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Photo Credit: JOHN M. VINCENT - With an aggressive look and stance, the 2015 Lexus NX 200t F-Sport takes on an appearance more like the IS sports sedan than any Lexus SUV.
September 12, 2014

Lexus to enter compact SUV market

by John M. Vincent
Lexus was a pioneer in the luxury crossover market with the still-popular RX model. Over time the RX has gotten bigger, moving from a relatively compact footprint well into the midsize SUV…
Photo Credit: COURTESY TONKIN FAMILY - Ron Tonkin with his grandson Adam at the former Gran Turismo showroom.
September 10, 2014

Ron Tonkin to be honored as new Gran Turismo dealership opens

by Jim Redden
The late Ron Tonkin will be honored at the prestigious annual Festival of Cars scheduled for Sept. 13 in Bend. Ron, founder of the Ron Tonkin Family of Dealerships, passed away in January. The…
Photo Credit: JOHN M. VINCENT - The 3.0-liter EcoDiesel under the hood in the Ram 1500 pickup is shared with the Jeep Grand Cherokee.
September 10, 2014

Diesel is no longer a dirty word

by John M. Vincent
Diesel vehicles were once known for clouds of sooty black smoke, engine clatter and anemic performance. Times have changed, with the newest models offering impressive performance, a driving…
September 10, 2014

CarMax donates to playground, nonprofits

by Jim Redden
CarMax donates to playground, nonprofits CarMax has announced it will invest approximately $85,000 into building a playground in Portland's Cully neighborhood as part of the opening of two new…
September 10, 2014

Portland among greenest EV cities

by Jim Redden
Portland a top green town for EVs Portland is one of the best cities in the country to own an electric vehicle for those concerned about their overall carbon footprint. According to a study…
September 10, 2014

Upcoming car shows

by Jim Redden
ET Drags and Beaches Cruise-in Wednesday, Sept. 10, 4 p.m., Portland International Raceway, 1940 N. Victory Blvd., Portland. ET drag racing on the 1/8th mile track plus 1,000 hot rods, show cars…
Photo Credit: MITSUBISHI MOTORS - Despite it's unconventional looks, the Mitsubishi MiEV is a real car and now the cheapest all-electrric car in America.
August 21, 2014

2014 Mitsubishi MiEV: Bargain basement electric car

by Jim Redden
It's almost hard to write a serious review of a car that looks as silly as the MiEV. With its bulbous cab and skinny tires, Mitsubishi's tiny all-electric car appears to have escaped from a…
Photo Credit: MITSUBISHI MOTORS - The 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander sports a new aggressive grill  and available GT package.
August 29, 2014

2015 Mitsubishi Outlander: Value-packed crossover

by Jim Redden
It's seemed like Mitsubishi's days in America were numbered just a few years ago. At the height of the Great Recession, officials with the Japanese auto manufacturer were quoted as saying the…
Photo Credit: TRIBUNE PHOTO BY JAIME VALDEZ - Bob Lanphere Sr. and Bob Lanphere Jr. with some of the motorcycles and cars stores at company's original Honda dealership in Beaverton.
August 27, 2014

Lanphere celebrates 50th Anniversary

by Jim Redden
Seated in his office in the modest company headquarters along Broadway Avenue in Beaverton, Bob Lanphere can hardly believe the career he's led that led Honda America to give him a longevity…
Photo Credit: PORTLAND METRO TOYOTA DEALERS ASSOCIATION - Many signed the Respect banner sponsored by the Portland Metro Toyota Dealers Association at the Bite of Portland to support the Special Olympics.
August 27, 2014

Toyota dealers donate $4,000 to Special Olympics

by Jim Redden
Local Toyota dealers supported those with intellectual disabilities at this year's Bite of Oregon, which ran Aug. 8 to 10 in Tom McCall Waterfront Park. The Portland Metro Toyota Dealers…

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Aug 27, 2014

Labor Day Weekend car shows and more

by Jim Redden
The Labor Day Weekend is traditionally a big one for car shows and this year is no exception. Two of the largest ones are the annual All British Field Meet and Columbia River Classic at Portland…
Photo Credit: TRIBUNE PHOTO JOHN M. VINCENT - The redesigned 2015 Chrysler 200 was brought to Portland earlier this year by factory representatives who said the midsize was their most important new car.
Aug 22, 2014

2015 Chrysler 200: Back in the game

by Jim Redden
Shotgun marriage or strategic partnership — call it what you will, Fiat's acquisition of Chrysler has revived the once-bankrupt American automaker. Sales are up on the strength of several new…
Photo Credit: JOHN M. VINCENT - With an aggressive design and a highly sculpted body, the 2014 Infiniti Q50S looks ready to tackle the most challenging of roads.
Aug 16, 2014

Infiniti renames entire lineup

by John M. Vincent
Naming cars isn’t as easy as it once was. For one thing, more manufacturers are trying to use common names across all of their global markets, where common English names don’t really work. Then…
Photo Credit: DAIMLER MOTORS - The 2014 Mercedes CLA250 is a luxury compact that delivers.
Aug 15, 2014

2014 Mercedes CLA250: The luxury compact for status seekers

by Jim Redden
Affordable luxury compacts are a hot market niche right now — not inexpensive compacts with luxury features, but reasonably priced compacts made by luxury manufacturers with all of their upscale…
Photo Credit: TRIBUNE PHOTO JOHN M. VINCENT - A Corvette Stingray cruises the Old McKenzie Pass Highway through vibrant forests before crossing lava fields on its way to Sisters.
Aug 13, 2014

Drive time? Area offers great roads

by John M. Vincent
For some, driving is just a necessary way to get from point A to point B. For others, the pleasure is in the journey. It’s where you can find the rhythm of the road, hitting each curve…
Photo Credit: COURTESY DICK HANNAH AUTO DEALERSHIPS - MacKenzie Ferguson won $15,000 from Dick Hannah because of her academic achievements.
Aug 13, 2014

Dick Hannah helps high school sophmore

by Jim Redden
MacKenzie Ferguson, a 16-year-old sophomore at Fort Vancouver High School, was this year's winner of Strive2Drive academic initiative sponsored by Dick Hannah Dealership. Ferguson won the…
Photo Credit: TRIBUNE PHOTO JOHN M. VINCENT - Charlie Allcock, Director of Business Development for Portland General Electric plugs the new SAE Combo fast charger in to a Chevrolet Spark EV during a press event at Portland State University's Electric Avenue.
Aug 13, 2014

Fast charger comes to Electric Avenue

by John M. Vincent
There’s a new charging option at Portland State University’s Electric Avenue. PGE and Chevrolet recently installed a state of the art SAE Combo electric vehicle fast charger that can recharge a…
Aug 13, 2014

Upcoming car shows

by Jim Redden
2014 Banks Car Show Saturday, Aug. 16, downtown Banks. Competitions, prizes, BBQ, refreshments, and much more. 2nd Annual Rides for a Cure Saturday, Aug. 16, 11 a.m., Jim Dandy Drive-In, 9692…
Photo Credit: TRIBUNE PHOTO JOHN M. VINCENT - The winners in the Northwest Green Vehicle of the Year competition included the Mercedes E250 Bluetec, the Fiat 500e, the Lexus CT200h and the overall winner, the 2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI.
Aug 11, 2014

Best "Green" vehicles named

by John M. Vincent
What’s the best “Green” vehicle on the road today? Automotive journalists from around the Northwest recently met to test a number of the latest entries into the market and determine the answer…
Photo Credit: COURTESY PORTLAND METRO TOYOTA DEALERS ASSOCIATION - Toyota's booth at Bite of Oregon included a banner that attendees could sign to pledge respect for others as part of Special Olympics Oregon's Respect campaign.
Aug 09, 2014

Toyota dealers support Special Olympics at Bite of Oregon

by Jim Redden
Local Toyota dealers are supporting those with intellectual disabilities at this year's Bite of Oregon, which runs Aug. 8 to 10 in Tom McCall Waterfront Park. The Portland Metro Toyota Dealers…