Corbran's Corner

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