Mitsubishi Has a New Mirage Concept

Miami Lakes Automall 2019 Mirage Concept

It’s happening people, the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance might finally pay off. We’ve been waiting for almost two years to see something come out of it, a vehicle or at least a concept, and prayers have been answered. Due to a little rumor that the next Mitsubishi Mirage may be built on the Renault Clio platform, it was enough to inspire Mitsubishi designer Gábor Farkas, the same guy who also designed the Mitsubishi Centennial Hyaku concept, to render the next-generation Mitsubishi Mirage in 3D. In fact, if we put them side-by-side they almost look like twins, aside from the original Hyaku design leaning towards a coupe – not a well-known Mitsubishi car body-type. Check it out.

Miami Lakes Automall 2019 Mirage Concept + Hyaku


Farkas dubbed the 3D render of the new Mirage the “Concept M.R.G.” We’re assuming he wasn’t hired for his secrecy, because that acronym isn’t a very hard code to crack. Either way, the design is taking a lot of inspiration from Mitsubishi vehicles new and old. There’s the front fascia that pays attention to the iconic dynamic shield that wraps around the shark-nose grille, but new aesthetic changes have also taken place to make the Mitsubishi Mirage stand out.

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Is Mitsubishi Motors Considering a Minivan?

Miami Lakes Automall Mitsubishi Minivan

While perusing the latest additions to the Mitsubishi Motors lineup, we noticed the automaker is sticking to large vehicles, but they’re completely avoiding the cousin of SUVs and crossovers – the minivan class segment. Isn’t it just as good as any other? The auto market is pressing for variety in SUVs and crossovers, but the likes of the Dodge Grand Caravan and Kia Sedona are all minivans that still crunch numbers throughout the year. We did a little digging, and it turns out Mitsubishi did have a pretty amazing minivan at one time – North America just never got a chance to drive it.

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Back in 1992, Mitsubishi Motors had a minivan known as the Mitsubishi Expo LRV, and was known as the perfect wagon for families. Smaller than the Chrysler Pacifica, the minivan resembled early crossovers and was the perfect combination of passenger space (seven seating capacity), low power (113 horsepower engine), handling (four-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drivetrain), and convenience (portable compact disc player compatible cassette deck). For the 90’s, this was one sick minivan. Shame we never got it on American shores.

Mitsubishi may not have any interest in minivans, but they do tend to make crossovers that lean towards family and passenger vehicles. Just look at the 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross. Being a crossover, the Eclipse Cross only sits up to five passengers, but is powered by a turbocharged 152hp 1.5-liter engine paired to an eight-speed continuously variable transmission (CVT) with a Sport Mode, and has all trims but the base riding on Mitsubishi Motors’ Super-All Wheel Control drivetrain system. For convenience, all trims come with a 7-inch touchscreen with Digital HD Radio, Bluetooth wireless technology, and steering wheel mounted controls as the standard. The only thing missing is a smartphone compatible system – standard on all trims past the base trim (ES). Sounds like a family passenger vehicle to us.

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The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV – Not Your Typical Plug-in Hybrid

Miami Lakes 2018 Outlander PHEV

When consumers think about hybrid cars, plug-ins, or electric vehicles, there are usually a lot of misconceptions or worries that creep up. Some think hybrid vehicles are all about the added fuel economy, and yes, some vehicles don’t change much, like the Kia Optima Hybrid, but that vehicle is a winner in all of its incarnations. When it comes to plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles, that’s when people really start to get the heebie jeebies. “What if I run out of electricity, am I stranded?” Well, probably yeah, if it’s an all-electric vehicle – that’s why we’ve compiled a list of electric vehicle charging stations around the Miami, Florida area. In terms of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), it’s just like a regular car with an extra power source – gas up or charge up, the choice is yours.

But is that all? The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV says otherwise.

Yes, the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has a nice setup with a 2.0-liter MIVEC DOHC engine and two electric motors for a great combination of gasoline and electric power. And yes, drivers can drive 22 miles with zero tailpipe emissions for chunk change, or 310 miles with a full tank of gas and a fully charged 12.0 kWh lithium-ion battery. That’s the usual changes in a plug-in hybrid, but the Mitsubishi Outlander has many unique features, and it’s not all about fuel economy or savings – not that anyone would mind.

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Misconceptions About the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Miami Lakes Automall Outlander PHEV

With the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV finally in North America for the 2018 model year, some consumers are a little skeptical about the new plug-in hybrid. After the discontinuation of the Mitsubishi i-Miev, an electric vehicle, in North America due to sales, some may think Mitsubishi Motors decided to keep their alternative fuel vehicles overseas. Maybe the auto market just wasn’t in a good place for electric vehicles to be favorable. Hybrid vehicles and plug-in hybrids still have a way to go before they become a norm in the automarket, after all. So, there have been a lot of misconceptions about the Outlander PHEV, and we’re here to clear some of that up.

Some have said the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is essentially the ultimate tailgating or camping vehicle, and there’s a reason for that. Some people may be worried about the kind of power a plug-in hybrid can deliver. What they’re forgetting is the Outlander PHEV is also an SUV, meaning it was born to haul heavy cargo from the get-go. The standard 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander, powered by a 2.4-liter MIVEC internal combustion engine, has a maximum towing capacity of 1500 pounds†. The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, powered by a 2.0-liter MIVEC DOHC engine and two electric motors, has the same towing capacity. With the combination of electric power, hybrid gasoline/electric power, and four-wheel traction, the Outlander PHEV is a hardworking and practical utility vehicle that also operates with the high efficiency of part-time electric drive.

Okay, but what about camping? How will the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV turn that into a life of luxury? Well, with this plug-in hybrid from Mitsubishi, consumers can forego the camper and take the Outlander PHEV to the nearest campsite. Standard household outlets installed in the back seat and the rear cargo area are helpful and unique features in the plug-in, and just like the 120-volt power outlets in one’s home, consumers can use these outlets to charge up standard appliances without a special power inverter. Seems plug-in hybrid electric vehicles have a little more to offer than we thought.

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Mitsubishi Motors Praised by Science

Miami Lakes Automall Mitsubishi Motors Automotive Science Group

Although some may find it surprising, Mitsubishi Motors has been receiving a lot of praise recently from select publications and organizations. Most recently, Mitsubishi received some good words from the Automotive Science Group (ASG). Having recently concluded several assessments pertaining to vehicles that excel in three key areas in the automotive industry: environmental, social, and economic performance, we can already guess what some of the good news entails. With the auto market starting to shift towards an industry dominated by SUVs and crossovers, alternative fuel is also making a place for itself. Thus, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV and Mitsubishi Mirage both received awards for their current standing in the automotive world.

What Is the Automotive Science Group and Why Should I Care?

Established in 2007, the the Automotive Science Group was created to support Eco-innovations’ mission of addressing environmental challenges with market-based solutions that prompt informed consumer action. By informing consumer choice by enhancing product and technology comparison capabilities to better serve the environment, consumers can make informed decisions that are not only in their best economic interest, but also in the best interest of our environment.

With the conclusion of their recent Automotive Performance Index study, the ASG assessed 823 model year 2018 crossovers, SUVs, and minivans in North America, eight of which are made with plug-in hybrid or electric capabilities. The SUV segment was comprised of 372 models (including trim variants). Alternative fuel vehicles were of course considered out of the 823 models for their overall environmental impact as well as consumer benefits.

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Plenty of Good News for Mitsubishi Motors in First Half of 2018


Mitsubishi has been celebrating success for the last few months. Not only has Mitsubishi released new models in the U.S. market, but their models are earning awards and the company has been enjoying excellent sales in a couple different months since the start of 2018.


So far in 2018, Mitsubishi Motors has earned awards from Forbes, The Automotive Science Group and the New England Motor Press Association.

While the awards earned from the New England Motor Press Association and The Automotive Science Group are focused on Mitsubishi products, the recognition from Forbes was more personal. Mitsubishi Motors made Forbes’ list of the top 500 best large employers in the U.S. due to Mitsubishi’s high marks in employee culture and growth opportunities.

Mitsubishi Motors earned four different awards from The Automotive Science Group. The group recognized Mitsubishi Motors as Best All-Around Performance Brand and Best Economic Performance Brand, and it named the Mitsubishi Mirage the Best Economic Performance Car and Best 5 All-Around Performance. Those are excellent titles for the company to achieve, and we hope that it’ll convince Mitsubishi to keep the Mitsubishi Mirage around for many more years.

Previous to the awards from The Automotive Science Group, the New England Motor Press Association named the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV the Best Green Winter Vehicle. 2018 was the first year the Outlander PHEV was made available in the U.S.


In addition to awards, Mitsubishi has also had a successful first half of 2018 due to their impressive sales in January, March, April and May.

  • Mitsubishi Motors reports January 2018 sales up over 30 percent
    • Best January sales since 2007
  • Mitsubishi Motors reports February 2018 sales increased 18.8 percent
    • The Mitsubishi Outlander and Outlander Sport had the best sales month ever
  • Mitsubishi Motors reports March 2018 sales up 21.7 percent
    • Best March sales since 2005
  • Mitsubishi Motors reports May 2018 sales up 31.7 in comparison to May 2017
    • Best May sales month in 11 years

It looks like Mitsubishi isn’t going to slow down anytime soon. If you are interested in any of the latest Mitsubishi models, come by Miami Lakes Mitsubishi. We have a huge selection of inventory and we have excellent deals and a great team of people to help you get the car to best suit your needs.



Get Better Fuel Economy with An Alternative Fuel Vehicle

Miami Lakes Automall 2018 Bolt EV

When looking for a vehicle that has a competitive fuel economy in the auto market, consumers have been turning towards crossovers for their balance of fuel efficiency with their ability to carry a lot of cargo and offer various seating arrangements. With the growing popularity of alternative fuel vehicles, like hybrids, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), and electric vehicles (EVs), there are even greater options for consumers. Here are just a few of the many options one can find at Miami Lakes Automall.

2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Everyone was pretty ecstatic when the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV was added to the North American lineup. Powered by a 2.0-liter DOHC MIVEC engine and a rechargeable 12 kWh lithium-ion battery, the plug-in hybrid powertrain that makes the Outlander PHEV so special is that the battery powers two electric motors that generate two different levels of torque for the front and rear wheels, 101 lb-ft of torque in the front and 143 lb-ft of torque in the back. Able to be charged in as little as 25 minutes with a CHAdeMO DC fast charger, (available at many electric charging stations in Miami), in 3.5 hours with a Level 2 240V electric port, or between 8-13 hours with a 120V electrical outlet, most consumers will find keeping their vehicle charged up will greatly improve their savings.

According to, the 2018 Outlander PHEV can help save $1500 over the course of five years in fuel savings. Keep in mind the federal tax credit of $5,386 – a deductible to be used for the same tax year the Outlander PHEV is purchased. When it comes to travelling, a fully charged battery can power the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV for a driving range up to 22 miles on pure electricity. If driving all day, with a full charge and a fuel tank, drivers can travel up to 310 miles.

Starting MSRP is $34,595*.

2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV

The 2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV is definitely a vehicle that wows the crowd. All those consumers that have reserved a Tesla may want to rethink where their money is going. Not only is the Chevrolet Bolt EV already available, but drivers have said the Chevrolet Bolt EV can get as much as 250 miles on electricity alone, thanks to regenerative braking – the standard is 238 miles alone. Powered by a 60 kWh lithium-ion battery and an electric drive unit that can generate up to 200 horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque.

Being an electric vehicle, the Chevy Bolt EV is eligible for the full $7,500 federal tax credit, applicable to the same tax year the vehicle is purchased. According to, consumers can expect an annual cost of only $550 to keep the Bolt EV charged throughout the year, saving a total of $5,250 in fuel expenses over the course of five years. That’s enough to start a retirement fund!

Starting MSRP is $37,495*.

2018 Kia Niro

The Kia Niro is the very first of its kind – a hybrid crossover. This one is for those of you were were enticed by our opening paragraph. Being that a “hybrid” system is a combination of two different power sources working together, the main power source is an internal combustion engine, a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine specifically built for hybrid vehicles. A supplemental power source is a 1.56 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery that generates power into an electric motor. Together, the hybrid system produces 139 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque.

Each trim of the 2018 Kia Niro, four in total, has a combined fuel economy of 49-50 mpg. In total, this hybrid crossover has a range of 583 miles. According to, the 2018 Kia Niro can help consumers save up to $3500 over the course of five years, only costing $900 a year to keep the hybrid filled up. The 2018 Kia Niro is also applicable for a federal tax credit of $4,543 the same year it is purchased.

Starting MSRP is $22,890*.

2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid

Another first of its kind, the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is the world’s first hybrid minivan. A system known as a 3.6-liter V6 eHybrid engine powers the Pacifica Hybrid. Although called a hybrid, it is actually a plug-in hybrid, also known as a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, able to be driven on only its 16 kWh lithium-ion battery or only on the 3.6L engine, or on both, its battery and 3.6-liter V6 internal combustion engine. When the Pacifica Hybrid is powered only by its battery, the hybrid minivan can travel up to 33 miles emissions free. On a full charge and tank, the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid has a combined driving range of 566 miles.

According to, consumers can expect to save $3000 over the course of five years when driving the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid. Although not usual, the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica is actually applicable for the whole $7500 federal tax credit. That’s a huge deductible for the same tax year the hybrid minivan is purchased.

Starting MSRP is $39,995*

Interested in going a little green? Click on any of the links above for a whole new type of vehicle with plenty of room and a a long drive ahead.

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Why Don’t Automakers Sell Every Vehicle Model Globally?

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Have you ever been car shopping, or just surfing the net, and came across a really nice vehicle you would love to see in your driveway? Then after a little digging, it turns out that vehicle is no longer sold in America, or at all? Man, we’ve been there. Literally, the new Kia Ceed teased for the Frankfurt Motor Show was shaping up to be real nice, but it may never see the light of day in the North American Market. And don’t get us started on how long it took Mitsubishi Motors to bring the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV to America. Why do automakers selectively sell their vehicles to certain markets? Apparently, there are many variables to juggle when it comes to selling automobiles in the international market.

The Market and its Factors

Going global is probably one of the smartest things an automaker can do in today’s day and age. One good example is Mitsubishi Motors, expanding with Nissan resources to get a better foothold in the auto market. At the same time, an automaker needs to perform careful analysis of where an automaker makes the majority of its sales, like Swedish automakers for instance – 90-percent of their sales come from outside of Sweden. However, there’s a larger factor at play than sales.

Automakers need to use certain strategies to appeal to a certain market, usually depending on the economic and cultural background of the people they target. Depending on the location, there may be certain standards and regulations to meet, and depending on the local culture, marketing and production can quickly become a high-stakes game of trial-and-error. Some automakers can make the move and modifications, but not all can tackle these variables.

Variables In the Way of Going Global

Regulations is a big one for many automakers. One of the main reasons we won’t see certain models come overseas to the U.S. market is due to environmental regulations enacted by the government. It’s a little backwards – the government wants to protect the air and the environment, but companies still get the go ahead to tear down forests for shopping malls. Either way, along with environment regulations, there are federal regulations that control gasoline and diesel prices, and standards that must be met for an automobile’s emissions.

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Almost Half-Way Through 2018 and Mitsubishi Has Accomplished A Lot


At one point, people may have been skeptical about the future of Mitsubishi Motors in the U.S., but that’s not so much the case in 2018. It’s only about half-way through the year and Mitsubishi has accomplished a lot. The company has released a couple new significant models to the U.S. market, its earned a couple awards, and experienced record-breaking sales.

Exciting New Models

Mitsubishi has been boasting about their plans to have a strong SUV and CUV lineup and 2018 was the year the company decided to pull the trigger. For the 2018 model year, Mitsubishi finally brought the anticipated Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV to the American market and the company also released the 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, which is a new model for all global markets. The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV was a great move for the company to bring to the U.S. because it is one of the only few PHEV all-wheel-drive SUVs that’s available in this market and it was one of the best-selling PHEVs in Europe for several years.

Recognition for Being a Great Employer in the U.S.

In 2018, Mitsubishi Motors was named to Forbes’ list of top 500 employers in the U.S. To rank the companies, Forbes partners up with an independent company named Statista, which polls more than 30,000 individuals from large U.S. companies.

“Mitsubishi prides itself on the passionate and dedicated employees who are the driving force behind our brand’s momentum,” said Fred Diaz, president and chief executive officer, MMNA. “Being recognized by Forbes is a great honor and validation to our commitment to provide a working environment that is supportive, diverse and dynamic.”

Awards from Automotive Science Group

The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV and Outlander earned the “Best 5 All-Around Performance” award from the Automotive Science Group. The Automotive Science Group is a data-driven research group that evaluates vehicles on their environmental, economic and social performance.

Record-Breaking Sales

In March 2018, Mitsubishi Motors reported a 21.7 percent increase, which was the biggest increase since March 2005. Vehicles that specially contributed to the excellent sales included the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport and Mitsubishi Outlander. The positive sales report reinforced Mitsubishi’s aims of being a top CUV producer.

“Our CUV lineup is as strong as ever. We’re confident in the competitiveness of our products and consumers are starting to realize one of the best kept secrets in the industry,” said Ken Konieczka, vice president, sales operations, MMNA. “As supplies of our all-new Outlander PHEV and Eclipse Cross continue to grow, the sales momentum will only get stronger as we head into spring.”

Want to see just how strong the Mitsubishi lineup is? Come by Miami Lakes Mitsubishi to test drive any of the Mitsubishi models that you are interested in.



Five Latest Investments by Alliance Ventures

Miami Lakes Automall Nissan-Renault-Mitsubishi Five Investments

Renault-Nissan brought Mitsubishi Motors into the fold back in 2016 to create the new Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance. Over a year, Mitsubishi Motors finished producing its last in-house vehicle, the 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, and started to use Nissan’s resources to get a running start as part of the alliance. In January 2018, the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance began a new funding campaign called “Alliance Ventures” to invest $1 billion in order to support open innovation, start-ups, and entrepreneurs in technology with a focus on autonomous systems, electric vehicles (EVs), connectivity, and artificial intelligence. The fund will last five years, and to start things off, $200 million was allocated for the first year’s budget – $50 million of that budget has already been spent in the last five months. Here’s a list of all five investments.


Being that all three automakers are from the other side of the hemisphere, with Mitsubishi Motors and Nissan settled in Japan, and Renault in France, the investments started overseas. The first was with the DiDi Auto Alliance. Founded by DiDi, an artificial intelligence and autonomous technology conglomerate in China, the DiDi Auto Alliance is an intelligent ride-sharing alliance working on providing new smart mobility solutions in China. The main goal of the DiDi Auto Alliance aims to unite all its members to transform the business model of the automotive industry and become the largest full-capacity vehicle operator platform in the world by providing services like auto leasing and sales, auto finance, auto service, fleet operation, and car-sharing solutions. The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance struck a deal to help fund the DiDi Auto Alliance in exchange for their automotive services.

A France-based company, Kalray, has also received funding from Alliance Ventures, being that their current goals are very similar to those of the alliance. In addition to their plug-in electric hybrid vehicles, the alliance plans to develop fifteen models with autonomous features by 2022; Kalray is working on developing a microprocessor that can be used in autonomous driving. Sounds like the perfect match and a smart investment.

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