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COURTESY BEACHES RESTAURANTS/LORI OPAKA - The weekly Beaches Cruise-ins at Portland International raceway are popular summer events.
May 27, 2015

Beaches Cruisin' returns for 20th season

by John M. Vincent
One of Portland’s most popular automotive events returns to the Portland International Raceway on June 3 for its 20th season. The Beaches Summertime Cruisin’ attracts 1,200 cars on average to…
COURTESY CHEVROLET - The new Camaro is totally redesigned but still recognizable.
May 27, 2015

Car News: The new Camaro and more

by Jim Redden
Chevy has pulled the covers off the newest Camaro, and the sixth generation features a number of firsts for the iconic muscle car. The 2016 Camaro will be the first to carry an available…
May 27, 2015

Upcoming car events

by Jim Redden
Portland Cars & Coffee Every Saturday, 8-11 a.m., World of Speed, 27490 S.W. 95th Ave., Wilsonville. No entry fee, all cars welcome. Late Night Drags Friday, May 29, 5:30-11 p.m., Portland…
HONDA AMERICA INC. - The exterior of the 2016 Acura ILX has been restyled to be even sportier, especially the A-Spec version.
May 22, 2015

2015 Acura ILX: A-Spec package a winner

by Jim Redden
Acura had a clever idea when it first offered its luxury ILX compact sedan a few years ago. Prices of so-called entry level luxury sedans had been steadily increasing, so Acura undercut them by…
MITSUBISHI MOTOR SALES OF AMERICA - The GT package enhances the Mitsubishi Lancer's sporty looks.
May 15, 2015

2015 Mitsubishi Lancer: Sporty compact alternative

by Jim Redden
Driving the 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer GT is like spending time with an old friend. A really, really old friend. The Lancer has hardly changed since Mitsubishi first introduced it around 10 years…
TRIBUNE PHOTO JOHN M. VINCENT - 2015 Toyota Yaris SE models receive a blacked-out front grille, 16-inch alloy wheels and projector headlamps with LED accents. All Yaris models use a nicely tuned electric power steering system.
May 14, 2015

2015 Toyota Yaris hails from ... France

by John M. Vincent
If you have any doubt that the automotive industry is truly global, just look at the 2015 Toyota Yaris. Japan’s automotive powerhouse designed the Yaris largely in France, and Yaris models…
COURTESY PHOTO - About 40 vintage trailers like this will be displayed at Silver falls State Park on May 23.
May 14, 2015

Vintage trailers to be displayed

by Jim Redden
A public showing of vintage travel trailers is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 23, at Silver Falls State Park. It is part of annual Memorial Day Weekend gathering of vintage…
May 14, 2015

Upcoming car events

by Jim Redden
Cascade Cars & Coffee Every Saturday, 8-11 a.m., Cascade Station Starbucks, 9911 Northeast Cascades Parkway, Portland. No entry fee, all cars welcome. Late Night Drags Friday, May 15, 22, and…
TRIBUNE PHOTO JOHN M. VINCENT - The 2016 Honda HR-V is set to enter the market later this Spring with a base price under $20,000. It's solid yet nimble performance made it a standout.
May 13, 2015

Mudfest creates more than one set of winners

by John M. Vincent and Jim Redden
John M. Vincent's other picks Products from Fiat Chrysler Automobile Corp. dominated the winners’ list this year’s Northwest Automotive Press Association’s annual Outdoor Activity Vehicle of the…
COURTESY LANDMARK FORD LINCOLN - Firefighters from Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue's Downtown Tigard Station 51 receiving four CPR training mannequins from Jim Corliss, President of Landmark Ford Lincoln.  Shown from left to right are Nate Schuster, Lieutenant; Peter Lehmann, Firefighter; Jim Corliss, Landmark Ford Lincoln; Jeff Welch, Firefighter; and Rick Newman, Engineer.
May 13, 2015

Auto News: Landmark donation and more

by Jim Redden
Landmark donates training mannequins Landmark Ford Lincoln has presented four CPR training mannequins to Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue. They were purchased with a grant from the National…

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BMW NORTH AMERICA - Love it or hate it, you can't help but notice the BMW 13.
May 01, 2015

2014 BMW i3: An EV to boast about

by Jim Redden
The BMW i3 is like a concept car put into production — beautiful, high tech, but not entirely practical. The i3 is BMW's first electric car, and, like the Nissan Leaf and Tesla S, it was…
AUDI PRESS AG - The 2015 Audi allroad has enough ground clearance for light off road driving, although most owners will probably keep it on pavement.
May 01, 2015

2015 Audi allroad: The crossover alternative

by Jim Redden
With a name like "allroad," you'd expect Audi's midsize all-wheel-drive equipped wagon to be husky beast that competes against larger SUVs. But although the 2015 Audi allroad (yes, it's not…
TRIBUNE PHOTO JOHN M. VINCENT - It's big, it's heavy, and it's roomy. It's everything you expect from a large American rear-wheel drive sedan. The 2015 Chrysler 300 features and all-new front end, with a black mesh grill on 300S models. A subtle rear spoiler marks 300S models with the HEMI V-8.
Apr 30, 2015

2015 Chrysler 300 more than a refresh

by John M. Vincent
America’s quintessential rear-wheel drive luxury sedan now comes from Chrysler — not from Cadillac or Lincoln. With a substantial refresh for 2015, the 300 climbs to the summit with two great…
COURTESY FORT VANCOUVER NATIONAL TRUST - Officers Row at Fort Vancouver is a beautiful setting for a display of vintage cars.
Apr 30, 2015

Registration open for Vancouver Concours

by Jim Redden
Registration is now open for the 2015 Columbia River Concours d'Elegance & Car Show along Officers Row on the grounds of historic Fort Vancouver in Vancouver, Wash. The show is set next year for…
Apr 30, 2015

Upcoming car events

by Jim Redden
Cascade Cars & Coffee Every Saturday, 8-11 a.m., Cascade Station Starbucks, 9911 Northeast Cascades Parkway, Portland. No entry fee, all cars welcome. Late Night Drags Friday, May 1, 8, 15, 22…
TRIBUNE PHOTO JOHN M. VINCENT - The all new Jeep Renegade equipped with the off-road Trailhawk package was name 2015 NW Outdoor Activity Vehicle of the Year.
Apr 29, 2015

Mudfest winners announced

by Jim Redden
If you enjoy the outdoors, you need a vehicle to get you there and back. But there are more vehicles to choose from today than ever before, from pickup trucks to truck-based sport utility…
TRIBUNE PHOTO JOHN M. VINCENT - Portland Transmission Warehouse president Ross Bradshaw talks with his father, CEO John Bradshaw and former sales manager Alan Stewart about their upcoming car show. Trophies for the event are different each year, and many have been locally produced wooden car models.
Apr 29, 2015

Two shows that shine

by Jim Redden
Thousands of people are expected to attend two of the most popular annual car shows in the Portland area on Saturday, May 9. The Portland Transmission Spring Classic and the Papa's Toys Open…
COURTESY BATTLE GROUND SCHOOL DISTRICT - Battle Ground High School Senior Cameron Faley in front of the modified 1995 Nissan 240SX that won $500 for his school.
Apr 28, 2015

Automotive News

by Jim Redden
Student wins $500 for school Battle Ground High School senior Cameron Faley won $500 for his school's automotive program at the 59th Annual Portland Roadster Show on March 20. The contribution…
AUDI PRESS AG - The redesigned 2015 Audi A3 looks like a scale model of the company's larger cars, not a typical compact.
Apr 24, 2015

2015 Audi A3: Big features in small package

by Jim Redden
The newest car niche might've seemed like a Saturday Night Live skit a few years ago — compact premium cars. Yes, small cars made by luxury manufactures to attract consumers unable (or…
CHRYSLER LLC - The new, larger grill is the most obvious change to the exterior of the 2015 Dodge Charger.
Apr 17, 2015

2015 Dodge Charger: All American size and power

by Jim Redden
Detroit automakers have six retro cars on the market, but only three are usually described like that — the Chevy Camaro, the Dodge Challenger and the Ford Mustang. They are the current versions…