Auto Mania

US Suzuki in the doggy doo

Friday, 16 November 2012 Issue Vol. XX No. 46 By Dr. Iain Corness
Detroit News reports that Suzuki’s U.S. distribution arm has filed for bankruptcy, saying it will exit the U.S. auto market to focus on sales of motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles.  This…

Autotrivia Quiz - Friday November 16 - November 22, 2012

Friday, 16 November 2012 Issue Vol. XX No. 46 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week I asked what did the original Fiat 500 have in common with the 1961 Lincoln Continental?  Clue: It’s only a quiz, so don’t contemplate suicide over this.  The…

Honda fights back

Friday, 09 November 2012 Issue Vol. XX No. 45 By Dr. Iain Corness
The floods last year saw an almost complete cessation of Honda’s manufacturing ability in Thailand.  Heart-rending photographs of submerged Hondas, all lined up on their way to the crusher, were…

Electricity and the motor car

Friday, 09 November 2012 Issue Vol. XX No. 45 By Dr. Iain Corness
I was always taught that physics was an exact science.  What goes up must come down, for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction, similar magnetic poles repel,…

What did we learn from the Abu Dhabi GP?

Friday, 09 November 2012 Issue Vol. XX No. 45 By Dr. Iain Corness
Well we learned that previous year’s Grand Prix at the Abu Dhabi circuit and called “Yawn Marina” turned into “Yes Marina!” with an action-packed Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.  More scrapping…
Honda Aircraft Company announced that it has commenced production of the much anticipated HondaJet, the world’s most advanced light jet aircraft.  During a press conference at the National Business Aviation…

Natter Nosh and Noggin

Friday, 09 November 2012 Issue Vol. XX No. 45 By Dr. Iain Corness
The car club meets at Jameson’s Irish Pub on Soi AR next to Nova Park.  The next meeting is on Monday November 12 at Jameson’s at 7 p.m.  A totally…

Autotrivia Quiz - Friday November 9 - November 15, 2012

Friday, 09 November 2012 Issue Vol. XX No. 45 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week I asked what is the significance of the Savoy Hotel to the taxi manufacturing industry in the UK?  The answer was simply that any London Black Cab had…

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix this weekend

Friday, 02 November 2012 Issue Vol. XX No. 44 By Dr. Iain Corness
The Abu Dhabi Yas Marina grand prix circuit hosts the third last GP of 2012 this weekend, with only the new US GP and Brazil to come.  Abu Dhabi is…

1,600 km/h on land!

Friday, 02 November 2012 Issue Vol. XX No. 44 By Dr. Iain Corness
Australian Rosco McGlashan has set himself the target of doing more than 1600 km/h in a rocket-powered car called Aussie Invader 5R.  The rocket is capable of producing 62,000 pounds…

What did we learn from the Indian GP?

Friday, 02 November 2012 Issue Vol. XX No. 44 By Dr. Iain Corness
Well, we learned that Vettel and his Red Bull are the class act of 2012, but we also saw that Alonso (Ferrari) has the greatest ‘tiger’, his driving on the…

It’s not all good news in the industry

Friday, 02 November 2012 Issue Vol. XX No. 44 By Dr. Iain Corness
The motor industry in Thailand may be going ahead with very positive growth, but the same cannot be said for Europe, which is going through the automotive doldrums.  PSA Peugeot…

Nissan doing the big push

Friday, 02 November 2012 Issue Vol. XX No. 44 By Dr. Iain Corness
While Honda was SCUBA diving last year to find its assembled Brios and Mitsubishi was trying to find the Mirage in the desert, Nissan was making a killing with its…

Autotrivia Quiz - Friday November 2 - November 8, 2012

Friday, 02 November 2012 Issue Vol. XX No. 44 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week I asked what does the green traffic light mean?  In Thailand it means speed up and your turn to grid-lock the intersection, but in actual fact it means…

Indian GP this weekend

Friday, 26 October 2012 Issue Vol. XX No. 43 By Dr. Iain Corness
India unveiled its $400 million Buddh International Circuit last year.  (For all those who are hoping for a Thailand GP, $400 million is about 12 billion baht, so dig deep!…
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