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GENERAL MOTORS CORP. - Trust me, red really isn't necessary for calling attention to yourself in the new Corvette.
July 31, 2015

2015 Chevy Corvette: Best of all worlds

by Jim Redden
My test 2015 Corvette Z51 had an Eco mode and a 200 mph speedometer. What kind of message does that send — that it's the perfect car for those worried about their carbon footprint while shattering the speed limit? Actually, it means the…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: JOHN M. VINCENT - Only massive alloy wheels make the statement that this isn't just an ordinary Golf. The Golf R features a clean design that doesn't depart significantly from mainstream Golf models.
July 30, 2015

VW brings stealthy performance with Golf R

by John M. Vincent
Over the past couple of years, VW has rolled out a whole array of Golfs. There’s the uber-efficient TDI diesel, the versatile Sportwagen, the sporty GTI and even a pure electric E-Golf. Now there’s a high performance model. We’ll just refer to the…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: JOHN M. VINCENT - Larry Nannini (center) of Colma, Cal. receives the Best in Show award from presenters Donald Osborne (left) and Keith Martin. Nannini's 1934 Packard 1104 Super 8 sport phaeton is one of only three of the type believed to still exist.
July 29, 2015

1934 Packard takes Forest Grove Concours honors

by John M. Vincent
While much of the region sweltered, visitors to this year’s Forest Grove Concours d’Elegance spent a day in the shade at Pacific University, eyeing some of the West Coast’s finest classic cars. Topping them all with the Best in Show award was a 1934…
July 16, 2015

Upcoming car events

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 (8th and Main), Vancouver (136 and Mill Plain). No entry fee, all cars…
TOYOTA MOTOR SALES, USA, INC. - The exterior styling of the 2015 Lexus RC350 F Sport attracts a lot of attention, for all the right reasons.
July 24, 2015

2015 Lexus RC350 F Sport: Good looks, good performance

by Jim Redden
Lexus, the upscale arm of Toyota, has been building its performance image in recent years with "F Sport" versions of various models. With the 2015 Lexus RC350 F Sport, the company has hit the bullseye. A surprisingly large number of strangers asked…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: JOHN M. VINCENT - The Maxima's in-your-face design might not be for everyone, but it's expressive of the sedan's sporting intentions. The 2016 sits lower, but is 2.2 inches longer than the outgoing model.
July 23, 2015

Curvy Maxima bridges luxury gap

by John M. Vincent
There’s a lot going on with the 2016 Nissan Maxima. Beyond the aggressive, curvy bodywork is an effort by Nissan to regain the Maxima’s 4-door Sportscar street cred. Now in its eighth generation, the new Maxima works to bridge the narrow gap between…
BMW NORTH AMERICA - Yes, those are four doors on the 2015 MINI Cooper. But the bigger news is the selection of engines in the line up.
July 03, 2015

2015 MINI Cooper 4 door: Fun in a small package

by Jim Redden
The MINI Cooper comes in a four-door hardtop version this year. OK, so that's not the most groundbreaking announcement in the world. Although the sedan is 6.3 inches longer than the coupe, the back seat is still ridiculously small. Adding back doors…
TRIBUNE PHOTO JONATHAN HOUSE - Shane gets a hi-five from Eric Peterson of Dream Drives for Kids as he and his grandfather Derek decide which car to take for a cruise.
July 16, 2015

Dream Drives for Kids expands

by Jim Redden
The Dream Drives for Kids program that started in Portland has expanded to nine other cities across the country. Eric and Amity Peterson have recruited other exotic car owners who will visit ailing children and let them them pose for pictures in…
TRIBUNE PHOTO JOHN M. VINCENT - With its last exterior refresh, the Lexus LX 570 gained the company's signature spindle grille. Despite its age, it retains a stature, capability and quality that's hard to find in the segment.
July 15, 2015

Lexus LX570 loaded with capability

by John M. Vincent
The 2015 Lexus LX 570 has been around a long time in today’s car market. Its last minor refresh was in 2012, and it really hasn’t changed much since 2008. But it’s still a special SUV with an interesting blend of comfort and bravado, matched with…
DAIMLER AG - The 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class GLA45 AMG 4MATIC lets you know its a serious performance machine right away.
July 10, 2015

2015 GLA45 AMG: The hi-pro compact crossover

by Jim Redden
The 2015 GLA45 AMG is the latest entry in an automative niche that didn't even exist a few years ago — high performance luxury compact crossovers. In fact, luxury compact crossovers are still relatively new. Mercedes just introduced its first, 2014…

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TRIBUNE PHOTO: JOHN M. VINCENT - The 2015 Lincoln Navigator features a new front-end design with HID headlights standard. The optional Reserve package adds 22-inch wheels and automatic running boards that tuck up neatly to the quarter panels.
Jul 07, 2015

New engine breathes new life into Navigator

by John M. Vincent
You wouldn’t be wrong to consider the Lincoln Navigator the elder statesman of the Luxury SUV market. The truck-based ute hasn’t changed a bit in size or shape since 2008, but it’s been…
MCLAREN AUTOMOTIVE LIMITED - The 2015 Mclaren 650S Spider looks like it just landed from outer space, and drives like it, too.
Jul 03, 2015

McLaren 650S Spider: Day-to-day Supercar

by Jim Redden
The 2015 McLaren 650S is a two-seater Supercar that looks like a spaceship and is powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter all-aluminum V8 mounted behind the cockpit that produces a whopping 641…
COURTESY OJMCHE - The experinences of American Jews and car is the theme of a new exhibit at the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education.
Jul 03, 2015

Jewish museum features car exhibit

by Jim Redden
Historic car photos and car-related movies are featured in Auto Biography - Portraits of People With Cars through Nov. 8 at the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education, 1953 N.W.…
COURTESY WORLD OF SPEED - The engine of Jeff Gordon's 1995 NACAR Monte Carlo will be fired up on the Fourth of July at the World of Speed.
Jun 28, 2015

Big July 4 planned at World of Speed

by Jim Redden
The World of Speed is planning a loud Fourth of July. It is called "Hoods Up! Fire Up!" As part of motorsports museum's tribute to America, the hoods of all 93 cars on display will be lifted for…
GENERAL MOTORS CORPROATION - The 2015 Chevy Silverado may be more comfortable than ever, but it still looks and performs like the full-size truck it is.
Jun 26, 2015

2015 Chevy Silverado 1500 2WD: Good for work and play

by Jim Redden
Not that long ago, driving an unloaded pickup was like riding a bucking bronco, especially over pothole-filled roads. Not any more. Truck manufacturers have focused a lot of attention on…
PHOTO: PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP - The summer cruise-in season is just starting to heat up.
Jun 25, 2015

Upcoming car events

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 (8th and Main),…
PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: KYLIE WRAY - Nancy Jaksich, second from left, and other Suburban Auto Group personnel, present Guide Dogs for the Blind with a $30,050 donation at its graduation ceremony on Saturday, June 6.
Jun 25, 2015

Suburban Auto group supports guide dogs

by Jim Redden
The Suburban Auto Group has donated $30,050 to Guide Dogs for the Blind. The donation was made at the canine training group graduation on the campus in Boring on June 6. The money was raised at…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: JOHN M. VINCENT - Bold, yet cute seems like an oxymoron, but it works for the 2015 Jeep Renegade. An excellent slate of bold colors does a great job of showing off the subcompact crossover's design. Trailhawk versions be easily identified by their signature red tow hooks below the front bumper. They feature a higher ride and additional skid plating for enhanced off-road performance.
Jun 24, 2015

Renegade surprises by being a true Jeep

by John M. Vincent
I was skeptical when Jeep introduced the 2015 Renegade, touting that the subcompact crossover was going to provide the off-road prowess expected of the brand — with the price and efficiency…
NEWS-TIMES FILE PHOTO - Volunteers at the Concours d'Elegance perform a variety of scheduled jobs, from taking tickets to flipping burgers. And sometimes they are called in for unplanned task, like helping position a car with a finicky carburetor.
Jun 21, 2015

Forest Grove Concours d'Elegance seeks volunteer help

by Staff
The Rotary Club of Forest Grove is seeking volunteers to help out during the Concours d’Elegance event on Sunday, July 19. The annual classic car show is the biggest fundraising event of the…
AMERICAN HONDA MOTOR CO. INC. - The exterior of the 2016 Acura MDX is contemporary without being overly flashy.
Jun 19, 2015

2016 Acura MDX: Well-balanced family SUV

by Jim Redden
The 2016 Acura MDX was chosen Best Premium Utility Vehicle at this year's annual Mudfest outdoor vehicle competition conducted by the Northwest Automotive Press Association. As the name of the…