The summer heat is rolling in which means you’re running out of time to take care of some crucial routine car maintenance! Ensuring your vehicle is properly maintained is important to enjoying summer, especially if you plan on taking any long road trips. Here are a few routine summer car maintenance items to take care of from us here at Bell Mitsubishi!
Oil lubricates, cools, and protects the engine, and effectively works to prevent a major breakdown and costly repair later in the vehicle’s lifespan. The extreme summer heat can result in thinning of your old oil, and that won’t end well, especially if you’re in the middle of a family road trip. Save yourself both time and money by getting an oil change before summer arrives!
Keeping your tires properly maintained will result in better fuel economy, a smoother ride, and a pretty penny in savings. Start by checking to see if you have enough tread on your tires for optimal traction on wet roads. Next, check the tire pressure and inflate (or deflate) to the manufacturer-suggested level. Finally, look for any abnormalities, like bulges. Don’t forget to rotate your tires!
Heavy spring rains after winter’s ice likely did a number on your windshield wipers. Fortunately, a new set is cheap and easy to install. Simply check your owner’s manual for instructions. It only takes a few minutes!
Taking care of your car can be a bit of a hassle, especially if you aren’t sure what exactly going into regular maintenance. Fortunately, modern cars are advanced enough that they only need regular maintenance every few months. Here’s some crucial information on regular maintenance for your vehicle from us here at Bell Mitsubishi.
Most quick-change oil outlets advertise the 3,000-mile rule as the general guideline for when you need to have your car’s oil changes. Modern vehicles and oil technology have come a long way since that rule first came to light. Today’s vehicles vary when it comes to oil change by mileage. Your owner’s manual can give you can exact number but a general rule to stick to is every six months or 5,000-7,500 miles.
Most automakers stick to a pretty consistent service schedule. The 15,000-mile mark should include an oil change, tire rotation, and inspection of important components.
The 30,000-mile mark should include a more thorough inspection and new fuel filter. Some vehicles may need new transmission fluid at this point.
The 45,000-mile mark is generally the same as the 15,000-mile mark with the addition of new transmission fluid, provided it hasn’t been changed already.
The 60,000-mile mark should include new belts, valves, and hoses as well as the items included in the 30,000-mile mark.
The 100,000-mile mark should include new spark plugs and a few other items that vary from vehicle to vehicle.
It isn’t too often that we hear of a vehicle ceasing production, but that’s exactly what’s happening to the Mitsubishi Lancer. The Japanese brand cut the Lancer Evolution two years ago and with sales of the sedan continuing to decline, the automaker has decided to cease production. The decision to cease Mitsubishi Lancer production came long before Nissan and Mitsubishi joined forces.
Mitsubishi spoke to the media ahead of the 2017 Detroit Auto Show, announcing the decision to cut the Mitsubishi Lancer from the lineup come August. The sedan saw just over 14,000 Lancers sold in the United States in 2016, a 19% drop.
The Mitsubishi Lancer was first introduced to drivers at the 2007 Detroit Auto Show, much to the pleasure of enthusiasts. The sedan saw a surge in popularity in its early years, but sales continued to drop as crossovers grew more popular.
While the Lancer may be outgoing, Mitsubishi is bringing in new models to replace it. A new crossover, slotted between the shrinking Outlander Sport and regular Outlander will hit the market in 2018. The unnamed model will see a turbocharged engine and feature plenty of technology.
We here at Bell Mitsubishi are sad to see the legendary Lancer heading off into the sunset for good come August.
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.
Last month, Mitsubishi reported its first annual North American profits in seven years following a 19 percent increase in sales between January and March. The automaker predicted that the rest of 2015 would be even more promising, and it seems it was right.
Mitsubishi’s April sales totaled 8,216 units, marking the brand’s 14th consecutive month of year-over-year increases in North America as well as a whopping 25.6 percent improvement over April 2014 and the best automaker’s best April in seven years.
As always, the Outlander Sport set the sales pace for the rest of the lineup. 2,674 customers drove away with one last month, though perhaps even more impressive was that the Mirage nearly matched that figure. With 2,407 models sold, the Mirage is up a huge 65.4 percent for the first four months of the year. Just give it a test drive at Bell Mitsubishi and you’ll understand why in no time!
“Our cars are not only priced right, but they are also economical to own, exceptionally reliable and are backed by an industry-leading warranty,” said Don Swearingen, MMNA Executive Vice President. “It is these important qualities that are attracting new car buyers to the Mitsubishi brand.”
It has been quite a ride for the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution throughout the years. But now, facing extinction, Mitsubishi has promised one last special edition for connoisseurs in Japan to ride off into the sunset. The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Final Edition will be the 10th generation of the turbo, all-wheel drive sedan, and it will send the car off in style.
The Lancer Evolution Final Edition features a blacked-out chrome grille and a glossy black bumper bar with multiple hood vents to set it apart from the other Lancers, while the roof panel is available in black or white.
The Evolution rides on 18-inch BBS wheels wrapped in high performance tires, and glides through turns with the upgraded Bilstein shocks and Eibach springs. The 2-liter turbo-charged engine features improvements including sodium-filled exhaust valves while grippy Brembo brakes enhance stopping power.
A “Final Edition” badge is wistfully placed below the emblems on the trunk and since only 1,000 of these will be produced, a special plaque with a serial number adorns the interior console.
The final ride for the Lancer Evolution promises to be an exciting one. For more information on the Lancer and other cars, make a trip into Bell Mitsubishi.
2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
Mitsubishi continues to push its brand in new directions. The automaker is making more and more SUVs, as well as adding hybrid or plug-in capabilities to most of those SUVs. For instance, an all-new Mitsubishi plug-in concept recently debuted at the Geneva Motor Show. This next concept, the XR-PHEV II, builds on the legacy of the XR-PHEV that debuted at the 2013 Tokyo show.
This second concept looks almost identical to the first one from the outside, but it sees improvements in other areas. The powertrain now features a 12-kWh battery along with a 161-horsepower electric motor. No more specifications on the engine are known just yet, but hopefully we will hear more from Mitsubushi soon.
Of course, this is still just a concept and it’s not destined for production at this time, but the statement is clear: Mitsubishi continues to work hard on this EV technology and knows that it will play a huge role in its future. And the automaker is already finding more advanced ways to do so, with features like “battery save” and “battery charge” modes featured on the second XR-PHEV concept. Come see us at Bell Mitsubishi to learn more today!
Mitsubishi announced last week that the 2015 Outlander Sport, one of its most popular crossovers, will have a new engine option: that of a 2.4-liter in-line four-cylinder engine that produces up to 168 horsepower.
This engine is the same model that’s currently available in Mitsubishi’s Lancer sedan, so although the automaker hasn’t released the official specs on the engine for the Outlander, we can assume that it will likely work the same way.
The new engine will be available for two 2015 Outlander Spot models, the ES and GT, which are being priced at $22,145 and $24,445 respectively. Not a bad price at all for these top-of-the-line crossovers, a staple in Mitsubishi’s catalog.
Plus, various luxury packages are available for the new models, including the GT Premium Package and the GT Touring Package, in addition to the new Outlander engine option.
Looking forward to the latest and greatest Mitsubishi Outlander models? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
The new and improved, family-friendly Outlander Sport is ready for the open road!
Mitsubishi’s top-selling model, the versatile Outlander Sport crossover, offers a 2-liter four-cylinder engine that can reach 148 ponies, top-notch fuel economy for its class, and a 10-year/100,000 mile powertrain warranty.
Consumer options include a 5-speed manual or Continuously Variable Transmission with front-wheel or all-wheel-drive. Other features include electric-assisted power steering, a rearview camera, and rear parking sensors.
The upgraded Touring package includes a navigation system, a 7-inch touchscreen, leather seats, a 710 W Rockford Fosgate premium audio system (with nine speakers and a subwoofer), and a larger-than-life sunroof.
With room for five people, this family-friendly and multipurpose, utilitarian vehicle contains plenty of space for family, friends, and hauling. Perfect for family road trips, car-pooling, grocery shopping, and more.
An IIHS top safety pick with a friendly price tag, this crossover sport will fit the bill for any family. Stop by Bell Mitsubishi today!
That wasn’t a wrestling mask disguising the sexiest new vehicle shown at this year’s Los Angeles Auto Show—actually, it was just the awesome, stylish front end of the new Mitsubishi concept vehicle, the XR-PHEV. The new concept previews a production version, a new plug-in hybrid crossover that is sure to move the brand in a positive direction. However, the new car also previews something else—a whole new brand direction for Mitsubishi.
As Don Swearingen, North America Executive Vice President for Mitsubishi, said, the new concept will be a heavy influence on many new Mitsubishi models going forward. “We also brought it to L.A. to reinforce the message that Mitsubishi is here to stay in the United States,” Swearingen said. “As we regrow the brand, we will introduce new models while updating existing ones, creating a new look and a new value proposition for the brand.”
Come see us at Bell Mitsubishi sometime soon to check out the inventory and imagine your favorite Mitsubishi vehicles with a sexy, stylish new hood and overall design. Plus, you can give yourself a holiday present by buying one of those awesome Mitsubishi vehicles for yourself as well. We can’t wait to see you—hurry in to check out all the end of year deals!