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The second-generation 2018 Nissan Leaf debuted at the Seattle International Auto Show. Nissan said electric car offers the fastest charging rate of any EV on the market. (Photo by Jerold B. Smith)
OREGON          The Portland International Auto Show is set for Jan. 25-28, at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. In addition to hundreds of new cars on display, the event features a Portland Trail Blazers Kids Camp, a Tech Zone to see what’s new in vehicle technology, ride n’ drives of more...
Barry Barrett from RLO Training instructs a class at ATE 2017.
SeaTac, Wash.—The 2018 Automotive Training Expo (ATE) returns to the DoubleTree Hotel across from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport for three days of intensive management and technical training classes. “It appears that 2018 will again provide our attendees the absolute finest training available...
Dan Wolff, certified with several conversion kit manufacturers, finishes the installation of an autogas conversion kit on a transit van.
Vancouver, Wash.—As technology has progressed over the past several years, conversions of gas- or diesel-powered vehicles to propane or autogas has become more viable. And the leading company in the Northwest for such conversions is Wolff Specialties LLC, said Dan and Penny Wolff, founders and...
Troy Lindquist says developing his own technicians in-house is allowing his company to grow without struggling to find employees.
Redmond, Ore.—Troy Lindquist didn’t want to be yet another collision repair shop owner bemoaning the difficultly of finding qualified technicians. So he built a system within his shop to develop the technicians he needs. “I’m not saying it’s perfected,” Lindquist, who owns Premier Auto Body, said...
Dec. 3 * 16th annual Jingle Bell Cruz/Toys 4 Tots Drive, Triple X Drive-in, Issaquah, Wash. Call 425-392-1266. Dec. 3 * Cruise for Tots, Chinese Auction & Car Show, Yelm,  Wash. Call 360-894-3951. Jan. 22-25 * Heavy-Duty Aftermarket Week 2018, The Mirage, Las Vegas. Visit www.hdaw.org. Jan. 25-...
POKANE, Wash. (November 6, 2017) – For the fourth consecutive year, Larry H. Miller Lexus, Larry H. Miller Downtown Toyota, Larry H. Miller Honda and Larry H. Miller Hyundai will present the Union Gospel Mission (UGM) with a $5,000 donation to fund their annual City-Wide Thanksgiving Dinner, which...
Custom Automotive Network, formerly known as Performance Warehouse Association, would like to congratulate Ken Woomer for being named 2017 Pioneer Award Winner of the Year.  The prestigious award is voted on by the active CAN Board of Directors in recognition of outstanding contributions to the...
The McLaren 570S Spider was entry in the Run to the Sun sports and performance car competition, shown here with Mt. Hood in the background. (Photo by Jerold B. Smith)
OREGON      The Northwest Automotive Press Association (NWAPA) headquartered its annual Run to the Sun (RTTS) sports and  performance car event in Welches at the Resort at the Mountain in late September. Journalists tested 24 vehicles over hundreds of miles of Oregon and Washington, including back...
Owner Chuck Tiller says Aluminum Head Rebuilders has extensive knowledge and experience that is always available to wholesale or retail customers.
Portland, Ore.—During booming times for the remanufacturing segment, Chuck Tiller and Partner Wayne Sullivan opened Aluminum Head Rebuilders in 1995. Six years later, Tiller said they needed to move from their second-story facility in Southeast Portland to their current 10,000-square-foot building...
Automotive Instructor Rob Anderson (left) and Gary Milbradt, program assistant, get satisfaction from teaching and watching students learn and grow.
Puyallup, Wash.—Any skills center or college level instructor will be candid about the value of administration support for their programs. And in the case of the Pierce County Skills Center (PCSC), Instructor Rob Anderson, who teaches the automotive technology program, is thrilled that Michelle...

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