Auto Mania

Tesla introduce the ‘Buy Back’ program

Friday, 27 March 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 13 By Dr. Iain Corness
Tesla has introduced a finance plan for its Model S luxury sedan, which guarantees the resale value of its high-performance electric vehicles after three years. The American car-maker is offering…

Autotrivia

Friday, 27 March 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 13 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week I noted that there was a very simple device stopping vehicles from running backwards, seen in vintage cars. The same principle is used today in automatic gearboxes. What…

124 Spider from Maziat (or perhaps Fizda?)

Friday, 20 March 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 12 By Dr. Iain Corness
The long awaited sports car from Alfa Romeo, built on the Mazda MX-5 platform, has gone through another name change. Now FIAT Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has revealed that the new…

Technology or styling the way forward

Friday, 20 March 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 12 By Dr. Iain Corness
In 1993, energy technologist Amory Lovins of the Rocky Mountain Institute suggested that major automakers could use existing materials and technologies to produce an ultra-lightweight, highly fuel-efficient vehicle. The ‘supercar’…

More rubbish from the FIA

Friday, 20 March 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 12 By Dr. Iain Corness
The Federation International de l’Automobile (FIA) is re-arranging the deckchairs on the Titanic yet again. This time bringing in legislation that the drivers cannot change their helmet design during the…

When are the GP’s being telecast?

Friday, 20 March 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 12 By Dr. Iain Corness
Unsure of the telecast time? Here is the Formula 1 Calendar 2015, with local Thai time, to make it easy for you to arrange your Sundays. Mar-29 Malaysia Grand Prix…

Autotrivia

Friday, 20 March 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 12 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week I noted that Daimler (1946) and Packard (1948) had something in common. What was it? Daimler was the first to use them, and Packard was the first large-scale…

What did we learn from the Australian Grand Prix?

Friday, 20 March 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 12 By Dr. Iain Corness
Well, in the days before the race weekend we found we had the incredible situation in the Sauber garage with three drivers and two seats playing musical chairs. By Friday…

F1 season kicks off this weekend

Friday, 13 March 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 11 By Dr. Iain Corness
The first race of the season begins in Melbourne Australia this weekend. Only now will we see just how good or otherwise the teams really are. McLaren have had a…

No longer a hairdresser’s car!

Friday, 13 March 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 11 By Dr. Iain Corness
Audi’s new second-generation R8 supercar has received an online unveiling ahead of the car’s official debut at the Geneva motor show next month. The new model is lighter, faster and…

Bangkok International Motor Show

Friday, 13 March 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 11 By Dr. Iain Corness
It’s that time of year again, when Bangkok is in the spotlight with our own International Motor Show. This motor show is the one accredited by the Organisation Internationale des…

GM to restructure in Thailand, seeks worker separations

Friday, 13 March 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 11 By Dr. Iain Corness
General Motors intends to restructure in Thailand, as it will phase out production and sales of the Chevrolet Sonic vehicle and sales of the Chevrolet Spin and will launch a…

Lamborghini announces Aventador LP 750-4 Superveloce

Friday, 13 March 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 11 By Dr. Iain Corness
Another stratospheric supercar was announced at the Geneva motor show in March. Called the Aventador LP 750-4 Superveloce, it is a special edition of the existing Aventador. The 750 in…

Wait for the Daihatfeng

Friday, 13 March 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 11 By Dr. Iain Corness
Japanese carmaker Daihatsu Motor is to supply fuel-efficient engines to Dongfeng Motor. China’s second-largest state-run carmaker apparently wants to use the engines to capture demand for subcompacts that meet coming…

Autotrivia

Friday, 13 March 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 11 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week I noted that the name “Mercedes” came from the daughter of Monsieur Jellinek, the distributor of Daimler-Benz cars. There was another woman who lent her name to a…

2015 Nitto 3K season kicks off at Bira

Friday, 06 March 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 10 By Dr. Iain Corness
The local promoters are well into the organization of the 2015 meetings. This weekend is the first Nitto 3K meeting and we will be running in the Retro class in…
At the Geneva motor show Aston Martin revealed its latest offering, the Vulcan. This is an 800 BHP supercar which defies all reason. You can use it at the track…

Tesla scores best in the US again!

Friday, 06 March 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 10 By Dr. Iain Corness
The American Consumer Reports magazine has been going in the USA for around 80 years. Each year they poll their readers as to the reliability and satisfaction from the various…

Natter Nosh and Noggin

Friday, 06 March 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 10 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 March 9 at Jameson’s at 7 p.m. A…

Autotrivia

Friday, 06 March 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 10 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week I noted that there was a sports car which was a hit, but was canned by the group which had just bought out the entire company because the…