Deep Thoughts on How to Enjoy Driving More

Here are some tips on how to enjoy driving.

Drive with a smile because you own a car.

How can you take on the daily commute, which for some is one of the most stressful, unpleasant experiences that our modern world has to offer, and turn it into something enjoyable? People with PhDs call it “reframing.” Here’s how to enjoy driving your daily commute a little more…

First, rethink your route. Is there a route that may take just as much time, even if it’s a greater distance, which features less traffic and congestion? Heck, even if it takes longer, consider a less congested route. It’s not worth the stress.

The Huffington Post recommends using your commute as a time to unplug. As long as your spouse doesn’t mind you disconnecting for a while, enjoy the freedom and space of truly being alone with yourself. Quality alone-time enhances your together-time with others.

Other activities are listening to new music or talking out a difficult problem you might be having in your life. Don’t worry about other people thinking you are crazy for talking to yourself–just assume they think you have your Bluetooth on!

The trick is not see your commute as wasted time, says Dr. Frank Ghinassi, professor of psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh, but rather as very valuable time that can enhance your life.

Car Shopping 101: How to Budget for Your New Car

Our finance department in Elgin will help you budget for a new car properly.

We make car shopping fun here at Biggers Mitsubishi.

Car shopping can be a fun and exciting time. But let’s face it—there are so many options out there that finding the right car often becomes more of a chore and less of an enjoyable experience. One of the ways to narrow down the playing field and make the task a bit less stressful is to categorize vehicles by starting price. Here is one way to correctly budget for your new car.

You likely began shopping with a number in your head corresponding to the monthly payments you are able to afford. Don’t stop with that number! Calculate the starting price of a vehicle in your price range.

Starting with your monthly payments, multiply that number by 36, 48, and 60 to represent the length in months of three standard auto loans. Add to that number the down payment you plan to make for the vehicle plus the value of your old vehicle if you plan on trading it.

From there, calculate between 12 and 20% for sales tax and other finance fees. Subtract that number from your previous balance to arrive at the approximate starting price you should consider for your new vehicle.

Here’s an example: Let’s pretend you planned to spend $250 each month on car payments. Multiply that by the months you’ll spend paying off the auto loan and you get $9,000, $12,000, and $15,000. Say your down payment is $2,500 and the value of your trade-in is $6,500; add both numbers to the monthly budget amount for a subtotal of $18,000, $21,000, and $24,000. Subtract 15% for estimated sales tax and financing ($2,700; $3,150; $3,600, respectively) and you are looking for a vehicle wearing a sticker price around $15,300, $17,850, or $20,400 depending on the length of your auto loan.

On a side note: That puts you in the perfect price range for Mitsubishi’s 2015 Mirage with a 60-month loan.

Of course, there are websites like Cars.com that will calculate the starting price of a vehicle within your budget for you, but we at Biggers Mitsubishi hope this gives insight into from where that number comes.

Mitsubishi L200 Revealed at Geneva Motor Show

Announcing the fifth generation Mitsubishi L200 revealed to the automotive world at the 2015 Geneva International Motor Show in early March. Guaranteeing quality upgrades and refinements, the company still assures its “functionality and reliability as a work vehicle.”

The European pickup, which has been a presence in its market for almost a decade, asserts a redesigned front and rear fascia, a more spacious interior, and higher-quality materials. The truck features improved body mounting and a retuned suspension, which partner to reduce noise vibrations of its Super Select 4WD-II drivetrain. The L200 is available with either two-wheel-drive or four-wheel-drive, and a potential hybrid option could become available to consumers in the near future. The updated mini-truck also includes a Trailer Stability Assist and Lane Departure Warning for added safety features.

While the L200 is unfortunately not yet released to the North American market, it remains a beacon to the company’s ingenuity while its creature comforts cross over to the US market. So be sure to come visit Biggers Mitsubishi to drive the company’s innovative and top rated IIHS vehicles today.

Introducing the Mitsubishi XR-PHEV II Concept: A New Eco-Friendly Crossover

Mitsubishi made quite a stir during the 2015 Geneva International Motor Show. With new models such as the XR-PHEV II and the L200, Mitsubishi dominated the event. Showcasing the latest in fuel-efficient technology and off-road design, both models are sure to be a success.

According to Mitsubishi, the XR-PHEV II has been in the works since 2013, allowing engineers to fine-tune the plug-in hybrid technology. The Mitsubishi XR-PHEV II Concept is a small SUV/Crossover that features a lightweight and compact body and very low emissions. It also features Battery Save, Battery Charge, and All-Electric modes giving drivers a variety of choices.

The L200 is an all-new pickup, initially launched in Thailand. This new sport utility truck has been a smash hit, perfect for functionality and reliability. Unfortunately, the L200 is only being offered in Europe and parts of Asia at the moment, but depending on its success, it may make its way to the US sooner or later.

Both of these models represent the future of Mitsubishi, emphasizing eco-friendly design. The XR-PHEV is an SUV and the L200 is a pickup, two segments associated with bad fuel economy and harmful emissions—something Mitsubishi is looking to change.

Updated Mitsubishi i-MiEV Adds Extra Convenience and Technology

The updated Mitsubishi i-MiEV is going on sale later this month.

The new and updated Mitsubishi i-MiEV will be here soon.

The next evolution of the little Mitsubishi i-MiEV, the smallest four-seat electric car sold in North America, will start to go on sale at Biggers Mitsubishi later this month.

The automaker is skipping the 2015 model and going straight to 2016, which will be identical to the 2014 model in many ways, but with several upgrades to take into consideration.

Just like the current i-MiEV, the minicar coming this month will have 66 horsepower, a single-charge range of 62 miles, and an MSRP of $22,995 before a potential $7,500 federal tax break.

The updated Mitsubishi i-MiEV will also include an optional navigation package that comes with a seven-inch touchscreen display, real-time traffic data, and 3D mapping. In addition, the automaker will offer Bluetooth hands-free phone technology, a rearview camera, and a USB port.

For such a small and efficient car, that’s actually quite a lot of technology. Let’s see if it gets more customers interested!

Mitsubishi Concept GC-PHEV Debuts in Chicago

It’s about time. After teasing us about “The Return of a Legend” a few weeks ago, Biggers Mitsubishi could not wait a moment longer to find out what Mitsubishi had come up with.

Under the hood, the Concept GC-PHEV has a supercharged V6 and plug-in hybrid powertrain that makes 335 horsepower, all hooked up to an eight-speed automatic gearbox and a four-wheel-drive system.

More interestingly, the Concept GC-PHEV is the first vehicle to give us a preview of the automaker’s brand-new design language. According to Don Swearingen, Mitsubishi North America Executive VP, “All of our 2016 model year vehicles will be refreshed with our new brand identity, starting with the 2016 Outlander.”

When it comes to design, the Mitsubishi Concept GC-PHEV is a mix of chunky style and sci-fi influences. It has an augmented reality windshield, collision mitigating braking, and something called the Tactical Table. Though that sounds like something that would let you call in an airstrike against your enemies, what it actually does is let you place a smartphone on top of the table and automatically share information with the vehicle and other passengers—kinda like those computer tables that we thought would be the future before tablets came along. Less dramatic than an airstrike, but arguably more useful!

The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport’s 2.4-Liter Engine Offers More Power

In an effort to kick things up a notch for the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, the automaker is offering a more powerful engine option for some 2015 models. The new 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine is rated at 168 horsepower—a full 20 horsepower more than the standard 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine puts out.

According to autoblog.com, Mitsubishi will offer the more powerful engine in two trims: the 2.4 ES or the 2.4 GT. The 2.4 ES is the lower level trim, starting at $21,295, it comes with a black center bumper to differentiate it from the standard (2.0-liter engine) ES.

The 2.4 GT starts at $23,595, and is differentiated from the standard GT by the same black center bumper along with outside mirrors that feature LED turn indicators and black roof rails. Additionally, the 2.4 GT gets a power driver’s seat, aluminum pedals, and a leather-wrapped parking brake handle.

A GT Premium Package adds an upgraded stereo, auto-dimming rearview mirror, and moonroof. But if you’re looking for true luxury, choose the GT Touring Package, which comes with leather seats and a seven-inch navigation system.

Stop by Biggers Mitsubishi today to learn more about the 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport’s 2.4-liter engine!

Elgin, Illinois Economy Sees Vast Improvement

The Elgin, Illinois economy has seen substantial growth compared to surrounding cities. Much of this growth is in the improving housing market. In housing, Elgin ranked third behind Chicago and Naperville. The number is impressive to say the least, and things are only looking to improve further with over 50% of the city’s total population working locally. That’s a total of over 60,000 people working within the city each and every day.

“Elgin’s 350 housing starts are even more impressive when compared to other communities: Joliet 131, Aurora 107, St. Charles 21, Algoquin 16, Libertyville 12 and Rockford 1,” former president Rick Jakle said. The city increased commercial and industrial space by 395,000 square feet, up from 2011 and 2012. In 2013 the city increased space by 459,000 square feet. Much thanks is owed to Elgin Development Group (EDG).

EDG is paid by the city government to persuade new businesses to move to Elgin. In 2015, the group will work with nonprofit program Hope Fair Housing. By working with companies to encourage employees to buy homes (via incentives), Elgin hopes to see new residents. The annual awards luncheon in honor of businesses will be held at Elgin Community College on March 18th at 11:30 am.

New Mitsubishi GC-PHEV Concept Shines at Chicago Auto Show

On Thursday morning, the Chicago Auto Show introduced the new Mitsubishi GC-PHEV Concept in front of the world. The “Grand Cruiser” crossover raises the stakes for a Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle.

With its massive size, this concept promises to save a lot of fuel and even in a time where gas prices have magically fallen to lows we haven’t seen in years, this model, along with other PHEVs, will attract a wide audience. Our General Sales Manager, Emal Noor, says that the future warrants an appeal for rides such as this one.

“Even though fuel prices have come down a little bit, I still think everybody has a little anxiety and has the knowledge they might go back up,” Noor said in a Daily Herald interview. “So I think the small sport utes, CUVs, crossovers are still what’s going to be mostly in demand.”

This crossover runs on an eight-speed automatic transmission and supercharged V6 engine that pumps out 335 horsepower. Mitsubishi claims that this aggressively-styled crossover concept will go 25 miles on electric power only and get 35 miles per gallon.

Don Swearingen of Mitsubishi Motors called it “economical and environmental-friendly yet rugged and powerful and full of advanced technology.”

You can take a closer look of the big new Mitsubishi GC-PHEV Concept in the video below, as well as our Mitsubishi inventory here, and tell us what you think in the comments section below!

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.