The Concept Cars of the 2015 Chicago Auto Show


Car shoppers at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show will be able to get an up-close look at the year's newest vehicles, but it's not all business. This year's crop of concept cars is sure to catch a few eyes, from Buick's stunning and stylish Avenir sedan to Kia's hybrid off-road-ready Trail'ster.

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This year's show starts Feb. 14 and continues until Feb. 22 at the McCormick Place convention center. Click here for tickets and times and here for a show floor map. Check out some of our favorite concept cars ... and a couple new production models that sure look like concepts.

By Jennifer Geiger | February 13, 2015 | Comments (0)

Mitsubishi GC-PHEV Concept Photo Gallery (24 Photos)


Mitsubishi's newest concept looks like a purpose-built futuristic zombie apocalypse machine with its blocky styling, robotlike face and oversized wheels.

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Inside, the futuristic theme continues with the GC-PHEV's electric display panels that stretch from door-to-door and an augmented reality (zombie detection?) system displayed on the windshield. Check out the gallery below; photos by Evan Sears.

By Jennifer Geiger | February 13, 2015 | Comments (0)

Mitsubishi GC-PHEV Concept: First Look


Looks like: Anime version of a Mitsubishi Montero

Defining characteristics: Plug-in hybrid all-wheel-drive SUV, supercharged V-6 engine, rechargeable lithium-ion battery

Ridiculous features: The "Tactical Table," a full-length touch-screen console that runs to the backseats and interacts with passengers' smartphones

Chance of being mass-produced: 50/50

Japanese automaker Mitsubishi is struggling in the U.S. market, suffering from a combination of old, highly out-of-date models, a lack of development money and local manufacturing, and a generally unknown presence in the minds of new car shoppers due to the two previous issues. It is, however, finding a little hope with its Outlander Sport compact SUV and is using the 2015 Chicago Auto Show to give us a peek at what might be coming next.

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The Mitsubishi GC-PHEV Concept (the acronym stands for Grand Cruiser plug-in hybrid electric vehicle) is making its North American debut at the show, having previously been shown nearly a year-and-a-half ago at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show. The concept arriving here is unchanged, still featuring wild concept-car styling, some eye-popping interior electronics and a powertrain that should not be overlooked.

By Aaron Bragman | February 12, 2015 | Comments (2)

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Gets More Power at a Price


Mitsubishi's Outlander Sport isn't known for being a sprightly small SUV. In her review of the 2014 model with its anemic 148-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder, Assistant Managing Editor-News Jennifer Geiger says, "slow and loud are two Outlander Sport hallmarks."

Related: 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Expert Review

For 2015, Mitsubishi is adding an optional 168-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. It makes 20 more horsepower than the 2.0-liter and at least provides a better chance the new Outlander Sport 2.4 ES and GT trim levels won't have acceleration as leisurely as the 2.0-liter. The smaller engine sticks around as the Sport's base engine for 2015. The new engine pairs exclusively with the continuously variable transmission and is available in front- or all-wheel drive. The 2.4-liter starts at $22,145, including an $850 destination fee.

By Joe Bruzek | February 6, 2015 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2013-2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport


Vehicles Affected: Approximately 55,000 model-year 2013-15 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport vehicles manufactured July 20, 2012, through July 23, 2014.

The Problem: In affected vehicles, the front passenger lap belt attachment fastener may not be torqued to specification and could loosen with time. A loosened fastener may not be able to withstand load forces in a vehicle crash, leaving the front passenger insufficiently restrained and increasing the risk of injury.

The Fix: Dealers will inspect and replace the lap belt attachment fastener free of charge.

What Owners Should Do: Mitsubishi began notifying owners earlier this month. For more info, owners can call Mitsubishi at 714-372-6000 and reference number SR-14-011. Owners also may call the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s hotline at 888-327-4236.

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By Jennifer Newman | December 15, 2014 | Comments (0)

Many Automakers Expand Takata Airbag Recall, But Feds Still Want More


At least six automakers expanded their recalls this week for faulty airbag inflators from parts supplier Takata Corp. The affected airbags can launch shrapnel into passengers as they deploy; incidents were observed in high-humidity areas, prompting 10 automakers to recall scores of 2000s-era models registered in states such as Florida. The total previously stood at nearly 8 million cars, but that figure is rising fast.

Related: What Cars Are Included in the Takata Airbag Recall?

After findings suggested the inflators could fail outside the recalled areas — and were possible with driver's-side airbags, not just the passenger airbags originally investigated — the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration pressed on Nov. 18 for automakers to recall cars across all 50 states. This week, many automakers expanded their campaigns, but only Honda pushed the recall nationwide. Just this morning, the automaker said it would recall another 3 million cars for the driver's-side airbag, The Detroit News reports. That brings the total to at least 11 million, and it's the latest in a string of developments in a recall crisis blamed for at least five deaths so far.

By Kelsey Mays | December 5, 2014 | Comments (0)

Mitsubishi Concept XR-PHEV Photo Gallery (21 Photos)


Mitsubishi says the plug-in electric hybrid crossover concept it unveiled this week at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show hints at the future stylistic direction its vehicles could take. If that's the case, designers must have been watching a lot of Mexican wrestling when they dreamed up the XR-PHEV judging by its intimidating countenance, which makes the vehicle look like its wearing a lucha libre mask, while the sweptback and downward-sloping look of its profile suggests the masked grappler has just launched himself off the top rope and is sailing through the air, about to drop an elbow on his opponent on the floor of the ring.

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According to Mitsubishi Motors North America Executive Vice President Don Swearingen, the XR-PHEV had another objective besides showing off a bold new design. "We also brought it to L.A. to reinforce the message that Mitsubishi is here to stay in the United States," he said in a statement. "As we regrow the brand, we will introduce new models while updating existing ones, creating a new look and a new value proposition for the brand."

Check out the gallery below; photos by Evan Sears.

By Matt Schmitz | November 23, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 L.A. Auto Show: What to Expect


If you like luxury vehicles, SUVs or sports cars — and even luxury SUVs that perform like sports cars — you're gonna love the lineup of debuts at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show later this month. Organizers say there will be 60 premieres, 30 of them global and nearly two-thirds will be luxury and performance offerings.

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Set to bow at the 107-year-old event — the last major auto show of the calendar year and the first of the new auto-show season — are a host of SUVs, from compact crossovers to midsize models. Performance coupes, convertibles and sedans also abound from automakers ranging from Scion to Cadillac.

And perhaps fitting for the Southern California city famed for its air of affluence, nearly half of the anticipated entrees on our list of what to watch for are from luxury automakers. Among those are SUVs and sports cars from the likes of Audi and BMW. Moreover, during the Connected Car Expo on Nov. 18, Volvo's "Drive Me" autonomous vehicle will make its North American debut, at which time executives will discuss the automaker's driverless technology.

Here's what we'll be looking for as covers the L.A. auto show from the event floor:

By Matt Schmitz | November 5, 2014 | Comments (0)

Used-Car Prices Down More Than $1,100 From Start of Year


Late-model used-car prices continued their steady decline in October, reaching a new low for the year. Average listing prices for 2011 to 2013 models stood at $22,071, which is 1.3 percent ($283) less than September. Prices are down 5 percent ($1,166) since January.

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Mitsubishi Galant prices dropped the most this month; prices for the midsize sedan were down 4.2 percent ($559) from the month before. Just behind it was the Kia Sedona minivan and BMW 328i compact luxury car with price drops of 3.9 percent ($659) and 3.4 percent ($943), respectively.

By Mike Hanley | October 29, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2007-2009 Mitsubishi Outlander


Vehicles Affected: More than 37,000 model-year 2007-09 Mitsubishi Outlander crossovers manufactured between Dec. 15, 2006, and Oct. 31, 2007, and between April 16, 2008, and Aug. 22, 2009

The Problem: The brake light switch may malfunction, causing the brake lights not to illuminate when braking. This means other drivers would not be warned that the vehicle is stopping, increasing the risk of a crash.

The Fix: Mitsubishi began notifying owners in mid-October, and dealers will replace the brake light switch for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Mitsubishi at 888-648-7820, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to for more info.

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By Matt Schmitz | October 28, 2014 | Comments (0)

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