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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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