Tips On How To Travel Safely With Dogs

how to travel safely with dogs

It’s National Train your Dog Month!

January is Train Your Dog Month. But as anyone who has any experience in the matter knows, training dogs is largely about training yourself on how to understand your dog and what your dog needs, like how to care for your furry friend as he or she rides along in the car. That’s why with a little help from our friends at the Humane Society, we are sharing a few tips on how to travel safely with dogs.

NO ROAMING. A roaming dog in the car can be an enormous distraction to the driver. Dogs are impulsive and without notice, they can interfere with the driver’s ability to operate the car. They should be in a crate that is anchored with a seat belt.

GET IN THE BACK. Air bags can injure a dog if it is sitting in the front seat. Of course, a lot of cars now have side curtain airbags in the rear as well. This is something to research before travelling with your dog.

HEAD INSIDE. No matter how much your canine seems to dig the fresh air, the truth is that he or she can be injured by debris. And remember, they can get sick just like we can, so constant exposure to cold air is not a good idea.

Looking for your next dog-hauler? Visit Biggers Mitsubishi and test-drive one today!

2016 Lancer Evolution X Final Concept Will Appear at Tokyo Auto Salon

Mitsubushi has announced that the final version of the Lancer Evolution X will appear at the Tokyo Auto Salon next month. The limited edition 2016 Lancer Evolution X Final Concept is the last model of the Lancer Evo X line and will only be released in a small number of units.

It’s understandable that Mitsubishi would want to create one last edition of the Evolution X as a tribute to the line, which was introduced in since October of 2007, before it quietly retires. The company will proudly show it off at the Tokyo Auto Salon in January.

The Final Concept model will have an engine that is both turbocharged and intercooled. Additionally, the vehicle will contain new features that push up the power to 473 bhp, while both a five-speed manual gearbox and all-wheel drive will be used in the car.

The 2016 Lancer Evo X Final Concept will be hard to get and has a long time to go before it’s available in commercial markets, so in the meantime, come visit us at Biggers Mitsubishi to find a car that’s right for you.

First Phase of the Jane Addams Tollway Construction Project Complete

No one likes traffic. Even when its traffic due to construction that will improve the area in the long run and make traveling easier on our vehicles, it can be hard to see the forest from the trees. Many of you, like us here at Biggers Mitsubishi, have likely gotten caught in traffic on the Jane Addams Tollway from Rockford to O’Hare International Airport at some point over the past two years. Good news: as of December 16th, the widening project for that section of the Tollway is finally complete!

The construction was part of a $2.5 billion project named the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway Rebuilding and Widening project. After two years, this 37-mile stretch of the Tollway boasts three new lanes and the speed limit is back to 65 mph on I-90 between the Elgin Toll Plaza and I-39 in Rockford.

“We thank our customers for their patience and support during the two years of construction to rebuild and widen the 37 miles from Rockford to Elgin,” said Kristi Lafleur, who serves as the executive director for the Illinois Tollway.

As we enjoy the newly paved roadway, Jane Addams Tollway construction crews will move to the second phase of the Rebuilding and Widening project, which will take place on I-90 between Elgin and the Tri-State Tollway. Phase two is expected to be complete by the end of 2016.

Mitsubishi’s 4WD Technology: Don’t Get Stuck this Winter

When you’re driving in the wintertime, you want to make sure your car has the capability to stay on the road despite weather conditions. Handling is one of the most important aspects of a car, which is why Mitsubishi researches advanced 4WD systems.

Mitsubishi’s 4WD technology largely consists of two systems: the electronic 4WD system and Super Select 4WD II. Basic electronic systems now come with three selectable modes (auto, lock, and 2WD) which allow you to choose what’s best. Auto mode is particularly useful in the winter because it automatically distributes the power where needed, adjusting to conditions.

“Mitsubishi Motors brings the same strong focus on quality to all of its 4WD vehicles. We are realizing the same level of startability and handling as in full-blown 4WDs like the jeep, the first Mitsubishi 4WD,” said Mitsubishi representatives. “Mitsubishi takes into consideration the size and use of each vehicle in order to implement the most appropriate 4WD system.”

The Super Select 4WD II is offered in models like the Pajero, which has quick shifting modes that allows for optimum control while maintaining great fuel-economy. This advanced system selects between 4 different driving modes, making sure you never get stuck.

If you’re looking for premium handling in your car, you want a Mitsubishi. Stop by Biggers Mitsubishi today to see our lineup.

Lancer Evolution Final Edition Will Be the Last One

Ever since the announcement that the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution would be no more, customers have been clamoring all over the country, including at Biggers Mitsubishi, to get their hands on the 2015 model.

Fortunately, the automaker is giving everyone another chance to add the legendary car to their garage with a Lancer Evolution Final Edition, which will come with several performance upgrades over the 10th generation model.

Details, you ask? According to Don Swearingen, executive vice president at Mitsubishi, it’ll be a GSR five-speed with “more horsepower, some suspension tuning, and some bits and pieces that are still being finalized.”

That’s on top of the turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16-valve four-cylinder 2.0-liter engine that the 2015 model already packs, which cranks out 291 hp and 300 lb-ft of torque.

About 2,000 units of the special-edition will be available. If you planned on getting a 2015 Lancer Evolution, you might want to wait for this one!

Give Joy in Toys for Tots Raffle

We are in a season of giving, and Biggers Mitsubishi is giving you the opportunity to provide some children with an unforgettable Christmas.

Our dealership is doing Toys for Tots this month and welcomes anyone in and around our area to join us in this event. Bring in a new, unwrapped toy now through Monday, December 15. We have entry forms available at our store that you can fill out because there is something in it for you as well. We will be raffling away three prizes in our Toys for Tots Raffle.

Toys for Tots Raffle Prizes

  • A Year’s Supply of Oil Changes
  • A Remote Start
  • $150 Gas Card

No stuffed animals will be accepted, but we encourage you to bring anything else that will warm a child’s heart.

Toys for Tots boxes are scheduled to be picked up between this Friday and next Monday, so hurry into our Elgin Mitsubishi dealership and make a kid’s Christmas very special this holiday season. Our raffle will be done at the end of the month.

A Range of New Mitsubishi Products Are Coming Our Way

Following the global financial crisis, auto manufacturers nationwide have struggled to make a comeback. This year, for the first time since that crisis, Mitsubishi will see a profit in its North American market. This comes as no surprise based on this year’s remarkable sales and the company’s fast-growing momentum.

Along with the auto maker’s success comes the promise for new Mitsubishi products. CEO Osamu Masuko pledges to roll out several new products, with two of them coming as early as next year.

Additions to the Mitsubishi lineup include the long-awaited Outlander PHEV plug-in hybrid crossover and a sedan version of the Mirage subcompact hatchback. Following those, Masuko told Automotive News we can expect to see Mitsubishi step up its electric vehicle push with plug-in hybrid versions of the next-generation Outlander Sport.

Mitsubishi will also likely bring back the full-size Montero SUV, which had previously been phased out in 2008. The automaker introduced the next-generation Montero with its GC-PHEV concept at the 2013 Tokyo Auto Show, and will offer gasoline and plug-in versions sometime after April, 2016.

The bottom line? Mitsubishi isn’t going anywhere. “We are trying to introduce new vehicles,” Masuko said. “We aren’t thinking of withdrawing whatsoever.”

Check in with Biggers Mitsubishi often. We’ll keep you updated with all the latest information on future models!

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.

Driving Tips for Winter Weather

We at Biggers Mitsubishi have some driving tips for winter weather. Check them out on our blog now!

Follow our tips for winter driving and drive safely!

Santa Claus is coming to town sooner than you think—and it’s not just presents he’s bringing. Every year, when winter comes around, the roads quickly become treacherous for drivers. With ice and snow reducing traction between your tires and the road, the winter season is one of the most important times to be safe while driving. To make sure you reduce your chances of being in an accident this year, we have compiled some driving tips for winter weather.

Check and fill your tires frequently. Cold temperatures can affect the way your car works in more ways than one, but it especially does a number on your tire pressure. Because tire pressure can influence the way your car performs, it’s important to check it frequently during winter. You want to make sure that your tires are filled properly at least once a month, if not more, for the best handling your car can offer.

Make sure your gas tank is at least half full. While you might be tempted to wait until the last minute to fill up your gas tank, this isn’t a good idea during the winter. If your tank is lower than halfway full, the gas line can freeze up, making it impossible to drive until it unfreezes. Keep your tank at the halfway point to ensure your car will start up in the cold mornings.

Slowly accelerate. Slick, icy roads can make it difficult for your car to gain traction. Because of this, be careful when you accelerate and decelerate, moving slowly to prevent spin outs. You should be especially cautious of this if you are merging or making a turn. It’s always better to go slow, rather than risk losing control of your car.

Follow other cars at a greater distance. In regular weather, when the sun is shining and the roads are dry, the suggested distance between your car and the car in front of you is about three or four seconds. For the winter, we suggest you increase this distance by at least eight seconds—preferably more. This way, if the car in front of you suddenly stops or enters a skid, you have time to maneuver around it or come to a full stop.

Stay safe at home. Nothing is worth risking your life for, so if you aren’t certain about the road conditions surrounding your home, just stay inside.

With these driving tips for winter weather, you will be safer than ever. If you are still looking for the perfect vehicle this winter, make sure you stop in to Biggers Mitsubishi today!

Motor Trend’s 2014 Outlander Review Says It’s Holding Strong

Motor Trend's 2015 Outlander review says it all.

The Mitsubishi Outlander is better than ever before.

The 2014 Outlander has been holding strong throughout the year as a reliable vehicle priced affordably for those hunting for a car in its class. Initial drives are always good for a first impression, but let’s look at how Motor Trend’s 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander SE S-AWC has held up over the year.

The Outlander SE-AWC is equipped with the SE Touring package, which gives drivers some extra treats in their deal, including safety features like adaptive cruise control and technology additions such as a built-in navigation system. There are trim levels and additions available for the Outlander that you can request information on at Biggers Mitsubishi.

For the team leading Motor Trend’s 2014 Outlander review, the adaptive cruise control and the forward collision mitigation proved useful during long trips and daily commutes, making their personal driving experiences in the vehicle safer and proving the effectiveness of the systems.

The engine’s acceleration capability has remained smooth and steady, getting up to speed and maintaining with ease. Passing in traffic and getting up to standard highway speeds is relatively painless; even if the V4’s accelerator isn’t up to snuff for you, a zippier engine option is available.

Biggers Mitsubishi has a lot of choices if this sounds like the car for you. To preview our lot, visit our website or give us a visit!