Corbran's Corner

CHEVY CRUZE 2.0

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

I COULD SEE MYSELF IN ONE OF THESE

Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 by Jim Corbran, Automotive Columnist Although, I’ve gotta say, if Bentley ever brings this thing to market I hope they come up with a better name. You may remember a two-door coupe version of the Ford Escort called the… you guessed it, EXP. And the whole “10 Speed 6” aspect of it makes me think of someone mounting a six-cylinder engine onto a 10-speed bicycle. Anyway, the Be

THEY’RE EVEN BETTER IN PERSON

by Jim Corbran, Automotive Columnist Where to go to see some awesome classic cars (besides here, of course). Try getting off of your lawn chair and heading over to a Cruise Night or weekend car show. They’re everywhere! Here’s a scant list to get you started (figure all outdoor shows to be weather permitting): Manx Over the Falls, the national Manx Club will gather in WNY from June 25-28. The Manx

NOT EVERY CONCEPT CAR IS A GOOD IDEA

NOT EVERY CONCEPT CAR IS A GOOD IDEA by Jim Corbran, Automotive Columnist I first saw mention of this 2015 Jeep Chief concept car last week in the Automotive News Cars & Concepts newsletter, and when I was done reading I searched in vain for an April Fool’s Day announcement, even though I knew it was June. This is hideous! So from there I surfed on over to the FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) M

THE 2016 CHEVY SPARK: BIG CHANGES COME IN SMALL PACKAGES

The 2016 Chevrolet Spark is a completely redesigned and more sophisticated execution of the brand’s successful global mini-car that offers greater efficiency and refinement, along with new, available safety and connectivity features. by Jim Corbran, Automotive Columnist Chevy’s smallest car is about to grow a bit. Just a bit. The upcoming 2016 Spark will be built on an entirely new architecture wh

WNY ASSUMES THE LOTUS POSITION

by Jim Corbran, Automotive Columnist Tucked away in the back corner of the Mike Barney Nissan lot at Sheridan and Millersport is one of the more interesting car dealerships in the area. Lotus of Western New York opened for business just about a year ago, and besides having one of the more interesting inventories around, the small, inconspicuous showroom is also a mini Lotus museum, with many rare

A RIDE CAN EASILY BE ARRANGED!

by Jim Corbran, Automotive Columnist This might be one of those new models you don’t necessarily want a ride in. We’re talking of course of the 2016 Ford Police Interceptor Utility (PIU) — better known to us civilians as a souped-up Ford Explorer. If you didn’t already know, Ford will be glad to tell you that the PIU is America’s best-selling police vehicle. It probably doesn’t hurt that it’s desi

CADILLAC’S NEW FLAGSHIP

CADILLAC’S NEW FLAGSHIP by Jim Corbran, Automotive Columnist Even though I’m more of a fan of small cars, I kind of like this new Cadillac CT6, which will hit showrooms for the 2016 model year. The CT6 will be Cadillac’s entry into the “prestige luxury” segment. We can take this to mean that the folks at Cadillac no longer consider Lincoln to be their competition (actually, right now nobody worrie

NEW MALIBU ON THE HORIZON

NEW MALIBU ON THE HORIZON by Jim Corbran, Automotive C olumnist One of the complaints about the current Chevy Malibu is its interior space, as the back seat suffers a bit in comparison to its competitors. Malibu shoppers, Chevrolet had heard your tales of woe: the new and improved 2016 Malibu will feature a four inch longer wheelbase and increased rear seat leg room. This roomier interior will com

A LITTLE HONDA NEWS

A LITTLE HONDA NEWS by Jim Corbran, Automotive Columnist I guess you can’t have too many compact crossovers in the market. Honda must feel the same way. The new HR-V goes on sale May 15 as the Japanese automaker’s entry into what it calls the “entry crossover market.” Based on the sub-compact Fit hatch, the HR-V’s 1.8L, 141 hp four-cylinder is borrowed from the Civic sedan, and the all-wheel drive