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May 30, 2016

Upcoming car events

by Redden, Jim
Cars & Coffees Every Saturday, 8-11 a.m., locations include: World of Speed (Wilsonville), Jantzen Beach (Portland), Cascade Station (Portland) McMinnville WalMart, Oregon City (Eighth and Main), Vancouver (136 and Mill Plain). No entry fee, all…
COURTESY WORLD OF SPEED  - This 1948 Kurtis Kraft driven by Mack Hellings and 1995 Reynard driven by Parker Johnstone are just two of the Indy Car on display at the World of Speed beginning June 10.
May 27, 2016

Historic Indy Cars to be displayed at World of Speed

by Jim Redden
In celebration of the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500, the World of Speed will host a special display of six decades of historic Indy Cars, beginning on June 10. The 30 cars at the “Heroes & History” display will span the race's earliest era…
TOYOTA MOTOR SALES USA - A bolder front fascia is the most significant styling change on the 2016 Toyotas RAV4, the compact crossover that created the market niche.
May 27, 2016

Test Drive: 2016 Toyota RAV4

by Jim Redden
The Toyota RAV4 may be the most influential motor vehicle in the last 20 years. If that sounds like an overstatement, consider that the RAV4 was the first compact crossover sold in America. Since it was introduced in 1995, compact crossovers have…


COURTESY TOYOTA - Osamu Nagata, Executive Vice President of Toyota Motor North America, with Elaine Wells, Executive Director of Ride Connection. Toyota is supporting the regional transportation service for seniors and peoplke with disabilities.
May 27, 2016

Toyota donates $5,000 to Ride Connection

by Jeff Zurschmeide
A regional nonprofit organization that helps seniors and people with disabilities get around received $5,000 from the Toyota Motor company last week. Ride Connection received the funds to help meet the increasing demand for its services at the…
MAZDA NORTH AMERICAN OPERATIONS - The 2016 Mazda3 is one of the best lookng copacts on the market, thanks to the company's current KODO - Soul of Motion design philosophy.
May 27, 2016

Test Drive: 2016 Mazda3

by Jim Redden
Aside from dropping the base SV trim level and adding more standard features, Mazda engineer did not make many changes to the Mazda3. And why should they? The compact epitomizes everything good about the Japanese automaker's products these days — it…
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - The 2016 BMW X1 is taller, wider and more aggressive looking than last year's model. It only comes with the company's sophisticated iDrive all-wheel-drive system.
May 24, 2016

2016 BMW X1: Good Things Come in Small Packages

by Jeff Zurschmeide
BMW is an acknowledged leader in the premium subcompact SUV market, offering performance and luxury in a capable AWD package. BMW has sold about 62,000 of their X1 crossovers since the model debuted in 2013, and this year’s model is still earning…
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - The exterior styyling on the 2016 Mazda CX-9 is crisp and bold, in keeping the Japanese carmarker's corporate design standards.
May 23, 2016

2016 Mazda CX-9: Better by design

by Jeff Zurschmeide
The new 2016 Mazda CX-9 is coming to market rather late. The all-new mid-size SUV will arrive in dealerships in June, just in time to compete with the 2017 models from other brands. But don’t discount the CX-9, because Mazda took the time to get it…
HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY - The 2017 Hyundai Elantra is one of the best looking compacts on the road today.
May 20, 2016

Hyundai Elantra and Sonata Plug-in Hybrid: Two shades of green

by Jim Redden
Cheap gas is challenging automakers who must meet ever-increasing government fuel economy standards. With the price of petrol under $2 a gallon (not counting taxes) in some parts of the county, shoppers are understandably gravitating towards…
COURTESY MECUM AUCTIONS - This classic Chevrolet muscle car will be auctioned at the Portland Expo Center on June 17-18.
May 16, 2016

Mecum Automobile Auction coming to Portland

by Jeff Zurschmeide
The world’s largest collector car auction company is holding its first sale in Portland next month. Mecum Auctions expects about 600 classic and collectible automobiles and motorcycles to be sold at auction June 17-18 at the Portland Expo Center on…
NWAPA/VINNIE NGUYEN - The 2016 Volvo XC60 T6 AWD Drive-E handled both on-road and off-road tracks at Mudfest 2016 with ease.
May 13, 2016

Test Drive: 2016 Volvo XC60 T6 AWD Drive-E

by Jim Redden
The 2016 Volvo XC60 T6 AWD Drive-E was recently named Best Premium Outdoor Activity Vehicle by the Northwest Automotive Press Association. The award came after two days of testing on paved and off-road courses at Mudfest 2016, the annual…
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - The exterior of the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class is more aerodynamic than the boxier GLK-Class that it replaces.
May 13, 2016

Test Drive: 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC300

by Jeff Zurschmeide
Mercedes-Benz has come a long way with their SUV line, and in particular with the evolution of the 2016 GLC300 crossover. This is the successor to the popular GLK crossover, which was already a standout for utility, capability, and luxury. But where…
May 13, 2016

Subaru recalls 2016-2017 Legacy and Outback

by Redden, Jim
Subaru has issued a recall on certain 2016-2017 Legacy and Outback vehicles for a flaw in the steering column construction. Subaru has stopped selling affected vehicles as of May 9, and is notifying affected owners not to drive their cars until the…
Bob Kehoe's new book on Art Pollard.
May 13, 2016

Portland-based Indy driver Art Pollard remembered

by Jim Redden
As the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 approaches, local author Bob Kehoe has published a biography of Art Pollard, one of Portland’s greatest racing drivers. The book is “Art Pollard – The Life and Legacy of a Gentleman Racer” and is…
May 12, 2016

Upcoming car events

by Jim Redden
Cars & Coffees Every Saturday, 8-11 a.m., locations include: World of Speed (Wilsonville), Jantzen Beach (Portland), Cascade Station (Portland) McMinnville WalMart, Oregon City (Eighth and Main), Vancouver (136 and Mill Plain). No entry fee, all…
May 11, 2016

Fundraising rally to end in Portland

by Jim Redden
The Big Sky Rally, a four-day road rally that raises money to support children with life-threatening illnesses and their families, will finish at Portland International Raceway on June 15. Cars are expected to arrive from 3-5 p.m. The arrival and…

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PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - The 2017 Honda Ridgeline is the latest entry in the suddenly hot midsize truck market, but the first to be built like a crossover SUV.
May 10, 2016

Test Drive: 2017 Honda Ridgeline

by Jeff Zurschmeide
The 2017 Honda Ridgeline is fundamentally different from any other pickup truck on the market. The core of the difference is that the Ridgeline is built on a unibody platform like a passenger…
AMERICAN HONDA MOTOR COMPANY - The 2016 Honda Odyssey is one of the most attractive family vans on the market today.
May 06, 2016

Test drive: 2016 Honda Odyssey SE

by Jim Redden
Forget the term minivan. Today they are all grown up, with comfortable seating for six or seven adults, and enough storage space for a long vacation, too. Call them family vans instead. A top…
COURTESY WORLD OF SPEED - Four NASCAR cars used by famous drivers will be part of a Daytona 500 mockup at the World of Speed motorsports museum in Wilsonville.
May 05, 2016

World of Speed to offer free summer admission to military,…

by Jim Redden
The World of Speed will offer free admission to active duty military personnel and their families, including members of the National Guard and Reserve, from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2016.…
BRUCE W. SMITH - Bad Boy Off Road's first entry into the ATV market is the Stampede 900, which will be offered in three 4x4 models starting at $13,799. The brand is part of Tektron and they are built in Augusta, Georgia.
May 02, 2016

Test Drive: 2016 Bad Boy Stampede 900 EPS

by Bruce Smith
A new manufacturer stirs up the dust in the ATV market with an impressive performing "extended-cab" four-wheel-drive side-by-side It’s powerful, smooth riding, and has all the components and…
HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY - The 2016 Hyundai Plug-In Hybrid is a large and stylish midsize sedan that gets extraordinary mileage.
Apr 29, 2016

Test Drive: 2016 Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrid

by Jim Redden
I got over 87 miles per gallon during a week of driving my last test car. And it wasn't a tiny two-seater with a spartan interior and an underpowered engine. It was a stylish midsize sedan with…
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - Who says economy cars have to be dull? The 2016 Hyundai Elantra is a stunner.
Apr 28, 2016

2017 Hyundai Elantra Limited: Upscale economy

by Jeff Zurschmeide
Every so often, I get to review a car that I don’t want to return at the end of the test. The 2017 Hyundai Elantra Limited is one of those. After a week of driving the Elantra all over town, I…
Apr 28, 2016

Upcoming car events

by Jim Redden
Cars & Coffees Every Saturday, 8-11 a.m., locations include: World of Speed (Wilsonville), Jantzen Beach (Portland), Cascade Station (Portland) McMinnville WalMart, Oregon City (Eighth and…
COURTESY WILSONVILLE TOYOTA - Wilsonville Toyota owner Dave Jachter outside his showroom after winning the President¹s Award from Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.
Apr 28, 2016

Wilsonville Toyota wins prestigious President's Award

by Jim Redden
Wilsonville Toyota recently won the President’s Award from Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., the highest honor a Toyota dealer can receive. The prestigious award recognizes high standards of…
AUDI PRESS AG - The 2017 Audi A4 introduces smart new bodywork on a mid-size European sport sedan platform, plus an
impressive engine and all-wheel-drive to please Northwest drivers.
Apr 28, 2016

Audi A4 quattro perfect for Northwest

by Jeff Zurschmeide
Audi’s bread-and-butter sedan in North America is the A4, and the brand-new 2017 model is the ninth generation to bear that name. First introduced in 1994, the A4 has always been a popular…
AMERICAN HONDA MOTOR COMPANY - The 2016 Honda CR-V is attractive and surprisingly polished for an affordable compact crossover.
Apr 22, 2016

Test Drive: 2016 Honda CR-V

by Jim Redden
The 2016 Honda CR-V is still near the top of the popular market niche it helped invent in 1997, the compact crossover. That's a remarkable accomplishment for any motor vehicle, but Honda has…
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - Who says economy cars have to be dull? The 2016 Hyundai Elantra is a stunner.
Apr 21, 2016

2017 Hyundai Elantra Limited: Upscale economy

by Jeff Zurschmeide
Every so often, I get to review a car that I don’t want to return at the end of the test. The 2017 Hyundai Elantra Limited is one of those. After a week of driving the Elantra all over town, I…
Apr 21, 2016

Landmark Ford Lincoln and other dealers collecting peanut butter…

by Jim Redden
Landmark Ford Lincoln is collecting jars of peanut butter supporting the summer demand for kid-friendly foods at St. Vincent DePaul Food Pantry. To make a donation, please bring jars of peanut…
Apr 21, 2016

Al Unser Jr. to headline Portland vintage races

by Jeff Zurschmeide
Al Unser Jr. will be the celebrity guest at this summer’s Portland Vintage Racing Festival, taking place July 8-10 at Portland International Raceway. Unser is a three-time winner of Indy car…
AUDI PRESS AG - The 2017 Audi A4 introduces smart new bodywork on a mid-size European sport sedan platform, plus an
impressive engine and all-wheel-drive to please Northwest drivers.
Apr 21, 2016

Audi A4 quattro perfect for Northwest

by Jeff Zurschmeide
Audi’s bread-and-butter sedan in North America is the A4, and the brand-new 2017 model is the ninth generation to bear that name. First introduced in 1994, the A4 has always been a popular…
Apr 21, 2016

VW in diesel buyback deal

by Jeff Zurschmeide
A federal judge approved an offer by embattled automaker Volkswagen to buy back up to 500,000 of its 2.0-liter TDI diesel models made from 2009 to 2015. The company has admitted cheating on…