Travelling with a pet can be lots of fun. But you want to make sure that when you bring along a four-legged friend, you keep their safety in mind. Here are a few easy restraint systems to increase your pet’s in-car safety.

Backseat Barrier

Dogs get excited when they get to go “bye-bye,” but their zeal can sometimes get them into trouble, especially when it leads them to jump back and forth between the front and back seats. Prevent their row-hopping with a backseat barrier, like this one.

Pet Restraints

Your beloved pet should sit and stay for the duration of the car ride. Ensure this with a pet restraint. These easy-to-use contraptions secure your pet by connecting their collar or harness to the rear seatbelts. There are a variety of restraint types available to fit your pet’s size and shape.

Pet Zipline & Leash

If you have a particularly antsy pet, you might want to consider a zipline/leash combo restraint. This system lets them roam from window to window in the rear seating area, but prevents them from leaping to the front seat.

Carrier/Car Seat

This system is great for small pets. It works like a car seat when strapped in, but can be easily removed to double as pet carrier once you arrive at your destination.

We at Don Robinson Mitsubishi love pets and care about their safety when riding in the car. Mitsubishi vehicles make great options for travelling with animals.

If you’re anything like us here at Don Robinson Mitsubishi, you look forward to summer fun all year long. Now that the wait is finally over, we thought we’d share some of the exciting summer events going on around the Saint Cloud, MN area that you should be sure to check out.

Art Trolley Adventure Tour

This summer, we suggest you check out the Minneapolis Art Trolley Adventure Tour. This great tour of our city features four or five unique stops that let you discover some of the most interesting things in the entire city. The locally-sourced food and wine on the journey are also a major bonus.

Tractor Parade

Mark your calendars now for Friday, August 30th and take a trip down to Luverne, MN to check out a one-of-a-kind tractor parade that the entire family will love. This unique farm equipment caravan is the perfect opportunity to do some sight-seeing around Rock County and enjoy plenty of small-town fun.

10,000 Lakes Concours d’Elegance

And of course, how could we forget the seventh annual 10,000 Lakes Concours d’Elegance? Taking place on July 28, this exceptional gathering of rare and valuable classic cars, watercraft, and motorcycles is a must-see for anyone with any interest in things that go fast and look great!

If you’re ready to head out on the town this summer but your car is not, contact the team at Don Robinson Mitsubishi.

Mitsubishi recently released the Engelberg Tourer and an innovative Dendo Drive House system at Europe’s Geneva International Motor Show this spring. Highlighting the next-generation of crossover design as well as state-of-the-art eco-friendly automotive technology, Mitsubishi wowed crowds with their latest designs.

According to Mitsubishi, the Dendo Drive House (DDH) system allows drivers to use energy generated from stopping and other driving activities to power their homes. As part of the latest wave of V2H technology (vehicle-to-home), DDH uses high-tech battery storage technology and electric powertrains to help you make the most of your driving.

“DDH is a new energy ecosystem which allows owners of electric vehicles to generate, store and share energy automatically between their car and home, further enhancing the value of electric vehicles,” reads the Mitsubishi press release.

Mitsubishi also showcased the Engelberg Tourer concept vehicle, named for a ski resort in the central region of Switzerland, that uses a Twin Motor 4WD plug-in hybrid EV powertrain system. This new vehicle allows you to drive in all-weather conditions without leaving a large carbon footprint. Plus, this new concept is well-suited for the DDH technology, connecting the Engelberg to your home.

While we don’t have the Engelberg Tourer and Dendo Drive House Technology on sale at Don Robinson Mitsubishi, we do have an impressive lineup of vehicles for you to test drive. Contact us for more information.

The Outlander Sport is Mitsubishi’s best-selling model here in the United States. It was first introduced in 2011 and has been popular ever since. Now, we are going to get an updated Outlander Sport for the 2020 model year.

With this refreshed model, the Outlander Sport picks up new styling on the front and back that will more closely resemble the Dynamic Shield design on the larger Outlander and Eclipse Cross models. The back end will come with a faux rear skid plate to give it more athletic styling along with new LED lighting. Buyers may also get a few new exterior paint colors to choose from.

Inside, the Outlander Sport will come with a larger infotainment screen. It will be 8 inches, compared to the current model with a 7-inch screen. Mitsubishi also says it will boast better smartphone connectivity, but it hasn’t released details on what that will be. Buyers may also notice a few additional details inside like bits of chrome and piano black accents.

Mitsubishi hasn’t officially released pricing information or a release date. However, pricing isn’t expected to vary much from the MSRP on the current 2018 model. The updated Outlander Sport is expected to arrive on dealership showroom floors in September.

Contact us at Don Robinson Mitsubishi for more information, or take a look at the 2019 model year if you need a vehicle sooner rather than later.

There are many factors that college student car shoppers have to consider, including budget, credit score, and current incentives for the type of vehicle they’re looking to drive. Although it’s enough to make your head spin, by following these tips, you can save more money and end up with a better vehicle in the long run.

One of the first things to consider is your budget—especially what it will be after you graduate. Keep in mind that it takes many people several months (if not years) to find a steady job after college, so you need to take this into account when coming up with your loan payment schedule. Start with used cars or certified pre-owned cars, as they offer the best bang for your buck.

Odds are, it may be difficult to get a good auto loan if you don’t have a long credit history. While student loans can help to build credit, it may be a good idea to ask a friend or family member to co-sign a loan with you to get the best possible rates.

Be realistic when shopping. Though it’s tempting to shop for new sports cars or luxury SUVs, keep in mind that cars typically depreciate. Therefore, it’s a smart idea to shop for a reliable used model. Luckily, Mitsubishi is known for its durability and its 10-year/100,000-mile limited warranty.

Additionally, shop around for incentives. Many automakers may offer special deals for recent college grads or students, including lower interest rates or cash towards your purchase. Even if you’re not sure, it can’t hurt to look online and ask about any incentives when you’re shopping for a car.

Here at Don Robinson Mitsubishi, we’re happy to help you find the perfect car for your lifestyle. Stop by our finance department and talk with our experts to learn more about your financing options.

We all want safe vehicles, and we shouldn’t settle for less. Mitsubishi doesn’t sacrifice safety for anything, which is why the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recently recognized the 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander’s safety with a Top Safety Pick accolade.

The Outlander achieved the top “good” rating in all crash tests, a “superior” for its optional front crash prevention technology, and “acceptable” rating for its available headlights. Don’t let the acceptable headlight rating fool you: The IIHS started rating headlights in 2016 with infamously strict guidelines, so an “acceptable” in headlights amounts to great quality.

“Earning the IIHS Top Safety Pick is a key reason for customers to place the Outlander at the top of their shopping list, proving it one of the most competitive vehicles in the incredibly popular compact SUV segment” said Mark Chaffin, chief operating officer for Mitsubishi Motors North America.

The Outlander utilizes Mitsubishi’s RISE body structure, which strategically places crumple zones and a high tensile strength steel cage to mitigate the damage in a collision and direct it away from the cabin and any passengers.

All Outlander models come standard with numerous safety features including a rearview camera, seven airbags, a Tire Pressure Monitoring System, Active Stability Control with Traction Control Logic, Hill Start Assist, and an anti-lock braking system with electronic brake-force distribution.

If you’d like to see the 2019 Outlander’s safety systems and have additional questions, call or visit us at Don Robinson Mitsubishi to schedule a test drive.

Here in Minnesota, winter never slows us down. If you are looking for some fun winter activities in Minneapolis, we have some great suggestions.

Minneapolis Institute of Art

Explore great works of art and ancient history with the museum’s newest special exhibit. Pieces from Egypt’s Sunken Cities will be on display at the museum through April 14th.

Northeast Farmers Market

Explore the crafts and goodies from over 35 local vendors at the monthly farmers market. It will be held on February 17 starting at 10 a.m. at Chowgirls at Solar Arts, and once again on March 17. There will also be live music, entertainment, and other activities.

2019 Winter Beer Dabbler

The 10th annual Winter Beer Dabbler will be held at the Minnesota State Fairground on February 23rd from 3 6:30 p.m. This outdoor festival lets you sample and enjoy some great locally brewed beers.

Twin Cities Auto Show

If you love cars as much as we do, make sure you add the Twin Cities Auto Show to your calendar. It will be held March 9th through the 17th at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

Snowshoe Tours

If you want to get out and enjoy the snow, the Whitewater State park hosts guided snowshoe tours twice a month on Saturdays. Other parks around Minneapolis are up for exploration and offer snowshoe rentals as well.

Minneapolis is never short on things to do in the wintertime, and we at Don Robinson Mitsubishi hope you stay safe and enjoy all that winter has to offer.

winter activities in Minneapolis - St. Cloud, MN

Winter driving is typically not a fun experience. This is especially true in areas that are used to dealing with heavy snowfall each year, like Minnesota. Mitsubishi prides itself on the safety features of its vehicles, and there are ways to get top-of-the-line, performance-oriented driving from your Mitsubishi while traveling in the snow. Here are some features to help you pilot your Mitsubishi in winter weather.

  • Mitsubishi’s All-Wheel Control: Mitsubishi’s distinctive All-Wheel Control system can handle any tough weather conditions you throw at it. The AWC system was engineered to the brand’s high standards of handling and performance in terms of traction, cornering, and braking. This smart system actively monitors the road using sensors, and it automatically makes power and torque adjustments to maintain traction. This provides the necessary amount of stability and control on slick roads that can make or break your driving experience.
  • Advanced safety: Mitsubishi vehicles offer a wide range of state-of-the-art safety features that help you feel confident while cruising around in the wintertime. They routinely feature things like anti-lock braking systems and active stability control. Other advanced technologies are offered like Forward Collision Mitigation, Lane Keep Assist, and Auto High Beam Headlights.

These thoughtful features on Mitsubishis will help keep you safe on the winter roads this season. Visit Don Robinson Mitsubishi to learn more about useful vehicle tools to have while driving in hazardous weather.   Mitsubishi in winter weather

Families and foodies everywhere look forward to Thanksgiving all year long. However, while we all have our favorite dishes, it’s always fun to try something new, too. Here are a few must-have Thanksgiving side dishes that you can try adding to your family’s menu.

 

Butternut Squash Mash

This traditional dish can take you all the way back to the Pilgrims. It is creamy, buttery, and delicious, which is how it has survived for hundreds of years. You can even add a splash of maple syrup to give it a slightly sweeter taste.

 

Baked Cranberry Sauce

Skip the canned cranberries this year and make your own. It is so easy and delicious that you will never want to eat it from a can again. All you need is fresh cranberries, sugar, and water. Combine everything in a casserole dish and bake.

 

New Green Bean Casserole

Give this Thanksgiving favorite an update with fresh ingredients and homemade mushroom sauce. Add a bit of blue cheese for an extra boost of flavor.

 

Sweet Potato Casserole

This dish comes together easily and will have everyone coming back for more. When topped with the sweet pecan crumble, it tastes almost like a dessert, so be sure to make plenty for the whole family.

must-have Thanksgiving side dishes

If you find that you need (or would like) a new vehicle to go to the family Thanksgiving dinner, make sure to stop by Don Robinson Mitsubishi. We would be more than happy to help you find the perfect vehicle for you.

Even if they don’t own a dog, most Americans have a special place in their heart for our furry friends. Dogs can be faithful family companions when we welcome them into our homes. Unfortunately, there are millions of dogs who have to live in shelters or in even worse conditions here in the United States. That is why Mitsubishi and The Asher House have joined forces to help get these dogs into loving homes.

Mitsubishi and the Asher house

The Asher House was founded by Lee Asher, who quit his job in 2017 to dedicate himself fully to his passion of finding homes for dogs in need. Lee was able to raise enough money to purchase an RV so he could travel across the country and help host adoption events. Since then, Lee has helped 146 dogs join new families.

 

Mark Chaffin, chief operating officer, MMNA, said “Lee started with a passion when he created The Asher House and it has become a movement to help raise awareness for rescue animals and shelters across the country; Asher’s bold decision to take action on his ambition is admirable and we’re privileged to be able to help support his mission.”

Mitsubishi Motors is lending him a hand with the donation of an all-new 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross. This vehicle will help him transport rescue dogs. In addition, Mitsubishi is providing support for local rescue events and other social gathers.

Of course, we at Don Robinson Mitsubishi love our dogs. So, if you are looking for a new vehicle for you and your four-legged friends to get around in, make sure to stop in. We would be happy to show you the most pet-friendly models.

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