NWAPA Mudfest 2016 – Part 1

By Barbara & Bill Schaffer Shelton, Wash. – One of our favorite events each year is the annual Northwest Automotive Press Association’s (NWAPA) Mudfest. We were involved in the creation of the annual SUV evaluation and have participated in a majority of the programs during the event’s 22-year history. Mudfest has evolved through the years…

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Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Final Test Drive

By Barbara & Bill Schaffer After years of cries from ardent enthusiasts and automotive journalists to “bring the EVO to America” Mitsubishi finally brought the eighth generation Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution to the United States in 2002. The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution (EVO) has been here 13 years, but it’s about to go away. That means enthusiasts…

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2016 Mitsubishi Outlander GT Test Drive

“2016 Mitsubishi Outlander” A Redesigned and reengineered Premium Compact SUV   San Francisco – Mitsubishi’s advertising tagline is “Find Your Own Lane” and the Japanese automaker seems to have done just that with their 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander model lineup, particularly with the top-of-line GT version….

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2015 NWAPA Drive Revolution Winners Announced – Part 2

By Bill Schaffer Photos by Doug Berger / NWAPA Portland, Ore. – In July members of the Northwest Automotive Press Association (NWAPA) held their third annual “Drive Revolution” program and sampled 16 of these revolutionary vehicles on the streets of Portland, Oregon. After driving each of the vehicles, the panel of 19 Northwest U.S. and Canadian…

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2016 Mitsubishi i-MIEV ES

“2016 Mitsubishi i-MiEV ES” The Ultimate sustainable eco-car? Mitsubishi Motors has positioned the Mitsubushi i-MiEV (which is now being referred to as simply the “i”) as their ultimate eco-car that brings to market an expression of the company’s environmental efforts toward a sustainable coexistence with the planet and its natural resources….

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2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Test Drive

By Barbara Schaffer San Francisco — Although it wasn’t planned, my husband Bill, and I spent the last week driving the 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander at home before I went to San Francisco for the introduction of the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander, so I was pretty familiar with it. There’s a lot to like about the 2015…

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2015 Chicago Auto Show Notes – Part 1

By Barbara & Bill Schaffer Chicago – The highlight of the winter auto show season is the annual Chicago Auto Show each February. Sure, the temperature outside might be in the single digits and the “Windy City” is living up to its name, but inside the McCormick Place is a warm and wonderful arena for…

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2014 NWAPA “Run to the Sun” – Part 3

By Bill Schaffer Photos by Doug Berger Portland, Oregon – This year the group of cars was the best ever with cars like the BMW i8, Rolls Royce Wraith, Nissan GT-R, Dodge Viper, Bentley Continental GT Convertible, Dodge Challenger Hellcat and Mercedes-Benz S550. The first day of the drive started in Portland and went through the…

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2014 Mitsubishi i-MiEV Test Drive

By Barbara & Bill Schaffer It takes a special kind of person to own an electric vehicle – some are committed to saving the environment others don’t drive great distances and are brave enough to handle the dreaded range anxiety. An electric car owner also “had” to be affluent because the price of an electric…

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2014 Mitsubishi Mirage Test Drive

By Barbara & Bill Schaffer The 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage turned more heads than any other car we’ve driven recently. It wasn’t the stunning good looks, the powerful sounding exhaust note, or even the AM/FM blaring tunes from unknown stations…it was the color. If you’ve ever seen a Plasma Purple (better described as bright fuchsia) five-door…

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