The History of Mitsubishi Motors

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Mitsubishi Motors is without a doubt one of the biggest automotive companies and is an instantly recognizable brand just about anywhere in the world. One of many divisions of the larger Mitsubishi brand, Mitsubishi Motors remains one of the most important subsidiaries that bears the name. At times it’s interesting to go back and look at where big companies originated and how they got to be what they are today. Let’s take a look at the rich history of Mitsubishi Motors dating back to 1917.

The Mitsubishi company had been set up as a shipping specialist in 1870, operating in Toyko and soon diversifying out into other areas including coal mining and iron-milling. Closer to the turn of the century, the company had set itself up as an industry leading in a number of fields in manufacturing and commerce from steel and glass to banking and insurance. The rise of the company during this period was quite profound, to say the least.

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Mitsubishi workers with Model A automobiles in 1917

It wasn’t until 1917 that the company produced its first automobile, the Mitsubishi Model A. Looking back, the move into the automotive industry seemed inevitable with the company already active in related fields of production. There were a total of 22 Mitsubishi Model A vehicles built, all of which were handmade. Given the high costs of production compared to the competition, it was discontinued after just 4 years. In 1937 the company produced a four-wheel drive passenger sedan, but it wasn’t until well after the second world war  (which took its toll on Japanese industry) that the company found its niche.

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Mitsubishi Model A

The mass-market sedan Mitsubishi 500 was released in 1953, a time when wages were rising and demand for family motor vehicles was on the rise. Over the next 11 years, two other vehicles were produced including Minica kei car, Colt 1000 and the Mitsubishi Debonair, a larger luxury car. Within a few years, demand was extremely high with 70,000 vehicles being produced annually. The success continued with the various model being introduced until 1969 when the larger Mitsubishi company decided that a division that focused solely on the automotive industry should be created – and Mitsubishi Motors was officially born.

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The first Mitsubishi Minica by Mitsubishi Motor Company

It’s quite an origin story and some may be surprised by just how old the Mitsubishi brand is. In fact, the logo that we all know so well today was put together around 1870, well before Mitsubishi Motors was made official. If you’re in the market for a vehicle or want to find out more about the Mitsubishi story, feel free to contact the friendly team at Chadstone Mitsubishi.

5 Tips To Keep Your Car Going Longer

Mitsubishi Outlander Car Servicing and Maintenace

In this day and age, there’s no denying that it can be quite costly to keep a car on the road. There’s the car’s true cost, fuel, registration and regular servicing, not to mention changing any parts that may need replacing down the road. Whether you’re driving a Mitsubishi or any other brand of car, it’s well worthwhile to take car of your car from day one as best you can. It’s a fact that good maintenance will keep your car in working order for longer. It will also save you money in the long run and keep you safer on the road too. Let’s take a look at 5 essential car care tips.

Check the oil regularly

It’s something that only takes a couple of minutes, but it can’t be understated how important checking and changing oil is. Oil is responsible for keeping the engine well lubricated and cool, without which you’re going to have some real problems!

Check Mitsubishi Car Oil regularly, and refill if needed

Keep it clean

If you value the cosmetic appearance of your vehicle, washing it weekly or fortnightly is a good idea. A build-up of dirt, salt and grime can potentially damage the exterior if left alone. It’s also a good idea to keep the underside as clean as possible. For new cars, you should consider applying wax every half year if possible; this keeps the paint in good health.

Park in the shade

When talking in the long term, the sun and rain can damage the exterior of your car as well. Preferably, you’ll want to avoid parking it in the street; if you have a garage or carport your car will be much better off. The paint, leather and other materials can easily be damaged by the sun, so any way you can reduce the impact is well worthy of your time.

 

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Flush out the coolant yearly

The car’s cooling system is what circulates coolant around the engine and keeps it cool.  Usually, it’s made up of 50% distilled water and 50% coolant and it prevents corrosion is it is changed regularly. Without it operating as it should, the engine is likely to overheat and potential even seize up, which, in many cases, means the end of it. Doing so will also reveal any bursts in the system that may be leaking coolant.

Service your car regularly

For the basic car servicing things, you can usually take care by yourself. But it’s of utmost importance that you have a professional inspect your vehicle every few thousand kilometers. How regularly you will need it serviced will vary from car to car, depending on age and other factors. Find yourself a good, trusty mechanic and your car will be in safe hands.

Remember that for Mitsubishi cars, you only should avail the service of registered Mitsubishi service center!

A Glimpse Into The 2016 Outlander PHEV

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Being described as the world’s first plug-in hybrid SUV, the new Outlander PHEV is to be released in Australia in mid-2016 due to higher-than-expected demand in foreign markets including the Netherlands and the UK. The Mitsubishi Outlander 2015 model sold consistently worldwide, particularly in the UK and Australia, and early reports are suggesting that we’ll be seeing their numbers eclipsed by 2016’s offering. Improvements have been made across the board, most notably to the car’s performance.

Efficiency

True to form, Mitsubishi has made a strong effort to focus on improving the energy efficiency of the PHEV, after all, the target market is essentially looking for this when they go for a hybrid.

The 4D waggon will be considerably more efficient than the previous model. How efficient? With fully charged batteries, the PHEV gets 1.8L/100km. This basically means that over reasonably short distances (going to work and back every day), you’re unlikely to use up any fuel whatsoever. That said, simply fueling up before a drive to a holiday destination or even road-trip, will have you making the trip comfortably. The PHEV is both a city-friendly family vehicle or a something to load up and take with you on week’s getaway.

This makes it particularly practical for just about any lifestyle, which is possibly why it is appealing to more consumers than expected in the early going overseas.

Performance

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A positive is that this improved efficiency across the board has not necessarily come at the cost of power. A 2.0-liter petrol engine links to the front wheels and with 87kW behind it the SUV packs more than enough punch for its intended purpose.

But the real improvements have come in the form of handling, with tweaks made to the front and back suspension. This not only improves steering response but makes driving along hilly country roads, pebble streets of dirt tracks more smooth and far more forgiving. It also means things are less noisy in the cabin, which was a criticism that was made about 2015‘s model.

While it’s not exactly the quickest car in its class, the Outlander has decent acceleration up to 100km/h and power will always deliver what is expected.

Interior

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Mitsubishi has taken various shortcomings pointed out about past models to heart and understandably looked to improve these. One such improvement is the interior which has abandoned its understated style and gone for a more luxurious look. As discussed, there has been a strong focus on improving comfort inside by reducing sounds from wind, suspension and the like. Sound proofing additions have been made as well as anti-vibration material added; in combination with an improved suspension, this makes for a much more relaxed ride.

Keep an eye out for the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, sure to be one of the most popular releases in 2016 and certainly an upgrade over the previous model. For information about the full range of Mitsubishi’s vehicles available now or to book a test drive, speak to the friendly team at Chadstone Mitsubishi today!

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5 Tips on How to Increase Fuel Economy

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Motoring has become one of the most expensive ways to independence in recent years, thanks to the higher petrol prices, road taxes, insurance and a whole host of maintenance and repair work.Saving some money by choosing the right type of car is just the first step, you can go further to save more money by increasing your fuel efficiency.By following these 5 simple tips, you can see your savings start to add up over the coming years.

1. Steady Acceleration and Braking

Making sure you accelerate and brake more smoothly is one great way to increase your fuel economy, as driving more smoothly will help you use less petrol. If you brake late your car is still using petrol to push the car forward, so keep the car in gear and cruise to a stop. Putting your car in neutral and stopping has the same effect of using petrol, so keep it in gear and let those drops of fuel add up!

2. Over Revving Your Vehicle

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Many people get into the bad habit of over revving their vehicle when changing gear. This miscalculation can add up in fuel costs, so try to keep at the optimal rev level for your vehicle depending on which gear you choose. You should be hitting 2,500 revs per minute on a petrol car and 2,000 revs per minute on a diesel. Revving too high uses more fuel, which in turn costs you more money, so break the habit, watch your rev counter and learn to change gear at a lower rev.

3. How Speed Has an Impact on Your Fuel Economy

If you want to know how to get a better fuel economy, one of the biggest ways to improve upon is to take note of your vehicle’s speed. Fuel consumption may not be simply about the speed that you are travelling at, but how smoothly you are travelling. The majority of vehicles consume the maximum amount of fuel at above 120 km p/h, so keeping below this speed is critical when it comes to saving fuel.

The moment your vehicle jumps into the 2,500 rev band, the fuel is being drunk at a considerable rate.Using 100 km p/h as a baseline, travelling 110 km p/h uses 9% more fuel, whereas travelling at 80 km p/h uses 15% more fuel. Taking that figure into account, if you travel at 110 km p/h then you will be using more than 25% more fuel than if you were travelling at 80mph.

4. Tyres, Luggage, Roof Rack

Tyres play a huge role in helping keep fuel economy down as over time the tyres will become flattered and can start to affect your fuel economy. Setting your tyres to the correct pressure can save you up to 2% of your fuel and ensure that you are travelling safe for the road surface that you are on.

Luggage and roof racks can play a role in saving you money on your fuel. If your car is heavier, it will take more energy to move it and therefore more revs and more fuel. Having an aerodynamically solid roof rack can have less of an effect on fuel economy than a large square block, so purchase wisely!

5. Diesel vs Petrol engines

How to increase fuel economy

Today’s modern diesel engines use less fuel than they ever did and are a slightly better with fuel emissions than they were a long while ago. Diesel engines use less fuel than their petrol counterparts, but they tend to cost more to buy. The overall fuel efficiency of your car’s specific engine will truly determine the overall fuel efficiency, as there are plenty of non-economical diesel and petrol engines out there.

If purchasing a new or used car, make sure that fuel economy is factored into the equation as it can end up being a hidden cost of running your car that you didn’t think about whilst purchasing. Take care to drive more smoothly and use all of the tips like shutting off your air conditioning when you are cruising on the highways to help lower your fuel consumption. Brake and accelerate gently and you will be well on your way to saving fuel and money in no time at all.

Buying Your First Car From a Dealership

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Buying a new Mitsubishi car can make for both an exciting and emotional experience. To ensure that everything goes swimmingly with your new vehicle there are a few things you need to think about. One of the most important is where you choose to buy your new car. Buying from a certified Mitsubishi dealership can offer you many benefits over purchasing elsewhere and you can make your purchase with greater peace of mind.

Don’t be too alarmed by the sales patter, Mitsubishi dealers are good people just wanting to help you out! Just make sure that you have a general idea of the car you wish to look at and see the sales advisor as the person to get you the right deal if you make a decision. Take someone along who knows a lot about cars if you feel you are less knowledgeable than average, and remember that you do not need to make a final decision today.

Don’t be Afraid to Ask Too Many Questions

If you have already made your decision on which Mitsubishi car you want, ask the sales advisor about the different options available to you in regards to upgrades, in-car entertainment options, and alloys. You may find that some dealers can offer you special deals, so don’t forget to ask.

Buying your first car from a dealership

You will be advised on the car you are purchasing and how the different functions and features of the car can be of benefit to you. Take time to look around the car and get a good feel of it inside and out. Understand the engine and pose as many questions as you can to the Mitsubishi dealer about the benefits of the fuel economy and safety features the vehicle has to offer.

Ensure that you take the car for a test drive, as well as the other cars you like to narrow down your choice better. Remember that the car in the showroom may be an older model or a more reduced model depending on the upgrades, so make sure that the car you may have to order is in mind.

Take a Little Time Before You Buy

Feeling excited is a normal emotion to feel when purchasing your first new car from a Mitsubishi dealership, but don’t let it overwhelm you. You may find that you love the first car you tried, but allow a little time to settle in before you make the big purchase. Dealerships understand that purchasing a car is a big investment, so ask to take a little time to think about it.

Buying your first car from a dealership

Going into a dealership on a weekend is a great idea for you to walk around, take a test drive and have a day or 2 to think about your purchase before you sign the agreements. It also allows you to visit other dealerships and make them offers based on the quote you received from the previous dealership. It is always a good thing to shop around.

Be Confident About Warranties and Guarantees

If you have any questions about warranties and guarantees or other financial papers you will have to sign to finalise the purchase of your car, don’t hesitate to ask as many questions as possible. Making sure that you know the rules and regulations concerning anything that may go wrong with your new car purchase are the way to go.

Buying your first car from a dealership

Keep in touch with your local Mitsubishi car dealership to ensure that any problems you may have in the future can be resolved in a friendly and timely manner. Your local Mitsubishi dealer will be able to help regarding any technical issue you may encounter, so do not hesitate to stay in contact and allow you to be confident in your new purchase.