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Photo Credit: JOHN M. VINCENT - The new Volvo V60 station wagon may be the sexist looking family hauler on the market.
November 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.
November 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.
November 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.
November 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.
November 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…
Photo Credit: COURTESY CHEVROLET - The Chevy Spark looks like a 2-door, but the handles for the back door are cleverly hidden in the car's rear pillar. A 5-year, 100,000 mile powertrain warranty is included.
November 13, 2014

Chevy Spark: Small car, big tech

by John M. Vincent
Chevy’s Spark is their smallest U.S. vehicle, but it’s loaded with cost-saving technology not found on the competition, or even on larger models. Plus, it’s available with either gasoline or…
Photo Credit: COURTESY KUNI  - Joseph C. Herman
November 13, 2014

Kuni COO passes away

by Jim Redden
Joseph C. Herman, chief operating officer of Kuni Automotive Group, passed away on Oct. 29, following a year-long battle with pancreatic cancer. Born on June 9, 1942 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania,…
Photo Credit: TRIBUNE PHOTO JONATHAN HOUSE - Shane enjoyed his ride in Eric Peterson's Ferrari 599 GTB.
November 12, 2014

Exotic cars lifts spirits of ailing kids

by Jim Redden
Although Eric Peterson is enjoying the benefits of being a successful high-tech consultant — including a growing exotic car collection — he is also giving back to the community by giving sick…
Photo Credit: DOUG BERGER/NWAPA - The 2014 Cadillac ATS in Central Oregon during the Run to the Sun event organized by the Northwest Automotive Press Association.
November 07, 2014

2015 Cadillac ATS: Big surprise in a small package

by Jim Redden
When Cadillac first revealed that it intended to challenge the best European road cars, a lot of automotive enthusiasts rolled their eyes. After all, like Lincoln, Cadillac made its reputation…
Photo Credit: TOYOTA MOTOR SALES, U.S.A., INC. - The 2014 Toyota Tundra looks especailly rugged with the optional TRD Off-Road package.
October 31, 2014

2014 Toyota Tundra: Challenging Detroit head on

by Jim Redden
Driving the large, powerful and supremely comfortable 2014 Toyota Tundra down the road, it's hard to remember that the company first broke into the American maker with a mini truck. It's a sign…

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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.
Oct 30, 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 AARP - AARP is offering both classroom and online courses to refresh and improve your driving skills.
Oct 30, 2014

AARP offers driving refresher course

by Jim Redden
Anyone looking to refresh their driving skills can now take an updated safety course offered by AARP — regardless of their age. The course is taught either in local classrooms or online. Those…
Photo Credit: COURTESY WORLD OF SPEED - Workers have completed the Daytona 500-themed Nascar display at the World of Speed in Wilsonville.
Oct 30, 2014

World of Speed and other auto news

by Jim Redden
World of Speed adds NASCAR display Work is continuing on the World of Speed, the motorsport museum and education center scheduled to open at 27490 S.W. 95th Ave. in Wilsonville on April 24,…
Oct 30, 2014

Upcoming car events

by Jim Redden
Cascade Cars and Coffee Saturday, Nov. 1, Cascade Station near Portland International Airport. Casual gathering for car enthusiasts, all makes and models welcome. Continues first Saturday of…
Photo Credit: COURTESY FORD MOTOR COMPANY - The all-new 2015 Ford F-150 with an all aluminum body will be a big draw at the Portland International Auto Show in February.
Oct 29, 2014

Trucks should be big draw at Portland Auto Show

by Jim Redden
Trucks were big news at the recent Seattle Auto Show — and they should be at the Portland show in early February. The annual Seattle show, held Oct. 15-19 this year, is always one of the…
Photo Credit: DOUG BERGER - The 2015 Nissan GT-R in Central Oregon during the 2014 Run to the Sun organized by the Northwest Automotive Press Association.
Oct 24, 2014

2015 Nissan GT-R: The ultimate factory tuner

by Jim Redden
The 2015 Nissan GT-R is a pain in the ass. By that I mean, the optional Recaro seats that came in my test car are built for a skinny teenager, which I'm not. But they are consistent with…
Photo Credit: DOUG BERGER/NWAPA - A 2014 Rolls Royce Wraith cuts through Central Oregon during this year's Run to the Sun, organized by the Northwest Automotive Press Association.
Oct 17, 2014

2014 Rolls Royce Wraith: How the .01 percent live

by Jim Redden
Admit it, how often have you asked yourself, is a Rolls Royce really that much better than any other luxury car? Anyone interested in automobiles has heard the mantra over the years. Hand built…
Oct 16, 2014

2015 Portland International Auto Show and other news

by Jim Redden
Auto show set for Feb. 5-8 The 2015 Portland International Auto Show has been set for the Oregon Convention Center from Thursday, Feb. 5, to Sunday, Feb. 8 The annual show, which is produced by…
Oct 15, 2014

F-150 test drives at Landmark Ford Lincoln

by Jim Redden
Landmark Ford Lincoln in Tigard offering test drives of the all-new Ford F-150 pickup well before it goes on sale. Ford is bringing several 2015 F-150s to a "Drive the Future of Tough" event…
Photo Credit: DOUG BERGER/NWAPA - The hot little Ford Fiesta ST in Central Oregon during the 2014 Run to the Sun event held by the Northwest Automotive Press Associaion.
Oct 15, 2014

2014 Ford Fiesta ST puts fun in subcompact package

by John M. Vincent
For some carmakers, creating a “performance” model doesn’t entail much more than adding some graphics, slightly tweaking the suspension, and creating a sportier interior. Not so for with Ford.…