Auto Mania

Debut Lexus NX Crossover at Beijing

Friday, 02 May 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 18 By Dr. Iain Corness
The world debut of the new Lexus NX was held at the Beijing motor show and is the first Lexus to enter the fast-growing premium compact crossover segment The initial…

My first race car

Friday, 02 May 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 18 By Dr. Iain Corness
My first race car was a 10 year old MGA 1500.  Remember them?  A nice slippery shape, basic ladder frame chassis, complete with wooden floorboards, four wheel drum brakes and…

Automania Quiz

Friday, 02 May 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 18 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week I asked what car’s road holding was so bad that owners used to put bricks on the passenger side to even up the weight distribution.  Clue: think three.…

Thailand looking for the number 1 position

Friday, 25 April 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 17 By Dr. Iain Corness
It has been reported in the media that Thailand has the second worst road traffic deaths in the world.  Having just had Songkran with its hundreds of attendant deaths, is…

Goodbye Stefano

Friday, 25 April 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 17 By Dr. Iain Corness
As predicted in this column last week, heads would roll at Ferrari with the abysmal results so far in F1.  Former world champions Alonso and Raikkonen finishing 9th and 10th…

What did we learn from the GP in China?

Friday, 25 April 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 17 By Dr. Iain Corness
Well, we learned (if we didn’t know before) that Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) is the real deal.  A dominant weekend with pole position translated into a win by 15 seconds over…

BMW i8 spied at the Bangkok International Motor Show

Friday, 25 April 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 17 By Dr. Iain Corness
It would appear that BMW are keen to see their sub-brand, the i series, accepted as a genuine division.  The i8 on display at the motor show was just simply…

Get yer TaTa’s out!

Friday, 25 April 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 17 By Dr. Iain Corness
The Indian manufacturer Tata is known for making cheap cars - including the Nano, the cheapest car in production today.  However, some help from Land Rover will bring a premium…

Automania Quiz

Friday, 25 April 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 17 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week I asked what important motoring aid exploded and killed a policeman in 1869?  It was the first traffic light which was gas powered, but exploded after a leak…

Chinese GP this weekend

Friday, 18 April 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 16 By Dr. Iain Corness
The Chinese Grand Prix at Shanghai this weekend, and also in Pattaya the end of the dreaded Songkran festival.  This national ‘sport’ kills around 600 participants each year.  Songkran that…

Nissan Almera

Friday, 18 April 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 16 By Dr. Iain Corness
A few weeks ago I tested the new Nissan Teana, and was very impressed with the vehicle.  This week, Khun Ju of Pattaya Automobile Co. (on Sukhumvit Road, about 50…

Who sold what at the Bangkok International Motor Show?

Friday, 18 April 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 16 By Dr. Iain Corness
The figures have been released from the organizers of the motor show, with the top 10 not holding any surprises.  Toyota, as usual, sold more than anyone else, and in…

Super 1 Racing Bira this weekend

Friday, 18 April 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 16 By Dr. Iain Corness
The Super 1 Racing group is promoting its second meeting at Bira this weekend.  It seems a mixed bag of categories, but there will be the usual groups of sedans…

Autotrivia Quiz

Friday, 18 April 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 16 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week I asked what car had this in the design brief - carry two large peasants wearing clogs and 100 kg of assorted goods to market along unpaved roads…

MG at the Bangkok International Motor Show

Friday, 11 April 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 15 By Dr. Iain Corness
I have a soft spot for MG.  I have owned several models (TC’s and TD’s), followed by MGA and MGB.  MGA was the first car I ever raced, and my…
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