Mitsubishi Signs United Nations Global Compact

Mitsubishi has taken another big step in corporate responsibility and accountability. Already committed to producing more sustainable vehicles and products, Mitsubishi recently signed the new United Nations Global Compact. This initiative brings together companies from around the world and allows them to pledge to exercise corporate responsibility.

Under the 10 principles set forth by the Global Compact, businesses should

  1. support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights
  2. make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses
  3. uphold the freedom of association and effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining
  4. eliminate all forms of forced or compulsory labor
  5. abolish child labor
  6. eliminate discrimination in terms of employment and occupation
  7. support and precautionary approach to environmental challenges
  8. undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility
  9. encourage development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies
  10. work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery

These 10 principles are further broken down into four categories: human rights, labor, environment, and anti-corruption.

When Mitsubishi signed the United Nations Global Compact, the automaker joined the Global Compact Network Japan, a collective of Japanese companies that all signed the pledge. Mitsubishi is already working to create more eco-friendly vehicles and a better workplace for employees, so the company is already on its way to fulfilling the principles.

Hampton Mitsubishi is proud to be part of a company that supports global progress and ethical business practices.

Sales Milestone for the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is one of the most innovative and versatile crossovers available today. It gives you the functionality of a spacious, all-wheel-drive crossover and the added efficiency of a plug-in hybrid powertrain.

Recently, Mitsubishi celebrated a big sales milestone for the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV. Since its launch in 2013, Mitsubishi has sold over 200,000 Outlander PHEV models. In fact, it has been Europe’s best-selling plug-in hybrid model for four years in a row and became the world’s best-selling plug-in hybrid in December 2018.1

Since 2013, the Outlander PHEV has won a continual stream of awards and recognition. Some of these include the 2019 Green SUV of the Year award from Green Car Journal in the United States, 2019 Best Plug-in Vehicle from Company Car and Van Magazine in the UK, and Best 5 All-Around Performance award from the Automotive Science Group.

Here in the U.S., the Outlander PHEV boats an all-electric driving range of 22 miles. This is enough to cover at least part of many drivers’ commutes and daily errand schedules. Imagine being able to spend less time and money putting gas into your car. The 2019 Outlander PHEV also features updated exterior styling and improved driving dynamics.

Test-drive the 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV at Hampton Mitsubishi.

*1…Source: JATO Dynamics Limited

Mitsubishi Motors Ranks Among Best Mass Market Brands

Mitsubishi Motors goes above and beyond to provide drivers with true value and quality vehicles. This year’s J. D. Power Customer Satisfaction Index Study proves just how dedicated the Japanese automaker really is. Mitsubishi ranked third among the best mass market brands in the automotive industry.

The study’s results show that Mitsubishi Motors is the fastest-growing Asian brand in the United States for the second year in a row. Mitsubishi saw a jump from 21st to 12th place in the overall automotive industry rankings. The Japanese manufacturer improved by 27 points.

When high-end luxury brands were removed from the running, Mitsubishi soared from 10th place in 2018 to third place in 2019. Notably, Mitsubishi surpassed larger brands to take home the top non-premium Asian brand title.

“Customer satisfaction is a core value at Mitsubishi Motors, and our performance in the JD Power CSI Study over the last two years is testament to our focus on it. We do this for one reason only: to give our customers the very best experience we can at every touch point with our company,” said Mark Chaffin, COO for MMNA.

The latest jump in rankings marks Mitsubishi’s continued dedication to the average customer. Since 2016, Mitsubishi has jumped by 61 points, effectively leading non-premium brands during that time.

Check out the incredible lineup of Mitsubishi models at Hampton Mitsubishi.

Fun Summer Events in the Lafayette area

The summer season is approaching, and you want to be prepared — for fun! These fun summer events in the Lafayette area provide live entertainment, great food, outdoor activities, one-of-kind treasures and incredible performances for you and your family to enjoy.

Gulf Coast Shrimp & Jazz Festival – Lake Charles (June 21- 23)

Just an hour outside Lafayette, Lake Charles is home to the Gulf Coast Shrimp & Jazz Festival, which, as suggested, has plenty of shrimp and plenty of jazz! It kicks off with the “Jazz After Dark: An Evening to Remember” concert. There is also a shrimp dish cook-off that will put the best shrimp chefs to the test and a free Jazz workshop where you can learn about the groove of jazz.

Avoyelles Arts & Music Festival – Marksville (July 4)

If you’re looking for a fun way to celebrate Independence Day, this is it. Take the trip to Marksville to attend this free event, which opens at 10 a.m. There will be musical acts, arts and crafts vendors, contests, and plenty of food. The day kicks off with a patriotic parade, which is Louisiana’s longest-running Fourth of July parade.

Make sure your car is ready for summer travels — schedule a maintenance check at Hampton Mitsubishi. If it’s time for a new ride, stop by to check out our incredible inventory of new and pre-owned vehicles.

Have Fun with the Whole Family This Season: Eight Spring Activities for the Family

Spring has sprung! Ring in the warming weather with the ones you love the most by checking out these eight spring activities for the family:

  1. Fly a Kite – When’s the last time you actually flew a kite? Teach your young ones how to have fun the old-fashioned way.
  2. Make a Bird Feeder – Show those birdies some love for singing you their pretty songs. All you need to do is cut a hole in a milk jug, fill it with feed, and hang it somewhere safe from cats.
  3. Ride a Bike – If your kids know how to ride, take a nice long bike ride together. If they don’t know how, now’s a great time to teach them a life skill.
  4. Go Backyard Camping – You don’t need to stray far to feel outdoorsy. If you have a tent, just set it up in your own backyard and have a close-to-home adventure.
  5. Shop at a Farmer’s Market – Teach your kiddos healthy eating habits and find the some fresh fruits, veggies, and baked goods to fill your kitchen.
  6. Garden – Remember how fun it used to be to get a little muddy? Pick up some perennials and plant them around your property. This is a great educational moment for kids too!
  7. Collect and Paint Rocks – Visit your favorite river or beach and collect some nice smooth rocks. Then, take them home and paint them to your heart’s content!
  8. Wash Your Car – Disguise chore time as fun time and get your beloved Mitsubishi looking fresh for the balmy weather.

Are you ready to get out and explore the spring weather? Contact us at Hampton Mitsubishi to find a suitable ride.

Explore the History of Lafayette, LA

Whether you’re a life-long resident or just passing through for a visit, one thing is certain: there is no shortage of fun things to do and interesting things to learn in Lafayette, Louisiana.  Today Lafayette is a bustling cultural center that mixes urban life with rich cajun and creole traditions. But like most cities of its kind, Lafayette has an interesting history that accounts for the regions contemporary diversity.

Diverse heritage

Before any European or Canadian settlements reached the area that is today called Lafayette, a diverse population of Choctaw, Chitimacha, Atakapa-Ishak, and Opelousa Native Americans populated the region. By the early 1820’s, the first European settlement was officially established on the Vermilion River—Vermilionville.

Official beginnings

Of course, the name Vermilionville didn’t quite stick. In 1869, Vermilionville attempted to change its name to Lafayette, but there was already another suburb of New Orleans so named. In 1884, however, New Orleans officially incorporated the former Lafayette into its boundaries, finally allowing Vermilionville to make its name-change.

Modern revitalization

Today, Lafayette is a hub of Cajun and Creole culture with a thriving downtown that saw a huge revitalization that started in the 1980s and continues to this day. Home to a number of large museums, festivals, and an endless variety of local businesses, Lafayette is today an important destination in the American South.

If you need help with your car while you’re in Lafayette, or you might want to buy a new one, contact us at Hampton Mitsubishi.

Lafayette Food Tours Make the Perfect Valentine’s Day Date

Lafayette, Louisiana, is a historic city just off the coast of the Gulf of Mexico with a booming local culinary scene, which means there are endless restaurants you can visit for creative dishes with the freshest surf and turf menus. That’s why there’s no better way to spend your Valentine’s Day than on one of the many Lafayette food tours!

No matter what your favorite cuisine or dish is, you can find a food tour in Lafayette that will cater to you. Lovers of Cajun food can jump on the Cajun Food Tours bus any day of the week and try dishes from six restaurants, all for one low price paid at the beginning of the tour.

Mediterranean Connection is another great tour that will take you around the many restaurants serving authentic, creative foods from Greece, Lebanon, and other countries on the coast of the Mediterranean sea. What’s more romantic than imagining the clear waters and ancient architecture of coastal Europe while you eat?

You can get even more specific and go on a crawfish tour, checking out the best crawfish Lafayette has to offer, or hit the Cajun Boudin Trail to try a wide variety of dishes that include this famous Cajun blood sausage, or sample Lafayette’s many gumbos.

Maybe this Valentine’s Day you’d rather sample a little of everything. Try the Best Food Town tour, named after the title of “Best Food City in the USA” given to Lafayette by USA Today. Or, if you’re looking to fill up on lunch before your evening plans, try the Plate Lunch Experience.

New Year’s Resolutions for Your Car

It’s the time of year for resolutions. While you’re setting your goals for 2019, don’t forget about that one companion who will always be with you along the way—your car. These New Year’s resolutions for your car will help you get a great start to 2019.

Be Fuel Efficient

Are you getting the most out of every tank of gas? There are ways you can optimize your fuel by changing the way your drive. One key is to avoid any degree of aggressive driving, including excessive braking and quick acceleration. All of this uses more fuel than necessary. Another way to cut down on fuel usage is to clean out your car, as the more weight you carry the more gas your vehicle uses.

Don’t Idle

Idling is bad for everyone and everything involved. If you’re going to be stopped for longer than 30 seconds, turn off the engine.

Keep Your Car in Shape

One of your personal resolutions might be to get or stay in shape, but this resolution can apply to your car as well! Make it your 2019 goal to stay on top of car maintenance. Get regular oil changes and check ups, check the tire pressure and oil levels regularly, and keep the exterior and interior of your car clean.

If your car needs a little care to help it survive 2019, contact the service department at Hampton Mitsubishi for an appointment.

Mitsubishi and Google Partner to Make Alliance Intelligent Cloud

Mitsubishi recently announced it would be partnering with Google to develop innovative infotainment technologies by 2021. Some of the major goals of this partnership include equipping more models with cloud-based services as well as turn-by-turn navigation and Google Assistant. In short, you’ll be better connected than ever before when you choose a Mitsubishi.

According to the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, the Alliance Intelligent Cloud is perhaps one of the biggest additions to the current lineup of infotainment technologies. There’s easy-to-integrate data management, infotainment, remote diagnostics, and more through the Alliance Intelligent Cloud.  Thanks to this new partnership between the auto conglomerate and Google, Mitsubishi cars of the future will likely have some of the most advanced infotainment on the market.

“Our partnership with Google will offer owners of our vehicles rich user experiences that are currently available only outside the vehicle or, to a limited extent, by connecting an Android device to supported vehicles,” said Hadi Zablit, Senior Vice President of Business Development at Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi.

In addition to high-tech cloud and infotainment services, Mitsubishi is also working with Google to develop a series of zero-emissions electric vehicles as well as autonomous-driving technologies. These are just some of the ways the Mitsubishi brand is revolutionizing the industry.

While this advanced technology is still a few years away, contact us at Hampton Mitsubishi for more information on current infotainment systems.

5 Holiday Road Trip Must-Haves

Your holiday road trip doesn’t have to be stressful. Keeping some additional tools and helpful items around can help ensure it goes smoothly.

First Aid Kit

Medical emergencies can happen anywhere, even if the “medical emergency” in question is just a papercut. Have a First Aid Kit stocked with the basics. l like anti-bacterial creams, bandages, painkillers, and gauze. If anyone in your vehicle needs medication, make sure it’s packed. Just leave the more serious stuff to the professionals.

Chargers

All chargers for mobile devices – from smartphones to gaming devices to tablets and more – should be brought along for the ride.

Portable Jump Starters

Did you know you don’t need two vehicles to jump a car? Portable jump starters fit right into the glove compartment and easily jump your car with the push of a button. Many jump starters even come with USB chargers or built-in flashlights.

Flashlight

Speaking of flashlights, they’re pretty handy to have around, especially if your vehicle breaks down on the side of the road. For the mechanically inclined, flashlights help you see; for those who need assistance, they can be an SOS signal.

Neck Pillow & Blankets

Staying comfortable for a long ride can make a world of a difference. Stay comfy with a travel pillow and some cozy blankets.

If your ride needs help to make it through holiday road trips, contact the service department here at Hampton Mitsubishi.