Auto Mania

Another GT4, but this time from Kia

Friday, 14 February 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 7 By Dr. Iain Corness
Kia stunned all with the GT4 Stinger sports coupe concept at last month’s Detroit motor show, but a new report suggests the Toyota 86/Subaru BRZ rival has not only been…

Consumer Reports on public perception

Friday, 14 February 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 7 By Dr. Iain Corness
The Consumer Reports magazine in the US scores the auto manufacturers each year.  The magazine’s perception scores reflect how consumers perceive each brand in seven buying areas, ranked in the…

Indian ‘Quality’

Friday, 14 February 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 7 By Dr. Iain Corness
It appears that “Made in India” and “Quality” is an oxymoron.  This comes after the results from the New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) where the Tata Nano, billed as the…

Some changes in the podium positions

Friday, 14 February 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 7 By Dr. Iain Corness
The latest figures show VW AG has edged GM in worldwide sales, with VW producing 9.73 million total good for number 2, behind Toyota, relegating GM to 3rd with a…

A Walk Through Mitsubishi

Friday, 14 February 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 7 By Dr. Iain Corness
Following some good PR work by John Moreton of the Pattaya Car Club, an invitation was extended for a factory tour of the Mitsubishi eco-car factory at Laem Chabang. Even…

Autotrivia Quiz

Friday, 14 February 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 7 By Dr. Iain Corness
So to last week’s quiz.  I asked what was this car?  Hint: a family fortune was squandered in the production of these cars.  It was the Bucciali TAV, one of…

Safer vehicles - or just more things to go wrong?

Friday, 07 February 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 6 By Dr. Iain Corness
I am typing this on someone else’s computer.  Mine has decided it doesn’t want to play and I am unable to download anything.  No self-diagnostic program available to help me.…

And here is an unsafe vehicle

Friday, 07 February 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 6 By Dr. Iain Corness
One of my favorite characters in motor sports is Art Arfons.  He was the “designer” of a series of vehicles, which were all called “Green Monster” even though some were…

Nissan builds 400 BHP 40 kg three cylinder engine

Friday, 07 February 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 6 By Dr. Iain Corness
Nissan has built a 1.5 liter three cylinder turbo gasoline engine that produces 400 horsepower from a 40 kg engine.  That is a better power to weight than a Formula…

Autotrivia Quiz

Friday, 07 February 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 6 By Dr. Iain Corness
So to last week’s quiz.  I asked what was the connection between Ernst Heinkel - German Nazi aircraft designer, whose company produced the world’s first turbojet aircraft and jet plane,…

Natter Nosh and Noggin

Friday, 07 February 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 6 By Dr. Iain Corness
The Pattaya car club meets at Jameson’s Irish Pub on Soi AR next to Nova Park.  The next meeting is on Monday February 10 at Jameson’s at 7 p.m.  A…
The more luxurious end of the auto market is well served in Thailand, with the three locally produced large sedans (Honda Accord, Nissan Teana, Toyota Camry) all competing at the…

How many horses needed for a Mustang?

Friday, 31 January 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 5 By Dr. Iain Corness
Ford Motor Company has found itself a winner with the reborn Mustang, leaning on the original, a classic in its day.  While some models were full-blown snorting Mustangs, the cheaper…

David Brown resurrected?

Friday, 31 January 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 5 By Dr. Iain Corness
A new classic British sports car is to be released during 2014 with the name “David Brown”.  This will quicken the hearts of enthusiasts all over the world, but there…

Autotrivia Quiz - Friday January 31 - February 6, 2014

Friday, 31 January 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 5 By Dr. Iain Corness
So to last week’s quiz.  Judging by the number of entries for the quiz, you are finding these “what car is this” a little harder to ‘Google’, so last week…
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