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Photo Credit: JOHN M. VINCENT - The 2016 Kia Sorento is equally at home in the city and the county.
February 27, 2015

2016 Kia Sorento: Right-size crossover

by Jim Redden
Sport utility vehicles come in so many sizes these days, it's hard to keep them all straight. For example, not so long ago, you had to buy the biggest truck-based models to get room for seven.…
Photo Credit: PORTLAND TRIBUNE PHOTO JOHN M. VINCENT - The Lexus RC's exterior features the brand's signature spindle grille and a body styled in ripples and creases. Compared to many modern coupes, visibility from the RC is excellent.
February 26, 2015

Lexus unleashes new sports coupes

by John M. Vincent
When you hear of a car that’s comprised of pieces from three different models, it’s easy to lose hope that the final product will be very good. That’s not the case with the all-new 2015 Lexus RC…
February 26, 2015

Auto News: Dealers give $500,000 to charities, more

by Jim Redden
The Metro Portland New Car Dealers Association presented a check for $500,000 to six local charities during a ceremony at the Feb. 11 Portland Trailblazers game at the Moda Center. The MPNDA…
Photo Credit: PORTLAND TRIBUNE PHOTO JOHN M. VINCENT - The 2016 Honda Pilot is all-new with a larger interior and an exterior design that takes cues from the rest of the Honda lineup.  It's expected in dealerships this summer.
February 25, 2015

America's largest auto show launches new models

by John M. Vincent
CHICAGO, IL — Think the Portland International Auto Show is big? Not when you compare it to the Chicago Auto Show. With more than one million square feet of exhibition space, the Chicago show is…
Photo Credit: COURTESY AARP - Always carry roadside signals in your car in car of a breakdown on the road.
February 25, 2015

Broke down? Be safe until help arrives

by Julie E. Lee, AARP
It's the peak time of year when the elements can wreak havoc on our roadways and vehicles, giving us the least ideal driving conditions. Whether your vehicle is having a mechanical failure, an…
February 25, 2015

Upcoming car events

by Redden, Jim
Cascade Cars & Coffee Every Saturday, 8-11 a.m., Cascade Station Starbucks, 9911 Northeast Cascades Parkway, Portland. No entry fee, all cars welcome. 9th Annual Salem Roadster Show Saturday and…
Photo Credit: COURTESY MERCEDES-BENZ OF WILSONVILLE - William 'Beau' Childs in front of the Mercedes-Benz CLA he was awarded at Mercedes-Benz of Wilsonville on Dec. 23, 2014.
February 25, 2015

A hero found - in Wilsonville

by Jim Redden
Mercedes-Benz of Wilsonville has awarded Army National Guard Sergeant First Class William Henry Childs a new M-B CLA as the finalist of its Nominate a Hero Search competition. William, also…
Photo Credit: AMERCIAN HONDA MOTOR COMPANY - The 2015 Honda Civic looks sharp, thanks to styling improvements over the past three years.
February 20, 2015

2015 Honda Civic: Improvements pay off

by Jim Redden
It's amazing what a good nose job and butt lift can do. When Honda released its redesigned Civic in 2012, it landed with a resounding thud. The exterior styling was generic and the interior…
Photo Credit: HYUNDAI MOTOR CORPORATION - The 2015 Kia Soul EV is decked out to look appropriately futuristic.
February 20, 2015

2015 Kia Soul EV: Electric funk

by Jim Redden
The 2015 Kia Soul EV joins the list of electric versions of gas powered cars that are more to drive than the gas powered versions. Others include the electric versions of the Chevy Spark, Smart…
Photo Credit: PORTLAND TRIBUNE PHOTO JOHN M. VINCENT - The Chevy Colorado pickup is available in extended and crew cab models with short and long boxes available on the crew cab.
February 12, 2015

GM reinvigorates midsize trucks

by John M. Vincent
GM is bringing new life to the midsize truck market with the introduction of the Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon pickups. During the last decade, full-size pickups have grown larger and larger. At…

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Photo Credit: PORTLAND TRIBUNE PHOTO JOHN M. VINCENT - Race car legend Mickey Thompson drove the Challenger 1 to more than 400 miles per hour at the Bonneville Salt Flats in 1959.
Feb 12, 2015

Museum to feature speed record cars

by Jim Redden
The World of Speed museum in Wilsonville will feature a special exhibit about land speed record cars when it opens on April 24. The exhibit — called Zero to 1,000 mph — will explain the history…
Feb 12, 2015

Upcoming car events

by Jim Redden
Cascade Cars & Coffee Every Saturday, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., Cascade Station Starbucks, 9911 Northeast Cascades Parkway, Portland. No entry fee, all cars welcome. Dubs & Donuts Saturday, Feb. 21, 9…
Photo Credit: PORTLAND TRIBUNE PHOTO JOHN M. VINCENT - Shad Balch, Manager of New Product and Public Policy Communications for General Motors introduced the 2016 Volt to local journalists during the Auto Show's media day. The new Volt features increased power, range and now seats five passengers.
Feb 11, 2015

Rain helps 2015 Auto Show flourish

by John m. Vincent
Rain. After the snowstorm that hit the 2014 Portland International Auto Show, organizers must have been overjoyed to see just rain pouring from the skies as the 2015 show opened to the public.…
Photo Credit: COURTESY PORT OF PORTLAND - New Ford Mustang's are being shipped through the Port of Portland to international markets.
Feb 11, 2015

Auto News: Mustangs boost port jobs

by Jim Redden
Around 100 new jobs were created at the Port of Portland when Ford began shipping its new Mustang around the world last month. The 2015 version of the venerable pony car is the first designed…
Photo Credit: VOLKSWAGEN AG - The 2015 VW Beetle R-Line is all dressed up and ready for fun.
Feb 06, 2015

2015 VW Beetle R-Line: Herbie goes to finishing school

by Jim Redden
At the height of the popularity of the original Beetle, Volkswagen introduced a version called the Super Beetle in 1971. Despite the name, it was not intended as a faster version of the Beetle,…
Photo Credit: SUBARU OF AMERICAN - The functional hood scoop is the most obvious of the body modifications that help distinguish the Subaru WRX.
Jan 30, 2015

2015 Subaru WRX: A fast car you can live with

by Jim Redden
If it didn't have the hood scoop, the 2015 Subaru WRX would be the perfect modern sleeper — an incredibly fast car that looks like an affordable family sedan. The other body modifications are so…
Photo Credit: TRIBUNE PHOTO JOHN M. VINCENT - Usually a 'mid-cycle' refresh just updates a car's looks, but Toyota's done a lot more with the 2015 Camry, giving the popular midsize sedan a completely new personality.
Jan 29, 2015

Toyota Camry refreshed for 2015

by John M. Vincent
The Toyota Camry continues to be a top seller in the American market, but the company is battling a pack of quality competitors nipping at its heels. So for the 2015 model year, the sedan has…
Photo Credit: JOHN M. VINCENT - Kids aren't left out of the fun at the Portland International Auto Show. The Kids Zone features activities from an inflatable slide to face painting.
Jan 29, 2015

Families welcome at Portland International Auto Show

by John M. Vincent
When the Portland International Auto Show throws open its doors on February 5th, visitors will see much more than just a vast array of new cars and trucks. The show’s producers are working hard…
Photo Credit: COURTESY RON TONKIN FAMILY OF DEALERSHIPS - Scott Sidell, the new General Manager  at Tonkin Subaru & Tonkin Chevrolet Buick GMC in The Dalles.
Jan 29, 2015

Auto News: New Subaru dealer and more

by Jim Redden
Talk about good timing. The Ron Tonkin Family of Dealerships has acquired its first Subaru dealership just as the Japanese automaker is setting sales records. The company acquired the renamed…
Jan 29, 2015

Upcoming car events

by Jim Redden
Cascade Cars & Coffee Every Saturday, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., Cascade Station Starbucks, 9911 Northeast Cascades Parkway, Portland, . No entry fee, all cars welcome. 2015 Portland International Auto…