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Subaru to co-host first U.S. national litter clean-up and recycling initiative

Subaru will co-host the first U.S. national litter clean-up and recycling initiative.

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Subaru will join forces with The North Face to co-host the country's first national litter clean-up and recycling initiative. Called Facelift: Act Local, the six-day long event, produced by the Yosemite Climbing Association, encourages people to independently get outdoors and safely pick up trash at their local green spaces, neighborhood parks or backyards from September 22nd through September 27th.

The event is tied to Subaru's Don't Feed the Landfills initiative, which is focused on reducing landfill waste in and around America's national parks, the environmentally focused event is aimed at keeping outdoor areas across the country free from landfill trash.

Yosemite National Park Yosemi.te is one of America's oldest national parksPhoto by Eileen Falkenberg-Hull

"At Subaru, we believe keeping the outdoors clean is a gift that keeps on giving, and no matter how small the site of the clean-up is, it makes a big difference," said Alan Bethke, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Subaru of America, Inc. "We encourage our fellow outdoor lovers across the country to take the time to sign up, get outside and make a difference in protecting and preserving the natural wonders of their own community."

"It feels good to do good! If even one person is motivated to get outside and clean up a place they love who wouldn't have been otherwise, this event will be successful," said Allyson Gunsallus, Managing Director of the Yosemite Climbing Association. "We need positive local engagement more than ever right now."

To participate, Americans are invited to create a small team and find a nearby outdoor location to safely pick up, sort and recycle trash found.

Hard-to-recycle items, including snack bags, disposable cups, lids and plastic straws, and coffee and creamer capsules can be brought to a participating, local Subaru retailer, who will have the items responsibly recycled into furnishings like park benches and donated back to the local communities.

Participants must take The Pledge to participate; they can visit Facelift: Act Local at www.yosemitefacelift.com for details and share their clean-up and recycling results and photos on social media with the hashtag, #FaceliftActLocal.

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The teaser image of the 2027 Kia lineup includes numerous cars and SUVs.

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Kia has revealed plans to launch seven new battery electric vehicles (BEVs) by 2027 in numerous segments. The first, code named CV, will launch in 2021 and serve as the kickoff to a new Kia design direction. The move is known internally as the “Plan S" strategy. Under Plan S, Kia's BEV line will include 11 models by 2025.

The announcement coincides with the company's stated goal of having 25 percent of Kia's global sales come from BEVs by 2029. To do that, the company plans to work to expand the world's electric vehicle (EV) charging network. Kia has sold over 100,000 BEVs worldwide since the company introduced its first model in 2011, the Kia Ray.

Kia Ray EV 2011 The Kia Ray was the company's first production EV.Photo courtesy of Kia Motors

Plan S includes a company-wide business transformation that will include production, sales, and services. Dealerships will likely be required too invest in equipment to handle the influx of EVs. In the U.S, Kia will increase the number of EV work bays at dealerships to 600 by the end of 2020 and increase the number to more than 2,000 by 2023..

The product plan includes a diverse number of models. The vehicles will include BEVs that are “suitable for urban centers, long-range journeys, and performance driving". They will be based on the company's new adaptable Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP). The platform will allow for best-in-class interior spaciousness, according to Kia.

Though subscription services have not gained widespread popularity in the U.S., the company is exploring the creation of subscription services, as well as EV battery leasing and rental programs. Other “second life" battery-related businesses may be part of the plan as well.

Kia also plans to add around 500 charging stations in North America, partnering with its dealer networks. Further, the company is seeking a partner in North America to support a larger infrastructure buildout.

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The new Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross used the Internet of Things to connect to the My Mitsubishi Connect app

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Mitsubishi has enlisted Aeris and Dealer-FX to better connect owners to their vehicles. Using integrations with the Aeris Mobility Services and Dealer-FX ONE platforms, the My Mitsubishi Connect mobile app will now enable Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross drivers to view real-time service and maintenance needs, as reported by their vehicles.

The system will push timely notifications from the vehicle to the app and the owner's smart mobile device allowing them to act in a matter of seconds rather than trying to remember that a warning light cane in while operating the vehicle.

"Mitsubishi customers are dreamers, achievers, entrepreneurs – active in their communities and in their family homes, and their time is extremely valuable," said Mark Chaffin, Chief Operating Officer of MMNA. "The My Mitsubishi Connect app allows us to enhance their experience, be more efficient with their time and continue to demonstrate our commitment to delivering high quality, top value vehicles with leading-edge technology in the U.S."

This isn't the company's first IoT foray. When it debuted, Mitsubishi Road Assist+ was the first hardware-free, smartphone-based app provided by an OEM that allowed owners to realize the cost savings of usage-based insurance without having to own "connected car" with built-in telematics capabilities or aftermarket-installed telematics hardware.

Mitsubishi continues to grow its presence in the U.S. market. The company recently relocated its headquarters from California to the Nashville, Tennessee area near where Renault-Nissan- Mitsubishi Alliance member Nissan has its North American headquarters.

The company recently announced a partnership with the Nashville Entrepreneur Center to create the Small Batch - Big Ideas Entrepreneur Network, which gives entrepreneurs the opportunity to learn from Mitsubishi executives, among other benefits.

The My Mitsubishi Connect and Mitsubishi Road Assist+ apps are currently available on the Google Play store and the Apple's App Store for use on Android and iOS devices.

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