why portland, ore., is a leader in evs

DETROIT — One of the themes of the Automotive News Green Car Conference every year is the collaboration necessary among automakers, suppliers, utilities, governments and other interested parties as vehicles are increasingly electrified. Last year, BMW reported that one of the major roadblocks to putting more electric vehicles on the road was the hodgepodge of…

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mercedes small cars coming to america

Over the next few years, Mercedes-Benz will bring a line of new compact cars to America, vehicles much smaller than the German luxury manufacturer has ever sold here before. The cars are supposed to help Mercedes, a division or Europe’s Daimler, meet tough new corporate fuel economy standards while also bringing new customers into the…

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a trip down woodward avenue

In the 1950s, cruising swept the nation. American streets became impromptu racetracks as soon as the police turned their backs. Young people piled into friends cars and cruised their main streets with a new sense of freedom. Pent-up desires after the hardships of World War II plus a booming economy fueled a car-buying frenzy. To…

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history of the hawthorne bridge

Originally constructed in 1910, the Hawthorne Bridge is the oldest operating vertical lift bridge in the United States. The 1,383-foot long Hawthorne Bridge is one of Portland’s busiest bridges, safely carrying approximately 30,000 vehicles and untold pedestrians and cyclists across the Willamette River. Vertical clearance for river traffic is limited and approximately 200 openings per…

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long distance repair

We had a rewarding phone call today from a young man traveling in his newly acquired 1985 Mercedes 300SD and his transmission would not shift above third gear. This client was near San Francisco, heading to Portland. Quickly the crew at MBI Motors thought of possible causes. Corbin suggested a possible floor mat interaction, jamming…

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