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VOLKSWAGEN OF AMERICA - With its clean lines and aggressive stance, the 2016 Volkswagen Passat is a smart looking German road car. And it's affordable, too.
September 23, 2016

Test Drive: 2016 Volkswagen Passat

by Jim Redden
Volkswagen is not getting enough credit for the good engines it produces. Yes, we’re all aware of the diesel engine emissions scandal. The guilty should be punished, of course. But one reason it’s such a big deal is, the offending diesel engines…
COURTESY SUE LASZLO  - Lans and his son Lansing Stout will be racing together at the Sports CAr Club of America National Championships this coming weekend,
September 20, 2016

Father and son to compete at SCCA National Championships

by Jeff
Every year, several hundred amateur auto racers pack up their cars and their tools and head for the Sports Car Club of America national championship races. This year, those races are being held far from the Portland area at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car…
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - The 2017 Volvo V60 Cross Country has more ground clearance than the regular wagon, which is an advantage off road, but drives about the same on paved streets, which means it handles well.
September 18, 2016

2017 Volvo V60 Cross Country strikes a balance

by Jeff Zurschmeide
Generations of loyal buyers have made Volvo one of very few automakers that can successfully sell station wagons. Now for 2017, Volvo’s latest wagon is available with a variety of options that will certainly draw some new customers to the brand. For…


NISSAN MOTORS CORPORATION USA - A midseason refresh helps the 2016 Nissan Altima stay competitive with crisper front and rear end treatments that emphasize its contemporary styling.
September 16, 2016

Test Drive: 2016 Nissan Altima SL 2.5

by Jim Redden
Nissan Chief Executive Carlos Ghosn has set an ambitious goal to get 10 percent of the North American market. That might sound impossible to achieve, considering that Nissan has historically sold fewer models than its major Japanse competitors,…
COURTESY GENERAL MOTORS CORPORATION - The 2016 Cadillac CT6 sets a high new standard for the American luxury car maker - and all the others, too.
September 16, 2016

2016 Cadillac CT6 is full scale luxury

by Jeff Zurschmeide
In the modern era, a luxury car has to offer standout performance as well as state-of-the-art technology, but it still has to be supremely comfortable while maintaining that sporty demeanor. The new Cadillac CT6 delivers all of that, and more, and…
COURTESY GENERAL MOTORS - The all-electric Chevy Bolt EV is expected to go 238 miles on a full charge. It will be on sale later this year.
September 16, 2016

Chevrolet announces 238-mile range for 2017 Bolt EV

by Jeff Zurschmeide
Chevrolet has announced that its new 2017 Bolt electric vehicle will offer an EPA-estimated 238-mile range on a full charge. “The Bolt EV is a game changer for the electric car segment and it will start to become available at Chevrolet dealerships…
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - Volvo recently unveiled its all new 2017 V90 Cross Country to automotive journalists.
September 17, 2016

Volvo unveils full-size V90 Cross Country wagon for 2017

by Jeff Zurschmeide
Volvo delivered an early look at its 2017 V90 Cross Country station wagon this week. The Cross Country is the fourth vehicle to be built on the new full-size 90-series chassis, following last year’s XC90 SUV, and the S90 sedan and V90 wagon…
COURTESY OF FIAT-CHRYSLER - 2014 Chrysler 200
September 16, 2016

Fiat-Chrysler recalls 1.4 million U.S. vehicles for safety issues

by Jeff Zurschmeide
Fiat-Chrysler has announced that it will recall about 1.4 million vehicles in the United States for repairs to ensure that the seat belt tensioners and air bags will deploy properly in a crash. The recall includes the following models: • 2010…
September 15, 2016

Auto News: Student race cars at World of Speed and more

by Jim Redden
The World of Speed is displaying two race cars built by Oregon State University students as part of the Formula SAE competition first started by the Society of Automotive Engineers in 1978. Both "mini-Indy" style cars were designed, built and raced…
September 15, 2016

Upcoming car events: Sept. 15-Jan. 29

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 (Eighth and Main), Vancouver (136th and Mill Plain), Beaverton (Sundays…
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.
September 14, 2016

2017 VW Golf Alltrack and SportWagen are made for the Northwest

by Jeff Zurschmeide
If you look around Portland and the Northwest generally, you’ll quickly notice that we like our activity vehicles. Whether that activity involves the Gorge, the coast, the mountains, or just frequent trips to the home improvement store, we like…
September 11, 2016

GM recalls late-model vehicles over airbags

by Jeff
General Motors is recalling approximately 3.64 million recently sold U.S. vehicles for airbag system defects that could prevent the front airbags from deploying. The sensing and diagnostic module (SDM) in these vehicles, which controls airbag and…
CHRYSLER LLC - The fastback four-ddoor styling of the 2016 Dodge Charge makes it one of the most distinctive fullsize sedans on the market.
September 09, 2016

Test Drive: 2016 Dodge Charger R/T Blacktop

by Jim Redden
Has any manufacturer ever gotten more out of a single car than Dodge has with the Charger? Although basically an aging (10-year-old) version of an even older concept (full-size, rear-wheel-drive American sedan), Dodge has updated the Charger so…
JAGUAR LAND ROVER - The new full-size Lnd Rover Discovery SUV will debut on Sept. 28.
September 06, 2016

Land Rover announces all-new full-size Discovery SUV

by Jim Redden
Jaguar Land Rover has announced that it will debut its all-new full-size seven-passenger Discovery SUV on Sept. 28, just prior to the Paris Motor Show. The SUV is expected to go on sale in the United States in mid-2017. The team at Land Rover…
TOYOTA MOTOR SALES USA - Toyota has improved the styling of the Corolla in recent years, and the popular compact now looks ready to go head-to-head against the newest competitors.
September 02, 2016

Test Drive: 2016 Toyota Corolla

by Jim Redden
Has it really been 50 years since Toyota first introduced the Corolla, the best selling car in the world and the model that paved the way for Japanese automakers to challenge Detroit head-to-head in America? That must be the case because Toyota has…

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Sep 01, 2016

Ford safe driving program coming to Portland Sept. 10-11

by Jim Redden
Ford Driving Skills for Life, a free hands-on training program for newly permitted and licensed drivers, is coming to Portland on Sept. 10 and 11 at the Port of Portland. According to Ford, the…
Sep 01, 2016

VW to build new mid-size SUV in America

by Jeff Zurschmeide
Volkswagen has expanded its Chattanooga, Tennesee, manufacturing center to accommodate production of a new mid-size SUV that will be formally announced later this year. Employment at the VW…
Sep 01, 2016

Hillsboro Toyota dealership to be completely remodeled

by Jim Redden
The Royal Moore Toyota Auto Dealership in Hillsboro will be completely remodeled, beginning on Tuesday, Sept. 6th. The 30-year-old building, owned by the Royal Moore Auto Group, will be…
Sep 01, 2016

Upcoming car events: Sept. 1 - Dec. 10

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 (Eighth and…
Sep 01, 2016

Car News: Lexus Eco-Challenge, self-driving cars, wireless…

by Jim Redden
Lexus Eco Challenge underway Students in grades six to 12 are invited to compete in the 10th Annual Lexus Eco Challenge for a chance to win a share of up to $500,000 in grants and scholarships.…
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE  - The 2016 Honda Civic has been redesigned to be longer, wider and a whole lot sportier looking.
Aug 28, 2016

2016 Honda Civic Touring is a good buy

by Jeff Zurschmeide
The Honda Civic is one of the best-selling compact cars in America, for good reason. Honda gives buyers excellent value for their money with the Civic, in terms of safety, reliability,…
TOYOTA MOTOR SALES USA - The Lexus LX 570 has been almost completely restyled for 2016 to better match the company's other sharply chiseled models. It is still one of the largest and most off-road capable SUVs on the market.
Aug 26, 2016

Test Drive: 2016 Lexus LX 570

by Jim Redden
There are always a few surprises when automotive journalists get together to test the off-road capabilities of outdoor activity vehicles. Usually they are found in the newest ones, like the new…
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - The sharp-looking 2016 Toyota Camry is the current version of the best selling car in the country. Buyers are attracted to long list of standard features, lengthy warranty, and high safety rating. A hybrid version (above) is also available.
Aug 23, 2016

2016 Toyota Camry offers solid value, hybrid version

by Jeff Zurschmeide
When it comes to passenger cars, there’s an undisputed champion on America’s roads. The Toyota Camry is the best-selling passenger car in America, and has taken that title every year since 2001.…
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - The 2017 Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid was chosen 2016 Northwet Green Vehicle of the Year at the Drive Revolution conference held in Portland earlier this year by the Pacific Northwest Automotive Press Association.
Aug 20, 2016

2017 Chevy Volt is Electrifying

by Jeff Zurschmeide
One of the best things about the current crop of alternative fuel vehicles on the market is that automakers are exploring and embracing different forms of innovation in pursuit of fuel economy…
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE  - The 2016 BMW X5 xDrive40e participated in the 2016 Drive Revolution conference in Portland sponsored by the Northwest Automotive Press Asociation, where it was praised as the only electrified vehicle with all-wheel-drive.
Aug 19, 2016

Test Drive: 2016 BMW X5 xDrive40e

by Jim Redden
I was crawling along in rush hour freeway traffic when the temperature topped 90 degrees. But I didn’t care. I was surrounded by the finest luxury features, listening to a dynamite stereo…
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - The 2016 VW Tiguan the compact crossover that has been flying under the radar, but offers all of the features valued in the Pacific Northwest.
Aug 18, 2016

Incentives enhance the 2016 VW Tiguan SUV

by Jeff Zurschmeide
Compact crossover SUVs are now the biggest-selling type of vehicle in the United States, surpassing the venerable mid-size sedan last year. That statistic means that there is fierce competition…
Aug 18, 2016

Car News: VW gets some good news and more

by Jim Redden
Volkswagen gets some good news After months of bad news about its diesel emissions scandal, Volkswagen has something to smile about. Last month the brand was ranked the highest non-premium…
Aug 18, 2016

Car Events: Aug. 18-Sept. 11

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 (Eighth and…
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - The styling of the 2017 Fiat 124 is inspired by the original Italian sport car, but built on the Mazda Miata chasis. The turbocharged 1.4-liter engine is unique, as are the base and optional suspensions.
Aug 17, 2016

2017 Fiat 124 Spider offers best of both worlds

by Jeff Zurschmeide
The 2017 Fiat 124 Spider is a collaboration between Fiat-Chrysler and Mazda, based on Mazda’s popular Miata sports car platform. Mazda is one of the most reliable brands on the market, so…
MITSUBISHI MOTOR SALES OF AMERICA - The 2016 Mtisubishi Sport benefits from a new 'Dynamic Shield' front end, an upgraded interior and additional sound insulation to produce a quieter ride. The company's innovative All-Wheel-Control system is also available.
Aug 12, 2016

Test Drive: 2016 Outlander Sport GT AWD

by Jim Redden
When most manufacturers “refresh” a vehicle, they usually just change the grill and the dash, rather than tackling much else. That’s not the case with the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander, which drives…