Mitsubishi hit the jackpot with the Outlander PHEV. The award-winning Mitsubishi Outlander already made waves in the SUV segment after its 2016 redesign, and the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV was highly anticipated in the U.S. as the first-ever hybrid SUV at its price point. Now, it’s getting attention with a new accolade, as the New England Motor Press Association’s “Best Green Winter Vehicle.”
Winters aren’t as tough here in North Carolina as they are up in New England, but having a member of the hybrid segment that can handle hazardous weather and slippery road conditions always comes in handy. Features like traction control and all-wheel drive proved themselves capable when tested on New England roads in the wintertime. Plus, with add-ons like heated seats and side mirrors in addition to active driver assist features, as well as de-icers for the front and rear windshields, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV helps take the headache out of navigating slick roads.
The fact that the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV provides hybrid fuel economy in addition to all of its SUV capabilities is what made it the clear winner of the “Best Green Winter Vehicle” award. Even though it’s summertime here in Charlotte, it never hurts to prepare yourself for winter driving later this year.
It’s never surprising when Mitsubishi wins awards. The brand is constantly revising its current lineup and updating with new vehicles to match the ever-evolving needs of the modern driver. So when Mitsubishi won two GOOD DESIGN awards this spring, the news came as no surprise.
The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design GOOD DESIGN is an award program that started back in 1950. The contest awards brands that prioritize innovation, as well as progressive designs which help push the industry into new territory.
This year, Mitsubishi received one award for the new Eclipse Cross and one award for the GT-PHEV Concept. The 2018 Eclipse Cross is the newest vehicle in the Mitsubishi lineup. The new crossover takes its name from the Mitsubishi Eclipse, a beloved sport car no longer in production. The modern design of the Eclipse Cross pays homage to its namesake with a sleek design and performance functions such as available all-wheel drive.
The Mitsubishi GT-PHEV Concept debuted at the 2016 Paris Motor Show. It has no plans to be in production at any point, but rather serves as a model for the direction that Mitsubishi aims to go with design and innovation. Since the GT-PHEV Concept foreshadows the future of this pioneering company, it’s no wonder it received honors for influencing the design of the automotive industry as a whole.
Now that you’re a proud new owner of a reliable, capable, and fun, Mitsubishi, it’s time to mituplan some road trips. After all, there’s no better way to get to know your new car than taking it along for a day trip with family or friends. Pack a picnic, put on your hiking boots, and get together your hiking companions for a drive out to the Twin Trestle Trail.
The Twin Trestle Trailhead is just about an hour away from Charlotte, North Carolina. At just over three miles both ways, it’s a short enough hike to enjoy on a casual day trip, and even works well with kids if they’re adventurous. It’s a good trail for a wide range of skill levels, and is open all year. Twin Trestle Trail is also dog-friendly, as long as your pet is on a leash.
This particular hike in North Carolina gets its name from the trestles left behind from the Norfolk Southern Railroad. The trail follows the path of a river, and architectural trestles remain from where the railroad bridge crossed the river. The structures are interesting and beautiful, and the hike itself crosses some fun paths like a swinging suspension bridge. Twin Trestle Trail is a great place to enjoy birdwatching, or to spot wildlife, so plan to enjoy a leisurely stroll on this gorgeous North Carolina hike.
If you’re in need of a new vehicle to transport you on daily commutes and weekend excursions, stop by Larry Jay Mitsubishi to browse our current inventory.
When a new car is born, a new advertising campaign is born as well. It’s one of the best and most efficient ways to spread the news about a fresh addition to the lineup. Mitsubishi recently shared some information about its upcoming ad campaign for the all-new Eclipse Cross.
The campaign is called “A Classic Reborn,” an apt title considering the circumstances surrounding the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, a crossover that slots between the Mitsubishi Outlander and the Outlander Sport models. While its design may be new, its name is not. The original Mitsubishi Eclipse was a beloved sports sedan that was discontinued a few years back.
But the new Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross was designed to meet more current needs. It’s still sporty in performance and appearance, but can accommodate lifestyles that require additional benefits of a crossover. That’s what Mitsubishi intends to share in its “A Classic Reborn” ad campaign, which will appear on its YouTube Channel and major television networks. Violin and piano play “I Wanna Rock” by Twisted Sister over shots of the Eclipse Cross driving in the night. The mysterious ad will engage the attention of viewers, letting them know that there’s a new Mitsubishi in town.
If you want a happy life with a nice home, good jobs and schools, beautiful scenery, and a high quality of life, you might be inclined to look at the “2018 Best Places to Live” list put together by U.S. News & World Report. If you do take a look, you’ll see that this year’s list includes five North Carolina cities. We couldn’t be prouder!
The highest ranked North Carolina city was Raleigh-Durham, which earned a spot at 13. Charlotte was close behind as number 22, with Asheville on its tail at number 24. Winston-Salem came in at number 43 and Greensboro at number 60.
Some of the biggest factors that go into creating the “Best Places to Live” list include affordability and quality of life. People value finding cities where nice homes are available in a reasonable price range, but they also want areas that are filled with social events, entertainment, delicious restaurants, and lively bars. Each of these North Carolina cities has its own share of qualities that many people look for in a home community. We’re curious about what next year’s list will bring, but we feel confident that Charlotte will continue to be a cherished metropolitan area.
The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution was one of the most beloved Mitsubishi models. This sports sedan had a big following, but it wasn’t enough to keep it in production. The last Evo rolled off the line in 2016. However, we have learned that there is a chance the Mitsubishi Evo is coming back, but in a new form.
Recently, in an interview with Motor1, Mitsubishi’s UK managing director, Lance Bradley, indicated that the Evo nameplate could make a comeback. If it did make a return, he claimed that it would be different than the previous Evo models.
“Our focus is on SUVs and electrified drivetrains, but it’s possible that there could be an option for a more performance-orientated version of one of the models,” Bradley elaborated. “The hybrid market is still developing, but an electric drivetrain is usually quicker than an internal combustion powertrain, so you can have some very exciting electrified drivetrains.”
Bradley went on to say that Evo fans are very attached to the model’s name. If Mitsubishi did resurrect the Evo moniker, it would need to be very careful with its choice. We would expect to see something spectacular that would be true to this ride’s heritage.
While most of us want to drive fuel-efficient cars, they often come with a big price premium, especially fuel-efficient crossovers. That isn’t the case with the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV.
The Outlander PHEV is an affordable plug-in hybrid that costs a lot less than its luxury hybrid counterparts, even before any tax incentives are considered. Even with its low cost, the Outlander PHEV comes well-equipped with features including leather seating, Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ compatibility, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, Bluetooth® connectivity, and heated front seats.
It is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and a pair of 60-kilowatt electric motors. Combined, the hybrid powertrain has an output of 197 horsepower. When fully charged, Mitsubishi says the Outlander PHEV has an electric driving range of 22 miles. Recharging can be done in a variety of ways, but when using DC fast-charging, you can get up to an 80% charge in less than half an hour.
The Outlander PHEV also comes standard with Super All-Wheel Control for superior handling in all road conditions. Inside, the cabin offers seating for five passengers with plenty of room for cargo in the rear.
On March 17, we all get to be a little bit Irish and join in the fun of St. Patrick’s Day! If you are looking for some places to have some fun, here are the best places to go for St. Patrick’s Day in Charlotte. Just remember, if your plans include drinking, make sure you have a designated driver or call yourself an Uber.
Patrick’s Day Parade. On Saturday, March 17, Charlotte will host its 22nd annual St. Patrick’s Day parade. It steps off at 11 a.m. at N. Tyron St. and 9th Street in Charlotte. After the parade, there is a grand festival with live music, delicious food, and local vendors.
Pub Crawl. Get your friends together and join in the 18th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl. This unique event on March 17, lets you experience a lot of uptown Charlotte. Wear your green t-shirt (your ticket to the pubs), and spend the day eating, drinking, and having fun.
Kids Craft. For a more family-friendly event, visit Summerfield Farms on St. Patrick’s Day from 2 to 3 p.m., and your kids can make a shamrock necklace and leprechaun mask.
Luck of the Irish 5K. If you want to get a run in before your party, sign up for this virtual 5K. You get to choose your route and when you run the race. You will get a medal and bib in the mail.
Singing in the car — we’ve all done it. Some people belt out their favorite tunes proudly, while others only do it when no one is around. Regardless of your singing preferences, there is one thing that drivers who sing tend to have in common — they’re often healthier because singing in the car can, in some cases, boost your health.
According to Life Hack, singing caused a release of chemicals in your brain. Scientists believe that singing releases oxytocin, dopamine, and serotonin in small quantities to give you a heightened sense of positivity and enjoyment. Therefore, singing in the car can actually improve mental health.
We at Larry Jay Mitsubishi were also surprised to learn that singing in the car can improve cardiovascular and lung health. Singing loudly — which most people do behind the wheel — can impel you to use chest and lung muscles that aren’t usually active throughout the day. In fact, because most people sing alone in the car, there’s no pressure to sing “well”; ergo, you may sing louder and more frequently in the car.
Singing with others can also be great for psychological reasons. Harmonizing with your friends is a great way to strengthen bonds, and people who sing together tend to form closer relationships than those who don’t participate in social activities.