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Ford moves closer to the autonomous car

Friday, 27 September 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 39 By Dr. Iain Corness
The new Ford Kuga, a ‘world car’ in every sense, is notable for its huge bag of electronic assists for the driver.  Here are a few of them. Lane Guidance:…

Autotrivia - Friday September 27 - October 3, 2013

Friday, 27 September 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 39 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week I mentioned that a fuel additive company sponsored a trial in which several outhouses were blown up with gelignite.  Who did it?  It was the RedX trial in…

Singapore GP this weekend

Friday, 20 September 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 38 By Dr. Iain Corness
Eff Wun under lights.  This Grand Prix is lauded as pure excitement under lights, but for me, and countless enthusiasts, the excitement is not there.  Narrow street circuits like Monaco…

Dana expands with another gear making plant

Friday, 20 September 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 38 By Dr. Iain Corness
The Automotive Focus Group reports that Tier One automotive parts producer Dana Holding Corporation plans to build a new gear making plant in Thailand, to open next year and produce…

Driver-redundant Benz

Friday, 20 September 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 38 By Dr. Iain Corness
Daimler-Benz reported that its S500 Independent Drive has retraced the route of the first long distance auto journey made in 1885 by the wife of car pioneer Karl Benz with…

New Lexus LF-NX Concept at Frankfurt

Friday, 20 September 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 38 By Dr. Iain Corness
Lexus’s presentation at the 2013 Frankfurt motor show was the world-first appearance of its new LF-NX concept, described as a vision for a mid-size luxury crossover model.

Where does Williams F1 get its money to stay in business?

Friday, 20 September 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 38 By Dr. Iain Corness
The Williams Group holding company (WGPH) has released its six monthly financial report. The Formula One business recorded a turnover of £43.5m, closely matching the half year turnover for 2012…

Jaguar releases details on its C-X17

Friday, 20 September 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 38 By Dr. Iain Corness
Another release at the Frankfurt show was Jaguar’s small car and a cross-over, currently known as the C-X17.  The development of this car is to meet the BMW X3 Series…

Autotrivia

Friday, 20 September 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 38 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week I asked which driver in what car started 168th at Versailles, finished 3rd on the road at Bordeaux and won the overall classification?  That was delving deep in…

The Best Car in the World?

Friday, 13 September 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 37 By Dr. Iain Corness
The all-new 2014 S-Class full-size luxury sedan has been described as “the best car in the world.”  One motor noter in the know said, “I don’t think it’s a statement…

What did we learn from the Italian GP?

Friday, 13 September 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 37 By Dr. Iain Corness
Well we learned, if we didn’t know already, Sebastian Vettel (AKA The Finger) will be 2013 world champion barring major disasters.  His performance all through the Monza weekend showed that…

Is the future of auto manufacturing looking grim?

Friday, 13 September 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 37 By Dr. Iain Corness
There can be no denying the official figures from Europe, which show a downturn in sales in France, Italy and Spain.  And remembering that a percentage of the Thai vehicle…

BMW continues to push the electric button

Friday, 13 September 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 37 By Dr. Iain Corness
The 2014 i8 BMW sports was displayed at the Frankfurt motor show, showing only cosmetic changes from the i8 concept (as seen driven by Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible).

A KERS for bumpy roads?

Friday, 13 September 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 37 By Dr. Iain Corness
A new suspension development by the ZF company in Germany, in conjunction with the US-based electronics group Levant Power Corp has developed shock absorbers that can capture the kinetic energy…

Autotrivia

Friday, 13 September 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 37 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week I mentioned that Bugatti purchased a couple of American race cars to adapt the heads to his own engines.  I asked what was the American car?  It was…
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