before winter fully takes hold, you’ll want to check the following aspects of your vehicle:

  • Belts and hoses
  • Fluid levels
  • Windshield wipers
  • Headlights/taillights
  • Brakes
  • Tires
  • Battery

Old batteries can leave you stranded, old brakes make it hard to stop on snowy roads, and dim or broken headlights make it difficult for other drivers to spot you in bad driving conditions. To be fully prepared, replace your tires and wipers with winterized accessories.

Once that’s out of the way, you’ll want to consider these handy winter car accessories to keep you going:

  • Grip traction plate – being stuck in the snow and unable to get movement beneath your wheels is among the most deflating feelings there is. These products ensure that your tire has something to grip, making it far easier to move out of a snowbank or off the shoulder if you’re stranded.
  • Portable power pack – the Cobra Electronics CPP 7500 JumPack Portable Power Pack not only charges your electronic devices, but it packs enough power that it is capable of jump-starting your battery. When you’re stranded on a backroad with no other car in sight for miles around, this is an essential piece of equipment.
  • Car cover – if you want to skip the scraping and scratching all-together, why not get a car cover to protect your ride when the snow falls. Removing a car cover and shaking it off sounds far easier than scraping ice off your windshield, dontcha think?

New Pajero Model Gets Facelift and Other Updates

New Pajero Model

There’s a new Pajero model – which might not be of immediate interest to you, since the Pajero is not available here in the states. But the Pajero just got a facelift as well as a new five-speed manual transmission, showing off changes that can always show up quickly and easily here in the states. The Pajero now looks more stylish and modern than ever before, plus it has an even more customizable driving experience, as well.

The Pajero has a 2.5-liter turbocharged engine that gets ample power and torque, making this SUV a must to check out, no matter what corner of the Mitsubishi universe you happen to live in. Check out the Pajero and think of what elements of its design you’d like to see implemented in Mitsubishis here in the States.

Also, make sure to come see us here at Pantili Mitsubishi to actually check out our current lineup of awesome new cars. We’ve got sedans and SUVs and other great vehicles, just waiting for you to come check them out. You’ll be surprised by the versatility and capability of the Mitsubishi brand, we guarantee it!

Winter Driving Tips

winter driving tips

That time is upon us, where the streets are covered in snow and ice and nobody wants to leave their houses. Driving in winter conditions can be both dangerous and stressful for both drivers as well as the passengers.

Here are some winter driving tips:

  • Make sure that you get the proper amount of sleep so that you can be fully alert when driving
  • Never warm up your vehicle in an enclosed area
  • Make sure that your tires are properly inflated
  • Keep your gas tank at least half full to avoid freezing
  • Do not use cruise control when driving on a slippery surface
  • If you are going on a long drive, make sure that you car is stocked with all of the essentials (blankets, gloves, hats, food, water, medication, and a cell phone)

Although the weather might not be the best, at Pantili Mitsubishi, we want you to make the best out of the situation by being prepared and being smart about your driving.