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Mitsubishi Community College Scholarship Helps with Education in Illinois

The Mitsubishi Motors USA Foundation recently partnered with a local dealer in Normal, Illinois to help develop a scholarship. This scholarship is designed to benefit graduates of students in the area, encouraging them to attend the Heartland Community College.

This scholarship is just one more way Mitsubishi aims at giving back. Although it’s not as large as some of Mitsubishi’s other philanthropic efforts, the Mitsubishi Community College scholarship will enable 15 students to attend the local college, an award of over $52,000 dollars total.

“Mitsubishi holds family and citizenship as core values and has a longstanding history of supporting the local community,” said Don Swearingen, executive vice president, Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. “MMNA believes charitable giving to organizations is important to the health and well-being of the community and is part of our obligation as good corporate citizens.”

Five students at three local high schools will be awarded the scholarships for Heartland Community College. There will be three $500 and two $1000 scholarships each year, leading to a total of 75 over five years.

How to Change a Car Tire

Change a Car Tire

Knowing how to change a car tire is essential to anyone driving on the highway. Even if you have roadside assistance, you can often switch out a flat tire for your spare before help arrives. It’s a pretty simple process, no matter how challenging it may seem. All you need is a jack, a wrench, a spare tire, and your owner’s manual. We here at Heritage Mitsubishi know the simplest way to change a car tire!

  1. Pull off to the side of the road. Straight, level roadways are ideal
  2. Pop off your hubcap and loosen each lug nut. Don’t remove them altogether and leave the car on the ground. You may need the leverage.
  3. Jack up the car about half a foot. Consult your owner’s manual to see where the jack should be placed on your particular vehicle.
  4. Remove the lug nuts and keep them in a secure place so you don’t lose them.
  5. Remove the flat tire by pulling straight away from the car.
  6. Line up your spare tire with the lug nut posts then push the tire in as far as it will go.
  7. Replace the bolts but don’t tighten them just yet.
  8. Lower the car to the ground.
  9. Tighten the lug nuts, replace the hubcap, and you’re done!

How to Jump Start a Car

Jump Start a Car

24/7 roadside assistance comes standard with most new vehicle purchases these days, and that leaves a decently-sized knowledge gap. While roadside assistance can be nice, more often than not you can perform the maintenance yourself before help arrives. Jump starting a car is one of the easier do-it-yourself maintenance tasks. If you don’t know how, don’t fret. We here at Heritage Mitsubishi know the fastest way to jump start a car!

  1. Start off by identifying the battery terminals and jumper cables. The positive terminals and cables are red while the negative terminals and cables are black.
  2. Attach one end of the positive (red) cable to the positive terminal of the dead battery. Attach the other end to the positive terminal of the live battery.
  3. Attach one end of the negative (black) cable to the live battery’s negative terminal.
  4. The other end of the negative cable attaches to an unpainted piece of metal beneath the hood. Jumping posts and unpainted engine bolts are perfect spots.
  5. Make sure the cables are secure and start the car with the live battery. Let it idle for a few minutes.
  6. Try starting the car with the dead battery. If it starts, let both cars idle. If it doesn’t, wait a few more minutes and try again.
  7. Once both cars are running, disconnect the cables in the opposite order you attached them.

Three Car-Related Attractions Worth the Drive

Summer may be coming to a close, but it’s not too late to pack up the family and get one last trip in before cold weather settles in. We’ve put together some of our favorite car-related attractions that are well worth the road trip.

  1. Indianapolis Motor Speedway Tour and Museum. This track has been host to the classic Indy 500 since 1911. Hop on a Grounds Tour for a complete tour of the facility. Tour the oval track and stand on the famous “Yard of Bricks” at the start/finish line, enjoy a visit to the media center, the garage area, the victory platform, the Pagoda, the Gasoline Alley hospitality suite, and finish with a visit to the museum.
  2. Chevy Test Track at Disney’s Epcot in Florida. Create your very own virtual vehicle, and then put it to the test in a virtual simulator. In the simulator, you’ll control your vehicle as it navigates a number of terrains and environments. When you’re done, check out your car’s performance score.
  3. Pink Jeep Tours and Off-Roading in Sedona, Arizona. Choose your adventure: red rock formations or archaeological sites? Canyons or ancient ruins? You will enjoy the thrill of discovering Arizona’s pristine deserts in an open-air Jeep Wrangler tour for up to three hours.

Here at Heritage Mitsubishi, we want to know: what are your favorite car-themed attractions? Tell us in the comments.

European Mitsubishi L200 Ranked Best in Segment

Europeans are jumping on the pickup bandwagon, with a number of appealing choices creating some stiff competition. Now, the addition of Mitsubishi’s new L200 is taking the market by storm. The new European Mitsubishi L200 (also known as the Triton in other markets) marks the first new generation since 2005, bringing with it some much needed advancements in design, technology, and capability.

The sleek pickup boasts best-in-class figures on CO2 emissions, weight, fuel economy, and maneuverability – making it a standout in the European market.

The new L200 is powered by one of two versions of a turbocharged 2.4-liter diesel engine. One version puts out 152 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque, while the other cranks out 178 hp and 317 lb-ft of torque. A Super Select 4WD-II system offers four driving modes, including a basic 2WD option, an off-road capable 4WD, and everything in between.

Enhanced rear leg room, a versatile interior, and long list of features have captured the attention of the popular Carbuyer YouTube channel. Check out their review here.

Here at Heritage Mitsubishi, we hope to see an American version head our way in the future. Until then, stop by to check out our exciting lineup of equally capable vehicles.

Best Road Trip Games to Entertain Children

best road trip games

Have you ever felt the need to get away from it all and packed your vehicle full of suitcases and kids, only to realize 15 minutes into the trip that if you don’t find some way to entertain these children that you might pull your hair out?

Well, many people have been in that same situation and have found that playing a few simple road trip games can make the trip much more pleasant. Here are three games that could help pass time on that next road trip:

  • Name that tune. This game can be played in a variety of ways. The game’s name kind of takes away from its mystery, but you can either whistle or hum a tune, but choose a theme before you start to narrow the choices, then go around in a circle, taking turns guessing until somebody names the correct song. If you guess right, then you get to choose and perform the next melody.
  • Slug-a-Bug. This game is as simple as it gets. The person that spots the most Volkswagen Beetles in a certain amount of time wins! In the old days, whenever you spotted a Beetle, then you earned the right to punch the person sitting next to you, but we don’t condone violence here at Heritage Mitsubishi. So maybe instead of throwing punches, whoever spots the most Beetles earns the right to choose the next game. Also, since you’re changing the rules already, maybe you could try spotting 2016 Mitsubishi Outlanders instead of Beetles, but that’s only our suggestion.
  • License plate games. The rules of this game vary depending on the age of your occupants, but one way to play is to see who can spot the most out-of-state license plates. Participants have to find their own plates and can’t use plates from vehicles that others have already spotted. Another way to play is to use the letters from the plates to see who can spot every letter of the alphabet first.

If you have any other suggestions for the best road trip games, then we would enjoy hearing about them in the comment’s section below this blog post.

Mitsubishi Offers Apology To WWII Prisoners Of War

While there were many atrocities that happened during WWII, Mitsubishi has become the first private Japanese corporation to apologize for what transpired in the past.

Mitsubishi Materials Corporation’s predecessor Mitsubishi Mining Co. used captured American soldiers as slave laborers and forced them to work alongside other POWs from Britain, China, Korea, and the Philippians. The Mitsubishi Mining Co. supplied the materials needed to produce Mitsubishi’s Zero fighter aircraft that was used by Japan’s Navy.

A representative from Mitsubishi offered the apology in a news conference held at the Simon Wiesenthal Center Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles on July 19th. This apology comes only weeks before the 70th anniversary of Japan’s surrender that occurred August 15, 1945, which ended the war.

“In keeping with the spirit of our company’s mission statement, today we apologize remorsefully for the tragic events in our past, and expresses our profound determination to work toward a better future,” said Hikaru Kimura, a senior executive officer of Mitsubishi Materials.

Former prisoner of war James Murphy was in attendance for Mitsubishi’s apology to its WWII POWs and said that it touched his heart because of how sincere it felt to him.

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Offers More Options than Ever Before

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

The 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport finds itself in the news again recently, as it recently hit the market over in the UK. Across the pond, the Sport is known as the ASX and comes with some different engine options, but it remains one of the most powerful, efficient, and affordable SUVs on the market—no matter which world market that happens to be.

Here in the United States, though, the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport boasts tons of great features. In fact, it comes in nine different trim configurations, from the base ES 2.0L Manual all the way up to the GT 4WD. The Outlander Sport comes with either a 2.0L four-cylinder engine or a 2.4L four-cylinder engine, depending on how much power you want or need.

With up to 32 mpg on the highway, a low starting price, seating for up to five people, and awards from all kinds of critics—including Kelley Blue Book—you simply can’t go wrong with the 2016 Outlander Sport. Come see us here at Heritage Mitsubishi today to learn more about this great vehicle!

New Mitsubishi Montero Sport Spotted in Spy Photographs

Mitsubishi’s parade of great new SUV models continues, and most recently, we caught a glimpse of the upcoming Mitsubishi Montero Sport model, thanks to some spy photographs snapped in Thailand. The vehicle is currently going through testing over in Thailand before its debut at the Bangkok International Grand Motor Sale on August 1.

The spy photographs show off the new exterior design of the Montero, a design aesthetic that is currently stretching itself all across the Mitsubishi lineup. The Montero Sport is built on the same platform as the L200 pickup truck and therefore has a body-on-frame makeup. We don’t know yet what engines the Montero Sport will feature, but we’re sure they will be competitive in terms of both power and efficiency.

The Montero Sport, thanks to that exterior redesign and other new features, is obviously very highly thought of by the folks over at Mitsubishi. The brand recently released a teaser image of the Montero Sport as well, showing off the sleek new body design and the prominently displayed front grille as well. Check back with us here at Heritage Mitsubishi often for more updates!

New Mitsubishi Montero will Be an Affordable SUV Alternative

The Mitsubishi Montero nameplate is coming back! Well, at least it is in America. The new Montero will hit the North American market sometime in 2017. It will hit the UK market as the Shogun at the same time. Of course, there’s more to be excited about here than just the name, though—the Montero will be a great, affordable option on the crowded SUV landscape.

The Mitsubishi brand conceived the new Montero as a rival to the Land Rover Discovery, in fact. A concept version of the new Montero was previewed both in Tokyo and Chicago. The GC-PHEV concept, however, is both heavier and bulkier than the production version of the Montero will be. The production version will be lighter and stripped-down to provide both greater efficiency and a cheaper starting price to customers.

The new Montero will also be a hybrid plug-in vehicle, giving it extra versatility and capability over many of its competitors. “A lot of rivals are more beautiful or more refined but the Shogun needs to be an authentic off-roader: not fancy, not a school-run car but for people who tow horse boxes or actually go off road,” said Lance Bradley, Mitsubishi’s UK chief. Come see us at Heritage Mitsubishi to learn more about the new Montero today.