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Photo Credit: DOUG BERGER/NWAPA - The new Kia K900 during the recent Run to  the Sun event organized by the Northwest Automotive Press Association.
September 26, 2014

2015 Kia K900: Ready to challenge the world

by Jim Redden
The all-new, full-size 2015 Kia K900 sedan is long and sleek, like a Jaguar. It has a big mesh grill, like a Jaguar. It has a 5.0-liter V8, like a Jaguar. It has a leather interior and other…
Photo Credit: COURTESY MAZDA - The next generation Mazda MX-5 Miati
September 25, 2014

Next Maxda MX-5 Miata unveiled

by John M. Vincent
In a flashy multi-city event headlined by the 1980s rock band Duran Duran, Mazda unveiled the fourth generation MX-5 Miata roadster. The ruby-red sports car was rolled onto a stage at Monterey,…
Photo Credit: TRIBUNE PHOTO JOHN M. VINCENT - The 2015 Chevy SS is a genuine high performance car disguised as a family sedan.
September 24, 2014

Chevy SS: A new American icon

by Jim Redden
With the all-new Chevy SS, General Motors has recreated a classic American icon — the conventional looking family car with a powerful V8 engine that is a blast to drive. Nicknamed the…
Photo Credit: TRIBUNE PHOTO JOHN M. VINCENT - The variety of cars being produce these days is amazing, including the BMW i8 in the foreground of this picture from the 2014 Run to the Sun.
September 24, 2014

Cars shine in 2014 Run to the Sun

by Jim Redden
Cars are enjoying record sales around the world. More than 72 million cars are expected to be sold in 2014 — a dramatic increase from the fewer than 50 million a year sold during the Great…
Photo Credit: TRIBUNE PHOTO JAIME VALDEZ - Ed Tonkin and his son Brad at their remodeled Ron Tonkn Chevrolet dealership.
September 24, 2014

Dealers complete remodeling projects

by Jim Redden
A number of local car dealers have remodeled their facilities since the economy began improving. Some of the projects were so-called image upgrades required by manufacturers. Others were done to…
September 24, 2014

Fuel economy ratings up

by Jim Redden
The fuel economy of personal vehicles bought in America is at an all-time high. The average EPA rating of the cars, truck, SUVs and vans bought in August was 25.8 miles per gallon, according to…
September 24, 2014

Hyundai announces reward program

by Jim Redden
Like grocery stores, hotels and airlines, carmaker Hyundai has joined the ranks of companies offering to reward your loyalty with discounts on a future purchase. Points are earned by servicing…
September 24, 2014

Blink changes charging prices

by John M. Vincent
Car Charging Group has changed how they bill EVs to recharge at their Blink public charging stations. From now on, owners will be billed on the amount of energy their EV consumes instead of the…
Photo Credit: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY - The exterior of the 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport is crisp and slightly aggressive looking.
September 19, 2014

2014 Santa Fe Sport: Just don't call it a station wagon

by Jim Redden
The 2014 Santa Fe Sport is a prime example of why there aren't many station wagons being made anymore. Hyundai's compact, five-passenger crossover is basically a station wagon disguised as a…
Photo Credit: COURTESY PORTLAND PARKS & RECREATION - E.C. Mueller, the new manager of Portland International Raceway.
September 17, 2014

New Portland International Raceway manager named

by Jim Redden
Portland Parks & Recreation announced a new manager for Portland International Raceway on Wednesday. He is E.C. Mueller, a marketing executive with ties to the motor sports industry. He has…

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Photo Credit: JOHN M. VINCENT - Athletic is the best word to describe the look of the newest Mercedes-Benz C-Class. The long hood and high beltline work together to give the sedan an almost coupe-like appearance.
Sep 25, 2014

Baby Benz now Mercedes sales king

by John M. Vincent
When first introduced, the Mercedes model now known as the C-Class was the smallest in the lineup, earning it the nickname “Baby Benz.” For 2015 the Baby Benz is all grown-up, touting all of the…
Photo Credit: JOHN M. VINCENT - With an aggressive look and stance, the 2015 Lexus NX 200t F-Sport takes on an appearance more like the IS sports sedan than any Lexus SUV.
Sep 12, 2014

Lexus to enter compact SUV market

by John M. Vincent
Lexus was a pioneer in the luxury crossover market with the still-popular RX model. Over time the RX has gotten bigger, moving from a relatively compact footprint well into the midsize SUV…
Photo Credit: COURTESY TONKIN FAMILY - Ron Tonkin with his grandson Adam at the former Gran Turismo showroom.
Sep 10, 2014

Ron Tonkin to be honored as new Gran Turismo dealership opens

by Jim Redden
The late Ron Tonkin will be honored at the prestigious annual Festival of Cars scheduled for Sept. 13 in Bend. Ron, founder of the Ron Tonkin Family of Dealerships, passed away in January. The…
Photo Credit: JOHN M. VINCENT - The 3.0-liter EcoDiesel under the hood in the Ram 1500 pickup is shared with the Jeep Grand Cherokee.
Sep 10, 2014

Diesel is no longer a dirty word

by John M. Vincent
Diesel vehicles were once known for clouds of sooty black smoke, engine clatter and anemic performance. Times have changed, with the newest models offering impressive performance, a driving…
Sep 10, 2014

CarMax donates to playground, nonprofits

by Jim Redden
CarMax donates to playground, nonprofits CarMax has announced it will invest approximately $85,000 into building a playground in Portland's Cully neighborhood as part of the opening of two new…
Sep 10, 2014

Portland among greenest EV cities

by Jim Redden
Portland a top green town for EVs Portland is one of the best cities in the country to own an electric vehicle for those concerned about their overall carbon footprint. According to a study…
Sep 10, 2014

Upcoming car shows

by Jim Redden
ET Drags and Beaches Cruise-in Wednesday, Sept. 10, 4 p.m., Portland International Raceway, 1940 N. Victory Blvd., Portland. ET drag racing on the 1/8th mile track plus 1,000 hot rods, show cars…
Photo Credit: MITSUBISHI MOTORS - Despite it's unconventional looks, the Mitsubishi MiEV is a real car and now the cheapest all-electrric car in America.
Aug 21, 2014

2014 Mitsubishi MiEV: Bargain basement electric car

by Jim Redden
It's almost hard to write a serious review of a car that looks as silly as the MiEV. With its bulbous cab and skinny tires, Mitsubishi's tiny all-electric car appears to have escaped from a…
Photo Credit: MITSUBISHI MOTORS - The 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander sports a new aggressive grill  and available GT package.
Aug 29, 2014

2015 Mitsubishi Outlander: Value-packed crossover

by Jim Redden
It's seemed like Mitsubishi's days in America were numbered just a few years ago. At the height of the Great Recession, officials with the Japanese auto manufacturer were quoted as saying the…
Photo Credit: TRIBUNE PHOTO BY JAIME VALDEZ - Bob Lanphere Sr. and Bob Lanphere Jr. with some of the motorcycles and cars stores at company's original Honda dealership in Beaverton.
Aug 27, 2014

Lanphere celebrates 50th Anniversary

by Jim Redden
Seated in his office in the modest company headquarters along Broadway Avenue in Beaverton, Bob Lanphere can hardly believe the career he's led that led Honda America to give him a longevity…