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.

IHS Automotive Recognizes Mirage for Highest Model Loyalty

The Mitsubishi Mirage has once again been recognized by IHS Automotive for having the highest model loyalty among Non-Luxury Traditional Sub-Compact vehicles.

The Mitsubishi Mirage continues to stand out as the vehicle to buy for non-luxury sub-compact vehicle customers.

The Mitsubishi Mirage has once again been recognized by IHS Automotive for having the highest model loyalty among Non-Luxury Traditional Sub-Compact vehicles. This is the second time in a row the Mirage has earned the award, proving that great things do come in small packages.

IHS Automotive measures model loyalty based on how many households who own a new vehicle return to the market to purchase or lease another new vehicle of the same make and/or model. The fact that people keep coming back to the Mirage is a testament to the vehicle’s quality and to its ability to live up to expectations.

“Mirage offers an unmatched package of segment-leading fuel economy, attractive pricing and an industry leading new

vehicle and powertrain warranty,” said Don Swearingen, executive vice president at Mitsubishi North America. “Our faithful owners understand and appreciate the Mitsubishi Mirage.”

Later this year, the 2017 Mirage will arrive at Biggers Mitsubishi with a refreshed exterior design, better performance, and new technology. We don’t expect that IHS Automotive Model Loyalty award to go anywhere, that’s for sure!

 

Biggers Employee Achieves Top Sales Honors Again

Anthony Muffoletto is our Salesperson of the Month!

Congratulations to Anthony, our Salesperson of the Month in January. (Pictured Left to Right: General Manager Emal Noor, Product Consultant Anthony Muffolett, and President & CEO Joe Mitchell)

Here at Biggers Mitsubishi, we are about what customers wants: quality, quantity and qualification. Employees such as Anthony Muffolett includes all three in their work here at your Mitsubishi dealer in Elgin, IL.

Anthony has been a part of the Biggers Mitsubishi sales team since April 2015.  Last month, he once again achieved top sales honors at our dealership and was our Salesperson of the Month!  This is the 2nd time he’s taken home the cup already! Time and time again, Anthony rises to the challenge of meeting and exceeding our customers’ expectations and delivers quality service with a huge quantity of results that proves why Anthony has always been qualified to sell cars.

In honor of his continued achievements on our sales floor and important contributions to Mitsubishi, we’ve taken the time to not only honor him in person and on our blog, but also have complied a list of fun facts about Anthony. See below, and be sure and stop by and see him about our Mitsubishi selection.

Anthony Muffoletto – Product Consultant and Resident “Rookie” at Biggers Mitsubishi

  • Nick Name: Anthony “Leggomyeggo” Muffaletto a.k.a. “The Kid”, “Rook”, “Mr. Nice Guy”
  • Favorite Athlete of All Time:  Michael Jordan
  • Favorite Movie of All Time: Braveheart
  • Favorite Band: The Rolling Stones
  • Favorite Mitsubishi: Endeavor
  • Current Ride: 2015 Outlander Sport GT

 

Mitsubishi Crossovers and EVs Are the Future

Mitsubishi crossovers and EVs are the heart of our OEM's bright future.

The lineup of Mitsubishi is changing.

Mitsubishi has been on the rise lately. December 2015 marked the automaker’s 22nd consecutive month of year-over-year sales increases, and sales were up 23% over the year as a whole compared to 2014.

According to Ken Konieczka, Mitsubishi’s vice president of sales operations, there’s no reason to believe that this trend will stop, especially since the company will be pouring its energy into developing electric vehicles and crossovers in the coming years.

The first new vehicle to arrive at Biggers Mitsubishi will be a brand-new CUV in early 2018, based on the eX Concept that debuted at the Tokyo Motor Show. The next-gen Outlander will be larger while the next-gen Outlander Sport will be smaller, and both will receive EV variants.

That being said, it won’t all be Mitsubishi crossovers and EVs for the future. The updated Mirage hatchback and Mirage G4 sedan will come to Biggers Mitsubishi later this year as well, bolstering our already strong lineup!

How to Install Tire Chains

install tire chains

If you live in a climate that gets a lot of snow, knowing how to install tire chains could save you from skidding off the road in the winter time. Tire chains give you better traction on ice and snow.

First, lay the chain out on the road and make sure it doesn’t have any kinks in it. Do this one tire at a time. Put your parking brake on so your car doesn’t roll away, and then hang the chains over the top of the tire. Tuck the ends under the tire so the chain will straighten out when you drive over it.

Carefully drive the car forward just enough to expose the remaining quarter of the wheel that you haven’t put the chains on yet. The tire chains have hooked edges you attach together. Hook together the inside chains near the tire axel and then the outside chains. You can use a chain tightening tool or bungee cord to make the chains tighter. Make sure the chains are aligned properly—if the inside is tight but the outside is loose, they’re not aligned right.

Repeat with the other four tires, and you’re done!

Major Mitsubishi Sales Increase over 2015

Mitsubishi sales increase

Mitsubishi saw a notable increase in sales over the course of 2015, up 22% from 2014. Its year total of 95,342 is its highest since 2008, and December’s sales were 7,887, which continued Mitsubishi’s 22-month streak of year-over-year sales increases.

Executive vice president of Mitsubishi Motors North American Don Swearingen says Mitsubishi is “poised to repeat our success in 2016” thanks to their narrowed focus on the SUV and crossover market with the introduction of the new Outlander.

Mitsubishi also plans to release plug-in electric hybrid versions of the Outlander and Outlander Sport, as well as a small crossover to fill the space between the Outlander and the compact Sport. The Outlander and Outlander Sport are the best-selling crossovers in their segments, with sales jumping 37.4% in 2015.

Additionally, Mitsubishi plans to release the Mirage G4 for the 2017 model year, a small sedan, and recently showed concepts for off-road vehicles at the Tokyo Auto Show.