As Gomer Pyle used to say; “Surprise-Surprise!” In February 2014 I mentioned that the New Old Honda was out of my life and a new Mitsubishi Mirage G4 had replaced it. It was a sad time because the adventures of the New Ole’ Honda were a staple here on LiP as something was always happening to it. New cars smell nice and are fun to drive but “Boring” What was there to say?
But over the year and 5 months we’ve owned it a couple of funny things have happened. To date the car only has 8,750 Kilometers on the dial. The warrantee is three years or 100,000 Kilometers. At the rate we are driving the three years will come first.
We took it in for the 1,000 “K” check-up, and all was fine. Then I took it in for a non-warranty oil change as a few months had passed and my father always told me it’s time on the clock not the mileage or kilometerage that breaks down the viscosity of your oil. The folks at Car World Subic were wondering why I was there with only 3,000 “K” on the car when in two “K” more I was due for the oil change but who knew how long that would be . But being the professionals that they are, they did as I requested. And once again for the 5,000 “k” check 4 months later. Plus they have a comfortable waiting area and they give you great coffee for FREE! Starbucks is across the street but your car will be done before you spend that hour ordering their coffee.
Car World also has a very nice person who keeps tabs on you and will call when they think you are due for a service check. The first call was at 6,000 “K” thinking I was due for my 10,000 “k” check up. But still not enough kilometerage to go down there yet, but at 8,000 “K”I just went to save them the cost of phone calls (lol) How would they know that we don’t put that much kilometerage (Is that really a word?) on our cars? But as always I appreciate Car World Subic’s concern.
But that is not the reason for the article; after I replaced the plastic hub caps with custom rims, I’ve been buying all the spiffy chrome accessories to enhance an all ready good looking car. We had it all, new chrome headlight and taillight rings, the turn signal chrome covers and all new chrome door handles. And not to forget the chrome daytime running lights with fog lamp. Pretty jazzy don’t-cha thinks?
So I’m at Concord Car Accessory store in the mall. A place I have been too many times looking for the chrome gas tank door cover. It was always NIS (Not in Stock) and I just found out why from the young man guiding me around Concord’s store. My car does not exist, it a ghost, a non item. Whoa Nelly what are we talking about???
Then the hammer came down, shattering the beliefs that I have held dear to me for the last year and a half. I found out that in the world outside of the Philippines my car is called; “The Attrage.” Is it true? Well the parts guy at the Concord store who also installed my back-up camera, and whom I fully trust said it’s true? (But trust and verify) Let’s Google that, oh my lord it’s true I no longer drive a Mirage G-4 I drive an “Attrage” Why do these things happen to me? But there is “Good News,” they have the chrome gas door cover, but with “Attrage” imprinted prominently on it. I bought it of course and I’ll let people passing by wonder about the two names on the car. And my Car World salesman Denny will be hearing from me next time I’m by there! (Denny, you know I’m only joking!)
Anyway here is a blurb straight from the inter-webby as to why in the Philippines there is a difference in names for the same car. According to “Masaaki Yamada” (Most High Person at the time in 2013), and the senior adviser for Mitsubishi Motors Philippines, the car will use the Mirage G4 name in the Philippine market only, as the name Attrage has a negative connotation in the Filipino language.”Attrage” sounds too much like “ATRAS” the Filipino word for “going backwards “I was smart to install that back-up camera system. Well, heck that makes sense to me. But now I’m stuck with a multi-named car, but the truth is I’d buy the same car again, and once again deal with Car World Subic’s great group of gentlemen such as Mr. Magat the Business Manger, and Mr. Perez the Sales Manager both whom will treat you in a professional and courteous manner and insure any questions you may have will be resolved. I smile when I add; ‘No matter what they want to call this the car.”
The last “new car” I bought was when I was in the Navy it was a 1978 Lincoln Town Car, and it came with a white leather interior which never should be confused with the skin of that endangered species, “The Nauga” from which you get”Naugahyde’ or “Pleather” the reason I bring that up is because a young lady once said to me, “Paul you should cover those beautiful seats to protect them”. Oh yeah and let the second owner enjoy those seats. I think not.
But here and now my wife Mayang will not let me remove the company installed seat covers to let me enjoy the new seats in my Attrage Mirage G-4 or whatever you call this automobile. I even forget what my new seats in the Attrage G-4 look like! Jeff the detailer at Car World did such a great job, the seat covers have never came undone.
“ATRAS” “going backwards” Just what were those executives from Japan thinking by calling the car, “The Attrage”? What does Attrage mean in the first place?