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PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - The redesigned 2017 Buick LaCrosse is a return to the days when General Motors made affordable full size luxury cars.
December 09, 2016

Test Drive: 2017 Buick LaCrosse

by Jim Redden
Who says they don't build cars like they used to? The 2017 Buick LaCrosse is an unexpected but welcome return to the days when General Motors offered more affordable versions of its most expensive luxury cars.
December 09, 2016

Average fuel economy of U.S. autos remains steady

by Jeff Zurschmeide
The University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute has released a report stating that the average EPA-estimated combined city/highway fuel economy of new vehicles sold in the U.S. in November, 2016 was 24.9 miles per gallon (MPG). Average…
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - The 2017 Nissan Pathfinder is a good looking mid-size crossover SUV with room for seven and a real four-wheel-drive system, making it perfect the Pacific Northwest.
December 06, 2016

2017 Nissan Pathfinder delivers confident winter performance

by Jeff Zurschmeide
Of course, the Pathfinder comes with optional 4WD, but it's not the standard always-on system that most compact crossovers use. This is real 4WD that you control with a dial on the console.

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Bryon Borntrager, Warn Industries' Engineering Manager and WECIP member, presented Debra Mason, Executive Director at the Clackamas Service Center, the check for $11,086 on Nov. 16.
December 06, 2016

Warn Industries employees donates to Clackamas-based Charity

by Jim Redden
Some of the services provided by the Clackamas Service Center to hundreds of individuals and families each month include emergency food boxes, hot lunches, evening meals, clothing, medical and dental services, mental health counseling, housing, and…
COURTESY TOYOTA - The 2017 Toyota Corolla iM is a styling small car that's fun to drive and easy on the wallet.
December 02, 2016

Test drive: 2017 Toyota Corolla iM

by Jim Redden
Starting at under $19,000, the 2017 Toyota Corolla iM hatchback is a lot of fun for the money, especially when equipped with the six-speed manual transmission. The angular styling looks great, the tight suspension gives it a nimble feel, and the…
PORTLAND TRIBUNE : JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - The plug-in hybrid version of the Chrylser Pacifica can travel about 33 miles on elecricity alone before converting over to a convention hybrid mode.
December 01, 2016

Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivan exceeds expected EPA fuel economy ratings

by Jeff Zurschmeide
Fiat-Chrysler announced today that the recently released 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivan has exceeded its expected EPA fuel economy ratings, and has earned an 84 MPGe rating when used in its short-range all-electric mode. Additionally, the…
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - The 2017 Toyota Corolla %oth Anniversary Special Edition model features a more aggressive front end that is somewhat at odds with the family friendly nature of the popular compact.
November 29, 2016

Test Drive: 2017 Toyota Corolla 50th Anniversary Special Edition

by Jeff Zurschmeide
The most expensive Corolla with the best optional infotainment package can be purchased for just $24,497 right now. That's a short hop from the most basic model at $19,365, so there's very little reason not to plus up your Corolla and get the…
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - The mid-size Chrysler 200 is a lot of car for the money, with impressive safety rating, the choice of a four- or six-cylinder engine, and available all-wheel-drive.
November 27, 2016

2016 Chrysler 200 is worth one last hurrah

by Jeff Zurschmeide
If you're in the market for a mid-size sedan, one car you should definitely have on your test drive list is the Chrysler 200. First of all, you'll get a lot for your money.
FORD MOTOR COMPANY - The 2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid proves alternative fuel vehicles don't have to look dorky. It is sharly styled and available with multiple wheels and tires.
November 25, 2016

Test Drive: 2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid

by Jim Redden
The new version of Ford's midsize hybrid delivers a smooth ride, a premium feel and high mileage, which will be even more important when gas prices gegin rising again
November 24, 2016

Upcoming Car Events: Nov. 25 - June 18

by Jim Redden
Calendar of automotive events in and beyond the Portland area
November 24, 2016

Auto News: Fuel efficiency up, Mazda tops survey, and truck sales grow

by Jim Redden
Recent car-related developments worth noting for those considering a new or used vehicle
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - The redesigned 2017 Mazda3 features SKYACTIV G-Vectoring Control (GVC), which uses the engine to enhance stability and steering, giving you a more confident feel as the car turns.
November 23, 2016

2017 Mazda3 remains the driver's choice

by Jeff Zurschmeide
Mazda has carved out a special niche for itself in the crowded compact sedan and hatchback market. Where other manufacturers may lay claim to being the absolute least expensive option, or the most fuel efficient in the class, Mazda emphasizes the…
November 21, 2016

GM will offer natural gas engines in trucks, vans

by Jeff Zurscheide
The move comes in concert with the U.S. Department of Transportation's announcement of 55 routes that will serve as the first phase of what will eventually become a national network of alternative fuel corridors. More fueling and charging stations…
TOYOTA MOTOR SALES USA - The 2016 Toyota Camry Hybrid offers all the features of the company's popular mid-size gas-powered sedan, plus the hgher mileage of a well designed hybrid.
November 18, 2016

Test Drive: 2016 Toyota Camry Hybrid

by Jim Redden
Even with all the affordable mid-size hybrid sedans on the market today, th 2016 Toyota Camry Hybrid is still among the best
POTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - PolySync CEO Josh Hartung accepts the award for winning rhe LA Auto Show 2016 Top Ten Automotive Startups competition.
November 17, 2016

Portland-based PolySync wins Automotive Startup Award

by Jeff Zurschmeide
As the overall winner of the 2016 Top Ten Startups Competition, PolySync receives an invitation to attend the final celebration of the 2017 Extreme Tech Challenge (XTC), a world-renowned startup tech competition that takes place on Necker Island in…

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PORTLND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - Chevrolet is offering the Bolt at an adjusted price of $29,995 after the $7,500 federal tax rebate for electric vehicles.  The Bolt offers an EPA-estimated range of 238 miles on a full charge. The Bolt is expected to be on sale in dealer showrooms in December.
Nov 17, 2016

Chevy Bolt wins Green Car of the Year Award and Motor Trend Car…

by Jeff Zurschmeide
Chevrolet is offering the Bolt at an adjusted price of $29,995 after the $7,500 federal tax rebate for electric vehicles. The Bolt offers an EPA-estimated range of 238 miles on a full charge.…
COURTESY VOLVO - Volvo wants to give its customers the best service possible.
Nov 17, 2016

Volvo announces new luxury concierge service

by Jeff Zurschmeide
By using a new smartphone app, Volvo owners will have the opportunity to have their cars serviced or repaired, have their cars washed and detailed, and even have their cars refueled while they…
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - The prototype VIZIV 7 is about the same size as a Chevrolet Tahoe SUV, and stands six feet tall and over 204 inches long.
Nov 17, 2016

Subaru unveils VIZIV 7 mid-size SUV concept

by Jeff Zurschmeide
The VIZIV name stands for Vision for Innovation, and this is the seventh iteration of the prototype. The production vehicle is expected to carry a different name.
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - While the prototype SUV is compact on the outside, the design allowed Jaguar engineers to maximize interior space by moving the drive motors to the front and rear axles.
Nov 16, 2016

Jaguar unveils new I-PACE electric SUV concept

by Jeff Zurschmeide
Jaguar Land Rover today unveiled its vision for an all-electric crossover SUV at the Los Angeles Auto Show, and committed to delivering the vehicle sometime in 2018. The new SUV is to be called…
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - Mazda unveiled its redesigned 2017 CX-5 at the Los Angeles International Auto.
Nov 16, 2016

Mazda reveals all-new CX-5 at Los Angeles Auto Show

by Jeff Zurschmeide
Mazda offers the CX-5 with your choice of SKYACTIV-G 2.0-liter and 2.5-liter gasoline engines, paired with either the six-speed SKYACTIV-DRIVE automatic or six-speed SKYACTIV-MT manual…
COURTESY KIA - Kia unveiled its new turbocharged 2017 Soul at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
Nov 16, 2016

Kia reveals new turbocharged Soul urban hauler

by Jeff Zurschmeide
The 2017 Soul is available in three trim levels: the 1.6-liter Base with manual or automatic transmission; the 2.0-liter Soul Plus with a 6-speed automatic; and now the Exclaim turbo with the a…
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - Nissan unveiled its 2017 Sentra NISMO at the LA Auto Show.
Nov 15, 2016

Nissan Unveils 2017 Sentra NISMO at Los Angeles Auto Show

by Jeff Zurschmeide
Nissan unveiled the all-new 2017 Sentra NISMO at the Los Angelese Auto Show. The special edition is a modified version of the popular Nissan Sentra SR Turbo, featuring a sport-tuned suspension,…
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is a game changer - a sharp looking minivan that will go 30 miles on electricity alone before switiching over to a fuel efficient hybrid drive mode.
Nov 14, 2016

Chrysler leads with 2017 Pacifica Hybrid minivan

by Jeff Zurschmeide
Chrysler is launching the Pacifica Hybrid, and it's a game-changer. With the ability to travel up to 30 miles on all-electric power, and accelerate up to 75 MPH on electricity alone, the…
Nov 13, 2016

Portland-based PolySync in Automotive Startup Award finals

by Jeff Zurschmeide
PolySync has created a software platform to facilitate development of autonomous driving technology
TATA MOTOR COMPANY - The completely redesigned 2016 Range Rover makes a bold statement - and can back it up, on road and off.
Nov 11, 2016

Test Drive: Range Rover Td6

by Jim Redden
I’ve driven numerous Land Rover and Range Rover models over the years in a variety of circumstances, from daily commuting to serious off-roading in the company of factory representatives who…
Nov 10, 2016

Auto News: Subaru charity drive, winter check ups

by Jim Redden
It's the time of year when Subaru begins its annual charity drive and you should make sure your car is ready for winter
PORTLAND METRO NEW CAR DEALERS ASSOCIATION - Those at last year's Sneak Peek Charity Party were able to check out all the new vehicles at the 2016 Portland International Auto Show the night before it opened.
Nov 10, 2016

New Audi A4 to be given away at 2017 Auto Show party

by Jim Redden
Import donated by Audi Beaverton will be raffled off at the annual Sneak Peak Charity Preview Party scheduled for Jan. 25
Nov 10, 2016

Upcoming Car Events: Nov. 12 - June 18

by Jim Redden
A calendar up car related events in the Portland metropolitan area and beyond, including car shows and charity drives
 - With its old-school styling, the 2016 Mercedes-Benz G550 is one of the most distinctive SUVs on the road, and one of the most capable off the road, too.
Nov 07, 2016

2016 Mercedes-Benz G550: The ultimate SUV

by Jeff Zurschmeide
For a vehicle designed to go anywhere, the G-Wagen is surprisingly luxurious and well equipped for carrying five adults in comfort
COURTESY VOLKSWAGEN - Although Volkswagn has formally unveiled its all new Atlas mid-size, seven-passengr SUV, many details have yet to be released, like prices and mileages.
Nov 06, 2016

Volkswagen unveils new Atlas seven-passenger SUV

by Jeff Zurschmeide
Volkswagen's largest SUV is well designed, comfortable on pavement and capable of serious off-road driving, thanks to the company's 4Motion all-wheel-drive system