Three standout football recruits share their stories

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Once your account is created, you’ll be logged-in to this account.DisagreeAgree guestLabel guestLabelcenter_img 0 Comments Inline FeedbacksView all comments Name*Email*Website Three standout football recruits share their storiesPosted by Paul ValenciaDate: Friday, September 6, 2019in: Sportsshare 0 Sawyer Racanelli from Hockinson, Yaro Duvalko from Skyview, and Caadyn Stephen from Camas have all made their choices Sawyer Racanelli of Hockinson, Yaro Duvalko of Skyview, and Caadyn Stephen of Camas are among the top football recruits in the state. All three have made their college choices prior to the start of the 2019 high school season. Photos by Mike SchultzSawyer Racanelli of Hockinson, Yaro Duvalko of Skyview, and Caadyn Stephen of Camas are among the top football recruits in the state. All three have made their college choices prior to the start of the 2019 high school season. Photos by Mike SchultzThey are among the top recruits in the state, in the Pacific Northwest.They represent three quality high school programs in Clark County. They all have different stories, but the same stories, too.The recruitment process is fun. The recruitment process is stressful.And for the most part, the recruitment process is over for Hockinson’s Sawyer Racanelli, Skykview’s Yaro Duvalko, and Camas’ Caadyn Stephen.Well, technically, it is not over. They cannot sign until December, or perhaps they will wait until February of 2020. But when Stephen announced Wednesday night his intention to sign with the University of Southern California, all three of these recruits had made up their minds prior to the first kickoff of the 2019 high school football season. Racanelli won’t get to play this season. He tore a knee ligament in June. But he had already told the Washington Huskies he would sign with them, and the Huskies have told him that they are 100 percent behind him during his rehabilitation.Duvalko, one of the top quarterback recruits in Washington, announced that he is going to sign with Utah State. These are their stories.Sawyer Racanelli, Hockinson, and a University of Washington recruitIt was not a surprise that Racanelli picked Washington. It was, however, a bit of a stunner that he made his decision so soon in the process. He announced his intention in May, some 13 months before Hockinson’s Class of 2020 graduates.Sawyer Racanelli of Hockinson will be headed to the University of Washington as a receiver. Photo by Mike SchultzSawyer Racanelli of Hockinson will be headed to the University of Washington as a receiver. Photo by Mike Schultz“I didn’t want to play the whole recruiting game and give teams hope when I knew where I wanted to go,” Racanelli said. He said he relied on prayer. Plus he had made a promise to someone special.A knee injury will force Hockinson’s Sawyer Racanelli to miss his senior season. He still expects to sign with the University of Washington later this school year. Photo by Mike SchultzA knee injury will force Hockinson’s Sawyer Racanelli to miss his senior season. He still expects to sign with the University of Washington later this school year. Photo by Mike Schultz “I told my grandpa before he died, ‘I’m going to play for the Huskies.’”His talent — an elite receiver and linebacker — combined with his 6-foot-3, 205-pound frame brought him a lot of attention. He received offers from UCLA, Oregon State, Washington State, and Michigan, among others. Racanelli said he was impressed by every program he communicated with and/or visited. But he felt called to the Huskies.“I can’t just prolong this and wait,” he said. “I wanted to be where I wanted to be.”So on a Friday in May, one of the biggest names in the recruiting process, made his decision public via Twitter. “Why would I not want to play for a top-10 program in my backyard? I’m a family oriented person. Three hours away. My family is going to be able to watch me at any game,” Racanelli said.The long-term goal is to play in the NFL, he said.“Even if that doesn’t work out, I’ll be built for life, with all the tools I’ll need,” Racanelli said. “A degree from U-Dub looks really, really good. It has one of the best business programs in the country.”As far as football, the plan is to play receiver. He prefers offense to defense anyway, but he remains open minded.“I’m a weird 6-3, 205. I kind of have a linebacker build but I play receiver,” Racanelli said. “If I get up to UW and they say, ‘We need you to play linebacker,’ I’d be totally fine with that. But I’m going up there to play receiver.” Racanelli said, for the most part, he enjoyed the recruiting experience. He said he doesn’t travel much so he took advantage of his trips to Cal and UCLA, for example. “Being able to go through the recruiting process was like a kid in a candy store,” Racanelli said.It was not always a great experience, though. Some coaches, Racanelli said, are too pushy. There is a constant demand for one’s time. It is flattering but also can be too much. Then it was time to tell other coaches he has picked Washington.“I felt, not guilty, but I felt bad almost,” Racanelli said. “I told them, ‘I love your school. Wish nothing but the best, but I’m going to U-Dub.’” Most coaches understood and wished Racanelli the best, too. Yaro Duvalko, Skyview, and a Utah State recruitHe nearly quit football during his first season, back in the third grade. Then he asked to try quarterback.Yaro Duvalko of Skyview said the recruiting process increased his confidence. When college coaches kept contacting him, he knew he was on the right path. He plans to sign with Utah State. Photo by Mike SchultzYaro Duvalko of Skyview said the recruiting process increased his confidence. When college coaches kept contacting him, he knew he was on the right path. He plans to sign with Utah State. Photo by Mike SchultzYaro Duvalko has been playing the position with a passion ever since.“I expanded my whole mindset on the game. I was in a place I could lead,” Duvalko said. “Everything I do impacts the game. I like having the ball in my hands. I like being able to control the game. After that, it was game over.”Football consumed him. The family moved from Portland to Vancouver, and now he is the second-year starter for the Skyview Storm.And an unlikely college quarterback to be.To be fair, he believed he could do this. But not everyone did. His parents have always supported him, but they did not comprehend what the game could do for their son.“My parents had no clue about football. My mom didn’t know I could go to college for free,” Duvalko said. He noted that he was not criticizing his parents. They just did not know. His mother was born in Kiev and moved to America about 20 years ago. His father is Ukrainian, too, but born in Canada. American football was not exactly their expertise.It is Yaro’s, though.There are many recruiting sites, many rankings for high school football players hoping to play in college. Earlier this year, 247Sports had Duvalko as Washington’s top-ranked pro-style quarterback for the Class of 2020.  “Not that the ranking makes the player, but it reassured me that there are a lot of people who are rooting for me, a lot of people who have my back, and I’ve done certain things that have separated me from the rest,” Duvalko said. “So I just have to keep motivated, keep what I’m doing, and keep pulling away from everybody else.”His talent has led him to Utah State.Utah State is not in a Power Five conference, but does have the Power Five mentality, Duvalko said.“Everything I’ve seen from them, and from their coaching staff, and the way they play, it really convinced me they are are Power Five school,” Duvalko said.Plus, it fit academically. Duvalko wants to study human movement science on his way to becoming a chiropractor. “I was sold on the staff, the facilities, and the 40-year plan I’ll have,” Duvalko said. “My career choice is perfect.”Duvalko said he had a pretty good idea where he was going, but he also made sure his parents were involved. His mom and dad talked to various coaches at Utah State. Then in June, Yaro made the call to say ‘yes’ to the offer.The best part of the recruiting process, Duvalko said with a laugh, was when it ended. It was chaotic.He did appreciate it, though. “Throughout my life, not many people told me I was going to go too far. There weren’t many people saying, ‘Yaro is going to make it … to college.’ I had to really push myself,” Duvalko said. Then he started getting invitations to college football games, to visit with the teams.“When those coaches were reaching out, that kind of convinced me, ‘Hey, I’ve got it.’ It reassures you.”The toughest part for him was the scheduling. It seemed like every weekend was booked. In the end, it was worth it. Duvalko made the call to Utah State coach Gary Andersen in June to tell him the Aggies were his choice.“It was such a relief. It was a feeling of the stars aligning,” Duvalko said. Caadyn Stephen, Camas, and a Southern Cal recruitCaadyn Stephen lets people in on a little secret: He wanted nothing to do with football.“My dad forced me to play my freshman year. I didn’t want to play it,” Stephen said. “He said, ‘You’re big, I’m going to put you in this and see how you like it.’ I ended up loving it.”Caadyn Stephen of Camas was “forced” to play football, and then he fell in love with the game. He announced he will sign with the University of Southern California. Photo by Mike SchultzCaadyn Stephen of Camas was “forced” to play football, and then he fell in love with the game. He announced he will sign with the University of Southern California. Photo by Mike SchultzThat move changed Stephen’s life. Today, Caadyn Stephen is 6-foot-5 (with no shoes on) and 280 pounds, with a frame that suggests he could easily add 30 or 40 pounds of muscle in the coming years. A college offensive line coach has to love what he sees in Stephen’s potential.Stephen moved from West Anchorage High School in Alaska to Camas last summer, and he instantly became one of the top recruits in this state.But, it was in his first year of high school when he fell for the game and then was told he had an opportunity to be special.His coach, Craig Dunn, had coached five players who had made it to the NFL. Dunn told Stephen that Stephen had more potential at that age than any of those players. “I used that as my drive,” Stephen said. “He told me, ‘You have a chance to play on Saturdays and most likely Sundays.”College coaches told Caadyn Stephen that they love his quick feet for a lineman. Stephen said he got that from playing basketball. Photo by Mike SchultzCollege coaches told Caadyn Stephen that they love his quick feet for a lineman. Stephen said he got that from playing basketball. Photo by Mike SchultzA month after that conversation, Dunn passed away. Stephen said he has kept a text message from his coach, inspiring him to go after this new dream of his. On Wednesday, Stephen took one huge step toward playing on Saturdays. He announced his intention to sign with Southern California. Stephen has 12 official offers from Division-I programs, including seven Pac-12 schools. Other schools have shown interest, too. Stephen, though, was convinced USC was the place for him when he went on an official visit this past weekend. “Faith. Family. Football,” he said, when describing the program.Faith is huge for Stephen. A Christian, he said he turns to God to ask for help when he is struggling. The recruiting process was tough at times. He’s had injuries. He went to a small, private school through the eight grade in Alaska before moving to a public school. A couple years later, he moved to another state. Those changes were difficult for Stephen.“I call upon my faith to help me,” he said.He said he wants a brotherhood with his college teammates, and he felt that at USC. He noted that even though he does not like hot weather, he had to take this opportunity to move to California. On the day of his decision, Stephen was wearing a shirt with the words: “Stay humble. Stay hungry.”That is no problem for him, although he did acknowledge enjoying the recognition associated with the recruiting process.“The attention,” Stephen said. “Kids dream of this attention and the chance of playing college ball.”At the same time, the work must continue. He recalled a recent practice when four Pac-12 coaches were right behind him.“I was just locked in,” Stephen said. “I forgot they were there.”He also had to learn to balance recruiting and everyday life. He said there were times he would not get back to some coaches because the demands on his time were so overwhelming.This week, he put the tough part of the process behind him.2019 season beginsOn Friday night, none of the recruiting will matter to Racanelli, Duvalko, or Stephen. Starting now, it is all about how their teams fare in the stadiums around Clark County.Racanelli, with the injury, will be an unofficial coach with the Hockinson Hawks as they go for a third consecutive Class 2A state title.Duvalko is hoping to quarterback the Storm to a league championship.And Stephen, along with his teammates on the Camas offensive line, are looking to pave a path for a long playoff run. They can sign their letters of intent in December or next February. They can appreciate all that they went through to find their colleges.Tonight, though, the focus returns, 100 percent, to high school football. 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UPDATE: One victim, shooter dead in Anderson Elementary shooting

first_img guestLabel UPDATE: One victim, shooter dead in Anderson Elementary shootingPosted by Chris BrownDate: Tuesday, November 26, 2019in: Newsshare 0 The shooter was identified as 38-year-old Keland HillVANCOUVER — The Clark County Sheriff’s office has confirmed that one of two women who was shot inside a van in the parking lot of Sarah J. Anderson Elementary School on Tuesday afternoon has died. The other victim received non-life threatening injuries.A shattered driver’s side window marks the scene of a shooting at Sarah J. Anderson Elementary School in Vancouver this afternoon. Two people were shot. The suspect took his own life after leading sheriff’s deputies on a chase. Photo by Jacob GrannemanA shattered driver’s side window marks the scene of a shooting at Sarah J. Anderson Elementary School in Vancouver this afternoon. Two people were shot. The suspect took his own life after leading sheriff’s deputies on a chase. Photo by Jacob GrannemanAccording to a GoFundMe page set up by Tabitha Ojeda, the victim is Tiffany Hill, the estranged wife of the shooter, who was identified as 38-year-old Keland Hill. Ojeda, who identifies herself as Tiffany Hill’s sister, says the other victim was their mother, and that she was shot three times, suffering injuries to her hands and arms.The sheriff’s office also now says that there were three children in the van at the time of the shooting, rather than the two originally reported. The couple did have three children, though it hasn’t been confirmed if the children in the vehicle were related to them. All three were taken into the care of Child Protective Services at the scene.Deputies responding to the shooting shortly after 3:20 p.m. on Tuesday found the van, lights still on, and the driver’s side window shattered. Bullet holes could also be seen in the front windshield, directly in front of the driver’s seat.Photo of Kelano Hill via FacebookPhoto of Keland Hill via FacebookThe surviving victim was able to give deputies a description of Hill and his vehicle. A short pursuit ended at NE Andresen and Padden Parkway, where Hill was confronted by deputies and then held the gun to his head and pulled the trigger. He was declared deceased at the hospital.Hill had made bail four days before the shooting after being arrested on charges of violating a restraining order obtained by Tiffany Hill. Court documents obtained by Clark County Today show Hill had allegedly installed a GPS tracker on his estranged wife’s vehicle, and had approached her on at least three separate occasions and sent her numerous text messages, in violation of the protection order obtained in September.Court records also show Hill, a former Marine, had attempted to purchase a gun at a Wal-Mart in Portland on Oct. 6, but had been denied due to the domestic violence charges showing up during a background check. He allegedly told the store clerk he was attempting to purchase the bolt-action rifle “to take care of vermin” on his property. Two people were shot in the parking lot of Sarah J. Anderson Elementary School in Vancouver this afternoon. The suspect later took his own life. Photo by Jacob GrannemanTwo people were shot in the parking lot of Sarah J. Anderson Elementary School in Vancouver this afternoon. The suspect later took his own life. Photo by Jacob GrannemanIt is unclear at this point where Hill obtained the weapon used in Tuesday’s shooting, but that will be a major focus of the Clark County Major Crimes team investigation, according to Clark County Sergeant Brent Waddell.“It’s a tragedy all around,” said Waddell on Tuesday evening, noting that one of the deputies who responded to the shooting had been involved in the ongoing domestic dispute case involving Hill.“It takes a toll on not only the families that are involved,” said Waddell, “but also the school, the people who found them, the people that witnessed it, and the deputies involved.”Two people were shot in the parking lot of Sarah J. Anderson Elementary School in Vancouver this afternoon. The suspect later took his own life. Photo by Jacob GrannemanTwo people were shot in the parking lot of Sarah J. Anderson Elementary School in Vancouver this afternoon. The suspect later took his own life. Photo by Jacob GrannemanFriends of Hill took to social media to mourn his death, many alluding to a history of mental health problems potentially related to his time in the military.“Always hurts to see another friend loss (sic) to metal health,” said one post on Facebook. “Keland Hill, I will always remember you for your fun to be around personality.”Law enforcement from across Clark County swarmed Sarah J. Anderson Elementary School this afternoon after two people were shot in the parking lot. Photo by Jacob GrannemanLaw enforcement from across Clark County swarmed Sarah J. Anderson Elementary School this afternoon after two people were shot in the parking lot. Photo by Jacob Granneman“Words cannot describe the pain we are feeling today,” another post read. “Woke up to some devastating news. We lost another Marine to suicide and mental health. His children will be without a dad and mom for the rest of their lives. We need to be there for them and support them however we can.”In a release on Tuesday, Vancouver Public Schools said “Our thoughts are with the victims, students, families, staff and the entire Anderson community. We will support them however we can.” Officers from the Clark County Sheriff’s office, Vancouver Police, and SWAT responded to both scenes, along with Clark County Fire District 6.\blankSgt. Brent Waddell of the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, speaks to members of the media during a press conference Tuesday night at the scene. Photo by Jacob Grannemanblank Jonas Abbott, 16, witnessed the shooting and is seen here speaking with KATU News on the scene. 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One week, one goal, inspire love: PHS Inspire Week 2020

first_imgOne week, one goal, inspire love: PHS Inspire Week 2020Posted by Jacob GrannemanDate: Thursday, February 13, 2020in: Youthshare 0 Prairie High School hosts third annual week of kindness BATTLE GROUND — One week. One goal. Inspire others to love. This is the foundation of Prairie High School’s (PHS) Inspire Week, which reached its third year of participation this month. The school’s 1,600-plus students came together once again to serve each other, their school staff and their community.PHS student Seth Le, better known as “The High Five Guy,” walks around school giving free high fives to anyone and everyone as part of Inspire Week 2020. Photo by Jacob GrannemanPHS student Seth Le, better known as “The High Five Guy,” walks around school giving free high fives to anyone and everyone as part of Inspire Week 2020. Photo by Jacob GrannemanMore than just the typical “spirit week” put on by many high schools, Inspire Week was founded on a desire to spread kindness and infect the school with the contagious desire to love the people around you. “The first year that we introduced it, we had teachers nominate students, all different backgrounds, all different lifestyles, from every click and group that you could imagine, and them coming together and meeting each other and getting to know each other, working together was super awesome,” said Mandy Gardea, PHS’s security and founder of Inspire Week. “The next year, we kind of introduced it again and brought the leaders back from that but also invited more students. It’s grown into this amazing group. Everybody on campus knows what it is.” PHS students participate in a flash mob on the Wednesday of Inspire Week 2020. Photo by Jacob GrannemanPHS students participate in a flash mob on the Wednesday of Inspire Week 2020. Photo by Jacob GrannemanThroughout the week, students engage with their peers in exciting and humorous activities like flash mobs, high five tunnels, cereal booths, sticky notes of encouragement, live music events, community service, and more.Students held a breakfast event to thank Brush Prairie Baptist Church, who always holds a BBQ for students each year, as a neighbor of the school. The students also held an appreciation night at Mill Creek Pub in Battle Ground to thank them for supporting school activities through donations.“It has inspired me to be intentional in loving more students than just my classroom,” Dawn Rowe, who teaches World Studies at PHS, previously told ClarkCountyToday.com. “It has been beautiful watching love and joy spread.”Gardea started Inspire week three years ago after seeing videos of a movement known as Dude. Be Nice (DBN). The radical acts of kindness and generosity inspired her to bring the culture of DBN to PHS. Inspire Week at PHS has unique events and themes each day of the week, from Prairie Pride to pink in support of breast cancer. Photo by Jacob GrannemanInspire Week at PHS has unique events and themes each day of the week, from Prairie Pride to pink in support of breast cancer. Photo by Jacob Granneman As security for PHS and a former student of the school herself, Gardea said she has seen so much change, and many aspects not for the better. Instead of feeling defeated by the anxiety and depression around her, Gardea said she encouraged the use of social media for positive messages about Inspire Week and from there it has taken off. “As security here it just was really important to me to try to bring just a positive vibe back to the school. I went here a long time ago and it’s just very different,” Gardea said. “It does spread, especially with the world of social media that we’re in. We’ve actually already had middle schools in our district that have asked us to come over and kind of spread that love over there. So it is getting out.”On the final day of the week, students will use Valentines Day as another reason to appreciate those around them. Notes of encouragement and positive messages will  be placed around the school, and given to staff.As part of the week, PHS’s Christian Students United (CSU) club also held an Ignite the Fire event. The couple hundred students that attended heard from Ben Matson, a fellow student, and drug addict turned public speaker and evangelist, Scott McNamara, from Northern Ireland.PHS is set to continue Inspire Week and related events into the coming months as students and staff continue to build new partnerships and relationships with community members and each other.  AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTags:Brush PrairieClark CountyLatestshare 0 Previous : County manager seeks Telecommunications Commission applicants Next : Vancouver firefighters battle shop fire in ProebstelAdvertisementThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

Tom Mielke announces write-in candidacy for 18th District Senate

first_imgTom Mielke announces write-in candidacy for 18th District SenatePosted by Ken Vance, EditorDate: Monday, September 21, 2020in: Newsshare 0 Former state representative, county commissioner believes: ‘We deserve a senator who keeps their word and votes like a Republican’Former Clark County Commissioner and State Representative Tom Mielke has thrown his hat in the ring for the 18th District Senate seat, currently held by Ann Rivers. Mielke officially announced his candidacy for the position as a write-in candidate for the Nov. 3 general election. Tom MielkeTom MielkeIn addition to Rivers, the Republican incumbent, Democrat Rick Bell is also pursuing the seat. The two advanced from the August primary election. In his announcement Monday, Mielke didn’t hold back on his criticism of Rivers, citing that as his primary reason for seeking the position. “As a citizen of the 18th District, I’ve watched my opponent with complete dismay,” Mielke said. “In everything from violating her promise to oppose the largest gas tax and tab fee increases in this state’s history, to selling us out on the McCleary budget and then blaming our County Assessor when most of our property taxes exploded, to leading the charge to restart the failed Columbia River Crossing (CRC) with tolls instead of a 3rd crossing, she has failed us.“Her flip-flop on restarting the CRC that we worked so hard to stop can’t be explained,’’ Mielke added. “None of the reasons that made stopping the CRC so important then have changed.  We do not want nor do we need light rail in Clark County and that is the only reason this project was started. It was a bad idea the first time they tried it and it’s now become a terrible idea that will solve none of our cross-river transportation issues. It will do nothing to improve congestion or safety, but it will cause financial hardship on many of the 70,000 plus commuters who will likely have to pay a toll twice, both in Vancouver and then again when Oregon implements their tolling program. What it will do is drain hundreds of millions of dollars from the citizens of this county and this district with essentially nothing to show for it that matters, except to the special interests my opponent now represents who will make a fortune.”Mielke, a combat veteran of Vietnam, continued, “I also don’t believe the people of the 18th want a senator who cosponsors Democrat legislation that determines either the genders of those on corporate boards, or those who identify as genders on corporate boards.  Nor do they want a Senator who tries to get the taxpayers to pick up the tab for their parking tickets.”“I am a Republican and a Conservative,” Mielke added. “I have a history on the County Commission and in the House of Representatives.  I know what the people of the 18th District want and unlike my opponent; I will both tell the truth and represent the people and not the special interests that are calling the shots with my opponent.”When reached by Clark County Today for comment, Mielke said he would consider his candidacy a win if he was elected to the seat, or even if his presence in the race split enough of the Republican votes to make Bell the winner. blankIn the August primary, Bell received 38.52 percent of the votes while the two Republicans — Rivers (32.51 percent) and challenger John Ley (28.88 percent) — split more than 61 percent of the votes. Mielke wasn’t shy in saying that he is hopeful of a similar split of the voting in the general election.“If I get 32 percent of the votes, I win,’’ Mielke projected. “If I get 20 percent of the votes, she loses. Either way, that’s a win. When we have weak Republicans in the legislature, we are going to continue in the minority because there is no difference between them and Democrats. So, if the Democrat (Bell) wins, four years from now we’ll take the seat back and have a real conservative in the position.’’Additional information about Mielke, including issue statements, is available at WriteInTom.com.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTags:Clark CountyElection 2020Latestshare 0 Previous : Tolling: ‘You’re actually going to make things worse’ Next : Amboy museum to host shred day for residents with large group sale as wellAdvertisementThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

Letter: ‘This election year, let’s send a message; vote Democrat down ticket and vote for an end to the corruption that is destroying the GOP’

first_imgLetter: ‘This election year, let’s send a message; vote Democrat down ticket and vote for an end to the corruption that is destroying the GOP’Posted by ClarkCountyToday.comDate: Monday, October 19, 2020in: Letters To The Editor, Opinionshare 0 Camas resident Marie Treadway shares why she has moved away from the Republican partyEditor’s note: Opinions expressed in this letter to the editor are those of the author alone and do not reflect the editorial position of ClarkCountyToday.comMarie Treadway, CamasMarie Treadway, CamasAs a former Republican, I miss the days when Republicans stood for lower taxes, smaller government, and individual freedom. I moved away from the party as it became clear it had been taken over both by religious zealots intolerant of other religions or opinions as well as corporations preying upon the ingrained fears of rural voters to drum up support for a candidate bought by their own lobbyists. Never has this been more obvious than in recent years with a tax cut that permanently capped corporate tax rates below that of many working families in our area while offering scraps to the rest of us that expire in a few short years. Many households even saw their taxes rise as the financial cost of teens over 16 and dependent adults are no longer acknowledged by the IRS and middle-income single parents were bumped into a higher tax bracket. I don’t always agree with the Democratic platform, but we don’t all need to agree on everything. We need representatives who are honest, real, and who truly care about what happens to us. In addition to voting for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris this election, I’m voting a solid Democrat ticket down ballot this year to send a message to the Republican party that they need to reassess what they stand for. Working parents like me are trying to pay our bills, save for college for our children, pay our taxes, and do everything right, sometimes on little sleep, sometimes with the weight of the world keeping us awake at night. We deserve better than this government that does not care if we sink or swim. If you are a Republican: you deserve better than what your party has given you. If you are a Democrat: you deserve better than this as well. We have local candidates in this area ready to stop our freefall, and one of these is the most genuine person I have ever met. Donna Sinclair, a brilliant woman dedicated to fighting for our region, is running for the State House in the 18th Legislative District. Local campaigns are often overlooked, but it is the grass roots movement of these elections that shape our national elections in the years ahead. Even more important, local elections result in candidates who make decisions affecting our day-to-day lives, like how much we pay in property taxes and how much of it goes to our own school districts. Electing Donna would finally give the 18th a voice in the Democrat-controlled State House after years of Republicans failing to make headway on our behalf. We need a representative who can influence where our taxes go, who isn’t out of touch with our dynamic community that values nature, the constitution, family, and our local economy all at once. Donna Sinclair will truly represent every last one of us and will stand up for us and the needs of Southwest Washington. This election year, let’s send a message. Vote Democrat down ticket and vote for an end to the corruption that is destroying the GOP.Marie Treadway CamasAdvertisementThis is placeholder textTags:CamasClark Countyshare 0 Previous : Letter: ‘Please join me in rejecting R-90 and voting for Vicki Kraft’ Next : Ridgefield school libraries provide Curbside CheckoutAdvertisementThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

Port of Vancouver USA welcomes USNS Fisher

first_imgPort of Vancouver USA welcomes USNS FisherPosted by ClarkCountyToday.comDate: Friday, December 18, 2020in: Community Newsshare 0 The ship will be docked at the port’s berths 13 and 14 and will offer an impressive sight to river users and those able to view it from the Oregon side of the Columbia RiverVANCOUVER – The Port of Vancouver USA welcomed the USNS Fisher, a vessel with the Military Sealift Command (MSC) on Dec. 12 for a stay of approximately nine months, as the temporary home port for the 951-foot long vessel. The ship will be docked at the port’s berths 13 and 14 and will offer an impressive sight to river users and those able to view it from the Oregon side of the Columbia River.Photo courtesy of Port of Vancouver USAPhoto courtesy of Port of Vancouver USASimilar to the USNS Brittin which stayed at port earlier this year, the USNS Fisher is a large medium-speed roll-on/roll-off vehicle cargo ship, ideal for the rapid loading and off-loading of Army wheeled and tracked vehicles, as well as other outsized Army equipment. MSC operates approximately 125 civilian-crewed ships, like the USNS Fisher, that replenish U.S. Navy ships. Some of the activities conducted by the command includes specialized missions, strategic pre-positioning combat cargo at sea and moving military cargo and supplies used by deployed U.S. forces and coalition partners.“For the Port of Vancouver to host the USNS Fisher for an extended period of time is an honor and shows the aptitude of the port and the capabilities of the Columbia River,” said Alex Strogen, chief commercial officer, Port of Vancouver USA. “With a 43-foot shipping channel and the infrastructure capable of safely mooring the vessel, supplying necessary utilities and the low-cost of electricity in this area, the Port of Vancouver USA is a dynamic establishment that builds upon the Columbia River’s international maritime hub.”Christened in 1997, the ship was named for Zachary and Elizabeth Fisher who were major philanthropists and supporters for the men and women in the United States Armed Forces and their families. Mr. Fisher utilized his real estate and building skills to assist the U.S. Coastal Service in the construction of coastal fortifications which began a lifelong patronage of U.S. Armed Forces. Over the course of Mr. Fisher’s life, he supported a vast array of charitable organizations throughout the United States and helped established numerous foundations, including the Fisher House Foundation and Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation. He received several of the highest awards that a civilian can receive from each branch of the military, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Bill Clinton. To learn more about Mr. Fisher’s legacy, visit https://fisherhouse.org/.The USNS Fisher is expected to remain docked at the port for the next nine months. For more information about the USNS Fisher or the Navy’s Military Sealift Command, visit www.sealiftcommand.com.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTags:Clark Countyshare 0 Previous : City of Battle Ground supports North County Community Food Bank and Battle Ground Healthcare Next : Woodland Public Schools’ K-4 students will return to hybrid in-person learning starting Jan. 5AdvertisementThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

The Mercedes-Benz SL is forecast to get a lot more serious

first_img We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. The next-generation 2021 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class will lose a bunch of weight, take on way more aggressive styling, and come with more power than ever before, topping out at more than 800 horsepower courtesy an e-motor-assisted 4.0-litre V8, according to a report from Automobile magazine.A mostly-aluminum platform will help the SL-Class shed some 150 kg, the publication has apparently found out, even though cabin room will be expanded thanks to a stretched wheelbase. If the SL ends up under the Mercedes-AMG banner, a small 2+2-style back seat will help set it apart from its AMG GT sibling. A multi-layer soft top is expected to return for the first time since 2001, and active stabilizers, rear-wheel steering and AWD all point to a performance focus.Styling-wise, expect a much meaner look, with large intakes, lots of vents and aggressive headlights. Clashing with rumours reported last April by Autocar magazine, Automobile says it’s heard the base SL 43 will start with a 435-horsepower 3.0-litre inline-six mated to a 20-horsepower mild hybrid system. The SL 53 and SL 63 would be similarly hybridized, though the powerplant there would be a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8, making 522 horsepower in the SL 53 and 612 in the SL 63. Trending Videos It could be a while before it can be sorted exactly which rumours prove true and which ring false. If the next-gen SL does indeed debut as a 2021 model, at the earliest a prototype would bow a year or two from now. Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” advertisement PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 The 2017 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class. See More Videos RELATED TAGSMercedes-BenzSLNews At the top of the model range, says the Mercedes insider tapped by the magazine, will be an SL 73, also with a 612-horsepower V8, but one mated to a 204-horsepower e-motor inspired by the one driving the AMG Project One. That rumour makes sense considering Automobile long ago reported that overall next-gen SL-Class development had been assigned to AMG specifically.  Trending in Canada ‹ Previous Next ›last_img read more

We’re heading towards ‘peak car’ as ride-sharing takes over

first_imgCreated with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 A fleet of Nissan Leaf electric cars, operated by ride-sharing startup CleverShuttle, sit in a covered car park in Berlin, Germany, on Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018. As young people increasingly ditch driving, theyíre also accelerating the shift toward whatís being dubbed “peak car” — a time in the not too distant future when sales of private vehicles across the western world will plateau before making a swift descent.  Rolf Schulten / Bloomberg RELATED TAGSNissanNews Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” advertisement Trending Videos See More Videos We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. For years, Martin Bruesch was the bread and butter of the German auto industry. He routinely used his Audi A4 station wagon for the 20-minute trip to the office.Now on work days, his car usually stays parked outside his apartment in the affluent Berlin neighborhood of Charlottenburg and the 32-year-old human resources executive hails a new carpooling service instead.“If I’m truly honest with myself, then owning a car is too expensive with all these alternatives around,” Bruesch said as he got into one of CleverShuttle’s battery-powered Nissan Leafs one evening this month. “It’s cheap, I don’t need to search for a parking space, and I like the fact that a trip is environmentally friendly,” he said. PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever As young people like Bruesch increasingly ditch driving, they’re also accelerating the shift toward what’s being dubbed “peak car”—a time in the not-too-distant future when sales of private vehicles across the western world will plateau before making a swift descent.This is especially true in big cities, where people are becoming more inclined to share rather than own a vehicle that sits idle most of the time. The number of Germans 25 and under getting driving licenses slid 28 per cent in the past decade, and it’s a similar story in pretty much every other major economy.It’s a moment of reckoning for an industry that had been able to count on three things since the automobile was invented in Germany more than a century ago: Cars ran on combustion engines and people not only desired to own one, they also drove it exclusively. With the age of car-sharing, battery-powered fleets and self-driving cars upon us, automakers need to reinvent themselves into mobility companies to survive.It’s hardly surprising, then, that Mercedes-Benz parent company Daimler AG bought a stake in CleverShuttle after it began operations in 2016. The service uses an Uber-like app to pair individuals searching for a ride with other commuters in the same vicinity. In the five German cities it runs, users have more than doubled since January to 650,000.Fast forward just five years and such services will eat into automobile sales, leaving carmakers vulnerable if they don’t find ways to augment their income, according to Munich-based consultancy Berylls Strategy Advisors. By 2030 in the U.S., where data is most readily available, Berylls predicts that total sales of cars – individually owned and shared – will fall almost 12 per cent to 15.1 million vehicles.“It will be the first time carmakers ever have to deal with a decline that’s structural, and not down to temporary factors like an economic downturn,” said Arthur Kipferler, a Berylls consultant who, while working for JaguarLand Rover, helped close the deal to fill Alphabet Inc.’s planned self-driving Waymo taxi service with 20,000 electric Jaguar I-Pace crossovers.Problem is, it’s not as simple as replacing car sales with revenue from mobility services. While German heavyweights like Daimler, BMW and Volkswagen AG have invested hundreds of millions of euros in various ride-hailing and car-sharing schemes, they’re nowhere near breaking even on them.Take the DriveNow car-sharing service BMW started in 2011, which charges users by the minute to rent more than 6,000 BMWs and Minis in 13 European cities. After seven years, it’s still turning a loss, and last year made up just 0.07 percent of the company’s sales. The rest came mostly from selling almost 2.5 million luxury vehicles, like the 3 Series sedan.Aside from the cost of building a fleet big enough to serve customers across a city, there are numerous ongoing expenses — things like car maintenance, paying drivers and managing and updating software.And yet BMW’s own estimates show that in a decade, one car-sharing vehicle will replace at least three privately owned ones. Mobility services, including autonomous cars, will account for a third of all trips. According to New York-based consultancy Oliver Wyman, mobility will be a 200 billion euro (US$227 billion) business by 2040.“Carmakers are desperate for their mobility divisions to be monetized,” said Michael Dean, a senior automotive analyst at Bloomberg Intelligence. “They must be involved in future mobility to avoid being left behind by the likes of Uber and Lyft.”Already, Uber and its Chinese rival DiDi Chuxing Inc. are together valued at about US$124 billion — just shy of BMW and Daimler’s combined market value, he said.So much is at stake that BMW merged DriveNow with its long-time arch rival Daimler’s car2go service in March. Their goal: To build a one-stop-shop where people can do everything from call taxis, locate parking spots and find charging stations for their electric cars.“As pioneers in automotive engineering, we will not leave the task of shaping future urban mobility to others,” Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche vowed when the partnership was announced.Competition is already fierce. In Germany, the plethora of options to get from A to B led the nation’s train operator Deutsche Bahn AG to buy a stake in CleverShuttle which, for some commuters, is a viable alternative to overcrowded trains.Berliners can jump into street-side, gas- or battery-powered rental cars that charge by the minute and can be dropped off nearly anywhere. They can use one of thousands of rental bikes for as little as a euro an hour. For three euros every 30 minutes, they can even navigate the city center on an electric scooter.A similar smorgasbord of mobility options is available in most big cities. Car-sharing fleets globally have increased in size by 91 per cent in the past year, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Hailing services like Uber, Lyft or Grab — all of which carmakers have invested in — reached nearly a billion users during the second quarter, it said.Shuttling with strangers, the latest fad, is also catching on. Aside from CleverShuttle, ViaVan started in London, Amsterdam and Berlin in the spring as a joint venture between Daimler and New York-based Via Transportation Inc. Volkswagen, too, in July launched Moia in Hanover, Germany, using 35 VW-designed electric vans and growing to 250 by 2020.“We must reduce inner-city traffic,” said Bruno Ginnuth, CleverShuttle’s CEO. “A good way to do that is convincing people they don’t need to own a car anymore.”CleverShuttle expects to turn a profit in one German city, Leipzig, by year-end and plans to buy another Nissan Leaf EVs and Toyota Mirai hydrogen cars to expand in two more cities.Commuters are relishing in the choice. Bruesch pays about 8.50 euros for the four-mile journey to Berlin’s central square called Potsdamer Plaz, half the price of a taxi and less than what garages near his office charge for parking. Trending in Canada COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS ‹ Previous Next ›last_img read more

Lexus rearview mirror cameras will debut in October

first_img Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca The Japanese government lead the way in 2016 when it adopted rules allowing automakers to use cameras instead of mirrors. In 2016, technology supplier Ichikoh Industries forecasted that by 2023, 29 percent of the Japanese market would have cameras and monitors in place of regular mirrors, about 2.3 million vehicles. The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS See More Videos The cameras capture a clearer image than conventional mirrors, which is especially helpful in bad weather conditions where visibility can be compromised. The cameras could also be repositioned automatically to areas such as blind spots during lane changes, or to better view the curb while parking.Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2The new camera-based rearview mirrors on the Japanese-market 2019 Lexus ES 300h. We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. advertisement Trending in Canada RELATED TAGSES 300hLexusLuxury CarsLuxury VehiclesNew Vehicles Handout / Lexus The cameras will only be available in Japan initially, and only on the new ES 300h Version L, but Lexus will determine whether to bring them to the U.S. after reviewing the feedback from buyers. Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 The new camera-based rearview mirrors on the Japanese-market 2019 Lexus ES 300h.  Handout / Lexus The next Lexus ES will no longer have conventional side mirrors, and in their place will instead employ cameras that project the rear-facing image onto small screens located on the inside A-pillars.Mirrorless vehicles have been proposed by stylists for some time now, but Lexus is the first to put the technology into a production car. The automaker’s said it will improve safety, visibility and cabin solitude.Mirrorless cars may also have an improved fuel economy due to the lower drag of the slim camera housing; wind noise and visibility will also be improved. Trending Videos ‹ Previous Next ›last_img read more

These AWD large luxury crossovers come with up to $7,000 off

first_img The first two rows of seating offer plenty of space, the third row not so much—it’s really only for kids, but it does have a power-folding feature, which eases the transition. The cargo space with all rows in use rates 295 litres; it measures 890 litres with the third row down, and 2,075 with everything flat.Blind-spot monitoring, Audi pre-sense basic and a top-view camera are standard features. To get lane keep assist, a camera with distance senor and auto high beams requires the $900 Driver Assist package. It is money well-invested. Adaptive cruise control with stop/go functionality, traffic jam assist and Audi pre-sense plus, among other things, requires the $3,400 Driver Assist Plus package.The featured Q7 arrives with a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder that pushes 252 horsepower and 272 pound-feet of torque through an eight-speed automatic transmission and quattro all-wheel-drive. The latter sends 60 per cent of the torque to the rear wheels and 40 per cent to the front under normal driving conditions. However, it can transfer as much as 70 per cent to the front wheels and up to 85 per cent to the rears when needed, and it does so seamlessly.The combination brings a run to 100 kilometres an hour in 7.4 seconds, it has a posted average fuel economy of 11.0 litres per 100 kilometres and a tow capacity of 2,000 kilograms.The Q7 remains one of the most dynamic rides in the segment. It feels light on its tires, there’s minimal body roll and the response to steering input is both fast and reassuring. On the flip side, it cruises the highway in fine fashion.The Audi Q7 Progressiv arrives with a combined Unhaggle discount of $3,000 and a pre-tax sticker of $67,480.2018 Lexus RX 350LCreated with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.22018 Lexus RX 350 PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” Trending in Canada Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price: $66,050Lexus Canada Incentive*: $4,867Unhaggle Savings: $2,500Total Savings: $7,367Mandatory Fees (Freight, Govt. Fees): $2,215Total Before Tax: $60,898 – click here for exclusive local pricingThe Lexus RX 350L is new for 2018. It differs from the regular RX 350 by adding 110-millimetres to the back end, which allows it to accommodate a third row seat. There is enough space for two adults in the middle row, although legroom is tighter than the regular model. With the kid-only third row upright there’s 210 litres of space. Powering it down opens up 650 litres of cargo space, and there’s 1,650 litres with all rows folded flat. The rest of the cabin is finished with top-notch materials and the fit/finish to match. It is also feature-rich— he list of amenities includes heated/cooled leather eight-way power front seats, heated steering wheel, panoramic moonroof and an infotainment system that’s anchored by a 12.3-inch screen.The Lexus Safety System + is standard and includes a pre-collision system with automatic braking, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control and automatic high beams. Add this to standard blind-spot monitoring and rain-sensing wipers, and you have all of the desirable features.The RX 350L’s 3.5-litre V6 makes 290 hp and 263 lb.-ft. of torque—down five and four, respectively, from the regular-length model. It fires that to the road through an eight-speed automatic and all four wheels. Under normal conditions the RX 350L drives its front wheels. However, the Dynamic Torque Control receives input from various sensors it actively alters the torque distribution through an electromagnetic coupling. It can vary the torque from front-drive to 50/50 all-wheel drive or any split between.The Lexus RX 350L runs to 100 km/h in 8.6 seconds and has a posted average fuel economy of 11.1 L/100 km. Lexus does not list a tow capacity.The RX 350L’s primary focus is comfort, which makes it a great long-distance cruiser. However, there is minimal body roll and the response to steering input is crisp and reassuring when it’s pushed into a corner.The Lexus RX 350L has a sticker price of $60,898 after the generous $7,367 combined Unhaggle discount is applied.2018 Volvo XC90 T6Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.22018 Volvo XC90 See More Videos Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 2019 Volvo XC90  Handout / Volvo Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price: $63,350Volvo Canada Incentive*: $4,000Unhaggle Savings: $1,000Total Savings: $5,000Mandatory Fees (Freight, Govt. Fees): $2,155Total Before Tax: $60,505 – click here for exclusive local pricingThe 2018 Volvo XC90 continues with some minor changes, including the inclusion of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The cabin is elegant with the next-gen infotainment systems taking pride of place. The screen has large touch icons for everything from the phone to navigation and safety functions. It is iPad-like, but with one significant advantage—the driver can operate the screen with gloves on. It also boasts two of the most comfortable 10-way power seats in the business and all the desirable power items including a panoramic moonroof.Move rearward and the middle row is comprised of three individual seats, each of which can be moved to increase third-row legroom or up the cargo capacity. The third row is more usable than most, although it’s still best left to smaller adults or kids. The ability to fold all the seats individually lends a great deal of flexibility, and it boasts 2,427 litres of space with all rows folded.The XC90 Momentum arrives with City Safety with steering support, low- and high-speed collision mitigation with pedestrian, cyclist and large animal detection, lane keep assist, run-off road mitigation, auto after-crash braking (it prevents the XC90 from careening on after a crunch) and rain-sensing wipers. For some inexplicable reason blind-spot monitoring is bundled up in the Vision package.The XC90 T6 employs a 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine that’s both supercharged and turbocharged. This means 316 hp and 295 pound-feet of torque. It works with an eight-speed automatic and a solid all-wheel-drive system. The latter drives the front wheels under normal conditions, but it can send up to 60 per cent of the power rearward when needed. The speedy transfer of power means its action remains invisible.The combination brings a run from rest to 100 km/h of 6.5 seconds, an average fuel economy rating of 10.3 L/100 km and a tow capacity of 2,250 kg.The XC90’s suspension does a good job of balancing the need for comfort with the good roll control. The steering’s weight is adjustable and delivers good feel and feedback. The combination means the XC90 feels alive when driven with authority.The Volvo XC90 T6 Momentum has a large $5,000 combined Unhaggle discount and $60,505 pre-tax price.Compare the Audi Q7, Lexus RX 350L and Volvo XC90 side-by-side right hereTransport Canada does not list any recalls for these three luxury crossovers.The Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gives the Audi Q7 Good ratings for all crash tests including the new passenger-side small-offset test, a Superior rating for forward collision prevention, but a Marginal for headlight performance. The Lexus RX is a Top Safety Pick+ with Good ratings for all crash tests (it has yet to be rated for the passenger-side small-offset test), a Superior for forward collision prevention and an Acceptable for headlight performance. The Volvo XC90 is another Top Safety Pick+ with identical ratings to the Lexus RX.The projected resale value of these three luxury crossovers in 2023, after being driven an average of 20,000 km/year, is $24,380 for the Audi Q7 Progressiv, $25,230 for the Lexus RX 350L and $16,030 for the Volvo XC90 T6 Momentum. Handout / Lexus Handout / Volvo RELATED TAGSVolvoXC90LuxuryNew Car DealsLuxury VehiclesNew Car DealsNew Vehiclescenter_img On the last three Fridays of every month, Graeme Fletcher combines manufacturers’ incentives from Unhaggle.com with resale value, dependability and overall ratings to find you the best deal for your money in new cars. This week, we look at luxurious seven-seat crossovers with all-wheel-drive. The hot deals are on the Audi Q7 Progressiv, Lexus RX 350L and Volvo XC90 T6 Momentum.2018 Audi Q7Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Audi Q7 COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS Trending Videos This week’s hot Unhaggle deal boils down to a choice between the Audi Q7 and Lexus RX 350L. Both offer the expected quality, comfort and amenities, as well as the ability to ferry seven passengers when needed. If there is difference it boils down to the driving experience. The Q7 has dynamic drive; the RX 350L favours overall comfort. We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever advertisement Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price: $67,650Audi Canada Incentive*: $2,500Unhaggle Savings: $500Total Savings: $3,000Mandatory Fees (Freight, Govt. Fees): $2,830Total Before Tax: $67,480 – click here for exclusive local pricingAfter a full rework last year, the second-generation 2018 Audi Q7 carries over with some minor tweaks—blind-spot monitoring is now standard on Progressiv trims like this one. The cabin is graceful in its execution, with quality materials and a host of features including heated/cooled front seats and heated middle row seating, an over-sized panoramic moonroof and Audi’s MMI Plus with navigation. It remains one of the best simply because it can be negotiated easily. ‹ Previous Next ›last_img read more