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Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Finally Coming to the US

A Mitsubishi Outlander out on a sunny day

The Outlander PHEV is coming to America!

For a few years now, Mitsubishi has been marketing a plug-in hybrid EV version of its popular Outlander family in other countries, such as the United Kingdom, but the variant never made its debut on North American soil. However, following the introduction of the Outlander’s next generation sometime after 2017, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV will finally be available in the US.

The decision accompanies Mitsubishi Motors’ announcement that the company has reevaluated its plans and has chosen to more aggressively target the SUV segment. The current generation of the Outlander PHEV could arrive in the US as early as next May. In addition, the automaker expects to have released three new SUVs to the lineup by 2020, including a new unnamed crossover, the next installment of the Outlander, and a new Outlander Sport. Mitsubishi says all three vehicles will offer optional hybrid powertrains, in addition to the traditional gas setup.

The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has been around for four years now, but the company is just now bringing the plug-in hybrid model to the American market. However, the decision makes sense now that Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. has turned their sights on the SUV market in an attempt to focus on their strengths.

Can’t wait to get your hands on a new Outlander? You can at least partially quench your thirst for the PHEV by test driving a 2015 Outlander at Larry Jay Mitsubishi today!

Mitsubishi November Sales Demonstrate Company Success

Mitsubishi 2016 model lineup

Mitsubishi was looking fierce in November!

Mitsubishi November sales numbers have been released to the public, and the company continues to enjoy one of its best years yet due to the continued success of the Mitsubishi Outlander and the SUV’s variants. So far in 2015 Mitsubishi Motors has sold over 87,000 units year-to-date, a stark contrast to 2014’s numbers of just over 71,000 within the same time period. That’s a 23 percent increase!

In just November alone, Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. has sold 6,722 products – up 3.6 percent from November 2014’s sales numbers. The Outlander shows the biggest leap in sales from the previous year, with an increase of 69.3 percent, or sales of 1,717 units. The Outlander Sport sold even more units in November; the popular SUV saw 2,955 units sold last month.

Mitsubishi’s continued success with their SUVs has caused the company to turn its attention to the SUV segment. Over the next five years, Mitsubishi plans to introduce three new SUVs to the US lineup. Mitsubishi November sales certainly back up this decision, as the company continues to find great success.

See why more people choose Mitsubishi by scheduling a test drive at Larry Jay Mitsubishi today!

Say Hello – and Goodbye – to the Lancer Evolution Final Edition in America

Lancer Evolution Final Edition

The Final Edition is going fast, so get yours today!

The Lancer Evo’s story in the US is a generations-long saga of engineering triumph and stylistic innovations, but it has reached its final chapter.

 

Mitsubishi has recently announced the Lancer Evolution Final Edition in America, a vehicle that gives a proud goodbye to an automotive legend.

 

The Lancer Evolution Final Edition in America will feature 303 horsepower (an increase of 12 horsepower from the last model) and 305 lbs of torque. Our favorite modification for the Final Edition is probably the new Bilstein shocks wrapped with all-around Eibach springs and two-piece Brembo front-axle calipers – talk about a smooth ride.

 

The Final Edition will retain that classic Lancer look, with the exaggerated spoiler and athletic posture. It will feature dark-chrome Enkei wheels to match the dark-chrome grille setting and black aluminum roof. You can get the last Evo in four colors: Pearl White, Rally Red, Mercury Greay, or Octane Blue.

 

Only 1,600 Lancer Evo Final Editions will be sold at a starting cost of $37,995, so hurry on down to Larry Jay Mitsubishi and get yours before they’re gone!

How Alternators Work

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The alternator is one of the most important parts of your car, since it’s the part that generates electricity to keep your battery charged as you drive. If you’ve ever wondered how they do this, we here at Larry Jay Mitsubishi have created a brief guide on how alternators work.

Alternators contain several parts, including a rotor, a stator, a rectifier assembly, and a set of brushes that maintain contact with the rotor, all of which are housed inside an aluminum casing. There’s also a pulley outside the casing.

The word alternator comes from the phrase alternating current. The rotor and stator work together to produce electromagnetic power, which is then sent to the battery. The engine rotates the alternator pulley, which causes the rotor to spin past wire coils that are part of the stator. This produces alternating currents in the rotor and stator. The electricity from this is funneled through stator leads to the rectifier diodes, which send the current in the proper direction.

Alternators also require a voltage regulator that determines the amount of voltage that goes into the engine, since too much can damage it. This isn’t everything there is to know about the alternator, so read up if you’re interested!

Enjoy Fall at the Ballantyne Festival in Charlotte

The Ballantyne Festival: Autumn in the Park Featuring Charlotte’s Best Oyster Roast is a one-day festival in Charlotte that seeks to provide a fun, autumn-themed event for all Charlotte’s citizens. It’s free to the public, totally family-friendly, and includes tons of events and attractions. The Ballantyne Festival will take place October 10th from 11am to 9pm at Ballantyne District Park.

Everything about the Ballantyne Festival screams fall, from the chili cook-off to hayrides to pumpkin painting. Craft tables will be set up for kids, as well as inflatable bounce houses and games, but there’s plenty of fun for adults too. The oyster roast is sure to please seafood-loving adults, and the festival will feature lots of beer sellers.

There’s also plenty of live entertainment, including four local bands headlined by acoustic rock group Simplified. And the music isn’t all that’s local—Ballantyne is a huge supporter of local businesses in Charlotte. Tons of Charlotte businesses with a passion for community and personal interaction set up booths in Exhibitor Alley.

Net proceeds from Ballantyne go to local charities and nonprofits. It’s a great cause and fun time, so don’t miss it! We here at Larry Jay Mitsubishi love it!

How To Handle A Backseat Driver

how to handle a backseat driver

We’ve all experienced it. We are driving down the road—and doing a good job of it—when someone in the backseat leans forward to offer some unsolicited advice. While your passenger might mean well, the advice itself is typically unwanted—and distracted.

Backseat driving is a well-recognized phenomenon and has even attracted the attention of psychologists. According to Psychology Today, the need to “backseat drive” finds its source in a positive personality trait—namely, confidence. But it’s more than that. It’s about the confidence you have the power and the knowledge to help, “that you’re capable enough to influence any situation for the better.”

Recognizing that backseat drivers are really only trying to help can make it easier to deal with them. That idea can be a great way to dialogue with them. Try explaining to them that you know they are only trying to help but in reality, from your perspective, they are hurting the situation by making you doubt yourself.

Your driving experience is going to be significantly easier if you know how to handle a backseat driver. Make sure you keep this in mind the next time you have a backseat driver! Check out our new inventory today and decide which vehicle is best in preventing backseat drivers!

Tips to Take Care of Your Car’s A/C

take care of your car’s a/c

As you gaze out into the hot summer from your cool and comfortable car, take a few minutes to say thank you to your air conditioning. We know you don’t want your A/C to fail, so here are a few tips on how to take care of your car’s A/C.

  • Turn it on. This is the simplest way to prolong the life of your air conditioner. Simply by using it, you are keeping the compressor in good working order. Auto experts recommend you turn on your air conditioning on its coldest setting for 10 minutes every week—even in the winter. Not only will this keep the parts working, but it will help clear out any excess moisture from your car’s vents.
  • Have it serviced. Usually every two years, your air conditioner will need a refresh—which entails re-gassing and cleaning up the system.
  • Give it a break. While using your A/C will keep it working, using it too much may cause it to break down. Try relying more on the fan speed instead of a colder temperature to keep you cool. If it’s blazingly hot and you’re trying to turn your car into a freezer, you are making your car work really hard.

If you think your car’s air conditioning might need a bit of a pick-me-up, give the service department at Larry Jay Mitsubishi a call and we’ll make sure you stay cool this summer.

5 Ways to Cut Your Commuting Costs

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Driving to work can sometimes take forever. Weaving in and out of city traffic is enough to make even the most relaxed person stressed out. Not only is it frustrating, but it can also be expensive. At Larry Jay Mitsubishi, we understand your pain. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of five ways you can cut your commuting costs.

 

  1. Find the Best Gas Prices

No one likes paying for gas, but if you’re going to drive anywhere, it’s something you’re going to have to do. So why pay more than you have to? Use apps like GasBuddy to find the cheapest gas in your area.

  1. Carpool with a Co-Worker

Got a friend at work? Consider setting up a carpool together. Taking one vehicle will save you both a lot more money than taking separate vehicles. Plus, it will give you a chance to converse with one another.

  1. Use Mass Transit

Sometimes city bus or train systems can take longer to get to work than taking a car. But in the long run, they are much less expensive. By taking a bus or train to work, you end up saving a lot of money.

  1. Bike to Work

If you live in the city, there’s no need to drive through heavy city traffic—bike to work instead. Not only will you get there faster, but you will also be getting healthier by exercising.

  1. Work Remotely

If your job offers you the opportunity to work from home, seize it. Working remotely will allow you to get your job done in the comforts of your own home. You won’t even have to drive to work at all!

 

Whether you bike, bus, or buddy up, there are plenty of ways to make that annoying and expensive commute a little more tolerable—and perhaps even enjoyable.

Fun Beach Activities to Do This Summer

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When the summer sun is high in the sky, nothing is better than a day trip to the beach! Walking along the warm sand is relaxing, and playing near the ocean is a great way to cool off in the hot summer sun. It’s important to make the most out of your time at the beach. That’s why Larry Jay Mitsubishi has built a list of fun beach activities to do the next time you find yourself laying out on the sand.

 

1. Collect Sea Shells

Some of the most beautiful designs found in nature are found on sea shells. These shells come in a wide variety of different shapes, sizes, and colors. Plus, sea shells can make great, cheap souvenirs from your beach trip.

2. Build a Sand Castle

There have been some amazing castles and structures built on the beach out of sand. Why not try your hand at one, too? Building a sand castle, or another piece of sand art, is a great time!

3. Practice Beach Yoga

The beach is already one of the most relaxing places you can be. The only way to make it more relaxing is through yoga. Practicing yoga routines on the beach will make you feel stress-free for the rest of the week.

4. Plan a Beach Cook Out

As night falls and your time at the beach comes to an end, conclude a perfect day with a perfect snack. Light up the night on the beach by roasting marshmallows over an open flame for delicious ‘smores. Just make sure to put the fire out safely!

 

By partaking in these fun beach festivities, you can turn a great day at the beach into a perfect summer day!

Some Of The Best East Coast Road Trip Destinations

east coast road trip destinations

They say the West is the best, but they really only say that because it’s a nice rhyme. The savvy traveler knows well that the East coast has just as much fun and beauty to offer.  But just in case you’re not in the know, we’ve thrown together some info on a few of our favorite East coast road trips destinations.

New England offers all sorts of wonderful treasures for the adventurous driver. The Daily Beast recommends taking the route from Gloucester, Massachusetts to New Haven, Connecticut. Best features? You’ll get the chance to eat the best seafood of your life and ponder the quiet beauty of harbors.

Music fan? Start in Memphis, Tennessee and drive to New Orleans, Louisiana along Highway 61. You’ll have the opportunity to hear some of best music the country has to offer along the way.

If you are a sunshine addict, then take US 1 in Florida. This highway runs close and parallel to the A1A, which affords wonderful views of the Atlantic Ocean. You can start anywhere, but be sure and make it down to Key West, Florida – if for anything, just to experience the Overseas Highway.

Okay, so you need a nice rhyme?  How about… the West may be the best, but the East ain’t the least!

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