Jeff Zurschmeide

Jeff Zurschmeide

Jeff Zurschmeide is a freelance writer from Portland, Oregon. Jeff covers new cars, motor sports, and technical topics for a variety of newspapers, magazines, and online outlets. Additionally, Jeff is the author of eight published books on automotive topics, including photo histories of Portland International Raceway and Portland Speedway. His current automotive passion is divided between his 1976 Mini Cooper and his 1920 Model T Ford. His daily driver is a Mazda Miata, because duh.

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Nissan is charged up about giving your electric car’s battery pack a new life

Nissan announced its Nissan Energy program at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show. The program is a three-pronged effort to promote the installation of charging stations, bi-directional charging, and reusing EV batteries.
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The 2019 Mazda3 gains AWD, fresh design, and a groundbreaking engine

The all-new, fourth-generation Mazda3 will include Mazda’s revolutionary SkyActiv-X gasoline engine, which uses compression ignition like a diesel, plus a real diesel engine option and available all-wheel drive.
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A Mercedes so sophisticated, it connects to your watch to plan your massage

The mid-size luxury SUV segment is a must-win competition, and the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE is the newest contender. With active suspension, driver assist, and even a connection to your watch, this is more than an SUV, it’s a mobile device.
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Fisker failed. But now the EV pioneer is ready for an epic redo

Henrik Fisker has already had a career most executives can only dream about. He designed the BMZ Z8, a couple of Aston Martins, and his own Fisker Karma. But he’s got a plan to disrupt the auto industry, forged by lessons learned over the…
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Flat, fast, and flexible, Volkswagen’s new electric platform can power any car

VW’s new EV architecture is scalable and adaptable enough to produce anything from sports cars to cargo vans. MEB vehicles can be front-wheel-drive, rear-wheel-drive, or all-wheel-drive, and will travel up to 350 miles on a charge.
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With a carbon bed and transforming tailgate, the new GMC Sierra is one of a kind

Our 2019 GMC Sierra first drive review focuses on the factors that make the new Sierra different from every other truck on the road. GMC has several exclusive new features, like a multi-function tailgate and a carbon fiber bed option.