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by: PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP:  JOHN SCHRAG - John Bennett put a final bit of elbow grease into this 1938 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900 Touring Berlinetta  which is on display at today's  Forest Grove Concours d'Elegance.
July 20, 2014

Classic cars converge in Forest Grove

by John Schrag
You can see more than 300 stunning automobiles at Pacific University today It required an unexpected tromp through a wheat field, but one of the most celebrated cars in the Pacific Northwest…
by: CHRYSLER FIAT MOTOR COMPANY - The Dodge Dart is all dressed up and ready to go for 2014.
July 25, 2014

2014 Dodge Dart: Have it your way

by Jim Redden
Dodge has come up with neat trick to keep its 2014 Dart competitive in the hotly-contest compact car market niche — offer it with a dizzying array of trim levels and option packages that allow…
by: JOHN M. VINCENT - Electric cars, clean diesels and other alternative fuel vehicles will be on dispaly at OMSI on Saturday, July 19. The event is free and open to the public.
July 16, 2014

Alternative fuel vehicles coming to OMSI

by John D. Vincent
Drive Revolution free to public on Saturday, July 19 If there is one certainty in future transportation, it is that vehicles will be more efficient and produce fewer emissions. However, the…
(Image is Clickable Link) by: TRIBUNE PHOTO CHASE ALLGOOD - Rick Martin with his rare and beautiful 1967 Maserati Mistral, which was the last Maserati to come with company's famous straight six-cylinder, twin-spark, double overhead cam engine. Martin is bringing it to the Forest Grove Concours d'Elegance to celebrate the 100-year anniversary of Maserati.
July 16, 2014

Forest Grove Concours highlights summer car shows

by Jim Redden
The summer car show season is in full swing, with numerous cruise-ins and other events scheduled every weekend and even some weekday evenings. While most are open to anyone with an interesting…
by: JOHN M. VINCENT - 2015 Outbacks feature less body cladding than previous models, but more capability with a standard X-Mode traction management system.
July 16, 2014

2015 Subaru Outback: Refined for the Pacific Northwest

by John M. Vincent
Perhaps no vehicle sums up the Oregon lifestyle more than the Subaru Outback. It’s nimble enough for the urban environment, but it’s large enough to carry a hefty cargo of outdoor adventure…
by: COURTESY JOE AND BEVERLY NOBEL - You never know what you're going to see at a car show.
July 16, 2014

Even more car shows coming up

by Jim Redden
Cruisin' the Gut Saturday, July 19, all day and night Vancouver, Washington Family-oriented car show, canned food drive and cruise on Main Street between Sixth and 28th streets. There will be a…
by: KIA MOTORS AMERICA - The 2014 Kia Optima remains one of the most impressive midsize cars on the market today.
July 10, 2014

2014 Kia Optima: No change required

by Jim Redden
Kia can be accused of resting on the Optima's laurels for 2014. But those laurels are worth at least one more year. The midsize Optima was completely redesigned in 2011 into one of the best…
by: AMERICAN HONDA MOTOR COMPANY, INC. - Acura hasn't changed the MDX much 2015, and for good reason - it's aleady hard to beat.
July 04, 2014

2015 Acura MDX AWD: No big changes required

by Jim Redden
Some manufactures trumpet the redesign of their vehicles by making them look significantly different. Not so with Acrua and the MDX. The midsize luxury crossover was completely overhauled last…
July 03, 2014

Free electric vehicle event set for July 5

by Jim Redden
Newer, older and one-of-a-kind electric vehicles will be on display at Pioneer Courthouse Square for EV Celebration 2014, commonly called EV Fest. The free event is being organized by the Oregon…
by: MAZDA NORTH AMERICAN OPERATIONS - Striking good looks are only the begiinning of the charms of the 2015 Mazda6.
June 27, 2014

2015 Mazda6 i Grand Touring: Fantastic affordable family car

by Jim Redden
The 2015 Mazda6 is a prime example of why America's roads are in such bad shape. Back when the roads were in better shape, if a family needed a practical car for day-to-day driving and…

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by: TRIBUNE PHOTO JOHN M. VINCENT - The Volkswagen Touareg can be equipped with a thrfit diesel engine.
Jun 24, 2014

Discover the great Northwest

by Jim Redden
Summer is here and many families are shopping for the best outdoor activity vehicle to take them camping, hiking, boating — and maybe skiing in the winter. All those recreational opportunities…
by: TRIBUNE PHOTO JOHN M. VINCENT - Honda has continuously upgraded its popular Civic compact in recent years to improve the looks, performance, ride and features.
Jun 24, 2014

2014 Honda Civic adds safety feature

by Jim Redden
Honda has come up with a new safety feature that comes in handy in the Portland area — a camera mounted below the passenger side exterior mirror that shows a wide-angle view of what's alongside…
Jun 24, 2014

Summer car shows and events

by Jim Redden
Burgerville Friday Night Cruise-In Friday, June 27, 5 p.m. Burgerville, Southeast 92nd and Powell, Portland Family-friendly cruise-in, live DJ, all makes and models welcome, continues every…
by: TRIBUNE PHOTO JOHN M. VINCENT - The redesigned 2015 Chrysler 200 was brought to Portland by factory representatives who said the midsize was their most important new car.
Jun 25, 2014

New Chrysler 200 hits the streets

by Jim Redden
Chrysler representatives introduced the 2015 Chrysler 200 to regional automotive writers in Portland on June 17, calling it their most important car since the company joined with Fiat and…
Jun 24, 2014

Auto news

by Jim Redden
Ford gives $100,000 to fight child hunger The Ford Motor Company is donating $100,000 to the Oregon Food Bank as part of the Ford Focus on Child Hunger campaign. The funds will go toward the…
by: COURTESY ENVIRONMENT OREGON - The benefits of electric vehicles are expalined in a report released Thuesday during a press conference at Electric Avenue at Portland State Univeristy. Speakers included (center) Ashley Horvat, the State of Oregon Chief EV Officer.
Jun 24, 2014

Advocates call for more electric vehicles

by Jim Redden
Oregon and nation leaders should continue working to increase number of electric vehicles on the road, according to a report released Tuesday by the Environment Oregon Research and Policy…
by: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY - The 2014 Hyundai Tucson looks good and comes packed with standard equipment.
Jun 20, 2014

2014 Hyundai Tucson Limited AWD: Value-packed compact crossover

by Jim Redden
Not the long ago, those shopping for a smaller crossover faced a difficult condition. Fuel-saving four cylinder engines were mostly available on front-wheel-drive version. Buyers wanting…
by: TRIBUNE PHOTO CHASE ALLGOOD - Brad and Ed Tonkin pose with Barley the Hillsboro Hops mascot, at the Hillsboro Hops' home opener on June 18.
Jun 19, 2014

Hops honor Ron Tonkin, family at opening game

by Jim Redden
The Hillsboro Hops honored the late Ron Tonkin at its first home game of the season on Wednesday, June 18. Hillsboro Ballpark was renamed Ron Tonkin Field in May after the Ron Tonkin Family of…
by: JOHN M. VINCENT - Mazda calls it 'Kodo' design language, and it features crisp headlights with smooth character curves down the length of the body.
Jun 17, 2014

2014 Mazda3: A bit of Miata with your efficiency

by John M. Vincent
Nearly every vehicle Mazda builds has one common feature: it is the best handling vehicle in its segment. It shouldn’t be surprising from the company that brought us the MX-5 Miata, but the 2014…
by: KIA MOTORS AMERICA - Kia has maintained the character of the Soul in the redesigned 2014 version.
Jun 13, 2014

2014 Kia Soul: Moving on up

by Jim Redden
Kia faced a challenge when the time came to update its surprise hit Soul for 2014. When it was first introduced four years ago, the small station wagon immediately won over buyers and reviewers…