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From Solar to Electric: Vehicle-to-Building Technology

vehicle-to-building technology | Coronet Mitsubishi blogPartnering with Hitachi and ENGIE, Mitsubishi recently developed a new use for electric car batteries as a power source for office buildings. This system allows a car to not only charge from a building, but also to discharge energy. It can even work with solar panels and external storage systems to provide greener energies to areas that don’t traditionally have access to alternative energy methods.

According to Mitsubishi, vehicle-to-building technology is anticipated to provide an important role in cutting carbon emissions, as it allows many companies to lower the cost of energy. Basically, some buildings that use solar panels provide more energy than they need at certain points in the day. Using the V2X charging system that Mitsubishi, Hitachi, and ENGIE created, electric cars can store that energy and discharge it when necessary.

“This project demonstrates how our IoT and digital capabilities can help customers make buildings energy-neutral, increasing their energy efficiency and reducing costs, by optimizing EV charging infrastructure,” said Ram Ramachander, Chief Digital Officer at Hitachi Europe. “Our technology can also help to create new business cases across the EV value chain, including vehicle to grid technology, which enables flexibility with their energy distribution”.

Each of the three companies plays an important role in this new charging system. Hitachi manufactures the V2X charging system, with allows for what’s called “Bi-Directional Charging.” ENGIE develops Smart Buildings with solar panels and other renewable energy sources, and Mitsubishi provides vehicles like the Outlander PHEV SUV to store extra power. Here at Coronet Mitsubishi, we’re excited about the role our vehicles are playing in this exciting new technology!

New Mitsubishi SUV in the Works

new Mitsubisishi SUV - Mitsubinshi Motors Logo Over the past decade, the Mitsubishi lineup has gone through some big changes. Currently, the lineup offers the Mirage in both hatchback and sedan forms and a handful of crossover models, including the new Eclipse Cross. Now, we have learned that a new Mitsubishi SUV may be in the works.

“Yes, that is one thing we are looking at. A new SUV,” Tsuneshiro Kunimoto, vice president and general manager of Mitsubishi design, told CarBuzz. “The SUV is still growing, also in China and Europe, so it [an SUV] would be a good decision for Mitsubishi.”

Many industry analysts speculate that this new SUV model could be a replacement for the beloved Montero or Montero Sport. It is also possible that any new model could share the same electrification platform as the current Outlander PHEV.

This new model announcement follows closely behind the announcement that Fred Diaz will become Mitsubishi North America’s new CEO. He previously worked to develop both the Ram truck line and Nissan Titan pickup. A new, rugged SUV would be right in his wheelhouse.

Development on the new model has already begun. While there is no release timeline as of yet, we hope to see the new model here at Coronet Mitsubishi within the next couple of years.

Arrival of the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Might Be Just Around the Corner

 arrival of the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEVWe’ve been patiently awaiting the arrival of the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, and it looks like that patience is about to pay off. Dealers across the United States are finally being told that they can expect the Mitsubishi plug-in hybrid crossover in their lots by February or March of 2018.

The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV will be the only all-wheel-drive, plug-in hybrid crossover at the approximately $35,000 price point. Already a best-seller in Europe, American admirers of the super-green, super-capable crossover will finally be able to take the wheel.

The minute the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV hits the US market, it will become one of the most efficient SUVs available. This plug-in hybrid crossover has an all-electric range of 22 miles and 25 mpg with room for expansive improvement when the driver engages the available all-electric drive functions.*

If the arrival of the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is your “PHEV-rite” piece of news this week… you might just be an auto nerd (or a fan of bad puns). In either case, visit us at Coronet Mitsubishi to see our full line-up of powerful Mitsubishi models.

 

*EPA estimates. Actual mileage may vary.

2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross First Look

2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

Mitsubishi pulled out all the stops with the unveiling of the 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross at the Geneva Motor Show. A revival of the old sports car’s name, the Eclipse Cross comes to the market as a four-door crossover, but the Japanese automaker clearly has much more planned. Even so, the all-new Eclipse Cross has the makings of a hit vehicle all on its own.

 

The new crossover will land between the Outlander Sport and standard Outlander, when it comes to size. The stylish model boasts a refined roofline that can easily compete with premium coupe SUVs that are currently on the market. Drivers will experience Mitsubishi’s advanced all-wheel drive system to the fullest.

 

The new Eclipse Cross lands with a standard 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. While there’s no word on if we’ll see it here in the United States, there’s also an optional 2.2-liter diesel engine.

A sporty engine beneath the hood of such a stylish crossover is just the beginning. If the vehicle is a hit, Mitsubishi is considering adding a two-door model to the lineup. High sales could also lead to a revival of the Ralliart nameplate.

 

The 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is scheduled for a global launch sometime in early 2018. Here at Coronet Mitsubishi, we’re pumped for the arrival of the new vehicle from Mitsubishi!

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Make Eco-Friendly Driving Your Resolution: 2017 Lancer Efficiency

2017 Lancer efficiency

If you’re still looking for a New Year’s resolution, there’s still time. Consider getting the new 2017 Mitsubishi Lancer. This model comes with excellent fuel economy and lower emissions—which is great for the environment—and it’s also affordable and sporty. Treat yourself while also reducing your carbon footprint. What could be a better New Year’s resolution?

 

According to Mitsubishi, the 2017 Lancer efficiency is 27/34 mpg city/highway. Under the hood is a powerful 2.0-liter MIVEC engine that generates up to 148 horsepower. You can also opt for the 2.4-liter engine, though it doesn’t get the same fuel economy as the 2.0-liter. In addition to MIVEC engine technology, you can also get a continuously variable transmission to save on gas.

 

The new Mitsubishi Lancer also comes with an electronically controlled All-Wheel Control (AWC) system that monitors your driving and actively transfers power to wheels as needed. This means you can drive more effectively on slippery surfaces like gravel, dirt, and snow.

 

The 2017 Mitsubishi Lancer is great for virtually any driver. If you were thinking about getting a new car, now is the time to buy. The Lancer comes with the latest features, an eco-friendly design, and a truly enjoyable ride. Test drive this model today.

Nissan Takes Control of Mitsubishi for $2.3 Billion

Mitsubishi hasn’t been doing too hot in recent years with sales relatively stagnant and a fuel economy problem in Japan. While many enthusiasts didn’t have much hope for the future of the small Japanese underdog, Mitsubishi’s faults could lead to its growth. Nissan finalized its acquisition of a majority stake in the company in October and it seems to be going well so far.

Nissan Takes Control of MitsubishiRenault-Nissan added Mitsubishi to its list of partners to become the third largest auto group in the world, falling behind Toyota and Volkswagen. In total, Nissan spent a whopping $2.3 billion for a 34% stake in Mitsubishi.

Nissan plans to use the expertise of both companies to create a driving force in automotive markets around the world. Mitsubishi boasts a strong truck segment outside of the United States and Nissan could very well use that expertise to increase its offering in the truck-happy country.

In the same way, Nissan’s development of self-driving technology and Mitsubishi’s popular hybrid systems could lead to good things as well.

“We are going to show that Mitsubishi Motors has more potential than has been shown so far,” said Carlos Ghosn, CEO of Renault-Nissan.

When Nissan takes control of Mitsubishi, it can only lead to good things for the automotive industry as a whole.

We here at Coronet Mitsubishi are pumped to see what incredible things the future holds for Mitsubishi!

Mitsubishi GT-PHEV Concept Hints at the Outlander’s Future

Mitsubishi GT-PHEV Concept

Mitsubishi hasn’t exactly kept quiet about the future of the Outlander, one of its most popular vehicles. The fast-selling crossover is bound to have an interesting future, especially with the reveal of the latest concept at the Paris Motor Show. The Mitsubishi GT-PHEV concept is the latest design to roll under the spotlights.

Mitsubishi already showed up two previous concepts of what the future of the Outlander could look like. The XR PHEV II at the Geneva Motor Show put an interesting spin on things. The EX concept took the stage at the Toyota Motor Show as well.

Now it’s the Mitsubishi GT-PHEV concept’s turn.

The crossover’s shiny grill leads into a sleek, flowing design characterized by chiseled lines that lead the eye along the sides of the vehicle. The GT-PHEV concept reportedly uses three electric motors and a conventional 2.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine. The manufacturer-supplied battery is capable of reaching 75 miles on electricity alone.

The latest concept boasts a whole host of advanced technologies as well. That technology includes navigational-planning systems as well as all-wheel drive control to optimize performance.

Only time will tell which concept Mitsubishi will choose for the future of the Outlander crossover.

We here at Coronet Mitsubishi can’t wait to see what becomes of the Mitsubishi GT-PHEV concept

Final Mitsubishi Lancer Evo Goes to Auction on eBay

Final Mitsubishi Lancer Evo

Well, folks, the final Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution, one of the most loved compact cars is officially off the market. The Japanese automaker brought the legendary model’s legacy to a close via an eBay auction on September 15th. All proceeds from the auction benefited Feeding America Riverside and Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County.

The final Mitsubishi Evo came in the form of the Lancer Evo X Final Edition. Only 1,600 units left the production line with the final model heading to eBay. It eventually sold for a whopping $76,400, an amount that will surely help those in need.

The Final Edition Evo was the best form of the compact car. It boasted 12 hp over the standard model as well as a five-speed manual transmission. Other standard features included Bilstein shocks, Brembo brakes, and Eibach springs.

The Final Edition model is largely considered a collectible due to the limited production run and upgraded performance features. The car itself boasts a sleek sporty design that makes this model one to remember.

As the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo drives off into the sunset, it’s good to know that the final model will help feed those in need.

We here at Coronet Mitsubishi are sad to see such an amazing car leave the production line for good.

The Mitsubishi XM Concept: A Truly Modern Crossover

Mitsubishi XM Concept

The Mitsubishi XM Concept recently debuted at the Indonesia International Auto Show. Based on the eX vehicle revealed last year, this new SUV concept is causing quite a stir. With premium features, a crossover design, and the latest high-tech gadgets, you are bound to fall in love with this model at first sight.

According to AutoCar, the XM Concept will have a versatile design thanks to its crossover style, wide body, and seating for up to seven. It will also have a new dashboard that spans the width of the car, and an elevated center console. Best of all, the interior will also have a high-contrast color scheme, with black, white, and silver accents for an especially refined look.

As of now there is little information about the powertrain under the hood. However, the eX that was revealed last year had an electric motor with all-wheel drive—perhaps foreshadowing what’s under the hood of the XM. The XM could also come with an advanced hybrid design to reduce fuel consumption and pollution.

The exterior is perhaps one of the most striking aspects, with thick tires, sweeping contours, and a tall ride height. The lighting is minimalistic and modern, while the wheels come with a special design to make them truly stand out. We can’t wait to see the new Mitsubishi XM Concept in action

The Mitsubishi Grand Tourer Hybrid SUV to Debut at Paris Auto Show

Mitsubishi Grand Tourer hybrid SUV

Mitsubishi has a lineup filled with some pretty advanced vehicles. One of its most advanced and most popular models is the Mitsubishi i-MiEV, which demonstrates what Mitsubishi is capable of achieving in the world of hybrid and electric vehicles. Mitsubishi is now getting ready to reveal yet another hybrid vehicle for its vehicle lineup.

According to a news report from Digital Trends, the Mitsubishi Grand Tourer Hybrid SUV will debut at the Paris Auto Show.

The Paris Auto Show is regarded as one of the most popular auto shows in the world, and it is a fantastic venue for the reveal of the Mitsubishi Grand Tourer Concept.

Details about the Grand Tourer have been scarce, as Mitsubishi is pretty tight-lipped about its concept vehicles. However, the most common report about the Grand Tourer is that it will be a plug-in hybrid model, capable of driving entirely on electric power for a limited amount of miles.

The Mitsubishi Grand Tourer Concept has also been described as a luxury SUV, adding the value of comfort to the already anticipated vehicle.

We look forward to hearing more about the latest concept vehicle from Mitsubishi as the Paris Auto Show approaches this fall. Stay tuned for more details about the Mitsubishi Grand Tourer Concept!

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