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

St. Patrick’s Day Food Recipes to Spice up Your Holiday

St. Patrick's Day food - pretzels & beer

St. Patrick’s Day is one of the most fun and laidback holidays in the US, and there’s no better way to celebrate than with tons of green desserts! Whether you’re making them for your kids or you want a snack to go with your mug of green beer, you’ll definitely want to try some of these St. Patrick’s Day food recipes.

There are a few green flavors that go perfectly with St. Patrick’s Day, so make sure to incorporate them! Genius Kitchen suggests chocolate-mint dream cookies with chocolate drizzle and green frosting, as well as crème de menthe brownies, a big brownie version of Andes chocolates. Yes, please!

Chocolate-dipped matcha shortbread cookies are also bound to be a hit, especially paired with green tea, or make a delicious matcha cheesecake! And don’t forget lime—gooey key lime bars and lime cheesecake squares are a fantastic addition to your St. Patrick’s Day dessert menu.

You don’t have to have a green flavor to make it green, though! Add green food coloring to your marshmallow fluff for green rice crispy treats, or make cupcakes with shamrock sprinkles on top. Any dessert can be St. Patrick’s Day-themed if you’re creative!

If you’re in the Tucson area around St. Patrick’s Day, pay us a visit at Quebedeaux Mitsubishi! We can’t wait to see you!

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!

Which New Year’s Resolution Will You Choose?

New Year's resolution

Choosing your New Year’s resolution now is a great way to get ahead. Plus, by planning carefully, you may be more likely to achieve your goals. That’s why we at Quebedeaux Mitsubishi have created a list of ideas for your next resolution. Whether you’d like to exercise more or you’d simply like to learn something new, there is something for everyone.

Most people are more likely to stick to their resolutions if they pick specific goals. Daring to Live Fully suggests eating fewer calories as one of the top resolutions. You should always consult your doctor before making major dietary changes, but one of the best changes for those who want to lose weight is eating fewer calories. Set a goal for each week. Maybe one week you’ll cut back 50 calories a day, while the next you can cut back 100 calories.

Next, try to read more. Reading is not only a great way to learn, but it’s also a relaxing experience for most people. If you like fiction, try reading the top 10 American novels of all time. Like poetry? Try to read all of the British Romantics or everything from the Beat Generation. If you like nonfiction, there are a score of memoirs published every year that are worth consideration. Again, setting specific goals will help you stick to your resolution.

Other great resolution ideas include getting more exercise, meditating once a week, or hiking more often. You can also organize all your documents, create a business plan, or try to learn a new hobby like knitting, fishing, or the guitar. You can’t go wrong with these resolutions.

Tips for Planning a New Year’s Eve Party

New Year's Eve party

New Year’s Eve is one of the most memorable days of the year, making it the perfect time for a party. Here at Quebedeaux Mitsubishi, we’re created a list of tips for planning a New Year’s Eve party. From games and food to music, we’re including several things that every party should have. Above all else, you can creative a festive celebration while also keeping all your attendees safe.

According to Real Simple, games are a must. You’ll want to keep your partygoers entertained, and simple games are a great way to break the ice. For example, you can play a guessing game by having attendees write their resolutions on a card and having everyone else guess who it is. Alternatively, you could play a fill-in-the-blank game with resolution ideas.

Next, get the right snacks. While some people make a traditional pork and sauerkraut dish for New Year’s Day, you’ll be safe with snack food at your party the night before. Almonds and carrots are a great healthy choice, though some may prefer shrimp cocktails, chips and dip, or even cheese fondue. Champagne is a classic drink, though you may also want to experiment with Prosecco. Naturally, be sure to get designated drivers if partygoers plan to drink.

Finally, get the right music. Classic songs include “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve” by Ella Fitzgerald and “Let’s Start the New Year Right” by Bing Crosby. ABBA has a “Happy New Year” song, and “Funky New Year” by the Eagles is bound to set the right tone. As the ball drops, you may also want to consider “Auld Lang Syne” by Mariah Carey. These are just some of the songs to include on your New Year’s mix. With the right games, snacks, and songs, you’re bound to have a blast.

Relaxing Getaways in Arizona

Autumn is already in full-swing, while winter is set to arrive fairly soon. Fortunately, for those of us who live in Arizona, these two seasons are a little milder then they would be elsewhere in the country. As such, there is still plenty of time to explore the natural beauty that the Grand Canyon State has to offer. Here are just a few relaxing getaways in Arizona to plan a trip to this year.

The Grand Canyon

Speaking of the Grand Canyon State, no list of Arizona attractions would be complete without a mention of one of the world’s natural wonders: the Grand Canyon itself. While crowds can pile up for this national attraction during the summer months, things tend to die down a bit in the fall and winter. Plus, you don’t have to deal with the sweltering heat, either.

Chiricahua National Monument

While the Grand Canyon might be Arizona’s most famous national monument, it certainly isn’t the only monument located here. Arizona residents will also enjoy the Chiricahua National Monument. Dubbed the “wonderland of rocks,” Chiricahua National Monument is home to some of the most fascinating rock formations found anywhere in the world.

Bill Williams River National Wildlife Refuge

If you’re a big bird enthusiast, then the Bill Williams River National Wildlife Refuge is undoubtedly the place for you. Each year, a variety of different avian species migrate to Arizona to escape the harsher winters up north. One of the best places to spot these birds is along the riverbank at this wildlife refuge.

If you happen to be relaxing near the Tucson area anytime soon, then be sure to stop into Quebedeaux Mitsubishi! We’ll provide you with the ideal vehicle for your tranquil travels.

 

Harvest Festivals to Explore in Arizona

While the Southwest does not get the same autumn experience as Americans further north, we have a lot to be thankful for as the harvest comes in. Consider these harvest festivals to explore in Arizona to get in the season’s spirit.

  • Pumpkin Days & Corn Maze – This fall festival in Glendale runs from November 1st through November 5th. According to OnlyInYourState.com, the event at Tolmachoff Farms is an annual tradition. If you really want to experience everything fall, consider heading here for corn mazes, a petting zoo, and a pumpkin patch.
  • Celebraciones de la Gente – Visit this event in Flagstaff to get a closer look at the Mexican celebration of Día de los Muertos. On October 21st and 22nd you can experience the fun and traditions of this holiday with food, music, dancing, and Mexican hot chocolate.
  • Arizona Harvest Fest – On November 12th, Chandler will be holding a fall festival to celebrate the end of the season. This festival is perhaps best known for its open-air market that lets you get a head start on your holiday shopping. It also has a beer garden and live entertainment.

Here at Quebedeaux Mitsubishi, we really enjoy celebrating the fall season. Come see us if your vehicle needs a tune-up before a tour of area fall festivals.