If you’re in the St. Cloud area and are looking for opportunities to test your off-road driving skills, you’re in luck, as the area features plenty of great off-road trails that are perfect for switching into 4WD and getting the most out of your vehicle. At Don Robinson Mitsubishi, we carry a variety of All-Wheel Control vehicles, so it’s only fair that we share our favorite off-road trails in Minnesota.
Washington/ Ramsey Trail
Situated in the Nemadji State Forest, this trail system is 71 miles long and features impressive twists, steep climbs, and tight passages, all overlooking some seriously stunning landscapes. If you’re looking for a great way to get the most out of your vehicle, this trail is for you.
Iron Range Off-Highway Vehicle State Recreation Area
Located just East of the city of Gilbert, the Iron Range Off-Highway Vehicle State Recreation Area should be on the short list of every off-road driver. This huge park offers 36 miles of trails and takes you over a huge variety of terrains and elevations so you can really test your skills.
Bemis Hill Trails
If you’re looking for a wonderful way to spend an entire weekend, be sure to check out Bemis Hill Trails. An 85-mile system of trails perfect for off-roading, Bemis Hill is located on the shoreline of an ancient glacial lake which naturally carved out a beautiful and rugged landscape.
For the ideal off-roader, stop into Don Robinson Mitsubishi and check out our lineup.
The 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is unlike anything you’ve ever seen from the Mitsubishi brand. This intelligent and eco-friendly SUV is great for those who truly love the outdoors. Not only does this SUV come with seating for up to five people and plenty of space for cargo, but it also has an intelligent plug-in hybrid design that delivers up to 74 MPGe*.
According to Mitsubishi, the new Outlander PHEV technology includes a DC Quick Charging system to cut down on charge time. Charging at CHAdeMO public charging stations, you can go from empty to 80% charged in just 25 minutes. The Outlander PHEV II app lets you connect your vehicle to your smartphone to find the most efficient charge times, and the PHEV system can automatically toggle between hybrid and all-electric models to save on gas.
How does this Plug-In Hybrid Vehicle (PHEV) work? An all-new Twin Electric Motor system pairs with a powerful engine to optimize performance while saving on gas. Combining electric power with gasoline power saves you money at the pump and cuts back on emissions, yet it also provides impressive range and capabilities. Plus, with Super All-Wheel Control, the Outlander PHEV is great for harsh terrain.
Learn more about the Outlander PHEV or PHEV technology at Don Robinson Mitsubishi. If you want to go green without breaking the bank, the Outlander PHEV may be an ideal option for you.
*EPA mileage estimate. Actual mileage may vary.
2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport
Summer vacation is fleeting for many college students, which means it’ll be time for back-to-school shopping in no time. In addition to school supplies, you should also check out a number of Mitsubishi models that are perfect for heading back to campus. The best back-to-school vehicles include the Outlander, Outlander Sport, and the Mirage, thanks to their roomy interiors, affordable pricing, and great gas mileage.
According to Mitsubishi, the new Outlander comes with a range of great features that are perfect for moving back to campus. This crossover SUV gets up to 30 highway mpg* when properly equipped, which saves you money at the pump. The roomy interior can easily fit many of the furniture and supplies you need to move, with a cargo capacity of up to 63.3 cu ft.
For those who want to look especially cool, check out the new Outlander Sport. This model has less seating than the standard Outlander, but the Sport comes with improved capabilities. You can easily explore off-road trails, bike, hike, and more. The Outlander Sport is bound to make other drivers jealous.
Finally, the Mirage is a classic among students headed back to school. This subcompact model saves on space, gets up to 43 highway mpg*, and still seats up to five. It’s one of the most affordable cars on the market, and it also comes with an impressive 10-Year/100,000-Mile Powertrain Limited Warranty. Looking for the most bang for your buck? Check out the Mitsubishi Mirage.
To test drive or explore the Mitsubishi Outlander, Outlander Sport, or Mirage, visit Don Robinson Mitsubishi today.
*EPA estimates. Actual mileage may vary. For comparison purposes only.
They say music feeds the soul. For that reason, we should be grateful that there are so many great upcoming concerts in Saint Cloud to look forward to. Be sure to put these performances on your calendar and look forward to some inspiring, danceable entertainment this early spring.
The Oak Ridge Boys
The legendary Oak Ridge Boys return to the Paramount Center for the Arts on March 3-5th. This American country and gospel quartet has been around for over half a century and they’ve lasted this long for a reason. You’ll be serenaded with a mix of tunes that’s sure to please. Tickets are $27-34.
Mill Creek Irish
Get in the mood for St. Patrick’s Day with Mill Creek Irish. You’ll be out of your seat and dancing with this acclaimed local group as they put bow to fiddle and lips to tin whistle to bring you traditional Irish jigs and their modern counterparts. Catch this show on March 10th at Bo Diddley’s Pub & Deli. Tickets are $12.
Glenn Miller Orchestra
On April 11th you’ll have a chance to hear some legendary big band music when the Glenn Miller Orchestra rolls through town. Tap your foot or hone in on your swing dancing skills as the orchestra plays classic tunes like “In the Mood” or “Moonlight Serenade” in honor of the famous musician. The performance takes place at the Paramount and tickets are $18.
The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is a tried and true option for those shopping for a crossover. Crafted with elegant design and filled with cool features, the Outlander Sport has always offered a lot of bang to the buck. Early this February, this crossover was made even more appealing by the debut of the new 2017 Outlander Sport Limited Edition—LE for short. The Outlander Sport LE was revealed at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show and stays true to the Mitsubishi standards by offering lots of value for an affordable price tag.
The 2017 Outlander Sport LE is the second highest trim level, following the base model. This sophisticated crossover will turn heads with its modern design. An alloy fuel door matches the 18-inch alloy wheels. The alloy touches are complemented by black painted door mirrors, plus notable lighting like HID headlamps and fog lamps.
The inside of the Outlander Sport LE has its own stylish touches. Red stitching on the steering wheel, brake lever and shift knob plus aluminum pedals make the roomy interior pop. There’s extra comfort in the heated seats. Handy technology includes a rearview camera plus Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for advanced smartphone integration during every drive. The 2017 Outlander Sport LE offers all of this, plus the same reliable performance to be expected in a Mitsubishi, making it an irresistible choice.
The Paris Motor Show is one of a handful of major automotive events held around the world throughout the year. It’s a time for automakers to show off production models and concept vehicles alike. Mitsubishi was out to take the spotlight this year with a set of concepts that were easy on the eyes, to say the least.
A next-generation plug-in hybrid crossover took center stage, but it wasn’t the Outlander we were hoping for. Instead, the GT-PHEV concept, otherwise known as the Grand Tourer, is the latest hybrid concept to debut in recent years.
Next year, however, is an entirely new story.
Starting in 2017, Mitsubishi’s debuts will no longer just be concepts. Instead, production models will take the helm under the leadership of Tsunehire Kunimoto, Mitsubishi’s new global design chief. His strategy is to boast about the brand’s reputation while continuing to move forward.
Remember that Grand Tourer Concept? There’s a very real possibility it could become the next-generation Outlander in 2019. As a result, Mitsubishi played with an upscale design theme for the 2016 Paris Motor Show.
The GT-PHEV boasted a floating roof and maximized space and visibility on the interior. The future of Mitsubishi begins at the Geneva Motor Show next spring where the Japanese automaker will unveil its newest crossover.
We here at Don Robinson Mitsubishi are happy with what we saw at the Paris Motor Show!
We at Don Robinson Mitsubishi are excited and intrigued by the announcement that Mitsubishi has formed an alliance with Renault-Nissan. Renault-Nissan has purchased a 34% controlling stake in Mitsubishi Motors, which makes the partnership mirror the decision in 1999 which created Renault-Nissan.
The two automakers have created and signed a Basic Agreement which is an outline of the parameters of the partnership. Budgets may now have a stronger bottom line, since costs will now be lowered. This is due to the fact that both brands are now going to be making joint purchases and joint plant utilization.
In addition to benefiting the budget for both Mitsubishi and Nissan, Mitsubishi and Nissan will share technological and engineering developments. This will help to create even better automobiles and allow for common vehicle platforms.
Nissan and Mitsubishi have partnered together in the past, so the new arrangement is not a drastic change. There may be a few changes in company leadership, but in the near future there may be a more binding Alliance Agreement to solidify the new arrangement. Only time will tell how close the two companies become and what new technologies and vehicles may be products of the new partnership.
We hope this new relationship is the beginning of great things to come for both Mitsubishi and Nissan, and that both brands can help create better vehicles.
Last month the Mitsubishi Motors USA Foundation announced that it would donate $30,000 to Red Cross of the Heartland, the American Red Cross branch located in Bloomington, Illinois. The Mitsubishi donation to Red Cross of the Heartland will go in part to the Red Cross Home Fires campaign.
The donation was made in partnership with O’Brien Mitsubishi, a Mitsubishi dealership in Normal, Illinois, and was presented to Red Cross officials in a ceremony that took place at the dealership in early April. This is another effort from Mitsubishi to help give back to Normal, IL, where it recently closed its Mitsubishi plant.
The Red Cross Home Fires campaign is dedicated to serving the local community by installing smoke alarms in the homes of at-risk groups like single parents and those of low socioeconomic status in order to lower the rate of injury and loss of life from home fires in these groups.
Mitsubishi has a strong history with the Red Cross, including its support of the Red Cross of the Philippines in 2015, when Mitsubishi dealers came together to donate 7.3 million Philippine pesos to the organization.
See what else we are doing at Don Robinson Mitsubishi to help out our local community of St. Cloud, MN.
Mitsubishi recently developed a new display system capable of projecting a 56-inch image that they can actually pass through. You heard right. This holographic technology introduces a completely unique display system that may have interesting implications in the auto industry should the brand choose to implement the technology.
According to Japan Today, the Mitsubishi Electric Corporation developed the Mitsubishi Floating Display that can be used for things like digital signage, amusements, and guide signs. Although some companies have developed holograph-like technologies, this system lets you actually pass through it and penetrate it.
“There have already been displays that can show an image above a table-like device,” said technology writer Naoki Tanaka. “And, in demonstrations, images displayed by those displays were touched and penetrated through by a hand. However, because of the table-like device right below the image, it was not possible for a human to walk through the image.”
The key to this system is its complex optical system. Images are displayed in front of a half mirror (beam splitter) in midair. That means that individuals can approach images, and possibly interact with videos and virtual reality systems. Although Mitsubishi Electric is a distinct entity from Mitsubishi Motors, the brand may explore innovative technologies sometime in the future. This projector technology is set to be available commercially by 2020.
Tell us at Don Robinson Mitsubishi how you would want to see this technology implemented into your favorite Mitsubishi model!
Mitsubishi has been in the U.S. since 1982, and although there have been some rough patches; it appears that Mitsubishi is standing strong in the U.S. Mitsubishi announced on December 26th, 2015 that the company has sold a total of Five Million Mitsubishi Cars in the U.S. That’s an average of about 15,000 cars a year!
Since first appearing in the United States, Mitsubishi had brought many great vehicles to us including the Galant, Montero, and one of our personal favorites, the Mitsubishi Eclipse. Also, we can’t forget the recently retired model the Lancer Evolution. In addition to these great past models, Mitsubishi has great things to come for the brand including the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, a hybrid model, and other 2016 models currently available, such as the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander, i-MiEV and Lancer.
In addition to selling over 5 Million cars, Mitsubishi has continually increased sales the last few months. By the last few months, I mean the last 21 months of consecutive increases over the previous year. It is clear that Mitsubishi is finding a permanent home in the U.S. and that the brand is attracting loyal followers that look forward to see what is next!
Here at Don Robinson Mitsubishi, we couldn’t be more excited to see what the next great thing for Mitsubishi is! Until then, stop by and see our great stock of 2016 Mitsubishi models!