Auto Mania

Autotrivia Quiz

Friday, 28 February 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 9 By Dr. Iain Corness
So to last week’s quiz.  I asked what car is this? Only clue was that it is American.  It was a 1957 Chrysler Diablo (so Lamborghini was not the first…

A downer for Australia is an upper for Thailand

Friday, 21 February 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 8 By Dr. Iain Corness
News came through this month that Toyota would be pulling out of Australian manufacturing in 2017, following the advance notice by Ford (2016), followed by General Motors Holden (2017).

What do you buy the man who has everything?

Friday, 21 February 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 8 By Dr. Iain Corness
Well, you could always look for a diamond encrusted titanium nasal hair trimmer, or if you can’t get one of those, go for a Koenigsegg Agera S, the supercar built…

The Gibraltar Grand Prix

Friday, 21 February 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 8 By Dr. Iain Corness
It was satirist Peter Ustinov who parodied Grand Prix motor racing with his recording of the “Gibraltar Grand Prix” several decades ago.  What Ustinov did not know, was that there…

Autotrivia Quiz

Friday, 21 February 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 8 By Dr. Iain Corness
So to last week’s quiz.  I asked what car is this?  Straight eight engine with alloy head supercharged, three speed manual gearbox with dual ratio rear axle, semi elliptical springs…

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,…
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