Auto Mania

US GP this weekend

Friday, 31 October 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 44 By Dr. Iain Corness
The final three Grands Prix for 2014 are in count down. With double points for the last GP that makes 100 points up for grabs. The only players still left…

Tesla’s extended warranty

Friday, 31 October 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 44 By Dr. Iain Corness
Long warranties are becoming the name of the automotive game these days. Hyundai in Australia is now offering a seven year warranty - brave? Foolhardy? Or just complete confidence in…

How to recognize a “classic”

Friday, 31 October 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 44 By Dr. Iain Corness
There is always debate on what makes for a “classic” motor car. A couple of years back I was approached by someone trying to work out how many classics there…
The latest figures from our local auto industry are not encouraging. The Federation of Thai Industries (FTI) has reported that the Year On Year figures for September showed a fall…

But on the other side of the coin

Friday, 31 October 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 44 By Dr. Iain Corness
News just to hand from the Thai Board of Investment (BOI), five manufacturers have been given the nod to progress with the eco 2 program. These include Ford and GM,…

Autotrivia Quiz

Friday, 31 October 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 44 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week I asked what car is this? It was the Lightburn Zeta “sports”. So to this week. When we pull up at the traffic lights, why should we remember…

Tesla’s Electrorocket

Friday, 24 October 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 43 By Dr. Iain Corness
Tesla Motors has unveiled an all-wheel-drive (AWD) version of its Model S sedan, returning staggering performance from the all-electric drive train. The Model S is a rear-wheel-drive car, which has…

Wottle she do?

Friday, 24 October 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 43 By Dr. Iain Corness
Anyone who drives any sort of performance car will have been asked “Wottle she do, Mister?” Welcome to the Texas Mile. The Texas mile has been held each March and…

University of New South Wales sets a solar electric record

Friday, 24 October 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 43 By Dr. Iain Corness
Students from the University of New South Wales have designed and built a solar powered electric vehicle which recently set a new world speed record for vehicles of its type.

Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne’s five year plan

Friday, 24 October 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 43 By Dr. Iain Corness
Sergio Marchionne’s current five year plan finishes in 2018 and Marchionne states that he will not be standing for the CEO position after that. “I will not do the next…

Biking at Bira

Friday, 24 October 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 43 By Dr. Iain Corness
Some good news from Graham at High Side Tours (HST). On Mon 3rd and Tue 4th November 2014 they have exclusive use of Bira Circuit. They have 1 ER6N still…

Marchionne takes another set of reins

Friday, 24 October 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 43 By Dr. Iain Corness
Fiat Chrysler CEO and now new Ferrari boss Sergio Marchionne vows the Italian team will fight back under his leadership following on from the departure of Luca di Montezemolo. With…

Autotrivia Quiz

Friday, 24 October 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 43 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week I mentioned that the Mazda MX5 and the Mitsubishi 3000 GT both were released in Japan, but they had a modification in common during their production run. I…

Rolls-Royce unveils its “city slicker”

Friday, 17 October 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 42 By Dr. Iain Corness
Rolls-Royce must be getting desperate for the Names Department to come up with “Phantom Metropolitan” as the name for the 2015 models. The last time “Metropolitan” was used was on…

Two wheels, 500 cc and no brakes!

Friday, 17 October 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 42 By Dr. Iain Corness
We have all had many ambitions in our lives. How many of us wanted to be firemen and ride in a big red fire truck, when we were small children?…
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