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VOLKSWAGEN AG - Larger wheels and some exterior trim pieces are about the only obvious signs that R version of the 2016 Volkwagen Golf is a totally different animal than the basic economy model.
June 24, 2016

Test Drive: 2016 Volkswagen Golf R

by Jim Redden
When it comes to compact, turbocharged, all-wheel-drive cars, there are two ways to go. One is the attention-grabbing Boy Racer approach of the Subaru WRX, which practically invented the category of the street-legal rally car. The other is the…
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE  - Mecum Auctions will come back to Portland next year after a successful Father's Day weekend at the Expo Center.
June 23, 2016

Mecum Auctions a big hit, will return next year

by Jim Redden
Mecum Auctions sold $9.3 million worth of custom and collectable cars and trucks at their first-ever auction at the Portland Expo Center on June 17 and 18. The auction was so successful, Mecum will do it again next year on June 16 and 17. “The…
June 23, 2016

Kar Kalendar: June 23-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). No entry fee, all…


June 22, 2016

Millennials not anti-car after all

by Jim Redden
Contrary to convention wisdom, millennials are buying cars after all, according to a recent study by Lending Tree, an online loan marketplace. And the numbers are increasing. The survey of car-loan requests found the percent made by…
June 21, 2016

Buyers looking for better mileage

by Jim Redden
As gas prices have begun rising, consumers are starting to buy more fuel efficient vehicles. Although gas prices are still relatively low, the AAA says average prices increased 17 cents a gallon to above $2.37 nationally in May. Motorists apparently…
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE
 - Jaguar's first crossover - the 2017 F-Pace - makes a bold statement in the luxury SUV market.
June 20, 2016

2017 Jaguar F-Pace sets the luxury SUV standard

by Jeff Zurschmeide
Jaguar has been making performance cars for almost 100 years, but until now they’ve never made an SUV. After driving the all-new 2017 Jaguar F-Pace, it’s clear that Jaguar took the time to get everything exactly right. The F-Pace team brought in…
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - The 2017 Jaguar XE looks like you expect - a smaller version of a stylish Jaguar sedan, complte wth the trademark grill.
June 19, 2016

2017 Jaguar XE: The house cat that roars

by Jeff Zurschmeide
Jaguar makes some of the finest performance and luxury cars on the market, but the brand needed an affordable entry-level luxury car — and that’s why Jaguar has brought out the all-new XE, a compact four-door sedan designed to compete with…
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - A 1964 Pontiac GTO goes up for sale at Mecum Auctions at the Portland Expo Center.
June 19, 2016

Auto enthusiasts turn out for Mecum Auctions

by Jeff Zurschmeide
Hundreds of classic and collector cars crossed the auction block on Friday and Saturday at the first-ever Mecum Auctions in Portland. Mecum Auctions bills itself as the world's largest collector car auction. The event was held at the Portland Expo…
BMW NORTH AMERICA - The 2016 BMW 340i is one of the best luxury sport sedans on the market.
June 17, 2016

Test Drive: 2016 BMW 340i

by Jim Redden
BMW practically invented the concept of the sport sedan, the family car that's seriously fun to drive. Today, many manufacturers offer upscale four door cars with powerful engines, available manual transmissions, sport tuned suspensions and other…
June 16, 2016

Kar Kalendar: June 18-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). No entry fee, all…
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - The all new 2017 S90 is Volvo's most serious entry into the luxury performance sedan market, and it succeeds on all levels.
June 14, 2016

Test Drive: 2017 Volvo S90

by Jeff Zurschmeide
Volvo has always made cars for smart buyers in search of value, safety, and reliability. But now the engineers from Sweden have delivered a unique mid-size S90 sedan to rival the performance and luxury of the Germans and the premium Asian brands.…
NISSAN MOTORS CORPORATION, USA - The 2016 Nissan Sentra is one of the better looking compacts today, especially with the SR package.
June 10, 2016

Test Drive: 2016 Nissan Sentra SR

by Jim Redden
I had driven the 2016 Nissan Sentra for about a day before I took a close look at the factory build sheet and did a double take over the price. Not because it was so high, which sometimes happens, but because it was so low. By the time I checked out…
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - The compact 2016 Jeep Cherokee can be ordered with a heavy duty Overland package for serious off-road driving.
June 08, 2016

2016 Jeep Cherokee ready for anything

by Jeff Zurschmeide
If you’re looking for a capable four-wheel-drive vehicle, Jeep is probably the first brand that comes to mind. When the Cherokee was introduced in 1974, it was the first vehicle ever described as a “Sport Utility.” Jeep literally invented the…
June 08, 2016

Nonprofit Ride Connection program praised

by Helen Kerschner, Ph.D.
Take a moment to consider the role mobility plays in your life and your ability to connect to the world around you because of it. Whether it’s a quick trip to the grocery store, or your daily commute to work, mobility helps life happen — and…
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - The California Special package for the 2016 Ford Mustang GT includes a special spoiler and tape stripe. The option for the Mustang started back in the 1960s.
June 07, 2016

Test Drive: 2016 Ford Mustang GT California Special

by Jeff Zurschmeide
Many classic car enthusiasts believe that the golden era of the muscle car happened in the late 1960s and into the early 1970s, before emissions controls choked the strength out of American V8 engines. But if you look at the sports cars coming out…

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PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - Lexus has taken sleek styling to a whole new level withe 2016 IS 200t. And it drives even better than it looks.
Jun 05, 2016

Test Drive: 2016 Lexus IS 200t

by Jeff Zurschmeide
When people think of Lexus, they typically think of a top-tier luxury car, but they don’t generally think of a world-class performance sport-compact. The Lexus IS lineup may be the best-kept…
AUDI PRESS AG - Despite its small size, the 2016 Audi Q3 resembles the company's larger Q5 and Q7 crossovers.
Jun 03, 2016

Test Drive: 2016 Audi Q3

by Jim Redden
Luxury subcompact. Now there's an automotive category to wrap your head around. Subcompact cars were originally marketed as less expensive, more fuel efficient alternatives to larger vehicles.…
Jun 01, 2016

Millions more vehicles recalled for airbag defects

by Jim Redden
The troubled Takata Corporation of Japan has dramatically expanded its recall of defective airbag components. The affected airbags may deploy with too much force, pushing metal fragments into…
May 30, 2016

Upcoming car events

by Redden, Jim
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 WORLD OF SPEED  - This 1948 Kurtis Kraft driven by Mack Hellings and 1995 Reynard driven by Parker Johnstone are just two of the Indy Car on display at the World of Speed beginning June 10.
May 27, 2016

Historic Indy Cars to be displayed at World of Speed

by Jim Redden
In celebration of the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500, the World of Speed will host a special display of six decades of historic Indy Cars, beginning on June 10. The 30 cars at the “Heroes…
TOYOTA MOTOR SALES USA - A bolder front fascia is the most significant styling change on the 2016 Toyotas RAV4, the compact crossover that created the market niche.
May 27, 2016

Test Drive: 2016 Toyota RAV4

by Jim Redden
The Toyota RAV4 may be the most influential motor vehicle in the last 20 years. If that sounds like an overstatement, consider that the RAV4 was the first compact crossover sold in America.…
COURTESY TOYOTA - Osamu Nagata, Executive Vice President of Toyota Motor North America, with Elaine Wells, Executive Director of Ride Connection. Toyota is supporting the regional transportation service for seniors and peoplke with disabilities.
May 27, 2016

Toyota donates $5,000 to Ride Connection

by Jeff Zurschmeide
A regional nonprofit organization that helps seniors and people with disabilities get around received $5,000 from the Toyota Motor company last week. Ride Connection received the funds to help…
MAZDA NORTH AMERICAN OPERATIONS - The 2016 Mazda3 is one of the best lookng copacts on the market, thanks to the company's current KODO - Soul of Motion design philosophy.
May 27, 2016

Test Drive: 2016 Mazda3

by Jim Redden
Aside from dropping the base SV trim level and adding more standard features, Mazda engineer did not make many changes to the Mazda3. And why should they? The compact epitomizes everything good…
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - The 2016 BMW X1 is taller, wider and more aggressive looking than last year's model. It only comes with the company's sophisticated iDrive all-wheel-drive system.
May 24, 2016

2016 BMW X1: Good Things Come in Small Packages

by Jeff Zurschmeide
BMW is an acknowledged leader in the premium subcompact SUV market, offering performance and luxury in a capable AWD package. BMW has sold about 62,000 of their X1 crossovers since the model…
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - The exterior styyling on the 2016 Mazda CX-9 is crisp and bold, in keeping the Japanese carmarker's corporate design standards.
May 23, 2016

2016 Mazda CX-9: Better by design

by Jeff Zurschmeide
The new 2016 Mazda CX-9 is coming to market rather late. The all-new mid-size SUV will arrive in dealerships in June, just in time to compete with the 2017 models from other brands. But don’t…
HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY - The 2017 Hyundai Elantra is one of the best looking compacts on the road today.
May 20, 2016

Hyundai Elantra and Sonata Plug-in Hybrid: Two shades of green

by Jim Redden
Cheap gas is challenging automakers who must meet ever-increasing government fuel economy standards. With the price of petrol under $2 a gallon (not counting taxes) in some parts of the county,…
COURTESY MECUM AUCTIONS - This classic Chevrolet muscle car will be auctioned at the Portland Expo Center on June 17-18.
May 16, 2016

Mecum Automobile Auction coming to Portland

by Jeff Zurschmeide
The world’s largest collector car auction company is holding its first sale in Portland next month. Mecum Auctions expects about 600 classic and collectible automobiles and motorcycles to be…
NWAPA/VINNIE NGUYEN - The 2016 Volvo XC60 T6 AWD Drive-E handled both on-road and off-road tracks at Mudfest 2016 with ease.
May 13, 2016

Test Drive: 2016 Volvo XC60 T6 AWD Drive-E

by Jim Redden
The 2016 Volvo XC60 T6 AWD Drive-E was recently named Best Premium Outdoor Activity Vehicle by the Northwest Automotive Press Association. The award came after two days of testing on paved and…
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - The exterior of the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class is more aerodynamic than the boxier GLK-Class that it replaces.
May 13, 2016

Test Drive: 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC300

by Jeff Zurschmeide
Mercedes-Benz has come a long way with their SUV line, and in particular with the evolution of the 2016 GLC300 crossover. This is the successor to the popular GLK crossover, which was already a…
May 13, 2016

Subaru recalls 2016-2017 Legacy and Outback

by Redden, Jim
Subaru has issued a recall on certain 2016-2017 Legacy and Outback vehicles for a flaw in the steering column construction. Subaru has stopped selling affected vehicles as of May 9, and is…