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New Year Resolutions for Drivers

Driving at sunset

Take to the road with a new set of resolutions to kick off 2017. Finding the perfect New Year’s resolution can be a struggle for many drivers. As it turns out, the right resolution could be behind the wheel of your vehicle.

 

  • Tires – There’s little doubt the tires are one of the most important parts of your vehicle, which is why maintaining them is pertinent to many. Tires that aren’t properly cared for will create decreased fuel economy, a rougher ride, and wear faster. Take a few minutes each week to make sure there’s enough tread and that the tires are properly inflated this year.

 

  • Idling –One good way to waste money is by idling in the driveway. Winter is cold, which causes many drivers to let their car idle in order to warm up. The popularity of remote starters certainly doesn’t help matters either. In reality, the fastest way to warm up your vehicle is to drive. Most engines are ready to roll after just one minute of being turned on.

 

  • Maintenance – Keeping up with routine maintenance should be high on most to-do lists. Keep your car operating at peak performance by making service appointments and consulting your owner’s manual.

 

We here at Randall Mitsubishi hope you try one of these New Year resolutions for drivers in 2017!

Mitsubishi Technologies and Upgrades: Lancer and Outlander Sport

Mitsubishi technologies and upgrades

 

The Mitsubishi Lancer and Outlander Sport recently received some great technological upgrades for the latest model year. From entertainment to safety, there are a number of great features which make these models better than ever. Read on to learn more about recent Mitsubishi technologies and upgrades.

According to Mitsubishi, the new Lancer comes with tons of great features. This includes, as always, a tuned all-wheel control system to give you better handling in harsh conditions. Every model comes with a standard rearview camera as well, making it easy to navigate tight city roads. Meanwhile, a 6.1-inch touchscreen comes with HD Radio, and you can also get the Rockford Fosgate premium sound system.

The Outlander Sport is an athletic take on a standard SUV, offering impressive performance and a unique design. This model also comes with some great new high-tech gadgets, including the FUSE Hands-free Link System with Bluetooth, USB inputs, and more. You can easily connect your phone to have a truly “connected” media experience.

Both of these model also come available with an advanced navigation system with 3D-mapping and a 7-inch touchscreen system. You can see real-time traffic, gas prices, weather, and more. You won’t want to leave the driver’s seat of the new Outlander Sport or Lancer. Check out these models’ great new features today.

Holiday Travel Tips: ‘Tis the Season for Travel

Holiday Traffic

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The holiday season is right around the corner. That’s why we’ve put together a list of holiday travel tips to help you get the most out of your experience on the road. Although few people realize it, there are some important things to keep in mind before you hit the highway. From travel times to essential supplies, you’ll be glad you were prepared for the trip.

According to the Travel Channel, timing is everything. Regardless of whether you are driving or flying, there are some important days to avoid. Even if you’re driving, search airport dates for the most expensive days to travel around the holidays—and then avoid those. Typically, the most expensive day to travel will be the busiest. Although you might assume Fridays or Sundays are the worst days to drive, this isn’t always true.

Download some apps. If you aren’t the most tech-savvy person around, ask your family or friends to download an app for travelling. In particular, you can find apps to locate the cheapest gas, the cleanest rest stops, or the best routes for travel. Take advantage of technology—most other drivers do.

Finally, be sure to pack light. Although it might go against your instincts, packing light will leave you more room for the trip. If you are staying for an extended period, try to locate a laundromat where you can clean your clothes instead of packing a closet. Need toiletries? Buy them at your location. You’ll be happy to have every square inch covered when you hit the road.

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV’s US Launch Delayed

The Outlander PHEV charging

The Outlander PHEV charging. Photo via Wikipedia Commons.

 

Electric car enthusiasts have been waiting with bated breath for the Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) to be released in American markets. Once it arrives, it will no doubt give a new kind of relevance to the Mitsubishi name. Unfortunately, no one knows for certain exactly when the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is planning on showing up. Though it’s listed as a 2017 model year vehicle on the Mitsubishi website, it will likely be delayed until the 2018 model year.

This is the second postponement this year for the vehicle that was first expected in summer 2016. However, Europe got early access to the PHEV in 2013, and by their standards, it should be worth the wait. The PHEV became the bestselling plug-in on the continent.

So what are we waiting for? For one, the pricing will be more competitive in the states, and therefore Mitsubishi is under pressure to find the perfect balance. Secondly, we’re waiting—patiently—for the best possible incarnation of the PHEV.

According to the company’s North American spokesperson Alex Fedorak, we can expect “better driving characteristics and more features” when the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV’s US Launch finally happens. Though the wait is challenging for those of us eager to take the PHEV for a spin, in the end it will be worth it because we’re waiting for a plug-in hybrid that will exceed our expectations.

Did You Go to Shrimp and Wine Fest 2016?

 

Shrimp and Wine

Expect great dishes like this at any Abilene seafood festival. Photo – Wikipedia Commons.

Last weekend was your chance to taste what some claim is the most delicious boiled shrimp in all of Texas — we’re talking about the annual Shrimp and Wine Fest. The festival treated guests to plenty of great food and drink on Saturday, November 12th at El Paseo de Santa Angela. The event took place from 4-8pm. Tickets proceeds went to the Home Builders Association of San Angelo.

For the cost of a ticket, each guest got a plate of delicious boiled shrimp prepared with special seasonings and spices. The shrimp came with corn, potatoes, sausage links and your choice of iced tea or sweet tea. The San Angelo Rotary Club who hosts the event understands that some folks keep busy on Saturdays, so to-go orders were available to accommodate those out and about.

As the name would suggest, the annual Shrimp and Wine fest includes a selection of wines for tasting and sipping along with your shrimp. However, the wine is not included in the price of the ticket and is sold separately.

The Home Builders Association of San Angelo put the profits toward their Operation FINALLY HOME program, a nonprofit project that brings experienced builders and suppliers together to build homes for injured or ill veterans and their families.

If you missed this year’s Shrimp and Wine Fest, look for details on next year’s event to try some of the tastiest seafood around.

2nd Annual Dia De Los Muertos: Art After Dark Festival on October 27th

Last year marked the first-ever Dia De Los Muertos: Art After Dark festival in San Angelo, Texas, where the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts and Angelo State University worked together to bring a free public celebration of the legendary Day of the Dead to the area. Held at the museum itself and beginning at 6 PM, the 2nd annual event invites everyone in the San Angelo area to experience this slice of Mexican culture and art while bringing together a sense of community.

Tons of events and activities will be offered, such as performances by the Ballet Folklorico and the Ballet Azteca, as well as live music from a Selena cover band, a traditional dress-up contest with cash prizes, a parade with a mariachi band, and much, much more. Food and art vendors will be available onsite if you’d like to bring a little bit of the celebration home with you, too, and the ASU Cultural Center will be providing a Community Altar for event goers to partake in the act of remembering those who have passed away.

The Dia De Los Muertos: Art After Dark event will be held on October 27th and feature the artwork, photography, music, and dance of the Mexican-American community in San Angelo, Texas – but, of course, the festival is for everyone to participate and enjoy.

Art After Dark

Mitsubishi GT-PHEV Concept Debuts in Paris

Mitsubishi GT-PHEV concept

A Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV shown here at a charging station.

After the success of the Outlander earlier this year, Mitsubishi announced plans to reevaluate their lineup, phasing out some of their less popular nameplates and refocusing their efforts on the crossover and SUV segment. It seems one of the first results of that new strategy will be making an appearance at the Paris Motor Show in the form of the new Mitsubishi GT-PHEV concept. This plug-in hybrid SUV offers a more aggressive, stylish look than your typical Mitsubishi nameplate, and its capabilities are strides ahead of most current members of the PHEV segment, too.

According to Mitsubishi representatives, the GT-PHEV will combine a traditional gasoline engine powering the front wheels with an electric motor powering the rear wheels. As a result, the SUV will be able to run up to 75 miles on electricity alone without ever tapping into the fuel tank, about double that of most plug-in hybrids currently in mass-market production. The SUV also features a sleeker, futuristic style, designed with thinner elements and a low-sloped windshield that ends in a sharp rear bumper.

We haven’t been given a peek yet at the interior of the Mitsubishi GT-PHEV concept, though that’s sure to change when the vehicle makes it appearance in Paris. We hear whisperings of burgundy leather that matches the SUV’s roof color, plus a spacious horizontal dashboard.

Fall Car Maintenance You Can Do at Home

fall car maintenance

Do a quick inspection of your car to make sure it’s ready for the fall weather!

There’s a lot of car maintenance that needs to just be done at the shop by professionals. However, you can save on fall car maintenance costs by doing some of it yourself. Service during this time of year is important with the hazardous weather and low temperatures steadily approaching. Try doing some of these simple checks to keep your vehicle working properly through the colder months.

Change wiper blades: This doesn’t take much! Most wipers are easily lifted off the windshield by a hinge, and you can snap the old ones out, put the new ones in, and lower them back onto the windshield.

Check and top off fluids: Oil, coolant, brake fluid, windshield wiper fluid – all of these are important for you safety. Yes, even the wiper fluid. Make sure all the fluids are clean, and if anything looks low, top it off.

Replace your air filter: Air filters aren’t expensive. Most should fall in the range of $10-$15. It’s easy to pick one up from the store and replace the old one.

Inspect battery: Your battery capacity is drastically reduced in cold temperatures, so make sure you check the health of your battery and make sure all the connections are tight and clean.

Fall car maintenance doesn’t have to be hard or expensive. Just make sure you have a professional like the ones in the Randall Mitsubishi Service Department take care of any of the really tough or sensitive stuff, like an engine tune-up, before you head into the winter.

Come to San Angelo’s LilyFest 2016

LilyFest 2016

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The LilyFest in San Angelo, TX is sure to be an exciting and beautiful event!

San Angelo is home to the International Waterlily Collection, a premiere collection renowned all over the world and recognized by the International Waterlily & Water Gardening Society. On display at Civic League Park, this collection is free for guests, and it changes every year, as the founder’s collection is so vast he can only display half of a percent of the collection at a time. Now, San Angelo’s LilyFest 2016 is coming up on September 24th, and you’re invited to join in the festivities as you admire the flowers.

This time of year you’ll get to enjoy the Optimum Victoria Display, plus the 4th Annual IWC New Waterlily Competition. Free tours and presentations will be provided, as well as food and wine samplings for the “Strolling among the Lilies” segment. The food sampling and wine tastings will be ticketed events at $75 apiece. You’ll also get to enjoy classic jazz throughout the event.

Whether you want to enjoy gourmet cuisine from the top chefs in the area or simply admire one of the largest collections of waterlilies in the world, San Angelo’s LilyFest 2016 is sure to woo you with its diverse species of exotic flowers. Everything from the massive Victorias to the newest hybrid species will be on display.

Let us know your favorite event at the LilyFest 2016 here at Randall Mitsubishi in San Angelo, TX.

Take a Virtual Test Drive of the 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage G4

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virtual test drive

Share with your friends your virtual test drive of the new 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage G4!

 

With the launch of the new MirageG4NightDrive.com experience, people can take a virtual test drive of the all-new 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage G4. Users can use both a laptop and smartphone simultaneously for a unique dual-screen experience.

“The Mirage G4 offers consumers a package that is unmatched in the industry – with up to 42 highway MPG, best-in-class legroom, and of course our 10-year, 100,000-mile Powertrain Limited Warranty – all starting under $14,000,” said Francine Harsini, senior director, Marketing, MMNA.

With the Night Drive Experience, users can take control of the Mirage G4 with their smartphone and steer through a course of challenges and around a racing track. Users will get to try out the rearview camera, turning radius, Hill Start Assist, and more.

At the end of the test, the drivers earn a Mirage personality type, such as “Wallet Watcher,” “Learner’s Permit,” or “Mirage Master.” They also get a highlight reel of their driving experience as a shareable GIF.

The Mirage G4 is the first vehicle in its class to offer both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. This all-new, sporty sedan is available now at Randall Mitsubishi. Stop by and take it out for a real life test drive today.