Corbran's Corner

IS “WIND” FRENCH FOR “SHOE?”

IS “WIND” FRENCH FOR “SHOE?” by Jim Corbran, Automotive Columnist Because that’s what came to mind when I first set eyes on the Renault Wind. It looks like a shoe; perhaps a Dutch wooden shoe. With wheels. I was shocked that this wasn’t just some styling exercise, but was an actual production car that actual people actually bought. Not too many apparently, as the Wind was on sale only from 2010-12

2015 BUFFALO AUTO SHOW

2015 BUFFALO AUTO SHOW It’s cold and snowy outside, and that can only mean one thing: it’s time for this year’s Buffalo Auto Show, which luckily is held inside this year, like every year, at the Buffalo Convention Center. I’ll be heading down there myself, and here’s what I’ll be looking for (among other things): the new Jeep Renegade compact 4x4 a Maserati Ghibli from one of Buffalo’s newest car

IT’S ALWAYS SUMMER SOMEWHERE

IT’S ALWAYS SUMMER SOMEWHERE by Jim Corbran, Automotive Columnist It’s just that right now it’s not around here. That shouldn’t keep you from being interested in one of Mazda’s lastest press releases. Coming later this year to a Mazda dealer near you is the new, fourth generation 2016 Mazda MX-5, the little two-seat convertible which has won over both those who remember spiffy small British roadst

AFFORDABLE DOESN’T HAVE TO MEAN CHEAP

Affordable Doesn't Have to Mean Cheap by Jim Corbran, Automotive Columnist For the past however long it’s been (thank you auto shows) we’ve been showcasing some pretty futuristic and/or high-priced cars in this space. So today let’s go down to the other end of the hallway where most of us actually buy our cars. Here’s one of the most affordable cars out there right now, the 2015 Hyundai Accent fou

GARAGE-SIZED PICKUPS

GARAGE-SIZED PICKUPS by Jim Corbran, Automotive Columnist Gas prices may be dropping, and sales of bigger vehicles may be on the rise again, but that hasn’t stopped manufacturers from reinventing the mid-sized pickup truck. Again. GM is selling new Chevy Colorados and GMC Canyons, and now Toyota has announced a new (after ten years!) Tacoma, fully redesigned with some new and some carryover powert

AN AMERICAN SUPERCAR

AN AMERICAN SUPERCAR by Jim Corbran, Automotive Columnist It’s the middle of January, which annually means the start of the North American International Automobile Show — a.k.a., the Detroit Auto Show. And Ford is making big waves at this year’s show, with the introduction of an all-new, carbon fiber-bodied Fort GT. Powered by a twin-turbo EcoBoost V-6 which produces over 600 hp, the exotic sports

CLIMB RIGHT IN!

CLIMB RIGHT IN! by Jim Corbran, Automotive Columnist Go ahead and admit it, you’ve always been intrigued by those mean-looking Chevy Tahoe PPVs cruising the highways (PPV standing for Police Pursuit Vehicle). Perhaps not intrigued enough to garner a ride in the back seat of one (it can be arranged, though!), but enough to think that, yes, these are cool-looking vehicles. Needless to say, they’re n

WE HAVE ALL BEEN HERE BEFORE

WE HAVE ALL BEEN HERE BEFORE by Jim Corbran, Automotive Columnist Or to paraphrase Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young: it’s deja vu all over again. Back when I was growing up in the 1960s, many American men, those both of and not of driving age, fell into one of three camps: Chevy, Ford, or Mopar. In the pony car wars, this translated to: Camaro, Mustang, or Challenger/Barracuda. The dear ‘Cuda has

Throwback Thursday — 1976 AUDI 50

Throwback Thursday — 1976 AUDI 50 by Jim Corbran, Automotive Columnist If you think this little yellow car looks familiar, you must be up on your European car-spotting. The Audi 50, built from 1974-78, was eventually rebadged as the Volkswagen Polo, a car in the supermini class so popular in Europe for a variety of reasons (cost, size, fuel economy...). Although the Audi 50 disappeared after only