New Mitsubishi Crossover in the Works

new Mitsubishi crossover

A new Mitsubishi crossover is in the works, due to the popularity of the Outlander, featured above.

Crossovers keep getting bigger in the United States—and we don’t mean in terms of size—and since the Outlander and Outlander Sport are already Mitsubishi’s best-selling vehicles, the automaker figured it might as well throw a new one into the mix.

CEO Osamu Masuko told Automotive News that Mitsubishi would present a new CUV that would go on sale in the United States and Europe. Production wouldn’t occur until about two years from now, but we already know that it’ll slot right between the aforementioned Outlander and Outlander Sport and compete with crossovers like the Kia Sportage and Hyundai Tucson.

But there’s something else, too. “The Outlander is growing in size, while the Outlander Sport is getting smaller, so it opens a space for the new SUV,” said Masuko. This would ensure the new Mitsubishi crossover doesn’t also compete with its own siblings in the lineup.

It’s a long way off for now, but we look forward to the new crossover at Biggers Mitsubishi!

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Named KBB Best Buy Award Finalist

KBB Best Buy Award

The 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander was recently given the KBB Best Buy Award!

The 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander was named a KBB Best Buy Award finalist last month, joining 48 other vehicles narrowed down from an initial list of 300. Kelley Blue Book’s annual Best Buy Awards determine the best new models in various segments and proclaim one vehicle the ultimate Best Buy. A KBB Best Buy Award is one of the most prestigious awards in the auto industry.

The KBB Best Buy Awards consist of a year-long evaluation by a panel of experts that takes into account pricing, how much the car costs to own over a five-year period including depreciation and maintenance, sales information, and reviews from drivers. The finalists, which will now be subject to these rigorous tests, were determined based on overall vehicle quality and value.

Mitsubishi is excited to see that the Outlander has made the list of finalists, citing the over 100 improvements from the 2015 model year to 2016 and saying that the Outlander is “the beginning of a new direction for the Mitsubishi brand.”

Rare Japanese GTO Is One Of A Kind

About eight years ago, car enthusiast Matt De Mangos of California imported a strange vehicle from across the Pacific – Strange not only in the U.S.A, but in its native homeland of Japan.

The Mitsubishi Colt Galant GTO is a rare Japanese GTO no matter what part of the world it’s in. It was Japan’s response in the early 1970s to the wild popularity of Italian racers and American muscle, but, unfortunately for Mitsubishi and fortunately for future lovers of unique vehicles, the Colt Galant GTO never exploded the way it was meant to.

De Mangos’ Colt Galant GTO is specifically a GSR, meaning Grand Sport Racer. This extra specification makes it an even sweeter grab for the West Coast collector.

GTOs originated in Italy in the auto-magic factories of Ferrari. They spread to the States when Pontiac introduced its answer to Ferrari, the legendary Pontiac GTO, in 1964.

So, what do you think of this rare Japanese GTO? Did you ever expect to hear those words together in that order? But we’re not complaining. Looks like Mitsubishi did a real nice job honoring the Italian/American GTO tradition with its Colt Galant.

Extra kudos to De Mangos for his expert restoration.

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Debuts at Frankfurt Motor Show

Outlander PHEV in Frankfurt

The 2016 Mitsubishi PHEV was revealed this month at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

The Frankfurt International Motor Show was the platform chosen by Mitsubishi to debut its new Outlander PHEV. It was previously known that the SUV’s appearance carried over most of the base Outlander’s design. However, the redesigned front fascia, along with a few other minor changed elements, gives the car a personality that is dynamic and powerful despite its status as a PHEV, and the car’s SUV title was not forgotten during the Outlander PHEV debut in Frankfurt.

In addition to the fascia improvements, other Outlander PHEV appearance changes will include exclusive two-tone 18-inch wheels and LED lights. The use of LED technology will both give the SUVs a modern look, in addition to reducing battery drainage. The Outlander PHEV will also provide drivers and passengers with a quieter and more comfortable ride due to the use of sound-proof insulation, padded doors, and brown leather interiors, among other things – Mitsubishi took the time to make 30 improvements to the car to ensure consumer satisfaction.

The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV makes use of two separate engines to power both the front and back wheels, but in this latest rendition of the car, Mitsubishi has reduced engine friction to cut emissions even further. V2H, or Vehicle to Home, technology is also at work in the car, allowing car owners to plug the Outlander PHEV into their home while charging to use as a backup power generator. Though a lot was already known about the car, it was still exciting to see the Outlander PHEV in Frankfurt.

Outlander Leads Mitsubishi August Sales

Mitsubishi August Sales

The Mitsubishi Outlander has had a phenomenal year.

In a recent press release, Mitsubishi Motors America unveiled its 2015 August sales numbers for public viewing, and the statistics are staggering. The company has seen its best August numbers since 2008. Mitsubishi August sales in 2015 are a significant improvement over 2014’s numbers from the same time period, boasting a 22.1% increase in overall sales.

The 2016 Outlander Sport outshone the rest, selling 3,286 units in the month of August alone. The base Outlander itself, which sold 2,188 units in August, was redesigned for the 2016 model year, with over 100 improvements made by Mitsubishi to improve the SUV’s appeal. The improvements worked, luring in enough buyers that the Outlander’s total sales jumped 92.9% from August 2014 to August of this year. The SUV saw its best August sales in 12 years.

Other vehicles in Mitsubishi’s lineup include the Mirage, which sold 1,569 units in August, and the Lancer, which sold 1,240. However, Mitsubishi August sales were definitely led by the incredible sales of the Outlander and Outlander Sport, paving the way for future success.

Third-Generation Mitsubishi Montero Sport Debut to Happen Soon

The Montero Sport may soon be racing other Mitsubishi products, like the Lancer above, on American roads.

The Montero Sport may soon be racing other Mitsubishi products, like the Lancer above, on American roads.

We might soon be seeing an SUV on American roads again that hasn’t been seen here since 2006. The Mitsubishi Montero Sport was a good-looking, robust, and accommodating SUV back then. It looks like it’s going to be even better this time around.

As Automotive News reports, the Montero Sport is “built on the frame from the L200 pickup.” The L200 pickup truck isn’t sold in the States, but it’s extremely popular overseas. Basing the Montero Sport on a truck gives it better response and handling in places where the road conditions can be rough, Automotive News says.

The third-generation Mitsubishi Montero Sport debut will occur at the Bangkok Auto Show on August 1st. Makes sense since the SUV will likely be manufactured in Thailand. From there, Mitsubishi will export it around the world.

Will it make to the United States and if so, when? The Montero Sport might not make it to United States “anytime soon”, says Automotive News.

Mitsubishi April Sales Best in 7 Years

Mitsubishi April sales got off to a hot start and ended in the same fashion; reporting the best sales figures in seven years. Overall, sales were up 25.6 percent, with the Outlander Sport recording its best April ever!

It was also the 14th consecutive month in which year-over-year sales numbers increased. MMNA Executive Vice President, Don Swearingen said, “In March, we finished the first quarter of 2015 with an incredible sales pace. And that momentum carried over into April with our core models continuing to lead the way.”

As usual, the Outlander Sport led the way with 2,674 units sold. The Mirage 5-door sub-compact also had an impressive month with 2,407 units sold. In total, Mirage year-to-date sales figures are up 65.4 percent.

Come visit us at Biggers Mitsubishi to experience the quality and economical Mitsubishi model lineup today; there’s truly something for everyone. All Mitsubishi’s come backed with one of the auto industry’s most comprehensive warranty packages as well.

New Mitsubishi Hybrid Crossover Concept Headed to Geneva Motor Show

The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV may not have made its way over here to the United States yet, but it’s already enjoying some great sales success over in Europe. Now, a new plug-in hybrid crossover is on its way to America. The new, as-yet-unnamed concept will make its first appearance at the Geneva Motor Show, showing off the future of the Mitsubishi brand, in terms of both design and performance.

We don’t really know much about the planned Mitsubishi hybrid crossover concept, but we’ve gotten a couple teaser images of it, plus we know it will be a plug-in vehicle. Mitsubishi will thus continue to push deeper into the PHEV territory, a segment that the brand obviously finds to be the wave of the future. It looks like the new concept owes some of its roots and design to the XR-PHEV, which is just fine with us.

The Outlander PHEV, for its part, will also be making its way over to the United States pretty soon. Right now, we expect it to arrive on our shores by the second quarter of 2016, and then we’ll get to share the plug-in goodness with you. Come see us at Biggers Mitsubishi to learn more today.

2014 Mitsubishi Sales Raise Nearly 25 percent

Mitsubishi saw an enormous sales increase in 2014, selling more than 77,000 units and increasing its yearly vehicle sales compared to 2013 by an astonishing 24.8%. The year was highly successful for the automotive industry in general, with many automakers breaking records.

The Outlander Sport was the biggest seller for Mitsubishi, with 2,755 units sold in December. The Lancer also played a huge role in the company’s success, selling 185 more cars in December of 2014 than the same month in 2013.

Executive vice president of Mitsubishi North America, Don Swearingen, summed up the numbers well in a recent statement, saying, “December marked the 10th consecutive month of year-over-year sales increases … with an increase of nearly 25 percent over the previous year.”

Visit us at Biggers Mitsubishi to explore our models or maybe to take one on a test drive, and you’ll realize exactly why 2014 Mitsubishi sales were so high.

Deal with Renault-Nissan to Produce New Mitsubishi Sedan Model

Where have all the pretty new car models gone? That’s what we’ve been asking ourselves here at Biggers Mitsubishi, but fortunately, our parent brand has answered the bell—as usual. We’ve received the announcement of a new Mitsubishi sedan model, another benefit of the partnership with Renault. In fact, the new sedan will be built on the same platform as the existing Renault Latitude.

We don’t have many details on this brand-spanking-new Mitsubishi yet, but apparently, the sedan won’t be the only new model coming down the pike. The brand also looks to replace the Lancer, which is currently on its last model year, with a new compact SUV. New SUVs replacing the ASX and Pajero will also be in the near future.

The new sedan should find its way to North America sometime in the next three years. Come see us here at Biggers Mitsubishi to view our current inventory and to learn more about what’s coming in the near future. Our helpful staff is waiting to help you find the vehicle of your dreams.