Take Your Mitsubishi Mirage to These 5 Best Illinois Vacation Spots

These are the best Illinois vacation spots for you and your Mitsubishi Mirage.

With an EPA-estimated 40 MPG, you can afford to get far away for “vaycay.”

Behind the wheel of the frugal 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage, you will save so much gasoline money that you can afford to go almost anywhere. In fact, the new Mitsubishi Mirage gets an EPA-estimated 40 miles per gallon combined.

Not sure where to go with all that extra cash? Here’s a short list of our 5 favorite Illinois vacation spots to help steer you along:

  • Chicago: There’s really no end to the list of things you can do during a trip to Chi-Town, but we recommend the Lincoln Park Zoo, which is totally free.
  • Oakwood: Alternatively, you may want to check out Oakwood, home to the Kickapoo State Recreation Area, which offers wonderful hiking, fishing, and camping opportunities.
  • Springfield: If museums are more your style, head to Springfield, where you’ll find the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, one of the most famous in the country.
  • Lake Michigan: Why not take a trip to the lake? Don’t forget to pack sunscreen and plenty of water!
  • Arlington Heights: Lastly, if you’re travelling with little ones, they will be thrilled to explore the LEGOLAND Discovery Center of Chicago in Arlington Heights.

To learn more about the 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage, contact us or visit us anytime at Biggers Mitsubishi!

Nissan Rescuing Mitsubishi with a Staggering $2.2 Billion Purchase

Learn more about Nissan rescuing Mitsubishi Motors on our blog.

Mitsubishi Motors has found an ally in Nissan.

Mitsubishi Motors has been struggling a bit lately, due almost entirely to a fuel economy stats “mishap” that caused the automaker’s shares to plummet in the Japanese market. But fear not: Nissan is here to save the day.

Nissan has purchased 506.6 million shares in Mitsubishi Motors, totaling at around $2.2 billion and essentially making Nissan the controlling stakeholder of the company, with 34 percent of Mitsubishi’s stock.

Though Mitsubishi’s struggles are unfortunate, Nissan rescuing Mitsubishi is actually a huge victory for both companies. Mitsubishi is getting a much-needed influx of cash and Nissan now has another popular line of automobiles to sell.

In fact, this is enormous news for Mitsubishi dealerships here in the United States, which could have found themselves closing doors if the automaker decided to scale back internationally. Now, it’s safe to say that Mitsubishi is here to stay.

With a scandal behind it and a new major stockholder supporting it, Mitsubishi Motors is getting back on its feet and will be stronger than ever.

Things to Do Near Chicago

Things to do near Chicago

Explore the Elgin, IL Area

With a new Outlander Sport, you can explore the Elgin and Chicago areas. Whether you are looking for some fine dining, special events, or other activities, there are always things to do near Chicago. Check out the events listed below.

According to the City of Elgin website, you can spend the Fourth of July at the local parade beginning at 9:00am at Slade and Douglas. This patriotic event will last roughly two hours, and the theme for this year is “Go for the Gold.” Whether you are sitting along the route for the day or simply stopping by for a moment, this event is fun for both adults and kids.

For those who love beer and wine, the Downtown Elgin Pub Crawl is held on September 23 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. However, be sure to get a designated driver, then come downtown to enjoy some of the best drinks around. This is a great way to support local businesses and to see what’s new in the area.

Though not until October 29 to November 12, the Chicago Humanities Festival is one event you don’t want to miss. Special guests include renowned feminist theorist Gloria Steinem, TV host Trevor Noah, author Yaa Gyasi, architect Marshall Brown, and New York Times writer Thomas Friedman.

These are just some of the many events this summer and fall. So get out and explore the Elgin and Chicago areas in your new Outlander Sport.

History of the Cubs and White Sox

history of the Cubs and White Sox

A Crosstown Rivalry

Baseball is America’s pastime, offering fun for both players and spectators. The history of the Cubs and White Sox is also a history of Chicago, representing the Windy City’s past. That’s why we’ve put together a post about two of the most iconic teams in the country.

The Chicago Cubs are one of the oldest teams around, according to the MLB, first starting in 1870 as part of the National Association. As a charter member of the National League, the Cubs are synonymous with Chicago history. This team was in the championship for the following years: 1906, 1907, 1908, 1910, 1918, 1929, 1932, 1935, 1938, and 1945.  With two wins, the Cubs are in the top 10 teams for all-time championship appearances.

The Chicago White Sox are a little younger than the Cubs, first playing in 1901. This American League team has one of the most celebrated histories in the Major League, with a truly unique past. Starting as the Sioux City Cornhuskers in the minor leagues, the White Sox (formerly “White Stockings”) had some of the most famous players, including Shoeless Joe Jackson and Lefty Williams. From 1918 to 1920 there were rumors of illegal gambling, and several players were banned from the sport for life, a period referred to as the Black Sox Scandal.

The White Sox appeared in the championship in 1906, 1917, 1919, 1959, and 2005. Chicago baseball fans will recognize that in 1906 the White Sox and Cubs saw each other at the championship, one of the only instances of interleague play for nearly a century. Now, the Crosstown Classic is an exciting series of games that showcases two of the greatest teams in the league.

Chicago White Sox and Chicago Cubs World Championship

Most large cities only have one baseball team to root for. Here in Chicago, we have two: the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago White Sox. Both of these teams face a number of different team on the field during the baseball season. However, sometimes the two teams face off against each other. In fact, that is precisely what happened during the biggest games in baseball 110 years ago.

In 1906, the World Championship came down to the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago White Sox. In one of the biggest upsets in baseball history, the Chicago White Sox won the championship over the Cubs. The White Sox went on to win championships in 1917 and 2005, while the Cubs came out on top during 1907 and 1908.

For over a century, fans of both teams have been eagerly waiting for a rematch. So what are the chances of a Chicago White Sox and Chicago Cubs World Championship this year? Follow the career of both teams this season to find out! And be sure to book your tickets for the series that begins July 25th at U.S. Cellular Field!

Great Chicago Places to Drive to in the Mitsubishi Outlander

The city of Chicago is great during any time of the year. However, Chicago is at it loveliest during the months of summer. Likewise, there is no better time to drive a 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander than during the summer. So what better way to celebrate the summer than by exploring Chicago in your Outlander? Here are great Chicago places to drive to in the Mitsubishi Outlander this summer.

  1. The Navy Pier

The Navy Pier is more than just a lovely place to take a stroll. It is also lined with fantastic attractions, which are made even better during the summer.

  1. Lake Michigan

While on the subject of the lakeside, one of the best ways to use your Mitsubishi Outlander in Chicago is by taking a relaxing drive along the shores of Lake Michigan in Chicago.

  1. The Lincoln Park Zoo

When the weather is nice during the summer, be sure to make the drive down to one of Chicago’s wildest and most popular attractions: the Lincoln Park Zoo. There you will encounter some truly amazing animals.

The Dangers of Texting and Driving

Texting and driving will only get you and others in trouble.

Incomplete attention when driving is a dangerous road to go down.

It’s the day and age where we basically can’t let go of our phone. But we have to let go of it when we’re driving and here’s why: texting and driving is one of the most dangerous things you can do.

Motor vehicle crashes can come unexpectedly, but if you’re texting, there’s a much higher chance of it happening to you. You’re four times more likely to crash if you’re texting. In 2015, 1 in 4 of all car crashes involved a cell phone. Unfortunately, that’s not the most tragic statistic there is.

Every day, nine drivers die because of texting while driving, and in 2013, texting caused 341,000 motor vehicle crashes. Forty percent of teens say that they have been a passenger in a car when a cellphone was used in a way that put them in danger.

A reported 33% of US drivers from ages 18 to 64 admitted reading or composing text messages while driving. To compare, only 15% of drivers from Spain reported that they texted while driving.

It’s a US epidemic that we need to squash before it grows any more.  Make a vow to yourself now that you will never text and drive again. It can wait.

Mitsubishi Unveils 2017 Mirage G4

The day has come: the new Mirage has finally been revealed. The 2017 Mirage G4 will serve as a sedan sibling to the popular Mirage hatchback.

This Mirage sedan will bring a fresh dose of style and environmental consciousness to the Mitsubishi lineup. The G4 will have the same powertrain of the 2017 hatchback, a revised 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine. It will be at the top of its class in combined fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions. The G4’s long wheelbase makes for a spacious interior cabin and trunk.

Tech elements make the new Mirage G4 a standout, too. It will be equipped with available smartphone integrations and support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, so you’ll get features usually reserved for higher-priced vehicles in your affordable Mitsubishi.

With the new Mirage, you’ll get everything the hatchback offered with the benefits of a four-door sedan. “The Mirage hatchback and now the Mirage G4 sedan will form a formidable one-two punch in the subcompact segment,” said Don Swearingen, executive vice president of MMNA.

Keep an eye out for the 2017 Mirage G4’s release to check it out for yourself.

Appreciate the Outdoors at the Hawthorne Hill Nature Center

Biggers Mitsubishi is proud to serve the community of Elgin, Illinois. We appreciate all that the city has to offer, especially the Hawthorne Hill Nature Center.

The park began in 1938, as Camp Hawthorne Hills. This camp served the Elgin Girl Scouts for 34 years. In 1977, the City of Elgin purchased the camp and 45 acres west of Brookside Drive. The goal was to preserve the area for future generations. Hawthorne Hill Nature Center opened to the public in 2005 and has been a popular place for locals and visitors ever since.

The Hawthorne Hill Nature Center is the perfect place to learn about nature. The center provides year-round opportunities to explore the natural landscape. When you visit, you can hike one of the many trails or explore the interactive nature center.

There is also a wheelchair-accessible trail leading to a pond and meadow to allow everyone to enjoy the outdoors without limitations. Families and individuals can explore the 67-acre nature area, or take part in one of the many available programs.

We at Biggers Mitsubishi encourage everyone to take the time to learn about nature and appreciate the diversity in ecology and humanity shown through the Hawthorne Hill Nature Center.

Mitsubishi January Sales Skyrocket-Thanks to the Outlander

Mitsubishi January sales were up thanks to the Outlander.

The 2016 Outlander has been shining for Mitsubishi lately.

We at Biggers Mitsubishi are excited to know that Mitsubishi crossover vehicles are getting the attention (and sales!) they deserve.

Mitsubishi announced the sales for January 2016, and we are quite impressed. The most impressive fact is that the sales numbers are being driven by individual vehicles.

In particular, the Outlander is leading the carmaker’s sales with the best numbers it has had since 2007. The Mitsubishi Outlander had a 53.8% increase compared to its sales last January in 2015.

This makes January the 11th month in a row that the crossover has seen a sales growth. This is a testament of the impressive 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander, as it debuted last year and has been going strong ever since.

The 2016 Outlander has over 100 improvements, including changes to the interior and exterior design. In addition, there are more powertrain options and safety features. The Outlander is clearly Mitsubishi’s most advanced crossover yet, and was even named as a Top Safety Pick+ by the IIHS.

If you are interested in seeing why so many people are choosing to buy the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander, stop into Biggers Mitsubishi. One test drive is all you will need to understand why Mitsubishi January sales of the Outlander are skyrocketing.