AEM Releases an EVO X Strut bar (2008-2013)

AEM Releases an EVO X Strut bar (2008-2013)

Just in time for the holiday season AEM releases a strut bar for the EVO 10.  Check out out the installed pictures below.

 

Failed - Injen Cold Air Intake Install - WTF

Failed – Injen Cold Air Intake Install – WTF

When I saw this posted on my car club’s facebook page I almost fell out of my chair.  The reason is because, its really difficult to botch a cold air intake install.  I mean they even include super detailed instructions in every box. There is almost no excuse for this.  Unless you have an extreme fear of water or something, this goes down as an ultimate fail.

WTF

Ralliart owners have a little more to worry about!

Ralliart owners have a little more to worry about!

There have been reports circulating that Mitsubishi has taken stronger measures to find reprogrammed ECU’s and voiding the warranties.  Here is an image captured of internal documents demonstrating the procedures of detecting a compromised ECU.

If this is found to be true and official, then this makes things very interesting indeed!

 

What does this mean?  Use common sense and find a dealership that you trust.  In theory they should only perform this in the vent of a warranty claim on the powertrain.  That said, that doesnt mean a tech can’t do it to check.   Be careful guys!

Mitsubishi Wiper blades in the winter.

I almost laugh very year when the first super cold day of winter / fall arrives.   The reason is because my Mitsubishi Lancers wiper blades seem to tear themselves apart.   And here is why.   I the winter months we see some car owners lift the wiper blades of the windshield.  The main purpose for this s to prevent them from ripping.   Unfortunately many who do this dont know that this can lessen the lifespan and effectiveness of the blade.

The real reason why blades tear is not because of the cold or ice because of a dirty window surface.   It wasnt until I had some serious training with car care detailers that i understood this.  To be completely honest,  winter conditions aside, keeping your window surface clean as much as possible will go a long way to keeping even the cheapest of blades going an extra 30 percent like longer.  

So how do we do this?

Well I wanna come right out and say it.   I dont think you are doing anyone any favors by using the gas station squigee.  It will not clean your glass.   If anything it will make the situation worse and you risk scratching your glass or window with a crappy squigee.

You have to do all cleaning by hand and with a micro fiber and glass cleaner.   Now this is good for the spring summer and fall but since the winter months throw tons of stuff at your wine w.  You maybe better off buying a glass treatment that helps repel water.   The reason for this is because the treatment will act as a temporary barrier between the glass and outside environment.  Frequent cleaning of the surface will ensure you can go longer between treatments.    The wiper blades will benefit from the reduced glide resistance.   If you have a fear of ice on the glass there are some brands that offer sprays that quickly desolves thick ice.

There are many treatment brands out there and they work ok and as advertised.  People run into trouble and complain it doesnt work.   The key is when the surface is not clean the treatment cant bond to the window surface.  
On my last trip to the usa the rainx brand was what i picked up.  It does the job but is not the best out there.

Hope that helps guys.

Winterizing the Lancer for another season

Acter spending the better part of September planning for Sema 2012, I didnt notice old man winter sneaking up on us.   My check list is pretty straight forward.

WIPERBLADES
CLEANING AND TREATING WINDSHIELDS
RUSTCHECK THE UNDERBODY
CLEAN AND LUBRICATE HSD COILOVERS
RAISE THE SUSPENSION RIDE HEIGHT
INSTALL WINTER TIRES
SWITCH TO 0W20 OIL
CHECK ALL OTHER FLUIDS
CHECK SAFETY KIT DURING WINTER MONTH
CHECK FRONT AND TAIL LIGHTS

These things may sound ordinary and nothing special but each are super critical for safety and keeping your car in top form for the winter months.  Living in Canada, the temps start slipping below freeze around the last week of october.  So its important to get all this crap out of the way by then.   Freak snowstorms tend to make everything a miserable ordeal.

Wanna show some Mitsubishi love while charging your phone or tablet?

Wanna show some Mitsubishi love while charging your phone or tablet?

Rick Chong has had a busy summer schedule.  Working on new mods for the lancer and getting into new projects for other cars.  But one of the new things he showed me that I just had to jump on was this Mitsubishi branded charge.  The thing that make me go crazy over it is that it would change different devices with one star adapter.  Rick says that this universal charger is a 6 in 1 adapter with retractable USB cable.  😉 Nice!

My girlfriend is an Iphone type,  I am a Blackberry / Android type of guy.  Great!  We both can charge our devices with it.

Your can order it now via Ricks Ebay webstore for about 30 bucks.  It is a novelty gift item as well. :)  Visit www.rickchong.com

A new Mitsubishi Lancer Ad

Finally. Finally the Mitsubishi gets some love and some advertising dollars. Its taken a really long time to get a good ad focused on the Lancer.

Enjoy

Mitsubishi August 2012 car sales and the look forward.

Mitsubishi August 2012 car sales and the look forward.

Mitsubishi’s Sales numbers are feeling like a “Hurt Locker”.

Brand/Company Vol. % Aug. 2012 Aug. 2011 DSR* % Aug. 2012 Aug. 2011
Mitsubishi -38.95 4,249 6,960 -41.21 157.37 267.69

Source: Autoblog by the numbers: http://www.autoblog.com/2012/09/04/august-2012-big-jumps-edition/

The rapid decline was worse than expected by most inside and outside of Mitsu.  While part of the problem is a lack of a full line up.  The bigger problem is that the identity and image of Mitsubishi has shifted around from a EVO X powerhouse with Rally roots to a Eco-centric to rapidly reduce Mitsubishi’s carbon foot print on the world.  The vision is very noble.  but its hard to convince your local fans that this is the path to take especially since the only thing they have seen is an I-Miev.  Something that is …..

*not very attractive
*doesnt offer much in the way of amenities
*and sacrifices everything to be ECO GREEN!

For some… this may be the car they are looking for.  There is a market for it.  But maybe the North American market isn’t ready for it. “YET”.  I feel that time is close at hand.  With economic conditions in the US getting worse with huge national debt and a hurting jobs situation.  Very soon penny pinching on fuel and cutting back on costs will be the new trend.  Maybe… maybe not… the car market is something very hard to predict.

Some may still snicker and laugh about the Mitsubishi electric car.  But I will say this… they have proven that a car like this does work and can survive in the North American market.  And the technology implimented here can be ported over to other cars boosting their efficiency and or power.  An electric assist application for an EVO or the mainstay of the future line up can be a huge bonus.  Especially when it works.   I cant tell you how many horror stories i hear about other electric car system that literally go up in smoke.

When I asked my friend in Mitsubishi Japan about what the strategy is… the short of it was.  The road map of the Mitsubishi car line up wasnt a graceful 4 point or even 3 point turn change over.  But a straight line from point A to B.  This just didnt give anyone including Mitsubishi staff globally time to adjust and understand the new course.  The one thing my contact urged is that the worse is behind us.  Mitsubishi has been hard at work in the R&D labs bringing forward new technologies and new platforms.  Mitsubishi has formally ended most if not all ties to Chrysler/Dodge first with the engine alliance split in 2008 – 2009.  And now moving to platforms that highlight Mitsubishi design without the joint venture kinda stuff they have done for the past 10 years.  One relationship that Mitsubishi will probably still want to keep is the strategic partnership now is Nissan.  The implimentation of the CVT platform is seen as a success for both Mitsubishi and Nissan.  While the market overall still looks at CVT with hesitation.  Both companies have enjoyed very low failure rates and warranty issues.  This and other technologies Mitsubishi would be wise to keep.   Going forward it is possible to see one or two cars jointly developed for the North American market.  But Mitsubishi has not revealed its 5 to 10 year road map for the future.

In the mean time sales numbers for 2012 may lag until the new vehicles are rolled out in 2013 and 2014 production years.  The Mitsubishi Lancer and Evo are both up for redesign or at the very least a face lift.

On a more up beat note.  Developments of the next generation EVO progress.  Its entirely possible that spy pics may be surfacing this fall.  I actually get a chance to travel to meet Mitsubishi Japan officials.  So I will report back with a formal interview.  It’s my hope I can get my hands on juice details :)

Second… it is entirely possible that the EVO X may have a special edition send off that may see enhanced power packages and see the car serialized.  This was something discussed with those close to the EVOSOUL team in Japan.  But again time will tell.  If i hear anything. I will definitely report back.

 

EVOSOUL

News: Mitsubishi Motors Japan = Announces Production, Sales and Export Figures for July 2012

Tokyo, August 29, 2012 – Mitsubishi Motors Corporation today announced global production, as well as domestic sales and export figures for July 2012.

  • Production: total and in Japan
    Total global production for July came in at 94,019 units, 0.8 percent up over July 2011 and the first monthly year-on-year increase in three months since April this year. Production volume in Japan at 46,489 units was 8.5 percent down, the second consecutive year-on-year monthly decrease since May this year. Passenger car output at 40,008 units was 11.8 percent down. Commercial vehicle output at 6,481 units was 18.4 percent up.
  • Sales in Japan
    Vehicle sales in Japan in July totaled 11,134 units, 7.0 percent down on the same month last year and the third consecutive monthly year-on-year decline since April this year. Sales of passenger cars at 8,050 units were 7.5 percent down while sales of commercial vehicles at 3,084 units were 5.7 percent down over the same month last year. Registered vehicle sales volume at 3,861 units was 18.5 percent down while minicar sales volume at 7,273 units was 0.5 percent up on the same month last year.
  • Production overseas
    Overseas production volume totaled 47,530 units, 12.0 percent up over July last year and the fifth consecutive monthly year-on-year increase since February this year. By region, output in Asia at 41,928 units was 24.1 percent up year-on-year boosted chiefly by a 48.0 percent increase at 28,458 units at MMTh in Thailand, this being attributed to the addition of the new Mirage to the production line. In China, output at 1,811 units was 36.4 percent down on July last year. In North America, output at 981 units was 74.2 percent down over the same month last year, due in part to production of the Eclipse and other US-specific models coming to an end and to preparations for the production startup of the new Outlander Sport model. In Europe, output at 871 units was 50.1 percent down on last year. In South America output at 3,750 units was 21.4 percent up over July last year.
  • Export shipments from Japan
    Total exports from Japan of 30,934 units were 24.6 percent down on July 2011, marking the second consecutive monthly year-on-year drop since May this year. Exports to Asia at 894 units were 80.6 percent down year-on-year. Exports to North America at 3,886 units were 49.5 percent down over July last year. Exports to Europe at 16,907 units were 11.2 percent down year-on-year.

 

Source: http://www.mitsubishi-motors.com/publish/pressrelease_en/ir/2012/news/detail0852.html

AUG. 2012 UPDATE.

August has been a very busy month.   I have travelled half way aroubd the world to help bring about change in Mitsubishi.  There are a number of projects that I am working on that will have the mass effect to do some good on multiple fronts.   After many dialogs I was fortunate enough to travel to asia.   There are a few special presents planned this fall.  SEMA will be an important date for Mitsubishi owners.

Sit tight guys.