Posts Tagged ‘hybrid’

Mitsubishi Motors Expands Its Electric Lineup

Thursday, April 22nd, 2021
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As the automotive industry makes its shift towards alternative fuel vehicles like plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) and battery-electric vehicles (BEVs), many automakers are starting to make the shift towards green fuel. One automaker making recent strides in electric vehicles (EVs) is Mitsubishi Motors. Known for its fleet of SUVs primarily in the US, a pickup truck overseas, and its plug-in hybrid SUV, the Outlander PHEV, the automaker joined the Renault-Nissan Alliance in 2017. Since then, the automaker has benefited from technology within, and two new green vehicles have already debuted overseas – a micro EV and a new plug-in hybrid SUV, AIRTEK.

The first new vehicle to debut from Mitsubishi was a joint-operation with Nissan. In 2020, Nissan announced a new EV platform that was flexible enough to work with a variety of vehicle types for each automaker in the Alliance – the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance. Since then, the Alliance held a digital conference to discuss future plans, starting with the release of vehicles by Mitsubishi Motors in one or more of its respective regions. The first may be its homeland of Japan.

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Mitsubishi Breaking into Multiple Markets

Wednesday, May 1st, 2019
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With the midsize truck getting its second wind with the recent release of the 2020 Jeep Gladiator, times sure have changed. At the better first half of the decade, midsize trucks nearly died off, known for having the same fuel economy and safety issues of the already popular SUV. America didn’t need another shaky gas guzzler, and most automakers moved onto other pastures. Some automakers focused on other global markets, with Mitsubishi Motors being one of them. Their 2019 Triton pickup truck debuted back in 2018, but there are only hints of it entering the U.S. Market with everything else the automaker is wrapped up in.

Mitsubishi North America Chief Operating Officer Mark Chaffin recently spoke in an interview about entering the U.S. market. As it stands, although the new Mitsubishi Triton is right up there in standards with other trucks in the states, the market is also becoming very competitive. The Japanese automaker would need to have a truck that’s not only right for the automaker but also their demographic in the market. Take a look at the 2019 Mitsubishi Triton pickup truck, also known as the L200 and Strada in other global markets.

 

Like all of the vehicles in the Mitsubishi lineup, the Triton follows the look set forth by the Mitsubishi Outlander with a dynamic shield across the front fascia. Brought into the modern age, the truck also sports advanced safety features currently popping up in new Mitsubishi Motors, such as Forward Collision Mitigation system, Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and an Ultrasonic Misacceleration Mitigation System. Designed to be off-road capable, the Mitsubishi Triton is equipped with an enhanced four-wheel drive (4WD) system and two off-road systems, “Super-Select 4WD” and “Easy-Select 4WD”. Both come with various modes to handle a variety of terrain and driving conditions, including gravel, mud/snow, and sand 4WD-high and -low mode, and rock only in 4WD-low mode.

Because the market is so competitive and took a major hit before all the upgrades, Mitsubishi Motors may be more focused on its cooperation with the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance. Word has it that Mitsubishi Motors is currently overseeing the development of a new next-generation midsize truck body-on-frame platform. With the intention of developing cross-brand platforms, the new platform will be shared with a number of vehicles, such as the Renault Alaskan and the Nissan Navara. Moreover, the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance is heavily invested in other areas.

In conjunction with their Alliance 2022 Five/Six-year plan, the Alliance also put together a $1 billion fundraising campaign to help grow startups and entrepreneurs in technology for robotaxis, car sharing, EV batteries, and EV charging. Self-driving autonomous vehicles is one area Mitsubishi Motors has been making some noise in, with the concepts Mitsubishi Electric showed at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show. Again, at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show, Mitsubishi showed us what the Motor company is working on, with the Mitsubishi Engelberg Tourer concept and the Dendo Drive House.

Mitsubishi Motors isn’t just focused on its automotive products. With investments in car-sharing services and researching new and better ways to produce lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles, the automaker has hands in many pockets. The U.S. truck market may not be in the mix just yet, maybe by 2025 according to LMC Automotive. Either way, we still have a few more years before Alliance 2022 comes to an end and makes room for other projects.

Stay on top of all Mitsubishi Motors news and announcements when you follow Miami Lakes Mitsubishi social media. Share your thoughts and tell us what you think. Trucks, or electric vehicles?

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Beat the Traffic With a Hybrid

Monday, August 27th, 2018
Miami Lakes Automall Traffic 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Miami Lakes Automall Traffic 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Beating the traffic with a hybrid sounds odd right? Hybrid vehicles aren’t known to go fast, and they’re surely not meant for racing. So how does one exactly beat traffic? Well, there’s one of two ways to beat traffic, especially rush hour traffic – you either dodge it altogether, or join it in stride.

Dodging Rush Hour Traffic

When it comes to dodging rush hour traffic, that’s going to be a pretty hard goal to make. Based on a study by INRIX, a global company that specializes in connected car services and transportation analytics, Miami is one of the top ten most congested cities in the world. On average, the everyday driver spends 65 hours of their life in traffic per year. That’s three days of their life, every year, spent stuck in traffic.

What. A. Bummer.

There are ways to avoid and dodge traffic though. Aside from using back roads or trusting apps like SiriusXM Traffic, it all comes down to practice and timing. Let’s make an example.

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Alliance 2022 Six-Year Plan Already on the Move

Wednesday, August 8th, 2018
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Miami Lakes Automall Alliance 2022 Outlander PHEV

The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance has been gaining traction as of late, and with their six-year plan, Alliance 2022, the alliance already has plenty going for them. Although Mitsubishi is focused on crossovers and SUVs at the moment, their Outlander PHEV, the plug-in hybrid crossover is one of their most popular vehicles, and is helping to cement a foothold for the alliance as the upswing of hybrid and alternative fuel vehicles gains momentum. Current sales in Europe, and sales projections are showing signs that this is the time to hit the auto market hard and capitalize on hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and electric vehicles (EVs).

Lighting Up Europe

Sales in Europe have been going well for Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi, with a total unit sales increase of 5.1-percent, putting the alliance at a grand total of 5,538,530 vehicles in the first-half of the year that’s a new record! In addition, there’s a growing demand in Europe for all vehicles currently being produced by the alliance. There has been a surge in demand for crossovers, sports utility vehicles, and pickup trucks, as well as zero-emission EVs, and plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) models overseas, and the Outlander PHEV may have helped keep the general public satiated until now.

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Mitsubishi Outlander – Then and Now

Wednesday, August 1st, 2018

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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Get Better Fuel Economy with An Alternative Fuel Vehicle

Tuesday, June 5th, 2018
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Miami Lakes Automall 2018 Bolt EV

When looking for a vehicle that has a competitive fuel economy in the auto market, consumers have been turning towards crossovers for their balance of fuel efficiency with their ability to carry a lot of cargo and offer various seating arrangements. With the growing popularity of alternative fuel vehicles, like hybrids, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), and electric vehicles (EVs), there are even greater options for consumers. Here are just a few of the many options one can find at Miami Lakes Automall.

2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Everyone was pretty ecstatic when the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV was added to the North American lineup. Powered by a 2.0-liter DOHC MIVEC engine and a rechargeable 12 kWh lithium-ion battery, the plug-in hybrid powertrain that makes the Outlander PHEV so special is that the battery powers two electric motors that generate two different levels of torque for the front and rear wheels, 101 lb-ft of torque in the front and 143 lb-ft of torque in the back. Able to be charged in as little as 25 minutes with a CHAdeMO DC fast charger, (available at many electric charging stations in Miami), in 3.5 hours with a Level 2 240V electric port, or between 8-13 hours with a 120V electrical outlet, most consumers will find keeping their vehicle charged up will greatly improve their savings.

According to FuelEconomy.org, the 2018 Outlander PHEV can help save $1500 over the course of five years in fuel savings. Keep in mind the federal tax credit of $5,386 – a deductible to be used for the same tax year the Outlander PHEV is purchased. When it comes to travelling, a fully charged battery can power the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV for a driving range up to 22 miles on pure electricity. If driving all day, with a full charge and a fuel tank, drivers can travel up to 310 miles.

Starting MSRP is $34,595*.

2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV

The 2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV is definitely a vehicle that wows the crowd. All those consumers that have reserved a Tesla may want to rethink where their money is going. Not only is the Chevrolet Bolt EV already available, but drivers have said the Chevrolet Bolt EV can get as much as 250 miles on electricity alone, thanks to regenerative braking – the standard is 238 miles alone. Powered by a 60 kWh lithium-ion battery and an electric drive unit that can generate up to 200 horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque.

Being an electric vehicle, the Chevy Bolt EV is eligible for the full $7,500 federal tax credit, applicable to the same tax year the vehicle is purchased. According to FuelEconomy.org, consumers can expect an annual cost of only $550 to keep the Bolt EV charged throughout the year, saving a total of $5,250 in fuel expenses over the course of five years. That’s enough to start a retirement fund!

Starting MSRP is $37,495*.

2018 Kia Niro

The Kia Niro is the very first of its kind – a hybrid crossover. This one is for those of you were were enticed by our opening paragraph. Being that a “hybrid” system is a combination of two different power sources working together, the main power source is an internal combustion engine, a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine specifically built for hybrid vehicles. A supplemental power source is a 1.56 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery that generates power into an electric motor. Together, the hybrid system produces 139 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque.

Each trim of the 2018 Kia Niro, four in total, has a combined fuel economy of 49-50 mpg. In total, this hybrid crossover has a range of 583 miles. According to FuelEconomy.org, the 2018 Kia Niro can help consumers save up to $3500 over the course of five years, only costing $900 a year to keep the hybrid filled up. The 2018 Kia Niro is also applicable for a federal tax credit of $4,543 the same year it is purchased.

Starting MSRP is $22,890*.

2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid

Another first of its kind, the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is the world’s first hybrid minivan. A system known as a 3.6-liter V6 eHybrid engine powers the Pacifica Hybrid. Although called a hybrid, it is actually a plug-in hybrid, also known as a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, able to be driven on only its 16 kWh lithium-ion battery or only on the 3.6L engine, or on both, its battery and 3.6-liter V6 internal combustion engine. When the Pacifica Hybrid is powered only by its battery, the hybrid minivan can travel up to 33 miles emissions free. On a full charge and tank, the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid has a combined driving range of 566 miles.

According to FuelEconomy.org, consumers can expect to save $3000 over the course of five years when driving the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid. Although not usual, the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica is actually applicable for the whole $7500 federal tax credit. That’s a huge deductible for the same tax year the hybrid minivan is purchased.

Starting MSRP is $39,995*

Interested in going a little green? Click on any of the links above for a whole new type of vehicle with plenty of room and a a long drive ahead.

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Myths About Plug-in Hybrids

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018
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Miami Lakes Automall 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

The 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is a great model made by Mitsubishi Motors. Finally available in North America, this plug-in hybrid can do wonders. We wonder if it came a little too late though, because now that alternative fuel vehicles are becoming more practical, a lot of myths and misconceptions are springing up as popularity grows. Let’s debunk some myths about owning a plug-in hybrid vehicle.

Buying a Plug-in Hybrid Doesn’t Really Make a Difference

Unless you have a phobia of electronics or getting electrocuted, then more than likely, you can plug a car into a charging station. That’s one of the benefits of a plug-in hybrid – the battery is large enough to power the vehicle itself. That means consumers can drive on electricity alone (more on that later) or in tandem with the gasoline engine. The 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is powered by a 2.0-liter MIVEC DOHC 4-cylinder engine and two electric motors. Together, they provide a fuel economy of 74 MPGe and have a driving range of 310 miles.

There’s also the environment to consider. On FuelEconomy.gov, we compared the Outlander PHEV to the original Outlander for a better idea of how it all looks. In terms of annual petroleum use, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV only uses 6.8 barrels a year, nearly half of what the Outlander consumes every year (12.2). There’s also tailpipe emissions and our atmosphere to worry about. Although plug-ins still emit carbon dioxide, again, the Outlander PHEV (174g per mile) is nearly half of its predecessor (326g per mile).

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Nissan-Renault-Mitsubishi Alliance Seeks Partnership for Robotaxis

Wednesday, January 10th, 2018
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Miami Lakes Automall Nissan-Renault-Mitsubishi Robotaxis

The Nissan-Renault-Mitsubishi Alliance recently unveiled plans to seek out and talk “partnership” with Robotaxi companies in the coming months. If unfamiliar with the term “Robotaxi,” think of it like an autonomous, self-driving taxi or Uber, that may also have some artificial intelligence integrated into the console for human-to-robot interaction. Maybe interacting with these “Robotaxis” will be as simple as telling the vehicle where to go, or maybe as advanced and new age as the virtual assistant in the Mitsubishi Connect concept movie (seen below).

It shouldn’t come as any surprise. Since Mitsubishi and Nissan-Renault signed off on their partnership, Mitsubishi has looked into Nissan-Renault resources for global expansion. Not only that, but the Nissan-Renault Mitsubishi Alliance as a whole has plans to hit the hybrid and electric vehicle market hard with a total of 500,000 plug-in electric hybrid vehicles (PHEVs) in the making. In addition to this, the alliance plans to develop fifteen models with autonomous features by 2022, including a fully autonomous self-driving vehicle.

This brings up a question. Will these self-driving vehicles be able to deliver all of the exciting prospects Mitsubishi debuted at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show with their Mitsubishi e-Evolution or the Mitsubishi Electric Emirai 4? Will these autonomous vehicles be as advanced as to support artificial intelligence by Mitsubishi or other automakers in the industry? Several companies are already working on self-driving vehicles, such as Google, Uber, Apple, Chevrolet, and others. Chevrolet/GM even has claims to already be the first automaker to produce a driverless car with all the success of the self-driving Chevrolet Bolt EV.

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Nissan-Renault-Mitsubishi Alliance Hits Hard with Electric Vehicle Market

Wednesday, November 29th, 2017
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Miami Lakes Auto Nissan-Renault Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

It’s been some time since we heard much about the Nissan-Renault-Mitsubishi alliance. Mitsubishi Motors has been doing pretty well for themselves as of late, and we’re getting curious about the new eleven models Mitsubishi has planned. Almost a year ago, the first vehicle discussed that was to be built within this new alliance was a cross-brand electric vehicle (EV). Now, they’re finally gearing up to make it happen.

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Coming to America – The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Monday, October 16th, 2017
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Miami Lakes Auto Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Well, it’s been quite the wait and endless teasing, but once and for all the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is coming to America. Having been on the other side of the world this whole time, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has been very successful in other markets, and we hope to see it do just as well in the U.S. Not to be greedy, but with any luck, we may also see the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV GT concept that starred at the Paris Motor Show last year. For now, let’s check out what’s in store for us here in the states.

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