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AMERICAN HONDA MOTOR COMPANY - The styling of the 2016 Acura TLX is attractive but conservative, even when equipped with the optional 3.5-liter V6 and Super Handling-All Wheel Drive system - a sleeper for grownups.
July 22, 2016

Test Drive: Acura TLX 3.5 SH-AWD

by Jim Redden
In TV commercials, drivers race midsize luxury sedans down deserted city streets or along twisty mountain roads, snapping off quick gear changes with steering wheel mounted paddle shifters. In the real world, mothers and fathers drive them to and…
COURTESY PHOTO - Jerry Grant won the first Rose Cup race in 1961. For years, the Rose Cup Races were held during the peak weeks of the Rose Festival.
July 27, 2016

It's a new era revving up for Portland's Rose Cup races

by Jeff Zurschmeide
Auto racers start their engines with Friends of PIR at the wheel The first Rose Cup Races took place in Portland in the summer of 1961, and for 55 years the event has attracted amateur and professional auto racers to the city to compete for the…
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - The basic 2016 Toyota Tacoma has been redesigned to look more like the off-road version, whick is boldly styled.
July 24, 2016

2016 Toyota Tacoma: Lot of truck for the money

by Jeff Zurschmeide
Toyota has been the leader of the import truck market since the 1970s, and they show no signs of relinquishing that spot. The mid-size Toyota Tacoma is built on a long history, yet it’s a fully modern truck with every convenience. You can buy a 2016…

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY - Hyundai's current 'Fluidic Sculpture 2.0' design language resulted in a 2106 Tucson that looks both purposeful and sporty.
July 22, 2016

Test Drive: 2016 Hyundai Tucson Limited AWD

by Jim Redden
The small crossover market is evolving so fast, it’s hard to keep up. Compact crossovers that hold five, get good gas mileage, and offer many of the advantages of larger SUVs are all the rage these days. They include new subcompact crossovers…
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - Green cars were tested at Drive Revolution at the World Trade Center in Portland on July 19.
July 21, 2016

Green cars win awards at Drive Revolution

by Jeff Zurschmeide
The Northwest Automotive Press Association selected the 2017 Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid vehicle as the 2016 Northwest Green Vehicle of the Year earlier this week. The competition was part of an event called Drive Revolution, held downtown on…
 - The all-new 2017 Infiniti QX30 successfully bridges the gap between a sporty car and a crossover, with striking looks, a powerful engine and a customized steering and suspenion settings.
July 18, 2016

2017 Infiniti QX30 is a true Crossover vehicle

by Jeff Zurschmeide
Infiniti is offering an all-new luxury compact crossover for 2017 called the QX30. This vehicle was co-developed with Mercedes-Benz, and Benz offers their version as the GLA. To differentiate, Infiniti gave the QX30 different engine and transmission…
DANIELLE KLOCK - Sarah Heinicke, Lloyd EcoDistrict and state Rep. Lew Frederick (House District 43) cut the ribbon while (Lfrom left to right) Tawna Sanchez (House District 43 candidate), Scott Bolton (Pacific Power), Jon Cerino (ChargePoint) and Jeff Allen (Drive Oregon) look on.
July 18, 2016

New EV fast charger installed at Lloyd Center

by Jim Redden
Electric vehicle owners have a new place to recharge in Portland with the installation of one of ChargePoint’s latest DC Fast EV Charging Station at the Lloyd Center. It is located on the second floor of the parking garage near Macy’s east entrance,…
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - The all-electric 2016 Volswagen E-Golf looks almost the same as the gas version, and is just as much fun to drive.
July 17, 2016

A New Favorite: 2016 Volkswagen E-Golf SEL Premium

by Jeff Zurschmeide
I have a new favorite electric car, and it’s the 2016 Volkswagen E-Golf. It’s easy to explain why it’s my new favorite. The E-Golf combines the fuel-saving benefits of an electric car with the utility of a four-door hatchback and the speed and…
AMERICAN HONDA MOTOR COMPANY - The redesigned 2016 Honda Civic coupe moves back to the top of the compact car class.
July 15, 2016

Test Drive: 2016 Honda Civic 1.5T Coupe

by Jim Redden
When Honda dropped the hybrid and condensed natural gas versions of the Civic, it seemed the Japanese automaker had given up on offering a special high mileage version of its popular compact. As it turns out, Honda just thought it should be more…
July 14, 2016

Upcoming car events: July 14-Sept. 4

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…
NEWS-TIMES PHOTO: RYAN LACKEY - Worth a cool $1 million, Kevin Blount's gull-wing Mercedes attracted a lot of attention at Cars & Coffee Saturday. But it doesn't sit in the garage -- Blount says he won't buy a car he won't drive.
July 13, 2016

Wilsonville 'Cars & Coffee' meet-up a sneak peek of Concours d'Elegance

by Ryan Lackey
There's a certain language shared among collectors, whether the items in question are stamps, coins, baseball cards — or cars. Sought-after additions to collections are “Holy Grails” or “White Whales,” and phrases like “I'm on a hunt for this or…

 - The late Ron Tonkin behind the wheel of his Ferrari 330 GTS.
July 13, 2016

Ferrari display set for July 16 in Portland

by Jim Redden
The public will be able to see a large collection of rare Ferrari sport cars from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 16, at Pioneer Courthouse Square. Rides in a Ferrari California T will benefit the Children’s Cancer Association. The event —…
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - Monte Shelton in his Porsche 962 at the Rose Cup race in 2006.
July 12, 2016

Monte Shelton: Concours d'Elegance honoree for 2016

by Martin Rudow
The 44th Annual Forest Grove Concours d’Elegance will be held on the campus of Pacific University in Forest Grove on Sunday, July 17. It will honor Portland auto dealer and race Monte Sheltonm who has Monte has supported the event since it was…
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - The completely redesigned 2017  Audi Q7 is the perfect family vehicle for the Pacific Northwest.
July 12, 2016

The Family Audi: 2017 Audi Q7 SUV

by Jeff Zurschmeide
Audi is known primarily for creating amazing sports cars and for their pioneering work in developing some of the best All-Wheel-Drive systems on the market. But it seems there may now be a third claim to fame for Audi: great SUVs. The Audi Q7 was…
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: ZURSCHMEIDE - Mazda did everything right with the redesigned 2016 X-X 9, its largest vehicle.
July 08, 2016

2017 Mazda CX-9 completes crossover transformations

by Jim Redden
The introduction of the 2016 Mazda CX-9 marks the completion of the Japanese automaker’s conversion to SKYACTIV technology. Now every component in all of its cars and crossover SUVs have been redesigned to be as fuel efficient as possible, from the…

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Jul 08, 2016

Upcoming car events: July 7-Sept. 4

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…
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - Historic race cars like this Shelby Cobra with compete at Portland International Raceway this weekend.
Jul 07, 2016

Portland Vintage Racing Festival returns this weekend

by Jeff Zurschmeide
The Portland Vintage Racing Festival returns to Portland International Raceway in West Delta Park this weekend, Friday through Sunday. Owners of vintage and historic racing cars will travel to…
SUBARU OF AMERICA - The 2016 Subaru Outback is the perfect vehicle for the Pacific Northwest. It's can carry a family and their camping gear, and is good on gas for an all-wheel-drive wagon.
Jul 06, 2016

2016 Subaru Outback: Perfect for Oregon

by Jeff Zurschmeide
There’s a simple reason the Subaru Outback is so popular in Oregon — the car works very well for the things that Oregonians do and the weather we experience. The Outback provides great utility,…
FORD MOTOR COMPANY - All new sheet metal is just one of many changes in the redesigned 2016 Lincoln MKX. It also features an optional new turbocharged 2.7-liter V6 under the hood.
Jul 01, 2016

Test Drive: 2016 Lincoln MKX AWD

by Jim Redden
Lincoln has significantly upped its game with the 2016 MKX. The midsize luxury crossover can now compete against the best in the world. Earlier version of the MKX were dismissed by some cynics…
Jun 30, 2016

Understanding the Volkswagen diesel emissions settlement

by Jeff Zurschmeide
If you drive a Volkswagen diesel, you’ve almost certainly heard about the emissions cheating scandal surrounding the car. To rectify the damage, VW has proposed a settlement with affected…
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - A larger battery pack in the SV and SL trim levels of the 2016 Nissan Leaf increases its range by nearly 30 miles - up to 113 miles on a full charge.
Jun 28, 2016

2016 Nissan Leaf extends its range

by Jeff Zurschmeide
The Nissan LEAF was the first mass-market electric vehicle in the modern era. Sure, there were lots of electrics over the years, but the LEAF really put the segment back on the road in a big…
VOLKSWAGEN AG - Larger wheels and some exterior trim pieces are about the only obvious signs that R version of the 2016 Volkwagen Golf is a totally different animal than the basic economy model.
Jun 24, 2016

Test Drive: 2016 Volkswagen Golf R

by Jim Redden
When it comes to compact, turbocharged, all-wheel-drive cars, there are two ways to go. One is the attention-grabbing Boy Racer approach of the Subaru WRX, which practically invented the…
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE  - Mecum Auctions will come back to Portland next year after a successful Father's Day weekend at the Expo Center.
Jun 23, 2016

Mecum Auctions a big hit, will return next year

by Jim Redden
Mecum Auctions sold $9.3 million worth of custom and collectable cars and trucks at their first-ever auction at the Portland Expo Center on June 17 and 18. The auction was so successful, Mecum…
Jun 23, 2016

Upcoming car events: June 23-Sept. 4

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…
Jun 22, 2016

Millennials not anti-car after all

by Jim Redden
Contrary to convention wisdom, millennials are buying cars after all, according to a recent study by Lending Tree, an online loan marketplace. And the numbers are increasing. The survey of…
Jun 21, 2016

Buyers looking for better mileage

by Jim Redden
As gas prices have begun rising, consumers are starting to buy more fuel efficient vehicles. Although gas prices are still relatively low, the AAA says average prices increased 17 cents a gallon…
 - Jaguar's first crossover, the 2017 F-Pace, makes a bold statement in the luxury SUV market.
Jun 20, 2016

2017 Jaguar F-Pace sets the luxury SUV standard

by Jeff Zurschmeide
Jaguar has been making performance cars for almost 100 years, but until now they’ve never made an SUV. After driving the all-new 2017 Jaguar F-Pace, it’s clear that Jaguar took the time to get…
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - The 2017 Jaguar XE looks like you expect - a smaller version of a stylish Jaguar sedan, complte wth the trademark grill.
Jun 19, 2016

2017 Jaguar XE: The house cat that roars

by Jeff Zurschmeide
Jaguar makes some of the finest performance and luxury cars on the market, but the brand needed an affordable entry-level luxury car — and that’s why Jaguar has brought out the all-new XE, a…
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - A 1964 Pontiac GTO goes up for sale at Mecum Auctions at the Portland Expo Center.
Jun 19, 2016

Auto enthusiasts turn out for Mecum Auctions

by Jeff Zurschmeide
Hundreds of classic and collector cars crossed the auction block on Friday and Saturday at the first-ever Mecum Auctions in Portland. Mecum Auctions bills itself as the world's largest collector…
BMW NORTH AMERICA - The 2016 BMW 340i is one of the best luxury sport sedans on the market.
Jun 17, 2016

Test Drive: 2016 BMW 340i

by Jim Redden
BMW practically invented the concept of the sport sedan, the family car that's seriously fun to drive. Today, many manufacturers offer upscale four door cars with powerful engines, available…