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Photo Credit: TRIBUNE PHOTO JOHN M. VINCENT - The redesigned 2015 Chrysler 200 was brought to Portland earlier this year by factory representatives who said the midsize was their most important new car.
August 22, 2014

2015 Chrysler 200: Back in the game

by Jim Redden
Shotgun marriage or strategic partnership — call it what you will, Fiat's acquisition of Chrysler has revived the once-bankrupt American automaker. Sales are up on the strength of several new…
Photo Credit: MITSUBISHI MOTORS - Despite it's unconventional looks, the Mitsubishi MiEV is a real car and now the cheapest all-electrric car in America.
August 21, 2014

2014 Mitsubishi MiEV: Bargain basement electric car

by Jim Redden
It's almost hard to write a serious review of a car that looks as silly as the MiEV. With its bulbous cab and skinny tires, Mitsubishi's tiny all-electric car appears to have escaped from a…
Photo Credit: JOHN M. VINCENT - With an aggressive design and a highly sculpted body, the 2014 Infiniti Q50S looks ready to tackle the most challenging of roads.
August 16, 2014

Infiniti renames entire lineup

by John M. Vincent
Naming cars isn’t as easy as it once was. For one thing, more manufacturers are trying to use common names across all of their global markets, where common English names don’t really work. Then…
Photo Credit: DAIMLER MOTORS - The 2014 Mercedes CLA250 is a luxury compact that delivers.
August 15, 2014

2014 Mercedes CLA250: The luxury compact for status seekers

by Jim Redden
Affordable luxury compacts are a hot market niche right now — not inexpensive compacts with luxury features, but reasonably priced compacts made by luxury manufacturers with all of their upscale…
Photo Credit: TRIBUNE PHOTO JOHN M. VINCENT - A Corvette Stingray cruises the Old McKenzie Pass Highway through vibrant forests before crossing lava fields on its way to Sisters.
August 13, 2014

Drive time? Area offers great roads

by John M. Vincent
For some, driving is just a necessary way to get from point A to point B. For others, the pleasure is in the journey. It’s where you can find the rhythm of the road, hitting each curve…
Photo Credit: COURTESY DICK HANNAH AUTO DEALERSHIPS - MacKenzie Ferguson won $15,000 from Dick Hannah because of her academic achievements.
August 13, 2014

Dick Hannah helps high school sophmore

by Jim Redden
MacKenzie Ferguson, a 16-year-old sophomore at Fort Vancouver High School, was this year's winner of Strive2Drive academic initiative sponsored by Dick Hannah Dealership. Ferguson won the…
Photo Credit: TRIBUNE PHOTO JOHN M. VINCENT - Charlie Allcock, Director of Business Development for Portland General Electric plugs the new SAE Combo fast charger in to a Chevrolet Spark EV during a press event at Portland State University's Electric Avenue.
August 13, 2014

Fast charger comes to Electric Avenue

by John M. Vincent
There’s a new charging option at Portland State University’s Electric Avenue. PGE and Chevrolet recently installed a state of the art SAE Combo electric vehicle fast charger that can recharge a…
August 13, 2014

Upcoming car shows

by Jim Redden
2014 Banks Car Show Saturday, Aug. 16, downtown Banks. Competitions, prizes, BBQ, refreshments, and much more. 2nd Annual Rides for a Cure Saturday, Aug. 16, 11 a.m., Jim Dandy Drive-In, 9692…
Photo Credit: TRIBUNE PHOTO JOHN M. VINCENT - The winners in the Northwest Green Vehicle of the Year competition included the Mercedes E250 Bluetec, the Fiat 500e, the Lexus CT200h and the overall winner, the 2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI.
August 11, 2014

Best "Green" vehicles named

by John M. Vincent
What’s the best “Green” vehicle on the road today? Automotive journalists from around the Northwest recently met to test a number of the latest entries into the market and determine the answer…
Photo Credit: COURTESY PORTLAND METRO TOYOTA DEALERS ASSOCIATION - Toyota's booth at Bite of Oregon included a banner that attendees could sign to pledge respect for others as part of Special Olympics Oregon's Respect campaign.
August 09, 2014

Toyota dealers support Special Olympics at Bite of Oregon

by Jim Redden
Local Toyota dealers are supporting those with intellectual disabilities at this year's Bite of Oregon, which runs Aug. 8 to 10 in Tom McCall Waterfront Park. The Portland Metro Toyota Dealers…

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Photo Credit: JOHN M. VINCENT - The 2015 Toyota TRD Pro family: Tacoma, Tundra and 4Runner. All are available in a TRD Pro-exclusive Inferno orange.
Aug 09, 2014

Toyota puts muscle in TRD Pro Series

by John M. Vincent
As many SUVs and trucks have gotten softer and less capable through the years, Toyota’s lineup has retained much of the off-highway capability the brand was built on. For 2015, they’re…
by: FIAT AUTO GROUP - The 2014 Fiat 500L is for those who want something truly distinctive.
Aug 08, 2014

2014 Fiat 500L: And now for something completely different

by Jim Redden
The 2014 Fiat 500L is my nominee for Oddball Car of the Year, and I say that as someone who likes oddball cars. The Fiat 500 that was reintroduced to America a few years ago was rightly hailed…
by: TOYOTA MOTOR SALES, USA, INC. - Style, power and good fuel economy make the 2014 Lexus 450h a top hybrid.
Aug 01, 2014

2014 Lexus RX450h: Upscale luxury crossover hybrid

by Jim Redden
Despite their fuel-saving advantages, hybrids are still a complicated choice for a lot of car buyers. Toyota initially made it simple for those concerned about the environment. The Prius, the…
Photo Credit: TRIBUNE PHOTO CHASE ALLGOOD - This Maerati straight six-cylinder, twin spark, double overhead cam engine is in Rick AMrtin's rare 1967 Mistral, which will be at the Coumbia River Concourse on Aug. 3 in Vancouver.
Aug 01, 2014

August car events

by Jim Redden
Ultimate Street Car Association and ChumpCar World Series. Friday, Aug. 1 - Saturday, Aug. 2, 9 a.m. both days, Portland International Raceway, 1940 N. Victory Blvd., Portland. The USCA hosts…
by: TRIBUNE PHOTO BY JOHN M. VINCENT - The 2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat lays all 707 of its horsepower to the end of Portland International Raceway's drag strip. Dodge recently held the national press introduction for the car in Portland.
Jul 30, 2014

Dodge turns 100, with a vengeance

by John M. Vincent
Dodge turns 100 this year and the anniversary finds the brand at a crossroads. For the last couple of decades, Dodge been known as much for its minivans as it has for its Viper, but that's about…
by: JOHN M. VINCENT - 2015 Outbacks feature less body cladding than previous models, but more capability with a standard X-Mode traction management system.
Jul 30, 2014

Popular Subaru Outback refined for 2015

by John M. Vincent
Perhaps no vehicle sums up the Oregon lifestyle more than the Subaru Outback. It's nimble enough for the urban environment, but it's large enough to carry a hefty cargo of outdoor adventure…
Jul 30, 2014

Local auto dealers help widow, schools, police

by Jim Redden
Companies help officer's widow Two local automotive businesses chipped in to help the widow of Milwaukie Reserve Police Officer Robert Libke, who was killed in the line of duty last November.…
by: TRIBUNE PHOTO CHASE ALLGOOD - Rick Martin with his rare and beautiful 1967 Maserati Mistral, just one of many classic cars at this year's Columbia River Concours d'Elegance.
Jul 31, 2014

Columbia River Concours on Aug. 3

by Jim Redden
The summer car show season is in full swing, with numerous cruise-ins and other events scheduled every weekend and even some weekday evenings. While most are open to anyone with an interesting…
by: JOHN M. VINCENT - The redesigned 2015 Subaru Legacy is large and more refined, but still comes standard with all-wheel-drive.
Jul 29, 2014

2015 Legacy 3.6R Limited: Subaru refines its family car

by Jim Redden
Subaru's 3.6-liter Boxer engine is one of the company's best-best secrets. Everyone knows every Subaru comes standard with all-wheel-drive in every model, except the BRZ sports car. And many…
by: COURTESY ULTIMATE STREET CAR ASSOCIATION - Everyone is invited to challenge their car at the Search for the Ultimate Street Car qulaifying round at Portland International raceway on Aug. 1 and 2.
Jul 24, 2014

Everyone invited to compete at PIR on Aug. 1 and 2

by Jim Redden
Portland International Raceway is hosting two completely different events open to all drivers on Friday and Saturday, August 1 and 2. One is a two-day driver school and TV shoot organized by the…