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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.
August 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. In 2015 Americans bought 429,355 Camrys. The second…
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.
August 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 and pollution reduction. Chevrolet has been a leader in…
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.
August 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 system, and not even wasting any gas because I was driving a…


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.
August 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 among automakers to bring you the best possible vehicle…
August 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 nameplate in the J.D. Power 2016 Automotive Performance,…
August 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 Main), Vancouver (136 and Mill Plain), Beaverton (Sundays -…
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.
August 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 partnering with Mazda to build this car was a smart move for…
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.
August 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 like a new model instead of a cosmetically changed…
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - The completely redesigned 2017 Buick LaCross offers everything the owner of a full-size luxury car could want, all at a very reasonable price, includng optional all-wheel-drive.
August 09, 2016

Test Drive: 2017 Buick LaCrosse

by Jeff Zurschmeide
A full-size luxury car seems like a throwback these days. But while most buyers are shopping for compact and mid-size SUVs, some really excellent luxury sedans are coming to market. Leading the charge is the all-new 2017 Buick LaCrosse. This car…
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE  - The basic Sprinter is available in short or long
wheelbase, with three cargo box lengths and roof heights. Several designs of roof racks are optional. Sprinter expects to grow U.S. sales dramatically in coming years, and has broken ground on a new assembly plant in North Charleston, South Carolina. The plant is expected to employ 1,300 people.
August 08, 2016

Mercedes-Benz Sprinter: Made for the working day

by Jeff Zurschmeide
Mercedes-Benz has been making diesel trucks in one form or another since 1923, and the tough markets of Europe and America have helped shape the current generation of Mercedes working vehicles — including the full-size Sprinter and the compact…
MITSUBISHI MOTOR SALES OF NORTH AMERICA - The proportions of the 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 are a little odd, but compared to the 2015 version, it's a stunner with decent back seat room.
August 05, 2016

Test Drive: 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 SE

by Jim Redden
Here’s a pleasant surprise — the 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage is significantly improved over the first version. Although far from the best subcompact on the market, it is now worth seriously considering if you’re in the market for a small car and cost is…
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - Nissan has upped its game in the full-size truck market with the completely overhauled 2017 Titan XD.
August 04, 2016

Test Drive: 2016 Nissan Titan XD

by Jeff Zurschmeide
The current trend in pickup trucks is to go big. The mid-size trucks of today are the same size as the full-size trucks of about 15 years ago, across the board. And the full-size trucks have gotten that much larger as well. Consumers want a big…
August 03, 2016

Upcoming car events: Aug. 3-Sept. 4

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 (136 and Mill Plain), Beaverton (Sundays -…
COURTESY LYNN ST. JAMES - Lyn St. James will speak about her Indianapolis 500 racing career and the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 in Wilsonville on Saturday, Aug.13.
August 08, 2016

Indy 500's Lyn St. James to visit World of Speed

by Jeff Zurschmeide
Seven-time Indianapolis 500 racer Lyn St. James will make an appearance at Wilsonville’s World of Speed at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 13. St. James will be on hand to speak about her experience racing at Indy, and the significance of this year’s 100th…
AMERICAN HONDA MOTOR COMPANY - The styling of the 2016 Acura TLX is attractive but conservative, even when equipped with the optional 3.5-liter V6 and Super Handling-All Wheel Drive system - a sleeper for grownups.
July 22, 2016

Test Drive: Acura TLX 3.5 SH-AWD

by Jim Redden
In TV commercials, drivers race midsize luxury sedans down deserted city streets or along twisty mountain roads, snapping off quick gear changes with steering wheel mounted paddle shifters. In the real world, mothers and fathers drive them to and…

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PORTTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - Despite the changes over the years, you can always tell a Corvette at a glance, and the 2017 Grand Sport edition is no exception.
Jul 29, 2016

Test Drive: 2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport

by Jeff Zurschmeide
For well over 60 years, the Chevrolet Corvette has been America’s sports car. Chevrolet doesn’t even need to put a name badge on the car — you can recognize a Corvette from a block away. Other…
Jul 31, 2016

Upcoming car events: July 28-Sept. 4

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…
COURTESY PHOTO - Jerry Grant won the first Rose Cup race in 1961. For years, the Rose Cup Races were held during the peak weeks of the Rose Festival.
Jul 27, 2016

It's a new era revving up for Portland's Rose Cup races

by Jeff Zurschmeide
Auto racers start their engines with Friends of PIR at the wheel The first Rose Cup Races took place in Portland in the summer of 1961, and for 55 years the event has attracted amateur and…
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - The basic 2016 Toyota Tacoma has been redesigned to look more like the off-road version, whick is boldly styled.
Jul 24, 2016

2016 Toyota Tacoma: Lot of truck for the money

by Jeff Zurschmeide
Toyota has been the leader of the import truck market since the 1970s, and they show no signs of relinquishing that spot. The mid-size Toyota Tacoma is built on a long history, yet it’s a fully…
HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY - Hyundai's current 'Fluidic Sculpture 2.0' design language resulted in a 2106 Tucson that looks both purposeful and sporty.
Jul 22, 2016

Test Drive: 2016 Hyundai Tucson Limited AWD

by Jim Redden
The small crossover market is evolving so fast, it’s hard to keep up. Compact crossovers that hold five, get good gas mileage, and offer many of the advantages of larger SUVs are all the rage…
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - Green cars were tested at Drive Revolution at the World Trade Center in Portland on July 19.
Jul 21, 2016

Green cars win awards at Drive Revolution

by Jeff Zurschmeide
The Northwest Automotive Press Association selected the 2017 Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid vehicle as the 2016 Northwest Green Vehicle of the Year earlier this week. The competition was part of…
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE
 - The all-new 2017 Infiniti QX30 successfully bridges the gap between a sporty car and a crossover, with striking looks, a powerful engine and a customized steering and suspenion settings.
Jul 18, 2016

2017 Infiniti QX30 is a true Crossover vehicle

by Jeff Zurschmeide
Infiniti is offering an all-new luxury compact crossover for 2017 called the QX30. This vehicle was co-developed with Mercedes-Benz, and Benz offers their version as the GLA. To differentiate,…
DANIELLE KLOCK - Sarah Heinicke, Lloyd EcoDistrict and state Rep. Lew Frederick (House District 43) cut the ribbon while (Lfrom left to right) Tawna Sanchez (House District 43 candidate), Scott Bolton (Pacific Power), Jon Cerino (ChargePoint) and Jeff Allen (Drive Oregon) look on.
Jul 18, 2016

New EV fast charger installed at Lloyd Center

by Jim Redden
Electric vehicle owners have a new place to recharge in Portland with the installation of one of ChargePoint’s latest DC Fast EV Charging Station at the Lloyd Center. It is located on the second…
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - The all-electric 2016 Volswagen E-Golf looks almost the same as the gas version, and is just as much fun to drive.
Jul 17, 2016

A New Favorite: 2016 Volkswagen E-Golf SEL Premium

by Jeff Zurschmeide
I have a new favorite electric car, and it’s the 2016 Volkswagen E-Golf. It’s easy to explain why it’s my new favorite. The E-Golf combines the fuel-saving benefits of an electric car with the…
AMERICAN HONDA MOTOR COMPANY - The redesigned 2016 Honda Civic coupe moves back to the top of the compact car class.
Jul 15, 2016

Test Drive: 2016 Honda Civic 1.5T Coupe

by Jim Redden
When Honda dropped the hybrid and condensed natural gas versions of the Civic, it seemed the Japanese automaker had given up on offering a special high mileage version of its popular compact. As…
Jul 14, 2016

Upcoming car events: July 14-Sept. 4

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…
NEWS-TIMES PHOTO: RYAN LACKEY - Worth a cool $1 million, Kevin Blount's gull-wing Mercedes attracted a lot of attention at Cars & Coffee Saturday. But it doesn't sit in the garage -- Blount says he won't buy a car he won't drive.
Jul 13, 2016

Wilsonville 'Cars & Coffee' meet-up a sneak peek of Concours…

by Ryan Lackey
There's a certain language shared among collectors, whether the items in question are stamps, coins, baseball cards — or cars. Sought-after additions to collections are “Holy Grails” or “White…
COURTESY TONKIN FAMILY

 - The late Ron Tonkin behind the wheel of his Ferrari 330 GTS.
Jul 13, 2016

Ferrari display set for July 16 in Portland

by Jim Redden
The public will be able to see a large collection of rare Ferrari sport cars from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 16, at Pioneer Courthouse Square. Rides in a Ferrari California T will…
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - Monte Shelton in his Porsche 962 at the Rose Cup race in 2006.
Jul 12, 2016

Monte Shelton: Concours d'Elegance honoree for 2016

by Martin Rudow
The 44th Annual Forest Grove Concours d’Elegance will be held on the campus of Pacific University in Forest Grove on Sunday, July 17. It will honor Portland auto dealer and race Monte Sheltonm…
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - The completely redesigned 2017  Audi Q7 is the perfect family vehicle for the Pacific Northwest.
Jul 12, 2016

The Family Audi: 2017 Audi Q7 SUV

by Jeff Zurschmeide
Audi is known primarily for creating amazing sports cars and for their pioneering work in developing some of the best All-Wheel-Drive systems on the market. But it seems there may now be a third…