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RAREST OF THE RARE — 2017 Ford GT ’66 Heritage Edition

RAREST OF THE RARE — 2017 Ford GT ’66 Heritage Edition by Jim Corbran Depending on what kind of a crowd you hang out with, it’s probably safe to say that most of you (me included) aren’t likely to have a chance to come across a new Ford GT in the flesh.Until now.And not only can you see one of just 250 Ford GTs that will be sold world-wide for model year 2017, this is also

THERE’S NO TIRES LIKE SNOW TIRES — in the winter, that is!

THERE’S NO TIRES LIKE SNOW TIRES — in the winter, that is! by Jim Corbran For years — decades even! — right about this time of year I climb on my soapbox and espouse the value of snow tires for those of us living in winter wonderlands like Western New York.I’ve heard all the arguments against, so don’t bother.Don’t tell me that with your front-wheel-dri

50 SHADES OF …GREEN — It not all black & white these days. Or silver

50 SHADES OF… GREEN — It not all black & white these days. Or silver. by Jim Corbran I realize I’m one of the constant complainers about the dearth of car color choices these days. One look in any large public parking lot and you’d think that the only colors offered these days were black, white, and 50 shades of gray or silver.But, that’s not the case at all.Aft

LIKE FLYING FIRST CLASS… IN A CAR — The 2018 Rolls-Royce Phantom

LIKE FLYING FIRST CLASS… IN A CAR — The 2018 Rolls-Royce Phantom by Jim Corbran Some day you’re gonna be out in the backyard shootin’ at some food, when up through the ground’ll come a bubblin’ crude.The next thing you’ll want to do, after talking to Mr. Drysdale of course, is buy yourself a new car.So with that in mind, this week we look at the latest

DEEP IN THE HEART OF… TORINO??!

DEEP IN THE HEART OF… TORINO??! — The 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio by Jim Corbran When the email showed up the other day from FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) announcing that the newest vehicle from Turin, Italy-based Alfa Romeo had just been crowned Crossover of Texas and Luxury Crossover of Texas, it sent me scrambling. What the heck is going on down there, in what is arguably the natio

AS THE NAMEPLATE TURNS Part II

AS THE NAMEPLATE TURNS Part II— the buying and selling-off of automotive brands By Jim CorbranAutomotive Columnist Last week we took a look at the many brands owned, albeit for a short time in the grand scheme of things, by the Ford Motor Company.This week we’ll see what General Motors was up to while Ford was busy building up its Premier Automotive Group (PAG).General Motors (GM)

AS THE NAMEPLATE TURNS

AS THE NAMEPLATE TURNS — the buying and selling-off of automotive brands By Jim CorbranAutomotive Columnist You almost need a program Used to be that you knew just who you were buying a car from by the name on the fender. A Ford was made by Ford, an AMC was built by American Motors Corporation, etc. In recent years, it hasn’t been so cut and dry. American manufacturers are still pre

ACURA DOES AN ABOUT FACE — The 2018 TLX

ACURA DOES AN ABOUT FACE — The 2018 TLX by Jim Corbran They say that looks aren’t everything, but I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve pretty much ignored Acura’s offerings these past few years because I just couldn’t get past that really weird-looking grille which dominated the front ends of their whole line.They’ve finally started toning it down a bit,

IF I WAS A BUYER, WHAT WOULD I BUY… you might be surprised

IF I WAS A BUYER, WHAT WOULD I BUY…you might be surprised by Jim Corbran Now that we’ve pretty much gone through the 2018 new car introductions — for what it was worth — maybe it’s time to revisit the question most often asked of me as a (chortle, chortle) automotive expert.Here’s the premise: I’ve won the lottery and can buy whatever I want, no question

MORE NEW 2018 CROSSOVERS , PLUS A FEW PRICEY SETS OF WHEELS…

MORE NEW 2018 CROSSOVERS , PLUS A FEW PRICEY SETS OF WHEELS… by Jim Corbran Last week we looked at a bunch of crossovers and SUVs. Needless to say, the list was too long for one issue, so without further ado we delve on: Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross – a model name mash-up combining Mitsu’s beloved sports car and… what? Subaru’s Crosstrek? Honda’s Crosstour? Bui