Corbran's Corner

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

COMING NEXT: THE ENGLISH TRANSLATION

COMING NEXT: THE ENGLISH TRANSLATION by Jim Corbran, Automotive Columnist At the recently completed Chicago Auto Show, Honda released a sketch of its upcoming 2016 Ridgeline pickup. I find it amusing to see the number of professional-looking renderings which show up on the internet predicting what any final new model will look like. The official sketch is included here for your perusal. Do a Googl

PUTTING YOUR MONEY WHERE YOUR TIRES (sic) IS

PUTTING YOUR MONEY WHERE YOUR TIRES (sic) IS by Jim Corbran, Automotive Columnist Right about now I’ll bet there are a few of you out there rueing the choice you made last time you were car shopping. Especially if it was done during more, ahem... pleasant weather. If you’re like me you’ve never had any interest whatsoever in driving a pickup or an SUV. But that all- or four wheel-drive has been so