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Mitsubishi Night Drive campaign

On the heels of Ford’s first-ever mobile Escape the Room game in the 2017 Ford Escape, Mitsubishi too is trying to hook young drivers through innovative test driving programs. Mitsubishi has launched “Night Drive,” a campaign that invites drivers to virtually test drive the new Mirage G4.

The website turns the user’s smartphone into a steering wheel and lets gives them feel like they’re driving the car from home. Mitsubishi says their target audience with the affordable, feature-packed Mirage G4 is young buyers, who are more environmentally conscious when it comes to fuel use and want smaller cars they can easily drive in cities.

The Mitsubishi Night Drive campaign asks testers to use both their smartphone and laptop to test specific features in the Mitsubishi Mirage G4. Tapping the gas pedal button on your smartphone starts a demonstration of the Hill Start Assist feature that helps the car move up a steep incline.

Mitsubishi says this program is a “new marketing launch for us” and that this could be a smart alternative to trying to get buyers to the dealership for initial test driving. This way, buyers can experience the car from their homes and get an idea of what they want, making them more likely to come to the dealership.

To drive one of the new Mitsubishi Mirage G4’s in person, stop by Don Robinson Mitsubishi today!

Summertime by George Festival

Live in or near the St. Cloud area in Minnesota? Every year, the Rotary Club at St. George takes advantage of the summer heat to hold the annual Summertime by George Festival on the shores of the newly-renovated Lake George. The festival began in June, but runs for 12 weeks every Wednesday until August 26th. The event opens to the public at 5pm; the music begins at 6 and lasts until 9.

Admission to Summertime by George is entirely free to the public. Other activities at the festival include the Middle Town Market, providing access to a diverse variety of local vendors and food. The Eastman Tavern is nearby and serves craft beers, wine, and snacks, and the little ones can play to their hearts’ content in Little Georgetown. There’s also a trolley that runs through the area every 10 minutes Wednesday evenings, which makes parking much easier.

The Summertime by George Festival celebrates fun, live musical performances as well as local artisans and culture, nearby eateries, and area breweries. Whether you’re getting a drink with friends or looking for an evening with your family, Lake George has an all-summer-long event to keep you entertained.  Stop in and tell us all about it at Don Robinson Mitsubishi.

Summer pet safety

Everything overheats in the summertime — your car, your house, your kids, you. It seems like you can’t keep the air conditioning cold enough, ice cream melts too fast to enjoy, and the pool is too full with other people trying to regulate their temperature. However, you might be taking advantage of the warm weather by bringing your pet dog along for a ride when you’re running errands, but you need to be aware of the risks of your pet overheating, too. Summer pet safety is something that’s often overlooked.

The problem with dogs is that their fur holds in body heat. Even if you leave the windows cracked while you’re running into the grocery store, the heat inside of the vehicle can quickly skyrocket. Dogs need air conditioning and water just as much as humans do. Just a half hour of leaving your pet in a parked vehicle can cause the inside of the car to jump to 120 degrees. Shade, low humidity, and watching for heatstroke symptoms — heavy panting, glazed eyes, rapid heartbeat, dizziness, and even vomiting — can help owners take care of their pet.

Summer pet safety may seem like common sense, but many people continue leaving their dogs in parked cars in the summer heat, assuming that it’ll just be a quick errand or cracking the windows will be enough to regulate the temperature. The truth is that’s not the case, and keeping your pet healthy will keep them with you for a long time.

We love pets here at Don Robinson Mitsubishi and want to do our part to help with Pet Safety.  For more information about our local Humane Society here in St. Cloud, stop by the Tri County Humane Society!

Motorcycle Safety

When the weather gets warmer, the road becomes flush with motorcyclists. Did you know that over half of all fatal motorcycle crashes involve another vehicle, and that most of those are at the fault of the car or truck driver? It’s extremely important to keep motorcycle safety a priority. Here are some tips to help you and motorcyclists:

When you’re turning left, look for traffic – The number one cause of fatal accidents for motorcyclists is when a vehicle turns in front of them. When you’re turning left, make sure you look out for motorcyclists.

Increase your following distance – Motorcyclists have a much quicker stopping distance than cars do. This means that if they stop suddenly and you’re following too close, your chances of rear-ending them are high. Since they also often slow down by downshifting, this doesn’t activate the brake light. So make sure you’re paying attention.

Allow them to swerve – Motorcyclists often adjust their position in a lane to be seen better or to avoid things like potholes and debris. Give them room in the lane to do so if you’re passing them, and don’t ever try to share the lane with them.

Follow these tips and you’ll have a safe and happy spring!  Be sure to stop in and see us at Don Robinson Mitsubishi this spring for some great deals on new Mitsubishi models!

Synthetic Oil

We’ve all been there before—you’re at the mechanic to get your oil changed when they ask if you’d like synthetic or conventional oil. Now, it’s likely you’ve heard these terms before. But what do they mean? Conventional oil is a lubricant derived directly from crude oil. It does have good properties that give it lubrication at higher temperatures. Synthetic oil starts out as conventional oil but is then modified.

Here are some benefits to synthetic oil:

  • Better lubrication – Added lubricants increase the slickness of the oil to help your parts and engine last longer.
  • Improved protection – “Dry starts” are something that often happens with conventional oil when your car has been sitting for a long time. This pulls the oil down to the bottom of the engine, which causes the components at the top to run unprotected. But with synthetic oil, it maintains viscosity and the additives decrease this “dry start” risk.
  • Less breakdown – Synthetic oil takes longer to break down, which means you don’t need to change it as often as conventional oil.
  • Reduced deposits – When conventional oil breaks down, deposits can form on engine components. Synthetic oils are less likely to do this and therefore leave your engine cleaner.

Now that you know some of the benefits, are you ready to try synthetic oil? To find out more about which type of oil would best benefit your vehicle; stop by Don Robinson Mitsubishi today to find out more. Also be sure to ask about our $9.88 Oil Change special only at Don Robinson Mitsubishi!

Spring Cleaning

As the weather warms, it can only mean one thing: spring cleaning. This time of year is perfect for washing away dirt and debris, giving your car a fresh, clean look. We’ve put together a list of five spring cleaning tips for your car.

According to Fox News, slush, salt, and cold temperatures can be especially harmful on your car, leading to corrosion. One important area to clean that you don’t normally see is the underbody. Salt from the road can coat the bottom of your car, doing serious damage. Check your local car wash to see if they have an undercarriage power wash. If not, simply spray it off with a hose.

Next, clean the exterior paint and the interior fabric or leather. Make sure to scrub the hard to reach places, like the bottoms of doors, window channels, and around the wheel wells. Also, get a steam cleaner if possible to remove any salt that may have been tracked to the interior.

After this is done, replace your wiper blades. Winter can be especially harsh on your wipers, making the spring the perfect time to get a new pair. You might also consider applying RainX or other treatments that may have worn off.

Don’t forget to check your tires! Tire pressure increases for every 10-degree rise in temperature. Make sure tires are at the proper psi (pressure per square inch) rating. You may also check for uneven wear, cracking, or low tread. Warmer weather is a great time to consider new tires.

Finally, top off your fluids. Make sure wiper fluid is at proper levels, and also check oil, transmission fluid, antifreeze/coolant, brake fluid, power steering fluid, and any other systems you might have. This is also a great time of year to change your oil, giving your car a fresh start for warmer weather.

And if you want to get a good clean detail on your vehicle, stop by Don Robinson Mitsubishi for a great detailing job by our Detail Department!

2015 Mitsubishi Mirage

2015 Mitsubishi Mirage Pictured

As smartphones become increasingly important to our daily lives, choosing a vehicle sometimes means having to switch from your preferred platform. Other times it means passing on a vehicle that you really love. With the new 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage changes, you won’t have to do either!

As if the car wasn’t already versatile enough, it was just announced that the 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage will feature both Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto.  These features and much more will make the affordable small sedan more luxurious than ever before!

Both Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto offer fantastic capability. Android Auto features a well-organized interface that allows for intuitive interaction. Apple CarPlay gives iPhone users that same super easy-to-use display they are used to.

The changes on the 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage go way beyond the addition of Apple CarPlay. In particular, the Mirage is better looking than ever with the introduction of a new hood, grille and lighting system. There’s also an option for a Rockford-Fosgate audio system and no matter whether you’re an Apple or an Android person, the music coming through those speakers is going to sound amazing!

As we wait for the 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage, stop by Don Robinson Mitsubishi today to see some of our other 2016 Mitsubishi models!

New Year's Eve

New Year’s is a great time to celebrate the ending of the year and the beginning of the next.  In St. Cloud, there are many events that you can go to help start the year off right, from events that are great for the family or for just you and your significant other.  See what we recommend to do this New Year’s Eve in St. Cloud from Don Robinson Mitsubishi

New Year’s Eve Bowling Bash

If you are looking for a great place to take the kids and still have a good time, Great River Bowl is the place to be.  The best part about this party is that there are two!  The first one is for the early birds and goes from 6 to 8:30.  This is great for families with young children.  The second party starts at 9:30 and goes till 1am.  There’s also a chance to win some cool prizes.

Fireworks by Lake George

Lake George is perhaps one of the best places to see fireworks and for the 2nd year in a round, they will be letting them off for New Year’s!  Our towns’ Mayor Kleis will be leading the countdown and this free event will host hot cider, coffee and bagel bites to everyone!

Deuces Wild New Year’s Eve

If you are looking for some entertainment to end the year, the Paramount Theatre and Visual Arts Center will be presenting the Deuces Wild New Year’s Eve.  Tickets for this event are $25 and there are two showing, once at 7pm and again at 10pm.

There is plenty more to see and do this New Year’s in our great city.  To see what else is going on St. Cloud this New Year’s, click here to find out more!

Halloween trick or treat

Let’s face it—Halloween is all about the kids. Kids are the ones who get dressed up, get cute pumpkin-shaped baskets, go door-to-door yelling “Trick or Treat!” and get to fill up on candy. But some parents rightly have a few reservations about letting their little ones take candy from strangers – which is when trunk-or-treating becomes a viable option.

Trunk-or-treating, put simply, is an event in which some people from a community parks their cars in a parking lot somewhere and has the costumed kids go trunk-to-trunk for candy instead of door-to-door. Typically, these are small events held in church parking lots, but the practice is starting to catch on in other venues as well!

The benefits of trunk-or-treating include keeping your children confined to a community of people that know one another and are trustworthy. Also, the whole process of trick-or-treating becomes a lot easier and more streamlined. There’s no walking around with your kids, and no getting to the edge of the neighborhood and realizing you have to turn around and walk all the way back. Additionally, decorating your car for the event can be a fun family experience for both you and the children.

Trunk-or-treating might not be for everybody. Trick-or-treating certainly provides more options and gives kids a more traditional experience, and that’s just fine for some people. But sometimes it’s also just nice to know there are other options for parents who worry about their little ones on Halloween.  Tell us what you think of this new emerging Halloween tradition here at Don Robinson Mitsubishi.

Don Robinson Like Campaign Results

Chad Robinson from Don Robinson Mitsubishi and Marit Ortega from the Tri-County Humane Society

Don Robinson pledged to donate $1 for every new page like to our Facebook page to the Tri-County Humane Society in St. Cloud, MN.  From July 15th to August 19th, we ran our campaign to raise money, and with the help of the Humane Society we were able to reach a lot of new fans!  After five weeks, we raised a total of $806 for the Humane Society!

This campaign was created because Don Robinson is a big dog-lover and wanted to give back to those who help take care of animals.  Spurred by this and his desire to help out man’s best friend, he sought out our local Humane Society to find a way to give back.  Thus our Like Campaign was formed as well as a lasting friendship with the people at our local shelter.

Don Robinson at Tri-County Humane Society

Don Robinson spending some time at the Tri-County Humane Society with Marit Ortega and the cutie Lucas.

Don commented on this campaign saying, “I am very fortunate to have found a place here in St. Cloud that makes the difference that the Tri-County Humane Society does.  When I first walked into the humane society, it was very clear to me the difference that these people make and the happiness they bring not only to families, but to the animals they care for as well.”

Because of the success of this campaign and the bond formed with the Humane Society, Don Robinson Mitsubishi wants to continue to help by finding great homes for the animals they care for.  Because of this, we will be featuring a “cutie of the week” every Friday on our Facebook page for our existing and new fans!  We hope this will continue to benefit the Humane Society and we are proud to continue to support our local shelter in this fun and rewarding way!  Be sure to stop by our Facebook page every week to see which “Cutie” we will be featuring!