Keeping up with Car Tire Maintenance

Oftentimes, people think more about car tire maintenance in the winter than in the summer. Low temperatures cause tires to lose their pressure faster and become less pliable, which makes them more prone to damage — not to mention all that slippery snow and ice. However, summer presents its own set of dangers to car tires, which is why AAA urges drivers to keep an eye on their wheels during the sweltering summer months.

In fact, AAA Mid-Atlantic says they see the most tire recalls this time of year. Why? Friction from hot roads causes pressure to build up inside the tires, increasing the chance of a blowout. However, overinflation isn’t the only danger; an underinflated tire has its own issues. Not maintaining enough pressure in the tire causes the tread to wear faster and can even affect the fuel mileage of your car.

So what should you do? First, keep an eye on your tire pressure. If your vehicle has a Tire Pressure Monitoring System, pay attention to the light if it comes on. Observe the tread wear on your tires to make sure they are wearing evenly; otherwise, it could be a symptom of alignment issues or improper inflation. Car tire maintenance may not seem critical in the summer, but it’s crucial to keeping your vehicle in top shape.

Fun Tucson July Events for Everyone

Tucson, Arizona is always alive with plenty of things to do. Summer in Tucson certainly isn’t boring by any stretch of the imagination. With June out of the way, July is here, and there are plenty of Tucson July events to go around regardless of where your interests lie.

July starts on a Friday, which means July 1st starts off with a Friday Night Live event in Main Gate Square where visitors can relax and enjoy live jazz music. If you’re looking for more live music, Enrique Iglesias will be in town at the AVA Amphitheater on July 2nd, or enjoy any of the many musical events throughout the month, like the Sizzling Summer Sounds Cabaret Series.

If local nature and history is more your jam, the Creatures of the Night showing at Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum also falls on July 2nd. There’s also the Sweet Corn Festival July 9th through 10th, and Steam Pump Ranch offers special activities like live music, special tours, cultural presentations, and more on the 9th.

A number of events will celebrate Independence Day, like Military Appreciation Day at the International Wildlife Museum, the FC Tucson 4th of July Blast, or Casino Del Sol Resort’s Free Fireworks Extravaganza. There’s, of course, plenty more where that came from, so be sure to keep an eye on what’s going on in town for the Fourth.

As the month goes on, more and more Tucson July events will unfurl; there’s no way to list all of them. Keep an eye on the local event calendar for whatever strikes your interest.

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Sales Break 100,000 Milestone

The Mitsubishi Outlander has been making a bit of a ruckus in the crossover segment, quickly becoming one of the best-selling options in the market and one of Mitsubishi’s most successful nameplates ever. The success has even caused the brand to rethink their strategy and shift into a more SUV and crossover-focused game plan. Now, to add to the company’s growing list of reasons why the Outlander is one of their best products ever, Outlander PHEV sales have surpassed yet another milestone—100,000 units sold.

The Outlander PHEV’s competitors are some big names in the plug-in hybrid segment. The Nissan LEAF leads the class with over 218,000 sales worldwide, while the Tesla Model S and Chevy Volt come in second and third place, respectively. However, the Outlander PHEV is quickly catching up to them; that 100,000-unit milestone puts the Outlander in fourth place among some pretty successful and celebrated names.

Most of the Outlander PHEV’s sales have come from Europe, where Mitsubishi’s cars are a viable and, most importantly, affordable alternative to plug-in hybrid offerings from high-end names like BMW, Porsche, and Volvo. Mitsubishi hasn’t yet launched the Outlander PHEV in the American market, but considering the U.S. has one of the largest automobile industries in the world, sales can only go up when the Outlander finally hits American shores.

The Outlander PHEV is due out in the States sometime this November under a 2017 model year. Delays in its American launch were caused by changes to the vehicle’s styling and battery pack. After it’s released stateside, Outlander PHEV sales could skyrocket even further.

Hidden Gems Among Tucson Food Trucks

Between May 9th and May 15th, there were six different events in Tucson in which local businesses offered their goods to the public through outdoor food trucks. These events, such as Downtown Food Truck Rally, Community Fair & Silent Auction, or Tucson Pops Concert, among others, gave people the chance to try a bit of new grub. Here’s a few hidden gems found among the Tucson food trucks for you to give a shot.

Nhu Lan Vietnamese: Tired of the same old Asian food? Nhu Lan offers authentic Vietnamese cuisine, like Banh mi sandwiches packed with your choice of fresh veggies or savory Shrimp Tempura. Nhu Lan Vietnamese is located on 4th Avenue, so give it a try—or if you’d rather stick to your fail-safe Chinese food, they have some popular Chinese dishes as well.

Bam Bam Truck: If you’ve never heard of Mexican-Asian fusion, that’s because you’ve never tried Bam Bam. Try the Korean Tacos—they’re Bam Bam Truck’s bestselling dish, packed with kimchi, cilantro, salsa, sesame seeds, and more delicious veggies and toppings blended from the two cultures. Its permanent location is at The Flycatcher on 4th Avenue.

Pin-Up Pastries: Sweets are the name of the game in this delicious pastry shop. Known for their experimental treats and creativity, Pin-Up Pastries offers whoopie pies in every possible flavor known to man. Tucson Foodie recommends their tangy Lime Macadamia Squares. There’s no permanent location, but check out Raytheon on Hermans Road. If Pin-Up isn’t there, check the listings for any upcoming food truck events in the area.

Tucson food trucks offer many more goodies besides just these three. It’s a good idea to hit these recommendations alongside any other little-known restaurants at food truck rallies and events. Who knows? You might find some hidden gems of your own.

2016 Mitsubishi Triton GLX+ Hits Australia

Mitsubishi has a line of pickup trucks but none are available in the United States. That’s too bad considering the Japanese automaker recently revealed the latest special edition model. The 2016 Mitsubishi Triton GLX+ packs more safety and convenience features compared to the current line.

The Mitsubishi Triton GLX+ builds on the existing GLX model. Under the hood is a 2.4L turbo diesel engine that produces 178 hp and 317 lb-ft of torque. Mated to a five-speed automatic transmission with Sport Mode, that engine certainly packs some capability. With a maximum towing capacity around 6,800 lbs (3,100 kg), this truck is more than capable for fulfilling the needs of most drivers.

Safety and driver assist features include seven airbags, emergency stop signal, a speed limited, trailer stability assist, and hill start assist as standard. That builds the GLX’s existing rear camera, 6.1-inch color touchscreen, rear step bumper, and 16-inch alloy wheels.

As for price, the Mitsubishi Triton GLX+ goes for AU$39,490 with an automatic transmission. Opting for the six-speed manual transmission runs in a good deal cheaper with a price tag of AU$36,990. Having undergone a redesign for the 2015 model year, this is a truck we’d be happy to see enter the United States market.

Here at Quebedeaux Mitsubishi, we’re happy to see more Mitsubishi special editions hitting markets!

How to Prepare Your Car for Summer

Summer is right around the corner and that means it’s time to prepare for the heat! Keeping your car in top condition for the season doesn’t take much work provided that you prepare. If your car has any problems, they’re likely to grow in summer due to the heat. Here’s how to prepare your car for summer from us here at Quebedeaux Mitsubishi!

  • Oil – If you drive often, odds are you already change your oil. While you should follow the schedule in your owner’s manual, getting an extra oil change for summer isn’t a bad idea in the slightest. If you plan on taking long trips or towing a trailer, an oil change beforehand is highly recommended.
  • Tires – Summer tires can go a long way when it comes to hot roads. Designed to provide better handling and increased fuel economy, switching your set could be beneficial if you plan on driving a lot. Either way, examine your tires for tread wear, uneven wear, and proper alignment!
  • Battery – Now that the spring rains and winter freezes have come and gone, it’s time to give your battery some attention. Pop the hood and scrape away any corrosion, tighten the connections, and have a professional check to see if your charge is weak.

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Makes U.S. Debut

The all-new 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has premiered at the 2016 New York International Auto Show, and its debut was very anticipated.

The Outlander PHEV features a highly efficient 2.0-liter gas engine and two high-performance electric motors. Mitsubishi’s superior Super All-Wheel Control system makes the Outlander PHEV more capable than ever.

Three drive modes provide ultimate versatility, with EV (full electric mode), series hybrid (electric power with generator operation), and parallel hybrid (engine power and electric motor assistance). The Outlander PHEV will provide excellent efficiency by selecting the most efficient drive mode for the road conditions.

Advanced safety and convenience features will help to keep you safe and secure, too. The Multi-Around view Camera Monitor will increase your visibility and features like pedestrian detection capability will keep you and others safe. Technology doesn’t lack, either, with Apply CarPlay and Android Auto.

“Mitsubishi’s future is crossover utility vehicles and electrified vehicles. Today we are showing the first piece of that plan,” said Don Swearingen, executive vice president, MMNA.

If you want to be a part of that future, you can see the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV in fall 2016.

 

What Does the Color of Your Mitsubishi Say About You?

 

The color of your car says a lot about you, and the type of car you have says a lot, too. So what does the color of your Mitsubishi say about you?

Red – If you have a red Mitsubishi, it means you probably have a flare for the dramatic. You’re dynamic, outgoing and have high energy.

Orange – Orange isn’t a very popular color so you like to go outside the box. You’re probably fun-loving and talkative.

Green – If you’re behind the wheel of a green car, you’re most likely traditional, trustworthy, and well-balanced.

Blue – If you have a blue car, it means that you’re most likely confident and you tend to be a dependable leader.

Purple – If you own a purple car, you’re creative, individualistic, and original. You’re probably more right-brained than left!

White – White means that you’re probably direct and tend to be organized and like to keep your car clean.

Black – A black car is classic, which means that you probably favor elegance and power.

Of course, the color of your car might not be important to you! But do any of these seem to fit your personality? Let us know!

Mitsubishi’s February Sales Saw Strong Gains

February may be the shortest month of the year, but Mitsubishi sold a lot of cars. In fact, Mitsubishi’s February sales were up 4.5% over last year’s sales, with a total of 7,870 vehicles sold.

Leading the sales were both the Outlander and Outlander Sport. The redesigned Outlander saw sales of 2,121 units, which was an impressive 81% increase over February 2015. It was also the crossover’s best February since 2007.

The smaller Outlander Sport had an even more impressive month with sales of 2,591—it’s best February ever!

“We’ve said it before and we are proving it to be true, the future of the Mitsubishi Motors brand lies in its CUVs,” said Don Swearingen, executive vice president, MMNA, in a statement. “Outlander Sport continues to be our sales leader and the new Outlander is proving to be quite popular with customers seeking high value and reliability in a very competitive segment.”

Come check out these two great crossovers along with the rest of the Mitsubishi lineup today at Quebedeaux Mitsubishi. We think you’ll be pleasantly surprised at what a great value their entire lineup is.

Easter Events near Tucson, Arizona

This year, Easter falls on Sunday, March 26th. If you are looking for some family fun this year, here are some Easter events near Tucson you can add to your calendar.

  • Annual EGGstravaganza in Mansfield Park. On Saturday, March 26th from 10am-1pm at Mansfield Park there is the 17th annual Easter festival. There will be egg hunts, a visit from the Easter Bunny, inflatables, carnival games, food, and prizes. Admission is free.
  • Easter Egg Hunt at Reid Park Zoo. Bring the kids to the zoo and find some Easter eggs, make some crafts, and see some animals. This event will be held March 25th through the 27th from 8am-9am each day. You must register and pay online in advance.
  • International Wildlife Museum Eggstravaganza. Visit the museum on March 26th from 10am-12pm for a candy hunt, crafts, games, and a visit from the Easter Bunny.

Are you planning on attending any of these Easter events near Tucson this year?