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Mitsubishi Mini EV Car Wins the 2023 RJC Overseas

The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance is still in talks of splitting up the Alliance into two separate branches for gasoline-powered vehicles and electric vehicles (EVs). With the auto market shifting towards a more electrified lineup, more focus is being given to what automakers are doing in regards to EVs and battery-electric vehicles (BEVs), partner Mitsubishi Motors grabs some spotlight for the Mitsubishi mini EV kei car in Japan. Overseas, the Automotive Researchers’ and Journalists’ Conference of Japan (RJC) concluded its run for the RJC Car of the Year for 2023 and named the eK X EV (pronounced “eK ‘cross’ EV”) as the winner.

Overseas competitions may not reach stateside news, but this all-electric kei-car also nabs the sixth win for Mitsubishi Motors during RJC of the Year. Recently discussed to be a product result of a collaboration between Mitsubishi and Nissan, the eK X EV is a new EV model in the eK X series produced by Mitsubishi Motors in Japan. A series of kei cars designed for more space and wagon modifications, the automaker has been working towards more environmentally-friendly vehicles since the production of the i-MiEV, the world’s first mass-produced EV capable of driving on the highway. No longer sold in America, this model has expanded into its own Minicab model, sporting a new EV platform in production.

“Utilizing the electrification technology that Nissan and Mitsubishi Motors have cultivated over the years, the eK X EV has achieved reduction in size and cost. While conforming to the standards of a kei-car, it has been perfected as a model with enhanced product appeal. The electrification technology is highly recognized as a cornerstone technology of future small EVs.” – RJC selection committee

The new ek X EV could be another platform that could see mass production. According to recent reports, the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance has four new platforms currently in development to launch a lineup of 35 new EV models by 2030, with a new EV platform set for production in 2024, and another compact EV platform by 2025. It has been undisclosed if either series of the Mitsubishi EV models are using one of these new platforms, but the win could mean good things for future EV models in the global lineup. The aforementioned split of the Alliance requires an investment into a new EV plant Renault and Nissan are already talking numbers for, with Mitsubishi Motors yet to give an answer. Perhaps this win for the ek X EV will be enough proof to spur the automaker into the investment.

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Mitsubishi and Renault to Rebadge Models for Europe

It’s been some time since we heard any developments from the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance. Almost a year ago, the Alliance held a digital press conference to discuss new plans and business strategies going forward. Always set to be a mutually beneficial but also competitive relationship, each automaker has something to gain, and resources and tech are expected to be shared between them for future and upcoming concepts. A new interesting development, separate from the plans set forth during the press release, is the adaptation of two Renault models for the Mitsubishi Motors lineup in Europe.

During the 2020 press release, the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance had a simple plan. One automaker would release a vehicle in a market region, and if its sales were good, the other automakers would do the same in their respective market regions before crossing over and creating competition. Mitsubishi Motors picked the short straw and will be the first automaker to release a new vehicle, but no matter what it is, the vehicle will probably only be sold overseas. At the moment, there are two great contenders –  the Mitsubishi and Nissan micro EV minicar project, or the Mitsubishi Airtek concept teased during the 2021 Shanghai Auto Show.

There isn’t much information on either of the above vehicles, only that one will be sold in Japan, one in China, and neither in North America. This gives us some hope that with the adaptation of two Renault vehicles for European sales, perhaps Mitsubishi will also bring the vehicles stateside. After all, Renault hasn’t been selling in the U.S. since 1992 after Chrysler bought their American partner, AMC. Their market share today wouldn’t be sufficient to enter the U.S., but Mitsubishi Motors already has a strong foothold on North American soil.

“I am very happy to see Mitsubishi Motors building a new line-up in Europe. The Alliance aims to enhance competitiveness and enable more effective resource-sharing for the benefit of all three companies. Our approach is collaborative, relying on mutual respect, with a clear intention to boost the performance of each company, allowing individual companies to capitalize on their own strengths, avoid duplication of resources and improve efficiencies.” – Jean-Dominique Senard, Chairman of the Alliance Operating Board and Renault.

Within the next two years, Mitsubishi will adopt and adapt two models currently produced by Groupe Renault. These aren’t new vehicles and aren’t a part of the new business strategy to test one vehicle in one region. The Alliance has yet to reveal the models that Mitsubishi will rebadge, but one can assume the Renault Clio is on the list. The best-selling vehicle in its segment and the second-best selling in all of Europe, this supermini car has sold 227,079 units in Europe. When rebadged by Mitsubishi Motors, they will also be redesigned to follow the brand’s DNA and new styling, such as the new Dynamic Shield built into the front fascia.

This is just the beginning of cross-platform sharing amongst the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance. That mini electric vehicle being sold in Japan is a joint-venture between Mitsubishi and Nissan, possibly built off the new EV platform Nissan developed last year. Heck, the Mitsubishi Outlander is powered by an engine from Nissan. All these new parts from Renault and Nissan, it’s all very reminiscent of the “Six Million Dollar Man”. Follow along with us and see what else happens for Mitsubishi Motors when you follow us on Miami Lakes Mitsubishi social media.

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Mitsubishi Motors and The Chamberlain Group Add myQ to Select Models

Mitsubishi Motors drivers may be aware of the My Mitsubishi Connect app. It’s a handy app that can work with select models to make auto maintenance and other services more readily available to the owner or driver. Recently, Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA) decides that it was time to add another convenient feature to the My Mitsubishi Connect app. Every driver who owns or rents a house with a garage knows the joy of pulling in and having a place to store the car, away from the natural elements and safe. Those same drivers also know the pain of having to get out and punch in a code or something to get the garage door to go up – garage opener devices seem to fail us more often than not. Here is hoping the myQ Connected Garage, available through a partnership between The Chamberlain Group, Inc. (CGI) and MMNA, is more reliable.

CGI, global leader in access control solutions with its Chamberlain and LiftMaster garage door opener brands and myQ connected technology, is making Mitsubishi Motors the first automaker that gets a chance to make use of this technology in two models. Specifically, the all-new 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander and 2022 Eclipse Cross vehicles, as well as select 2018 and newer Eclipse Cross vehicles will be the first models to make use of this new feature, as long as they come equipped with Android Auto™ or have the My Mitsubishi Connect mobile app. Via either, drivers can easily use the myQ connected garage door opener from within the vehicle through the use of the touchscreen.

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The Mitsubishi Mirage is a Vehicle to Love

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In a year where a lot has been left up to chance and preparation, consumers will always want something reliable. Some of us just have a curse where any piece of technology fails them and doesn’t work as intended, but we’re talking about cars today, not mobile phones and computers. If there is one thing a consumer can rely on is their cars. Getting them from point A to point B without much trouble along the way aside from traffic and people who think being in a car makes them virtually untouchable. Well, there is one vehicle that many may not expect, but is a valuable car nonetheless. It’s the very fuel-efficient Mitsubishi Mirage, and one couple drove it over 400,000 miles before trading it in – not that they had to.

According to Vincentric, a publication that highlights vehicles that hold the most value after years of ownership by comparing the total cost-of-ownership of a vehicle and its current market price. With a focus on purchase price, retained value, fixed and operating costs, and maintenance and repair costs, the lifetime cost of a vehicle could be worse than buying a new one altogether. This story isn’t true for the Mitsubishi Mirage. In 2019, Vincentric honored the 2020 Mitsubishi Mirage with the 2020 Vincentric Best CPO Value in America award. Plus, Mitsubishi Motors gives consumers long-lasting warranties to keep vehicles in shape, for free, keeping the value high.

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Bring Back the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution

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Over the summer, Mitsubishi Motors revealed its upcoming lineup for the 2021 model year. They’re all the same classics Mitsubishi is known for, with no sight of the C/D segment vehicle teased during the discussion of the mid-term plans for the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance. Some of us are hoping for a smaller vehicle, being that a C/D segment car could be anything from a subcompact to another large vehicle. With the Lancer teased as a crossover, we’re not sure which way it could go, but we’re hoping if Mitsubishi brings back the Lancer, it doesn’t pull an Eclipse Cross and instead returns it to its former glory. Hate to say it though, but with high-performance automakers pulling out of the race to make the switch to alternative fuel, is a Lancer sports car in the cards? The Mitsubishi Lancer EVO is still a powerful sports car.

The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution died out several years ago, discontinued and sold out. Owners who were lucky to purchase a Lancer EVO before it was chucked either love the EVO because of the ride it offers or love it because they love to race. Looking at the Mitsubishi Motors a lineup now, no one would guess that Mitsubishi is capable of a sports car, with only SUVs in the cards. However, that’s Mitsubishi Motors NORTH AMERICA. Overseas, it’s a different story.

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Mitsubishi Motors Corp to Freeze New Models for Now

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It feels like a long time ago that the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance was formed, and just this year, the automotive group got back in the spotlight when announcing the mid-term plans for the Alliance going forward. A new strategy, with the Coronavirus pandemic causing a lot of hardship for many industries and markets, automakers are quick to find a way to bounce back. To do that, they need to focus on the auto markets that show them the most love, and for some reason, North America isn’t one of them. Recently, the Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) its own set of mid-term plans for the next three years, and it would seem that this is only solidifying the plan.

When we first learned of the midterm plans for the Alliance, it all sounded pretty good. If anything, the three automakers seemed to be blending together more, sharing technology, body platforms, and even whole vehicles. To keep competition between the three automakers going strong, instead of releasing the same vehicle in every region, the automakers will release a new vehicle, one-by-one, in a region that works best for them. For Mitsubishi, that’s the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). However, this doesn’t mean Mitsubishi Motors will have full control over the ASEAN region, but more so, it will be the first automaker to release a new vehicle in that region, and it’s successful, Renault and Nissan will release something similar in their regions before releasing something for the ASEAN.

The Alliance called it a “Follow-the-Leader” strategy where one automaker rolled the dice, and if successful, the other automakers would follow suit. That brings us to the upcoming model from Mitsubishi Motors, set to be a part of the C/D car segment, so either a subcompact car or a large vehicle – not many details at this point, but we probably don’t need to get our hopes up. Recently, Mitsubishi Motors announced its own plans for bouncing back after the Coronavirus, and it seems the automaker is focused on saving itself while chasing after new tech.

We can’t really blame Mitsubishi for pulling on the reins a bit. It’s time to rebuild. However, we don’t think anyone expected something as drastic as placing a freeze on the sale of new models, starting with Europe. Called the “Small but Beautiful” plan, the MMC will be concentrating its resources on the ASEAN region where it is most competitive, while further enhancing unique and competitive automotive technologies, for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), electric vehicles (EVs), and even hydrogen-powered vehicles (HEVs). Mitsubishi FUSO Mitsubishi FUSO Truck and Bus Corp. have already started on the production of hydrogen fuel cell-powered trucks, but we won’t see it until closer to 2030.

This may not sound great for the North American market, but we’re not really missing anything at the moment. Aside from the Mitsubishi pickup truck that’s been doing really well in other markets, the next vehicle on the list for release aside from the mystery C/D car is the next generation of the Mitsubishi Xpander MPV and Xpander Cross SUV – one is a multi-purpose vehicle (just a fancy word for a minivan) and the other if a crossover/SUV? The minivan segment is all but dead in America, and the market is already oversaturated with SUVs and crossovers. We only hope the new technologies to come from Mitsubishi will find their way to the states, as there were some pretty neat concepts last year, like the Mitsubishi Engelberg Tourer PHEV and Mi-Tech Powertrain.

Time will only tell what happens next for the Japanese automaker. Follow along with us on Miami Lakes Mitsubishi social media.

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Get Fuel Efficiency and a Great Sound System with the Mitsubishi Mirage

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When it comes to getting a new vehicle, consumers tend to look for a variety of things. When it comes to a fuel-efficient vehicle at a good price, that can be even a greater challenge, with SUVs and crossovers currently dominating the auto market. Even automakers like Mitsubishi Motors have more large vehicles than they know what to do with, but as luck would have it, Mitsubishi also has a subcompact vehicle that’s top-of-the-line. According to fueleconomy.gov and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the 2019 Mitsubishi Mirage the most fuel efficient, gasoline-powered vehicle in America and can save consumers more money than the competition.

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Mitsubishi Outlander – Then and Now

When Mitsubishi entered the US SUV market in 2003 with the Outlander, they couldn’t have possibly predicted the boom in sales the market would experience in the next decade. The Outlander, introduced to replace the outgoing Montero, aimed to provide more luxury and comfort than off-roading capabilities – a trade-off for the brand. The introductory model came equipped with Mitsubishi’s classic 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine and plenty of customizable options. Continuing the Mitsubishi tradition of improvement, in 2004 they upgraded the Outlander’s original engine to boost its horsepower up to 160 horsepower, and in 2005, an extensive addition of safety features. Features such as an optional manual transmission, newly advanced airbags, enhanced disc brakes, and anti-lock braking system were standard on the Outlander by 2006.

The Mitsubishi spirit of constant improvement remained strong, and by 2007 the Outlander experienced its first redesign – only four years after its introduction. This redesign included a 220 horsepower V6 engine – making power a priority for Mitsubishi – and increasing the size of the SUV that allowed for the addition of third-row seating. By 2010 another major redesign arrived, and the Outlander now had new front and rear fascias, a new grille, a redesigned hood, an improved LCD display and GPS system.

Mitsubishi secured their status as a pioneer in green tech when in 2013 they introduced the Outlander PHEV- the world’s first plug-in hybrid SUV. The Outlander PHEV allows drivers three driving modes – battery save mode, battery charge mode, and ECO mode. What is referred to as battery save mode is the driver-activated mode that is intended to conserve the energy within the battery pack once it drops below 90 percent – this is the hybrid mode. The battery charge mode will charge the battery by generating electricity (whether the vehicle is in motion or at a standstill) – and feeding said electricity back into the battery pack. In about 40 minutes consumers can enjoy 80% charge. Lastly, the ECO mode can be activated with just the touch of a button to reduce both fuel and electricity usage. The Outlander PHEV has a combined range of 310 miles, 22 of which are in all-electric mode – free of emissions!

The last time the Outlander experienced any significant changes was in 2012. Now in its third generation, the Outlander is more market-competitive with improved fuel economy – a not-so-small feat accomplished by reducing the overall weight from its predecessor by 200 pounds. Additionally, the interior received upgrades as well, including redesigned seats, sound insulation to lessen noise disturbance, and soft-touch material inserts for the armrests. Safety features available on the Outlander are up-to-date with a blind spot warning system, forward collision mitigation, a multi-view camera, rear cross traffic alert, lane change assist, and lane departure warning.

Are you ready to get behind the wheel of a Mitsubishi Outlander? Come visit us at Miami Lakes Mitsubishi and test drive the new 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander or the Outlander PHEV – your choice!

If you’re one step ahead and already own a Mitsubishi vehicle, our service department is open seven days a week for your convenience. Schedule a service appointment today, regardless of where you bought your vehicle!

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Mitsubishi Motors is Turning the Lancer Into a Crossover

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Mitsubishi Motors is doing it again. We’re not surprised, and unlike some of the pessimists of the internet, we’re not disheartened either. We all know Mitsubishi Motors has turned their attention towards crossovers for their future lineup. This was first evident when they teased the debut of their new crossover, a throwback to the Mitsubishi Eclipse, the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross. The new Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross debuted at Geneva during the auto show, and there was plenty to like. Not only did this crossover have some of the aesthetic appeal of a sports car, but the technology in the Eclipse Cross was a new frontier for Mitsubishi. The next Mitsubishi vehicle to be transformed is the Mitsubishi Lancer, now a crossover.

Oh, we can hear the cries already. “No, not the record breaking Mitsubishi Lancer!” Oh, boo-hoo. The Mitsubishi Lancer was discontinued, get over it. If you liked it so much, you had your chance to get a Mitsubishi Lancer Limited Edition in 2017. Mitsubishi is making way for new vehicles and giving old vehicles a new purpose, like the Mitsubihsi e-Evolution wearing the “Evo” nameplate. And that vehicle concept looks pretty amazing so far. Take a look at the picture above and below. That’s the style the new Mitsubishi Lancer crossover may take a few cues from.

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5 Accessories to Make Your Outlander Awesome for Camping Trips

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Camping trips are fun for many reasons, and a lot of the fun comes from the driving experience to get to where you’ll stop to camp. The 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander is an exceptional ride. It provides comfortable seating for seven passengers and it is available with enough power to tow up to 3,500 pounds. Also, the Outlander has a great fuel economy that averages 25 mpg on the city and 30 mpg on the highway. Being a comfortable ride with remarkable fuel economy makes your camping trip that much easier.

With a starting price for the base model of $23,795 MSRP (plus destination fees), the Outlander is affordable to lease or finance. With available All-Wheel-Control to take you every With summer rapidly approaching, we have ideas for modifications you can do to make your summer camping trips even more fun.

Use Your Outlander to Help You Sleep Under the Stars

There are many ways to turn your 2018 Outlander into a camper, or special hammocks that can tie to the end of the Outlander and all you need to do is tie the other end to a strong tree to have a place to sleep. Various items online exist that can partially connect to your Outlander, letting your Outlander serve as the perfect steady base to hold your tent or hammock.

Roof Racks

Streamline roof racks are a great option to compliment additional cargo onto the roof of your 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander. Lack of space is no longer and issue with durable and supportive roof racks that fit the Outlander. Store your bikes, additional luggage or tent above your vehicle and give your guests more interior space.

Inflatable Tent

If you want an innovative, modern tent, you can find them in 2018. Get ready to relax with an inflatable tent where you don’t have to struggle to put it up. In less than 60 seconds, items like “The Cave” made by Heimplanet are ready for you to enter (All that’s need is an air pump to do the work for you).

Portable Stove

Having a convenient propane burner stove is always useful on camping trips. There’s a market for mini grills that can be easily setup and provide exactly what you need to make a warm meal. And with an Outlander, you can bring and carry a large portable stove with great ease.

Mini Solar Panel Charger

Beginning to feel like James Bond, yet? A portal, niffy solar panel that can grab all the sunshine to power your cellphone or other portable devices is a useful tool. You won’t have to worry about using your vehicle’s battery and you don’t need any power to charge the solar panel. We recommend investing in one.

Lightweight Chairs

There’s nothing more important on a camping trip than the portable lightweight chair to sit next to a campfire with. Make sure to find one that’s trim, comfortable and foldable to easy cargo storing. With or without a cup holder, what makes most is that the chair works properly.

Always Remember, Safety First

Driving a long way for adventure? The 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander received highmarks and attention for upgraded technology and safety improvements, which further raised the value of the popular SUV. The active safety technology on the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander was named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and the 2018 Outlander earned a five-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

The First Place to Find Your 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander

If you’re ready to go on the road with a new vehicle, try your hand first at what Mitsubishi has to offer. Visit Miami Lakes Automall today to ride a new 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander. Our friendly staff will help you buy, lease or sell your vehicle. Get the most for your trade in with us and stop by for any future servicing needs you’ll have; even if you didn’t buy with us.