Corbran's Corner

THE OLD PHOTO ALBUM

THE OLD PHOTO ALBUM by Jim Corbran, Automotive Columnist Seeing that it’s Christmas week, and I should be wrapping gifts and stuff… we’re going to devote this week’s space to some publicity photos from the old Chrysler Corporation; vehicles you’ve maybe never seen, or possibly have forgotten about until now. Enjoy. And have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! ### The post THE OLD PHOTO ALBUM a

ALL NEW ALFAS COME WITH FREE ROSETTA STONE PROGRAM

ALL NEW ALFAS COME WITH FREE ROSETTA STONE PROGRAM by Jim Corbran, Automotive Columnist Not really. But Alfa Romeo, much like Fiat in the US, likes to throw the Italian language around in its press releases and descriptions of its cars (which are back in American showrooms after a decades-long absence). Seeing that, yes, there will be an Alfa dealer here in WNY, I thought I’d shed a little light o

CLICK AND BUY A TESLA

CLICK AND BUY A TESLA by Jim Corbran, Automotive Columnist So there I am, passing time on the internet, when I cruise on over to the Tesla web page. Now, most automobile manufacturers have a button to click to “build your own,” where you get to choose colors, options, etc. and afterwards see what it will cost and look like. Tesla’s page, under the Model S sedan heading, has a button which says “or

2017 FIAT 124 SPIDER

2017 FIAT 124 SPIDER by Jim Corbran, Automotive Columnist Yes, the shape does look familiar, only not in a Fiat sort of way. The new 124 Spider is actually based on Mazda’s MX-5 Miata — certainly not a bad starting point! It’ll be Fiat’s first non 500-based car since the brand’s U.S. revival which began with the 2012 500 hatchback. It’s also Fiat’s first North American roadster since the demise of

2017 BUICK LACROSSE

2017 BUICK LACROSSE by Jim Corbran, Automotive Columnist I’ve always thought that Buick had some nice-looking mid-sized cars — right up until they introduced the LaCrosse for 2005. It should easily go down in history as one of the most boring-looking things on the road. A total redo for MY 2010 took it out of the boring category and put it at the top of the Worst-Dressed List. Who wears hip pads?

TWO-TONING, 2016-STYLE

TWO-TONING, 2016-STYLE by Jim Corbran, Automotive Columnist For years I’ve been harping about the demise of the two-toned paint job. Other than a few vehicles (the Mini and Ford Flex come immediately to mind with their contrasting roof colors) you just don’t see the dramatic color schemes of the Fifties and Sixties on today’s cars. Although it’s still not a true two-tone, Nissan last year introduc

IT WORKED FOR THE OTHER GUYS…

IT WORKED FOR THE OTHER GUYS… by Jim Corbran, Automotive Columnist Hyundai has just announced that its Genesis nameplate will become a separate brand to compete with the world’s leading luxury car brands. If you’ve been around for a while, this is how Lexus (Toyota), Acura (Honda), and Infiniti (Nissan) got started years ago. Right about that same time Mazda also had a separate luxury nameplate (A

DOMINO’S PIZZA SPARK

DOMINO’S PIZZA SPARK by Jim Corbran, Automotive Columnist Domino’s Pizza just announced that they’ll be purchasing 100 2015 Chevy Sparks to function as their new Domino’s DXP™ (Delivery Expert) — a specially designed and built pizza delivery vehicle. You may think of the Spark as the smallest car Chevy sells in North America, and even though that’s true, the DXP will manage to contain not only a w

MY LOTTO GARAGE

MY LOTTO GARAGE by Jim Corbran, Automotive Columnist I don’t know how many times I’ve been asked the question “If you could buy any car…blah blah blah.” So a couple of years ago I started a blog called Jim’s Lotto Garage, the description of which reads “Okay, so I can't win the lottery because I never play. But if I did...” It’s not something I update every day, just when the mood strikes me. Righ

CAR NEWS GRAB BAG…

CAR NEWS GRAB BAG… by Jim Corbran, Automotive Columnist Wasting time on the web the other day (c’mon, you’ve done it) I came across a full-size Little Tikes Crazy Coupe for sale on eBay in the UK, custom-built in 2013 by a firm called Attitude Autos in Oxfordshire, England. It started life as a Daewoo Matiz (a.k.a. Chevy Spark) and is a fully legal (well, at least in the UK) road car. You can chec