Auto Mania

Autotrivia Quiz - Friday March 22 - March 28, 2013

Friday, 22 March 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 12 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week I told you that a famous movie star had a 1948 Ford convertible which was repossessed.  I asked just who was this person?  It was Marilyn Monroe! So…

Australian GP this weekend

Friday, 15 March 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 11 By Dr. Iain Corness
After a layoff that seemed to be forever, the F1 circus is on again in 2013.  The first Grand Prix of the year comes from Australia, around the Albert Park…

Is Indonesia a threat?

Friday, 15 March 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 11 By Dr. Iain Corness
The Automotive Focus Group (AFG) reports that Indonesia is looking to knock Thailand from its perch as the top vehicle sales country for SE Asia. Some sources in Australia are…

A Lekky Landy

Friday, 15 March 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 11 By Dr. Iain Corness
Word coming through from the UK is that Land Rover has been playing with all-electric Land Rover Defenders. “This project is acting as a rolling laboratory for Land Rover to…

LaFerrari - pardon?

Friday, 15 March 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 11 By Dr. Iain Corness
Finally the new (and for the time being) ultimate Ferrari has been unveiled at the Geneva show, and as predicted it is a hybrid with performance that will blow everything…

Is the MINI a disco on wheels?

Friday, 15 March 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 11 By Dr. Iain Corness
At the international motor show in Geneva, Harman, the premium global audio and infotainment group, announced two new additions to the line-up of MINI models featuring Harman/Kardon sound.

Autotrivia Quiz - Friday March 15 - March 21, 2013

Friday, 15 March 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 11 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week I asked you what is the connection between Tazio Nuvolari, Nick Mason and Dr Porsche?  No, they didn’t all play guitar, but they all drove the Auto-Union rear…

Season’s opener for the Retro racers

Friday, 08 March 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 10 By Dr. Iain Corness
It has only just been a little over two months of a layoff, but the racing season 2013 starts up again for many of the classes running in Thailand, including…

Safer vehicles - or just more things to go wrong?

Friday, 08 March 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 10 By Dr. Iain Corness
What is in store for the motorists in the next decade?  These examples are not “concepts”, but the technology is here now.  For many OEM’s (Original Equipment Manufacturer), the integration…

GM putting some Spin on it

Friday, 08 March 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 10 By Dr. Iain Corness
The Thai Auto Book reports that General Motors Indonesia has completed its USD 150 million refurbishment of its car plant in Bekasi, a satellite city east of Indonesia’s capital Jakarta.
Toyota and BMW had previously signed MOU’s to build a sports car and work together on hybrids and fuel cell technology. This year, the heads of the two companies signed…
GM and PSA Peugeot Citroen will jointly develop people-movers, a compact SUV and a new platform for the next generation of Opel/Vauxhall, Peugeot and Citroen light cars under a strategic…

Natter Nosh and Noggin

Friday, 08 March 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 10 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 March 11 at Jameson’s at 7 p.m.  A totally…

Autotrivia Quiz - Friday March 8 - March 14, 2013

Friday, 08 March 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 10 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week I asked you to have a look at the couple and the car.  Who were they and what was the car?  It was Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow…

I’d rather be hit by a Volvo!

Friday, 01 March 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 9 By Dr. Iain Corness
Volvo has built up a credible reputation for safety, but they have gone one step further with the new V40 Hatch.  This time, as well as providing much secondary safety…
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