Helpful Tips for Driving Safely on Wet Roads

So April has decided to live up to the old adage “April showers bring May flowers.” That’s fine. It’s actually pretty nice to stay inside and watch the rain fall from a warm, dry spot on the couch. Until you have to go to work or to the grocery store or anywhere else during April… That’s okay too, though, if you follow these tips for driving safely on wet roads.

  1. Check your tires. Your tires are your connection between the vehicle and the ground. Therefore, it is imperative that your tires have no less than 1/16th of an inch of tread. An easy way to check is to stick a penny, Abe Lincoln’s head down, into the groove of the tire. If you can see his entire hairdo, it is time to stop by Pantili Mitsubishi for new tires.
  2. Slow down. Reducing your speed will give you more time to react to skidding or hydroplaning on the pavement, and can possibly prevent your tires from slipping altogether.
  3. Increase your distance. It will likely take your vehicle longer to stop on wet pavement than on dry. Give yourself more space and time to stop, especially when following other vehicles.
  4. Stay calm. In the event your tires do start slipping, calmly and steadily apply your brake and steer your vehicle as firmly and smoothly as possible, looking toward the direction you want to go. If your vehicle has an anti-lock braking system (ABS) it should help prevent your wheels from locking, in which case you do not need to pump your brakes.

Whether decide to enjoy the showers from inside the comforts of your home or to embark on a rainy adventure in your car, we wish you a safe and happy April, as we look forward to May’s flowers… and maybe just a little more sunshine.

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Spy Photos Foreshadow Probable Mitsubishi Montero Return

When Mitsubishi introduced three of the most exciting concepts at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show, we could tell there was a new wave of energy emanating from the car company. Most recently, the 2016 Outlander Sport took center-stage at the New York Auto Show, modeling the same distinctive design language of the concept cars.

While the new 2016 Outlander will be available later this year, Mitsubishi already has in the works another SUV for the US market that it promises will be “the return of a legend,” which is slated to reappear as a 2017 model. Early spy photos indicate sweeping lines and curves instead of the boxy-shaped older version of the car, and if the GC-PHEV concept car is any indication, the 2017 Montero may offer the same unique styling, plug-in-hybrid powertrain consisting of a supercharged V6 engine, and electric motor good for a combined 335hp.

Although it is still sold overseas, the Mitsubishi Montero return will mark the first time the vehicle has been offered in the US since 2006. Be sure to check in with Pantili Mitsubishi for the latest on these models.

Mitsubishi Montero return

Gas Mileage Tips: Easy Ways to Increase Fuel Economy

With the arrival of spring we’ll see traffic increase, as well as the number of road trips. With this increase in driving, it’s important to remember that there are easy ways to save money, especially when it comes to fuel economy. We’ve put together a list of gas mileage tips to help make your car as efficient as possible.

Fuel Economy.gov divides fuel economy tips into four categories: driving, maintenance, logistics, and car type. The best driving tip is to slow down; going the speed limit can save you 7% – 14% over the course of a year. Also, avoid idling (you get 0 mpg when you do this) and use cruise control when on the highway.

Maintenance not only keeps your car last longer, but it also makes it more efficient in the long run. Tire pressure is important to check and maintain because too little or too much will increase friction. Changing the oil regularly will keep your engine well-lubricated, and changing the air filter improves air flow, and ergo, combustion.

Logistics is a great way to save money. By planning your trips out, you’ll stop less than you have to. Don’t make unnecessary runs to do errands, and if possible, carpool to and from work.

Last but not least, buying a fuel efficient car is best in the long run. Mitsubishi is committed to optimal performance on every single model, which means you’ll have all the horsepower you need, as well as the best mpg possible.

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Restyled 2016 Outlander Awaits in New York

Mitsubishi is inviting everyone to “come see the new face of Mitsubishi Motors” at the 2015 New York International Auto Show, where it will be revealing what can only be the restyled 2016 Outlander SUV.

That assumption can be made from the poster that came with the announcement, which depicts a fairly recognizable front end. But as we know from previous spy shots, Mitsubishi has gone to work on both the front fascia and much of the rear end of the most popular vehicle in its lineup.

There’s also good reason to think the restyling will coincide with the American debut of the Outlander’s plug-in hybrid version, which has us expecting a design more or less along the lines of the Outlander PHEV Concept-S previously unveiled at the 2014 Paris Motor Show.

In any case, we can’t wait to have the new 2016 Outlander at Pantili Mitsubishi. Stay tuned for the press conference at 11:30AM ET on April 2nd for the big reveal!

restyled 2016 Outlander

Mitsubishi Mirage Earns Spot on KBB’s List of 10 Most Fuel-Efficient Cars Under $25,000

The fuel-efficient Mitsubishi Mirage has been named to Kelley Blue Book’s list of the 10 Most Fuel-Efficient Cars Under $25,000, setting it apart as a top choice for any green-minded car shopper. The Mitsubishi Mirage is the only non-hybrid or non-electric car to make the list, and is the most fuel efficient gasoline-powered (non-hybrid) vehicle available in the US today.

“The Mirage continues to be an important vehicle for the Mitsubishi brand,” said Don Swearingen, Executive Vice President, MMNA in a statement. “With its affordable price, incredible fuel economy and surprising list of available features, the Mirage is a great value that people recognize – February 2015 was the vehicle’s best-ever sales month since its launch in 2013.”

With a starting price of $12,995, a combined EPA fuel rating of 40 mpg, and one of the industry’s most comprehensive protection plans, the Mirage is one of the most affordable cars to own. The Mirage isn’t just affordable though—it also offers incredible value. A long list of available features keeps passengers comfortable, safe, connected, and entertained.

Stop by Pantili Mitsubishi today to learn more about the exciting Mitsubishi Mirage!

10 Most Fuel-Efficient Cars Under $25,000

Mitsubishi February Sales Are Best Results in Seven Years

The results are in and Mitsubishi February sales proved to be the best in seven years! After starting the year strong in January, Mitsubishi continued its record pace throughout February. In total, 7,533 units were sold which was a 26 percent increase compared to February of last year.

When counting the number of sales from January through February, Mitsubishi sales have increased 29.3 percent from 2014 to 2015.

The Mitsubishi Lancer posted the biggest increase in February. With 2,099 units sold, Lancer sales results increased 64.1 percent compared to the year prior. The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport also posted a record month with 2,394 units sold, its best February ever.

Don Swearingen, executive vice president of MMNA, said, “We are looking forward to a good sales year that will be bolstered by launching new and significantly redesigned versions of key models throughout the year starting next month at the New York International Auto Show.”

We here at Pantili Mitsubishi are excited to see what Mitsubishi has to offer within the upcoming year and hope you are too. To see the new 2015 Mitsubishi lineup visit us today!

Mitsubishi February sales

Mitsubishi L200 Debut: Geneva Motor Show

There’s a new and improved sport utility truck on the way and its coming from Mitsubishi. The last time we saw this thing back in November 2014, it was called the Triton. Now, the Mitsubishi L200 debut is set for the Geneva Motor Show in March.

The L200 is heading into its fifth generation. According to Mitsubishi, it offers “new heights of reliability, toughness, interior comfort, and maneuverability.” The interior cabin is more spacious and quieter than previous models. The club-cab version now includes rear doors, cruise control, dual-zone automatic climate control, a rear view camera, and steering wheel adjustments for comfort.

Under the hood is a 2.4-liter MIVEC turbo diesel engine that comes in two models. The base model enters the ring at 152 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque. The power model reaches 178 hp and 317 lb-ft of torque. The engine is wrapped in a pretty bow with a six speed manual transmission that drops carbon dioxide emissions by 17%.

Safety is standard as usual with Mitsubishi. Active Stability & Traction Control now comes with Trailer Stability Assist, Hill start Assist, and Lane Departure Warning. LED daytime running lights also come standard.

There you have it; the all-new Mitsubishi L200 sport utility truck. Sporty, environmentally green, and everything in between.

Mitsubishi L200 debut

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Coming to America for New York Auto Show Debut

The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has been impressing people over in Europe for a while now, but we’re still waiting to get our first look at it here in the States. Soon, we’ll get that chance, though—the Outlander PHEV has been confirmed for a debut at the New York Auto Show. PHEV stands for “plug-in hybrid vehicle;” the new vehicle will come to the market as a 2017 model.

In fact, according to Automotive News, the new PHEV will hit in the second quarter of 2016. A refreshed version of the gas-powered Outlander will be coming this June, before the PHEV, as well. “All of our 2016 model year vehicles will be refreshed with our new brand identity, starting with the 2016 Outlander, which will make its world premiere at the New York International Auto Show in April,” Mitsubishi Motors North America Executive Vice President Don Swearingen said.

Come see us here at Pantili Mitsubishi to learn more about both the Outlander and its PHEV counterpart today. There’s also the new GC-PHEV, a futuristic looking concept eV that might preview a future Mitsubishi Montero model. We can’t wait to talk about all these models with you, so come see us today.

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Mitsubishi Announces New Outlander Sport Powertrain Option

Mitsubishi wants to make sure that they have a vehicle for everyone, so the Japanese carmaker has announced a new Outlander Sport powertrain option that will provide owners with more power than ever before. This new 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine produces 168 horsepower, which is an increase of 20 horsepower over the standard 2.0-liter engine.

The 2.4-liter engine is offered in two different trim levels—the 2.4 ES and the 2.4 GT. As the base trim level, the 2.4 ES offers similar features to the 2.0-liter’s ES model with a black center bumper that sets it apart, all for an MSRP of $21,295. The Sport 2.4 GT has a price tag of $23,595, adding features like power driver’s seat, leather-wrapped parking brake handle, and aluminum pedals.

If you are interested in learning more about the new Outlander Sport powertrain option or if you would like to give this top-notch vehicle a test drive, make sure you stop in to Pantili Mitsubishi today!

New Outlander Sport Powertrain Option

Mitsubishi Montero Is Making a Comeback

Recently, Mitsubishi dropped a somewhat cryptic hint about a vehicle set to make its debut at the upcoming Chicago Auto Show. Mitsubishi released an image showing a tall SUV sitting on the top of a hill with the words, “The Return of a Legend” printed on the page.

Based on the shadowy image of the SUV and what we know about Mitsubishi, it would seem the Montero is making a comeback. The Montero was sold here in the United States from 1983 through 2005. It is still sold in other markets around the world as the Pajero, so resurrecting it here wouldn’t be too big of an issue.

The Montero was loved by off-road enthusiasts and would surely be welcomed back with open arms. It may not keep the traditional body-on-frame design of most large SUVs, but we would expect it would still maintain its off-road nature.

Montero or not, Mitsubishi will take this SUV out of the shadows on February 12. Would you like the Mitsubishi Montero to come back to the lineup?

Montero is making a comeback