World of Speed gala Oct. 14
The annual Ignite the Night fundraiser for the World of Speed will be held on Saturday, Oct. 14, at the interactive motorsport museum located at 27490 S.W. 95th Ave., Wilsonville.
The event supports the museum, which features displays of historic race car and motorcycles, classes for children, and special automotive-related events throughout the year. It will include silent and live auctions, a Whiskey Wall, a dinner and hosted bar, and opportunities to meet and hear from students who benefit from its education programs.
The dress code is relaxed, with a prize for the best 60's costume and tickets are tax deductible. To learn more, visit: http://www.worldofspeed.org
2018 Auto Show set
The 2018 Portland International Auto Show has been scheduled from Thursday to Sunday, Jan. 25 to 28, at the Oregon Convention Center, 777 N.E. MLK Jr. Blvd., Portland.
The event is largest annual display of new vehicles in the Pacific Northwest, featuring hundreds of the most recent cars, trucks, vans and SUVs. It kicks off with a Sneak Peek Charity Preview Party and new car raffle on Wednesday, Jan. 24, that raises money for local charities.
The show also features automotive vendors, specialized displays, a new car giveaway and free test rides by various manufacturers. It is produced by the Portland Metro New Car Dealers Association. For more information, go to: http://portlandautoshow.com
Electric vehicle push continues
Although electric vehicles are still a small percent of overall auto sales, international developments are pushing manufacturers to increase production and create new vehicles. China is planning to ban fossil fuel powered vehicles in the future, and policymakers in California and Europe are also moving in that direction.
Not coincidentally, General Motors recently announced it will sell two more EV models in the U.S. within 18 month and 20 globally within six years. Ford has formed a new "Team Edison" group to develop new EVs with other companies. And Mazda and Toyota have signed an agreement with the Denso electronic technology company to develop basic structural technologies for new EVs. Toyota already sells both all-electric, hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles, but Mazda has yet to go electric.
In addition, Mitsubishi has announced it will soon start selling a plug-in hybrid version of its all-new Outlander crossover in America. It will include a fuel-efficient 2.0-liter gas engine, two electric motors, and the company's acclaimed Super All-Wheel Control all-wheel-drive system. The price is expected to start at $34,595.