Automotive Science Group Honors Mitsubishi Motors With Industry-Leading Awards

Mitsubishi Logo On Wheel

It’s time to celebrate! The Automotive Science Group just recognized Mitsubishi Motors as the “Best All-Around Performance Brand” and the “Best Economic Performance Brand”. These awards follow in the wake of the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander and Outlander PHEV being given a “Best 5 All-Around Performance Award” for its segment last month, and alongside the announcement that the 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage has been awarded the “Best Economic Performance Car” and “Best 5 All-Around Performance” titles.

To determine the recipients of these coveted awards, the Automotive Science Group (ASG) evaluates three major areas: environmental, social, and economic performance. The ASG evaluated 33 automotive companies and found that Mitsubishi Motors beats the competition be an average of 16%, pulling ahead to offer the best all-around value and performance of any automaker in 2018.

Just as the 2018 Outlander and Outlander PHEV have received spectacular acclaim since their release, so too has the 2018 Mirage. It received the “Best Economic Performance Award” for the second consecutive year and boasts “the smallest life-cycle carbon footprint of any conventional powertrain.” In addition, it earned a “Best 5” title out of 356 vehicles evaluated in its small car segment, outcompeting other cars as a result of its exceptional value, performance, and low costs of ownership.

With the Outlander platform and Mirage, the future of Mitsubishi looks bright. If you want to see either of these vehicles in person and take them for a test drive, contact us at Quebedeaux Mitsubishi.

How to Check Your Car’s Air Conditioning System

Service Technician Checking Car Air Conditioning System

Summer is here, and it’s never fun getting stuck somewhere with broken air conditioning. Even worse is when your car’s air conditioning system stops working, making running errands and commuting to work an all-around unenjoyable experience. Sitting in the heat sweating with your legs stuck to the seat is an experience best left avoided. If you’re car’s air conditioning system hasn’t been performing as it should, or if you just want to look the system over, no time is better than at the beginning of summer. Here’s a guide on how to check your car’s air conditioning system and make sure it’s in proper working order.

  1. First, check the fans, the temperature of the air flow, and your car’s air filter: These are simple checks that may resolve the issue without causing a headache. Check to make sure the fans are blowing and the air coming out is cool. If very little air is coming out, you will to check your car’s air filter to make sure it’s clear and not obstructing air flow. If these checks don’t resolve the issue, move on to step 2.
  2. Check A/C compressor: The A/C compressor is located in the engine bay. To check to make sure that the A/C compressor is working, have your car on, the air conditioner running, and make sure that the compressor’s pulley is rotating. If it’s not, there could be a problem with the compressor and you will want to take your car into a service center to have the system looked at. If you’d like, you can add refrigerant and check for cracks in the system on your own, but it may be easier to have it looked at by a professional.

Sometimes checking your car’s air conditioning is a technical task you just don’t have time for in your busy schedule. Feel free to contact us at Quebedeaux Mitsubishi for an appointment if you need assistance.

Get Your Car Road-Trip Ready for the Summer Months

Get your family car road-trip ready for summer!

As we become closer and closer to June and the official beginning of summer, many of us will be dreaming up summer road trips to take with friends or family members. Before setting out on your adventures, however, you should prepare your vehicle to face the heat and long hours of driving. Here are some tips on how to get your car road-trip ready for the summer months.

  1. Check your oil, all fluid levels, and tires: Before hitting the road, you will want to perform a few basic checks on your vehicle. You will want to check your oil, windshield wiper fluid, power steering fluid, transmission fluid, brake fluid, and coolant levels. This last one is particularly important, as it helps keep the engine cool while on the go. You will also want to check your tire pressure and tire treads, making sure your tires are adequately filled and that your tires are in good shape for long hours of driving.
  2. Clean or replace your cabin’s air filter: If you’ll be spending a lot of time in the car, you’ll want to make sure that your car’s air filter is clean or new (if you haven’t changed it in a couple years).
  3. Make sure your air conditioning is in good working order: Driving around in the heat is no fun, so you will want to check your car’s air conditioner, making sure all parts are in good shape and that it’s in proper working order.

If your vehicle isn’t quite ready for a long road trip, come see the team at Quebedeaux Mitsubishi for a new car or the repairs your current ride needs.

2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Honored with Top Awards from Automotive Science Group

2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Honored with Top Awards from Automotive Science Group

This month, the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV and Outlander were honored with a top award from the Automotive Science Group. The Outlander received the coveted “Best 5 All-Around Performance” award, which is no easy feat: the group considered 372 models for this competition.

The Outlander was chosen for its exceptional performance, value, and smart engineering, with the Automotive Science Group citing the Outlander as outperforming its competitors by an average of 22%. This prestigious award is given to the “top five automobiles in each vehicle class that the organization determines to achieve the highest combined environmental, economic, and social performance scores.”

The Outlander is no stranger to smart performance, especially when it comes to the PHEV model. The 2018 Outlander PHEV boasts 74 MPGe and an all-electric driving range of 22 miles – which is perfect for the daily commute and most everyday driving needs. With the standard Super All-Wheel Control system, the Outlander PHEV combines all the SUV capabilities drivers desire with the eco-friendly efficiency drivers deserve. The standard Outlander model doesn’t fare poorly either: it offers 30 mpg on the highway.

We couldn’t be prouder of the Outlander PHEV and Outlander for receiving this award. To learn more about this vehicle or to add it to your garage, come see us at Quebedeaux Mitsubishi.

 

*Outlander PHEV: Combined fuel economy – Electricity + Gasoline

*Outlander: EPA mileage estimate. Actual mileage may vary.

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Sales Lead Brand’s Best Sales Yet

2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV sales

A few years ago, when the revamped Mitsubishi Outlander appeared on the market with several family-friendly revisions, the automaker announced plans to expand the crossover/SUV lineup and move away from its reputation for practical, budget-friendly sedans. That move proved to be a good strategy, and now, the Outlander family has expanded to include the Outlander Sport and the Outlander PHEV. To the surprise of experts everywhere, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV sales seem to be leading the charge when it comes to Mitsubishi’s success in 2017.

The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV was available globally a few years ago, with its U.S. launch being repeatedly delayed due to the fact Mitsubishi wanted to revise the nameplate and add a few upgrades before bringing it stateside. This seems to have been a wise choice. 2017 was Mitsubishi’s best year in sales since 2007, and the brand overall had a sales growth of 7.7% over the previous year due to breaking the 100,000 milestone for vehicles delivered.

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV sales are defying expectation. While selling 623 units in 2017 may not sound impressive when compared to other, more traditional vehicles on the market, the plug-in hybrid SUV brings a new niche of customers to the Mitsubishi brand. Outlander PHEV sales are only expected to increase over the following three-year period.

To learn more about the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, visit us soon at Quebedeaux Mitsubishi.

Upcoming Spring Events in Tucson, AZ

Upcoming Spring Events in Tucson, AZ

Looking for something to do outdoors with your friends or family as the weather warms up? Check out these upcoming spring events in and near Tucson, AZ.

Agave Heritage Festival – April 27-May 6

This 21+ event is a daily recurring event for the duration that takes place at different times and locations, such as the Carriage House, Mission Garden, Tumamoc Hill, and more. Celebrate the cultural, commercial, and culinary significance of the agave plant in the Tucson area.

Tucson Folk Festival – May 5 & 6

It’s free to get in this two-day celebration of local folk music. Taking place at El Presidio Park, the Tucson Folk Festival was established in 1986 and will feature over 200 folk musicians.

Sonoita Horse Races – May 5 & 6

Are horse races more your style? The Santa Cruz County Fair & Rodeo Association is holding the Sonoita Horse Races for the 103rd year in a row, providing a fun opportunity for guests to enjoy a good, old-fashioned weekend of heading down to the derby.

Wyatt Earp Days – May 26-28

Celebrate the Wild West’s most famous officer of the law at this free, two-day event with live street performances, costumed entertainers, a stagecoach, a chili cook-off, and even gunfight skits in historic Tombstone, Arizona.

If you need a new vehicle to keep up with your Arizona adventures, come see us at Quebedeaux Mitsubishi!

Explore the Outdoors Around Tucson This Spring

Outdoors around Tucson

This spring, we at Quebedeaux Mitsubishi recommend that you take the time to explore the outdoors around Tucson. With various national parks and outdoor wonders to discover, we think it would be a shame if you didn’t take advantage of all that the surrounding Tucson wilderness has to offer. Here are a few of our favorite parks and outdoor areas that we strongly recommend.

  1. Sabino Canyon: This popular natural wonder is located on the northeast edge of the Catalina Mountains. Stroll around, enjoy the views, and pack a picnic for a fun and scenic afternoon. If you’d like, you can venture into the surrounding Coronado National Forest, which offers various trails for hiking and horseback riding.
  2. Lemmon Ski Resort: This is a versatile attraction that you can enjoy year-round. Venture to the top in winter for some quality skiing, or hike the mountain’s trails in the summer.
  3. Colossal Cave Mountain Park: While here, you can take an informative and thrilling tour of the cave, learning all about its interesting history. Its also comfortably cool, providing a nice respite from hot Tucson weather. The area also has a museum to learn about local wildlife.
  4. Saguaro National Park: Head to Saguaro National Park to experience the famed saguaro cactus that only grows in the Sonoran Desert. Enjoy the park by a taking a relaxing driving tour, or venture out into the heat and hike to get closer views.

Take a break and head outside this spring. For a vehicle ready to take you anywhere, come see us at Quebedeaux Mitsubishi.

Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross and Outlander PHEV Offer Innovation and Adventure to U.S. Drivers

2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross
The All-New Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

Just this past February, the all-new 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross landed in the states. As a compact crossover SUV, the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is part of one of the fastest growing segments. In spite of the tough competition, the Eclipse Cross distinguishes itself due to its vibrant design, fun driving experience, and advanced features.

2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
The All-New Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

The 2018 Eclipse Cross is not the only Mitsubishi vehicle recently released within the United States. This past December, Mitsubishi released the Outlander PHEV, a mind-blowingly innovative vehicle. It is the world’s first plug-in hybrid SUV – and also features standard all-wheel drive. This vehicle offers two electric motors, as opposed to the traditional one, allowing the Outlander PHEV to supply electric power directly to both the front and rear axles. What’s more, it has an MPGe of 74 miles. At Quebedeaux Mitsubishi, we’re thrilled that these two vehicles are now available in the states.

The Eclipse Cross offers similar levels of innovation and adventure to American drivers, while also offering a dash of daring design. It comes with a 1.5-liter direct-injection turbo engine as well as the same Super All-Wheel Control system as the Outlander PHEV. Its advanced tech far exceeds competitors, offering a standard 7-inch infotainment system, Head-Up Display (HUD), power-sliding panoramic sunroof, and more fun and desirable features that are sure to delight drivers.

To learn more about the Eclipse Cross and to take it for a test drive, come see the team here at Quebedeaux Mitsubishi.

*Outlander PHEV: Combined fuel economy – Electricity + Gasoline

Events in Tucson in March

Events in Tucson in March- Springtime Outdoors

Tucson is one of the most culturally diverse cities in the southwest, and the many events and festivals we have throughout the year are proof of this. From street fairs to concerts to museum events and everything in between, there are tons of things to do in Tucson in March.

Monster Jam

At the very beginning of the month, catch Monster Jam®, which will take place over the weekend of March 2 to March 4 and puts on an incredible monster truck show in the iconic Tucson Arena and Convention Center. If you’re not interested in big trucks, try the 4th Avenue Spring Street Fair the same weekend, where you can visit over 400 arts and crafts booths and much more.

Tucson Winter Chamber Music Festival

The week of March 4, see the 25th Tucson Winter Chamber Music Festival. A series of concerts, master classes, a gala dinner, and even a youth concert organized by artistic director Peter Rejto will leave you amazed by the world-class talents of these musicians.

Oro Valley Spring Festival of the Arts

Toward the end of the month, you won’t want to miss the Oro Valley Spring Festival of the Arts, a two-day festival with over a hundred artists and exhibitors in every art medium, plus performances, activities, and food vendors.

If you’re in Tucson in March, pay us a visit! We can’t wait to see you at Quebedeaux Mitsubishi!

Delightful December Events in Tucson

December Events In Tucson
Light Up The Night

This holiday season, don’t wander away from sunny Tucson for your good cheer and merriment. December events in Tucson are diverse, exciting, and guaranteed to delight the entire family. Here are a few we don’t think you should miss!

Luminaria Nights

In the historic Village of Tubac, take part in the annual Fiesta de Navidad from 5:00-9:00 PM on December 1st and 2nd. Beautiful lights, delicious homemade fare, charming live music, and maybe even a visit from Saint Nick himself add up to a night your family won’t soon forget.

Holiday Nights at Tohono Chul

Here is your perfect holiday date night. Holiday Nights at Tohono Chul runs on weekends from December 1st to December 16th and boasts displays of over one million twinkling Christmas lights. Add in the tasty food and live jazz, and your special someone will be swooning!

Tucson Marathon

Earn that extra helping of Grandma’s cherry pie by taking part in the annual Tucson Marathon at 7:00 AM on Saturday, December 9th. Don’t worry – you don’t need to run all 26.2 miles to participate. You can choose the half-marathon or relay-marathon options, or just cheer on the runners from the sideline!

Do you need a new ride to help you get to and from all these awesome December events in Tucson? Then visit Quebedeaux Mitsubishi in Tucson, AZ today! One of our friendly staff members is always standing by to help.