Mitsubishi was one of the first adopters of turbocharging on commercial vehicles in the 1980s and 1990s. Although the brand hasn’t used turbocharging in a few years, it has decided that now is the time to consider going back to this innovative technology.
According to Automotive News, Mitsubishi turbocharged engines have become rare, largely because turbochargers tend to slow acceleration. However, the brand has developed some innovative solutions and is planning on releasing a 1.5-liter turbocharged engine for a new crossover starting in 2018.
“They know we’re their best chance,” said Ryan Gremore, chairman of Mitsubishi’s dealer council. “You put your resources where you get your best results. Everybody in the industry is going to be going even further in this direction”
Mitsubishi executives also suggested adding a 1.1-liter turbocharged engine on Mirage and G4 subcompact models, giving these cars added power and fuel economy. Turbocharging works by recycling exhaust to add power to the engine. This increases fuel economy and tends to up horsepower. Although typically found on performance models, more and more commercial models are appearing with this technology.
Road trips are a great way to have fun with the family. From sightseeing to important discussions, America has a rich tradition of road trips. One way to pass the time, especially for kids, is to play road trip games. We’ve put together a list of some lesser known games to help you get the most out of your road trip.
According to Edmunds, the most popular games remain classics like I Spy, 20 Questions, and Slug Bug among others. While these are oldies, they can get old real fast. Consider playing the license plate game. Spot license plates beginning with or containing each letter until you get to Z. First person to the end of the alphabet wins.
You could also try Name that Tune. This game has competitors team up and hum or whistle pop songs, TV themes, and classics to their partner. The person who guesses the most correct answers in a short period wins. This game is harder than it might sound.
Geography Lesson is a little more educational. This has you take the last letter of a previous answer, like Florida, and find a new place that begins with that letter. For example, the next answer might be Arizona, followed by Algiers, followed by Siberia. This one is great for geography buffs.
IHS Automotive rewards car brands and models in many categories: safety, performance and loyalty. And this year, the Mitsubishi Mirage got the Model Loyalty Award.
This is second year in a row that the Mitsubishi Mirage has been recognized by IHS Automotive for having the highest loyalty in the Non-Luxury Traditional Sub-Compact category.
To determine owner loyalty, IHS analyzes the percentage of households that choose the same make/model when they purchase or lease a new car. The higher the percentage of households that return to previous models, the higher that model’s ranking.
And the Mitsubishi Mirage? It had a record-breaking year and exceptionally high loyalty. The Mirage is a top sub-compact car, offering an unmatched package of class-leading fuel economy and reasonable pricing.
“The Mitsubishi Mirage is one of the true hidden gems in the automotive industry and this IHS award validates that claim,” said Don Swearingen, executive vice president of Mitsubishi Motors North America. That, and its innovative styling and tech aspects explain why consumers keep coming back for the Mirage.
If you have a special person in your life who’s addicted to all things cars, Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to give them something auto-themed they’ll love. Whether your loved one is a fan of car knickknacks or they’re into fixing cars, there’s a wide world of car-themed gifts they’re sure to love.
Add a little whimsy to your significant other’s home with an engine block coffee table or this cool gas pump liquor dispenser—it’s sure to be a hit at parties. You can also give them a new car audio system or a subscription to satellite radio to make their driving experience better.
On the more practical side of things, try out a nice new tool set, a high-end washing kit with sponges and cloths for a perfect waxed finish, or an expensive piece of auto equipment they’ve been putting off buying.
If your significant other loves racing and fast cars, splurge a little to send them to racing school to get some hands on experience in a real racecar, or just get tickets to a race. No matter what you get, they’re sure to love it!