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Mitsubishi Motors North America (MMNA) started a new community program back in 2019 called the “Small Batch – Big Impact” initiative. More than a simple marketing campaign, Mitsubishi Motors got involved with community organizations and non-profit charities to help them in their missions and helping out the local community they serve. Throughout 2020, MMNA gave to multiple charities and donated one of their models, produced specifically for the “small batch” part of the initiative, to several foundations. This act quickly became known as MMNA’s Community Utility Vehicle (CUV) Program, and the latest generous act is a donation of a Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) to Middle Tennessee-based nonprofit organization Charis Health Center for six months.
“The Community Utility Vehicle Program amplifies the outreach and impact of small, community nonprofits in a way that only Mitsubishi Motors uniquely can – through loans of efficient, reliable, versatile vehicles…The partnership with Charis Health Center is the latest example of our commitment to safer, healthier communities across the country and at home in Middle Tennessee.” – MMNA Chief Operating Officer Mark Chaffin
The Charis Health Center is a health center for the uninsured in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee. Operated by a small staff and group of dedicated volunteers working together from two clinic locations, the Charis Health Center can benefit from the use of a plug-in hybrid SUV. Not only can the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV offer 24-miles of all-electric range, not needing to gas up between transporting items and medication between clinics, but the Super All-Wheel Control all-wheel drive will help handle all sorts of road conditions. Not only this but the onboard 120-volt outlet in the Outlander PHEV can help power portable medical freezers. Charis can use these to help COVID vaccines and other temperature-sensitive medication.
This isn’t the first act by MMNA to help those in the city of Tennessee. In fact, during the first phase of the Coronavirus, Tennessee was hit by a couple of tornados and horrible storms. Those in Middle Tennessee were in dire need of help, and the Nashville-based Community Resource Center (CRC) went to work. Cooperating with over 100 nonprofit agencies in Middle Tennessee and provides them with new household goods, bedding, kitchenware, cleaning supplies, clothing, and personal hygiene items, the CRC needed as much help as it could get. Having recently moved its manufacturing plant from California to Tennessee, Mitsubishi Motors did the right thing by providing the CRC with a 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV to help with transporting all those items.
Throughout the year, Mitsubishi Motors also used the Small Batch – Big Impact CUV Program to donate a 2020 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross to the Goodie Two Shoes Foundation. Another charity, Goodie Two Shoes provides disadvantaged children with many essential items required for good health and positive development. Mitsubishi Motors has also been returning to some of its racing roots with “Record the Journey”, a non-profit military veteran organization that helps military veterans transition back into civilian life and cope. Mitsubishi Motors donated a Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV to RTJ for the 2020 Rebelle Rally – the longest all-female racing event in the lower 48 states – and won.As Mitsubishi Motors continues to help out its community, you can also help support Mitsubishi. Come to Miami Lakes Automall and buy a new Mitsubishi Motors vehicle today.
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Mitsubishi Motors is rolling out models for 2021, and even one for 2022 with the reveal of the new generation of the 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander SUV. Still no word on that new car for the C- or D-vehicle segment. Just when we thought the Outlander PHEV wasn’t getting a renewal, perhaps not as popular over here as it was in the land of the rising Sun, Mitsubishi surprised us with a newly upgraded Outlander plug-in hybrid with a new and improved powertrain. Fresh from the 2020 Rebelle Rally, the new Outlander PHEV is ready to go!
Old VS New
Let’s first take a look at what the previous Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV offered consumers on the road. Powered by a 2.0-liter MIVEC DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder engine, this model could generate only 117 horsepower and 137 lb-ft of torque. Not enough to race, but with electric-power lasting for 22 miles, it’s plenty of torque for a small adventure. With a combined fuel economy of 25 mpg and a combined 74 MPGe, the Outlander PHEV had a total driving range of 310 miles. It’s pretty good at the moment but doesn’t compete that well with other plug-in hybrids with years in the states.
The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, or plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, has been very successful overseas, and has had some success stateside as well. Recently entered into the 2020 Rebelle Rally, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV will be making history with the first year the Rally set up a round for hybrid and electric vehicles to recognize and honor the highest-finishing battery-powered electric vehicle (BEV) and hybrid or plug-in hybrid electric vehicle in each car segment. Some automotive publications call PHEVs the perfect transition vehicle for going electric, and with such success behind the Outlander PHEV, many wonder if Mitsubishi will return to all-electric vehicles one day.
According to a recent survey conducted by Kadence International in the United Kingdom (UK), 1,035 Mitsubishi drivers agree that a plug-in hybrid has changed their mind about vehicles that need to occasionally recharge, and are a great midway point to purchasing an all-electric vehicle. The total group was made up of three categories, with 48-percent of Outlander PHEV drivers who considered the PHEV to be an electric vehicle (EV), 9-percent of ICE drivers considering making the switch to an all-electric vehicle. 23-percent of drivers considered a PHEV, but the main concern isn’t actually needing to recharge – it’s driving range.
Astronomy is such a wonderful thing. In that vast darkness of space, there are stars, planets, galaxies, the occasional blackhole, and some of the most fascinating events like comets and eclipses. These events can be far and few in-between, with lunar eclipses happening every few years, but comets taking as long as hundreds of years. That is the case in particular with the NEOWISE comet, currently blazing across the stars past the Earth. If you don’t get a chance to see it, the comet won’t be within visible distance again for 6800 years, so it’s now or never. With South Florida and Miami light pollution, getting a clear view of the night sky can be tough, but it would be a whole lot better if you got an SUV with a sunroof.
Named after the Near-Earth Object Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) space telescope that first spotted the comet in early July, NEOWISE is currently a melting ball of ice. If unaware, that’s what all comets are – frozen chunks of ice hurtling through space. When they get too close to the sun, that ice begins to melt, causing a tail of ice behind the comet. Like the planets, the sun shines off of the comet, making it appear like a bright star with a tail. However, if you’re lucky, you could get an amazing look at the comet like the image above.
One would think catching a comet in the night sky would be easy, just look for the moving star, right? Wrong. Satellites appear to be moving stars, although they stay close to Earth, trapped in orbit. Planets like Jupiter and Saturn may be lined up in the sky right now, and they’ll stay there for a while, but a comet zipping by? That’s a little more difficult, especially because of its location – under the Big Dipper.
The comet is about 64 million miles away from our planet, but stargazers can see it best on July 22-23, although it should be visible until the 26th of July. If looking northwest, or using a map for finding constellations, a stargazer should be able to spot the Big Dipper and flying under it will be the NEOWISE comet. As we all know, the Earth continues to spin, and these patches of sky will eventually move. Astronomers say the best time to catch the NEOWISE comet under the Big Dipper is after sunset, when the stars just start to come out and the constellation is still fairly high in the sky. NEOWISE should continue to climb, but once the Dipper is close to the horizon, the chances of seeing the comet are pretty much impossible.
So we know where to look for the comet, but how can we get somewhere with minimal light pollution? A small road trip to the beach or everglades never hurt anyone, and it will be the best way to catch the celestial sight of a comet from Earth with the naked eye. While driving to your spot, whether wanting to stay cool or not wanting to miss an unmistakable sight, driving in a vehicle with a sunroof is the best option. Luckily, many Mitsubishi Motors vehicles offer a sunroof option. The 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander, Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, and 2020 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross are all Mitsubishi SUVs that can come with a sunroof, the perfect way to lay back and star gaze in the summer.
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Last week, we were celebrating the high ranking for the Japanese automotive brand, Mitsubishi Motors, during the 2020 J.D. Power Initial Quality Study. Measured on a vehicle’s quality during the first 90 days of ownership, a vehicle receives a rating of PP100, or how many issues it has every 100 vehicles. With only a score of 148 PP100, this put Mitsubishi Motors ahead of one of its stronger competitors, Lexus. With the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV in the 2020 model year, its rival is the 2020 Lexus NX Hybrid 300H, but the outcome is going to be a quicker turnaround than you think.
I Got the Power!
Let’s not hide the numbers here. The 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has a 2.0-liter MIVEC DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder engine under the hood. Able to generate a shy 117 horsepower and 137 lb-ft of torque, this SUV may not win any races but the Outlander PHEV can drive on electric-power only for 22 miles, has a combined fuel economy of 25 mpg, a combined 74 MPGe, and a total driving range of 310 miles. The Lexus NX Hybrid 300H with all-wheel drive is powered by a turbo in-line four-cylinder engine, able to generate 235 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. Lexus hasn’t listed the MPGe but has listed 24 mpg as the combined fuel economy. Some sources say the Lexus NX Hybrid 300H can travel as much as 450 miles.
April 2020 was pretty hectic for South Florida with the entire state on lockdown for about a month. Now that stay at home orders are over, people are starting to go back outside. Some people want to go for a drive, or even on a trip, although vacations are currently not in the best of interests. So how about a road trip? It’s never about the destination, it’s about the experience, and with a couple of friends in a large vehicle like an SUV, you can practice a little social distancing and stay safe while still having fun. Just be sure your vehicle can go the distance, and that’s why we recommend a plug-in hybrid SUV like the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV. With plenty of space for cargo and different seating arrangements, a small group with supplies can last a few days to a week out on the road.
Yes, we said a week. A cooler full of ice may keep water fresh for a few days, but deli sandwiches won’t handle being in a cooler, especially in a car, for more than a day or two – less if they’re not dry (that means no mayonnaise or other condiments). That means there will be pit stops for the occasional snack, and maybe even diners or restaurants if places are open for a sit down. Otherwise, it’s drive-thrus and pickup orders along the way, and that alone will start to rack up prices. Add on fuel, money for a place to stay for the night if not driving through the night, and activities along the way, and it gets expensive. Plus, everyone should always have some backup emergency funds.
Have an Agenda
Back when Mitsubishi Motors first joined the Renault-Nissan Alliance, there was a lot of talk about what kind of technology the three automakers would share. When it came to Mitsubishi, a lot of the automaker’s success in alternative fuel stemmed mainly from the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV. Working towards alternative fuel vehicles and self-driving technology, the Alliance intended to produce more PHEVs using technology from Mitsubishi and more electric vehicles, or EVs, using the success of all-electric vehicles from Nissan, the Nissan Leaf. A concept for a cross-brand EV platform was the first objective on the list, but quickly disappeared for three years. Finally, in January 2020, a discussion about the cross-brand EV platform has popped back up, and it definitely seems to be coming from the Nissan leg of the Alliance.
It has been some time now since Nissan did anything with an all-electric vehicle. The Nissan Leaf came out in 2009 with big EV ambitions, but aside from a second-generation model, the automaker didn’t do much. Part of the success intended for the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance was the production of cross-brand EV technology. A lot of this was detailed in their Alliance 2022 six-year mid-term plan, focused on cross-brand platform sharing of platforms and powertrains, electrification, connectivity, and autonomous drive technologies. The first step, platforms and powertrains, are already in development.
When it comes to making safe vehicles, every automaker wants to stand out. So many car commercials and advertisements focus on the safety features a vehicle can provide, but how many of the automakers behind those marketing campaigns can claim they won the first-ever 2020 Family Green Car of the Year™ by Green Car Journal? Not many. Know who can? It’s Mitsubishi Motors. Recently, the Green Car Journal held its annual Green Car Awards™ to highlight the best environmentally friendly new model year vehicles and the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV took home two awards that make it the perfect choice for families and the environment.
If you haven’t heard of the Green Car Journal, it’s a magazine publication with a large focus on green vehicles and environmentally friendly energy and technologies – automotive or otherwise. Every year, the publication hosts the Green Cars Awards program and recognizes automakers for their efforts and their accomplishments in producing vehicles in the eco-friendly car segment. Along with an interest in environmentally-positive vehicles, like any publication focuses on the automotive industry, the Green Car Journal gives consumers reviews and runs this award program to inform consumers of the best options.
When it comes to alternative fuel vehicles, there was once a lot of confusion and misunderstanding about electric motors and their place in the auto industry. Electric motors? How could that compete with the full throttle high-performance horsepower of an octane-burning internal combustion engine? Is there an electric motor out there able to produce horsepower in the high triple digits? Maybe, but when it comes to electric motors, where they really shine is torque. As we all know, torque is what turns the wheels, and torque can also be used to offer the driver better control over a vehicle. Automaker Mitsubishi Motors saw this as an opportunity to work on a new concept coming to the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show – Mi-Tech.
What is Mi-Tech?
A lot of information is still being saved for the Tokyo Motor Show, this October 23, 2019, but Mitsubishi press continues to give little bits of information. At first, all we knew was the automaker planned to introduce a new electric SUV concept at the auto show – but why so soon after the debut of the Mitsubishi Engelberg Tourer at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show? Remember that interesting concept? The Engelberg Tourer was introduced as the next plug-in hybrid SUV that may one day replace the aging Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV.
It may not seem like the Outlander plug-in hybrid SUV is very old, having just been introduced to U.S. soil a few years ago, but the Outlander PHEV has had a long run on a global scale. Recently, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV hit a milestone of 200,000 units sold, and the 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is getting some upgrades in its golden years. For those that like to drive in luxury, consumers will find most of the upgrades available to the high-end trims in the lineup, the SEL and GT trims. Both come equipped with a new second-generation Smartphone-link Display Audio system for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, and the GT trim also comes with a new Mitsubishi Power Sound System that is replacing the Rockford-Fosgate audio system on previous models going forward.
It’s pretty interesting how in recent years, the people of South Florida have been slowly becoming more and more aware of the natural agriculture that once was, and many Universities and colleges are starting to teach classes that educate students on the history of Florida. It’s amazing to think all of South Florida was once just everglades. What happened? Just like Floridians are looking for ways to preserve what agriculture is left, the UK is doing the same. Recently, the City of London Corporation made a deal with Mitsubishi Motors to utilize three Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV units as part of their goal to eventually have an electrified fleet for preserving and maintaining Epping Forest, a treasure of woodlands in London.
In the spirit of preserving agriculture, the City of London Corporation set a goal of being the first UK authority to have a fully zero-emission fleet. Although a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle isn’t a zero CO2 emission vehicle when driven on average, the beauty of a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, or PHEV, is that most PHEVs offer consumers the ability to only drive on electric power provided by the larger lithium-ion battery. When driving on electric power alone, a consumer can get an all-electric range of up to 28 miles with the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV.