Corbran's Corner

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

2018 HONDA ACCORD: NEW FROM THE GROUND UP

2018 HONDA ACCORD: NEW FROM THE GROUND UP … V-6 engines get deep-sixed in makeover by Jim Corbran While some manufacturers seem to still be in an engine-horsepower race (yes, we’re looking at you Dodge, with your 840-hp Challenger SRT Demon), others have taken a more modern approach to performance.Honda’s newly-announced 2018 Accord will have nothing but four-cyclinder engines

VOLVO SHOCKS THE AUTOMOTIVE WORLD

VOLVO SHOCKS THE AUTOMOTIVE WORLD… all of its vehicles will be electrics starting with the 2019 models. by Jim Corbran As a licensed driver for almost 50 years now, for the longest time I’ve believed that electric cars were a passing fad, offered to appease government standards for fuel economy (“See? Out of our one-million annual cars produced, about 37 of them are electrics.

THE CADILLAC OF CAR SHOWS … 28th Annual Cadillac-LaSalle Show

THE CADILLAC OF CAR SHOWS… 28th Annual Cadillac-LaSalle Show by Jim Corbran You’re forgiven if you don’t know what a LaSalle is. Back in 1927, when General Motors president Alfred Sloan was trying his darnedest to offer a car for every size American pocketbook, he introduced the LaSalle, a lower-priced companion to GM’s flagship Cadillac luxury brand (I assume if you&rsqu

MOST CONCEPTS ARE NOTHING MORE THAN IDEAS

MOST CONCEPTS ARE NOTHING MORE THAN IDEAS … concept cars that (of course!) never saw production by Jim Corbran I don’t know about you, but when I attend a large, annual auto show I always nose around to see if there are any concept cars on the floor.My dictionary tells me that the word concept means “…an abstract idea; a general notion.” Back in my younger days I

THEY’RE EVERYWHERE, THEY’RE EVERYWHERE! … the 2017 Ford Escape

THEY’RE EVERYWHERE, THEY’RE EVERYWHERE! … the 2017 Ford Escape by Jim Corbran On my way to my sister’s house over the weekend I couldn’t help but take note of the number of Ford Escapes on the road these days. It really hit home when I arrived and found three of them parked at or around her house.The Escape was Ford’s original compact crossover, introduced for

WOULD YOU LIKE CHAPS WITH THAT?

WOULD YOU LIKE CHAPS WITH THAT? — the Mercedes-Benz X-Class pickup concept by Jim Corbran I’m now officially declaring the state of the conventional automobile to be totally confused. Maybe even… doomed.I had a hard enough time wrapping my mind around a Bentley Bentayga SUV (MSRP starting… STARTING!... from $229,100). The waters were further muddied with the Maserati Le

FAMILY SPORTS CAR — … the new Volkswagen Arteon

FAMILY SPORTS CAR —… the new Volkswagen Arteon by Jim Corbran VW’s latest offering in the family car range continues the German manufacturer’s knack for choosing offbeat vehicle names. Who here remembers asking how to pronounce Tiguan, Touareg, and Eos? Or better yet, who knows what they mean?At least the meaning of the Beetle’s name was obvious to anyone who’

GM IN CHINA — The first in a sometimes series…

GM IN CHINA— The first in a sometimes series… by Jim Corbran Although one probably never would have guessed it a couple of decades ago, as we speak Buick is one of the biggest selling car brands in China.Often ridiculed in the past by the North American press as an old peoples’ car, the success of GM’s Tri-Shield brand in what is now the largest new-car market on the glob

SPEEDy MUSTANG COLLECTION

SPEEDy MUSTANG COLLECTION— A pony car by any other name by Jim CorbranThis has to be one of the more unusual starts to a specific marque car collection on record.When Georgia resident Gilbert Speed decided that one of the family’s pets was just not the right match for his brood of seven children, he did what any normal dad would do: traded it for a 1965 Ford Mustang. The pet? Why, it