Mitsubishi Offers Smartphone Users a Mirage G4 Virtual Test Drive

Ever dream of being able to do your car shopping from the comfort of your home? The new Mitsubishi Mirage G4 allows smartphone users and laptop owners to do exactly that by offering a virtual test drive online. Mitsubishi aims to bolster interest in the all-new 2017 model of the subcompact sedan by giving potential customers the chance to interact with a Mirage G4 through the portal of their phone screen, thanks to the new website MirageG4NightDrive.com.

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The website is part of Mitsubishi’s Night Drive campaign for the 2017 Mirage G4. Using a device that can connect to the Internet, interested people may access the website to take a virtual drive. The course goes around a midnight track, as well as some other fun challenges. Features like the rearview camera and Hill Start Assist are also demonstrated through the virtual test drive, so viewers can interact with these features without having to physically go to a dealership.

Even more fun

The Mirage G4 virtual test drive offers another fun benefit — a personality test. After using the Night Drive website, Mitsubishi will analyze your driving habits and assign you a particular “driving personality”. You can also share a gif of the highlights of your drive on various social media websites.

Free Local Activities in Tacoma, Washington

Packed with beautiful scenery, fun-filled adventures, and a rich history, Tacoma and the surrounding Pierce County is loaded with free local activities for the bored individual on a budget. Additionally, if you’re looking for something to do that won’t cost a cent, you won’t have to venture very far around these parts.

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Our top activity picks:

  • Bridge of Glass: Connecting the Union Station to the Washington State History Museum and the Museum of Glass, this 500-foot-long marvel features the glass art of talented creator Dale Chihuly.
  • Fort Steilacoom Park: With 340 acres of undisturbed wilderness, Fort Steilacoom Park allows visitors an extensive trail system to explore free of charge. There’s even a 22-acre off-leash dog park for your furry friends.
  • Pacific Bonsai Museum: Bonsai is more than interesting trees; it’s an art form. Experience the tradition of bonsai at this beautiful, relaxing open-air museum.
  • Kopachuk State Park Beach: Does it get any more obvious than a saltwater beach? Sometimes all you need to get away from it all is sand and the ocean.
  • State Highway 410: Last but definitely not least. Designated as a National Scenic Byway, State Highway 410 loops around Mt. Rainier for beautiful views and a leisurely, relaxing drive.

 

There are many other free local activities in Tacoma, so don’t be afraid to explore! Get out of the house today and occupy your kids with active play! You never know what you might find.

How to Stay Awake While Driving

Road trips can be fun, but they can also be tedious. There aren’t many things more dangerous than getting sleepy when you’re behind the wheel. To help, here are some tips on how to stay awake while driving.

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Get Sleep

It’s important to get enough sleep before your drive. Make sure to get a full 7 – 8 hours of sleep the night before your next long drive. If you didn’t get a good night’s sleep, try to set aside time for a pre-drive nap to make up for it.

Avoid Night Driving

Try to avoid driving between midnight and 6 a.m. Your body’s biological rhythm will hit you with sleepiness between these hours.

Buddy System

It’s best to have at least one other driver with you on road trips. That way, if you do get sleepy, you can pull over and switch drivers.

Drink Caffeine

Caffeine will give you those boosts of energy you need when driving. Just be prepared for the “caffeine crash” after a few hours. If you want to avoid crashing, you’ll need to keep drinking caffeine, which will also mean more frequent bathroom stops.

Avoid Cruise Control

If you need to keep your feet active, you’ll stay more alert. Cruise control can numb your senses.

If you’ve done all these things but are still finding yourself ready to doze off, pull over and take a break as soon as you can.

Mitsubishi Grand Tourer Concept to be Unveiled at Paris Auto Show

Mitsubishi always pushes for bigger and better innovations. So what’s next? The reveal of the all-new Mitsubishi Grand Tourer.

The Grand Tourer Concept is set to premiere at the 2016 Paris Motor show in the fall. This newest concept represents a high-end SUV coupe, and will embody all of Mitsubishi Motors’ goals. Mitsubishi expresses this through four titles: Augmented Possibilities, Functional Beauty, Solid Thrust, and Japanese Craftsmanship.

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What we know so far:

It follows suit with the latest developments in Mitsubishi Motors’ plug-in hybrid technology, like its reveal of the Concept XR PHEV II at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. Mitsubishi’s latest reveals all have one thing in common: they combine the latest driving technologies, hybrid updates, and design trends.

The Grand Tourer concept still has a lot of mystery surrounding it. The concept art released doesn’t yet reveal the exact look of the Grand Tourer, but it’s sure to be just as commanding as the successful Outlander PHEV. From what you can see, there’s a sharp and angled roofline and commanding body.

Keep your eyes peeled, because come fall, the next innovative Mitsubishi concept will debut and it’s sure to make a splash.

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Earns Yankee Value Award

Recently, the New England Motor Press Association (NEMPA) gave the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport its Yankee Value Award. This award is given to the vehicle that best exemplifies the hardworking spirit and perseverance of New England.

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While Washington is definitely not in New England, we can still appreciate this award. It represents the Outlander Sport and the Mitsubishi brand in a great way!

Why We Love the Outlander

“Outlander Sport continues to prove why it’s our sales leader,” said Don Swearingen in a statement. As the executive vice president and chief operating officer, MMNA, he knows his stuff! “Reliability, quality, competitive pricing and cost of ownership are at the core of Outlander Sport; recognizing exemplary value provided in such a competitive CUV segment proves Mitsubishi is providing consumers with what they not only want, but need.”

In order to be considered for this award, a “value proposition” must be demonstrated by a vehicle. The Outlander Sport competes with its wide range of features and its 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty.

In addition, buyers will appreciate the Outlander Sport’s fuel economy. It comes in at an EPA-estimated 24 mpg city and 31 mpg highway. And, of course, buyers will love its affordability with a starting price under $20,000.

Come check out the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport today and see if it can earn your personal Washington Value Award.

Tacoma Father’s Day Outings that Dad Will Really Love

Tacoma Father's Day outings

Father’s Day this year falls on June 19th. That means you have less than a week to prepare. While we’re sure your dad or husband would appreciate another tie or a World’s Best Dad mug, he would probably appreciate you taking him out for some fun. Here are some great Tacoma Father’s day outings that are sure to leave him impressed.

Where to Take Dad

  • Father’s Day Car Show. If your dad loves everything about cars, take him to the 13th annual Father’s Day Car Show and Chili Cook-off in Burien. The event runs from 10am through 4pm and guaranteed fun for the whole family.
  • Bell Harbor Classic Weekend. If classic watercrafts are more your father’s taste, spend Father’s Day weekend at the Bell Harbor Marina in Seattle exploring over 50 classic yachts. The event is free and you can even board most of the yachts—just be sure to wear soft-soled shoes.
  • Museum of Flight. Dads (accompanied by children) get free admission to the Museum of Flight on Father’s Day. There will be special family activities all day.
  • LeMay Family Collection. Dads get discounted admission to this classic car and artifact museum on Father’s Day. Pack your own picnic lunch or purchase the special BBQ lunch they will prepare that day.

What Tacoma Father’s Day outings are you planning this year?

2016 Mitsubishi Triton GLX+ Hits Australia

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Shown is a 2011 Mitsubishi Triton – a much more updated truck is now available in other countries!

Fun fact: Mitsubishi has a line of pickup trucks that aren’t available in the United States for a variety of reasons. The newest truck is available in Australia where the Japanese automaker revealed this latest addition to the line. The 2016 Mitsubishi Triton GLX+ adds more features to the current GLX, making it more viable for the everyday driver.

Available in a 4×4 dual cab configuration, the Triton GLX+ adds more safety and assistance features to the existing GLX. Currently, the top-of-the-line GLX comes with a rearview camera, 6.1-inch touchscreen, rear step bumper, and 16-inch alloy wheels.

The GLX+ adds an emergency stop signal, speed limiter, trailer stability assist, seven airbags, and hill start assist to the list. That’s a good amount of technology, but the 2016 Mitsubishi Triton GLX+ isn’t done yet.

A 2.4-liter turbo diesel engine powers the pickup with an impressive 178 hp and 317 lb-ft of torque. Mated to a five-speed automatic transmission with Sport Mode, the truck is capable of towing up to 6,800 pounds. That’s more power than most drivers will ever need.

When it comes to price, the 2016 Mitsubishi Triton GLX+ runs in at AU$39,940 for the automatic transmission and AU$36,990 for the six-speed manual transmission. Redesigned for the previous model year, this is one slick-looking truck.

Here at Larson Mitsubishi, we’d love to see the Mitsubishi Triton come to our shores!

How to Remove Car Smells

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When it comes to your car, unwanted odors can ruin the driving experience. Trapped inside the car, smells can quickly ingrain themselves in your seat and carpet, making it relatively difficult to remove. Luckily, there are several easy do-it-yourself solutions. Even better, you likely have everything you need to remove car smells at home. We here at Larson Mitsubishi know exactly what you need!

  • Dryer Sheets – Designed with fresh-smelling scents, dryer sheets make your clothes smell like a fresh spring day. They can do the same for your car. Wipe down your cloth seats to quickly weaken the scent, and then place several sheets under your seats for a long-lasting effect.
  • Citrus Peels – A leftover of a healthy breakfast, citrus peels have a use other than to protect the fruit. By saving the peels in a cup, removing smells and replacing them with a fruity scent is easy. Simply place the cup of peels in your car with the windows up. After a few hours, they’ll have absorbed the unwanted smell and replaced it with a fruity scent many people pay for.
  • Vinegar – If your smell is particularly strong, a cup of vinegar might do the trick. Leave a cup of white vinegar in your car overnight. The vinegar will overpower even the strongest of odors, leaving your car virtually

Fighter Jet Parts Give Mitsubishi an Edge in Driverless Car Development

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Unlike most other auto manufacturers, Mitsubishi doesn’t just make cars. It also makes steel, televisions, and fighter jet parts.

Some of these other projects are actually helpful in building cars. In fact, the automaker recently told Automotive News that because it already has the development done for numerous technologies found in driverless cars—such as sensors, cameras, and millimeter-wave radars—it has a significant advantage over the competition. These technologies are typically used in autonomous cars to detect the exact position of cars, pedestrians, lanes, and even roadside objects around them.

The one caveat is that the technology isn’t exactly the same; after all, one is made for missiles and the other for cars. But adapting them should be a lot easier than building them from scratch and will give Mitsubishi a significant edge in driverless car development.

“All we have to do is to put together the components that we already have,” said Katsumi Adachi, Mitsubishi’s chief engineer for their auto equipment division. “None of our competitors have such a wide array of capabilities.”

We hope to see driverless cars in our lineup at Larson Mitsubishi by 2020! We will be patiently awaiting their arrival…and yours!

Mitsubishi Donates $30,000 to American Red Cross of the Heartland

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Mitsubishi Motors USA has made a significant contribution of $30,000 to the American Red Cross of the Heartland. The donation was made in partnership with O’Brien Mitsubishi in Normal, Illinois and the ceremony took place on-site at the dealership with American Red Cross officials.

The organization will use the $30,000 to meet the needs of its community through the Red Cross Home Fire campaign, which involves installing smoke alarm systems in at-risk areas. The campaign is dedicated to preventing injuries and death by reducing the number of home fires, especially among those exposed to greater risk, such as women, children, and persons of low socioeconomic status.

“The American Red Cross is a great organization that works to improve the well-being of the community. We’re honored to play a part in the Red Cross Home Fire campaign and trust that the donation made today will further their efforts,” said Don Swearingen, executive vice president, MMNA.

When you shop at Larson Mitsubishi, you know your money is going to a good place!