A roundup of car-related stories covers everything from racings to changing buying habits

More racing scheduled for 2017 Rose Cup

Tickets are on sale for the 57th Annual Rose Cup Races at Portland International Raceway. The official Rose Festival event will be held July 7-9 at the raceway, located just off I-5 at West Delta Park/Exit 306 B.

Participation has been expanded this year to include members from the Oregon Region Sports Car Club of America and the Cascade Sports Car Club. Fields will feature Spec Racer Fords, Spec Miatas, Big Bore and Vintage car classes. And the V8-powered Great American Stockcar Series is returning after a long absence.

Single and three-day tickets are available. For more information, visit:

VW gets permission to sell diesels again

Volkswagen has been granted permission to sell some new and used diesel cars after they have been fixed to meet emission standards. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency decision applies to new and used 2015 models that could not be sold before the software fix was approved.

The decision applies to 2015 models with so-called Generation 3 turbo direct injection (TDI) engines. It is good news for dealers who have been storing the cars and buyers who can expect to receive substantial discounts before of the lingering controversy over the emissions scandal.

Vehicles covered by the decision include Volkswagen Beetles, Golfs, Jetta and Passats, in addition to Audi A3s.

Despite the decision, Volkswagen has reaffirmed its decision to meet higher federal mileage standards with more electrified vehicles.

Consumers buying thriftier cars

New car buyers may be shifting to more fuel efficient vehicles.

Although relatively low gas prices have been encouraging sales of trucks and crossovers, the average mileage of new vehicles sold in April approved slightly, according to the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.

The institute has been tracking the average mileage of new vehicle sale since October 2007. It says the April average was 25.3 miles per gallon, a 0.1 mpg increase from March.

That is still down from the 25.5 mpg average reached in August 2014, however. But it is up 5.2 mpg since the tracking began.

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