Mitsubishi Lancer History and Today: A Look at the Road’s Brightest

Mitsubishi Lancer History

The Mitsubishi Lancer has been sold over many names since it was first revealed in 1973, but its powerful performance and innovative design have always been a staple for this compact model. Today, the Mitsubishi Lancer is one of the smartest cars on the road.

 

When the Mitsubishi Lancer was first released, it was designed to compete with other economy cars at the time, offering a few engine options and body styles. But as the decade went on and into the next, the Lancer spread globally, and its design became more aggressive.

 

By the ‘90s, the Lancer had become a racing champion, with the Lancer EVO winning a handful of consecutive titles between 1996 and 1999. The Lancer EVO’s technology continued to raise the bar for the industry, offering superior handling and control.

 

Overtime, the Mitsubishi Lancer held its title as one of the sharpest, most clever vehicles on both the road and the tracks, leading up to today – where you will find the 2017 Mitsubishi Lancer.

 

The latest model is built on the Lancer’s legacy while also reflecting the needs of the contemporary driver, with excellent available all-wheel drive abilities and one of the best warranties in the entire industry.

 

To learn more about Mitsubishi Lancer history or to check out the latest model, contact us or visit us anytime at Larry Jay Mitsubishi.

Consider Donating to these Charlotte Charities This Holiday Season

Charlotte Charities

This holiday season, it’s easier than ever to give back to the community by helping those in need, thanks to the many excellent charities here in Charlotte that focus on holiday-centric work.

 

Of course, a donation to most major charities is sure to make a difference, but here are a few Charlotte charities to keep in mind this season:

 

  • HopeMatch – Directly matches a family in need with a family who wants to provide, so that more personalized and specific donations can be made during the holiday season. Learn more here.
  • The Sandbox – Supports the families of children who have been diagnosed with cancer or another life-altering illness, through financial aid, gift donations, and much more. Learn more here.
  • Kids First of the Carolinas – Offers holiday gifts to families in need, from additional Christmas gifts to Easter baskets; this organization also supports local teachers and students. Learn more here.
  • Charlotte Family Housing – Aims to empower homeless families to obtain long-term shelter and services, by helping them find paths to more permanent homes. Learn more here.
  • Habitat for Humanity of Charlotte – Brings people together to build new houses and communities for those who need them most. Learn more here.

 

For more ideas about how to help our community, visit us anytime at Larry Jay Mitsubishi.

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

By Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research – http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/whi/fullRecord.asp?id=105441, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=29853603

 

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.

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