Mitsubishi Unveils Dendo Drive House System

Dendo Drive House | Tom Hodges Mitsubishi | Hollywood, MD

Earlier this year at the 89th annual Geneva International Motor Show, Mitsubishi pulled the covers off its new Mitsubishi Engelberg Tourer, a next-generation SUV concept. But that wasn’t the only big innovation to come out of Mitsubishi at the show. The automaker also unveiled its Dendo Drive House system, which could revolutionize the way we power our cars—and our homes.

The Dendo Drive House (DDH) system will initially be offered in Japan and then Europe this year, but we will hopefully get our own version in the States here soon. DDH is a vehicle-to-home (V2H) system that allows drivers to charge their Mitsubishi EV or PHEV vehicle using their home’s solar power during the day. This saves on electricity costs and makes Mitsubishi vehicles even cleaner. Then, at night, using the bi-directional charger, the Mitsubishi EV or PHEV can power the home with its stored energy, saving owners from having to rack up expenses on their electric bill and reducing carbon usage.

According to Mitsubishi, any driver purchasing a battery-electric or plug-in hybrid electric vehicle will be offered the system at all dealerships in Japan and later Europe.

You can learn more about the Dendo Drive House system and the new Mitsubishi Engelberg Tourer concept here. While you can’t buy it from Tom Hodges Mitsubishi, contact us to learn more about the Mitsubishi PHEV and its clean energy solutions.

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Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Reaches New Sales Milestone

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV | Tom Hodges Mitsubishi Blog | Hollywood, MD

Mitsubishi was ahead of the game when it launched the world’s first plug-in hybrid SUV, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, in 2013. The vehicle has been a solid performer in the move towards a greener future, which is reflected in its latest sales milestone. In mid-April, Mitsubishi announced that it has sold 200,000 Outlander PHEV vehicles around the world.

When the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV first rolled out, it started in Japan. Now it has sales in more than 50 countries. Its 200,000 milestone is especially impressive when you consider that it was the bestselling plug-in hybrid in the world at the end of last year. It has a large following in Europe, where it was named the best plug-in vehicle for 2019 by the UK’s COMPANY CAR AND VAN magazine and a 2018 OFF ROAD Award in Germany.

Here in the United States, Green Car Journal named the Outlander PHEV the 2019 Green SUV of the Year and the New England Motor Press Association gave it the award for Best Green Winter Vehicle. Its updates for the 2019 model year lowered its CO2 emissions levels. Besides being even better for the planet, the 2019 Outlander PHEV has an updated drivetrain for a quieter ride and reduce vibration.

If you want to drive an SUV but still help the planet, come talk to us at Tom Hodges Mitsubishi about the 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV.

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2020 Mitsubishi ASX Hints at Future Outlander Sport

2020 Mitsubishi ASX | Tom Hodges Mitsubishi Blog | Hollywood, MD

Earlier this month, Mitsubishi unveiled the 2020 Mitsubishi ASX. Known as the Outlander Sport in the American market, this new ASX is giving us something we’ve been waiting for a while now – a look at what the next-generation Outlander Sport will entail.

For the 2020 model year, the ASX has undergone a design change, modeling itself after the new design language that has been seen recently in the Eclipse Cross and the new Outlander. It has a sleeker front end that features more sculpted lines, helping the vehicle stand out on the road. Mitsubishi has also added a new line to the sides of the ASX, which adds a touch of sportiness that the vehicle was missing before.

Inside, the vehicle has only seen some slight changes, including a new eight-inch touchscreen for its infotainment system and a slightly more rectangular design. The ASX can also now store USB drives when it’s stationary, which is an added benefit for many.

While we don’t know what the powertrain will be when the ASX becomes the Outlander Sport here in the United States, we do know that the ASX model will have a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that is mated to either a five-speed manual or a Continuously Variable Transmission.

Mitsubishi is expected to release more information about the US-based Outlander Sport soon, so make sure you keep an eye out. For more information about the current Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, contact us at Tom Hodges Mitsubishi.

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Three Spring Festivals in Maryland

Spring festivals in Maryland | Tom Hodges Blog | Hollywood, MD

We don’t know about you, but we’re waiting for the spring thaw to hit here. To keep ourselves occupied until then, we’ve compiled a list of fun spring festivals in Maryland to look forward to once it finally warms up.

Beer, Bourbon, & BBQ Festival

The Beer, Bourbon, & BBQ Festival is the perfect place for a parents-only get away. From March 29 to March 30 in Timonium, you get a chance to enjoy good food, great drinks, and live music at this festival. Your admission will buy you a sampling glass to try as much beer and bourbon as you’d like, and all for $40.

Eastern Shore Sea Glass and Coastal Arts Festival

For the eighth year of the Eastern shore Sea Glass and Coastal Arts Festival, it’s moved to a larger location near the waterfront in St. Michaels. Enjoy food, live music, river cruises, and beautiful crafts from more than 70 artisans inside the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. The event runs from April 6 to April 7.

National Wine and Food Festival

World-renowned chefs, artisans, and culinary wonders come together at the National Wine and Food Festival at National Harbor. This festival, which has been running for a decade now, offers foodies the chance to enjoy the best food and wine the nation has to offer while also enjoying the beauty of the harbor. Tickets are available in advance for $40. It runs from May 4 to May 5.

We at Tom Hodges Mitsubishi can’t wait for it to finally warm up in Maryland, and once it does we’ll go and enjoy one of the state’s various spring festivals to celebrate and get out of the house in a new Mitsubishi.

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Find the Best Sledding Spots in Maryland for Winter Fun

Sledding in Maryland | Hollywood, MD

Looking for the best sledding spots in Maryland? A number of areas around the state are perfect for outdoor winter excitement.

According to the Baltimore Sun, some of the top sledding hills in the state are located in the capital. Federal Hill and Herring Run Park offer exciting hills that are also manageable for beginners.

The Oregon Ridge State Park in Cockeysville has popular courses for cross-country skiing, hiking, and sledding. Dubbed a winter wonderland in December and January, Oregon Ridge was once home to a ski resort, so you can trust that it’s a great place to take your sleds. It also has a lodge that hosts private events.

You should check out the hill behind the Maryland Hall in Annapolis. This is a regular hot spot for young sledders, and it has tons of open space so you and your family aren’t surrounded by crowds.

If you live near the Montgomery area, Montgomery Parks released a list of the best sledding hills in local parks like the Agricultural History Farm, Ayrlawn Local Park, and Tilden Woods Park.

While the hills listed here are located in public parks, you’ll want to make sure that you’re not accidentally going onto private property. We hope you enjoy sledding as much as we do at Tom Hodges Mitsubishi, and please remain safe while having fun.

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Tips for Making a Cold-Weather Car Kit

Cold-Weather Car Kit | Tom Hodges Mitsubishi Blog

Winter driving can be stressful, but you can reduce this stress if you are properly prepared. One way to prepare for driving in the cold months is to make a cold-weather car kit. Although you hopefully never need some of these items, you’ll be grateful to have them if something goes wrong while you’re on the road.

  • Essentials to stay warm: It’s handy to have a blanket, extra jacket, spare winter wear — including gloves, hats, and socks — and boots stowed away in your vehicle during the winter months.
  • Water and snacks: Winter weather can create unanticipated driving delays and put stress on your vehicle. It’s a good idea to have snacks and water on hand in case you’re stuck out in the cold longer than anticipated.
  • First-aid kit: Scraping ice off your car or slipping and falling on ice can scratch your hands. Even in seasons other than winter, have a first-aid kit ready in your vehicle.
  • Tools for potential car issues: Store a small shovel, jumper cables, a flashlight, and salt or sand for gaining tire traction in the trunk in case you need them. Winter weather can zap the car battery, and you want to be prepared it won’t start.

Giving your car a winter tune-up will also help it run better this time of year, and the Tom Hodges Mitsubishi service team would be glad to prepare your car for the cold.

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Mitsubishi Supporting Asher House

Mitsubishi Supporting Asher House | Tom Hodges Mitsubishi Blog

Mitsubishi Motors is no stranger to charitable causes and routinely takes part in philanthropic endeavors to support those in need. This past August, the auto company announced its support of The Asher House, which is an organization that is working hard to help shelter dogs find loving forever homes. To help the organization, Mitsubishi gave Lee Asher – the organization’s founder – and his team an all-new 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross.

The support comes as part of Mitsubishi’s “Drive your Ambition” campaign. As chief operating officer of Mitsubishi Motors North America, Mark Chaffin, stated, “Our consumers have wide-ranging ambitions in life and Mitsubishi Motors is here to help drive those ambitions. 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.”

Along with the sophisticated new Eclipse Cross to drive Asher, his team, and his six adopted dogs around the U.S. for adoption and advocacy events, Mitsubishi will provide support to the organization for local rescue and social events.

Lee Asher quit his job, raised money to buy an RV, and began traveling around the U.S. to raise awareness about shelter dogs and hold adoption events, founding the Asher House in 2017. Since the organization’s founding, Asher has helped 146 dogs find homes.

Here’s hoping that Asher helps far more dogs find new homes. Meanwhile, if you are welcoming your own furry friend home, we would be more than happy to show you the most dog-friendly models here at Tom Hodges Mitsubishi.

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Driving in the Snow: All-Wheel Drive and Mitsubishi S-AWC

All-Wheel Drive and Mitsubishi S-AWC | Tom Hodges Mitsubishi

Driving in the snow can be particularly dangerous. In fact, about 41 percent of weather-related crashes involve winter conditions—a particularly striking statistic considering winter is only a few months. If you’d like to prepare for winter driving, one of the best things you can do is slow down, get winter tires, and, if possible, get all-wheel drive.

According to Consumer Reports, all-wheel drive doesn’t really help when you’re braking, and in many cases, it won’t help while you’re corning in wintery driving conditions. The reason to use it, then, is all about preventing you from getting stuck. As winter temperatures plummet, the last thing you want is to be stranded with your tires spinning. With all-wheel drive, your vehicle strength is moved to the wheels with the most traction, which can significantly reduce the likelihood that you’ll be stuck in the snow.

Mitsubishi models specifically come with an available Super All-Wheel Control system that may help to provide even more traction. Unlike traditional all-wheel drive, S-AWC comes with an Active Center Differential, Active Yaw Control, and Active Stability Control—each of which not only prevents you from getting stuck, but also helps with acceleration and cornering.

So, in short, to really prepare for winter weather, Mitsubishi S-AWC and a quality pair of winter tires may be your best bet. If you want to get a vehicle with S-AWC, make sure to come down to Tom Hodges Mitsubishi.

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What’s in A Name?: Mitsubishi Model Names Across Countries

Mitsubishi Model Names | Tom Hodges BlogEvery country has its own unique culture. Because of this, you will often find that car manufacturers will change the name of a model depending on the country they are marketing that vehicle to. Mitsubishi is one of those carmakers that has chosen different model names depending on the country. Here, we take a look at the Mitsubishi model names we know – and how they differ in other markets.

Mitsubishi Mirage/Mirage G4

The Mirage and Mirage G4 are subcompact cars that are perfect for the budget driver. In Europe and Singapore, the Mirage the exact same car as it is here in North America. It just happens to carry the name Space Star. The Mirage G4 also boasts a different nameplate in the majority of markets, going by the badge Attrage. You will notice, though, that the Philippines in particular calls this small sedan the Mirage G4 due to Attrage sounding similar to the Filipino word atrás which means “going backwards”.

Mitsubishi L200

Though the US market doesn’t get the pleasure of having the L200 pickup truck in its lineup, this model is a prime example of how model names can change in different markets. It’s called the Triton in Australia and Israel and the Strada in the Philippines.

Mitsubishi Pajero

Because the name Pajero doesn’t translate well in certain markets, this SUV – which we don’t get in the US anymore – carries the name Montero in Spain, the Philippines, and the Americas with the exception of Brazil and Jamaica. It’s called the Shogun in the UK.

Here in the US, we are happy to stick to our own names of Outlander, Eclipse, and Mirage (although Space Star does hold a certain appeal). Come and look over the Mitsubishi lineup here at Tom Hodges Mitsubishi.

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Benefits of Buying Used

benefits of buying used | Tom Hodges Mitsubishi BlogEvery potential car buyer must answer the same question: should I buy new or buy used? Although there are plenty of benefits and drawbacks of each option, oftentimes, the benefits of buying used is a smart choice, both financially and otherwise. Here are some of the benefits of buying used.

Value

New vehicles can lose up to 40% of their initial value in the first two years alone! This typically means you’ll end up paying for value that no longer exists over time. When you buy a used car, this depreciation process has already occurred. This gives you a better upfront cost for the vehicle.

Affordability

Since new vehicles have such a steep mark-up price that more desirable vehicles are out of your price range. If you decide to buy used, however, it may place some of these vehicles within your budget and allow you to get your dream car.

Similar Features as Current Model Year

In general, cars from recent model years have the same or similar features as the current model year. Unless the current model year has undergone a significant re-design or is the beginning of a new generation, usually you can find recent-model used vehicles with the modern, advanced features you desire.

Lower Insurance Costs 

Used cars are cheaper to insure than new vehicles, which means you’ll save money over time on insurance payments along with saving money on the initial purchase.

Warranty 

Typically, used vehicles come with a warranty when you purchase one from a dealership, ensuring that your investment is covered. In addition, certified pre-owned vehicles come with a warranty directly from the manufacturer after undergoing a thorough inspection, giving you additional peace of mind in your purchase.

Variety

When buying used, you’ll have more options than just limiting yourself to the current model year. If you want a discontinued model or feature, buying used will allow you to fulfill these wishes.

If you are in the market for a pre-owned vehicle, stop by Tom Hodges Mitsubishi. We have an impressive inventory that is changing all the time, so we can certainly help you find the perfect vehicle for you.

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