2018 NWAPA Drive Revolution – Part 3

FAMILY-SIZE PLUG-IN HYBRIDS By Barbara & Bill Schaffer Each year members of the Northwest Automotive Press Association meet to evaluate some of the latest and greatest environmentally friendly vehicles available to U.S. consumers. This year the competition was held at the Pearson Air Museum located on the grounds of the Fort Vancouver Historic Reserve in…

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2018 Mini Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 Test Drive

By Barbara & Bill Schaffer With the automotive market stampeding to electrify products, it?s sometimes difficult to keep up with what?s available. Until recently, there have been few small premium plug-in hybrids with all-wheel drive, but the number has grown quickly. One of the new ones, and the smallest offering, is the Mini S E…

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2017 NWAPA Run to the Sun Part 2

Lexus LC 500 to Volkswagen Jetta GLI By Bill Schaffer Mount Hood ? Here are the cars from the Lexus LC 500 to the Volkswagen Jetta GLI, which made up the balance of the 24 cars in the 2017 NWAPA Run to the Sun. When the two-day drive was finished, the NWAPA members chose favorites….

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Mini Announces a Seventh Model

In a surprise announcement before a thousand fans at the start of the sixth annual, 3,900-mile cross-country rally, Mini Chief Executive Kay Sigler said, ?You are the first to hear this, even before the press. The Mini Paceman is the official name of the brand?s seventh model, which will be launched next year in the…

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Mudfest 2012 – Part 1

By Barbara & Bill Schaffer After two full days of driving briskly between hundreds of traffic cones, cruising along wooded back roads and wallowing through mud in 25 different SUVs, we marked our ballots for the Northwest Automotive Press Associations SUV of the Year Competition. Appropriated renamed ?Mudfest? after a muddy, mucky inaugural event in…

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Test Drive: Mini Cooper S Countryman

In our own unofficial and unscientific study of Mini Cooper owners it appears most Mini Cooper drivers are young (or at least young-at-heart), single and enthusiastic about their cars. We make these assumptions based on the people we normally see behind the wheel and the fact that Mini Coopers are not the typical small economy…

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Test Drive: 2011 MINI Cooper S Countryman ALL4

?MINI?s newest family member ? The Countryman? The fourth and latest model to join the popular and ever-growing MINI family, is the all-new Countryman, which delivers maximum interior space within a minimum footprint, while managing to maintain MINI?s core values in an instantly recognizable and authentic design language, albeit it a larger form. It is…

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More Mini and AWD Too

With four doors and all-wheel drive the new Mini Countryman S will take the Mini to new heights and lengths when it rolls into dealerships in February 2011. Measuring 161.3 inches long and with a wheelbase of 102.2 inches, the Mini Countryman offers more passenger space than any other Mini vehicle, along with nearly 40…

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