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Nissan’s Purchase of Mitsubishi is Official

If, several years from now, you start to notice that the Nissan cars in your neighborhood look an awful lot like the Mitsubishi cars, refer to this article. For a while there has been some talk of it happening, but now Nissan’s purchase of Mitsubishi is official. The company purchased a 34 percent stake, costing Nissan $2.3 billion. In the end, however, such an investment will be worth it, as Nissan and Mitsubishi begin a promising partnership. This purchase, according to Nissan, also increases their stance as a company. They are now one of the three largest by volume companies in the world.

 

However, this alliance is not about Nissan taking over. It’s about partnership, including Mitsubishi’s involvement in Nissan’s relationship with Renault. Nissan and Mitsubishi will now share vehicle platforms, technology and manufacturing. And they’ll share some significant team members, too. Current Nissan and Renault CEO, Carlos Ghosn, has been newly appointed as the chairman of the Mitsubishi board. Mitsubishi’s CEO and president, Osamu Masuko, holds his position as the two companies transition.

 

So what does this mean for fans of Nissan and Mitsubishi? Indeed, the two manufacturers may grow to resemble one another. But hopefully, Nissan’s partnership with Mitsubishi will also make way for Mitsubishi to make a bigger impact on the US market.

Mitsubishi GT-PHEV Concept Debuts in Paris

Mitsubishi electrified the 2016 Paris Motor Show earlier this month with the most recent of its plug-in electric SUV concept lineup—the Mitsubishi GT-PHEV. Also known as the Grand Tourer concept, this model is a large and luxurious SUV that has an eco-friendly powertrain that is sure to impress with those families looking to go green.

 

The Mitsubishi GT-PHEV concept styling reflects Mitsubishi’s newest design language. Its Dynamic Shield grille is similar to that of the Mitsubishi Outlander and Outlander Sport models, adding a touch of modern sophistication to the model’s silhouette. Its low roofline gives the concept model a couple-lie appearance, while its maroon-colored roof stands out from the rest of its body.

 

Under the hood, Mitsubishi has combined a 2.5-liter gasoline engine with three electric motors. One of these motors helps the gasoline engine power the front wheels, while the other two are used to drive the rear wheels. By doing this, the GT-PHEV concept has an all-wheel-drive system. This combined powertrain also has a 25-kWh lithium-ion battery pack, which gives it enough range for 75 electric-only miles.

 

This isn’t the first plug-in hybrid vehicle Mitsubishi has introduced to the public. It currently has an Outlander Plug-In Hybrid (PHEV) model on sale in Europe, which it is trying to bring to the American market sometime soon.

 

While there’s no word yet as to whether the GT-PHEV will enter production or not, here’s hoping that the Japanese carmaker brings a more eco-friendly vehicle to the United States.

Enjoy the Weather at These Fall Festivals in New Jersey

Fall is a wonderful time of the year in New Jersey. The crisp autumn air harkens the future cold of winter, while the color-changing leaves make it obvious why this great state is nicknamed the Garden State. Because of this, November is a great time of year to enjoy some festivals. Here are a few fall festivals in New Jersey.

 

The Great Pumpkin Sail (Mountainside): If you have ever wondered what to do with your old jack o’ lantern—besides just throwing it away—then the Great Pumpkin Sale in Mountainside is the perfect post-Halloween tradition for you. On November 1st, you can bring your carved pumpkin to Echo Lake Park and place it on a float in the lake. Then, enjoy some hot cocoa while sitting around a warm campfire, and enjoy the beauty of dozens of pumpkins reflecting off the lake water. It costs $12 to attend for in-county residents and $16 for out-of-county residents.

 

Exit 0 Jazz Festival (Cape May): Cape May itself is a beautiful beach town to visit during the fall, but the Exit 0 Jazz Festival makes the autumn season even better. Enjoy the jazz talents of musicians like Wynton Marsalis, Cecile McLorin Salvant, and Squirrel Nut Zippers while taking in the picturesque Victorian-style homes of the town. The festival runs from November 11th to November 13th.

 

Scandinavian Jul Bazzar (Budd Lake): Take in some Scandinavian culture and enjoy the outdoors at the Scandinavian Jul Bazzar at Vasa Park in Bud Lake. This festival, which takes place on November 12th from 10 AM to 3 PM, is free to attend and offers a variety of imported Scandinavian foods, hand-made crafts, beautiful ornaments, and more.

Last Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Final Edition Sold at Auction

Mitsubishi fans everywhere were disappointed when they learned that availability on the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution would be limited. The good news is that Mitsubishi decided to deal with the last available car in a way that was both fun and good for the community.

 

The last Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Final Edition, of which there were only 1,600, was sold at auction for the highest bidder. A highly collectable car, the Final Edition was the best version of the popular Mitsubishi classic sport compact and many expected the car to go for well over the MSRP. It has an extra 12 horsepower and features upgrades like Bilstein shocks, Eibach springs, and Brembo brakes.

 

On September 15, the winning bid of $76,400 was placed and the lucky winner drove home with their beautiful Final Edition.
The proceeds went to benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank in Orange County and Feeding America in Riverside and San Bernardino.

 

While it’s unfortunate that we’ll never have the opportunity to purchase one of these cars again, it’s great that the auction went off without a hitch and that so many people will be able to benefit from this fun event.

What are the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Changes?

As one of the most popular vehicles that Mitsubishi has to offer, many people are curious about what they can expect to see from the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport. While the 2016 was a great vehicle in its own right, the new model took it to the next level. Here’s how.

The first 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport change people will notice is the redesigned exterior. Mitsubishi gave the Outlander Sport a makeover and as a result, this year’s model looks very sleek and modern. As part of this makeover, the Outlander Sport received a new grille, a new bumper, and new 18-inch wheels.

On the inside, drivers will find that there is a new steering wheel and that Mitsubishi has added an automatic climate control system. Tech lovers will enjoy the new 6.1-inch color display system on the console. Mitsubishi also changed the materials that they used on the interior to improve the look and feel of the finish.

The new 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is in a crowded market with a lot of competition, but the new touches that it added to this year’s model prepare it well to compete with every other vehicle in its class.

Take a Look at This What-If Lancer Evo Concept

Since 1992, the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution has shown the world that a car doesn’t have to be expensive to be impressive. The Evo delivers high-speed thrills and expert handling without completely emptying your bank account. Unfortunately, Mitsubishi has decided to end the Evo with the 10th generation (EVO X) and 2016 model to focus on more environmentally-friendly cars.

But that doesn’t mean people can’t dream. A Filipino man named Enoch Gabriel Gonzales put his auto design skills to use and created a what-if Lancer Evo concept.

He based his design on the next-generation 2018 Mitsubishi Lancer with sharp edges and killer styling. Then he added Evo characteristics like a large rear wing, hood vents, Brembo brake calipers, and more to create an Evo XI we can all dream about.

Our favorite part of the design is the large honeycomb-patterned grille that features a large XI that appears when looking at the Evo head on.

What we loved the most about the real life Evo was the fact that it could take on cars that cost a lot more money without giving up anything.

While we may never see a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo XI in real life, it is a lot of fun to dream about what it could have been.

Mitsubishi Night Drive Immerses Users in a Dual-Screen Experience

The all-new 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 takes the fuel-efficient subcompact hatchback and adds a lot of excitement. The G4 comes in four-door sedan form and is packed with excellent high-tech features that will make you feel like you’re driving something a lot more expensive.

Mitsubishi is now offering a unique interactive experience that will let people “test drive” the Mirage G4 without even leaving home. Through the Mitsubishi Night Drive campaign, people can use their laptop and smartphone simultaneously to drive through a unique course to test some of the G4’s features.

At the end of the test, the driver is given a score in the form of a Personality Type, such as Mirage Master, Wallet Watcher, or Learner’s Permit. The driver can use the interactive film to test the rearview camera, turning radius, fuel efficiency, Hill Start Assist, and more.

“The Mirage G4 offers consumers a package that is unmatched in the industry—with up to 42 highway MPG, best-in-class legroom, and of course our 10-year, 100,000-mile Powertrain Limited Warranty—all starting under $14,000,” said Francine Harsini, senior director, Marketing, MMNA. “Our Night Drive campaign is a fitting way to launch this vehicle with the opportunity for our target audience to engage with the car through their smartphones.”

While a virtual test drive is pretty cool, nothing can beat the real thing. Now that you’ve got a taste of what the 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 has to offer, take it out for a real test drive today at Bell Mitsubishi.

The Mitsubishi Ground Tourer Concept: A New Plug-In Hybrid SUV

Mitsubishi enthusiasts may want to sit down before hearing this: there may be a new high-end SUV on the way. Mitsubishi has been teasing a shadowy photo of a sporty SUV and the brand recently announced a new concept to appear in Paris later in the year. Best of all, the new model will have a plug-in hybrid powertrain, unique for its segment.

According to Automotive News, the Mitsubishi Ground Tourer Concept will have a low-riding body, a coupe style, and athletic fenders. The lighting is sharp and modern on both the front and the rear, while a stunning silhouette has an aura of power. Although there is nothing official yet, Mitsubishi may be releasing the new Ground Tourer in a year or so as part of a larger initiative to develop more green cars by 2020.

“Mitsubishi touts the concept as the latest expression of its push to become a pure SUV player, as the Japanese carmaker tries to build a comeback around its traditional strength in utility vehicles such as the Pajero and Outlander,” said the editors at Automotive News.

This is especially good news since the Galant and Eclipse Coupe have been dropped, leaving many to wonder what would take their place. With a high-power and off-road capable plug-in hybrid SUV on the way, this could just redefine the industry. Instead of gas-guzzling sports cars and SUVs that look more like tanks than cars, Mitsubishi is striving to give customers what they want—all wrapped in an eco-friendly package.

The Mirage vs. Mirage G4: What’s the Difference?

The Mitsubishi Mirage is a breakthrough in the industry, largely because this high-quality vehicle comes at such an affordable price. In fact, the Mirage is the most affordable new car on the market. Mitsubishi heard the complaints of the general public, especially demands for reasonably priced cars. The Mirage offers drivers a compact, city-friendly design that doesn’t skimp on features or comfort—all for a low cost.

In addition to the new Mirage, there is also a Mirage G4, leaving many car shoppers scratching their heads. What exactly is the difference between the Mirage vs. Mirage G4? According to Car and Driver, G4 stands for “Global 4-Door,” a design that’s intended to be the ideal model for the middle and working class. No pretentious frills. No over-the-top designs. You get quality materials, sharp styling, high-tech features, and a fuel-sipping powertrain.

The standard Mirage is a compact five-door hatchback, with 17.2 cu ft of cargo space and a European-inspired design. The Mirage G4 comes with a sedan body style. That means you get a separate trunk. Though most people think sedans offer more room than hatches, which is a common misconception, the sedan G4 actually has 12.3 cu ft of cargo room. Nonetheless, most Americans prefer this look and style.

Put simply, the Mirage is a hatchback while the Mirage G4 is a sedan. Both come with a three-cylinder engine and continuously variable transmission. Plus, both come with 10-year/100,000-mile limited powertrain warranties, nearly double the industry average.

Mitsubishi Outlander Awards Showcase 2016 Model’s Quality

The auto industry is a competitive place, especially when it comes to the crossover/SUV segment. Mitsubishi saw this, and the brand knew it had to step up its game. With over one hundred improvements, the 2016 Outlander was a statement to the SUV class that it was ready to get serious, and the plentiful amount of Mitsubishi Outlander awards the vehicle has won showcases the incredible strides Mitsubishi took to make the Outlander great.

 

Following its launch fall of 2015, the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander immediately won honors such as a placement on Kelley Blue Book’s Best Buy Award Finalist list and an Active Lifestyle Vehicle of the Year Award. The Active Lifestyle Awards named the Outlander the “Best Value on the Road” title, proving the Outlander holds it own against other competitors in the awards program’s test-drive-based judging system.

 

KBB.com also named the Outlander one of the Most Affordable Three-Row Vehicles of 2016 this past May.

 

Giving the Mitsubishi Outlander awards shows that not only are buyers loving this affordable alternative to big names on the market, but that professional organizations within the industry are, too. Whether you’re looking for a family-friendly vehicle to drive the kids to soccer practice or you want something that suits an active lifestyle, the 2016 Outlander has your back.

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