Corbran's Corner

DEEP IN THE HEART OF… TORINO??!

DEEP IN THE HEART OF… TORINO??! — The 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio by Jim Corbran When the email showed up the other day from FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) announcing that the newest vehicle from Turin, Italy-based Alfa Romeo had just been crowned Crossover of Texas and Luxury Crossover of Texas, it sent me scrambling. What the heck is going on down there, in what is arguably the natio

AS THE NAMEPLATE TURNS Part II

AS THE NAMEPLATE TURNS Part II— the buying and selling-off of automotive brands By Jim CorbranAutomotive Columnist Last week we took a look at the many brands owned, albeit for a short time in the grand scheme of things, by the Ford Motor Company.This week we’ll see what General Motors was up to while Ford was busy building up its Premier Automotive Group (PAG).General Motors (GM)

AS THE NAMEPLATE TURNS

AS THE NAMEPLATE TURNS — the buying and selling-off of automotive brands By Jim CorbranAutomotive Columnist You almost need a program Used to be that you knew just who you were buying a car from by the name on the fender. A Ford was made by Ford, an AMC was built by American Motors Corporation, etc. In recent years, it hasn’t been so cut and dry. American manufacturers are still pre

ACURA DOES AN ABOUT FACE — The 2018 TLX

ACURA DOES AN ABOUT FACE — The 2018 TLX by Jim Corbran They say that looks aren’t everything, but I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve pretty much ignored Acura’s offerings these past few years because I just couldn’t get past that really weird-looking grille which dominated the front ends of their whole line.They’ve finally started toning it down a bit,

IF I WAS A BUYER, WHAT WOULD I BUY… you might be surprised

IF I WAS A BUYER, WHAT WOULD I BUY…you might be surprised by Jim Corbran Now that we’ve pretty much gone through the 2018 new car introductions — for what it was worth — maybe it’s time to revisit the question most often asked of me as a (chortle, chortle) automotive expert.Here’s the premise: I’ve won the lottery and can buy whatever I want, no question

MORE NEW 2018 CROSSOVERS , PLUS A FEW PRICEY SETS OF WHEELS…

MORE NEW 2018 CROSSOVERS , PLUS A FEW PRICEY SETS OF WHEELS… by Jim Corbran Last week we looked at a bunch of crossovers and SUVs. Needless to say, the list was too long for one issue, so without further ado we delve on: Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross – a model name mash-up combining Mitsu’s beloved sports car and… what? Subaru’s Crosstrek? Honda’s Crosstour? Bui

THE 2018 NEW SUVs & PICKUPS HAVE ARRIVED… everyone’s getting into the act.

THE 2018 NEW SUVs & PICKUPS HAVE ARRIVED…everyone’s getting into the act. by Jim Corbran Last week we looked at a rather meager list of new-for-2018 sedans. Needless to say, the list of SUVs, crossovers, and pickups is more extensive, so we’ll get right to it: Alfa Romeo Stelvio — would Dustin Hoffman be driving one of these if The Graduate was being filmed in 2017?

THE 2018 NEW CARS HAVE ARRIVED… yawn.

THE 2018 NEW CARS HAVE ARRIVED… yawn. by Jim Corbran Regular readers of this space already know I was one of those kids back in the 1960s who rode my bicycle all over creation trying to get sneak peeks of the new car models every fall, where they sat in the back of dealer lots — stashed away until their official introduction dates.That whole practice, as we know all too well, has pre

YES, IT’S ANOTHER KIA…

YES, IT’S ANOTHER Kia ...the upcoming Kia Stonic. by Jim CorbranNo, we’re not on Kia’s payroll. But just one week after covering their new Niro, we randomly came across some photos of their new Stonic subcompact crossover, and we couldn’t resist digging in for more details.Turns out the Stonic won’t be available here for a while yet (Kia tells us “soon,”

LOOKING FOR A “WHILE ROME WAS BURNING” JOKE HERE…

LOOKING FOR A “WHILE ROME WAS BURNING” JOKE HERE… the 2018 Kia Niro. by Jim Corbran I’m thinking of changing my job title from automotive columnist to vehicular columnist, as these days with the proliferation of crossovers, SUVs, and pickups, there are fewer and fewer actual automobiles to write about.Luckily, some of these things are still interesting enough to give a l