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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.…
October 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…
October 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…
October 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.
October 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.
October 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.
September 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…

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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…
Sep 24, 2014

Fuel economy ratings up

by Jim Redden
The fuel economy of personal vehicles bought in America is at an all-time high. The average EPA rating of the cars, truck, SUVs and vans bought in August was 25.8 miles per gallon, according to…
Sep 24, 2014

Hyundai announces reward program

by Jim Redden
Like grocery stores, hotels and airlines, carmaker Hyundai has joined the ranks of companies offering to reward your loyalty with discounts on a future purchase. Points are earned by servicing…
Sep 24, 2014

Blink changes charging prices

by John M. Vincent
Car Charging Group has changed how they bill EVs to recharge at their Blink public charging stations. From now on, owners will be billed on the amount of energy their EV consumes instead of the…
Photo Credit: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY - The exterior of the 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport is crisp and slightly aggressive looking.
Sep 19, 2014

2014 Santa Fe Sport: Just don't call it a station wagon

by Jim Redden
The 2014 Santa Fe Sport is a prime example of why there aren't many station wagons being made anymore. Hyundai's compact, five-passenger crossover is basically a station wagon disguised as a…
Photo Credit: COURTESY PORTLAND PARKS & RECREATION - E.C. Mueller, the new manager of Portland International Raceway.
Sep 17, 2014

New Portland International Raceway manager named

by Jim Redden
Portland Parks & Recreation announced a new manager for Portland International Raceway on Wednesday. He is E.C. Mueller, a marketing executive with ties to the motor sports industry. He has…
Photo Credit: JOHN M. VINCENT - Athletic is the best word to describe the look of the newest Mercedes-Benz C-Class. The long hood and high beltline work together to give the sedan an almost coupe-like appearance.
Sep 25, 2014

Baby Benz now Mercedes sales king

by John M. Vincent
When first introduced, the Mercedes model now known as the C-Class was the smallest in the lineup, earning it the nickname “Baby Benz.” For 2015 the Baby Benz is all grown-up, touting all of the…