The Mitsubishi Eclipse is no longer in production, but it’s still a beloved model for fans like us at Hampton Mitsubishi. Let’s look back through the history of the Mitsubishi Eclipse and how it became one of our favorite Mitsubishi models.
The first-generation Eclipse arrived in the United States in
1990. It was designed at the Mitsubishi Motors North American Design Studio and
manufactured at the brand’s plant in Normal, Illinois – but was anything but
This first Eclipse established the model’s performance-ready
power with an available turbocharged 2.0-liter engine that produced 195
horsepower and had a zero-to-60-mph time of just under seven seconds. Named
after an 18th century English racehorse, this sportscar had precise
handling, a smooth ride, and spirited acceleration, making it a fun-to-drive
As the years passed, the Eclipse’s popularity continued to
increase. It combined function, technology, and beauty to make it a true
driver’s car. Mitsubishi eventually decided, though, to focus toward meeting
environmental targets around the world, and announced the discontinuation of
the Eclipse to focus on investing more in developing battery technology.
With this announcement, Mitsubishi gave it one last hurrah, creating a final special-edition Eclipse. The 2012 Mitsubishi Eclipse Special Edition had distinctive badging, a leather interior with contrasting stitching, and a choice of two engines – a 2.4-liter four-cylinder that produces 162 horsepower or a 3.8-liter V6 that pumped out 265 horsepower.
Even though it’s no longer produced, you can find pre-owned versions of the Eclipse or new inventory of the more updated crossover version of this model, the Eclipse Cross, here at Hampton Mitsubishi.
Mitsubishi has built a reputation for delivering cutting-edge technology, and it’s the result of years of Mitsubishi innovation in engineering. At Hampton Mitsubishi, we’re proud of the groundbreaking work Mitsubishi has done over the years. Here are some of the brand’s most innovative developments.
All-Wheel Control continuously reads road conditions to
automatically transfer power where it is needed most. The result is enhanced
traction and handling even when driving in tough conditions, like snow or ice.
Super All-Wheel Control
In 2014, Mitsubishi updated its advanced drivetrain
technology, calling it Super All-Wheel Control. S-AWC features four distinct
driving modes: Normal, Snow, Lock (for off-road conditions), and Eco.
MIVEC Engine Technology
While the fundamentals of gasoline engines have remained
the same for years, Mitsubishi proved that there is plenty of room for
improvement with the development of MIVEC engine technology. This advanced
valve timing electronic control system ensures optimal valve timing at all speeds
for an exceptional balance of power and fuel efficiency.
INVECS Adaptive Shift Control Technology
Unlike traditional shifting systems, Mitsubishi INVECS
Adaptive Shift Control learns your driving habits and responds accordingly by
altering shifting points for optimal performance.
Active Stability and Traction Control
ASC technology employs a system of sensors to constantly
monitor road conditions to optimize stability and traction by automatically
applying braking power to specific wheels.
After four decades of research and development, Mitsubishi Innovative Electric Vehicle technology automatically monitors energy flow through the vehicle to create smooth acceleration and ensures optimal performance of all electrical systems.
Recently, the Automotive Science Group named Mitsubishi Motors the “Best All-Around Performance Brand” and “Best Economic Performance Brand” for 2019. Mitsubishi is deservingly receiving these honors for the second consecutive year.
ASG conducted the 2019 Automotive Performance Index Study to determine
the real market value of 1,640 vehicles for the 2019 model year. In particular,
ASG examined environmental, life-cycle and social and economic performance
indicators for each vehicle.
When looking at operating and purchase costs over the first 6.5 years
that drivers own the vehicles, the Mitsubishi lineup was found to provide the
best value, beating the industry average by an astounding 27%. The brand’s fuel
efficiency and light-weight design were some of the key features that helped
Mitsubishi outrank other brands.
ASG also recognized individual Mitsubishi models in the API study. Specifically,
the 2019 Mitsubishi Mirage had the best performance of any other 2019 vehicle in
the Study. Accordingly, the Mirage earned the 2019 “Best Economic Performance
Award” and “Best All-Around Performance Award.”
Both the 2019 Outlander PHEV and Outlander Sport were considered to be part
of the Crossover segment’s “Best 5 All-Around Performance” vehicles. Plus, the
2019 Outlander won the “Best All-Around Performance SUV” award.
We at Hampton Mitsubishi are proud to offer Mitsubishi models on our lot. Take a test drive in the 2019 Mitsubishi Mirage or one of the 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander models at our dealership.
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
support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights
make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses
uphold the freedom of association and effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining
eliminate all forms of forced or compulsory labor
abolish child labor
eliminate discrimination in terms of employment and occupation
support and precautionary approach to environmental challenges
undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility
encourage development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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.