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PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - The convertible top on the 2017 Volkwagen Beetle Dune goes up and down in seconds with the touch of a button, which is essential for taking advantage of it between rain showers in the Pacific Northwest.
February 21, 2017

Test Drive: 2017 Volkswagen Beetle Dune

by Jeff Zurschmeide
If you buy the Dune, you get a really good exterior appearance package. The bumpers and air intake areas are unique to the model, as is the black rear spoiler and the LED tail lights. Inside you get special upholstery and contrast stitching. To top…
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEF ZURSCHMEIDE - Toyota has spiced up the styling and color selections for its current RAV4 compact crossover in keeping with the company new promise of no boring cars. The hybrid version gets 34 miles per gallon in the city, and 31 on the highway.
February 21, 2017

Toyota RAV4 Hybrid is a proven market leader

by Jeff Zurschmeide
On the road, the RAV4 hybrid has no bad habits. It's got enough power to keep most people happy, and you'll enjoy the visibility from sitting up higher than in a passenger car.
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - The styling of the 2017 Lexus LC 500 is just short of exotic and shows the new sports coupe means business.
February 19, 2017

2018 Lexus LC 500 puts European automakers on notice

by Jeff Zurschmeide
Every LC is built with Lexus' attention to detail, but the soul of this car is really about all-out performance and luxury. If you're shopping for a personally rewarding car, you need to visit the Lexus dealer to check out the 2018 LC 500.

JAGUAR LAND ROVER - The 2017 Jaguar F-Pace is the company's first crossover, and it competes well against other performance compact SUVs on the market.
February 17, 2017

Test Drive: 2016 Jaguar F-Pace R-Sport

by Jim Redden
The F-Pace is designed to compete against other luxury compact crossovers with performance options. It undercuts them in terms of bang for the buck by offering a more powerful V6 instead of a turbocharged 4 as the base engine.
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - Hyundai Product Manager Michael Evanoff presented the 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT at the Chicago Auto Show. The Elantra GT will be offered with a 2.0-liter powerplant makes an estimated 162 peak horsepower and a 1.6-liter turbo engine generating 201 peak horsepower.
February 13, 2017

Hyundai unveils new 2018 Elantra GT in Chicago

by Jeff Zurschmeide
On the technology side, the new Hyundai 5-doors will be available with adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane keep assistance, automatic high-beams, blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - The 2017 Ford Fusion can be ordered as a very nice basic mid-size car or an exceptional Sport version that competes against Europe's best.
February 10, 2017

Ford Fusion Sport is a serious mid-size contender

by Jeff Zurschmeide
If you haven't been to a Ford dealer lately, you really owe it to yourself to test-drive the Fusion Sport before you buy your next car.
COURTESY FCA US - The all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica was recently named North American Utility Vheicle of the Year.
February 10, 2017

Test Drive: 2017 Chrysler Pacifica

by Jim Redden
The truth is, despite being seen as uncool for many years, minivans have always been more practical that SUVs for hauling people and gear. The sliding side doors make getting in and out of the back seats a lot easier, especially when child safety…
February 09, 2017

PGE reports EV benefits

by Jeff Zurschmeide
In addition to fuel savings, electric vehicles cost less to maintain.
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - Nissan's popular Altima mid-size sedan offers black 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels and low-profile  tires, black mirror caps, black rear spoiler, LED headlights, remote engine start and available Midnight Edition floor mats. The package is priced at $990 and is on sale now.
February 09, 2017

Nissan offers popular 'Midnight Edition' on six 2017 models

by Jeff Zurschmeide
The six models slated to offer Midnight Edition trim are the Sentra, Altima, and Maxima sedans, and the Rogue, Murano, and Pathfinder SUVs.
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - Consumer interest in new vehicles is still high, as shown by the crowds that attended the 2017 Portland International Auto Show last month.
February 08, 2017

Auto sales hits new high in 2016

by Jim Redden
Consumer interest remains high this year, too, as demonstrated by the tens of thousands of people who flocked to the 2017 Portland International Auto Show last month.
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - The 2017 Toyota 86 is a back-to-bascis sports car that places the emphasis on driving fun.
February 08, 2017

The 2017 Toyota 86 is not boring

by Jeff Zurschmeide
The bottom line is that if you want a two-seat sports car and you want it under $30,000, you must test drive the Toyota 86.
COURTESY METRO PORTLAND NEW CAR DEALERS ASSOCIATION - This cube was once a 2002 Chevy Tracker with 234,629 miles on it.
February 06, 2017

Schnitzer Steel 'Guess This Mess' contest winner named

by Jim Redden
Jakob Cartwright wins a 50-inch big screen TV in one of the funnest events at the 2017 Portland International Auto Show.
COURTESY CHEVROLET - The new hatch is well integrated into the lines of the Cevy Cruze sedan, resulting in an even sportier looking compact economy car.
February 03, 2017

Test Drive: 2017 Chevy Cruze Hatchback

by Jim Redden
Chevy designers have done a good job grafting a hatch onto the back of a Cruze sedan, resulting in a more stylish and practical compact economy car.
PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - Chris Meier and Tom Herzog from Herzog-Meier Volkswagen, along with Greg Remensperger and Jeff Fishback of the Metro Portland New Car Dealers Assocation and Portland Tribune President and Publisher Mark Garber gather to present Henry Cha and Paylee Herr with the keys to their new 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack SEL. (L-R: Remensperger, Herzog, Cha, Herr, Meier, Garber andJeff Fishback.)
February 02, 2017

Local man wins new car at the Portland International Auto Show

by Jeff Zurschmeide
Henry Cha, who lives near the border of Portland and Gresham, drew the key that unlocked the 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack SEL.
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - Tens of thousands of people attended the 2017 Portland International Auto Show, held from Jan. 26 to 28 at the Oregon Convention Center.
February 02, 2017

Portland Auto Show offered new vehicles, technologies

by Jeff Zurschmeide
The annual show is the largest exhibition of new vehicles in the region and drew large crowds during its four-day run this year.

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PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - Buick practically invented the luxury subcompact SUV category with the Encore, and it has proven a big hit with buyers.
Jan 30, 2017

2017 Encore leads Buick's renaissance

by Jeff Zurschmeide
The Encore is the right vehicle to consider if you're trying to bridge the difference between an economical and convenient crossover and a luxury experience. Buick allows you to choose from five…
COURTESY INFINITI - The 2017 Infiniti Q60 is an aggressively styled sports coupe designed to complete with the best in the world.
Jan 27, 2017

Test Drive: 2017 Infiniti Q60

by Jim Redden
Nissan's luxury line is upping the ante with fresh designs and sophisticated technologies.
COURTESY FORD MOTOR COMPANY - Ford has released a new Fusion Hybrid Autonomous Development Vehicle. This car offers more sensors and computing power than prior test vehicles, in a less obtrusive package.
Jan 26, 2017

How 'new mobility' will change the lives of older people

by Jeff Zurschmiede
Besides the growth of elders as a demographic segment, automakers have powerful incentives to design cars that meet older people's needs. It is an established fact that young people are…
COURTESY AUDI - 2017 Audi R8 Spyder
Jan 25, 2017

New and redesigned vehicles heat up Auto Show

by Jeff Zurchmeide
The 2017 Portland International Auto Show runs Thursday through Sunday, Jan. 26 to 29, at the Oregon Convention Center. Hundreds of new vehicles will be on exhibit in the region's largest auto…
Jan 24, 2017

Upcoming car events: Feb. 11 to June 18

by Jim Redden
Automotive related events throughout the Portland region and beyond, including the 2017 Portland International Auto Show.
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEF ZURSCHMEIDE - The Scarab was developed as an open-wheel formula car and as a Le Mans-style sports racing car. It had a great deal of racing success, winning the 1958 Sports Car Club of America national championship.
Jan 23, 2017

World of Speed obtains first U.S.-built Formula 1 car

by Jeff Zurschmeide
Only a handful of Scarabs were ever built, and the museum has obtained chassis 1, still showing its original blue and white Formula One livery.
AMERICAN HONDA MOTOR COMPANY - The 2017 Honda Ridgeline has been completely redesigned with more conventional looks that are enchanced by the top=of-the-line Black Edition package.
Jan 20, 2017

Test Drive: 2017 Honda Ridgeline

by Jim Redden
Honda has radically restyled the Ridgeline for 2017 by making it more conventional looking. The previous generation, which was last sold in 2014, had nonfunctional 'flying buttresses' from the…
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - The 2017 Toyota Camry did a good job navigating our recent snowfall, making extensive use of the standard traction and stability control services.
Jan 20, 2017

Long live the Toyota Camry!

by Jeff Zurschmeide
The bottom line on the 2017 Toyota Camry is that you're getting more for your money than you did in 2016, and you're getting the best-selling passenger car in America for the last 15 years…
CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - 'Blaze' the Portland Trail Blazers' mascot will appear on Jan. 29 in the Kids Zone at the Auto Show.
Jan 18, 2017

Sunday Family Day even better at Auto Show

by Jim Redden
More sports team mascots and athletes have been added to the Jan. 29 events.
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.
Jan 15, 2017

VW Alltrack to be given away at 2017 Auto Show

by Jim Redden
The annual show is the largest exhibition of new vehilces in the region. It is produced by the Portland Metro New Car Dealers Associations. The Pamplin Media Group is the presenting sponsor.
VOLVO CARS NORTH AMERICA LLC - The styling of the 2017 Volvo S90 is contemporary but still inlcudes a version of the company's distinctive grill.
Jan 13, 2017

Test Drive: Volvo S90 T6 AWD

by Jim Redden
Volvo has intentionally set its sights high with the 2017 S90. Anyone interested in a premium midsize sedan should reward them by placing it high on their test drive list.
Jan 12, 2017

Upcoming car events: Jan. 14-June 18

by Jim Redden
Automotivce related activities throughout the Portland metropolitan region and beyond.
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - The Infiniti QX60is a luxury crossover SUV with a mid-size cabin that seats up to 7 passengers in three rows. It's got a tried-and-true 3.5-liter V6 engine, and a continuously variable transmission with driving modes like Eco, Sport, Normal, and Snow.
Jan 11, 2017

2017 Infiniti QX60 offers true all-season performance

by Jeff Zurschmeide
Infiniti gives the QX60 the ability to modulate its engine power and torque delivery, plus the ability to selectively apply a little brake pressure to any wheel that starts slipping. When you…
MAZDA NORTH AMERICAN OPERATIONS - Mazda's corporate KODO Soul of Motion exterior styling design gives the 2017 CX-3 a sleek look.
Jan 06, 2017

Test Drive: 2017 Mazda CX-3

by Jim Redden
One of the hottest automotive market niches is also one of the newest, subcompact crossovers - small SUVs that are easy to drive in cities and can be ordered with all-wheel-drive. They get great…
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - Toyota's Concept-i prototype electric autonomous car was unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week. Toyota and other automakers expect to offer vehicles with increasing autonomous capabilities in the next three years.
Jan 06, 2017

Autonomous and electric vehicles make news at Consumer…

by Jeff Zurschmeide
New mobility, autonomous cars, and electric vehicles will again be in focus later this month at the 2017 Portland International Auto Show. Experts and advocates will be at the show to explain…