KBB.com Most Affordable Awards Go to Two Mitsubishi Vehicles

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander

Each year, Kelley Blue Book offers a series of awards, all of which are considered extremely prestigious in the auto industry. One of the award series the website offers is the KBB.com Most Affordable Cars in different categories. This year, Mitsubishi won several spots in the 10 Most Affordable New Cars category and the 10 Most Affordable 3-Row Vehicles.

The Mitsubishi Outlander didn’t just make the 10 Most Affordable 3-Row Vehicles list, it topped it, making it the most affordable three-row vehicle you can buy. Seven-passenger SUVs typically require a much higher cost than smaller cars, which can put a strain on families who need extra space—but the Outlander is priced around the same as full-size sedans and small SUVs, making it much more accessible for the average American family.

The Mitsubishi Mirage made the 10 Most Affordable New Cars list in 7th place, after being named the most affordable car to lease based on a study by Growella and winning multiple most affordable awards since it was first released in 2014 for the 2015 model year. The Mirage is one of the lowest-priced vehicles on the market and is the most fuel-efficient non-hybrid vehicle in America. It also offers lots of features and technologies, which make it an even better value.

Find out more about these super affordable vehicles today and give us a call at Biggers Mitsubishi!

All About the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

Sometimes less is more, and such is proving to be the case as Mitsubishi narrows their focus onto their Outlander lineup. These sophisticated SUVs have quite a bold presence in their class, and are proving to be worth the time and attention that the Mitsubishi name is putting towards them.

The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport in particular is proving to be a best-selling choice for small families and those looking for a versatile performance. As the smaller version of the Outlander, the 2017 Outlander Sport is more compact and thus easier to maneuver in crowded city driving or tight parking spaces, and is also exceptionally efficient at 30 mpg highway*. Even so, the Outlander Sport still gives a powerful performance.

Mitsubishi’s 2017 Outlander lineup gets updates across the board, with improvements in handling, design, and technologies. The Outlander Sport now features elegant details like LED taillights, a standard leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and 18-inch alloy wheels, all of which help this vehicle to both stand apart from its competitors and its earlier iterations.

If you’re ready to take a closer look at one of the best compact SUVs on the market, and a favorite among Mitsubishi fans everywhere, stop by Biggers Mitsubishi today to set up a test drive in the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport.

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

*EPA mileage estimate. Actual mileage may vary.

The Mitsubishi Eclipse: Top 5 Models for Mitsubishi’s Lost Car

Mitsubishi Eclipse through the years

2012 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder

Over the course of its production, the Mitsubishi Eclipse was one of the most popular sport coupes in the industry. With its sleek styling, powerful engine options, and an affordable price tag, the Eclipse was perfect for the American market. While it is no longer sold by the Japanese carmaker, who is focusing more on producing crossovers and SUV models, the Mitsubishi Eclipse is still worthy of remembering. Here is an overview of each Eclipse generation and what makes each model year so special.

1990-1994 Mitsubishi Eclipse

When the Eclipse first debuted back in the 1990 model year, it was part of a joint venture between Mitsubishi and Chrysler called Diamond Star Motors. It quickly became one of the best affordable sport coupes available with its turbocharged engines and pop-up headlights. The high-end trim even came with an available four-wheel-drive option, which made it especially appealing.

1995-1999 Mitsubishi Eclipse

The second-generation Mitsubishi Eclipse took the previous generation’s popularity and built upon it, coming back with a sleeker, more elongated style. This more athletic body style was a hit, as was the newly diversified trim lineup, which offered consumers more options than ever before.

2000-2005 Mitsubishi Eclipse

For the third generation, Mitsubishi decided to give the Eclipse an overhaul. The 2000 model was released as a completely new car based on the Mitsubishi Galant platform. It came with the choice of four gasoline-powered engines and the all-wheel-drive option was dropped from the available features.

2005-2009 Mitsubishi Eclipse

Based on the popularity of the second-generation’s sporty style, Mitsubishi decided to make the fourth-generation Eclipse even more athletic. It gave the sports coupe a hatchback body style and only two engine options to choose from—a 2.4-liter that put out 162 horsepower and a 3.8-liter V6 that generates 263 hp. With three trim levels, this model gave consumers better standard equipment, which included air conditioning, power windows, and a CD player.

2009-2012 Mitsubishi Eclipse

The last and final generation of the Mitsubishi Eclipse started with an October 2009 facelift. This update gave the GT trim a larger rear spoiler, HID headlamps, and Active Stability Control. It also gave the Eclipse a new GST Sport trim level, which offered sportier styling, too.

To learn more about the Mitsubishi Eclipse;s history, head on over to our website at biggersmitsubishi.com.

NHTSA Awards a Four Star Mitsubishi Lancer Safety Rating for 2017 Model

The NHTSA gave the Mitsubishi Lancer Saftey Rating a thumbs up.

Now coming with a standard rearview camera, the 2017 Mitsubishi Lancer has reached a new level.

The 2017 Mitsubishi Lancer has earned a four star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), making it one of the safest new sedans on the road, adding to a long list of reasons why the new Lancer is an excellent option for any driver.

The NHTSA gave the new Lancer four stars in the front, side, and rollover tests, which simulate the cars response in the event of a collision. With these three tests, the NHTSA can accurately predict how a driver or passenger would fare if such an event would occur.

The new Mitsubishi Lancer comes standard with an impressive list of safety features, including seven airbags, a driver-side knee airbag, antilock brakes, electronic stability control, and traction control. And best of all, the model now comes standard with a rearview camera for all trim levels.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has not rated the new Mitsubishi Lancer yet, but it’s safe to assume that their Mitsubishi Lancer safety rating will be similar to that of the NHTSA.

While we eagerly await the 2017 Lancer to arrive here at Biggers Mitsubishi, head over to our website and to learn more about the safety features on the current 2016 Mitsubishi Lancer? Contact us or visit us anytime at Biggers Mitsubishi to take one out on a test drive.

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.

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.

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.

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