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Easy Thanksgiving Recipe for 2020

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2020 is coming to a close but not before the holidays. A little reprieve from the madness for some of us, hopefully, A lot of us may be pressed for time and may not know what to do about Thanksgiving meals this year. With many only coming together in small groups, what do you cook compared to 2019? How about something simple? Let us share with you a delectable recipe to help keep your head on straight and bellies full.

Yes, Soup for You!

Okay, so the Seinfeld line doesn’t work the other way around, but we’re still talking about soup here. Now, some people may be thinking, “Turkey soup? No thanks, that just sounds wrong. Well how about a soup made with coconut and thai flavors? Yeah, now we’re getting fancy. The below recipe is for a Thai Coconut Turkey Soup and takes about 30 minutes (post-preparation, that takes forever). It also says it serves eight, but people always want seconds of this. Also, be sure to have plenty of time to make this, because aside from preparation time, you may need to go to the local Chinese marketplace for some items.

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Mitsubishi Continues to Aid Nashville Relief Efforts

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If there’s one thing people like to see, it’s when big businesses, with all the money they make and the many over-produced models they own, many of which have a percentage sitting on dealership lots for years, do something other than focus on the sales. It’s nice when one of these businesses, with millions of dollars to spare, get involved with the local community and give back. So when 2020 nearly destroyed the economy, and the automotive industry took a hit, and an automaker still spares the resources it can to help those in need – well that’s an automaker to get behind. One of several is Mitsubishi Motors North America (MMNA), making use of its Small Batch – Big Impact campaign, to help Nashville-based Community Resource Center (CRC) provide many non-profit organizations with the supplies needed to serve the community. MMNA has been doing this since March and has committed to another six months of aid. Read the rest of this entry >>

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Watch the NEOWISE Comet through a Mitsubishi Sunroof

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Astronomy is such a wonderful thing. In that vast darkness of space, there are stars, planets, galaxies, the occasional blackhole, and some of the most fascinating events like comets and eclipses. These events can be far and few in-between, with lunar eclipses happening every few years, but comets taking as long as hundreds of years. That is the case in particular with the NEOWISE comet, currently blazing across the stars past the Earth. If you don’t get a chance to see it, the comet won’t be within visible distance again for 6800 years, so it’s now or never. With South Florida and Miami light pollution, getting a clear view of the night sky can be tough, but it would be a whole lot better if you got an SUV with a sunroof.

Named after the Near-Earth Object Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) space telescope that first spotted the comet in early July, NEOWISE is currently a melting ball of ice. If unaware, that’s what all comets are – frozen chunks of ice hurtling through space. When they get too close to the sun, that ice begins to melt, causing a tail of ice behind the comet. Like the planets, the sun shines off of the comet, making it appear like a bright star with a tail. However, if you’re lucky, you could get an amazing look at the comet like the image above.

One would think catching a comet in the night sky would be easy, just look for the moving star, right? Wrong. Satellites appear to be moving stars, although they stay close to Earth, trapped in orbit. Planets like Jupiter and Saturn may be lined up in the sky right now, and they’ll stay there for a while, but a comet zipping by? That’s a little more difficult, especially because of its location – under the Big Dipper.

The comet is about 64 million miles away from our planet, but stargazers can see it best on July 22-23, although it should be visible until the 26th of July. If looking northwest, or using a map for finding constellations, a stargazer should be able to spot the Big Dipper and flying under it will be the NEOWISE comet. As we all know, the Earth continues to spin, and these patches of sky will eventually move. Astronomers say the best time to catch the NEOWISE comet under the Big Dipper is after sunset, when the stars just start to come out and the constellation is still fairly high in the sky. NEOWISE should continue to climb, but once the Dipper is close to the horizon, the chances of seeing the comet are pretty much impossible.

So we know where to look for the comet, but how can we get somewhere with minimal light pollution? A small road trip to the beach or everglades never hurt anyone, and it will be the best way to catch the celestial sight of a comet from Earth with the naked eye. While driving to your spot, whether wanting to stay cool or not wanting to miss an unmistakable sight, driving in a vehicle with a sunroof is the best option. Luckily, many Mitsubishi Motors vehicles offer a sunroof option. The 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander, Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, and 2020 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross are all Mitsubishi SUVs that can come with a sunroof, the perfect way to lay back and star gaze in the summer.

You can still snag a Mitsubishi Outlander here at Miami Lakes Automall. If you get any pictures of the NEOWISE comet, share them with us on Miami Lakes Mitsubishi social media.

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Renault-Nissan-Alliance Has A Lot Coming Up in the Next Few Years

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We’re finally in June! The middle of 2020 is upon us, and things are starting to look…less grey, that’s a good way to put – less grey. As the sun starts to shine, more good news will come, and little-by-little, industries are starting to beef up again, starting with the auto industry. Last week, the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance held a digital news conference and announced a new strategy for the Alliance, splitting regions and segments three ways. Each automaker will release a new vehicle in one segment in one region, and following its success, the other two automakers will release their own version or a rebadged vehicle on the same platform. The conference also shared news about some technology and vehicles to look forward to.

The Future is Now

With all of the auto shows cancelled for 2020, we’re going to miss out on all of the cool technology that usually pops up. For the last two years, Mitsubishi Motors and Mitsubishi Electric have been blowing it up with plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) and self-driving technology. Even so, the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance has agreed on splitting up the focus of the group in three ways, although there are four core components – PHEVs, electric vehicles (EVs), self-driving cars, and connected car technology.

The last two are technologies still too young to seem practical. Although smart devices like Amazon Alexa and Google Home allow consumers to connect to their phones via their voice, and even their vehicles, adding an Amazon Prime subscription to your car or buying a smart device plugin isn’t at the top of a consumer’s buy list. Instead, the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance partnered with Google to release an Android-based infotainment system.

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Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance Reignites

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We’ve all been wondering how the auto industry is going to come back from the global pandemic that was the coronavirus. With the economy struggling to get back up and many auto manufacturers skittish about what the future holds, there are several automakers hitting the ground running. Three of these automakers belong to the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, and after a recent news conference, we’re now learning about the new plans the Alliance has to bounce back. It all comes down to a new strategy, a type of “Follow the Leader” agenda.

Initially, when Renault-Nissan added Mitsubishi Motors to the Alliance, the plan was to stay the course. The new Alliance would consist of three automotive brands, but each automaker continued to act as a competitor. At the same time, platforms and technologies were to be developed that could be shared across the three automakers, and some vehicles would even be rebadged. After the effects of the Coronavirus thrashing the automotive industry, many automakers are searching for ways to pick up themselves, but Renault, Nissan, and Mitsubishi Motors are leaning into their counterparts for support.

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Tips for Going on a Road Trip After Quarantine

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April 2020 was pretty hectic for South Florida with the entire state on lockdown for about a month. Now that stay at home orders are over, people are starting to go back outside. Some people want to go for a drive, or even on a trip, although vacations are currently not in the best of interests. So how about a road trip? It’s never about the destination, it’s about the experience, and with a couple of friends in a large vehicle like an SUV, you can practice a little social distancing and stay safe while still having fun. Just be sure your vehicle can go the distance, and that’s why we recommend a plug-in hybrid SUV like the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV. With plenty of space for cargo and different seating arrangements, a small group with supplies can last a few days to a week out on the road.

Financial Planning

Yes, we said a week. A cooler full of ice may keep water fresh for a few days, but deli sandwiches won’t handle being in a cooler, especially in a car, for more than a day or two – less if they’re not dry (that means no mayonnaise or other condiments). That means there will be pit stops for the occasional snack, and maybe even diners or restaurants if places are open for a sit down. Otherwise, it’s drive-thrus and pickup orders along the way, and that alone will start to rack up prices. Add on fuel, money for a place to stay for the night if not driving through the night, and activities along the way, and it gets expensive. Plus, everyone should always have some backup emergency funds.

Have an Agenda

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Why Has Alliance Ventures Slowed Down?

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Last week, we were joking but also praising how much Mitsubishi Motors has done for the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance in recent years. One would think it’s the main contributor to future development, and with a sudden change in the Alliance Ventures funding campaign, Mitsubishi may grab more of the spotlight. For those that don’t follow news about the Alliance, the Alliance announced in February that new plans were taking shape and the future of Alliance 2022, the six-year plan for the Alliance, will be announced in May. The Alliance Ventures funding campaign is a $1 billion investment plan to be used to start partnerships with various start-ups. The latest news has Nissan backing out the campaign.

As far as anyone knows, Nissan is still alive and well part of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance. In late January 2020, Nissan announced the development of a new cross-brand EV platform that could be used by either brand for various types of vehicles. However, investments via the Alliance Ventures campaign has slowed down to a crawl and might just be dead. At first, investments were being made like clockwork, with six investments made in 2018 focusing largely on robotaxi startups, as well as artificial intelligence and autonomous vehicles. The latest investment was with The Mobility House, and that one will mainly benefit Mitsubishi Motors.

With the 2020 Geneva International Motor show cancelled, we still have the great showcase Mitsubishi Motors and Mitsubishi Electric had in store with the new Dendo Drive House. The Dendo Drive House (DDH) was a product of the clean-energy project Mitsubishi Motors put together with Hitachi Europe Ltd. and ENGIE. Using a system of solar panels around the housed, energy is converted and stored in a house battery, and then excess energy can be stored in a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) to be used as a spare battery. In essence, the goal is to reduce the need for energy not only through the power grid, but to also use renewable energy. The Mobility House has a similar goal, working towards a zero-emission energy network where PHEVs and electric vehicles are actually plugged into the power grid to be used as mobile energy sources.

That’s all great and all, but what’s this about Nissan dropping out? According to Reuters, Nissan insiders have been talking about Nissan making a decision to leave the funding campaign to cut costs. It seems the automaker is dealing with its own unforeseen circumstances with the latest virus outbreak. Pulling out of the campaign may sound dramatic, but from the beginning, Alliance Ventures was supposed to gather $200 million a year in total from the three partners, but if Nissan is losing profits, then the automaker can’t put it is share. With only one or two investments in 2019, it doesn’t seem like that goal has been met since the campaign started.

How will this affect the plans to make a big announcement about Alliance 2022 in May? It’s unclear. Although Alliance 2022 and Alliance Ventures are linked, the two are also independent of one another. Just like with the new EV platform coming from Nissan, each automaker is set up to be in charge of two pillars and will share its technology with the other partner. Alliance Ventures is a failing funding campaign, but the investments made thus far were smart choices that can lead to greater things for the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance. Follow along with all the news when you follow us on Miami Lakes Mitsubishi social media.

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New Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Rendering Looks Stylish

 

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Way back when Mitsubishi Motors first started breaking into the auto industry, it was with Rally Cars. The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution series was some of the automaker’s most popular sports cars, with examples like the EVO-8 powered by a 2.0-liter engine capable of generating over 400 horsepower, and able to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds, with a top speed of 175 mph. At some point, the automaker started to take a turn and shifted the focus from sports cars to crossovers and SUVs. That’s where the auto market has been standing for the past decade or so. The demographic is going to be introduced to more of a new generation (Millennials) and soon a whole new type of creature (Gen Z). We think Mitsubishi Motors saw this coming, and that’s why the automaker is trying to meet halfway with vehicles like the Eclipse Cross and Lancer Crossover Concept. We haven’t heard much about the latter since its first teaser, but the Eclipse Cross is doing much better than some had initially thought, and an artist rendering on the internet has sparked discussion about its new look.

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Mitsubishi Small Batch Initiative Continues

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The year may be coming to an end, but Mitsubishi Motors will most likely continue the expansion of the “Small Batch – Big Impact” initiative the automaker started in 2019. Going beyond a marketing campaign, going beyond the publicity, Mitsubishi Motors is also finding ways to give back to the community that will benefit others for years to come. We’ve covered the first two events of this, the 2019 Rebelle Rally and the National Teen Defensive Driving Program in Nashville, TN. The Las Vegas Bowl took place on 12/21, go Huskies, and the primary charity partner of the MMLVB, Goodie Two Shoes became the next organization to get a little love back for all it does for the community.

Goodie Two Shoes

Owned and operated by former San Diego Chargers lineman and current Las Vegas resident, Tony Berti, and his wife Nikki, Goodie Two Shoes provides disadvantaged children, and other children in crisis, with many of the essential items required for good health and positive development. These, of course, include new shoes and socks. During halftime of the 2019 MMLVB, Goodie Two Shoes received a number of blessings – a 2020 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross “Community Utility Vehicle” to assist their charitable efforts going forward, a $10,000 donation from Ally Financial to offset the charity’s operational expenses, and local Mitsubishi dealer-partner Johnny Legends was offering tickets to the game to anyone who would donate a new pair of socks.

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Green Car Journal Awards Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV with Two Awards

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When it comes to making safe vehicles, every automaker wants to stand out. So many car commercials and advertisements focus on the safety features a vehicle can provide, but how many of the automakers behind those marketing campaigns can claim they won the first-ever 2020 Family Green Car of the Year™ by Green Car Journal? Not many. Know who can? It’s Mitsubishi Motors. Recently, the Green Car Journal held its annual Green Car Awards™ to highlight the best environmentally friendly new model year vehicles and the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV took home two awards that make it the perfect choice for families and the environment.

If you haven’t heard of the Green Car Journal, it’s a magazine publication with a large focus on green vehicles and environmentally friendly energy and technologies – automotive or otherwise. Every year, the publication hosts the Green Cars Awards program and recognizes automakers for their efforts and their accomplishments in producing vehicles in the eco-friendly car segment. Along with an interest in environmentally-positive vehicles, like any publication focuses on the automotive industry, the Green Car Journal gives consumers reviews and runs this award program to inform consumers of the best options.

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