Learning About the History of Mitsubishi in America

On the cusp of celebrating the nation’s birthday, we’re taking a look back at the history of Mitsubishi in America. From the introduction of the Model-A — the first mass-production car in Japan — Mitsubishi was destined to arrive in the United States. Fifty-five years after the Model-A made its debut, Mitsubishi unleashed a trio of exciting new cars stateside, kicking off a legacy that’s held strong for nearly 40 years.

Entering the American market

In 1982, Mitsubishi finally came to America and launched the Tredia, Cordia, and Starion to a public hungry for dynamic, fun-to-drive cars. With their low prices and sporty looks, the initial allocation was popular enough to pave the way for the launch of the Mighty Max pickup.

By the start of the 1990s, Mitsubishi Motors North America was expanding rapidly. With nationwide advertising, strong sales, and more dealers across the country, Mitsubishi was the fastest-growing brand in America for much of the decade. Owing to that success were hot vehicles that were big hits with drivers and critics, like the iconic 3000GT, Eclipse, and Lancer.

Expanding Model Lineup

In 2003, Mitsubishi changed the game again with the debut of its All-Wheel-Control-equipped Lancer Evolution, which was super popular with enthusiasts for its all-too-brief existence. The 2000s also saw the launch of stalwarts like the Outlander, which remains one of the most popular vehicles in the Mitsubishi lineup today.

Growing a Legacy

Over the last 10 years, Mitsubishi has only continued to grow its legacy. With vehicles like the Mirage and Mirage G4, the brand has become a favorite with customers who want new-car value at a lower price. The best-selling Outlander PHEV has put Mitsubishi at the forefront of the green revolution as well, offering incredible 4×4 capability and exceptional driving range.

The history of Mitsubishi in America is a book that’s far from closed. There’s more innovation on the horizon, and you’ll find the result of it — as well as the fruits of the past and present — in-stock right here at Hampton Mitsubishi in Lafayette, Louisiana.

Mitsubishi Produces Face Masks to Combat COVID-19

The Mitsubishi Motors Corporation is doing their part to help stop the spread of COVID-19 infections. Starting in late April, they started producing about 1,500 face shields per month to donate to medical institutions in Japan.

The city of Ozaki was one of the first beneficiaries of this face shield initiative. MMC has also begun producing face shields for a hospital in Minokamo City, Gifu Prefecture, and are currently planning to ramp up production across the country.

Of course, MMC’s COVID-19 precautions aren’t limited to just overseas. They are also ensuring that their dealerships in the United States are taking extra safety precautions to protect each and every customer. Hampton Mitsubishi in Lafayette, Louisiana, is one such dealership, and we are continuing to take the necessary steps to stop the spread.

On top of limiting person-to-person contact at the dealership during transactions when possible, Hampton Mitsubishi is making sure they keep their dealership sanitized by regularly cleaning high-traffic areas and surfaces like counters, doorknobs, and pens. They even sanitize each vehicle after a test drive.

Since handwashing is so important to stop the spread of COVID-19, the dealership offers hand sanitizer to customers, as well as access to traditional hand-washing facilities. That way if customers can’t avoid contact with surfaces, they are able to stay safe in the dealership.

For more information on how the Mitsubishi Motors Corporation is protecting you from COVID-19, contact us at Hampton Mitsubishi today.

Mitsubishi’s J.D. Power Rankings Continue to Rise

When searching for a new family automobile, it’s important to conduct as much research as possible. This will help to ensure that you end up with a vehicle that will serve you and your loved ones well for many years to come. According to a recent study conducted by J.D. Power, Mitsubishi customers are happier than ever when they come to service their vehicles.

J.D. Power’s 2020 Customer Service Index Study evaluated the experiences of customers who visited service departments at Mitsubishi dealerships across the United States. Customers were questioned about the quality of their advisor, the facility, pick-up, initiation, and the overall service experience.

Thanks to a tremendous initiative to improve customer experiences, Mitsubishi Motors saw a 20-point jump in the ratings of their facilities from 2019. Almost half of the customers surveyed by J.D. Power gave dealership service facilities a perfect 10 out of 10 points. Overall, Mitsubishi has seen a 61-point CSI score increase in the past five years.

Mitsubishi’s strong Customer Service Index Study performance resulted in the automaker being honored with J.D. Power’s first place Fixed Right First Time designation. Your family’s time is precious, which is why Mitsubishi does everything possible to ensure your vehicle’s repairs are completed correctly the first time.

If your family wants to join the leagues of Mitsubishi’s thousands of satisfied customers, contact Hampton Mitsubishi for more information today.

The Best Nature Trails Near Lafayette

The nature trails near Lafayette, Louisiana, showcase the biodiversity which makes southern Louisiana one of the most captivating areas of our country. These nature trails will surely provide you and your family with plenty of outdoor fun and peace of mind. From your friends at Hampton Mitsubishi, here’s a list of the best nature trails near Lafayette.

Acadiana Park Nature Station

This 150-acre wooded section of Acadiana Park has six miles of trails for you to enjoy. The trails sit at the intersection of two major ecosystems: the Gulf Coastal Tallgrass Prairie and the Mississippi River Floodplain. Look for over two dozen species of vines, over 150 species of birds, and more than a dozen species of non-venomous snakes.

The Acadiana Nature Station Loop and the Moonseed Loop are the two most popular walking options in Acadiana Park; try the 1.8-mile Acadiana Loop for a walk along the river, or opt for the Moonseed Loop for a 2.2-mile hike in the thick of the park.

Acadiana Park | Lafayette, LA

Beaver Park

Beaver Park’s proximity to the Vermillion River, Spreafico Lake, the Bayou Vermillion Nature Trail, and the Atakapas Ishak Trail gives you many options for walking and sightseeing. Be sure to look out for bird nests, beaver dams, and deer paths as you make your way through your trail of choice.

Heymann Park

If your family is particularly energetic, taking them to Heymann Park is the way to go. Head out for a short jaunt through the multi-purpose trail on the north side of the Vermillion River, and see if you can spot the fish and frogs that call the river home.

If you’re in need of a ride for your next outdoor adventure, contact Hampton Mitsubishi today!

Fun Family Activities in Lafayette, LA

Lafayette, Louisiana, is a great place the whole family can enjoy. Whether you’re a resident or are just visiting, there’s no shortage of fun family activities in Lafayette, whether you’re looking for a weekend night out or something educational. From your friends at Hampton Mitsubishi, here are a few of our local favorites.

Children’s Museum of Acadiana

While Lafayette certainly isn’t short of museums or historic buildings, children learn best by being actively engaged. The Children’s Museum of Acadiana provides hands-on participation so families can have fun – and learn – together.

Rock‘n’Bowl

Does your family like to go bowling? Whether you’re showing off your skills on the venue’s 16 lanes, enjoying live music, eating in the restaurant, or having a drink with friends, Rock‘n’Bowl de Lafayette is a unique bowling experience.

Vermillionville Historic Village

The outdoor living history museum of Vermillionville is a 23-acre village called a “folk life park.” The Vermillionville Historic Village is populated by artisans and reenactors in authentic costumes from the 1700s, depicting traditional Acadian, Creole, and Native American cultures.

Lafayette Science Museum

History isn’t the only educational experience Lafayette has to offer. The local science museum features a digital planetarium that lets you get a better view of the cosmos, and other exhibits cover everything from biology to paleontology.

Need a ride to your next adventure in Lafayette? Head to Hampton Mitsubishi for great prices on a new family hauler today like the popular Outlander Sport.

The Mitsubishi Outlander’s S-AWC ECO Driving Mode

The versatile Mitsubishi Outlander comes with a wide range of technologies to improve driving, including the latest infotainment, safety, and performance innovations. For instance, there’s a smart S-AWC ECO Driving Mode, which optimizes efficiency without sacrificing off-road capability.

The Outlander S-AWC ECO Driving Mode uses sensors and computer systems to monitor wheel spin, only applying four-wheel drive when wheel slippage is detected. That means you get the benefit of all-wheel control only when you need it, conserving gas so you’re not stopping for refills as often.

“We created the S-AWC technology with the goal of realizing ‘predictable handling’ and ‘high margin of performance’ at a very high level,” explains Mitsubishi in a press release. In addition to the ECO mode, there’s also Normal, Snow, and Lock modes. Snow is great for slippery surfaces, while the Lock mode lets you stay in 4WD the entire time you’re behind the wheel.

The S-AWC is an Integrated Vehicle Dynamics Control System, as it features advanced technologies to manage driving dynamics, braking, and power based on road conditions. This feature utilizes sub-systems like Active Yaw Control, which can control the brakes and steering to regulate torque.

Be sure to visit Hampton Mitsubishi for an up-close and in-person look at the Outlander’s AWC ECO Driving Mode today.

Eclipse to Eclipse Cross: The Beloved Car Becomes a New Mitsubishi Crossover

The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is a modern take on an iconic Mitsubishi sedan: the Eclipse. While the Eclipse Cross and the Eclipse might sound like similar models, there are some important distinctions between them. The Eclipse Cross bears the nameplate of the performance-oriented Mitsubishi sedan, but it bears a crossover design.

The Eclipse, a sport compact car that combined versatile design and performance while still remaining affordable, was offered from 1989 to 2012. A favorite among sports car enthusiasts, the Eclipse was eventually discontinued to make room for newer models.  Now, the Eclipse nameplate is returning in the form of the Eclipse Cross.

Although the Eclipse Cross takes its name from the Eclipse, it has a bold crossover design, spacious seating for five people, and an impressive fuel-sipping powertrain. The 2020 Eclipse Cross averages 29 mpg on the highway , and the 1.5-liter turbocharged engine also pairs with available Super-All Wheel Control (S-AWC) to optimize handling on tough terrain.*

The new Mitsubishi crossover also brings a range of smart amenities, including Mitsubishi CONNECT®, which lets you easily access your vehicle remotely through a smartphone app, Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ connective capabilities, a premium audio system, and an intelligent touchscreen. Plus, with a suite of high-tech driver-assist technologies, you’ll have more help staying safe on the road.

Combining the comfort of the old with the innovations of the new, Mitsubishi has brought the Eclipse back with a vengeance. Visit Hampton Mitsubishi today and see why the 2020 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is the crossover SUV you’ve been waiting for.

Mi-TECH CONCEPT Information: Why It’s a Big Deal

At the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show, Mitsubishi turned heads and generated buzz with the unveiling of the new Mitsubishi Mi-TECH CONCEPT. An insanely advanced and exceptionally stylish hybrid off-road dune buggy concept, Mitsubishi’s latest innovation proves that the automaker is set on taking the automotive industry to bold new heights.

The Mi-TECH CONCEPT features a unique drivetrain that can run on a variety of fuel types, including diesel or ethanol, teasing that Mitsubishi is interested in exploring a greater diversity of drivetrains in the near future.

Another big development in the Mi-TECH CONCEPT is a new Human Machine Interface system, which displays data gathered through a system of sensors. Mitsubishi also hinted that the concept would boast an augmented reality Head-Up Display that would help the driver operate with confidence in difficult visibility situations.

While the Mi-TECH CONCEPT is strictly a concept that won’t be available for our customers, it does hint at all of the things Mitsubishi is cooking up. If the Mi-TECH CONCEPT information is any indication of where Mitsubishi is headed, we can all except to see some seriously stylish, mind-blowing advanced, and exceptional fun vehicles from Mitsubishi soon.

In the meantime, check out the innovative crossovers we have at Hampton Mitsubishi.

The Next-Generation Mitsubishi Outlander Has Been Spotted, Looks Great

The much-beloved Mitsubishi Outlander is due for an overhaul, and spy shots from September suggest that it’s right around the corner. A heavily camouflaged version of the next-generation Mitsubishi Outlander has been spotted testing in the wild, and we’ve gotta say: It looks mighty good.

Car & Driver posted photos of a new Outlander prototype that was seen around Michigan last month. Though it’s wrapped in camo, the proportions tell us a couple of things: It will likely borrow some style notes from the handsome-looking Engelberg Tourer concept, and it’s gaining the size needed to move up to the midsize crossover segment. Like the Engelber Tourer, the new design speaks to the quality of “Mitsubishiness” with dramatic body lines and a bold face that even camo can’t cover up.

As for what will engines the next-generation Mitsubishi Outlander will offer, Car & Driver speculates a 1-2-3 punch of a 1.5-liter turbo-four found in the Eclipse Cross, an available V6, and a twin-motor PHEV powertrain from the Engelberg Tourer. The latter leverages a 2.4-liter gas engine and a twin-motor system for high power output and exceptional efficiency while using the full-time four-wheel drive of Super All-Wheel Control for superior off-roading capability. Likely to hit the Hampton Mitsubishi showroom by the end of next year, we’ll probably see the uncloaked next-gen Outlander next year at the New York Auto Show or at Geneva. Speculation about the 2021 Outlander aside, the new 2020 Outlander has arrived at Hampton Mitsubishi and is an excellent choice if you are looking for a stylish, capable SUV.

A Look into the Past: The History of the Mitsubishi Eclipse

2006 Mitsubishi Eclipse | Lafayette, LA
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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 normal.

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 option.

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.

2012 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder | Lafayette, LA
2012 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder

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.