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Did China steal Japan’s high-speed train?


The company that makes Japan’s legendary Shinkansen bullet trains certainly regrets working in China. One China defender recently claimed his countryman’s “bandit innovators” could be good for the world. That was small consolation for the Japanese, who say that China pirated their world-famous bullet train technology. “Don’t worry too much about Chinese companies imitating you, … Continue reading

How not to beat the rush for Chinese train tickets


In freewheeling and fast-growing China, providing an innovative service might be enough to get rich. In the case of China’s tightly regulated train ticket market, however, it is enough to get arrested. The story begins with the approach of China’s most important holiday the Spring Festival, which this year falls on February 10. Every year … Continue reading

China could impound European planes


China will take swift counter-measures that could include impounding European aircraft if the European Union punishes Chinese airlines for non-compliance with a scheme to curb carbon emissions, the China Air Transport Association (CATA) said on Tuesday. Chinese airlines, which have been told by Beijing not to comply with the EU’s Emissions Trading Scheme, refused to … Continue reading

All the magnets, no high speed trains


China is beginning to explore high speed train technology, and who knows where it could lead. To illustrate some ideas about China’s emerging high-speed train technology, the author provides the following theoretical discussion: I’ve been discussing the idea that if you put a maglev train in a tube and create a vacuum, then you can … Continue reading

Ford B-Max


When the Ford B-Max goes on sale in early 2012 it will feature a new format of pillarless doors. On the outside the styling is the latest iteration of Ford’s ‘kinetic design’ DNA, and mixes different elements to create a decent looking little MPV. It even manages to look good despite the metallic brown paint … Continue reading

BMW M1 Homage (2009)


The car which brought the BMW M1 back from the dead is coming to Australia. The M1 Homage show car will headline for the German brand at the Melbourne Motor Show from the end of February. The original M1 broke the mould for BMW when it was launched in the late 1970s, as it was … Continue reading

General Motors May Axe Holden Ute Import (2009)


The savaged local car industry has received another blow with General Motors in Detroit axing plans to import an Aussie-built Holden ute. GM Holden’s Elizabeth plant was due to start gearing up to build the Commodore-derived Pontiac G8 ST ute within months, with shipments due to start at the end of the year. With projected … Continue reading

Holden Statesman AFM


There are not many bigger passenger cars than the Holden Statesman, so when you advise it has fuel-saving technology, eyebrows are raised. There’s no EcoLine Active Fuel Management badge on this pilot-build Statesman but one of the digital displays within the instruments is telling me it’s switching between four and eight cylinders. Holden says it … Continue reading

Garmin Nuvi 880 Voice-Controlled GPS Lightning


Garmin’s flagship Nuvis, the 880 responds to commands from your voice, triggered by a little remote control you attach to your steering wheel. The popular opinion is that it’s the best all-around GPS on the market, but there are too many halfway decent Garmin models for less than half the price. The 880 isn’t the … Continue reading

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