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Suzuki an early Myanmar investor

Friday, 15 February 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 7 By Dr. Iain Corness
Early news from CEA boss Kevin Fisher, who reported that Suzuki are building a new plant next door to his new CEA yard in Myanmar.  This plant will supposedly be…

Autotrivia Quiz - Friday February 15 - February 21, 2013

Friday, 15 February 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 7 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week I asked what significant motoring news happened in Camden, NJ in 1933?  It was the opening of the first Drive-In movie theatre, attended by 600 motorists.  (From the…

New Chevrolet Corvette goes topless

Friday, 08 February 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 6 By Dr. Iain Corness
The hard-top version of the new Chevrolet Corvette was released at the Detroit Motor Show last month, but GM have now leaked images of their new Corvette Convertible, which will…

Hello Sweetie, I’m Sylphy

Friday, 08 February 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 6 By Dr. Iain Corness
Nissan is excellent at one thing - picking ridiculous names for their cars.  I’m no macho man, but I am damned sure you won’t catch me driving a Cedric.  Or…

MG to go world-wide for 7-eleven

Friday, 08 February 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 6 By Dr. Iain Corness
A few weeks ago I wrote on the alliance being formed by Chinese conglomerate Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation (SAIC) and the CP Group (which also owns 7-eleven) to build MG…

Blowing in the wind?

Friday, 08 February 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 6 By Dr. Iain Corness
French car conglomerate PSA Peugeot Citroen is showcasing a set of bold future technologies including a hybrid drivetrain that uses compressed air rather than batteries to store energy and will…

From the Thai Auto Book

Friday, 08 February 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 6 By Dr. Iain Corness
Nissan Thailand will build a new 11 billion baht factory next to the Samut Prakan factory on 150 rai, a move aimed at sustaining Nissan’s growth across Southeast Asia. The…

Natter Nosh and Noggin

Friday, 08 February 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 6 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 February 11 at Jameson’s at 7 p.m.  A totally…

Autotrivia Quiz - Friday February 8 - February 14, 2013

Friday, 08 February 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 6 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week I asked you to name this car. That was too easy!  It was a Lohner Porsche of around 1902, with the in-wheel motors giving the game away. So…

What a big mouth you’ve got Grandma!

Friday, 01 February 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 5 By Dr. Iain Corness
Is this the ultimate expression of snobbery?  A four door Aston Martin Rapide S where you can take three friends round town in ultimate (well, close to at least) luxury.

NSX reborn

Friday, 01 February 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 5 By Dr. Iain Corness
The North American International Auto Show saw a concept car from Honda shown under the nameplate of Acura NSX.  Informed gossip has this as the fore-runner for a new, and…

Batteries not included?

Friday, 01 February 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 5 By Dr. Iain Corness
With the 787 Dreamliners grounded with battery failures (fires) and GM hit by a federal investigation 12 months ago after three battery fires in the Chevrolet Volt after crash tests,…

The definitive F1 calendar (get your pencils out)

Friday, 01 February 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 5 By Dr. Iain Corness
Mar 17 - Albert Park, Australia Mar 24 - Sepang, Malaysia Apr 14 - Shanghai, China Apr 21 - Sakhir International, Bahrain May 12 - Barcelona, Spain May 26 -…

The Bangkok GP debate

Friday, 01 February 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 5 By Dr. Iain Corness
I was sent an exclusive which had been printed in the Australian Herald Sun newspaper, in which the fee for the right to stage the Grand Prix in Melbourne was…

Autotrivia Quiz

Friday, 01 February 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 5 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week I asked what did the Honda S600 and the 1913 Le Mans Mercedes have in common?  (And I mean engineering design, not wheels and brake pedals!)  The answer…
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