Auto Mania

Autotrivia Quiz

Friday, 09 May 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 19 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week I asked what came into being in 1967, was in general use 1968 and outlawed 1969.  The clue was: think FIA.  It was the high aerofoil wings. So…

Volvo with chopsticks in 2014

Friday, 02 May 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 18 By Dr. Iain Corness
Volvo has announced that China is poised to replace the US as Volvo Car Group’s (Volvo Cars) largest market in 2014 with sales of at least 80,000 cars, up from…
Volvo Car Group (Volvo Cars) revealed the Volvo S60L PPHEV (Petrol Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle) Concept Car at the 2014 Beijing International Auto Show.  The ingenious petrol plug-in hybrid -…

GM makes major China investment

Friday, 02 May 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 18 By Dr. Iain Corness
General Motors has indicated that the company and local partners are boosting production capacity for GM-brand vehicles in China to 5 million units.  This is all part of a USD…

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…