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Photo Credit: SUBARU OF AMERICAN - The functional hood scoop is the most obvious of the body modifications that help distinguish the Subaru WRX.
January 30, 2015

2015 Subaru WRX: A fast car you can live with

by Jim Redden
If it didn't have the hood scoop, the 2015 Subaru WRX would be the perfect modern sleeper — an incredibly fast car that looks like an affordable family sedan. The other body modifications are so…
Photo Credit: TRIBUNE PHOTO JOHN M. VINCENT - Usually a 'mid-cycle' refresh just updates a car's looks, but Toyota's done a lot more with the 2015 Camry, giving the popular midsize sedan a completely new personality.
January 29, 2015

Toyota Camry refreshed for 2015

by John M. Vincent
The Toyota Camry continues to be a top seller in the American market, but the company is battling a pack of quality competitors nipping at its heels. So for the 2015 model year, the sedan has…
Photo Credit: JOHN M. VINCENT - Kids aren't left out of the fun at the Portland International Auto Show. The Kids Zone features activities from an inflatable slide to face painting.
January 29, 2015

Families welcome at Portland International Auto Show

by John M. Vincent
When the Portland International Auto Show throws open its doors on February 5th, visitors will see much more than just a vast array of new cars and trucks. The show’s producers are working hard…
Photo Credit: COURTESY RON TONKIN FAMILY OF DEALERSHIPS - Scott Sidell, the new General Manager  at Tonkin Subaru & Tonkin Chevrolet Buick GMC in The Dalles.
January 29, 2015

Auto News: New Subaru dealer and more

by Jim Redden
Talk about good timing. The Ron Tonkin Family of Dealerships has acquired its first Subaru dealership just as the Japanese automaker is setting sales records. The company acquired the renamed…
January 29, 2015

Upcoming car events

by Jim Redden
Cascade Cars & Coffee Every Saturday, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., Cascade Station Starbucks, 9911 Northeast Cascades Parkway, Portland, . No entry fee, all cars welcome. 2015 Portland International Auto…
Photo Credit: COURTESY AUTOTRADER.COM - Blind spot monitoring system alter drivers to hidden vehicles.
January 28, 2015

New features make cars safer

by Doug DeMuro, AutoTrader.Com
New technologies are making cars safer than ever before, but consumers might need to add them as options. Most cars have basic features like anti-lock brakes, curtain side airbags and traction…
Photo Credit: TATA MOTORS - The Jaguar XJL is one of the most beautiful cars on the road today.
January 23, 2015

2015 Jaguar XJL 3.0 AWD: Who could ask for more?

by Jim Redden
At first glance, outfitting Jaguar's largest car with a V6 engine would seem to be mistake. The XJL — the long wheelbase version of the top-of-the-line XJ — is over 17 feet long and weighs more…
Photo Credit: VOLVO CARS NORTH AMERICA, LLC - The redesigned 2015.5 Volvo S60 is, dare we say it, sexy.
January 16, 2015

2015.5 Volvo S60: Back in the fight

by Jim Redden
The upgraded Volvo S60 is an excellent entry level luxury sport sedan — stylish, comfortable, reassuring to drive, and thousands less than some of its competitors. But interested buyers are…
Photo Credit: TRIBINE PHOTO JOHN M. VINCENT - While the exterior changes on the 2015 VW Jetta are subtle, advances engines make it a better choice than ever for buyers seeking exceptional efficiency.
January 15, 2015

New diesel leads 2015 VW Jetta

by John M. Vincent
For Volkswagen’s top selling car, 2015 is about refining the formulas that drive its success. The design changes are subtle, but an updated engine lineup greatly enhances the VW Jetta’s already…
Photo Credit: JOHN M. VINCENT - Electric vehicle advocates want more incentives for cars that fight climate change.
January 15, 2015

Car News: EV advocates want more incentives

by Jim Redden
Advocates for electric vehicles are going to ask the 2015 Oregon Legislature to create state tax credits for the purchase of electric vehicles, including cars and motorcycles. The federal…

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Jan 15, 2015

Upcoming car events

by Jim Redden
Dubs & Donuts Saturday, Jan. 17, 9 a.m., Sesame Donuts, 11945 Pacific Hwy., Tigard. Casual gathering and unwrapped toy collection drive to KGW-TV hosted by Rose City Volksters, but all makes and…
Photo Credit: COURTESY METRO PORTLAND NEW CAR DEALERS ASSOCIATION - Auto dealers gathered around what was then a new engine are (from right) Chuck Wentworth, Linn Kirby,and Fred Bauer,Sr.
Jan 14, 2015

A century of car sales

by Jim Redden
The Metro Portland New Car Dealers Association just finished celebrating its 100-year anniversary — not bad for an association representing businesses that compete against one another. According…
Photo Credit: PHOTO BY JOHN M. VINCENT  - Toyota announced at the Consumer Electronics Show that they will share over 5000 of their fuel cell patents with other manufacturers royalty-free to encourage development of cars like the recently introduce Mirai fuel cell vehicle.
Jan 14, 2015

Consumer Electronics show blends cars, technology

by John M. Vincent
Nowhere is the fusion of technology and vehicles more evident than at the annual techno-palooza that is the Consumer Electronics show in Las Vegas. What was once the exclusive realm of…
Photo Credit: SUBARU OF AMERICA, INC. - The Sunaru Impreza was slightly restyled and outfitted with more standard equipment for 2015.
Jan 09, 2015

2015 Subaru Impreza: Ideal affordable daily driver

by Jim Redden
In many respects, the Subaru Impreza is the ideal affordable daily driver for the Pacific Northwest, which is probably why you see so many of them around. For one thing, it is the least…
Photo Credit: DOUG BERGER/NORTHWEST AUTOMOTIVE PRESS ASSOCIATION - The all-new 2015 Acura TLX cis a well balanced entry level lexury sport sedan.
Jan 02, 2015

2015 Acura TLX: Finding the sweet spot

by Jim Redden
Some carmakers who use letters to designate their vehciles are changing them to reduce confusion in their lines. Acura took a different route — it changed cars, blending the compact TSX and the…
Photo Credit: AMERICAN HONDA MOTOR COMPANY, INC. - The 2015 Honda Accord Sport is one of the bet affordable family cars on the market.
Dec 26, 2014

2015 Honda Accord: Even basic version is a good buy

by Jim Redden
Automotive manufacturers want their vehicles to look good, so they traditionally provide car writers with fully-loaded versions, even if most buyers choose cheaper ones. So it was something of…
Photo Credit: TRIBUNE PHOTO JOHN M. VINCENT - The all-electric Fiat 500E is fun and green, a rare combo.
Dec 25, 2014

Santa's been good to auto buyers this year

by Jim Redden and John M. Vincent
Every year, Santa and his assistants leave about new 150 cars in our driveways and at special events for us to test and review. 2014 has been an exceptional year for the auto industry in the…
Dec 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.
Dec 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.
Dec 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…