Corbran's Corner


by Jim Corbran, Automotive Columnist I was sitting in my crappy old sedan at a red light on Niagara Falls Boulevard a couple of weeks ago behind a shiny new Bright Yellow (yes, that’s the actual color name) Chevy Camaro. Seconds later, a guy pulls up next to me in a new Triple Yellow (see above) Ford Mustang GT. I see him eyeing the Camaro, with a look on his face which said “I wish I were next to

BMW X1 2.0

BMW X1 2.0 by Jim Corbran, Automotive Columnist The Bavarian auto manufacturer has recently announced the second generation of what it calls its Sports Activity Vehicle — the X1. So, what’s new? More interior space (both for passengers, and cargo at 58.7 cu. ft.); increased fuel efficiency (up by 17 percent); and new styling (BMW calls it “rugged proportions, a powerful presence and dynamic lines


by Jim Corbran, Automotive Columnist As the press release said: “Germany may be our home. But our heart is an Atlanta.” Yes, the iconic (Teutonic?) sports car manufacturer runs a 27-acre site in Atlanta where owners and fans of Porsche cars can immerse themselves in the brand. One-on-one driving instructions on Porsche’s test track and off-road courses are available to hone your driving skills, tr

2015 IKCO Samand LX

by Jim Corbran, Automotive Columnist Now here’s something I’ll bet doesn’t often cross your mind: what kind of cars are the Iranian people driving these days? Guess what — it’s not Fords or Chevys. Nor is it dilapidated old iron from the 1950s-era like you see in Havana. No, Iran actually has its own automotive industry. One of the companies is called the Iran Khodro Industrial Group (IKCO), and t


by Jim Corbran, Automotive Columnist Up to now, just about every model of the full-sized pickups sold in the U.S. has been revamped in the past year or so. Soon, later this year according to Nissan, we’ll be able to say every model, as the totally revamped 2016 Nissan Titan XD Crew Cab will hit the showrooms. Nissan has kind of been an also-ran in the full-sized pickup sales race. But they&r


by Jim Corbran, Automotive Columnist Like it or not, now that August is here it’s time for us to be bombarded with back-to-school articles, sales, and lists. And this is one of them. But it’s one you never would have read about when I was a youngster: cars for your student to drive back to school in. We went back to school in either a school bus or public transportation. Or walked. But nowadays th


by Jim Corbran, Automotive Columnist Driving down the street the other day, I saw a small crossover vehicle which looked to be a Kia, but was not a model which I readily recognized. Luckily I caught up to it at the light, and found that it was a Kia Ronda. A car I had completely forgotten about. This thing was such an improvement over the previous, rather dowdy-looking Soul-based Rondo, that I dec


by Jim Corbran, Automotive Columnist Imagine being these two tennis fans, and finding out that John McEnroe was behind the wheel of the Jaguar XE in which you were being whisked to the All England Lawn Tennis Club for the championships at Wimbledon a couple of weeks ago. It was all part of a contest by Jaguar, for the winners to be chauffeur-driven to the event, which in itself would be a pretty n


by Jim Corbran, Automotive Columnist To those of you who’ve been eagerly awaiting the arrival of the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata: it won’t be long now. A ship recently pulled into the Port of San Diego with the first North American shipment of the popular little roadster, and reports are that many of the cars are the Launch Edition models, in red with tan interiors, which are pretty much sold already. B


by Jim Corbran, Automotive Columnist As all small cars look more and more like each other, at least most of them look pretty good. And the new 2016 Chevrolet Cruze will be no exception. Of course, the new Cruze is larger than the outgoing model, but at least it’s also lighter. Years ago that never would have been the case. The 2016 Chevrolet Cruze – a larger, lighter, more efficient and more sophi