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!

Final Details for the 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Final Edition

2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Final Edition

The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution is no more. Long live the Final Edition.

Mitsubishi has unveiled the final details of the 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Final Edition—the last Evo the automaker will produce after 10 generations of performance excellence.

After launching the Evo Final Edition X in Japan earlier this year, it’s now our turn to say our goodbyes. The car is based on the GSR trim and gets a slight power bump up to 303 horsepower and 305 lb-ft of torque, though most of its performance upgrades are not engine related.

To make its handling even more exciting, Mitsu equipped the Evo Final Edition with Bilstein shocks, Eibach springs, and two-piece Brembo calipers on the front axle. In other words, expect your lap times to go down.

There are also a few visual updates, like a black aluminum roof, black interior with red accent stitching, dark chrome Enkei wheels, special badging, and a unique numbered plaque for each of the 1,600 models that will be sold in the United States.

We hate to see the Evo go at Biggers Mitsubishi, but it had a great run, and the Final Edition model seems like a good way to go out with a bang.

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.”

DIY Maintenance Tips: How to Flush a Radiator

how to flush a radiator

If you go to put coolant in your car and find that there’s gunk floating in your fluids or if you turn on the heat and only cold air comes out, your radiator might need flushed. If you want to try it at home, follow these steps on how to flush a radiator.

Before you start working, make sure your engine is completely cooled down. Don’t try to flush the radiator unless your car has been sitting for at least two hours.

Once the car is cooled off, jack up the front so it’s easier to do work underneath. Then you’ll pop the hood and look for the radiator, located near the engine. If you can, use soapy water to clean off any grime on the radiator, and then check for damage like rust or leaks.

After that, put a drain pan under the radiator’s drainage valve under the car, unscrew the bolt, and let the coolant drain out, then replace the plug. Back under the hood, use a hose to flush the radiator with water and turn the car on for ten minutes. Turn it off, let it cool, drain the water, add new coolant, and you’re done!

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.