Auto Mania

News from the Automotive Focus Group

Friday, 31 May 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 22 By Dr. Iain Corness
Tata has decided to postpone the development of the new facility in Thailand.  Previously, Tata had announced it will enter the passenger car market in Thailand during the third quarter,…

Honda returning to F1

Friday, 31 May 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 22 By Dr. Iain Corness
Honda has announced its decision to participate in the FIA Formula One World Championship from the 2015 season under a joint project with McLaren, the UK-based F1 corporation.

Thai Automotive Sales Statistics April 2013

Friday, 31 May 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 22 By Dr. Iain Corness
Vehicle output in April stood at 170,438 units, up 17 percent on April 2012, but down 33 percent on March (this was due to fewer working days in the month).

Slick and small - the way to haul?

Friday, 31 May 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 22 By Dr. Iain Corness
The world is heading towards small efficient four cylinder engines, such as Ford’s eco-boost range.  The body most wanted is now small SUV’s such as Ford’s Kluga, for example.

Autotrivia Quiz - Friday May 31 - June 6, 2013

Friday, 31 May 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 22 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week, I asked which record breaking drivers towed a portable petrol bowser, so they could refuel on the run?  It was the Hon Mrs Victor Bruce and her husband…

Monaco Grand Prix this weekend

Friday, 24 May 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 21 By Dr. Iain Corness
Following on from the win for Fernando Alonso and Ferrari in Spain, is there anyone willing to hazard a guess for the winner at Monaco this weekend?  With the limitation…

20 year batteries here already

Friday, 24 May 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 21 By Dr. Iain Corness
A US study has indicated that batteries used in electric and hybrid cars could have a lifespan of up to 20 years - much longer than car-makers are guaranteeing. Some…
A sultry, lipstick-wearing Sir Richard Branson finally earned his stripes as an AirAsia flight attendant, when he honored his friendly wager on board AirAsia X’s flight from Perth to Kuala…

Road safety (or the lack of it)

Friday, 24 May 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 21 By Dr. Iain Corness
Drivers fail to obey traffic laws, which many of the region’s governments notoriously don’t enforce.  Cars must navigate crumbling roads and poorly designed highway systems that all but make gridlock…

Thailand to continue as an auto hub

Friday, 24 May 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 21 By Dr. Iain Corness
Thailand’s automotive industry showed its strength in 2012, manufacturing 2.45 million vehicles.  This represented a 68 percent increase from 2011 and saw Thailand elevated to 10th place among car producing…

Tesla goes to the top of the quality tree?

Friday, 24 May 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 21 By Dr. Iain Corness
The new Tesla Model S is bringing the electric sedan within the reach of more of the public with a starting price of about US$70,000. Not only has the Model…

Autotrivia Quiz - Friday May 24 - May 30, 2013

Friday, 24 May 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 21 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week, in an attempt to confound the Googlers, I asked you to have a look at the photo.  I asked what is it and who built it?  It was…

New Honda Accord for release soon

Friday, 17 May 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 20 By Dr. Iain Corness
This new Honda is the ninth-generation Accord and is improved in many ways, but the price will reflect this.  Honda claim better economy than the previous version, and a longer…

What did we learn from the Spanish Grand Prix?

Friday, 17 May 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 20 By Dr. Iain Corness
Well, we learned that Spaniards are passionate about bull fights, tennis, soccer and winning, and home hero Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) certainly gave the crowd something to cheer for.  Another second…

Distracted Driving legislation looming

Friday, 17 May 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 20 By Dr. Iain Corness
The US Department of Transport has released a series of voluntary guidelines it hopes car-makers will adhere to so that social media integration, such as Facebook and Twitter, will not…
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