Here in Minnesota, it’s always a welcome sight when the sun is shining. But we should all take precautions when going outdoors for extended periods by applying sunscreen. This helps protect our skin from sun damage, but did you know that the sun can also harm your vehicle? Here are some ways the heat can damage your car and how you can save some money by parking in the shade.
Effects of the sun on your vehicle
The glass windows in your car can quickly make it feel like a greenhouse. The heat from the sun comes through the windows and keeps bouncing back, increasing the temperature. The high heat and rays from the sun can damage some interior components, like leather seats, the dashboard, or even electronics. Your car’s exterior also takes a beating when sitting in the sun. Over time, the sunlight can cause the paint to fade and crack.
Benefits of parking in the shade
When you park your car in the shade, your car is protected from the damaging sun. The shade will help keep the interior slightly cooler, meaning your air conditioning will not have to work as hard to cool you down. Another benefit is you can save money on gas by not driving around the parking lot looking for the closest spot. Shady spots are usually further from the door.
If you’re worried about the state of your vehicle after parking in direct sunlight, feel free to stop by Don Robinson Mitsubishi and we’ll get your car back in tip-top shape for maximum summer fun.
Dendo Drive House | Don Robinson Mitsubishi | St. Cloud, MN
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.
Updated Outlander Sport | Don Robinson Mitsubishi | St. Cloud, MN
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.
Mitsubishi Outlander’s safety | Don Robinson Mitsubishi Blog | St Cloud, MN
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.
St. Cloud, Minnesota is home to a lively atmosphere and a welcoming community. Getting outside is one of the best ways to live better and meet new people. Fortunately, there are plenty of outdoor events in St. Cloud that will make this coming spring a memorable one.
Pine Grove Zoo Season Opening
April 16th marks the official opening of the Pine Grove Zoo for the 2018 season. Located a short drive from St. Cloud, the Pine Grove Zoo is home to a wide variety of animals and educational programs that are perfect for kids and adults alike. Stop by on opening day to see some exotic animals and learn something new.
Earth Day Run
This year’s Earth Day Run takes place on April 20th and 21st at St. Cloud State University and is a great way to spend some time outdoors. There are multiple runs to choose from, including one for the kids. Companies can even take part in the Greater St. Cloud Development Corp. 5K Corporate Challenge. Once all is said and done, be sure to attend the post-race parties to top off a wonderful weekend outdoors.
Mental Health Walk
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is hosting the 5th annual Mental Health Walk on May 19th. The event takes place around Lake George and offers the perfect opportunity to get outdoors for a good cause. Take part in the silent basket auction and enjoy refreshments. Don’t forget to consider donating.
Heading to local parks is another great way to enjoy spring, and if you need a vehicle to reach those destinations, then you should stop by Don Robinson Mitsubishi.
Some of the most important safety features on your car aren’t always an advanced automatic feature like emergency braking. Instead, your vehicle’s safety systems can be as basic as your tires. Without your tires, you are not going anywhere—they affect your vehicle’s braking, handling, and ride. That is why tire safety is so important.
One of the most important steps in tire safety is regular inspections. You should make a habit of thoroughly checking your tires once a month. Look for signs of wear, good tread depth, and proper inflation.
Excess wear on a tire can appear as cracks or bulges on the side wall or uneven tread wear. If you see any of these signs, schedule a service appointment at Don Robinson Mitsubishi for a closer look.
Another important factor in tire safety is how your car handles. If you feel any unusual vibrations or hear a thumping noise, this can indicate an out-of-balance tire or a tire with a flat spot. Furthermore, a tire that pulls your car to one side could be underinflated or damaged.
When you do perform your tire inspection, take a quarter with you. While many experts suggest the penny test, a quarter will give you better results. Place the quarter down into the tread with Washington’s head facing down. If you can see the top of Washington’s head, this means your tread is less than 4/32” and it is time for new tires.
If you need help installing a new set of tires, our service team at Don Robinson Mitsubishi is ready to lend a hand.
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.
Here in Minnesota, hunting season is a big deal. If you don’t participate yourself, you probably know at least a few people who do. While much of Minnesota hunting season is over for 2017, we are already looking forward to next year.
If you are not ready to quit yet, there is still some time left for certain types of game. If you are a bow hunter, you can still bag yourself a deer through December 31st. Bobcat season runs through January 7th. Rabbit and squirrel season covers much of the winter and is open through February 28th. You can also still hunt grouse and pheasant until January 1st.
If you have never been hunting before, but would like to try it out, there are a few things you need to do. Make sure that if you are planning a hunt, you follow all the Minnesota rules and regulations and secure your license before you head out. Another good recommendation is to take a hunter safety course. These courses will cover all the safety precautions and rules you need to follow.
How successful was your hunting season this year? Here at Don Robinson Mitsubishi, many of us are hunters and look forward to spending a weekend or two out in the wilderness next fall.
As the winter approaches, many families across the country head indoors, but not here in Minnesota. Most Minnesotans love the winter and all the fun it entails. However, one important part of good winter fun is having a vehicle that can get you there. With the all-new 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, nothing will stand in your way.
There are some great family features in the Eclipse Cross that make it an ideal choice for any adventure-loving troop. The available all-wheel drive will help keep you on the right path. Add in the heated seats, for both the front and rear seats to stay warm and cozy all season long.
Inside, there is plenty of available technology. Add the available head-up display to get all the information you need with crisp color. The touchpad controller, high-resolution touchscreen, and great connectivity make the Eclipse Cross’s technology easy for everyone to use.
To help keep everyone safe, the Eclipse Cross also has a suite of available safety technology, including blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and forward collision warning.
Here at Don Robinson Mitsubishi, we think the Eclipse Cross is a fantastic addition to the Mitsubishi lineup. It will be arriving on our showroom floor early next year.