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Mike Hanlon

The show's influence can't be measured solely in visitors, exhibitors and floor space – th...

The presence of the head of Ford Motor Company at the Bangkok Auto Show was no accident – the New York Motor Show was on at the same time. The Detroit of the East produced 2.45 million cars last year (up 68% on 2011), sold 1.43 million locally (up 80%), and became a global top 10 auto producer. It was already the world's second largest producer of trucks, behind only the United States. With just 18 vehicles per 100 population (America has 76), the Thai domestic market offers promise. The world's auto makers are focusing their quest for growth on Asia and Bangkok is now key to the Asian automotive market.  Read More

Mitsubishi's distinctive GR-HEV diesel-hybrid pick-up concept

Mitsubishi's Concept GR-HEV combination a sedan interior and comfort levels with a diesel-hybrid pickup truck based on what is quite possibly the exterior of the next generation Triton. The hybrid drivetrain is billed as a next generation drive system that combines the company's Super Select 4WD (SS4) and S-AWC (Super All Wheel Control) systems, a 2.5L diesel engine and an electric motor of unspecified power to achieve CO2 emissions of 149 g/km.  Read More

Toyota's i-ROAD is a fully-enclosed, two-seater, three-wheeled, fully-electric, Personal M...

Toyota rocked the automotive world a few hours ago with full details of a new form of transport it will exhibit at the Geneva Motor Show which begins tomorrow. Toyota's i-ROAD is a fully-enclosed, two-seater, three-wheeled, fully-electric, Personal Mobility Vehicle (PMV) which looks to be more a competitor for the motorcycle than anything we have seen before from the world's largest automotive manufacturer.  Read More

The KTM X-Bow GT – one of the most spartan automobiles sold for use on public roads is goi...

Fans of the hardcore enthusiast KTM X-Bow roadster are bound to be on the increase with news that the GT version to be shown for the first time at the Geneva Motor Show next week will have doors and a windscreen ... and maybe the same 2.5 liter, 250 kW five-cylinder from the Audi TT-RS.  Read More

Nismo will now play an even more prominent role as the company's performance car brand

Nissan opened a new global headquarters for its Nismo performance brand in Yokohama, Japan yesterday, at the same time as announcing a considerable promotion of the formerly niche brand to major performance car brand with a presence in every Nissan showroom globally. The name Nismo will be now used in a similar fashion to the way Mercedes Benz uses AMG, or BMW uses the M logo, and joy-o-joy, there will be a high(er) performance Nismo version of Nissan's bargain-basement GT-R supercar.  Read More

Honda Thailand's Mo'cye Design Challenge (Photo: Husna Namirembe/Gizmag)

The Bangkok Motorbike Festival is quite unlike any other motorcycle show on Earth. Held within one of the world's largest shopping centers, the festival spreads a motorcycle show among the upmarket boutiques and cafes. This year, Honda Thailand put the country's burgeoning customization services on display. If you're a motorcycle enthusiast, it's worth a look.  Read More

BMW's best selling 3-Series has seen six generations in five body styles over four decades...

BMW's best selling 3-Series has for nearly four decades been the brand's introductory model – the first taste of a BMW for prospective aficionados. As the BMW range has grown, the larger 5-Series and 7-Series have found more sporty, more stylish and more upmarket coupe derivatives in the 6-Series and 8-Series respectively. Now, the pattern is set to continue with the 4-series, to be shown as a concept at the NAIAS (Detroit Motor Show) in January, but one already slated for production within 12 months.  Read More

The Hennessy Venom GT2

The horsepower proliferation war between the world's hypercar elite looks set to explode again in the next 12 months when both Koenigsegg and Hennessy will debut new versions of their Agera R and Venom GT respectively, both with significantly enhanced performance. Only Hennessy has officially released details to us at this stage (along with projections that its new Venom GT2 will have a top speed of 287 mph), but some very credible images and details have emerged on the internet to confirm the existence of the outrageous Koenigsegg One:1.  Read More

Paul Larsen in the Vestas Sailrocket 2 records 59.38 knots (68.3 mph - 110 km/h) on Walvis...

NEWS FLASH - The outright world speed sailing record was smashed this afternoon (November 24) by Paul Larsen in the Vestas Sailrocket 2 with the astonishing time of 65.45 knots. It's the third time in eight days that Larsen has piloted the Vestas Sailrocket to a new outright world record, raising the bar from 55.65 knots to 65.45 knots. It has been a spectacular week for sailing in general, with more than a dozen world speed sailing records broken at two different venues in Namibia. The outright speed sailing records for both 500 meters (initially 59.23 then 59.38 and now 65.45 kts) and one nautical mile (55.32 kts) were set in Walvis Bay by Australian Paul Larsen and the British-designed, inclined-rig hydrofoil Vestas SailRocket 2. Simultaneously, 600 km away, the annual Luderitz Speed Challenge has seen nine world outright speed records for sailboards established in just a week, including surpassing 50 knots (92.6 km/h) and 60 mph (52.14 kts) on a sailboard. The breaking of world records is almost certain to continue over the coming weeks, with Larsen now seemingly capable of pushing the outright record within reach of the 70 knot barrier and the now legendary Luderitz Speed Challenge continuing until December 16, with kiteboarders joining the event on December 3.  Read More

Alessandro Tartarini, son of Italjet founder Leopoldo Tartarini, has designed what is bein...

Now here's a motorcycle with a difference. Alessandro Tartarini, son of Italjet founder Leopoldo, this week used the EICMA motorcycle show to present a new motorcycle concept. The aptly named Brutus (not to be confused with the existing Brutus electric motorcycle), is billed as "the SUV of motorcycles," runs a fuel-injected, 45 bhp, 750cc, single-cylinder engine with a CVT and optional reverse gear and weighs in at just under 220 kg (485 lbs) – about the same weight as a BMW 1200 GS or Ducati Multistrada. So does this genuinely represent a new genre of motorcycle?  Read More

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