If you are looking for a fun way to spend an afternoon this month, you should drive to Mt. Airy and have lunch at the oldest diner in North Carolina. Snappy Lunch served its first meal on North Main Street in 1923 and has been doing it almost every day in the same spot ever since.
When the diner first opened, the town’s population was under 5,000. Today, that number has more than doubled with an estimated 10,347 residents in Mt. Airy. In addition, the area gets its fair share of tourists looking for a taste of Mayberry — the fictional town made famous by Mt. Airy’s own Andy Griffith.
Griffith used to eat at the diner as a young boy and mentioned it frequently in interviews. It even earned a mention in The Andy Griffith Show, making it a key stopping point for fans of the show.
When visiting Snappy Lunch, most people choose the house specialty, the pork chop sandwich. It is a big slab of pork, topped with coleslaw, and squeezed between two buns. It is just as big, messy, and delicious as it sounds.
The diner is opened for breakfast and lunch six days a week. Locals know that if there is still a line at closing time, the diner will stay open until it has served everyone.
There is no denying the growing popularity and allure of driving an electric car. For many people, they want to live a greener lifestyle, while others want to be able to save on fuel costs. Whatever your reason for wanting something electric, it is a good one. As the popularity increases, the technology improves. For the 2019 model year, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV’s battery life is getting even better.
Mitsubishi has announced a 10 percent increase in its battery capacity. This comes from a switch to a 2.4-liter Atkinson Cycle inline four-cylinder engine, compared to a 2.0-liter engine for the 2018 model year. With this new engine and its new 13.8 kWh battery pack, it will offer an electric driving range of 28 miles. The 2018 model has an electric range of 22 miles.
Along with its increased range, the Outlander PHEV is getting a boost in power, too. The electric motor’s output gets a boost of 10 percent to deliver 95 horsepower on its own. This brings the total output to 135 horsepower. The electric mode top speed has increased to 84 mph from just 78 mph last year.
The upgrades are not just performance related. The interior gets some updates, too. There will be new leather seats in the front and more climate control vents for back seat passengers to enjoy.
North Carolina has its fair share of pools and beaches, but there’s nothing quite like a waterpark. If you’re looking for a fun day trip to take in your new Mitsubishi from us here at Larry Jay Mitsubishi, the first place you drive to should be the Wet N Wild waterpark in Greensboro. Just an hour or so away from Charlotte, this venue will have the whole family keeping cool and happy in the summertime.
Featuring over 36 different water slides and rides sprawling over 42 acres, Wet N Wild hosts year-round events, is great for accommodating groups and birthday parties, and even lets visitors rent their own private cabana for the day. Older swimmers will enjoy adrenaline-pumping rides like the devil’s drop, while the kids can splash and play in Leisure Lagoon, Splash Island, and Shipwreck Cove.
Curb your hunger and quench your thirst onsite with tasty fare like turkey legs and ice cream. Before you head home, stop by the gift shop to grab some souvenirs to help commemorate your visit.
For more ways to stay cool this summer, contact us at Larry Jay Mitsubishi. We can also set you up with a test drive, if you’re in the market for a new family-hauler to transport you on new adventures.
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.