Corbran's Corner

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

THE 2018 NEW SUVs & PICKUPS HAVE ARRIVED… everyone’s getting into the act.

THE 2018 NEW SUVs & PICKUPS HAVE ARRIVED…everyone’s getting into the act. by Jim Corbran Last week we looked at a rather meager list of new-for-2018 sedans. Needless to say, the list of SUVs, crossovers, and pickups is more extensive, so we’ll get right to it: Alfa Romeo Stelvio — would Dustin Hoffman be driving one of these if The Graduate was being filmed in 2017?

THE 2018 NEW CARS HAVE ARRIVED… yawn.

THE 2018 NEW CARS HAVE ARRIVED… yawn. by Jim Corbran Regular readers of this space already know I was one of those kids back in the 1960s who rode my bicycle all over creation trying to get sneak peeks of the new car models every fall, where they sat in the back of dealer lots — stashed away until their official introduction dates.That whole practice, as we know all too well, has pre

YES, IT’S ANOTHER KIA…

YES, IT’S ANOTHER Kia ...the upcoming Kia Stonic. by Jim CorbranNo, we’re not on Kia’s payroll. But just one week after covering their new Niro, we randomly came across some photos of their new Stonic subcompact crossover, and we couldn’t resist digging in for more details.Turns out the Stonic won’t be available here for a while yet (Kia tells us “soon,”

LOOKING FOR A “WHILE ROME WAS BURNING” JOKE HERE…

LOOKING FOR A “WHILE ROME WAS BURNING” JOKE HERE… the 2018 Kia Niro. by Jim Corbran I’m thinking of changing my job title from automotive columnist to vehicular columnist, as these days with the proliferation of crossovers, SUVs, and pickups, there are fewer and fewer actual automobiles to write about.Luckily, some of these things are still interesting enough to give a l

SOMETHING'S IN THE WATER AT THE STYLING STUDIOS

SOMETHING'S IN THE WATER AT THE STYLING STUDIOS …some of today’s designs are weirding me out. by Jim Corbran Okay, I realize that automotive styling is subjective. Everyone has an opinion. Some of them even make a living at having an styling opinion, like Automobile magazine’s Robert Cumberford, a career designer who’s been writing the “By Design” column for

TESLA, WHEREFORE ART THOU?

TESLA, WHEREFORE ART THOU? …WNY Tesla showrooms so far number zero. by Jim Corbran Ya’d think with all of the hoopla created here in Western New York by Elon Musk these past few years, that it’d be a cinch to stroll on over to your friendly neighborhood Tesla dealer and have a look see at the latest all-electric car from the guy who pushed so hard (to the tune of hundreds of m

SUMMERTIME, AND THE LIVIN’ IS EASY…

SUMMERTIME, AND THE LIVIN’ IS EASY… by Jim Corbran Because we’re approaching the middle of the Summer, it seems like as good a time as any to take a look at the new convertible market. This has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that I’m tired and sweaty and feeling the increasing effects of cabin fever as I trudge along on yet another mind-numbing remodeling project

2018 HYUNDAI SONATA …as American as apple pie

2018 HYUNDAI SONATA …as American as apple pie by Jim Corbran A couple of weekends back we had the occasion to rent a car (long story; don’t ask!) while visiting some friends in Michigan, and I was a little disappointed when the guy on the phone offered us a Chevy Cruze. Not that I have anything against the Cruze; it’s a fine little car, but my son drives one, and if I’m