The Huots dubbed their Mirage the “Purple Won,” and outfitted it with a vanity bowl that played off the car’s blush and the appellation of Minnesota’s admired son and bedrock fable Prince. The acrylic blush additionally carefully akin that of the Huot’s admired NFL team, the Minnesota Vikings, which at one point, prompted Jerry to dress up the Mirage with Viking horn decals for Janice’s birthday.
On the way to 414,000 miles, the Amethyst Won was a bartering commitment vehicle, hauled rocks and admixture for a agriculture activity and appropriate annihilation but accepted maintenance.
Mitsubishi Motors Arctic America, Inc. (MMNA) batten with Jerry and Janice about their Mirage experience, and their adventure is annihilation abbreviate of epic.
MMNA: When, area and why did you buy the Amethyst Won?
Janice: We went to White Bear Mitsubishi, which was abreast to area we lived, attractive to barter in my Cadillac for article with bigger ammunition economy. Appropriate in the average of the exhibit was this little amethyst Mirage that got 44 mpg. I’d had an Outlander Sport and Montero Sport afore and admired them, so it seemed like a acceptable choice. We collection the Mirage home that day, appropriate off the exhibit floor.
MMNA: How did you accrue so abounding afar in such a abbreviate aeon of time?
Jerry: Janice collection it mostly for the aboriginal 7,000 afar or so, but back winter came, she capital all-wheel-drive, so she got a 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport. But again I started application the Mirage for my business. I am a courier. I bear samples from assorted doctors’ offices to labs, so I drive up and bottomward the accompaniment and about boondocks in Minneapolis all the time. The Mirage never absent a beat. It got me up and out of our alluvium driveway, alike in the average of winter, back others got ashore in the snow.
MMNA: So did you babyish the car?
Jerry: No way! It was stored alfresco year-round. I acclimated it to booty rocks and admixture for our yard. All we did was accepted maintenance. We had to alter the caster bearings ancient afterwards 150,000 miles, and the amateur motor was replaced at about amid 200,000 and 300,000 miles, but that was all covered beneath warranty.1 Otherwise, approved oil changes seemed to do the trick.
MMNA: How and why did you name the car?
Janice: Well, we’d called our beforehand cars, so the guys at the dealership helped us anticipate up some account for vanity plates back we were affairs the car. We approved a few, but the best one that wasn’t already taken was “Purple Won,” which fit with the color, Prince and the Vikings.
MMNA: What’s your best anamnesis of owning the Amethyst Won?
Jerry: I consistently admired the comments at gas stations and grocery food and after-effects from bodies as I’d drive by. Kids would consistently stop and point. Everybody seemed to adulation that car; it would accomplish anybody smile whenever they saw it.
Janice: For me, there are a lot of abundant memories, but one of the best was back Jerry dressed the car up to attending like a Minnesota Vikings helmet for my birthday. He got a set of alluring Viking horn decals fabricated for the car, and we ashore them on the doors during football season.
MMNA: Why did you barter in the Amethyst Won?
Jerry: I didn’t plan to. I had brought it into the dealership for approved account and was adage accost to all the bodies we’ve gotten to apperceive there back Richard (Herrod III, banker principal) came by. Back he heard about how abounding afar we had on the car, he said he capital to use it for advertising, so he formed with us to get abundant accord on a new 2020 Mirage.
MMNA: How do you like the new Mirage?
Jerry: Oh, I adulation it! It’s actually agnate to the old one, but it’s got HID headlights and fog lights, which are acceptable for us active out on a asleep end alley on the arctic ancillary of the basin in Lindstrom (Minnesota). It’s actually active and comfortable, and it’s got acrimonious seats and a actually nice stereo. But you accept to understand, the Amethyst Won was the aboriginal new car I’d anytime owned, and it was actually the best, absolutely dependable and economical. We still absence it. As continued as Mitsubishi keeps authoritative the Mirage, I’ll own one.
MMNA: And the name for the new Mirage?
Janice: Not alive what would be available, we requested “MPG King” and “Top MPG,” and “Top MPG” came through. We adulation it!
The Mitsubishi Mirage is the best fuel-efficient non-hybrid gasoline-powered agent in the U.S.2 Both Mirage and Mirage G4 will abide an all-encompassing redesign for the 2021 archetypal year, with sales of the active Mirage appointed to alpha in the aboriginal quarter.
About Mitsubishi Motors Arctic America, Inc.Through a arrangement of about 330 banker ally beyond the United States, Mitsubishi Motors Arctic America, Inc., (MMNA) is amenable for the sales, analysis and development, business and chump account of Mitsubishi Motors cartage in the U.S. 2019 apparent the brand’s seventh after year of sales growth, and MMNA was the top-ranked Japanese cast in the J.D. Power 2020 Initial Quality study, baronial sixth all-embracing and experiencing the greatest year-over-year advance of any brand.
Located in Franklin, Tennessee, MMNA is a allotment of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance. Mitsubishi continues to advance the way in the development of awful efficient, affordably priced new gasoline-powered automobiles, while application its industry-leading ability in battery-electric cartage to advance approaching EV and PHEV models.
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