Why the Evo Was Discontinued and How Mitsubishi Will Replace It

Why the Evo Was Discontinued and How Mitsubishi Will Replace It

In its prime, the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo was a regular competitor in the market for road and rally cars. The rivalry between the Evo and Subaru’s Impreza- based WRX was heated, and it was always interesting to see what each company would do to outperform the other.


Unfortunately, Mitsubishi has decided to discontinue the Evo to focus on other concepts and designs. While this is disappointing for Evo fans everywhere, Mitsubishi has some pretty cool plans for the future.


Mitsubishi Concept GC-PHEV


This next-generation full-size SUV is poised to change the way that people think about SUVs. It’s based on a front engine, rear-wheel layout plug-in hybrid EV system, and it will feature advanced “connected car” technology.


Mitsubishi Concept AR


This next-generation multi-purpose vehicle utilizes a hybrid system, and it will feature a danger detection system to keep drivers safe.


Mitsubishi Concept GR-HEV


This Sport Utility Truck seamlessly blends all of the great features of Mitsubishi’s Triton, while also providing the comfort and style of an SUV.


Mitsubishi Concept CA-MiEV


The design of this vehicle is a strong indication of the direction in which Mitsubishi believes that cars are going. It is a purely electric vehicle with a deep, sophisticated, and clean exterior.


While it’s disappointing that Mitsubishi discontinued the Evo, there are plenty of great designs ahead for fans to look forward to!

How to Detail Your Car Like a Pro

How to Detail Your Car Like a Pro

As the days pass by and we get caught up in all of the daily life activities, it’s easy to forget about simple things like taking care of our cars. However, detailing your car every once in awhile makes a huge difference. Here are some tips for how to do it on your own.


Start With Compressed Air


Before you even get the vacuum out, use compressed air to blow dirt and particles out of the hard to reach cracks and corners. Once you get it all into the center of the car, you can then vacuum it up.


You can also turn the compressed air on your vents to get all of the dust out of there to keep your car smelling nice.


Use Non-Acidic Wheel Cleaner


Keep your wheels and rims looking nice by using a non-acidic wheel cleaner. The acid in some washes eats away at the protective layers on your rims, causing them to rust faster.


Hand Wash


The best wash is a hand wash. This allows you to get into all of the hard to reach places and get every last bit of dirt off of your car. Avoid using things like dish soap on your car. You may end up destroying the protective layers on your paint if you aren’t careful.


By following these simple tips, you will be able to detail and clean your car like a pro.

Best Restaurants in Charlotte, North Carolina

Best Restaurants in Charlotte, North Carolina


We love living and working here in Charlotte, North Carolina. But, something we might love even more is eating here. Charlotte has one of the best dining scenes in the state and we’re lucky enough to be right in the middle of it. Here are five of the best restaurants in Charlotte.


  1. Fig Tree Restaurant. This delightful restaurant delivers not only delicious food, but excellent service and a warm, welcoming atmosphere. They offer a wide menu selection along with a varied wine selection.
  2. Carpe Diem Restaurant. If you’re looking for an excellent night out to celebrate any occasion or just to enjoy a decadent meal, head to Carpe Diem. They also offer catering services for wedding and other events.
  3. Capital Grille. If you prefer your dining served by friendly, knowledgeable wait staff, head to the Capital Grille. You’ll enjoy perfectly prepared food, a warm atmosphere, and a great drink selection.
  4. Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar. For a more laid back dining experience, Bad Daddy’s offers mouthwatering burgers, crispy French fries, and even some healthier options, like a build your own salad.
  5. Midwood Smokehouse. A North Carolina dining experience wouldn’t be complete without some barbecue and Midwood Smokehouse has some of the best in the city.


What is your favorite restaurant in Charlotte?

Outlander Sport Wins Yankee Value Award Again

Outlander Sport Wins Yankee Value Award Again


One simple way to help make things easier for car shoppers is vehicle awards. When automotive experts give out awards to certain makes and models, it can help shoppers quickly find the best vehicles in the segment. The 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport for the second year in a row has won the Yankee Value Award from the New England Motor Press Association (NEMPA).


The Yankee Value Award is given to the vehicle that represents the hardy New England spirt. In addition, a vehicle must present a strong case for its “value proposition.” This is true for the Outlander Sport. It comes at an affordable price while still delivering an exceptional 10-year/100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty along with a variety of features and eye-catching styling.


“Outlander Sport continues to prove why it’s our sales leader,” said Don Swearingen, executive vice president and chief operating officer, MMNA. “Reliability, quality, competitive pricing and cost of ownership are at the core of Outlander Sport; to be recognized for providing exemplary value in such a competitive CUV segment proves Mitsubishi is providing consumers with what they not only want, but need.”


To see for yourself what makes the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport such an award-worthy vehicle, take it out for a test drive today at Larry Jay Mitsubishi.

Best Mitsubishi Models for Families

Best Mitsubishi Models for Families

We know buying a family hauler is tough. You need something roomy and comfortable, efficient enough to fit in your gas budget, and safe enough to drive around the kids. Here’s a ranking of the best Mitsubishi models for family transportation, starting with the best.

Outlander and Outlander Sport: The Outlander Sport is the most popular Mitsubishi model on the market right now, and for good reason. Both the Outlander and its Sport sibling were totally redesigned to stand out in the crossover segment.

Mirage G4: While not as spacious as a crossover like the Outlander, the Mirage G4 is a roomy and efficient sedan with plenty of trunk space.

Mirage: The hatchback twin of the G4 offers less storage space, but city-smart dimensions and a surprisingly spacious cabin.

Lancer and Lancer Evolution: While these two nameplates are designed more for sporty thrills than convenience, you can make them daily drivers thanks to standard AWD and high fuel ratings.

i-MiEV: Forget about filling up completely with the i-MiEV’s range of 115 MPGe. However, cramped seating and small dimensions make this less family-friendly.

If you’re still not sure which of the best Mitsubishi models are for you, swing by Larry Jay Mitsubishi for a test drive. Our associates would be happy to guide you through the process.

Mitsubishi Charity Efforts

Mitsubishi Charity Efforts

Mitsubishi, in addition to providing its consumer base with quality products, seeks to contribute to the betterment of the communities it serves. From protecting the environment to encouraging employee representatives to take part in their local volunteering services, Mitsubishi charity efforts run the full spectrum of causes.

Environmental Charter: Drafted in 1996 and updated in 2010, the charter outlines Mitsubishi’s goal to reduce its impact on the environment.

Alberta-Pacific Forest Industries Inc.: A joint venture, Mitsubishi supports this organization that manages 13.6 million acres of preserved wilderness in Canada.

MC Foundation for the Americas: An organization founded to cover both the social and physical aspects of environmentalism, the Foundation for the Americas not only conserves the environment, but educates individuals on how they can help as well.

Matching Gifts Program: Mitsubishi matches employee donation to any non-proft organization, two dollars for every one dollar donated.

Representative Community Involvement: All Mitsubishi employees are encouraged to take part in their local communities and volunteer their time to making a better world.

Mitsubishi charity efforts extend beyond those listed above, encapsulating poverty and human rights as well as other environmentalist efforts. Mitsubishi is sure to continue its contribution to various causes in the future.

Famous Women in Automotive History

Florence Lawrence

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This month we wanted to take the time to talk about some of the famous women in automotive history.

  • Mary Anderson. In 1903, this woman invented something that is used on every single car in the world today—the windshield wiper. Her version was a swinging arm with a rubber blade that was manually operated from inside the car. So, the next time you switch on your wipers, think about automotive pioneer Mary Anderson.
  • Florence Lawrence. Silent film star Florence Lawrence purchased her first car in 1913 and realized it was missing some important safety features—turn signals and brake lights. So, she invented. Her simple invention didn’t actually involve lights, but was an “auto signaling arm” that would raise a sign indicating which direction the driver was going to turn. The brake signal raised a “stop” sign.
  • Helene Rother. In 1943, she was hired as the first female automotive designer. She was originally a French jewelry designer, but GM hired her to design some elegant interiors for upscale cars. She spent much of the rest of her career on automotive interior design.
  • Denise McCluggage. She was one of the most celebrated racers of the 1950s, conquering the most difficult tracks all over the world.

As you can see, women played a vital role in making the automotive industry what it is today.

Mitsubishi Outlander Capabilities Make It Great for Road Trips

Mitsubishi Outlander Capabilities Make It Great for Road Trips

Wondering which Mitsubishi model is best for a road trip? Check out the new Outlander. With tons of space for storage, a comfortable interior, the latest in entertainment, and excellent fuel economy, you can make any trip more enjoyable as long as you drive the Mitsubishi Outlander.

According to Mitsubishi, the 2016 Outlander has over 100 new improvements and upgrades, ranging from a new style to a fine-tuned engine. With four basic trims—including ES, SE, SEL, and GT S-AWC—you can pick and choose which features you like. And, perhaps best of all, the Outlander has a refined and sophisticated interior, with exclusive materials and comfort like never before.

Mitsubishi Outlander capabilities are one major reason to consider this model for your next road trip. This crossover has a seating capacity of seven, it can tow up to 3,500 pounds when properly equipped, and it gets up to 31 highway mpg. Plus, the Outlander also comes with Super-All Wheel Control (S-AWC) to help you tackle tough terrain and harsh weather.

What else sets the Outlander apart? This model received an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ rating thanks to a range of safety features. This will definitely provide added peace of mind on any road trip. Plus, the Outlander has intelligent entertainment options like a 6.1-inch touch panel display audio system, HD Radio, Rockford Fosgate Premium audio, and more. An additional navigation option and Eco-Mode let you have better control than ever as well.

Experience the full potential of your next road trip in the new Outlander. What are you waiting for? Get your model today.

Snacks for Road Trips: the Dos and Don’ts of Eating on the Road

Snacking On the Road

Any road trip enthusiast will tell you that careful planning can make or break a trip—including the proper snacks. Although it might sound like a silly concept, it is true that many drivers eat while they’re on the road. That’s why we’ve put together a post on snacks for road trips to give you an idea of the dos and don’ts of eating on the road.

According to How Stuff Works, the ideal foods for the roads make you feel full and don’t distract you from driving. They also give you energy and keep you alert. First, bring a mini cooler and keep it within reach. If you have passengers, put them in charge of snack distribution. The best snacks tend to be nuts, granola bars, and bananas. What do they have in common? They aren’t messy and they can be eaten with one hand.

What should you avoid? Obviously, you don’t want to bring messy foods that might distract from the road. Chips make your hands greasy, sandwich and hot dog condiments tend to get everywhere, and foods with pits or that have a lot of fluid can also be a problem, including cherries or peaches.

Other favorites include: fruit leather, jerky, celery and carrot sticks, and good old-fashioned trail mix. For drinks, go light—you don’t want to pull over every five seconds. Generally, you can’t go wrong with water. Avoid sugary drinks that may give you a rush and then a sugar crash. Though there are mixed feelings on caffeine, it is a stimulant, making coffee, tea, and energy drinks a possibility for late nights.

Top 5 Summer Vacation Destinations in North Carolina

Top 5 Summer Vacation Destinations


Trying to decide where to spend your summer vacation can be incredibly difficult. For fun in the sun and feet in the sand, check out these top five vacation destinations in North Carolina from us here at Larry Jay Mitsubishi!

  1. Cape Hatteras Island – Packed with excellent restaurants, Cape Hatteras Island features some of the most scenic sunsets on the east coast. Spending the day on the island gives access to fishing, surfing, scuba diving, and much more! With one of the most peaceful atmospheres in the state, this is one destination you won’t want to miss.
  2. Duck – Located on the Outer Banks, Duck is your one-stop spot for vacation rentals next to the ocean. Spend the day in the sun, parasailing, or deep sea fishing for a vacation you’ll never forget.
  3. Boone – Located inland, Boone is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Visitors can go hiking, whitewater rafting, horseback riding, and much more!
  4. Lake Gaston – For both adventure and relaxation, there’s no better place than Lake Gaston. Activities include water skiing, hiking, boating, barbecuing, and more.
  5. Wrightsville Beach – The perfect spot for fishing, surfing, boating, and more, Wrightsville Beach is a top vacation spot for good reason. With luxurious rentals and restaurants that will cook what you catch, there are few better places to spend your vacation.
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