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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.
October 30, 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 AARP - AARP is offering both classroom and online courses to refresh and improve your driving skills.
October 30, 2014

AARP offers driving refresher course

by Jim Redden
Anyone looking to refresh their driving skills can now take an updated safety course offered by AARP — regardless of their age. The course is taught either in local classrooms or online. Those…
Photo Credit: COURTESY WORLD OF SPEED - Workers have completed the Daytona 500-themed Nascar display at the World of Speed in Wilsonville.
October 30, 2014

World of Speed and other auto news

by Jim Redden
World of Speed adds NASCAR display Work is continuing on the World of Speed, the motorsport museum and education center scheduled to open at 27490 S.W. 95th Ave. in Wilsonville on April 24,…
October 30, 2014

Upcoming car events

by Jim Redden
Cascade Cars and Coffee Saturday, Nov. 1, Cascade Station near Portland International Airport. Casual gathering for car enthusiasts, all makes and models welcome. Continues first Saturday of…
Photo Credit: COURTESY FORD MOTOR COMPANY - The all-new 2015 Ford F-150 with an all aluminum body will be a big draw at the Portland International Auto Show in February.
October 29, 2014

Trucks should be big draw at Portland Auto Show

by Jim Redden
Trucks were big news at the recent Seattle Auto Show — and they should be at the Portland show in early February. The annual Seattle show, held Oct. 15-19 this year, is always one of the…
Photo Credit: DOUG BERGER - The 2015 Nissan GT-R in Central Oregon during the 2014 Run to the Sun organized by the Northwest Automotive Press Association.
October 24, 2014

2015 Nissan GT-R: The ultimate factory tuner

by Jim Redden
The 2015 Nissan GT-R is a pain in the ass. By that I mean, the optional Recaro seats that came in my test car are built for a skinny teenager, which I'm not. But they are consistent with…
Photo Credit: DOUG BERGER/NWAPA - A 2014 Rolls Royce Wraith cuts through Central Oregon during this year's Run to the Sun, organized by the Northwest Automotive Press Association.
October 17, 2014

2014 Rolls Royce Wraith: How the .01 percent live

by Jim Redden
Admit it, how often have you asked yourself, is a Rolls Royce really that much better than any other luxury car? Anyone interested in automobiles has heard the mantra over the years. Hand built…
October 16, 2014

2015 Portland International Auto Show and other news

by Jim Redden
Auto show set for Feb. 5-8 The 2015 Portland International Auto Show has been set for the Oregon Convention Center from Thursday, Feb. 5, to Sunday, Feb. 8 The annual show, which is produced by…
October 15, 2014

F-150 test drives at Landmark Ford Lincoln

by Jim Redden
Landmark Ford Lincoln in Tigard offering test drives of the all-new Ford F-150 pickup well before it goes on sale. Ford is bringing several 2015 F-150s to a "Drive the Future of Tough" event…
Photo Credit: DOUG BERGER/NWAPA - The hot little Ford Fiesta ST in Central Oregon during the 2014 Run to the Sun event held by the Northwest Automotive Press Associaion.
October 15, 2014

2014 Ford Fiesta ST puts fun in subcompact package

by John M. Vincent
For some carmakers, creating a “performance” model doesn’t entail much more than adding some graphics, slightly tweaking the suspension, and creating a sportier interior. Not so for with Ford.…

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Oct 16, 2014

Herzog-Meier Auto Group remodel finished

by Jim Redden
The Herzog-Meier Auto Group has completed an extensive remodeling project to create separate identities for its three lines of cars — Volvo, Mazda and Volkswagen. All three brands now have their…
Oct 15, 2014

Four Fall Car Care tips

by Car Care Council
October is Fall Car Care Month. Why not take a little time to be make sure your vehicle is ready for the harsh winter weather ahead? Taking a few simple steps now can save you the headaches and…
Oct 15, 2014

Upcoming auto events

by Jim Redden
2014 Seattle Auto Show Wednesday, Oct. 15 - Sunday, Oct 19, CenturyLink Field Event Center, 1000 Occidental South, Seattle. Close to 500 of the 2015 makes/models of import and domestic vehicles…
Photo Credit: DOUG BERGER/NWAPA - The 2015 Mercedes C400 during the recent Run to the Sun event organized by the Northwest Automotive Press Association.
Oct 10, 2014

2015 Mercedes-Benz C400: The "Baby Benz" grows up

by Jim Redden
Midsize luxury sport sedans are now the rage for those with small families and a little extra spending money. All high-end manufacturers offer a well-equipped sporty midsize, and so do some…
Photo Credit: JOHN M. VINCENT - The 2015 Hyundai Genesis is a value-packed entry-level luxury car that doesn't leave you wanting more. It is shown here in the historic Central Oregon town of Shaniko.
Oct 03, 2014

2015 Hyundai Genesis: Luxury sedan bargain

by Jim Redden
If you don't think the words "Hyundai" and "luxury sedan" go together, think again. The 2015 Hyindai Genesis is giving high-end German automotive manufacturers are serious run for their money.…
Photo Credit: DOUG BERGER/NWAPA - The new Kia K900 during the recent Run to  the Sun event organized by the Northwest Automotive Press Association.
Sep 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
Sep 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.
Sep 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.
Sep 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.
Sep 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…