Corbran's Corner

START LETTER-WRITING TO JEEP — THIS MIGHT JUST SELL! — 1965 Jeep Wagoneer Roadtrip concept

START LETTER-WRITING TO JEEP — THIS MIGHT JUST SELL! 1965 Jeep Wagoneer Roadtrip concept by Jim Corbran Those of us of a certain age remember when most family cars were either traditional sedans or station wagons. Okay, there were those radical Moms & Dads who drove convertibles, but they were the exception.Then, in 1963, Jeep introduced the Wagoneer. It was a station wagon-ish vehicle

CARS TO GENERAL PUBLIC: “I’M NOT DEAD YET!” — the 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback

CARS TO GENERAL PUBLIC: “I’M NOT DEAD YET!” — the 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback by Jim CorbranWhen Ford recently announced they’d be deep-sixing almost all of their “traditional” vehicles to build more SUVs, crossovers, and light trucks, some thought it was the death knell of what many of us have come to know and love as a “car.”But don&rsquo

FULL FRONTAL ASSAULT — the 2019 Lexus ES

FULL FRONTAL ASSAULT… — the 2019 Lexus ES by Jim Corbran Okay, I’ll admit to really not liking the Lexus grille which has pretty much graced every Lexus, except for the large SUVs, for the past few years. To me some of them look like electric shavers (the LS sedan), and some of them look like… well, smaller electric shavers (LC hybrid). But as they say, time heals all w

51 YEARS YOUNG… the 2019 Chevrolet Camaro

51 YEARS YOUNG…… — the 2019 Chevrolet Camaro by Jim CorbranI wonder if back in the fall of 1966 when Chevrolet introduced the 1967 Camaro that they ever figured it would still be in showrooms all these years later. Other than a brief absence in the years 2003-2009, Chevy’s pony car has helped keep alive the Chevy vs Ford war since some of us were still in short pants.Th

BECAUSE THERE AREN’T ALREADY ENOUGH TRUCK CHOICES… — the 2019 Ford Ranger

BECAUSE THERE AREN’T ALREADY ENOUGH TRUCK CHOICES… — the 2019 Ford Ranger by Jim Corbran A couple of weeks ago we featured a what if pickup shown by Volkswagen at this year’s New York Auto Show. Today we have a for real upcoming entry into the already crowded pickup truck segment, Ford’s reincarnation, if you will, of it’s mid-sized Ranger pickup. We say reinc

WHY CAN’T WE GET ‘EM HERE? — shopping the worldwide car market

WHY CAN’T WE GET ‘EM HERE? — shopping the worldwide car market by Jim CorbranAlthough shopping for a new vehicle can be daunting with all of the choices out there, looking around the internet shows there are many more really neat wheels out there which we can’t even get here. I guess I’m not surprised, but I often wonder how these marketing decisions are made.For in

IS VW RE-ENTERING THE PICKUP MARKET? — the Atlas Tanoak pickup concept

IS VW RE-ENTERING THE PICKUP MARKET? — the Atlas Tanoak pickup concept by Jim CorbranThe beginning of last week’s New York International Auto Show brought quite a surprise from the folks in Wolfsburg: a new pickup wearing the VW badge front-and-center.What wasn’t totally surprising, after hearing the news that, yes indeed VW was showing a pickup (a little late to the party, but

SPRING HAS SPRUNG… And the summer car show season isn’t far behind!

SPRING HAS SPRUNG… And the summer car show season isn’t far behind! by Jim Corbran The clocks have been moved ahead, the pets have been properly confused, and the cars are starting to come out of the garages.It’s just about time for the cruise-ins, the car shows, and everything that goes along with themWe in this corner spend a lot of time every summer checking out everyone&r

AS SUBTLE AS A TWO-BY-FOUR ACROSS THE FOREHEAD — the 2018 Lincoln Navigator

AS SUBTLE AS A TWO-BY-FOUR ACROSS THE FOREHEAD — the 2018 Lincoln Navigator by Jim Corbran Looking for a roundabout way to let your neighbors know you finally got that big promotion? Try parking one of these in your driveway. They still might not be sure just where the money came from, but at least it’ll make them sit up and take notice.As long as we’re talking about money here

WHAT’S ALL THE HOOPLA ABOUT? — Tesla’s Model 3

WHAT’S ALL THE HOOPLA ABOUT? — Tesla’s Model 3 by Jim Corbran Don’t let it be said that in this corner we’re against electric cars. It’s a great concept that keeps improving with each new generation of battery that comes along. Admittedly, the first few electric cars didn’t appeal to us very much because of their short driving range between charges.But t