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Spooky Places to Visit in West Virginia

Spooky Places to Visit in West Virginia

Finding the perfect haunted place can make or break any Halloween adventure. We here at Mountaineer Mitsubishi have a few spooky places to visit in West Virginia that will make this Halloween one to remember.

Soldiers Memorial Theatre

A cemetery always bears a creepy vibe, and the Soldiers Memorial Theatre in Beckley is no exception. The theatre was built in the early 1930s and is believed to be near a cemetery from the Civil War era. That doesn’t seem to have anything to do with the recent haunting, though.

Witnesses claim to have seen an older man in clothing from the 1930s walking about. Ghosts have been seen and some passersby claim to have heard sounds of children playing. Some have even heard saxophone music coming seemingly from nowhere.

Glen Farris Inn

The Glen Farris Inn was built in 1839 and is said to be haunted by the ghost of a Confederate soldier. Nicknamed The Colonel, the ghost has a long beard and is friendly. He can be seen from the waist up, has audible footsteps, and makes a habit of closing doors behind people. Pack the family into the spacious Mitsubishi Outlander and get ready for a trip of a lifetime (or two).

Hawks Nest State Park

Hawks Nest State Park has a long history of hauntings. Legends claim that two lovers leapt off the cliff in the 1800s, but that’s just the beginning. Christened Lovers’ Leap, the cliff has become a popular suicide spot, thus earning a reputation for hauntings.

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Mitsubishi Owner’s Day

Mitsubishi Owner’s Day

The 12th annual Mitsubishi Owner’s Day took place a few months ago in Cypress, California, and it drew quite a crowd. The event celebrated the Mitsubishi brand and its loyal drivers with plenty of activities and plenty of vehicles on display. This past Mitsubishi Owner’s Day was particularly special, though, because 2017 marks the brand’s 100th anniversary.

Mitsubishi Owner’s Day was held at the brand’s North America headquarters on July 8th. More than 4,000 people attended the event. There were also 100 employees and 37 vendors on-site. In celebration of the Japanese brand’s 100th anniversary, guests took part in raffles, drove a new Mitsubishi model, and more. Mitsubishi owners enjoyed a free lunch and received a free shirt.

The range of Mitsubishi owners knew no limits, with attendees coming from all walks of life. Young and old came together to celebrate the 12th Mitsubishi Owner’s Day in style.

There are three awards given to owners and their cars: People’s Choice Award, Judge’s Choice Award, and Furthest Distance Traveled. The winner of the Furthest Distance Traveled award made a cross-country trek from Florida to attend the California-based event.

We here at Mountaineer Mitsubishi can’t wait for the next Mitsubishi Owner’s Day!

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Mitsubishi Lancer History Spans Almost 45 Years

Mitsubishi Lancer history

Marketed under various names around the globe, the Mitsubishi Lancer has long been a staple of Mitsubishi’s model lineup, selling over six million units between its launch in 1973 and 2008, spanning nine generations. Now, however, production of the Lancer is ending this upcoming August after a nearly-45-year run. Join us as we celebrate Mitsubishi Lancer history over the years as it approaches the end of its run.

In February of 1973, the original Mitsubishi Lancer launched to fill a gap between what was termed the Minica kei car and the Galant. By 1975, there were five available body styles: a two- and four-door sedan, two-door coupe, five-door station wagon, and the Lancer Celeste hatchback. Over the years, the design was streamlined to be more aerodynamic, and newer iterations came with more performance prowess, causing it to sell well in Europe. In the 1980s and 1990s, the Lancer’s body was derived from the Mitsubishi Mirage, with the Mirage being the hatchback variant while the Lancer was solely a sedan.

In 2005, the last generation of the Mitsubishi Lancer was unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show as the Concept X model. The Lancer and Lancer Evolution X shortly after made their way to the USA.

The Lancer’s history spans several decades, and we at Mountaineer Mitsubishi are happy to still have it on our lot while supplies last.

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Carpool Safety Tips for the School Year

carpool safety tips

Carpooling is a great option for busy parents whose kids need a ride to school. Check out these carpool safety tips to help organize carpool.

Communicate

First and foremost, all drivers involved should discuss their thoughts, concerns, and expectations up front. Staying in touch and having clear terms laid out for the whole group is important when sharing the responsibility of childcare.

Make an emergency call list

This fits in with “Communicate,” as it’s always a good idea to prepare in advance by putting together an emergency call list. Who should you contact if a child is sick or if your car breaks down? These are important situations to consider.

Organize the schedule in writing

Having carpool duty is one more task among many for a parent to take on in their busy schedule. Having the schedule written down in advance and shared among all drivers involved is a good idea and will help avoid those “I thought it was your turn” arguments.

Set rules for safe driving habits

This is an easy one. Everyone involved in the carpool should be held to certain driving standards to keep passengers safe, such as no distracted driving and no talking on the phone.

By following these carpool safety tips from Mountaineer Mitsubishi, you and your passengers will feel safer than ever on the road.

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Staying Safe in the Heat During the Summer

With summer upon us, the heat can get absolutely unbearable and sometimes dangerous. Here are some helpful tips for staying safe in the heat this year.

staying safe in the heat

Work out in the morning or evening

If you typically work out in the middle of the day, you may want to switch up your routine and avoid those peak hot hours. The air is typically cooler in the early morning or late evening, so it’s best to change your schedule during the summer months.

Wear loose-fitting cotton in light colors

Light colors absorb less light (and heat) than dark colors and cotton is a very breathable fabric that doesn’t trap sweat against your body. Loose, light-colored clothing will allow air flow against your body and keep you cooler.

Put water bottles in the freezer

If you plan on being outside in the heat for a long period of time, place your water bottles in the freezer, rather than the refrigerator. The water/ice will be colder for a longer period of time and will cool you off a lot better than lukewarm water.staying safe in the heat

Eat small, cool meals

Avoid eating big, hot meals, like chili or stew, during the summer. Opt for items like salads, chilled fruit, or other small snacks to avoid being uncomfortable and to save your house from heating up from oven use.

Avoid caffeine

It may be tough to get through the day without your usual cup of coffee, but your body may thank you if you avoid it this summer. Caffeine is a natural stimulant and it raises your heart rate, causing you to warm up (even iced coffee). Not to mention, caffeine also dehydrates you, which is not ideal for those hot summer months.

We hope you stay safe this summer and, if you’re in the area, feel free to stop by and say hello to our friendly team here at Mountaineer Mitsubishi!

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Mitsubishi Releasing Limited Edition Lancer for 2017

Limited Edition Lancer

The Lancer has had a long-standing, solid spot in the Mitsubishi lineup as an efficient, comfortable, sporty sedan. However, for the 2017 model year, Mitsubishi is giving Lancer lovers even more to look forward to. With the Limited Edition Lancer, drivers will get access to all kinds of comforts and features standard on a new trim that’s never been seen before. For a unique ride that’s packed with value and intriguing features, look no further than the 2017 Limited Edition Lancer.

The Limited Edition trim will be just above the base ES model, with new touches including bold black accents on the upper front grille, door mirrors, 16-inch wheels, and roof. The unique black design continues in the interior, which also features red contrast stitching. Limited Edition Lancer drivers will also get a standard 6.5-inch color touchscreen with Smartphone Link for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, in addition to the attractive gloss black finishing in the cabin and Limited Edition badging.

If you’re interested in checking out the Limited Edition Lancer and possibly taking one for a test drive, feel free to visit us at Mountaineer Mitsubishi. This stunning vehicle will only be available through the end of 2017, so don’t wait to see one for yourself!

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Great Summer Reads for Your Inner Book Worm

Great Summer Reads

Relaxing in the summer sun is one way to spend the warm summer days. Catching up on reading is another way to enjoy the warmest months of the year. Whether you’re an avid reader or just looking for a good book, there’s plenty out there for you to enjoy. We at Mountaineer Mitsubishi have a few great summer reads to suggest that you certainly shouldn’t pass up this summer.

From Rockaway

Written by Jill Eisenstadt, From Rockaway follows the story of a group of friends who recently graduated high school. The main character, Alex, travels away from her home town of “Rotaway” thanks to a college scholarship. Her friends and ex, on the other hand, enter the workforce and drink the nights away. Sooner or later, they have to reunite.

Everyone Brave is Forgiven

This novel by Chris Cleave tells the tale of an 18-year old working to do her part to support the WWII war effort at home. She soon finds herself caught in the center of a love triangle. In the end, she must face love and war head-on.

Relativity

Antonia Hayes’ book follows 12-year-old Ethan, a boy with a knack for physics. He soon finds himself hospitalized. Soon enough, his mother and father reunite to take on the events that separated the family in the first place.

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Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Information

Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

The crossover segment is booming, and drivers are itching for sporty, efficient models that look good while remaining functional. The all-new Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is one crossover that enthusiasts and drivers alike are eagerly anticipating. From the sleek design to streamlined technology, the new Eclipse Cross is bound to redefine the crossover segment in one fell swoop.

 

Based on the XR-PHEV and XR-PHEV II concepts from a few years back, the crossover brings a coupe-like profile with aggressive curves and an athletic stance. The grille and headlight look similar to other Mitsubishi models. Unique C-shaped lights are split in the rear window by a body-colored bar. The upcoming crossover bears some stylish similarity to the original Mitsubishi Eclipse sports car.

 

The crossover comes with a standard touchpad controller, head-up display, a center-touchscreen, smartphone integration software, and much more. Under the hood lies a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Drivers can upgrade to an available 2.2-liter turbodiesel engine mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross will also come with standard all-wheel drive.

 

In terms of size, the upcoming Eclipse Cross is similar to the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport.

 

Check back frequently for updates as more information about the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is revealed. We at Mountaineer Mitsubishi can’t wait!

 

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Home Landscaping Tips and Ideas for Summer

home landscaping tips

Summer is here, and that means people are going to be outside mowing their lawns and maintaining their gardens. Here are some home landscaping tips for the aspiring gardener and landscaper.

Use Native Plants

Not only is it less expensive to maintain plants native to your region, but it also gives you a cool way to learn more about the community you live in.

Just Add Water

Lately, more and more people are adding water features to their gardens and landscaping projects. Water walls, fountains, ponds, and urns reuse water, so they’re less expensive and cost less to maintain than a swimming pool. Plus, they’re relaxing and nice to look at.

Include Interesting Lighting

An often-overlooked element of landscaping is taking your lighting into account. It can add more visual interest to a garden after night falls. It also helps illuminate walkways so visitors don’t trip in the dark.

Don’t Overlook Ornamental Grasses

If you have any blank spots in your lawn or garden, or simply need to add some visual variety, consider adding ornamental grass here and there. Ornamental grasses are low-maintenance and versatile, so you can add them to many areas.

Use Planters in Tight Spaces

Ran out of room in your garden? No worries. Add a few potted plants and flowers around your deck or patio.

Keep these home landscaping tips in mind when you set out on your next big DIY project.

 

Photo by Akuppa John Wigham

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Mitsubishi Motors Wins Two Awards from Automotive Science Group

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

The Automotive Science Group, also referred to as ASG, is an organization dedicated to analyzing data received from the environmental policy consultancy Eco-innovations, LLC. Based on the data received, ASG has concluded that the winner of two 2017 awards—the titles of “Best All-Around Performance” and “Best Economic Performance Car of 2017”—is Mitsubishi Motors. The company also honored models in Mitsubishi’s lineup with awards of their own.

 

The title of “Best All-Around Performance” is given to the automotive brand whose lineup demonstrates the best performance in terms of environmental, social, and economic standards. Out of all conventionally-powered vehicles made in 2017, Mitsubishi’s lineup was the most environmentally-friendly. Additionally, both the Outlander and Outlander Sport won ASG’s “Best All-Around Performance” awards for individual vehicles, as well as being top performers in their respective classes.

 

When it comes to ensuring these vehicles deliver the kinds of comfort, performance, and practicality modern drivers expect without compromising efficiency and what’s good for the environments, Mitsubishi Motors conducts ground-breaking research that’s implemented in its lineup. The Automotive Science Group recognized this and chose to award Mitsubishi with a number of honors for its efforts.

 

If you’d like to see Mitsubishi’s award-winning lineup up close, come to our dealership here at Mountaineer Mitsubishi.

 

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