Bake Some of These Unique Pie Recipes for Great American Pie Month

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Shake up your apple pie with a cheddar cheese crust! Photo by Dan Parsons

Did you know that February is recognized as Great American Pie Month? This surprised us too. But, this gives us a great excuse to bake and devour some delicious pies. In case you love trying to new things, especially when it comes to baking, try one or more of these unique pie recipes.

  • Apple Pie with Cheddar Cheese Crust. You probably know some people who like to put a slice of cheese on top of their apple pie. Well, this recipe just incorporates the cheese into the crust.
  • Schadenfreude Pie. Schadenfreude is a feeling of joy you get when others suffer. When you serve this to your guests, they may suffer from how good this pie is. This dark, rich pie is heavy and best eaten in small slices and pairs well with vanilla ice cream and a large glass of milk.
  • Pink Lemonade Pie. Nothing is happier than a bright pink piece of pie. Mix concentrated lemonade with cream cheese and other delicious ingredients to create this frozen pie delight.
  • Grasshopper Pie. Bring back this vintage classic pie and impress your guests with this minty, creamy dessert. It combines marshmallows and whipped cream with a hint of crème de menthe for a refreshing treat.

What is your favorite pie recipe? Will you be trying any of these unique pie recipes this month?

White Snow, Black Ice: How to Stay Safe on Black Ice

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Black ice is one of the many dangers associated with winter driving. This time of year is especially bad when it comes to this hazardous mix of ice, water, and snow, making it important to know how to react in such a situation. We’ve put together a post on how to stay safe on black ice.

According to WikiHow, black ice is similar to regular ice, but earns its eerie name from the difficulty in seeing it. Generally, black ice forms as a glaze over surfaces after light rain, snow, or sleet. It often forms without trapping much, if any, air, making it almost completely transparent.

The best way to stay safe on black ice is to know where it most often occurs. It frequently appears at night or in the early morning when temperatures are low. It forms on shaded parts of the road, as well as lesser-travelled roads. Bridges, overpasses, and other areas that are exposed to cold air also bring about fast-freezing.

While it is transparent, black ice can be detectable if you look right. It appears as a frozen sheet, so look for areas that are especially shiny. Most roads are dull, matte black; however, if you see light reflecting off any surfaces, take extra precaution.

Finally, if you do hit black ice, remain calm. Keep your wheel straight, and DO NOT slam on the brakes. Generally, a safe rule of thumb is to do nothing when you hit a slippery surface. You can lightly press the brakes, especially if you have ABS, and steer in the direction you are sliding if you are in a dangerous situation, as this will slow you faster.

Six Subaru Top Safety Pick+ Awards Recently Given by IIHS

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The Forester is one of six Subarus named Subaru Top Safety Pick+ for 2016.

Subaru recently earned six 2016 IIHS Top Safety Pick+ awards, the highest honor given by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Testing everything from front collision to advanced safety system technologies, the IIHS found that Subaru models are among the safest on the road.

According to Subaru, the six models that received recognition were the Legacy, Outback, Forester, Impreza, WRX, and Crosstrek. Only 48 models in the entire world received the award this year, demonstrating Subaru’s dominance when it comes to safety. The IIHS specifically recognized Subaru for the innovative EyeSight Driver Assist technology, an optional active safety system designed to alert drivers to possible dangers.

“We asked auto manufacturers to do more this year to qualify for our safety awards, and they delivered,” says Adrian Lund, IIHS president. “For the first time, a good rating in the challenging small overlap front crash test is a requirement to win, in addition to an available front crash prevention system.”

In order to earn the Subaru Top Safety Pick+ award, models must receive a rating of “Good” in all five areas of evaluation. When equipped with the EyeSight technology, models earned a “Superior” rating every single time.  The Top Safety Pick+ awards are just another thing that sets Subaru models apart from the competition.

Futuristic Subaru Impreza Concept Debuts in US at LA Auto Show

Every automaker is looking to define what the future of the automotive market will be like. From vehicle concepts to new technology to green vehicles, innovation certainly isn’t lacking. Subaru took a different approach by introducing the next-generation Impreza at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show.

The Subaru Impreza Concept debuted in hatchback form at the Tokyo Auto Show in early November. Shortly after, Subaru showed off what the sedan would look like as well. Overall, we’re impressed.

From the front end’s angular styling to the scalloped character line that runs down the sides, the newest Impreza looks better than ever. This sports car hasn’t been lacking in style in recent years but the latest generation takes it to a new level.

The styling elements that were on display point towards the future design of all Subaru models come 2020. The next generation Impreza arrives at dealerships next year.

The Impreza is an important vehicle on Subaru’s lineup. Last year, 58,000 Imprezas left lots in addition to the 25,500 Impreza WRX performance models. Considering Subaru’s sales totaled about 282,000 units, the Impreza is a large mover.

Here at Steve Lewis Subaru, we can’t wait to see what the next-generation Impreza will look like in production form! If you’re looking for current Imprezas, check out our Impreza inventory!

Sponsorship Spotlight: Helping Hearts for Hadley Schools

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We’re already 1/3 of the way to our fundraising goal, with $10k raised for Helping Hearts for Hadley Schools!

Subaru’s Share the Love event is just another way the automaker is giving back to local communities. By the end of 2015, the eighth year for the event, over $65 million will head out to charities, both national and local. This year’s local charity is Helping Hearts for Hadley Schools.

Based in Hadley, Massachusetts, Helping Hearts for Hadley Schools’ mission is to bring administration, parents, students, and the rest of the community together to raid funds. Methods include a 5k, donations, and an end-of-the-year block party.

For 2015, the charity’s goals are to raise $20,000, increase the size of annual events, motivate the community to be active, and work together for a common goal. Overall, there are two main goals: be healthy and be active.

So how can you get involved? Well, it’s actually pretty simply.

If you aren’t looking to buy or lease a new Subaru before January 2, 2016, there are plenty of ways to help out your local schools! Register for a 5k walk/run or just donate. If there are other ways you’d like to make a difference in our community, use this contact form and ask away!

Here at Steve Lewis Subaru, we’d love to see you at the next annual 5k race!

Subaru Share the Love Campaign Returns for Eighth Year

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Buy a new Subaru and we’ll donate $250 to charity!

Subaru dealerships across the nation are gearing up for the eighth annual Subaru Share the Love campaign, which stretches from November 19th until January 2nd of next year. During this time, Subaru will be donating $250 for every vehicle sold or leased.

 

The charities the company will be donating the money to will vary depending on the dealership. There are several more well-known organizations involved – the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Meals on Wheels, and the ASPCA, just to name a few – but dealerships can also opt to partner with and include their local community charities and organizations as well. Even better, the customers themselves are the ones given the choice of who they want to donate their money to.

 

Over the past seven years, Subaru has already donated a cumulative $50 million altogether through the Subaru Share the Love campaign. They predict that the upcoming eighth campaign will add $15 million to that total, allowing them to give back to their communities more than ever before.

 

Check out our efforts at Steve Lewis Subaru to raise more than 29 thousand dollars for the Hadley PTA last year. This year we’ll be sponsoring Helping Hearts for Hadley Schools!

The Importance of Winter Driving Safety

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Don’t get caught out in the cold – be ready for winter with these driving tips!

Winter has a lot of advantages going for it. Food, family, presents – even snow and ice can be pretty once you get past the chilly weather. However, driving in that snow and ice is the hard part, and wondering how to stay safe during the winter months can be a source of concern. Here are a few winter driving safety pointers to minimize and avoid hazards as the cold months creep closer.

First of all, preparation is key. Regular maintenance goes a long way in preventing potential problems, but it’s important to get a checkup before the weather gets chilly. Cold air affects the traction of your tires and their air pressure, reduces battery capacity, makes oil thicker, and overall has several adverse effects on the mechanical parts of your car.

Because of these things, you should always have your tires changed out for seasonal tires and always make sure the air pressure is good. Change the battery if it’s old, and have the oil changed. Keep your car stocked with things such as blankets and changes of clothes, in addition to standard car emergency kit supplies such as jumper cables and flashlights.

Visibility is important, too. Make sure your heating system works, because your defroster will be crucial. Keep an ice scraper around, too.

Follow these tips and you’re on your way to good winter driving safety. Taking care of your vehicle, making adequate preparations, and being stocked well in case of emergency are all key to ensuring you minimize possible accidents and hazards this winter.

Subaru’s Sales Plan Ahead of Schedule

Subaru’s been aiming for the stars when it comes for sales, setting a goal of 600,000 sales in North America by 2020. While China is considered the world’s largest auto market, Subaru has cut exports to the country and is shipping more vehicles to the United States. Deliveries to the United States have risen for nearly four consecutive years, month-over-month.

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Subaru, whose logo is pictured here on the BRZ, is hitting sales goals ahead of schedule.

Demand is insanely high in the United States where Subaru has gained market share as a brand known for its all-wheel drive vehicles.

“The China slump won’t have any impact on our earnings,” said Yasuyuki Yoshinaga, Subaru CEO. “Even if we divert the gap in China sales all to the U.S., we still won’t meet the demand there.”

The automaker may hit 600,000 vehicles in North American in 2015. That sets Subaru’s sales plan five years ahead of schedule. By 2017, Subaru may sell 700,000 vehicles. In comparison, exports to China may not make it to 50,000 vehicles in 2015.

To further increase sales in the United States, Subaru plans to add a new SUV to its lineup. The new SUV will seat up to seven. Production will take place in Lafayette, Indiana after 2017.

We here at Steve Lewis Subaru are happy to see a bright horizon for the brand as a whole!

Why do you think Subaru is expanding so quickly? Let us know in the comments.

About the Subaru Starlink Infotainment System

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Technology is making its way into every vehicle these days and Subaru is no exception. The Starlink infotainment system offers the latest in technology in both entertainment and safety. Stay on top of what’s going on with your car while in the office or at home. Taking care of your car is easy with the Subaru Starlink infotainment system!

Starlink entertainment features keep you connected with ease. You can access news, audiobooks, podcasts, weather, and more through app connectivity. Apps like Pandora and Aha are easy to access from your smartphone. Whether you have an iOS or Android, keeping your hands on the wheel has never been easier.

Subaru wants you to stay safe and that’s why the safety and security services part of the Starlink system covers every angle. Diagnostic alerts will keep you up to date with your vehicle’s vital systems. You’ll also receive a monthly vehicle health report that keeps you up-to-date with everything about your car. Starlink will also notify you when your vehicle needs maintenance, making it simple to live your life.

If your vehicle’s stolen, Starlink Customer Care will work with police to help recover it. Automatic Collision Notification will alert a Customer Care Advisor every minute of every hour of every day. If you’re in an accident, the advisor will come over the speakers in your car and send help.

There’s much, much more to the Starlink system. Check it out for yourself to see everything it can do to keep you focused and protected.

Changes Expected For Subaru’s Lineup

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The 2016 Subaru WRX STI is one of the many cars that will see changes in Subaru’s lineup

Let’s face it. Automakers are rolling new models off the line every couple of years and it’s pretty easy to lose track of what vehicles are still in production and which have been sent out to pasture. While Subaru has strived to make its vehicles recognizable yet simple, it can still get a little confusing. That’s why we here at Steve Lewis Subaru have the updates for Subaru’s lineup simplified for your reference.

The Subaru BRZ is loaded with entertainment features for the 2016 model year and is offering a special edition. This year’s Series.HyperBlue will have a run of 500 units with a blue exterior. The automaker states that the current design will roll off line for the last time for the 2017 model year. The 2018 model will likely be a complete redesign.

The Subaru Impreza comes in a four and five door compact and gets a little bigger with more high-tech options for the 2016 model year. The XV Crosstrek, the crossover based on the Impreza, will go simply by Crosstrek later this year. Expect a redesign of the crossover in 2018.

The WRX/WRX STI is also getting a Series.HyperBlue special edition run of 700 units. Expect minor performance updates and an upgraded interior. Redesigned last year, the only major change is the addition of a hatchback in 2018.

The Subaru Forester will likely be refreshed in 2017. Subaru is currently planning a seven seat crossover come 2017 as well.

As for the Legacy and Outback, expects refreshes in the 2018 model year. Also expect a plug-in hybrid version of an existing model in 2018 as well.

Which model’s refresh are you looking forward to the most?