Auto Mania

Toyota reveals the “Mirai”

Friday, 26 December 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 52 By Dr. Iain Corness
The Toyota Mirai was unveiled by the global boss of Toyota, Akio Toyoda, at the Los Angeles motor show. The grandson of the founder of the company said the Mirai…

Who goes where, and who is new?

Friday, 26 December 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 52 By Dr. Iain Corness
The F1 circus is back in action testing their 2015 cars, other than Caterham, who, if they still exist by March, have been given the OK to run their 2014…

Motor Racing is dangerous

Friday, 26 December 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 52 By Dr. Iain Corness
On the back of entry tickets to a race meeting, there is the wording “Motor Racing Is Dangerous.” However, forget about race track crashes, there is a far greater hazard…

Goodbye to the A pillar

Friday, 26 December 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 52 By Dr. Iain Corness
Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has revealed new technology that will give motorists an uninterrupted 360 degree view of their surroundings from the driver’s seat. The Transparent Pillar concept unveiled by…

Mercedes going frugal

Friday, 26 December 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 52 By Dr. Iain Corness
The new Mercedes-Benz C-Class based C63 AMG delivers up to 375 kW, 700 Nm and covers zero to 100 km/h acceleration time in 4.0 seconds. Supercar performance, and that is…

Autotrivia Quiz

Friday, 26 December 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 52 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week I said that the Flying Scotsman went from Glasgow to London in eight hours and 21 minutes. In 1931 a car beat the train by 33 minutes. What…

Aston Martin DB 10 built for Bond

Friday, 19 December 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 51 By Dr. Iain Corness
The new DB10 will be seen in the latest Bond movie, called Spectre, and is set for release in November 2015. As opposed to the previous Aston Martins that were…

New Mercedes GLE Coupe SUV challenges BMW X6

Friday, 19 December 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 51 By Dr. Iain Corness
Mercedes-Benz has now shown its first SUV-Coupe model, the GLE Coupe. Revealed at the Beijing motor show as a concept, the production model hasn’t strayed far from the show car’s…

Honda looks like sealing Takata’s fate

Friday, 19 December 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 51 By Dr. Iain Corness
With the ongoing saga of exploding Takata air bags, to add to Takata’s problems, Honda Motor Co. said it will expand a nationwide recall of driver-side air bags that will…

Button hangs onto his seat

Friday, 19 December 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 51 By Dr. Iain Corness
The annual F1 musical chairs has seen much mutterings, especially at McLaren, with Fernando Alonso having left Ferrari to return to Ron Dennis. However, as McLaren already had two drivers,…

Autotrivia Quiz

Friday, 19 December 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 51 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week I said that the first motorcycle (1896), retractable undercarriage and a car that would jump trenches in the war had something in common. I asked what was it?…

Autonomously driven

Friday, 12 December 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 50 By Dr. Iain Corness
Most of the major automobile manufacturers have moved on from experimental hybrids to autonomous cars, which will whisk us to our destination with a silent “chauffeur” dealing electronically with all…

Custom 1939 Rolls Royce Phantom Pick-Up

Friday, 12 December 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 50 By Dr. Iain Corness
This 1939 Rolls Royce Phantom (chassis 3DL70) was offered with little information on its eBay listing, but some quick Googling reveals it was recently custom built from a non-running donor…

Something strange here as well

Friday, 12 December 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 50 By Dr. Iain Corness
Spotted out along Siam Country Club Road is this rather large behemoth. American I must assume, and has been given the chop top treatment. Anyone throw some light on the…

Nissan gives the GT-R a little less R and more GT

Friday, 12 December 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 50 By Dr. Iain Corness
Nissan in Japan has released the 2015 version of its celebrated GT-R, known colloquially as “Godzilla” for its prodigious horsepower from the turbo V6 engine. At one stage in Australia…

FIA releases F1 Provisional 2015 calendar

Friday, 12 December 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 50 By Dr. Iain Corness
March 15 Grand Prix of Australia March 23 Grand Prix of Malaysia April 12 Grand Prix of China April 19 Grand Prix of Bahrain May 3 Grand Prix of Korea…

Touring cars come to Thailand

Friday, 12 December 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 50 By Dr. Iain Corness
The FIA World Touring Car Championship 2015 Calendar is also released, and our new Chang International circuit at Buriram is hosting the WTCC event next November. I will be running…

Autotrivia Quiz

Friday, 12 December 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 50 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week I asked what car is this? It had tiller steering and was the first affordable series-produced car with interchangeable parts. What was it? It was the Curved Dash…

An MG eco-car to be built in Thailand

Friday, 05 December 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 49 By Dr. Iain Corness
The joint venture of the Chinese SAIC company and the CP group (including 7-eleven) reports that it will build an MG eco-car from a new factory on the Eastern Seaboard…

Bang Saen races around the beach

Friday, 05 December 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 49 By Dr. Iain Corness
The Bang Saen races are now a permanent part of the motor racing calendar in Thailand, this year being held from 10-14 December. Having driven there, I can assure you…
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