Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross earns IIHS Top Safety Pick

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Every year, Mitsubishi Motors surprises the auto market with a new concept a new technological advancement, but as time goes on, it takes some time for their successes to truly shine. Take the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross for instance – great example. The 2019 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross has a lot to love, like new technology features by Mitsubishi Motors, and although at first it met some resistance, the new crossover broke its way into the auto market. Now that the crossover is going onto its third year in 2020, take a look at what makes it a winning vehicle with the 2019 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, recently named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

“We’re focused on engineering safety, quality and reliability into every vehicle we build, which is reflected in the IIHSTOP SAFETY PICK recognition for the Eclipse Cross…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.” – said Mark Chaffin, chief operating officer, MMNA.

Those words hold true when it comes to an award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, or IIHS. This non-profit group was set up by several large insurance companies to determine the safest vehicles on the road, and the IIHS been rating vehicles of nearly every make and model since. The IIHS runs several kinds of tests when determining a vehicle’s safety, or as the organization calls it, “crashworthiness”. First, there are five major tests: small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraints.

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The 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Gets Upgrades

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The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV spent a long time overseas, but then this plug-in hybrid came to America and the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV started getting a lot more attention. Powered by a 2.0-liter gasoline engine and two high-performance electric motors, it was different for an SUV, but with a full tank of gas and a fully charged 12 kWh battery, it was able to drive over 500 miles. Recently, Mitsubishi Motors and Mitsubishi Electric have debuted all kinds of interesting technology over recent years, like the cool tech at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show by Mitsubishi Electric. Mitsubishi Motors also showed off a new concept at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show, the Mitsubishi Engelberg Tourer, as well as an eco-friendly house, the Dendo Drive House. With all these new concepts and gizmos, how can the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV continue to stand out?

Already an award-winning vehicle, Mitsubishi has taken plug-in hybrids by storm with the amazing sales of the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV. Hoping to bring the automaker more recognition as a new leading auto brand in plug-in hybrid technology, along with the Renault-Nissan Alliance and Alliance Ventures, the 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is getting some upgrades. Most of these additions consumers will find on the high-end trims in the lineup, such as the SEL and GT trims. For example, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV SEL trim is now equipped with Forward Collision Mitigation, Automatic High Beams, and Lane Departure Warning on the 2020 model.

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Why the US Wants the 2019 Mitsubishi Triton

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When it comes to pickup trucks, the brand name consumers don’t often think about is Mitsubishi Motors. Many may be surprised to know that Mitsubishi Motors is actually competing pretty well in the pickup truck segment. It’s with the success of their newest truck release, the 2019 Mitsubishi Triton, also known as the L200 in other markets. The name should sound familiar, because the Mitsubishi L200 did make it to the states at one point. For now, however, the Triton will only be overseas. It’s a shame with how well the truck handles going off-road, a current popular theme with midsize trucks in the states.

A Truck that Can Handle More than Dirt

Currently, in its fifth generation, the 2019 Mitsubishi Triton got an upgrade in looks. Mitsubishi Motors has been working on changing the look of their “Dynamic Shield” to make their lineup stand out more on the road. However, the real impressive bit of this new truck is when it’s going off-road.

Mitsubishi added a sweet “Super Select II 4WD System” and an “Easy-Select 4WD” to the 2019 Mitsubishi Triton, packing it with multiple different driving modes depending on the conditions and the terrain.  Both systems offer the consumer settings to handle with gravel, mud/snow, and sand in 4WD-high and -low mode, or rock in 4WD-low mode. Kind of like all Jeep models that come with a dial to switch between driving modes and terrain.

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Mitsubishi Dendo Drive House Meets The Mobility House

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Alliance Ventures has just made yet another great investment and it’s time to do a little recap, because this most recent investment is proof that their Dendo Drive House concept is no joke. Remember the presentation Mitsubishi Motors put on at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show with the Dendo Drive House (DDH)? It’s an eco-friendly house that Mitsubishi Motors and presumably Mitsubishi Electric are working on to make use of their successful clean-energy project. Well, investing in The Mobility House may just be what Mitsubishi needs to put DDH houses on the map, literally.

Renewable Energy Project

In the spring of 2018, Mitsubishi Motors worked on a renewable energy project with ENGIE and Hitachi Europe, Ltd. ENGIE HQ was known as a Building Energy Management System (BEMS, or a building equipped with solar panels to collect and convert into electrical energy for the building to be used at a later time, like at night, to keep costs down. However, the extra energy collected needed to be stored somewhere other than the building’s grid, otherwise, it would go to waste. With a bi-directional converter from Hitachi and the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, excess energy could be stored in the plug-in hybrid, and then even more energy could be stored for long winter nights when there is less sunlight to power the solar panels.

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Mitsubishi Motors Marching Strong in 2019

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We’re almost through the first half of 2019 and there’s so much going on in the auto industry. Many automakers out there have been talking business deals and making smart investments. Throughout the year, there’s been a lot of cool stuff coming out, and one automaker makes it easy to review all the new stuff they’re working on. Recently discussed in a press release, Mitsubishi Motors is expanding its business and making all sorts of noise with new models and new technology. Check out what the highest-ranked Asian automaker (according to J.D. Power) is up to now.

New Models

This one is obvious. The new concept to come from Mitsubishi Motors is the Mitsubishi Engelberg Tourer Concept that debuted at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show.  Giving us a look at what comes next for the auto brand, the Engelberg Tourer is rugged SUV plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) built for an adventurous lifestyle, outfitted with a roof-mounted cargo box and designed to handle going off-road with Mitsubishi Motors Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) system. We also got a look at a futuristic smart house, the Dendo Drive House, a smart house powered by solar panels and designed with the Engelberg Tourer in mind as a back-up storage unit for more efficient use of energy.

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Mitsubishi Motors Releases Road Assist+ Smartphone App

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Mitsubishi Motors isn’t an automaker that’s shied away from self-driving car technology or futuristic concepts. Developed by their sister company, Mitsubishi Electric, Mitsubishi Corp has developed autonomous driving technology and is currently working on artificially intelligent (A.I.) systems to help keep drivers safe. Having recently developed a new smartphone app that can help drivers improve their driving and safety, Mitsubishi Motors was named “Telematics OEM of the Year” at TU-Automotive Detroit, the world’s largest automotive technology conference and exhibition, for their innovative Road Assist+ smartphone application.

“We’re extremely honored to be recognized as OEM of the year by TU-Automotive for Road Assist+ and our work in the telematics space…Today’s drivers increasingly expect intelligent services that link to their car to provide a convenient and connected driving experience. Mitsubishi Road Assist+ is a seamless way to offer that while providing cost-savings opportunities for consumers through participating UBI insurance carriers.” Bryan Arnett, senior manager, product planning, MMNA.

Every year, the “Telematics OEM of the Year” award recognizes forward-thinking original equipment manufacturers (OEM) developed for the connected-vehicle space or vehicles that are more interconnected with consumer devices such as smartphones and even homes in some cases. Quickly becoming the next big thing in the auto industry, the “Telematics OEM of the Year” award is one of the most prestigious awards as is anticipated by many in the connected car industry.

Mitsubishi Road Assist+ is the first hardware-free smartphone-based application and is capable of doing a number of things. This application can:

       Collects driving behavior data through telematics technology and then provides feedback to help drivers improve their driving behaviors

       Also collects information given geospatial context to driving events, such as weather and road conditions, to collect more refined information based on how drivers respond in different driving situations

       Provides 24-hour emergency roadside assistance

       Comes with specialized technology (GPS and Driving Signature) that allows the app to give drivers access to exclusive Mitsubishi offers of their choosing

Some of this sounds familiar. Telematics? When Mitsubishi released the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, it became the first Mitsubishi vehicle to support a Telematics System as well as remote safeguard services. Through that system is how Mitsubishi Road Assist+ operates, but the beauty of this app is that it’s hardware-free. That means it doesn’t necessarily need a Telematics System. Mitsubishi Road Assist+ can still inform owners about the cost savings of usage-based insurance (UBI) without having to own a modern or “connected car” with built-in telematics capabilities or aftermarket-installed telematics hardware.

The ability to collect information on driving behavior with different conditions also reminds us of the artificial intelligence Mitsubishi Electric has been working on for future concepts. Most notably, they’re working on developing an AI system that acts as a virtual coach to help drivers on the road during difficult driving conditions and can completely take over driving the vehicle for the driver if necessary. There hasn’t been its debut at the Tokyo Motor Show in October 2017, but we’re keeping an eye on it.

Have a Mitsubishi Motors vehicle and Interested in Mitsubishi Road Assist+? It’s available now for both Android and iOS devices via download on the Google Play Store and Apple App Store. Looking for more Mitsubishi Motors news? Follow us on Miami Lakes Mitsubishi social media.

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Automotive Science Group Recognizes Mitsubishi Motors for Efficiency and Performance

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Mitsubishi Motors has been a little quiet lately. When Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) proposed a merger with Renault, both Nissan and Mitsubishi Motors, a part of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance were a little blindsided. The merger didn’t go through, and that’s okay. The Alliance is doing just fine with their Alliance Ventures funding campaign, and Mitsubishi Motors was recently heralded as “Best All-Around Performance Brand” and “Best Economic Performance Brand” for the second consecutive year by the Automotive Science Group. Now that’s something to get the auto market talking.

Automotive Science Group Performance Study

Remember the Automotive Science Group (ASG)? In 2007, the ASG was created to support Eco-innovations’ mission of addressing environmental challenges with market-based solutions that prompt informed consumer action. The group reviews and researches vehicles in the market today so that consumers can make informed decisions that are in their best economic interest as well as the best interest of the environment. Recently, ASG conducted their 2019 Automotive Performance Index (API) Study that assessed an auto market sample population comprised of 1,640 model year 2019 cars, crossovers, and SUVs.

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Tips for Protecting Your Car in the Summer

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Oh, this summer already feels like a scorcher doesn’t it? This month, June 2019, is the beginning of summer and anyone outside for more than a few minutes is already sweating. If that’s true, then just think about our poor cars. They can suffer some serious sun damage and get worn down a lot quicker with the elements of the warm weather. Luckily, there are a number of things a driver can do to protect their vehicle in the summer.

Standard Maintenance

Nothing like a little routine maintenance to make sure everything is looking good. Do the tires have enough tread should the roads become wet or difficult to drive? How about the brake pads? These are components we hardly think about when getting an oil change. Nothing like a little tune-up to make sure the car is ready to perform this summer.

Now to keep it protected. Although rinsing a car off as soon as possible after a trip to the beach or a little mudding is a good practice, washing a car before it gets dirty is also a smart way to go. Making sure a car is clean is also the first step to take before sealing in all its automotive goodness. After a car wash, applying a coat of wax to a car can help protect it from the sun and keep the paint job looking fresh. For extra protection, look for spray-on film products at the local auto shop to protect your car from scrape and small debris.

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Why Would the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance Merge with FCA?

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The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance has been pretty busy lately, and here we thought they were taking a back seat for a while. No, the alliance is actually alive and well, still making smart investments, teaming up with other companies, and their latest offer is one that no one really saw coming but also secretly hoping for. Like that ship in a favorite TV series that seems uncanny and out of left-field, but totally actually works. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) and Renault is that ship. Recently, a proposal from FCA to merge with Renault was discussed behind closed doors, but so far, nothing is set in stone.

Why wouldn’t Fiat Chrysler Automobiles want to work together with Renault? Well first off, with Renault technically calling the shots of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, if Renault were to merge with FCA, then they would be bringing Nissan and Mitsubishi Motors with them. That would, effectively, turn the merger into the world’s third-largest automaker and automotive group. What a milestone.

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New Lane Hazard Warning Technology from Mitsubishi Electric

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Mitsubishi Electric, a sister company of Mitsubishi Motors and under the Mitsubishi Corp umbrella, has been pretty busy as of late. Although Mitsubishi Electric is known for a variety of things, some of which has to do with home appliances, they’ve also been known to develop technology for upcoming automobiles. During the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show, Mitsubishi Electric showed us some of the technology they’re working on that allows consumers to communicate with passengers in other vehicles in real-time over a virtual platform. Always keeping safety in mind, new technology from Mitsubishi Electric keeps drivers informed about upcoming safety hazards while on the road.

A Car with a Brain?

Mitsubishi Electric has been working on autonomous technology for upcoming Mitsubishi vehicles for several years and made their big debut in 2017. Using what the company calls a Mobile Mapping System (MMS), through the use o  car-mounted GPS antennas, laser scanners, and cameras, drivers are presented with a 3D map of what the MMS sees in real-time while collecting data. In 2018, the technology became more advanced, turned into an easy roof-mount unit, that uses various technologies to operate, such as a speed sensor, the ability to drive the vehicle through tunnels or underwater pathways, and a high-sensitivity camera that allows the vehicle to continue to function and collect data at night. All of this could be really helpful with the newest automobile technology to come from Mitsubishi Corp.

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