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WHERE DID 2016 GO?

December 26, 2016

WHERE DID 2016 GO?

WHERE DID 2016 GO?
— HERE’S A FEW THINGS I NEVER GOT TO…

by Jim Corbran, Automotive Columnist

I was shocked… shocked! to look at the calendar and see that next week is already next year. How’d that happen?

I had hoped at some point to mention that the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Final Edition (above)— which we last saw as a 2015 model — is still available in limited quantity at a local Mitsu dealer (yes, it still is). I had also hoped to scoot over there and have an up-close look at what Mitsubishi told us was the most powerful mass-production Evolution ever. Although 303 hp might not sound like a lot these days, it was the whole Evo package that made it one of the hottest factory-built four-door sports cars out there. You can read-up on the Brembo brakes, all-wheel control, Enkei alloys, and all of the other stuff which made an Evo an Evo here at Mitsubishi.com

Speaking of factory-built street/race cars, the 2017 Nissan GT-R (right) is another “should-a/could-a” project that missed the end-of-year cut-off. The newest version of Nissan’s high-performance coupe was unveiled at last April’s New York Auto Show. The shape might be familiar, but the details have been updated to produce what Nissan tells us is a “sportier and sharper looking car — as well as an aerodynamically efficient one with more stability at high speeds…” As you can imagine, those speeds are pretty high, what with a 3.8L V6 under the hood producing 565 horsepower. Car and Driver reports a GT-R top speed of 191 mph! Take a closer look at Nissan’s $109,990 sports car here at NissanUSA.com

My first car (which, to preserve my professional reputation shall go un-named) was a hatchback, and ever since then I’ve had a fondness for this body style. Not to mention the fact that I’ve owned eight of them over the years. So I was intrigued when Chevrolet announced the 2017 Cruze Hatch (right). Not only is it a practical idea, I think it’s an improvement on the Cruze sedan style-wise. The back end opens up to 22.7 cu. ft. of cargo space behind the rear seat, or 47.2 cu. ft. with the back seat folded down. You’d be surprised just what you can get back there as opposed to a four-door sedan with a conventional trunk. Europeans have been hot for hatches for years, but us Yanks (present company excepted) have been slow to catch on. Give the Cruze Hatch a look here at Chevrolet.com, and start planning your next big-box store shopping trip…

And finally, although it’s always summer somewhere (isn’t it?), this week that somewhere isn’t here in Western New York, and I’m not in the mood for convertible shopping right now. I guess I should have checked-out the new Fiat 124 Spider (above) a few months back when it was introduced. The two-seat roadster with the iconic name is built off of the Mazda Miata MX-5 platform, but there’s enough different about it to warrant giving it a look if you’re in the market. Different engine (Fiat’s turbocharged MultiAir 1.4L), different look (with styling cues reminiscent of the original Spider), and just the knowledge that you’re in something different should be enough to drive potential buyers to their nearest Fiat store. In the meantime, you can read more about it right here at FiatUSA.com

Here’s hoping you all have a very happy and safe 2017!!

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WHERE DID 2016 GO?
— HERE’S A FEW THINGS I NEVER GOT TO…
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