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With consumer and automotive technology on the up swing, automakers are starting to get more involved in the digital age to connect with their consumer base. In 2016, when the Kia Niro was still on the production line, Kia advertised their hybrid crossover with a Facebook Messenger bot, the Niro Bot, to answer questions about the vehicle. In early 2018, soon after the 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL debuted, Jeep also released their “New Jeep Adventure App”, a virtual reality app that allowed consumers to configure, take pictures of, and virtually sit inside their own Jeep Wrangler JL. Now, Mitsubishi Motors is doing something similar to continue to raise sales for the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV by implementing augmented reality in dealerships, starting with Canada.
Canada is part of the North American market, although they may get various versions due to different federal regulations and what not. Why Mitsubishi is taking this technology to our neighbors of the north first is anyone’s guess, but it’s still a neat feature that can travel down to us in the next year or so. The augmented reality Mitsubishi dealerships will be using is actually an app developed for Mitsubishi North York, Ont.-based St. Joseph Communications.
The app is used to help sales people explain to customers the technology of the 2018 Outlander plug-in hybrid electric utility vehicle. All a salesperson needs to do is point the tablet towards a part of the plug-in that’s visible, say, the front tire. Once the app registers and locks into place, the app then allows the viewer to do a virtual walk around to see the vehicle from different positions via hyper-accurate tracking and registration coding techniques with tracking markers.
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.
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*.
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*.
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*.
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*
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So much has happened this year, it’s time to wrap up 2017 before the New Year. Many of the brands at Miami Lakes Automall killed it in sales, won many awards, and debuted new vehicle trims and all new models. We can’t cover everything, so here’s a couple of the highlights for each brand.
Among its many awards this year, most notable are mentions of the Chevrolet Sonic, Tahoe, Silverado HD, and Camaro for dependability by J.D. Power for the last two years-in-a-row. Nearly every vehicle in the Chevy lineup received an award, such as the Chevy Volt, Spark, Sonic, Malibu, Impala, Camaro, Trax, Equinox, Traverse, Tahoe, Suburban, Colorado, and Silverado. Besides being an award-winning brand, Chevrolet also came out with special edition trucks for the 2017 Chevrolet Colorado and Chevrolet Silverado to celebrate its Centennial Anniversary. In addition, Chevrolet released the Bolt EV, a strong competitor for Tesla, also leading Chevy’s self-driving fleet and making headway as possibly the first brand to make it to the finish line for autonomous car technology.
It’s almost impossible to ignore the Chrysler Pacifica and Pacifica Hybrid. Rated as the Best Family Car by several organizations, the Pacifica also landed on the WardsAuto Best User Experience list and the Pacifica Hybrid was named in the WardsAuto 10 Best Engines list. The Chrysler Pacifica also was named highest in initial quality in the minivan segment of the J.D. Power Initial Quality Study. With only two models left, three including the hybrid, we’re all wondering what Chrysler will do next. They also have a partnership with Google at the moment for the Google Waymo project, having donated over 500 Pacifica Hybrids to the Waymo testing fleet.
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.
It’s no secret that the automotive industry is shifting towards greener vehicles as we go further into the 21st Century. Who knew? Many brands have been going green, building hybrids and electric vehicles for many years, and some are just starting to hop on the bandwagon. Regardless, every so often we hear of another brand putting more research into electric and hybrid powertrains, but Mitsubishi Motors has been doing it since the beginning.
Check out the past 100 years of Mitsubishi Motors, and anyone can see Mitsubishi has been researching and even producing alternative fuel automobiles for over 40 years. Not only that, but their Mitsubishi i-Miev was the first highway capable electric vehicle (EV) to ever be produced, and was named the best value EV in America this year. Now, with the automaker putting a larger focus on their SUV and crossover units, such as the Outlander, Outlander Sport, and upcoming Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross. The next step for Mitsubishi Motors is hybrids.