Corbran's Corner

HONDA GETS SERIOUS WITH ELECTRICS…

HONDA GETS SERIOUS WITH ELECTRICS… — with a slightly familiar shape by Jim Corbran The first thing I thought of when I saw the 2018 Honda Clarity — the very first thing — was “Oh my, those rear wheel wells.”Yes, Honda introduces what they’ve called an “…unparalleled electric drive choice with premium midsize sedan capability and three advan

AERODYNAMICS — It wasn’t always high on the list…

AERODYNAMICS — It wasn’t always high on the list… by Jim Corbran Today’s traffic-watchers are treated to an almost endless parade of some of the sleekest vehicles ever to see pavement. These days it’s usually in the interest of fuel consumption; but in certain vehicular classes it also has a lot to do with speed.But over the years, sleekness didn’t always see

THOSE PONTIAC ILLUSTRATIONS OF THE MID-20TH CENTURY

THOSE PONTIAC ILLUSTRATIONS OF THE MID-20TH CENTURY — They weren’t just ads, they were artwork! by Jim Corbran As we move more and more into the digital age, things we took for granted are slowly disappearing. VCRs. Landline phones. Camera film. Jobs.Another, which I’ll really miss, is the new car brochure. As they get more and more expensive to print, it gets easier and easie

NOT YOUR EVERYDAY COLLECTOR CARS

NOT YOUR EVERYDAY COLLECTOR CARS — A Facebook page for the other guys by Jim CorbranIf you’re reading this at all I assume you’re a car guy or gal.And if you’re also the type to go to summer cruise nights, you may have seen me passing-by the ’57 Chevys, two-seat T-Birds, and myriad of Mustangs and Corvettes as I search for the oddball survivors — the everyday f

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