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NHTSA Presents New Eclipse Cross With 5-Star Overall Safety Rating

The 2020 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is a great family vehicle, offering plenty of space, comfort and safety features. It’s unsurprising then that the Eclipse Cross recently earned a 5-Star Overall Safety Rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, demonstrating the compact SUV’s ability to provide you with added protection and confidence on the road.

The 2020 Eclipse Cross has a number of driver assistance technologies come standard on the SE and SEL trims, including Automatic High Beam, Lane Departure Warning and Forward Collision Mitigation. Plus, technologies, like Active Yaw Control, help you stay in control on drives.

“The safety of our customers on the road is of the utmost importance to us, and receiving a 5-Star rating from NHTSA validates our engineers’ efforts to design the highest level of quality and safety into every vehicle we build,” said Cason Grover, director, product planning, MMNA.

The 2020 Eclipse Cross also comes with numerous warranties to help you have peace of mind on drives. The model is backed by a 7-year/100,000-mile Anti-Corrosion/Perforation Limited Warranty, a 5-year/60,000-mile fully transferable New Vehicle Limited Warranty and a 10-year/100,000-mile Powertrain Limited Warranty.

You can learn more about the safety systems and family-friendly features that come standard in the 2020 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross when you take a test drive at Bell Mitsubishi.

How to Act When Your Vehicle Slides on Ice

Driving during the winter can be dangerous for a range of reasons, from poor visibility to low temperatures. However, one of the biggest hazards is driving on ice. If you venture onto a slick road and your vehicle slides on ice, it’s important that you keep these tips in mind on how to act.

First and foremost, avoid slamming on the brakes if you start to slide. Although this might be your first instinct, it can make the situation significantly worse. Instead of braking, simply remove your foot from the accelerator.

Another knee-jerk response may be to quickly turn the wheel. However, doing so can lead to overcorrecting and losing control of your vehicle, so it’s wise to be gentle with your steering.

You should also pay attention to how your vehicle is sliding. If your back wheels are the ones that are sliding, you should turn the wheel in the direction you’re sliding, while staying off the gas pedal. If the front wheels are sliding, you should lift your foot off the gas pedal and let the vehicle slow down. You should then regain control, but if you don’t, attempt to slightly press the brake pedal.

We at Bell Mitsubishi hope you stay safe when driving this winter. To prepare for snowstorms and slick roads, head into our service department for seasonal maintenance.

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Is 2020 Family Green Car of the Year™

Green Car Journal recently recognized the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV as the 2020 Family Green Car of the Year™. The Outlander PHEV received this prestigious award during the 2019 San Antonio Auto & Truck Show.

“Winning Green Car Journal’s first-ever Green Family Car of the Year award is a great honor and recognition of Outlander PHEV’s potent combination of reliability, efficiency, and value,”

said Jim Sweeting, Sales Manager, Central Region, Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc.

Green Car Journal praised the Outlander PHEV for its family-friendly features, impressive versatility and environmental performance. The crossover also has advanced technologies and smooth handling for an affordable price.

The Outlander PHEV nicely combines the efficiency of a PHEV with the capability of an SUV. In addition, the crossover offers the Super All-Wheel Control system for stability on different road conditions.

Along with being named the 2020 Family Green Car of the Year™, the Outlander PHEV also earned the 2020 Green Car Product of Excellence™ award. These two awards come after the crossover received the 2019 Green SUV of the Year last year.

Visit us at Bell Mitsubishi to take the 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV out for a test drive and see for yourself what makes the crossover an award-winning model.

Mitsubishi Motors Expands “Small Batch” Marketing Strategy

Mitsubishi has been focusing in on what it calls “Small Batch” marketing strategy. Aimed at delivering a more customized, specific brand experience for consumers, the Small Batch Drive Experience also seeks to create an innovative way of reaching audiences. So what is it?

Mitsubishi is allying with BirdDog, a company that uses information gleaned from social media and “hyper-local geo-targeting technology” to build accurate buyer profiles. From there, Mitsubishi can use these details to identify and attract prospective customers. Then, the automaker can focus its efforts on drivers most likely to be interested in going for a test drive, and set up relevant events near them.

Usually, traditional customer ride-and-drive marketing campaigns involve a lot of equipment and a large physical footprint, but the partnership between BirdDog and Mitsubishi enables the duo to cater the buying experience to buyers in particular regions and demographics. They will identify places like shopping centers, restaurants, coffee shops, and other retail locations to set up pop-up test-drive sites.

Ultimately, Mitsubishi hopes that Small Batch marketing will empower them to reach customers in a way that’s never been attempted before. Rather than trying to draw people to events, Mitsubishi intends to bring the events to them so that they can engage with the brand on their own terms, in their own environment.

This customer-focused approach to sales and marketing speaks to Mitsubishi’s passion for the people who drive their vehicles. For more examples of this ideal in practice, stop by Bell Mitsubishi today and have a chat with a member of our staff.

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.

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.

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.

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