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December 21, 2014

Car dealers get into the holiday spirit

by Jim Redden
Mazda charitable fund-raising drive underway The Mazda Drive for Good event is raising money for national and local charities through Jan. 2, 2015. As part of the event, customers who buy or…
Photo Credit: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY - The 2015 Hyundai Sonata is a handsome, reasonably priced mdsize car.
December 19, 2014

2015 Hyundai Sonata: Targeting the affordable family car buyer

by Jim Redden
I was shocked when I first saw the 2015 Sonata. Almost all of the reviews have lamented how Hyundai has toned down the swoopy styling of the last generation Sonata. But the new version is a…
Photo Credit: AMERICAN HONDA MOTOR CONPANY, INC. - The 2015 Honda Accord Hybrid is arguably a better car than the non-hybrid version, and that's saying a lot.
December 12, 2014

2015 Honda Accord Hybrid: Best of both worlds

by Jim Redden
Falling gas prices are depressing the sale of gas/electric hybrids, which have historically cost more than equivalent gas-only automobiles. So how can manufacturers get potential customers to…
Photo Credit: TRIBUNE PHOTO JOHN M. VINCENT - The 2015 Kia Sedona has evolved to compete with the best minivans in the market. The top of the line SX Limited is available with a technology package that includes a full suite of electronic driving aids and safety technology.
December 11, 2014

2015 Kia Sedona aims higher

by John M. Vincent
Kia doesn’t want you to call the new Sedona a minivan. They prefer the term “multi-purpose vehicle,” thinking that it might remove the family-hauler stigma from the minivan label. It doesn’t…
Photo Credit: COURTESY BOYS & GIRLS CLUB - Scott Inukai and Shannon Inukai-Cuffee from Dick's Auto Group presented a $2,000 check Tuesday to Hillsboro's Boys & Girls Club.
December 11, 2014

Car dealers get into holiday spirit

by Jim Redden
Dick's MacKenzie Ford fights hunger Dick's MacKenzie Ford donated $2,000 to the Hillsboro Boys & Girls Club on Nov. 25. Half the donation was a gift from the Ford Motor Company Fund. The…
December 11, 2014

Upcoming car events

by Jim Redden
Winter Wonderland Holiday Light Show Continues every evening through Dec. 28, Portland International Raceway, 1940 Victory Blvd. The largest drive-through light show in the Pacific Northwest…
Photo Credit: TRIBUNE PHOTO JOHN M. VINCENT - Ford filled out its Mustang lineup with the 500-plus horsepower Shelby GT350. It resurrects the Shelby GT350 name first introduced in 1965.
December 10, 2014

LA Auto Show is a Portland preview

by John M. Vincent
LOS ANGELES, CA — The Los Angeles International Auto Show traditionally kicks off the season for manufacturers to show off their latest and greatest models. Many of the cars first shown to the…
Photo Credit: COURTESY CHRYSLER LLC - Touchscreen infortainment system are becoming more common, like this one in the 2015 Chysler 200.
December 11, 2014

Car buyers demand easy-to-use tech

by AutoTrader.com
As automakers add more technology to their vehicles, buyers are demanding that it be easy to use. According to AutoTrader's recent In-Vehicle Technology Shopper Influence Study, 48 percent of…
Photo Credit: NORTHWEST AUTOMOTIVE PRESS ASSOCIATION/DOUG BERGER - This is the last year of the current version of the Mazda MX-5 Miata, which offers affordable fun.
December 05, 2014

2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata: More than a modern MG

by Jim Redden
Those who describe the Mazda MX-5 Miata as a modern version of the classic British sports car never owned one of those roadsters from 1950s ands 1960s. Yes, the basic concept is the same — a…
Photo Credit: HONDA AMERICA MOTOR CO., INC. - The 2015 Honda CR-V AWD Touring includes special alloy wheels and other special trim pieces.
November 28, 2014

2015 Honda CR-V: Best seller for a reason

by Jim Redden
Anyone who reads car reviews on a regular basis knows there's a big difference between automotive writers and the average consumer. Most writers are enthusiasts who embrace the newest, fastest…

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Photo Credit: TRIBUNE PHOTO JOHN M. VINCENT - The 2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat is a performance monster. Dodge claims that it is the most powerful muscle car ever to be sold in America.
Nov 27, 2014

2015 Dodge Challenger set to dominate

by John M. Vincent
Dodge calls it the Hellcat. I call it more fun than mere mortals should be allowed to have. With 707 horsepower, Dodge says the Hellcat is the most powerful production muscle car ever put on the…
Photo Credit: COURTESY FORD MOTOR COMPANY - The redesigned 2015 Ford Mustang is expected to be a big seller.
Nov 27, 2014

Auto sales booming

by Jim Redden
After years of declining or sluggish motor vehicles sales, customers are crowding into new car and truck dealers again, driving a buying boom that's expected to continue through next year.…
Nov 27, 2014

Upcoming auto events

by Jim Redden
16th Annual Roadmasters Kruze for Kids Saturday, Dec. 6, 10 a.m., Benny's Pizza, 4219 N.E. St. Johns Rd., Vancouver. Proceeds benefit the Open House Ministries. 24th Annual Santa Cruise…
Photo Credit: TRIBUNE PHOTO JOHN M. VINCENT - The former Hollywood Video warehouse has become Findlay Automotive Group's new Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram dealership in Wilsonville. The Las Vegas-based dealership group has 28 locations in 5 western states.
Nov 26, 2014

Findlay expands into Wilsonville

by John M. Vincent
The region’s newest Chrysler family dealership has opened in Wilsonville. Located in the former Hollywood Video headquarters at 26500 S.W. Parkway Center Drive, Findlay Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram…
Nov 26, 2014

2015 Auto Show books alternative fuel vehicles

by Jim Redden
Alternative fuel vehicles are again expected to be a big part of the Portland International Auto Show. Already scheduled to appear at the show's Clean Tech Center are all-electric versions of…
Photo Credit: JOHN M. VINCENT - The new Volvo V60 station wagon may be the sexist looking family hauler on the market.
Nov 21, 2014

2015.5 Volvo V60 T6 R-Design: Not your father's Volvo wagon

by Jim Redden
The 2015.5 Volvo V60 marks a welcome return to the field the Swedish-based car company once dominated, station wagons. Volvo's wagons were phase out after it was acquired a few years ago by a…
Photo Credit: TRIBUNE PHOTO BY JOHN M. VINCENT - The Cadillac ATS-V will include an onboard performance recorder that captures high-definition video and driving data to evaluate your driving prowess and share on social media.
Nov 20, 2014

Cadillac announces ATS-V coupe and sedan

by John M. Vincent
Cadillac chose the Los Angeles International Auto Show as the venue to introduce their latest rocket ships for the street. The ATS-V coupe and sedan tout 455-horsepower from a twin-turbocharged…
Photo Credit: TRIBUNE PHOTO BY JOHN M. VINCENT - The 2015 Chevrolet Trax is expected in dealer showrooms in the first quarter of 2015.
Nov 20, 2014

Small SUVs carving out big niche in LA

by John M. Vincent
LOS ANGELES, CA - The first major show on the annual auto show circuit in held each November in Los Angeles. Many of the cars first shown to the international motoring press here will make their…
Photo Credit: SUBARU OF NORTH AMERICA, INC. - The 2015 Subaru BRZ continues to emphasize the joys back-to-basic sports cars.
Nov 14, 2014

2015 Subaru BRZ: Cheap thrills

by Jim Redden
How much fun can you have with just 200 horsepower these days? The answer is a lot, if it's produced by the Boxer 4-cylinder engine in the Subaru BRZ. The BRZ bucks the automobile industry's…
Photo Credit: COURTESY WENTWORTH SUBARU - Wentworth Subaru donated $22,500 to Doernbecher Children's Hospital last year.
Nov 13, 2014

Subaru launches "Love" fundraiser

by Jim Redden
Subaru will be launching its seventh annual "Share the Love" charitable fundraising drive beginning next week. From Nov. 20, until Jan. 2, for every new Subaru vehicle sold or leased during that…