Nissan-amino Down On The Thai Street

This is Down On The Street Bonus Edition, where we check out interesting street-parked cars located in places other than the Island That Rust Forgot. Looks like we've got an International DOTS-O-Rama going on, so let's head to Southeast Asia. » 4/10/10 5:00pm 4/10/10 5:00pm

The Consul Dissipates In Phuket, Thailand

This is Down On The Street Bonus Edition » 8/21/08 3:00pm 8/21/08 3:00pm, where we check out interesting street-parked cars located in places other than the . Having just read Gordon Bowker's excellent Malcolm Lowry biography, , I can't see the word "Consul" without the quasi-autobiographical character of that name in coming to mind. That's why I…

Toyota To Build Camry Hybrid In Thailand, Become King Of Siam

It's interesting to see where automakers are placing their chips these days. Toyota is expanding production of its popular Toyota Camry Hybrid to Thailand. Toyota wants to break the million mark for annual hybrid sales in the next decade and a way to do that is to start building hybrids in markets with significant… » 6/10/08 10:00am 6/10/08 10:00am

In-Car Karaoke? Who Knew?

We love to sing along while driving, we admit it. We also enjoy partaking in the proletarian art of karaoke now and then (Texas residents, we highly recommend keeping an eye on Karaoke Underground's schedule). However, we have never considered installing a karaoke machine in our motor vehicle. Apparently, however, this … » 7/11/07 11:00pm 7/11/07 11:00pm

Official Gumball 3000 Update #5: I'm on a Plane, I Can't Complain

The Weltpolizei managed to get the fish out from all up in their grill and popped over to Belgrade Aerodrome from the twin cities of Buda and Pest. And now the 144 Bentley's all up in a cargo plane and headed for the land of larb, pad phed tofu and underage sex-for-pay. The latest report after the jump. And Alex, when… » 5/02/06 7:50pm 5/02/06 7:50pm

Passage to Bangkok: Ford Launches New Ranger Pickup in Thailand

Thailand has something like the second largest market in the world for pickup trucks (though it's probably still somewhere behind that of Newton County, Texas). It's also the culinary home of Pad Thai (i.e., linguini with shrimp and peanuts) and is the regional production hub for Ford's one-ton pickup trucks exported… » 3/07/06 11:13am 3/07/06 11:13am

The Free Trade Boys Are Clucking: Repeal the Chicken Tax?

One of the many, little-known particulars of the automotive industry is a trade tariff economists call The Chicken Tax. Way back in the swinging '60s, Europe aimed to protect its chicken farms from the juggernaut that was the American poultry industry by tripling the tax on US-bred lunch-fowl. In response, we gave… » 2/24/06 12:16pm 2/24/06 12:16pm

Best Cars to Come From India, Thailand? Toyota Admits Possibility

We're not quite sure of the context of this speech, and we've not quite figured out whether Toyota's Hiroshi Okuda has a penchant for putting his foot in his mouth or is just too damn savvy running a weird psych job that we can't begin to wrap our miniscule little blogger-brains around, as it were. Regardless, Okuda's… » 11/30/05 2:58pm 11/30/05 2:58pm