Auto Mania

The downward slide continues

Friday, 05 December 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 49 By Dr. Iain Corness
Automotive sales drop 20 percent in October and Toyota Motors Thailand company reported that sales in the automotive sector in October fell 20.4 percent to 70,850 units. Vudhigorn Suriyachantananont, senior…

Natter Nosh and Noggin

Friday, 05 December 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 49 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 December 8 at Jameson’s at 7 p.m. A…

Autotrivia Quiz

Friday, 05 December 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 49 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week I asked what car is this? It had a side valve engine which developed 10 bhp. It had a top speed of 42 mph (67 kph). It had…

Honda shows off its new FCV

Friday, 28 November 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 48 By Dr. Iain Corness
Honda has announced plans to build a new hydrogen-powered fuel-cell electric vehicle ahead of its debut at the 2014 Los Angeles motor show. The Honda FCV Concept is set to…

Cadillac ATS-V goes head to head with sports sedans

Friday, 28 November 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 48 By Dr. Iain Corness
The soon to be released Cadillac ATS-V will compete against vehicles such as the BMW M3/M4, Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG and Audi RS 5. The ATS-V for 2016, features rear-wheel drive…

What did we learn from Yas Marina?

Friday, 28 November 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 48 By Dr. Iain Corness
Well, we learned that Mercedes lost one car but won two championships, Williams secured two podiums and Daniel Ricciardo was the best of the rest. After a magnificent start, it…

Same Same but hardly different

Friday, 28 November 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 48 By Dr. Iain Corness
I really wonder about auto stylists. How much original thought and design do they put into new cars, or is the time spent driving round competitor’s design studios to see…

Autotrivia Quiz

Friday, 28 November 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 48 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week I asked what car was this? Advertised as being for “the few who own the finest” these cars had owners such as Sir Stirling Moss, Fred Astaire and…

Abu Dhabi GP this weekend

Friday, 21 November 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 47 By Dr. Iain Corness
The Abu Dhabi Yas Marina grand prix circuit hosts the GP this weekend. Abu Dhabi is the most oil-rich in the region and the 5.55 kilometer Yas Marina Circuit has…

New Volvo V60 off-roader

Friday, 21 November 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 47 By Dr. Iain Corness
A boost to ride-height and some tougher touches will give owners of the diesel-only V60 Cross Country the confidence to go further, says Volvo. Volvo has added a second trail-focused…

A two-wheeled nutter?

Friday, 21 November 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 47 By Dr. Iain Corness
Have you heard of Francois Gissy? No? Well, he has just done 333 km/h on a rocket propelled push bike. The bike, designed by Gissy’s friend, Arnold Neracher, reached its…

Automotive Focus Group spreads the latest news

Friday, 21 November 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 47 By Dr. Iain Corness
South Korean steel maker POSCO has started construction on an automotive steel sheet plant in Thailand which is expected to be completed by 2016. The plant will be producing galvanized…

NCAP suggests India puts safety last, not first

Friday, 21 November 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 47 By Dr. Iain Corness
The Indian made Datsun Go has failed its NCAP testing, making it more of a No-Go than anything else. The global independent New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) organization has turned…

Forget Retro cars - it’s Retro bikes

Friday, 21 November 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 47 By Dr. Iain Corness
Royal Enfield’s revamped Continental GT still has the old-school charm, with some new-school tech. Try the Royal Enfield Continental GT - a real head-turner with its authentic café racer looks…

Autotrivia Quiz

Friday, 21 November 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 47 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week I mentioned that the AC Ace did not start its production life as an AC, but as something else, which was purchased by AC and its Bristol engine…

Zero to 100 clicks in 2.5 seconds - and it’s a motorcycle

Friday, 14 November 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 46 By Dr. Iain Corness
According to Kawasaki, they have just unveiled a motorcycle that is so fast even daredevils are wondering if it is too powerful. With a design inspired by Formula One motor…
Well, we learned that Rosberg has the mental strength to resist Hamilton and that the two Mercedes drivers are streets in front of the opposition. And when I write “streets…

Mazda MX-5 one make series

Friday, 14 November 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 46 By Dr. Iain Corness
Mazda has announced that the upcoming fourth-generation MX-5 will form the basis of a new global race series starting in North America, Europe and Asia in 2016. The track-prepped MX-5…

Toyota steamrollers the others

Friday, 14 November 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 46 By Dr. Iain Corness
Toyota Motor Corporation, the world’s largest auto manufacturer, is looking at a record full year profit. How much? $17.5 billion. This represented a 3.3 percent increase. Total sales for 2014…

Autotrivia Quiz

Friday, 14 November 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 46 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week I asked what was the significance of XOO 349 F? Hint: Ford. It was the registration number of the championship winning Ford Escort Mk1 driven by Australian Frank…
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