Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Talk New Cross-Brand EV Platform

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Back when Mitsubishi Motors first joined the Renault-Nissan Alliance, there was a lot of talk about what kind of technology the three automakers would share. When it came to Mitsubishi, a lot of the automaker’s success in alternative fuel stemmed mainly from the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV. Working towards alternative fuel vehicles and self-driving technology, the Alliance intended to produce more PHEVs using technology from Mitsubishi and more electric vehicles, or EVs, using the success of all-electric vehicles from Nissan, the Nissan Leaf. A concept for a cross-brand EV platform was the first objective on the list, but quickly disappeared for three years. Finally, in January 2020, a discussion about the cross-brand EV platform has popped back up, and it definitely seems to be coming from the Nissan leg of the Alliance.

It has been some time now since Nissan did anything with an all-electric vehicle. The Nissan Leaf came out in 2009 with big EV ambitions, but aside from a second-generation model, the automaker didn’t do much. Part of the success intended for the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance was the production of cross-brand EV technology. A lot of this was detailed in their Alliance 2022 six-year mid-term plan, focused on cross-brand platform sharing of platforms and powertrains, electrification, connectivity, and autonomous drive technologies. The first step, platforms and powertrains, are already in development.

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Mitsubishi Motors and the J.D. Power 2020 Manufacturer Website Evaluation Study

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When it comes to shopping for a new car, consumers can find it quickly overwhelming to do the research, read reviews, and narrow down their choices. Even after all that, once a model is chosen, consumers then need to find which trim is right for them. It can be frustrating, because for auto manufacturers who want to sell lots of cars, they sure do tend to make their websites impossible to deal with. Recently, J.D. Power conducted its semiannual 2020 Manufacturer Website Evaluation Study for Winter, and the results were pretty interesting. Mitsubishi Motors ranked highest in the mass market brand for website usefulness.

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Mitsubishi Electric at the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show

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The 2020 Consumer Electronics Show is one of the most sought after exhibits every year, and because it takes place so early in the year (January 7-10, 2020), consumers are able to get a good look at appliances, electronics, products, and technologies soon coming to the market. Simultaneously, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) also attracts many automakers looking to show off their new tech and features coming soon to new models. One automotive corporation, in particular, Mitsubishi Motors Corp, tends to show up to CES 2020 with their sister company Mitsubishi Electric. After the recent partnership between Mitsubishi Motors Corp and MaaS Global Oy, we’re seeing a lot of interesting concepts from Mitsubishi Electric at CES 2020.

Mobility for Everyone

The core of the partnership between MMC and MaaS Global Oy is to create an ecosystem of mobility where every consumer has access to some form of private or public transportation. MaaS Global already has a handle on that with its Whim app in Finland – consumers can sign up for various plans that will give them access to buses, trams, taxis, cars, bicycles, and more transportation services. Working on self-driving and autonomous technology, one interesting concept from MMC and MaaS Global is personal mobile living spaces. On the outside, they look like windowless vans, but on the inside, it can be a miniature office or living room. The vehicle drives itself with the use of a radar and camera fusion piloting system that helps it recognize other cars, pedestrians, and bicyclists, and puts together the best routes to avoid obstacles in real-time.

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Mitsubishi Small Batch Initiative Continues

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The year may be coming to an end, but Mitsubishi Motors will most likely continue the expansion of the “Small Batch – Big Impact” initiative the automaker started in 2019. Going beyond a marketing campaign, going beyond the publicity, Mitsubishi Motors is also finding ways to give back to the community that will benefit others for years to come. We’ve covered the first two events of this, the 2019 Rebelle Rally and the National Teen Defensive Driving Program in Nashville, TN. The Las Vegas Bowl took place on 12/21, go Huskies, and the primary charity partner of the MMLVB, Goodie Two Shoes became the next organization to get a little love back for all it does for the community.

Goodie Two Shoes

Owned and operated by former San Diego Chargers lineman and current Las Vegas resident, Tony Berti, and his wife Nikki, Goodie Two Shoes provides disadvantaged children, and other children in crisis, with many of the essential items required for good health and positive development. These, of course, include new shoes and socks. During halftime of the 2019 MMLVB, Goodie Two Shoes received a number of blessings – a 2020 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross “Community Utility Vehicle” to assist their charitable efforts going forward, a $10,000 donation from Ally Financial to offset the charity’s operational expenses, and local Mitsubishi dealer-partner Johnny Legends was offering tickets to the game to anyone who would donate a new pair of socks.

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Looking Back at Mitsubishi in 2019

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With 2019 closing out, things are starting to wind down. Automakers have been having many celebrations with all the award shows and “Best of” lists that have been going on. Some automakers are already preparing for 2020 and beyond. One of these would be Mitsubishi Motors, having spent most of 2019 presenting concept after concept, device after device. The automaker had some of its own successes in 2019 as well, and most recently was named an innovator for the eco-friendly house displayed at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show, the Dendo Drive House.

In a nutshell, the Dendo Drive House (DDH) is a self-sustaining home. The DDH is the first system designed to make use of renewable energy for a cleaner, greener ecosystem while also fulfilling the needs of the everyday consumer at home. An entire house powered via electricity converted from solar energy collected via solar panels equipped around the building. Plus, through the use of a bi-directional charger, the house can recharge the battery of a plug-in hybrid in the garage and use that as a backup generator if the house were to use up all of its energy.

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Vincentric Awards Mitsubishi Mirage and Mirage G4 with 2020 CPO Awards

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December just started and Mitsubishi Motors Corp (MMC) was named a Hive 5 Innovator for the technology MMC introduced with their Dendo Drive House. A few weeks before that, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV won an award from the Green Car Journal, the first-ever 2020 Family Green Car of the Year™. It’s the season of award shows and Mitsubishi Motors is starting to shine brighter as the year comes to an end. The latest award comes from Vincentric, a company known for collecting and providing data, knowledge, and insight into the automotive industry. We last spoke about this company when they awarded the now-discontinued Mitsubishi i-MieV with the “Best Value in America” award in the electric/ plug-in hybrid segment. Vincentric is back with new data to share about vehicles with the best pre-owned value, and the 2020 Mitsubishi Mirage and Mirage G4 hit the top of the list.

When it comes to the value of a vehicle, Vincentric combs through various forms of data to recognize which vehicles have the best pre-owned value in their segment. Unlike most auto review publications that focus on new vehicles, Vincentric highlights vehicles that hold the most value after years of ownership. The company does that by comparing the total cost-of-ownership of a vehicle and its current market price. This data includes finance rates, residual values, and maintenance schedules for each make and model to cover the following factors – purchase price, retained value, fixed and operating costs, and maintenance and repair costs. The last two factors are important because they affect the entire lifespan of the vehicle and will draw the line between a vehicle with great value for years to come and a vehicle that will just depreciate more with time.

Vincentric held its 2020 Vincentric Best CPO Value in America awards and reviewed model years 2015-2019. Out of the competition, the 2020 Mitsubishi Mirage and Mitsubishi Mirage G4 earned top honors in their respective segments for residual value. With a budget friendly starting MSRP for each vehicle, and the amount of savings in gas each model provides, the long-lasting value is quickly obvious. The 2020 2020 Mitsubishi Mirage has a starting MSRP of $13,995 (plus destination fee) and has been named the most efficient gasoline-powered non-hybrid vehicle available in the U.S., powered by a 1.3-liter three-cylinder engine. The Mirage has a fuel economy of up to 37/43/39 mpg city/highway/combined. The 2020 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 has a starting MSRP of $14,995 (plus destination fee) and offers a fuel economy of up to 35/41/37 mpg city/highway/combined. The fuel economy numbers for each are based on the assumption that the consumer also opted in for the optional continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) that provides better fuel efficiency.

Not only does the value of these Mitsubishi vehicles last for years to come, but the warranties Mitsubishi Motors offers will help ensure it. Leading the industry, Mitsubishi Motors covers each vehicle with a fully transferable 5-year/60,000-mile new vehicle limited warranty; 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty; and a 7-year/100,000-mile anti-corrosion perforation limited warranty. Emergency maintenance costs are also covered with a 5-year/unlimited miles of roadside assistance plan.

Looking for a Mitsubishi vehicle that can provide you great value? Find the Mitsubishi Mirage and Mitsubishi Mirage G4 at Miami Lakes Automall Mitsubishi.

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Mitsubishi Motors Dendo Drive House Receives Hive 50 Innovator Award

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During the spring, one of the largest auto shows took place all the way on the other side of the world in Switzerland. Yes, it was the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show, during which time many automakers and technology companies unveil all sorts of new cars and commercial products. There was one automaker that we could say stole the show, and that’s Mitsubishi Motors with their Dendo Drive House, an eco-friendly system that acts as a house as well as a very large battery. This new housing system quickly gained a lot of attention and opened the doors for Mitsubishi with the resources available to the automaker through the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance. Furthermore, with the Alliance Ventures funding campaign, Mitsubishi was able to invest in The Mobility House. Now, Mitsubishi Motors was honored as a HIVE 50 Innovator by Hanley Wood Magazine for the innovative Dendo Drive House.

The Dendo Drive House (DDH), in short, is a home system that makes use of renewable energy for a cleaner, greener ecosystem, while also fulfilling the needs of the everyday consumer in their everyday home. Because the DDH is a house first and a technological advancement second, the entire house is powered via electricity converted from solar energy. Solar energy is collected via solar panels equipped around the home. This energy is then converted into electricity and stored in a large home battery. This battery, when fully charged, is able to power the entire house and many of the daily appliances consumers use all day. With the use of a bi-directional charger, the house can also make use of any extra energy generated after the battery is completely charged.

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Two Easy Dessert Recipes for the Holidays

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2019 is coming to a close. It’s been quite the run but the party has yet to stop. In fact, this is the time of year where parties happen nearly every week. If you’re popular, or just want to show off some skill in the kitchen, now’s the perfect time to whip up something people will be talking about until 2020 and maybe longer. Some of the best ways to capture someone’s attention at the dinner table is during dessert. Check out these sweet-tooth surprises that may win someone’s heart before the ball drops.

Cranberry-Orange Scones with Melted Sugar

This recipe makes 14-16 scones

Ingredients

  •       4 cups, plus 1/4 cup, all-purpose flour
  •       1/4 cup sugar, plus additional sugar for sprinkling
  •       2 tablespoons baking powder
  •       2 teaspoons kosher salt
  •       1 tablespoon grated orange zest
  •       3/4 pound cold unsalted butter, diced
  •       4 extra-large eggs, lightly beaten
  •       1 cup cold heavy cream
  •       1 cup dried cranberries
  •       1 egg beaten with 2 tablespoons water or milk, for egg wash
  •       1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar, plus 2 tablespoons
  •       4 teaspoons freshly squeezed orange juice

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Green Car Journal Awards Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV with Two Awards

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When it comes to making safe vehicles, every automaker wants to stand out. So many car commercials and advertisements focus on the safety features a vehicle can provide, but how many of the automakers behind those marketing campaigns can claim they won the first-ever 2020 Family Green Car of the Year™ by Green Car Journal? Not many. Know who can? It’s Mitsubishi Motors. Recently, the Green Car Journal held its annual Green Car Awards™ to highlight the best environmentally friendly new model year vehicles and the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV took home two awards that make it the perfect choice for families and the environment.

If you haven’t heard of the Green Car Journal, it’s a magazine publication with a large focus on green vehicles and environmentally friendly energy and technologies – automotive or otherwise. Every year, the publication hosts the Green Cars Awards program and recognizes automakers for their efforts and their accomplishments in producing vehicles in the eco-friendly car segment. Along with an interest in environmentally-positive vehicles, like any publication focuses on the automotive industry, the Green Car Journal gives consumers reviews and runs this award program to inform consumers of the best options.

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The New 2020 Mitsubishi Mirage Gets a Sporty New Look

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Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) has been quite the busy automaker this year, 2019, with the release of the new Mi-TECH at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show, along with the xAUTO from sibling company Mitsubishi Electric, and a recent contract between MMC and MaaS Global Oy for spreading global mobility solutions. Just before the end of 2019, Mitsubishi Motors has one more surprise with a newly redesigned Mitsubishi Mirage. Teased in early November with the image above, the new 2020 Mitsubishi Mirage debuted in Thailand and will shortly make its way to the states – most likely.

Nice.

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The 2020 Mitsubishi Mirage no longer looks like a crossover that turned out to be the ugly duckling of the bunch. Gaining its own look and style, the new hatchback looks a little more square in the front but then smooths out towards the bust of the vehicle. The length of the Mirage still does stretch a bit into compact crossover territory but with the new look of the rear as well, tight and a with a cool lip overhang, this is definitely a new vehicle we’re looking at.

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