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Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Safety: An IIHS Top Safety Pick

The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross features safety technology in the upper echelon of the automotive industry, and the brand recently took home the award to prove it. The Eclipse earned a Top Safety Pick rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in its 2019 tests. The IIHS is an independent, non-profit organization that rates vehicle safety across the industry, basing its findings on a variety of factors.

To earn a Top Safety Pick rating, vehicles must earn “Good” ratings on the driver-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraint tests, as well as an “Acceptable” or “Good” rating in the passenger-side small overlap front test. Mitsubishi notes that the Eclipse Cross scored “Good” in all six crash-test areas.

“We’re focused on engineering safety, quality and reliability into every vehicle we build, which is reflected in the IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK recognition for the Eclipse Cross,” said Mark Chaffin, chief operating officer, Mitsubishi Motors North America. “Eclipse Cross continues to impress customers with its distinctive and rugged design, advanced connectivity features and available active safety equipment that current drivers desire in the popular compact SUV segment.”

Safety features on the new Eclipse Cross include Brake Assist, Daytime Running Lights, and Electronic Stability Control. Available systems such as a Multi-View Camera System, Adaptive Cruise Control, Forward Collision Mitigation, and Blind Spot Monitoring also add to the SUV’s award-winning suite of safety technology.

You’ll enjoy the peace of mind offered by the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross when you take one for a spin at Bell Mitsubishi.

Mitsubishi Named OEM of the Year for Innovative App

Mitsubishi Motors North America was named the fastest-growing Asian brand in America for the second year in a row, and it’s easy to see why. At the TU-Automotive Detroit, the world’s largest automotive technology conference, Mitsubishi received “Telematics OEM of the Year” for their new Road Assist+ smartphone application.

Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) that made notable advancements in smart vehicle connection technology in the last year were pitted against one another for the award, and Mitsubishi’s intelligent solution left the competition in the dust.

Road Assist+ is the first completely hardware-free, vehicle-independent smartphone software from an OEM that uses telematics to show owners how they could save money by changing their driving habits. The App is capable of calculating these figures by taking advantage of usage-based insurances (UBIs).

The system analyzes driving behavior by evaluating UBIs and delivers user-specific tips on how to avoid negative driving patterns like speeding, abrupt braking, or rapid acceleration. The ultimate goal is to increase the overall safety of everybody on the road and to help drivers of Mitsubishi vehicles lower their insurance rates.

As its name would suggest, Road Assist+ provides users with 24-hour emergency roadside assistance. The award-winning application is available for download on the Google Play Store as well as the Apple App Store.

For a taste of Mitsubishi’s hardware innovations, swing by Bell Mitsubishi and take one for a test drive.

Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Rumored to Return

Starting in 1992, Mitsubishi produced a dynamic sports sedan called the Lancer Evolution, but the popular model was discontinued in 2017 when the automaker decided to focus their business on SUVs, hybrids, and electric vehicles rather than sports. But plans may be changing.

Information from Japan-based sources has revealed that Mitsubishi may be resurrecting the Lancer Evolution in the near future. The most recent iteration of the sedan was called the Lancer Evolution X, so for the time being, the rumored comeback car is known by the name Lancer Evolution XI.

If the Lancer does return to production, its design will likely build on Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi’s MF-C/D F4 platform. The sport sedan’s previous renditions featured 2.0L turbo engines capable of producing up to 303 horsepower, so it stands to reason that the Evolution XI will have similar power, especially since the comparable Renault Megane RS houses similar hardware. The new model will also offer both manual and automatic transmissions as well as standard All-Wheel Drive.

Despite having been discontinued, the Lancer remains a popular choice for drivers in China. Its continued presence in Asian markets may be a contributing factor in Mitsubishi’s planned resurrection of the sport sedan.

Speculation names Osamu Masuko, chairman and former CEO of Mitsubishi, as a supporter of the vehicle’s return. Currently there’s little to go on other than speculation, but experts seem confident that reviving the performance-focused segment of the Mitsubishi lineup would be a smart move for the automaker. For the time being, all we can do is wait and see.

In the meantime, get up to speed with all of the currently available Mitsubishi vehicles at Bell Mitsubishi.

Send Summer Off in Style: August Events Near Rahway

Looking for fun ways to finish off the summer? Check out a few of these one-of-a-kind August events around our hometown of Rahway, New Jersey. And, if you need a way to get there, check us out at Bell Mitsubishi first, and we’ll help you get behind the wheel of a brand-new Outlander, Eclipse Cross, or Mirage.

One Love: Caribbean Music Festival

Bop up to Newark for some boppin’ to live Caribbean music on Saturday, Aug. 17. One Love features all the best sounds from the Islands, like Reggae, Soca, and Calypso, plus R&B and hip-hop variations. One Love is a family-friendly event, with bounce-houses, snow cones, rides, and more for the kiddos.

Family Night at Turtle Back Zoo

Every Wednesday and Thursday night is Family Night at the Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange. The zoo stays open until 8 p.m. to accommodate the schedules of working parents. Bring your kids for a relaxing evening at the zoo. Wednesday nights are also “Zoo-vies” night; August Zoo-Vies include Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse on Aug. 7, Beethoven on Aug. 14, Dumbo on Aug. 21, and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle on Aug. 28. Zoo-vies are free and start at 8 p.m.

RAH-CON! Comic Book Show

Love comic books and nerd-culture? Be sure to check out RAH-CON on Aug. 10. You’ll be able to buy, sell, and trade new and old comic books, cards, toys, posters, movies, and more. There will also be guest artists and writers, plus a variety of food vendors for your snacking pleasure.

Got any other recommendations on August events near Rahway? Share them in the comments!

What Will the Upcoming Mitsubishi Models Be Named?

With its star on the rise across the United States, Mitsubishi has steadily been introducing new models to the market with no plans to slow down. The automaker could come up with entirely new titles for these new cars, but there is also the chance it could reach back into the record book to reinstate some well-loved defunct nameplates.

So, what will the names of upcoming Mitsubishi models be? Here are a few possibilities:

Lancer

Originally released in 1973, the Mitsubishi Lancer was retired in 2017. The Lancer was responsible for many fond on-the-road memories for countless American drivers, so there’s a good chance we see that name gracing a Mitsubishi model in the future.

Starion

The Mistubishi Starion was a sporty tourer sold in the ’80s and early ’90s. It’s possible Mitsubishi will play on people’s nostalgia and love of the Neon Decade by reintroducing the Starion nameplate.

Raider

With whispers of a new Mitsubishi pickup making their way through the industry rumor mill, there’s a high probability that any new truck Mitsubishi puts out will again bear the strong name of “Raider,” which was a pickup model sold by Mitsubishi in the U.S. from 2005 to 2010.

Want to learn more about Mitsubishi’s current lineup? Stop by Bell Mitsubishi to test drive the Outlander, Eclipse Cross, or Mirage.

New Design for the 2020 Outlander Sport

The Mitsubishi brand is always looking to the future. The compact Mitsubishi Outlander Sport will be one of the first models to wear the brand’s new design language. The design for the 2020 Outlander Sport features a bold new grille, a flatter hood, and new headlights.

Updates continue inside with improvements in the materials throughout the cabin. These include better seat upholstery, new climate control knobs that are easier to grip, a black headliner, and a new 8-inch touchscreen system.

Nate Berg, director of product planning for Mitsubishi Motors North America, said to CNET, “Design will be a key strategic thing moving forward for Mitsubishi Motors. We will continue to focus on refining our design.”

Many of the new design features we see in the Outlander Sport debuted in the Engelberg Tourer concept we saw at earlier car shows. This design language gives the Mitsubishi brand a more rugged persona.

Under the hood, the Outlander Sport remains the same with a standard 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 148 horsepower and 145 lb-ft of torque. Buyers will also be able to choose from a variety of available active safety features, including automatic high beams, blind-spot monitoring, and automatic emergency braking.

While we anticipate its release, test-drive the 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport in Rahway, NJ, at Bell Mitsubishi.

Summer Festivals near Rahway, New Jersey

Now that the kids are out of school, it is time for some family fun. A great way to beat the boredom and the heat is by planning fun activities. Here are some great festivals near Rahway coming up in July.

Little Falls’ Fourth of July Street Fair

Head north to the beautiful town of Little Falls on July 4 for a giant block party. Main Street & Stevens will be closed off to traffic for great food, local vendors, kiddie rides, and live entertainment. The fun lasts from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on July 4.

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel’s 28th Annual Feast

Head to Lyndhurst any day July 10-13 to have some great family fun. Enjoy rides, games, and tons of food. Stay late and experience the “Music Under the Stars” free concert series. Don’t forget to get your tickets for the 50/50 raffles.

Burlington County Farm Fair

Come to the county fair to learn more about what New Jersey’s young farmers have been up to. Many local 4H members prepare all year to show their animals and other projects at the fair. This year’s fair will run from July 16-20 with lots of delicious food, too.

Stop by Bell Mitsubishi in Rahway, New Jersey, for a closer look at our new and used cars.

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Global Sales Hits 200,000 Milestone

The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV made big waves upon its first introduction as the world’s first plug-in hybrid SUV. Now, this eco-friendly SUV has done it again after reaching a key milestone of over 200,000 global sales since its introduction in 2013.

Since its beginning in Japan, the Outlander PHEV has launched in over 50 countries around the world and received recognition as the world’s best-selling plug-in hybrid vehicle. It made a name for itself in Europe as the continent’s best-selling plug-in hybrid vehicle from 2015 to 2018.

These Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV global sales demonstrate the consumer demand for electrified vehicles around the world. This plug-in hybrid SUV utilizes a front and rear electric motor and no gearbox, providing a smooth driving experience. It offers a total system output of 190 horsepower, while still offering an impressive 74 MPGe efficiency rating.

In addition to its eco-friendliness, the Outlander PHEV seats up to five passengers while also offering a maximum cargo capacity of 62.8 cubic feet. This allows you to easily bring whomever and whatever you need with on the go, making it an ideal family vehicle.

Check out the 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV in Rahway, NJ, at Bell Mitsubishi.

Mitsubishi Motors Ranks Third in 2019 J.D. Power Customer Satisfaction Index

Every aspect of engineering and production at Mitsubishi Motors gears toward customer satisfaction. This commitment to excellence is its own reward, but additional accolades also go a long way. Recently, Mitsubishi ranked third highest in the mass-market vehicle category of J.D. Power Customer Satisfaction Index. This year’s ranking sees Mitsubishi rise seven places from last year’s 10th place finish.

J.D. Power is the largest global marketing information services company. Each year they do thousands of tests across the spectrum of vehicles to determine their rankings. This year’s determinations for Customer Satisfaction are from service customers, who own one- to five-year-old vehicles. The categories evaluated were service initiation, vehicle pick-up, service facility, service quality and service advisor.

Given the results of this prestigious evaluation, it is no surprise why Mitsubishi sales have been on the rise in the United States the past few years. For award-winning customer satisfaction, visit Bell Mitsubishi for your next car purchase.

Tips on How to Lower Your Car Insurance Payments

The ins and outs of what goes into calculating your car insurance payment can be like rocket science. However, you can lower your car insurance payments in a few key ways, but not a lot of people can comb through an insurance policy and pick out all the miniscule ways in choosing the perfect policy. If you just follow these tips you will be on your way to reducing your current rate.

Park in a garage

Utilizing a garage or a covered parking structure is an easy way to reduce your payment on a lot of plans.

Shop for safety

Insurance companies keep a close eye on vehicle safety ratings and know which safety features make a difference. Buying a car with modern safety features like rear cameras, lane keeping systems, and pedestrian alerts provide you a return in a lower bill.

Trim your coverage

Always drive a legally covered vehicle, but if you fully own your car, then you may consider dropping or reducing your collision coverage. Many plans include rental car insurance or roadside assistance packages, which are often optional.

Stop by Bell Mitsubishi, and ask our experts about other tips and tricks around your car insurance.

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