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May and June Events in Rahway, NJ

Rahway, NJ

Rahway is a great place to live or visit. A mere 40-minute drive to New York City, Rahway offers plenty of events to attend year-round. Check out some of these May and June events in Rahway that are worth putting on your calendar.

NYC Vegetarian Food Festival 2018

This year’s NYC Vegetarian Food Festival 2018 is hosted by US Veg Corp and takes place at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York. The eighth annual event includes cooking demonstrations by chefs, kids’ activities, and vegetarian products. With more than 100 vendors and 40 speakers, the convention offers plenty to see and explore, even if you aren’t a vegetarian. Admission runs between $30 and $75 per person. The event takes place on May 19th and 20th.

Ready Set Glow 5k Race

This year’s Ready Set Glow 5k Race takes place on May 24th at Rahway City Hall. More than 1,000 runners coming from eight different states are expected to participate in the race. Participants are encouraged to get creative and wear light-up costumes. Those who choose flex their legs and run this race will receive a shirt and medal.

Relay For Life of Rahway

Relay for Life of Rahway takes place on June 2nd this year. Everyone is invited to this free event to walk in honor of cancer survivors, those who lost their battle, and the caregivers who sacrifice their time to care for those in need. This free event takes place at Rahway River Park Stadium from 11am to 11pm.

If you’re in the Rahway neighborhood for any of these upcoming events, pay a visit to Bell Mitsubishi to see the latest models and take a test drive.

Popular Movies with Mitsubishis

Mitsubishi

Catching a glimpse of one of your favorite vehicles on the silver screen leaves a lasting impression. Moviegoers and car-lovers enjoy seeing their favorite vehicles playing a role in a motion pictures. Here are a few of our favorite movies with Mitsubishis in them.

The Fast and the Furious

You’ve probably heard of The Fast and the Furious, but you might not remember the details of how it all began. Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker) gets behind the wheel of a 1995 Mitsubishi Eclipse GS as a part of a sting operation. Ultimately (spoilers incoming), O’Conner loses the race to Dominic (Vin Diesel). In the end, the Eclipse GS is destroyed, leaving his supervisor, Special Agent Bilkins, with an $80,000 bill to pay. Whoops!

The Hunter

The Hunter is a drama and thriller about a mercenary sent to hunt down the last Tasmanian tiger. The main character Martin drives a Mitsubishi Pajero. The model appears to be a 2010 edition and makes several appearances throughout the movie.

Jackie Chan’s Who Am I?

Jackie Chan’s Who Am I? was sponsored by Mitsubishi, as were many of Jackie Chan’s late-1990’s films. In the movie, a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IV GSR takes the lead in a fierce chase. The Japanese sports car is pursued by multiple BMW 3 Series. The movie actually involves multiple Lancer Evolution cars because the stunts were so grueling to execute.

To find a Mitsubishi that makes you feel like a star, pay a visit to Bell Mitsubishi.

New Mitsubishi Motors President Has Been Announced

MitsubishiEffective April 1st, there a new Mitsubishi Motors president is stepping up. Fred Diaz is replacing Ryujiro Kobashi as President and CEO of Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. We at Bell Mitsubishi are thrilled to hear this news and what it means for the company.

Diaz has spent 29 years in the automotive industry, including various roles in customer relations, marketing, and sales. Kobashi will return to Mitsubishi Motors’ headquarters in Tokyo to serve a crucial role in overseas sales. He spent four years at the head of MMNA and played a key role in its recent growth and achievements.

Chief Operating Officer Trevor Mann stated, “The United States is a strategic market for Mitsubishi Motors in our Drive for Growth plan. With his in-depth background and experience in North America, Fred has a strong ability to proactively engage with Mitsubishi Motors’ dealers and customers as we aim to expand our dealership network, enhance our brand, and drive sales growth.”

This exciting announcement comes on the heels of MMNA surpassing a 100,000 sales milestone for 2017 calendar year. Such sales results make Mitsubishi Motors the fastest growing non-luxury brand in the United States thanks, in part, to the release of the all-new Eclipse Cross crossover.

With Diaz as the head of the company and even more new models being released, including the Outlander PHEV, 2018 is set up to be an even better year than 2017.

Information on New Mitsubishi Connect Android Auto Apps Being Added

Mitsubishi Technology

If you drive a new Mitsubishi, it may be equipped with Android Auto™, which gives you access to a world of digital tools.

Android Auto™ is a safer way to use certain smartphone features in your car and minimize distractions. This interface allows you to use certain smartphone apps directly on the Mitsubishi Connect screen. Listen to your favorite music, get directions, and send messages all with your voice and while keeping your phone stowed away.

Use Google Assistant on Android Auto™ so you can keep your hands on the wheel while still accessing your apps. Press and hold the voice control button on your steering wheel or say, “OK, Google,” to activate the voice commands and access your favorite apps.

Currently, Mitsubishi Connect Android Auto Apps include Spotify®, TuneIn, Stitcher™, Threema, Amazon Music, iHeartRadio, Audiobooks by Audible, and Google Maps, just to name a few. When you access Google Maps, for instance, you can get real-time traffic alerts, find a faster route, and avoid speed traps. Alternatively, you can use the Waze navigation app to find a new restaurant.

There are new apps added to Android Auto all the time. Some of the latest additions include WhatsApp, Skype, Textra, and Google Play Music.

To see how Android Auto™ works or see which Mitsubishi models are compatible with Android Auto™, contact us at Bell Mitsubishi.

A Brief History of Mitsubishi Motors

History of Mitsubishi Motors

We at Bell Mitsubishi are proud to represent a company with such an influential, important automotive history. Not sure where your favorite brand comes from? Check out this brief history of Mitsubishi Motors.

We at Bell Mitsubishi are proud to represent a company with such an influential, important automotive history. Not sure where your favorite brand comes from? Check out this brief history of Mitsubishi Motors.

  • 1870s: In 1870, the company Tsukumo Shokai separated from the Tosa Clan, and in 1873, the name was changed to Mitsubishi Shokai.
  • 1914: Mitsubishi’s iconic three-diamond trademark was registered.
  • 1921: Mitsubishi established Mitsubishi Internal Combustion Engine Manufacturing.
  • 1937: Mitsubishi developed a prototype of a four-wheel-drive passenger car for military use.
  • 1960: After several innovations in the 1940s and 1950s, Mitubishi’s own Shin Mitsubishi Heavy-Industries created the Mitsubishi 500 compact four-wheel passenger car.
  • 1973: Mitsubishi launched its iconic Lancer car in the same year that its Galant 16L HT GS won the 21st East African Safari Rally.
  • 1983: Mitsubishi Motors Corporation, Heavy Industries Corporation of Malaysia, and Mitsubishi Corporation jointly formed a national car business.
  • 1988: Mitsubishi began production of its famous Eclipse model.
  • 1996: Mitsubishi established a research and development company here in the United States.
  • 2003: Mitsubishi Motors North America took its passenger car business to North America.
  • 2009: The innovative i-MiEV won the Car of the Year Japan’s “Most Advanced Technology” award.

Mitsubishi’s history is full of exciting moments, but its future here in the US and throughout the world has even more in store.

2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Arrives at Bell Mitsubishi

2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

After much anticipation, we are proud to announce that the new 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is available here at Bell Mitsubishi.

After much anticipation, we are proud to announce that the new 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is available here at Bell Mitsubishi. The very first shipment of Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross models arrived on the West Coast last month and began distribution to Mitsubishi dealerships across the country, including here in Rahway, New Jersey.

The 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is the second all-new model to join the Mitsubishi lineup in just a matter of months. Late last year, the all-new 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV arrived on our lot at Bell Mitsubishi.

The new Eclipse Cross is a compact CUV that packs a powerful punch from its 1.5-liter direct-injection turbo-engine. Available in a wide range of fun colors like Red Diamond and Octane Blue Metallic, the Eclipse Cross aims to stand out from the competition. Key features like the dual-pane power-sliding panoramic roof, the seven-inch smartphone link thin display audio with touchpad controller, heated rear seats, MITSUBISHI CONNECT, and the Head-Up Display help it in that mission.

“2018 represents an exciting next chapter for Mitsubishi Motors, and the all-new Eclipse Cross is a large part of that story,” remarked Don Swearingen, executive vice president and chief operating officer, MMNA. “The Eclipse Cross builds on the strong Mitsubishi heritage of automotive performance, technology and fun-to-drive dynamics revived in a CUV. We’re excited to add the Eclipse Cross to our established CUV lineup and know it will continue to fuel the brands current sales momentum.”

If you’re interested in what this new crossover has to offer, test drive the 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross at Bell Mitsubishi.

Mitsubishi Considered Fastest Growing Non-Luxury Car Brand in 2017

Non-Luxury Car Brand

Mitsubishi Motors recently became the fastest growing, non-luxury car brand in the United States in 2017. The Japanese carmaker saw a year-over-year sales increase of 7.7% in 2017.

Mitsubishi Motors recently became the fastest growing, non-luxury car brand in the United States in 2017. The Japanese carmaker saw a year-over-year sales increase of 7.7% in 2017. This increase makes last year the fifth year in a row that the brand has gone up in sales.

“2017 was a challenging year for the industry,” said Don Swearingen, executive vice president and chief operating officer for Mitsubishi Motors North America. “Mitsubishi’s CUV lineup posted banner sales, up 15% over 2016.”

The three-row Mitsubishi Outlander had its best sales year ever in 2017. It sold a total of 35,310 vehicles, which was an increase of 32.9% over 2016. The Outlander Sport, which is the Outlander’s smaller, sportier sibling, also saw a big December sales month with an increase of 47.1% over December 2016, and a total of 33,160 sales.

For 2018, it doesn’t look like these sales will slow down much. With the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV delivering SUV capabilities and EV fuel economy and the all-new 2018 Eclipse Cross joining the crossover lineup, Mitsubishi is positioned to continuing selling well in the new year.

You can see the all-new Eclipse Cross at Bell Mitsubishi starting in March. Until then, come check out the Outlander PHEV which has just arrived at our showroom here at Mitsubishi Motors.

Fun Activities Around Elizabeth, NJ to Enjoy This Spring

Elizabeth, NJ

While Elizabeth, NJ has a small-town feel, it’s only a 30-minute train ride away from New York City. With this kind of access, there’s no doubt that there are a ton of fun activities in and around Elizabeth, NJ.

We here at Bell Mitsubishi are very lucky to serve an area like Elizabeth, NJ. While this town has a small-town feel, it’s only a 30-minute train ride away from New York City. With this kind of access, there’s no doubt that there are a ton of fun activities in and around Elizabeth, NJ that are will help you stay busy all year round.

If you’re interested in horseback riding, you will want to check out the Union County’s Watchung Stables. These stables not only offer lessons, but also allow you to rent the gear that you’ll need to have a pleasant ride on one of their bridle paths.

For those that are looking for a sporty thrill, head off to the Big Apple to witness a game. The MetLife Stadium is also about a 30-minute drive from Elizabeth, making it a convenient spot for football fans to reignite their passion for the game; this venue also hosts occasional concerts, so make sure to check out the event schedule here.

Elizabeth is also a great site for history-oriented fun. Take a day trip to Trenton or Morristown, both of which were major cities involved with the American Revolution.

For a low-key adventure, head out to one of the many New Jersey beaches to bask in the sun and enjoy playing in the sand with your family.

If you need even more suggestions for spring pastimes in the area, call or visit us at Bell Mitsubishi for our recommendations.

Mitsubishi 2017 Sales: More Than 100,000 Vehicles Delivered, Five Straight Years of Growth

Mitsubishi 2017 SalesThe fastest-growing non-luxury automotive brand in the United States last year was Mitsubishi, earning the title with a 7.7% increase in sales from 2016 and a grand total of 103,686 vehicles delivered. Mitsubishi 2017 sales also marked five consecutive years that sales have grown year-on-year.

“2017 was a remarkable year for Mitsubishi as we continued our rebuilding effort and posted another year of sales growth. In just five years, Mitsubishi sales have increased nearly 80%, and we’re doing that with fleet sales that are lower than industry average,” said Don Swearingen, executive vice president and chief operating officer, MMNA.

The most key component of Mitsubishi’s success was the Outlander, which benefitted from strong sales momentum throughout the year to finish the year up 32.9% at 35,310 delivered. Helping to polish off the year with a record December was the Outlander Sport, which finished the year up from 2016 at 33,160 delivered.

“Mitsubishi’s CUV lineup posted banner sales, up 15% over 2016. Customer demand for these vehicles is as high as it has ever been due to a combination of style, technology, performance, and value,” Swearingen added.

December also marked the launch of the long-awaited Outlander PHEV, which—combined with the arrival of the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross crossover later this year—should help Mitsubishi net its 6th straight year of growth in America and maintain its title as the fastest-growing non-luxury brand in the United States.

“While we’re excited for the success the brand achieved in 2017, we’re hitting the ground running in 2018 with the launch of two new CUVs,” said Swearingen. “The highly anticipated Outlander Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) just began shipping to our dealers, and the all-new Eclipse Cross will arrive in showrooms in March. These two new vehicles, combined with the Outlander and Outlander Sport will give Mitsubishi a family of CUVs that is unmatched in the industry.”

If Mitsubishi 2017 sales—and sales from the four years prior—are any indication, 2018 should be a banner year for the brand. You can be a part of it by stopping into Bell Mitsubishi to see what makes the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander, Outlander Sport, and Mirage some of the most fun and functional vehicles on the road today.

New 2018 Outlander PHEV Design Has Fast-Charging System

2018 Outlander PHEV Design

The 2018 Outlander PHEV design is sporty, efficient, and—above all—it’s high tech. The latest version now comes with the CHAdeMO fast-charging port.

The 2018 Outlander PHEV design is sporty, efficient, and—above all—it’s high tech. The latest version of Mitsubishi’s iconic plug-in hybrid vehicle now comes with the CHAdeMO fast-charging port. One of the major setbacks of owning a plug-in vehicle (whether hybrid or all-electric) is the charge time. However, the latest Outlander PHEV lets you recharge in approximately 20 minutes.

The Outlander PHEV charges the 12kWh battery in an incredibly quick time, though you can still charge with an old-fashioned 110V outlet if you prefer. The CHAdeMO fast-charging port technology is typically seen on hybrid-electric models that cost over $75,000, which makes the Outlander PHEV considerably more competitive thanks to its affordable pricing.

Most drivers who have shorter commutes—less than 40 miles roundtrip—can use the Outlander PHEV for a gasoline-free drive to and from work. Overall electric usage could account for the majority of the car’s energy consumption.”

For drivers looking for a practical way to go green, the new Outlander PHEV may be the right option. Thanks to the CHAdeMO charging system you don’t need to wait around all day for energy; however, there’s always reliable gasoline power when you need it. Visit Bell Mitsubishi to learn more about the Outlander PHEV.

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