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PORTLAND TRIBUNE JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE  - The VW Golf Alltrack rides a little higher than the similar VW Golf SportWagen 4Motion, and has some special features for improved off-road driving.
January 15, 2017

VW Alltrack to be given away at 2017 Auto Show

by Jim Redden
The annual show is the largest exhibition of new vehilces in the region. It is produced by the Portland Metro New Car Dealers Associations. The Pamplin Media Group is the presenting sponsor.
VOLVO CARS NORTH AMERICA LLC - The styling of the 2017 Volvo S90 is contemporary but still inlcudes a version of the company's distinctive grill.
January 13, 2017

Test Drive: Volvo S90 T6 AWD

by Jim Redden
Volvo has intentionally set its sights high with the 2017 S90. Anyone interested in a premium midsize sedan should reward them by placing it high on their test drive list.
January 12, 2017

Upcoming car events: Jan. 14-June 18

by Jim Redden
Automotivce related activities throughout the Portland metropolitan region and beyond.


PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - The Infiniti QX60is a luxury crossover SUV with a mid-size cabin that seats up to 7 passengers in three rows. It's got a tried-and-true 3.5-liter V6 engine, and a continuously variable transmission with driving modes like Eco, Sport, Normal, and Snow.
January 11, 2017

2017 Infiniti QX60 offers true all-season performance

by Jeff Zurschmeide
Infiniti gives the QX60 the ability to modulate its engine power and torque delivery, plus the ability to selectively apply a little brake pressure to any wheel that starts slipping. When you select Snow mode, the QX60 knows to keep an extra close…
MAZDA NORTH AMERICAN OPERATIONS - Mazda's corporate KODO Soul of Motion exterior styling design gives the 2017 CX-3 a sleek look.
January 06, 2017

Test Drive: 2017 Mazda CX-3

by Jim Redden
One of the hottest automotive market niches is also one of the newest, subcompact crossovers - small SUVs that are easy to drive in cities and can be ordered with all-wheel-drive. They get great gas mileage and, when equipped with AWD, are easy to…
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - Toyota's Concept-i prototype electric autonomous car was unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week. Toyota and other automakers expect to offer vehicles with increasing autonomous capabilities in the next three years.
January 06, 2017

Autonomous and electric vehicles make news at Consumer Electronics Show

by Jeff Zurschmeide
New mobility, autonomous cars, and electric vehicles will again be in focus later this month at the 2017 Portland International Auto Show. Experts and advocates will be at the show to explain and answer questions about these developments at the…
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - The bottom line on the 2017 Infiniti Q60 is that this is a worthy competitor to established heavyweights like the Lexus RC, BMW 4-Series, and the Cadillac ATS.
January 01, 2017

Test Drive: 2017 Infiniti Q60

by Jeff Zurschmeide
The Q60 coupe is all-new for 2017, and if you're looking for a breathtaking sport coupe to reward yourself, or just spoil yourself, the Infiniti needs to be on your test-drive list.
HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY - The Genesis G90 is a large and stylish full size sedan designed to compete against the best luxury cars in the world.
December 30, 2016

Test Drive: 2017 Genesis G90

by Jim Redden
Despite its size, the G90 is not boring to drive. Our test car came with the base twin turbocharged 3.3-liter V6 that produces a healthy 365 horsepower. Mated to a smooth-shifting eight-speed transmission with multiple drive modes, it was plenty…
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - The compact 2017 Jaguar XE retains the smooth lines of the company's larger sedans and has as much interior room as most midsize cars.
December 30, 2016

2017 Jaguar XE makes diesel attractive again

by Jeff Zurschmedie
Out on the road, the XE is a joy to drive. It's as smooth as a Jaguar should be, but it's also nimble and responsive. The diesel engine is quiet, but you'll really feel the 318 pound-feet of torque under your foot. The XE diesel moves out smartly…
December 30, 2016

PGE and Pacific Power propose to expand local EV infrastructure

by Jeff Zurschmeide
Plans were submitted to the Public Utility Commission of Oregon in response to requirements contained in the Oregon Clean Energy and Coal Transition Act, which became law earlier this year.
December 29, 2016

Partial Auto Show line up announced

by Jim Redden
Some of the all-new and completely redesigned vehicles you can see at the Portland show in Janaruary
December 29, 2016

Upcoming car events: Dec. 31-June 18

by Jim Redden
Automotive related this to do in the Portland area and beyond
December 27, 2016

Buy a raffle ticket, help a child, win or 2017 Porsche Boxster or $500

by Jim Redden
Only 2,000 tickets are now on sale for the 2017 sports car, valued at $59,580. All ticket holders will also be entered to win three $500 cash prizes. Proceeds from the raffle support The Dougy Center and programs to help grieving children and their…
AMERICAN HONDA MOTOR COMPANY - The 2017 Honda HR-V is a stylish and practical entry in the growing subcompact crossover SUV market.
December 22, 2016

Test Drive: 2017 Honda HR-V

by Jim Redden
I'm not saying the HR-V is a substitute for a serious off-road vehicle in deep snow or heavily rutted logging roads. Among other things, it lacks a locking center differential. But for the kind of late fall and winter driving that most of do around…
PORTLAND TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - Advance and discount tickets are on sale now for the 2017 Portland International Auto Show.
December 18, 2016

Discount tickets to the 2017 Portland International Auto Show on sale through Christmas

by Jim Redden
The annual show is the largest display of new cars, trucks, vans, crossover and SUVs in the region. In addition to the hundreds of new vehicles on hand, it includes Ride and Drive events by many manufacturers and numerous family friendly features.

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Dec 17, 2016

What you need to know about All-Wheel-Drive

by Jeff Zurschmeide
There are a number of different ways to implement AWD. Most automakers define the difference between all-wheel-drive and four-wheel drive by the mechanism used.
CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - A good set of genuine winter tires, like this studless Bridgestone, will make a huge difference when driving on snow.
Dec 17, 2016

How to choose a good set of winter tires

by Jeff Zurschmeide
You want to find tires that are rated for snow and ice. 'All-season' tires won't do it. Make sure that any tires you buy carry the 'mountain and snowflake' symbol stamped on the sidewall. This…
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - The 2017 Subaru Legacy is a good looking affordable family car that comes standard with the company's Symmetrical All-Wheel-Drive system that will get you through the snow with no problems.
Dec 17, 2016

2017 Subaru Legacy is the right choice for winter in Portland

by Jef Zurschmeide
The Legacy is Subaru's mid-size sedan, and it carries Subaru's Symmetrical All-Wheel-Drive. That's what sets this sedan apart from the crowd. For roughly the same price as any other imported or…
AMERCIAN HONDA MOTOR COMPNAY - The 2017 Acura MDX has been restyled with the company's new grill design, more substantial fenders, new headlights and more. The result makes an impression.
Dec 15, 2016

Test Drive: 2017 Acura MDX SH-AWD

by Jim Redden
The Acura MDX has long held an enviable position in the mid-size crossover market — more refined than the entry level Japanese and South Korean models, but not as expensive as its German…
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - The 2017 Yaris iA is carried over from Toyota's discontinued Scion brand and one of the best inexpensive subcompact sedans on the market.
Dec 15, 2016

Test Drive: 2017 Toyota Yaris iA

by Jeff Zurschmeide
The Yaris iA is the result of a partnership with Mazda, bringing some of Mazda's legendary engineering and design to the Toyota product line. The result is dramatic, and the Yaris iA is one of…
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - World of Speed founder Sally Bany, Kacee Pitts, Sue Mitchell, Dave Schaeffer, and co-founder Dave Bany at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Women in Racing exhibit."
Dec 12, 2016

World of Speed opens new exhibit honoring local women in drag…

by Jeff Zurschmeide
The exhibit focuses on four women drag racers with ties to Portland. Sue Mitchell, Kacee Pitts, Angelle Sampey, and Peggy Llewellyn are all featured with photographs, biographical information…
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMIEDE - The 2017 Subaru Impreza is available as a good looking sedan. All versions come with still come standard with the company's all-wheel-drive system, a plus for the Pacific Northwest.
Dec 11, 2016

All-new 2017 Subaru Impreza is a game changer

by Jeff Zurschmeide
When you drive the Impreza, you'll notice that the car corners like a sports car, and if you happen to hit a bump in the corner, the shock does not travel back through the steering wheel at all.…
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - The redesigned 2017 Buick LaCrosse is a return to the days when General Motors made affordable full size luxury cars.
Dec 09, 2016

Test Drive: 2017 Buick LaCrosse

by Jim Redden
Who says they don't build cars like they used to? The 2017 Buick LaCrosse is an unexpected but welcome return to the days when General Motors offered more affordable versions of its most…
Dec 09, 2016

Average fuel economy of U.S. autos remains steady

by Jeff Zurschmeide
The University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute has released a report stating that the average EPA-estimated combined city/highway fuel economy of new vehicles sold in the U.S. in…
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - The 2017 Nissan Pathfinder is a good looking mid-size crossover SUV with room for seven and a real four-wheel-drive system, making it perfect the Pacific Northwest.
Dec 06, 2016

2017 Nissan Pathfinder delivers confident winter performance

by Jeff Zurschmeide
Of course, the Pathfinder comes with optional 4WD, but it's not the standard always-on system that most compact crossovers use. This is real 4WD that you control with a dial on the console.
CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Bryon Borntrager, Warn Industries' Engineering Manager and WECIP member, presented Debra Mason, Executive Director at the Clackamas Service Center, the check for $11,086 on Nov. 16.
Dec 06, 2016

Warn Industries employees donates to Clackamas-based Charity

by Jim Redden
Some of the services provided by the Clackamas Service Center to hundreds of individuals and families each month include emergency food boxes, hot lunches, evening meals, clothing, medical and…
COURTESY TOYOTA - The 2017 Toyota Corolla iM is a styling small car that's fun to drive and easy on the wallet.
Dec 02, 2016

Test drive: 2017 Toyota Corolla iM

by Jim Redden
Starting at under $19,000, the 2017 Toyota Corolla iM hatchback is a lot of fun for the money, especially when equipped with the six-speed manual transmission. The angular styling looks great,…
PORTLAND TRIBUNE : JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - The plug-in hybrid version of the Chrylser Pacifica can travel about 33 miles on elecricity alone before converting over to a convention hybrid mode.
Dec 01, 2016

Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivan exceeds expected EPA fuel…

by Jeff Zurschmeide
Fiat-Chrysler announced today that the recently released 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivan has exceeded its expected EPA fuel economy ratings, and has earned an 84 MPGe rating when used in…
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - The 2017 Toyota Corolla %oth Anniversary Special Edition model features a more aggressive front end that is somewhat at odds with the family friendly nature of the popular compact.
Nov 29, 2016

Test Drive: 2017 Toyota Corolla 50th Anniversary Special Edition

by Jeff Zurschmeide
The most expensive Corolla with the best optional infotainment package can be purchased for just $24,497 right now. That's a short hop from the most basic model at $19,365, so there's very…
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - The mid-size Chrysler 200 is a lot of car for the money, with impressive safety rating, the choice of a four- or six-cylinder engine, and available all-wheel-drive.
Nov 27, 2016

2016 Chrysler 200 is worth one last hurrah

by Jeff Zurschmeide
If you're in the market for a mid-size sedan, one car you should definitely have on your test drive list is the Chrysler 200. First of all, you'll get a lot for your money.