Monthly Archives: January 2015

How the PHEV Works

Cousin to the Mitsubishi Outlander and the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV became the world’s first plug-in hybrid SUV when it went on sale overseas early 2014. This first-of-its-kind road warrior gets a staggering 148 mpg with an absurdly low emissions rate.

But how does it work? The Outlander PHEV puts out a combined 204 horsepower from two electric motors—one on each axle for four-wheel drive—as well as a 2.0-liter gasoline engine. Normally, the PHEV runs in pure electric mode with 161 horsepower.


When the battery charge drops below a certain level, the gasoline engine kicks in to generate electricity. Mitsubishi calls this Series mode, which will work up to 70 mph. At higher speeds, a clutch engages to connect the engine directly to the front wheels, providing drive while recharging the battery at the same time.

The Outlander PHEV can reach a top speed of 108 mph. There’s also a mode that fires up the engine to charge the battery for later use, while shift paddles on the steering wheel increase the force of the regenerative braking, charging the battery faster.


With a full battery and fuel tank, the Outlander PHEV can manage a claimed 560 miles without stopping. Charging takes about five hours from a domestic socket, or an 80 percent charge can be achieved in 30 minutes from a fast charger. Of course, the fuel tank can be topped up for instant mobility too.

There’s still no word when these sweet machines will be on sale in the US, but one thing is for sure: We’re excited.

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Mitsubishi Brings You Back to the Future Part II

You may have read our blog on how Mitsubishi plans to bring you back to the future with the XR-PHEV concept car, but that’s not the only futuristic car Mitsubishi has up their sleeve. In addition to the XR-PHEV, Mitsubishi plans on adding two more concept cars to their line up; the GC-PHEV and the AR.


The GC-PHEV is a plug-in hybrid electric SUV that packs a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine and a high-output electric motor that delivers full-time four-wheel drive. It’s also the starting point for the very latest safety technologies from Mitsubishi, like vehicle-to-vehicle communication and an early detection system for engine component failure

Mitsubishi Concept GC-PHEV

The AR is described as a “next-generation Multi-Purpose Vehicle”, the Mitsubishi Concept AR uses the same 1.1-liter engine as the XR-PHEV and hybrid driving system. With van-like styling, this concept can seat up to six people and packs tons of technologies including a touch screen in the steering wheel! The second row of seats can be rotated to face the rear, ideal for road trips!

Mitsubishi Concept AR Exterior (Light On)

What do you think of these Concept cars?

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“Is that the sound of Jazz, or are you really feeling the Blues?”

bluesNow they don’t call it Blue Monday for no reason; the Monday starting the last full week was given the name Blue Monday because it is the time where people are the most depressed and saddest. Three weeks already into the year, some people may be going back to work; others struggling for their own problems and others just upset we are in the midst of winter. Whatever the reason is this day is certainly a gloomy and down day for all, but how can you brighten up this day so that Blue Monday does not get the best of you?

Listening to music is something that I personally like to do in order to get my mind off of things. When you listen to music, your mind drifts off and takes you into your own personal world. If you have no time for music try starting your day off better in the mornings. Wake up get yourself a nice breakfast in; you should know by now breakfast is the most important meal of the day so make sure it will help you get through the day.

Throughout the day you want to limit yourself to caffeine. For all the coffee lovers in the morning; if you are already feeling depressed than I am sorry to tell you this but coffee is a no, no this week. Caffeine kicks starts peoples days but in the long term it actually does the opposite later on in the day, and can lower levels of energy; which can cause depression.

Other ways to help get rid of the blues are finding humor in any and everything. Laughter can brighten your day and it said people with a sense of humor as less likely to be depressed. If you cannot find anything funny in your daily life, than try talking to somebody or changing up your daily routines. Changing your daily routines can add a new dimension in your life and it can give you a sense of excitement to overcome that depression. Lastly if all fails, try going to a gym, running or just exercising in general whether it’s at home or a gym; out work the funk.

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Is four seconds worth your life?

Studies show that over 600,000 people use their cell phones or other electronic devices while operating a vehicle. Texting while driving increases your chances of being in a car accident twenty-three times more likely. When texting while behind the wheel of a car, it takes your eyes off the road for 4.6 seconds. This is similar to driving down a football field blind-folded, but is texting and driving worse than drinking and driving? According to Harvard Center for Risk Analysis study shows that over 3,000 deaths are caused by texting and driving and it has passed deaths resulted from drunk driving. Texting and use of electronic devices are addictively attached to our hands; we almost become dependent on these devices that we do not know when to “put them down”. It makes you wonder are those text messages that important that you must replying right away before reaching your destination? The inability to pay attention to the road possess a threat to all other pedestrians either walking, playing or on the roads themselves.

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Texting and driving is a dangerous addiction that people don’t seem to take as serious as they should; we live in a society where we fell that it can never be us. We have this mindset that we are so good at what we do and we’ve done it one million times and one million and one more wont kill us, but what f that 4.7 seconds does, or even worse someone else? As drivers we have to take on the responsibility that the machines we are operating have the ability to change  the lives of people due to our negligence. It’s time to take our own actions for accountability and ask if those four seconds are worth everything you’ve built so far. Tips for trying to preventing texting and driving are try putting your  phone on silent or airplane mode before getting into the car, or even set your phone up with Bluetooth in your car. Install apps such as DriveOFF, or live2text and for concerned parents there is an app called Canary. Canary helps parents monitor their child’s use of their cellphones behind the wheel of the car. All are effective ways to assure you remain safe behind the wheel of the car.

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Gas Prices Won’t Be Cheap Forever

With the current decrease of gas prices over the past month; dropping from $3.54 to over a whole dollar currently. It makes you wonder how long will these gas prices stay; the national average for gas is $2.20 but if you know the economy well you know it will not last forever. The gas prices will eventually rise and go back to the $3.50 plus dollars per gallon everyone hated just a month ago.

As Americans we are always looking to save that extra penny to use it elsewhere, and for now it may be affordable to fill up your nice SUV for a little bit cheaper than before, but what about the future? Eventually gas prices will sky rocket again and you shall be another person complaining how they have to put tons of money in their gas tanks weekly; so why not make a change now? With the 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage you can plan for a smarter and fund efficient future.

The 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage is a great way to start thinking about the future and also how to save that extra penny. The Mirage was named 2014s Best All-Around performance award according to the Automotive Science Group, due to its fuel efficiency. The Mirage gets a whopping 40 miles to the gallon along with a 37 mpg in the city and 44 mpg on the highway. This car is awesome for those who have to worry about traffic leaving from home to work and work to home. The average American wastes over $700 annually while sitting in traffic, depending on how major the city is of course. So why not save yourself the money in the long run?

Now some people may not want to buy brand new cars just too only save gas it sounds ironic right? You dish out a bunch of money into a brand new car but then again cars are expensive. Not the Mitsubishi Mirage; the Mirage is most affordable car of the year and the third cheapest car on the market today. So if you really care about the future, saving money, planning your child’s future or you just love small cars. This is a car that does not pretend to be something it is not and it will be beneficial for you. Than you should not hesitate to look at 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage; think smarter and plan smarter for a better future.

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Mitsubishi Doubles down on Green SUV’s

Most SUVs and crossover vehicles are known gas guzzlers, forcing their drivers into feelings or eco-guilt as they power down the road. But the truth of the matter is, you don’t necessarily need to be a card-carrying member of Greenpeace to reap the benefits of an eco-friendly ride while still having space to haul your friends and cargo.

And knows this all-too-well, as they recently ranked the Top Ten Green SUVs and Crossovers. On that list were none other than the Mitsubishi Outlander and the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport.

What they said about the Mitsubishi Outlander:

(Green Score 42; 25/31 mpg). Bigger sibling to the Outlander Sport, this midsize crossover is conservatively styled and features a 2.0-liter 166-horsepower four-cylinder engine and gearless CVT automatic transmission. It’s less “green,” though quicker in the top GT version with its 3.0-liter 224- horsepower V6 engine. A third-row seat is included for the kiddies.

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What they say about the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport:

(Green score 42; 25/32 mpg). The stylish Outlander Sport isn’t particularly sporty, but it’s a solid performer, packing a peppy and fuel-efficient 2.0-liter 148-horsepower four-cylinder engine.

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The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution: Leaving a Legend

With the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution days numbered, we decided to take ride down memory lane. Check out how the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution has evolved over the years.

First Mitsubishi Lancer

1973 Mitsubishi 1600 GSR: The Mitsubishi Lancer made its debut in 1973, offering three sub 100 hp engines and three body styles, all designed to compete with similar economy cars. Mitsubishi also built the rear drive, 1.6L twin-mikuni GSR coupe, which in rally specification made 169 lively horses. In an extraneous Southern Cross Rally, held in New South Wales, Australia, Andrew Cowan steered the Lancer to five straight victories.

1983 Mitsubishi Lancer 2000EX Turbo: By the mid ’70s and early ’80s, the Lancer started to make its way into North America under the Chrysler umbrella. This was the first Lancer to receive the legendary 4G63T, its 2.0L turbocharged power plant made a healthy 170hp delivered directly to the rear-wheels.

1993 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution I GSR: Through the late 80’s into the 90’s, Mitsubishi’s rallying flag was carried by the Mirage and the Galant. But by 1993, the Lancer got back on top. The Lancer EVO also had a lightweight version, the RS. The RS lost power amenities to shave weight down to 2575 lbs, and came rolling on steelies, ready to be turned up for the competition.

1995 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution III: In 1995 the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution really did evolve. Mitsubishi enhanced the mean machine with nips and tucks including better aerodynamics and power levels up to 270 hp.

Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IV

1996 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IV: The Mitsubishi EVO IV can easily be spotted by its iconic front fog lamps. Twin-scroll turbo technology reduced lag and beefed up the low-end torque, but the real development was found in the new active yaw control.

2001 Mitsubishi Lancer VI GSR: For the Mitsubishi Lancer VI GSR, Mitsubishi added a clutch-type center differential to the active yaw control and dubbed the system ALL Wheel Control. Drivers could choose from three separate settings depending on road conditions, changing the was onboard systems doled out the power.


2005 Mitsubishi Lancer EVO VII FQ-400: This EVO cranks out 202 hp per liter, the British-tuned FQ stands as one of the highest output per liter production cars ever made. At a price point of over $86,000, it is also one of the most expensive lancers ever made.

2013 Misubishi Lancer Evolution X MR (USDM): Equipped with a six-speed dual clutch, weighing more, and marking the retirement of the legendary 4G63, this EVO was welcomed with open arms to the Mitsubishi family. It was also equipped with full package yaw control, active center differential and Super All Wheel Control, the tenth EVO was less raw, but still handled like a beast.

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