Auto Mania

China builds its own supercar

Friday, 03 May 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 18 By Dr. Iain Corness
It had to happen - after a decade of producing cheap motor cars, China is now branching into the supercar market with the Icona Vulcano. If you think you have…

Mercedes-Benz New E-Class

Friday, 03 May 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 18 By Dr. Iain Corness
One of the real stunners at the show was the new E-Class.  However, what is under the skin is even more interesting. The new E-Class offers a combination of new…

Suzuki really moving upwards (by 255 percent)!

Friday, 03 May 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 18 By Dr. Iain Corness
One of the new cars at the Bangkok International Motor Show was the Suzuki Ertiga, a seven seater MPV with prices ranging between B. 544,000 - 689,000 for the top…

Autotrivia Quiz - Friday May 3 - May 9, 2013

Friday, 03 May 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 18 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week I mentioned that 1912 the Stanley company made 650 steamers.  I said that was the same as one day’s production of what in 1923?  What was the answer?…

Who sold what at the Bangkok International Motor Show

Friday, 26 April 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 17 By Dr. Iain Corness
The official figures have now been released following the close of the Bangkok International Motor Show at Impact Arena Challenger Hall.  It was no surprise that Toyota again dominated, selling…

What did we learn from the Bahrain GP?

Friday, 26 April 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 17
Well, the first thing we learned was that F1 may be the flavor of the month for the Bahraini royal family, but not for the Bahraini residents, of whom only…

Young drivers need continuous support

Friday, 26 April 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 17 By Dr. Iain Corness
The Institute of Advanced motorists (IAM) in the UK keeps excellent statistics and has announced that young drivers need more guidance and support in the first six months of obtaining…

China looking for a factory

Friday, 26 April 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 17 By Dr. Iain Corness
The Chinese automaker Great Wall Motors was present at the Bangkok International Motor Show last month, but had no intention of selling any vehicles, in fact there are none in…

Some musings from the Bangkok International Motor Show

Friday, 26 April 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 17 By Dr. Iain Corness
I am very lucky.  Every year I receive an invitation to attend the Bangkok International Motor Show now held at Impact Arena Challenger Hall, and every year I look forward…

Alternators, alternators, alternators!

Friday, 26 April 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 17 By Dr. Iain Corness
Have I angered the god of alternating current, or is it some fiendish plot, or am I becoming paranoid?  In the past 12 months, the alternator has failed on my…

Autotrivia Quiz - Friday April 26 - May 2, 2013

Friday, 26 April 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 17 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week I asked what famous engine was designed by three firefighters in WW II?  It was the Jaguar XK engine designed by William Heynes (Chief Engineer), Walter Hassan and…

Bahrain GP this weekend

Friday, 19 April 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 16 By Dr. Iain Corness
Despite on-going discontent with the ruling royal family, the Bahrain GP should be run this weekend. The Grand Prix will be televised at 7 p.m. Sunday April 21.  We will…

World’s fastest road car

Friday, 19 April 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 16 By Dr. Iain Corness
Up till recently, it was accepted that the world’s fastest production road car was the Bugatti Veyron, but now there is a challenge thrown down by a small manufacturer/tuner in…

What did we learn from the Chinese GP?

Friday, 19 April 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 16 By Dr. Iain Corness
Well, we learned a lot, and not all of it complimentary.  In the lead up to the Grand Prix, Sebastian Vettel (the precocious finger) arrogantly said he would ignore team…

Team Orders

Friday, 19 April 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 16 By Dr. Iain Corness
With the recent situation where Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) ignored the team orders, I thought I should bring you up to date over this contentious item. Team orders is not…
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