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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.

Make Your Yuletide Bright with These Staten Island Holiday Events

Christmas Events

 

Celebrate the season with these engaging Staten Island holiday events perfect for you and your family, courtesy of Bell Mitsubishi.

Attend the Theatre

Add a little culture to your Christmas traditions by going to see a holiday-themed play. On Staten Island, the St. George Theatre is putting on The Christmas Show for the 14th year in a row, while Little Victory Theatre features the old favorite, Miracle on 34th Street.

 

Christmas in Richmond Town & Traditional Tree Lighting

Join the people of Richmond Town for this annual ceremony on the first Sunday in December, in which the Historic Village is outfitted for Christmas. The tree-lighting ceremony begins at 5pm, but the festivities continue throughout the night.

 

Candlelight Tours at Historic Richmond Town

For an admission fee of $24 per guest ($12 for children 12 years old and under), these guided tours provide insight into over 300 years of holiday traditions in America, evoking a sense of nostalgia for the festive traditions over the years.

 

Cool School Holiday

Head to the Staten Island Children’s Museum on December 26th to witness the Cool School Holiday event. Not only is this festivity free, but it will captivate you and your family with educational fun all day long.

 

If you’re looking for ways to get into the Christmas spirit, these Staten Island holiday events are sure to satisfy.

The Enchantingly Affordable 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

2018 Outlander Sport
When Mitsubishi launched the current generation of the Outlander Sport, it quickly become one of the best-selling vehicles in the brand’s lineup. Why? Families were attracted to its low price and many practical, convenient, and fun features. In short, it made a perfect affordable family ride for everyday errand-running and long road trips. The new model year elaborates on this successful make. Whether you’re looking for safety, technology, or just a reliable car, the new 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport has you covered.

 

The Outlander Sport is equipped to accommodate five passengers. Its concise, lightweight build affords it a more athletic appearance and agile handling that aims to please both on- and off-road. It achieves up to 30 mpg on the highway, and offers advanced safetyperks including Forward Collision Mitigation and Lane Departure Warning.*

 

In addition, the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport features a standard seven-inch touchscreen that comes with options like Apple CarPlay™, Android Auto™, and Bluetooth®.

 

This affordable family ride makes an all-around excellent family hauler thanks to its array of advanced features. The 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is available now at Bell Mitsubishi. Come check it out for yourself; we’ll be more than happy to set you up with a test drive.

 

*EPA mileage estimate. Actual mileage may vary.

Why You Should Switch to Winter Tires

Why You Should Switch to Winter Tires

Now that November is here, the temperatures are really going to start plummeting. Snow and freezing road conditions could arrive at any time. For car owners here in New Jersey, one important thing to consider is making the switch to winter tires.

Despite their name, all-season tires are not equipped for all seasons. Their major failing comes in the winter. All-season tires work best when the temperatures are above 45 degrees Fahrenheit. However, once we start dipping below that, your all-season tires will begin to lose some of their traction.

Winter tires, on the other hand, are made using a special rubber compound that is designed to stay soft and pliable even when temperatures drop well below freezing. This will help give your car more traction whether the roads are wet, dry, snowy, or icy. In addition, winter tires have unique tread patterns that help them easily cut through slush, ice, and snow while maintaining the vehicle’s stability.

Compared with all-season tires, winter tires provide your vehicle with extra stopping power, which could make all the difference when it comes to staying on the road or braking in time to accommodate a stopped vehicle in front of you.

If you would like to add a set of winter tires to your car, come visit us at Bell Mitsubishi to peruse our great selection.

2018 Mitsubishi Outlander’s Technology

2018 Mitsubishi Outlander’s Technology
There is no denying how much we use technology every single day. Odds are, you probably use your smartphone as an alarm, meaning it is the first thing you see every morning. Technology also plays a big role in the automotive industry, with cars getting smarter and more connected each year.

The 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander has a host of advanced available technology to make your driving easier, pleasanter, and safer. Every Outlander comes standard with Bluetooth® connectivity, a rearview camera, a 6.1-inch touchscreen display, a CD player, and a USB port.

With the available Smartphone Link Display Audio system, you get an upgraded seven-inch touchscreen that includes both Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™. These features let you use certain apps like Google Maps, Apple Music, and Siri via the Outlander’s touchscreen.

Technology that you will really want is the available advanced safety features that function as an extra set of eyes to keep you and your passengers protected. These features include Adaptive Cruise Control, a 360-degree camera system, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Blind Spot Warning, Len Change Assist, Lane Departure Warning, and Forward Collision Mitigation.

Come experience all the available technology perks in the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander by stopping by Bell Mitsubishi today for a test drive.

The 2018 Mirage G4 Design: What’s New?

2018 Mirage G4 design

The Mitsubishi Mirage G4 makes quite a statement. This compact sedan comes with a refined exterior, comfortable interior, and great pricing. Though it’s been on the market for a few years, there are some notable additions to the 2018 Mirage G4 design that drivers and reviewers just can’t stop talking about.

According to Business Wire, one of the most notable upgrades for the 2018 model year is the seven-inch display audio unit that comes with Bluetooth® connectivity, audio streaming, and a rearview camera. Standard on the ES trim, this intelligent infotainment system keeps passengers occupied while also keeping the driver up to date.

Don Swearingen, executive vice president and chief operating officer at Mitsubishi Motors North America, articulates the brand’s pride in this new model: “Coming out of the Mirage G4’s first year on the market, we’re pleased to see the sedan variation resonating well among consumers. Offering impressive fuel economy and the same affordability and practical appeal of the Mirage hatchback in the form of a 4-door sedan, the Mirage G4 has bolstered the Mirage lineup.”

The Mirage G4 also comes with a few other additions, such as a center console USB port, steering wheel audio controls, and 15-inch alloy wheels. Plus, with up to 41 mpg highway, the new Mirage G4 will save you money at the pump.* Visit Bell Mitsubishi today to test drive the latest Mirage G4.

*EPA estimate only. Actual mileage may vary.

Fall Maintenance Tips: Autumn Car Care

Tire Service

Fall brings cool weather and stunning scenery. Regular maintenance can not only improve the resale value of your car, but also extend its life and prevent future breakdowns. Learn the best ways to take care of your car with these fall maintenance tips.

According to The Car Connection, it is crucial to check your tires and breaks. The cooler temperatures can lower the tire pressure in your car, increasing the risk of a blowout. While you’re at it, check for uneven wear and tear, bulging, and cracking in the rubber. These are all signs that you need new tires before winter.

Next, top off fluids; this includes coolant, wiper fluid, transmission fluid, brake fluid, and power steering fluid.  Most drivers realize their vehicle needs an oil change about every three months, but few people realize that they should top off other vehicle fluids this frequently.

Finally, check your lights. Proper visibility is a must in the fall, since there is typically lessdaylight than in the spring and summer. Have a friend help you check your taillights, headlights, blinker, reverse lights, and fog lights.

Stop by Bell Mitsubishi to have a professional technician service and inspect your vehicle to ensure that it’s ready for the fall.

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