Corbran's Corner

A FEW CARS YOU’RE NOT LIKELY TO COME ACROSS IN THE MALL PARKING LOT

A FEW CARS YOU’RE NOT LIKELY TO COME ACROSS IN THE MALL PARKING LOT — from the 87th Geneva International Motor Show by Jim Corbran Many of us visit our local annual auto show to kick a few tires, see what’s new, and maybe even do a little shopping. If you happened to be in Switzerland earlier this month, you could have stopped in to the Geneva show and done all of that, plus see

BECAUSE NOT EVERYONE WANTS A CROSSOVER/SUV 2.0 — 2017 Lincoln MKZ

BECAUSE NOT EVERYONE WANTS A CROSSOVER/SUV 2.0 — 2017 Lincoln MKZby Jim CorbranLast week we began our look at “normal” cars (a.k.a. not a pickup/crossover/SUV) with the compact Chevy Sonic. This week we move up a notch in size with the Lincoln MKZ, which the Environmental Protection Agency classifies as a Midsize Car.The MKZ was introduced by Lincoln for model year 2006 as the Li

BECAUSE NOT EVERYONE WANTS A CROSSOVER/SUV

BECAUSE NOT EVERYONE WANTS A CROSSOVER/SUV— 2017 Chevrolet Sonic by Jim CorbranAlthough it’s often hard to tell when you look around the mall parking lots these days, not everyone is driving an SUV, crossover, or pickup truck. There are still some people out there (my hand is raised) who prefer what we’ll refer to here as a normal car. And this week we’ll focus on a small n

THE SHAPE OF THINGS, 2018-STYLE — Porsche’s new Panamera Sport Turismo

THE SHAPE OF THINGS, 2018-STYLE — Porsche’s new Panamera Sport Turismo by Jim Corbran From time-to-time I’ve been known to harp about how so many cars/SUVs/crossovers/whatevers all seem to look alike from a block away. And that’s because, well, because they pretty much do.But every once in a while something comes along which really catches my eye, and it happened again thi

LEVANTE — THE MASERATI OF SUVs

LEVANTE — THE MASERATI OF SUVs by Jim Corbran The SUV and crossover sure seem to be more popular these days than that regular old sedan you remember growing up with. Unless of course you were born sometime in the past 15 years or so, and can’t figure out why anybody’d ever want a sedan (a what?) when there’s so much other, cooler stuff out there.So it only goes to figure t

Book Review | THE HIGHWAY KIND: Tales of Fast Cars, Desperate Drivers, and Dark Roads

THE HIGHWAY KIND: Tales of Fast Cars, Desperate Drivers, and Dark Roads Edited by Patrick Millikin October 2016Mulholland Books352 pp | $15.99 by Jim CorbranI’ll admit that I was pretty excited when this book landed in my mailbox. It brought back memories of the public library’s Bookmobile showing up each week in our grammar school’s parking lot, where I searched out books about

THE BLUE OVAL UPDATES ITS FULL-SIZE SUV… The 2018 Ford Expedition

THE BLUE OVAL UPDATES ITS FULL-SIZE SUV… The 2018 Ford Expedition by Jim Corbran, Automotive Columnist Let me start right out by admitting I didn’t even realize Ford still made the Expedition.Parking lots are full of the compact Escape; and the larger Explorer is seen daily, especially in use by many police agencies. Maybe I was confusing the Expedition with its similarly-named but m

OKAY, MAYBE I DO WANT A PORSCHE… The 2017 Porsche 718 Cayman

OKAY, MAYBE I DO WANT A PORSCHE… The 2017 Porsche 718 Cayman by Jim Corbran, Automotive Columnist Anyone who knows me can tell you that I’ve been fascinated with automobiles all of my life. My first spoken word (after Momma, of course) was vroom!People who really know me can also tell you that I’m not much of a fan of super-expensive sports cars, and could never see myself owni

LOOK IT UP! Automotive reference books on my shelf…

LOOK IT UP! Automotive reference books on my shelf… by Jim Corbran, Automotive ColumnistFrom time to time (okay, once!) people come up to me and ask how I’ve managed to remember the (sometimes mundane) minutiae of the classic automotive world which appears day-after-day in my RealRides of WNY feature on buffalocars.com.Doesn’t everyone out there remember that Chevrolet used t

IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN! — A few highlights from the Detroit Auto Show

IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN! A few highlights from the Detroit Auto Show by Jim Corbran, Automotive Columnist Or, as it’s formally known, the North American International Automobile Show…. Who says station wagons are dead? Volvo just introduced the sumptuous V90 (right), which will be available as a 2018 model. The Swedish carmaker has a long tradition of building stat