Mitsubishi Electric Debuting Tech at 2019 CES

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During this week in January, the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show is taking place. Because this convention is more so focused on consumer-based technology, appliances, and products, one wouldn’t expect to see big names in the auto industry to pop up. Mitsubishi Motors and their sibling corporation Mitsubishi Electric tend to break that norm and are doing so this year by debuting new technologies and features aimed at a pre- and post-autonomous future. The automotive industry and market is changing, and with many automakers aiming to break into autonomy by 2020, Mitsubishi is hot on their trails with their own developments.

Autonomy and Artificial Intelligence in Cars

Self-driving vehicles and artificially intelligent technologies are slowly starting to become the norm in 2019. These days, who doesn’t have an Amazon Alexa, Google Home device, or some variation where a smartphone app is all they need to connect with their home from afar? Owning one of these smart devices is becoming commonplace quickly, and with the rise in artificially intelligent smart devices, from smartphones to smart homes, the next logical step is “smart” cars.

Over the course of 2018, Mitsubishi Motors and Mitsubishi Electric had many technological breakthroughs. During this time, Mitsubishi Electric also further developed an autonomous car technology with capabilities similar to the popular Google Waymo self-driving car project. Some of this technology is said to go into one of their futuristic concepts, the Mitsubishi e-Evolution, currently a contender for the new Mitsubishi Lancer crossover. Especially last year, at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Mitsubishi Electric showed off their own autonomous vehicle with similar features, the Mitsubishi Emirai 4, equipped with AI-powered cameras designed to replace current vehicle mirrors.

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Mitsubishi Unveils New Concepts in Tokyo

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2019 has begun, and after the exciting year for Mitsubishi Motors and the Renault-Nissan Alliance with the Alliance Ventures funding campaign, the automaker is already booming with news. New vehicles and vehicle concepts have begun to come out of the woodwork as it were, and the next concept(s) we’ll see will show up at the 2019 Tokyo Auto Salon this January, 2019. One of these concepts are destined to stay overseas, but the other two are new variants for the popular Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV and Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross.

The first new concept is actually another take on a vehicle already popular in Japan for Mitsubishi Motors. It’s a vehicle in the shape of a cargo van called the Delica. Now, we’re not sure if the Delica is like the Ram ProMaster that can come with upfits, but if anyone were to call the new Delica a cargo van, they’d be mistaken.

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Mitsubishi Motors 2018 Review

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Mitsubishi Motors is getting back into the swing of things and has made many advancements to move forward in 2018. Much of this can be attested to new technology, not just for the industry but even a better world. In the beginning, much of what kept the automaker moving forward was the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance.

The Alliance

The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance pulled Mitsubishi Motors back from the edge, and with the automaker, started a six-year plan to get the alliance ahead. The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance is placing a lot of their focus on alternative fuel vehicles like hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and electric vehicles (EVs), but also have a large focus on developing autonomous vehicles or investing in companies with similar goals. This started with partnerships with robotaxi startups and investments Alliance Ventures, the alliance funding campaign. Alliance Ventures also made investments in overseas companies, like DiDi in China. This was all just the beginning, for new autonomous technology and alternative fuel vehicles will be coming from Mitsubishi Motors and the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance.

New Tech; New World

Not looking to fall behind anytime soon, Mitsubishi Motors has placed a large focus on autonomous technology for Mitsubishi. In conjunction with this, Mitsubishi is developing artificial intelligence for a new concept, the e-Evolution. Moreover, a new infotainment system by Mitsubishi, Mitsubishi Connect, has already popped up in the 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, but a next generation version of Mitsubishi Connect will be available in the e-Evolution, with an artificially intelligent driving coach to improve driving performance. That’s not all Mitsubishi has achieved, though.

Wouldn’t clean energy be something? With a partnership between Mitsubishi Motors, ENGIE, and Hitachi Europe, we’re getting close. If anything, Mitsubishi Electric tested the clean energy system for the costs and savings a neutral-energy building may experience, with more good than bad results.

Several Achievements

Mitsubishi Motors has also had its time to shine this year. If it’s not their recognition from the Automotive Science Group with the ASG Award, then it’s how well Mitsubishi Motors vehicles do in safety. The 2018 Eclipse Cross received five stars from JNCAP. Most recently, Mitsubishi also developed a new Eclipse Cross concept to enter the 2019 Dakar Rally. The automaker has already won several times with the overseas Outlander, the Pajero.

New Vehicles and Things to Look Forward To

Throughout 2018, we’ve seen many concepts and heard lots of rumors about upcoming Mitsubishi vehicles. We know the automaker is focusing on alternative fuel and electric vehicles, but we’ve also seen a concept or two for the new Mitsubishi Lancer crossover. Mitsubishi Motors also has a new truck to enter the auto market – just not in the US for now.

Other things to look forward to for Mitsubishi Motors have to do with another partnership. Aside from the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance and aside from its partnership with ENGIE and Hitachi Europe for clean energy, Mitsubishi Motors has also signed a partnership with google. Consumers can expect Google Android-based infotainment systems also becoming a choice in future Mitsubishi Vehicles.

There is a lot of good things coming from Mitsubishi Motors and we’re almost at the end of 2018. What will 2019 bring? Find out by staying up to date with Miami Lakes Mitsubishi social media. Take a look at the above new Mitsubishi vehicles and more at Miami Lakes Automall.

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Mitsubishi Motors to Compete at 2019 Dakar Rally

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With the 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross having been on the streets for about a year now, the automaker decided to really test the new crossover by taking it to a different kind of terrain. Being the last in-house vehicle by Mitsubishi, the best way to remind consumers and auto enthusiasts what Mitsubishi Motors is capable of is to take the Eclipse Cross to a rally. For 2019, the first will be the Dakar Rally.

The Dakar Rally

The Dakar Rally has been running for 30 years, held and organized by the Amaury Sport Organisation. Held in various locations, the first rally was held in Paris, France, but for 2019, Peruvian fellows will get to see the rally live. They may have to drive a bit though, as the Dakar Rally isn’t like one’s average raceway or race track.

This is an off-road racing event, where off-road vehicles are tested for their endurance. Designed for more than off-road mods, a vehicle will need to be a true off-road vehicle, or built for off-roading from the get-go. With vehicles driving through dunes, mud, camel grass, rocks, and desert land, they’ll need to be able cross over 500 miles a day throughout the varying terrain.

Why the Eclipse Cross?

Two reasons. One – Mitsubishi has been racing the European Outlander, the Pajero, with Mitsubishi Evolution racing technology, for some time now. With this, the automaker has won the Dakar Rally twelve times. Now, to remind everyone how well Mitsubishi can race, they’re switching out the Pajero Evo with a new prototype for the Eclipse Cross – the Eclipse Cross T1.

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Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Receives High Safety Ratings

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Mitsubishi Motors has been making use of resources from their alliance with Renault-Nissan over the last year, but when it comes to pure Mitsubishi vehicles, the last of the line is the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross. The pinnacle of technology for passenger comfort and entertainment, next to the environmental-friendly Outlander PHEV (plug-in hybrid electric vehicle), the Eclipse Cross is the classic sports car turned crossover. Although not engineered to win any drag races, the Eclipse Cross still comes with coupe-like style, Super All-Wheel Control for handling any terrain, and a number of features that keep the driver and passenger safe. Recently, the safety of the 2018 Eclipse Cross was put to the test in the land of the east and received a five-star safety rating.

Safety Features

If looking at the safety features of a car from Mitsubishi Motors, one would find a bit of a gap in advanced safety features over the last several years (pre-2018). Now, available safety features span across multiple models and trims. For instance, the Eclipse Cross comes with blind spot warning with rear cross traffic alert and lane change assist, forward collision mitigation, lane departure warning, and adaptive cruise control.

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The Future is all About e-Evolution for Mitsubishi

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Mitsubishi brought their A-game to the 2018 LA Auto Show as they debuted an impressive technical prototype – the e-Evolution Concept. Incorporating the strengths of an SUV, electric vehicle (EV), and new systems designed for a connected mobility experience will not only be part of this concept, but also a part of Mitsubishi’s future. CEO and President Fred Diaz said: “The e-Evolution is far more than just an auto show concept vehicle. It is the embodiment of what Mitsubishi Motors will become, what we will stand for, and the type of vehicles we will bring to our customers in the very near future.” Let’s dive a little deeper and check out what the e-Evolution means for Mitsubishi Motors’ plans of the not-too-distant future.

Performance

Two high-torque, high-performance electric motors power the e-Evolution Concept and are fed by a high-capacity battery system for a smooth and powerful performance. A low center of gravity is important to achieve driving stability, so the drive battery system is located under the floor in the middle of the vehicle. Active Yaw Control (AYC) is an automotive feature developed on Mitsubishi Motors’ World Rally Championship and Paris-Dakar race cars that’s also found on the e-Evolution. AYC uses an active differential to control the driving and braking forces between the left and right wheels for the optimum grip on the road. Since AYC is electronically controlled, it provides crisp and responsive handling that’s faithful to the driver’s intent.

Artificial Intelligence

An Artificial Intelligence (AI) system is the brain of the e-Evolution Concept, proving that Mitsubishi really is looking to the future with this design. The AI system is equipped with numerous sensors that instantly detect changes in road and traffic conditions, as well as the driver’s intent. Driver intent and vehicle performance are then merged seamlessly for an inclusive system that’s capable of supporting drivers of all abilities, even offering a special coaching function that, after an initial assessment of the driver’s skills, unobtrusively offers ways to enhance them. Even those with limited driving abilities will feel like a pro thanks to this highly responsive AI system.

Additional functions of the AI system include functions that can be controlled via voice activation like the headlights, wiper blades, and even having the ability to warn the driver of various malfunctions. A large flat screen that displays outside conditions, navigation, and coaching information span the full width of the dashboard. Two smaller screens flank the larger one showing images from the front and rear cameras, while a 360-degree view for occupants is achieved by an expansive glass section. The e-Evolution Concept is part of Mitsubishi’s latest Drive Your Ambition strategy that will see the automaker move towards SUVs with electric mobility and connectivity.

Sure, the e-Evolution is just a concept car for now, but if you want to get a taste of Mitsubishi’s penchant for innovation then look no further than the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV. Available for the first time ever in the U.S., the Outlander PHEV is a roomy and attainable plug-in hybrid SUV for those looking to go green in style. Come by Miami Lakes AutoMall today and test drive the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV. To learn more about the Outlander PHEV and its driving modes check out our video below:

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Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance Makes Another Smart Investment

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The four-year plan for the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance is well underway with Alliance 2022 and the current funding campaign, Alliance Ventures. Earlier in 2018, the alliance made five investments in several companies and startups that shared similar interests with their Alliance 2022 plan. Recently, the alliance has used Alliance Ventures to invest in a sixth company that’s going to change the way consumers view electric vehicles.

Enevate

One of the largest reasons consumers shy away from alternative fuel vehicles like plug-in electric hybrids (PHEVs) and especially electric vehicles (EVs), is the fear that they will be stranded if the battery powering the motor runs out of juice. Luckily, unless irresponsible, consumers can find an electric charging station nearly anywhere with the PlugShare app, and electric vehicle charging stations in Miami, Florida are becoming increasingly popular. But that’s sometimes the second reason consumers are wary – needing to plug in somewhere for two hours or more is a bit of a buzz kill.

That’s where Enevate is providing a solution. With their advanced lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery technology, this startup company based in Irvine, California is going to change the way people recharge PHEVs and EVs. By using what they call HD-Energy Technology, Enevate has achieved a far superior version of fast charging via high energy density.

The HD-Energy Technology has already been able to offer the following benefits:

– A 75-percent increase in charging rates, down to five minutes

– High energy density charging for EVs that have a long driving range

– Able to be utilized in warm and cold climates, as low as -40 degrees F

– The cost is lower than EV charging today

– It’s safer

“We share the common goal of making electric vehicles easier to use and adopt in mass markets. We look forward to our strategic partnership with Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi, as they are a global leader in electric vehicles and they understand the market needs of EV consumers worldwide.” – Enevate President and CEO Robert A. Rango

With all these benefits, and the funding from Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi, Enevate is almost ready to start producing their technology in high volumes. The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance isn’t the only company to invest in Enevate, either. LG Chem, another high-profile investor, showed interest in the technology in October 2018. Now, automotive manufacturers and suppliers worldwide just need to adopt the next-generation features that PHEVs and EVs can offer, and Enevate can take alternative fuel vehicles to the next level.

Last Five Investments

Alliance Ventures has made five investments in 2018 to benefit Alliance 2022 and future concepts for the alliance auto brands. In the U.S., the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance invested in Ionic Materials, a firm currently developing solid-state cobalt-free battery materials for hybrids and plug-in hybrids to provide automakers cheaper ways to make high quality alternative fuel vehicles. One of the first investments though were in many robotaxi startups – artificial intelligence and autonomous vehicles are the main focus of Alliance Ventures.

The funding campaign was also used to invest in the DiDi Auto Alliance intelligent-ride sharing and autonomous technology conglomerate in China, in exchange for access to auto leasing and sales, auto finance, auto service, fleet operation, and car-sharing solutions. Another company based in China, Sinovation Ventures, is focused on developing artificial intelligence and has been backed by Jaguar, Land Rover, and Valeo. With Alliance 2022 dealing with autonomous and artificial intelligence as the main two focuses of future car concepts, it makes sense for the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance to also make these investments.

Curious to find out what’s next for the alliance? Follow Miami Lakes Mitsubishi on social media and join the discussion online.

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Mitsubishi Debuts Triton During the Rise in Demand for Trucks in America

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Earlier this year, in April 2018, CNBC did a report on “The Rise of Burly High-Performance and Off-road SUVS and Trucks”. This report looked at brands like Ford, Fiat Chrysler, BMW, Chevrolet, and Jeep. CNBC also covered the current trend of trucks and SUVs with data from LMC Automotive that predicted how this trend will affect the auto market four years from now. In the shifting automarket for SUVs and trucks, and U.S. sales rising for trucks and SUVs, will Mitsubishi deliver their new 2019 Mitsubishi Triton pickup truck to American shores?

The 2019 Mitsubishi Pickup Truck

Known as the Mitsubishi Triton, or the L200 depending on the country the model is sold in, the new pickup truck from Mitsubishi is a redesigned and improved version of its predecessor. Sporting the “Dynamic Shield” and other design cues from the Mitsubishi Outlander, the new truck has been brought into the modern age. With advanced safety features, such as a Forward Collision Mitigation system, Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and an Ultrasonic Misacceleration Mitigation System. All of these together help the driver avoid accidents on the road, as well as avoiding other incidents in tight spots, like a parking garage.

What’s interesting about this new pickup truck from Mitsubishi Motors is that the truck is also off-road capable. Equipped with an enhanced four-wheel drive (4WD) system and two off-road systems, “Super-Select 4WD” and “Easy-Select 4WD”, a new off-road a system has been built for the 2019 Mitsubishi Triton. Designed to handle various terrain and driving conditions, both systems can handle gravel, mud/snow and sand 4WD-high and -low mode, and rock only in 4WD-low mode.

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Mitsubishi Motors is Ready for the LA Auto Show

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You know, with all of the automakers and concepts that showed up at SEMA 2018 this year, we were kind of surprised that we didn’t see Mitsubishi Motors – at all. With all of the new concepts and buzz surrounding the automaker, we surely thought Mitsubishi would use one of the largest auto shows to show off what’s new. Then again, SEMA is known as a Specialty Equipment Market Association show, and only a limited time (maybe a week) is offered up for the auto show. Perhaps Mitsubishi Motors is aiming for another show coming up soon, such as the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show?

Mitsubishi Coming to the LA Auto Show?

Yeah, that seems to be the plan. According to a flyer for a press conference (seen above), Mitsubishi Motors will be taking the stage during the AutoMobility LA, a day of conferences for the press to sink their teeth into before the convention doors open in the coming days. Set for Wednesday, November 28, 2018, Mitsubishi will be talking about where the automaker is headed, and what’s to come.

Well, Mitsubishi Motors has been discussing hybrid SUVs for a year now, and we’ve also seen numerous concept art renditions for the new Mitsubishi Lancer crossover. Most of all though, the new Mitsubishi Truck, the Triton/L200, is said to debut in November. HINT-HINT.

Plus, there’s the Alliance 2022 plan with Renault-Nissan. We’re supposed to see a lot of good things coming from the alliance soon. In addition, we know Kia Motors is heading to the LA Auto Show, and we know Mitsubishi wouldn’t want to be outdone by a rival. The Outlander PHEV and Niro PHEV do compare pretty well, after all.

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Mitsubishi Electric Finds New Benefits of Clean Energy

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Renewable energy. Is it really worth the investment, does it even make a difference? Earlier this year, (2018) Mitsubishi Motors worked with ENGIE and Hitachi Europe, Ltd. on a project to create renewable energy. By creating a system for renewable energy, the objective seemed to be complete and the project was successful. Following this, the opportunities that were now open to businesses, maybe even homeowners, began to flow. To find how well the renewable energy system worked and the benefits of implementing such a new project, Mitsubishi Electric did some coding and crunched some numbers.

Without going too much into the renewable energy system developed by Mitsubishi Motors, ENGIE, and Hitachi Europe, the design is pretty simple. To accomplish renewable energy, one needs a power source and a place to store excess power for later use. ENGIE is a Building Energy Management System (BEMS) outfitted with solar panels that collect and store energy in the building’s electric grid for use throughout the day. The sun and ENGIE supply the power source.

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