Motoring

Sometimes, when you go along to an evening talk, you are looking forward to the networking rather than the substance of what the speakers will be saying. Perhaps you think you won’t learn much, and you’re going along out of a vague sense of duty, because other people will expect you to be there. Well, […]

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Dodgy savings bank loans provide unique buying opportunity

by Philip Gowman 8 July 2012
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Fancy a Lamborghini? Contact the Korea Deposit Insurance Corporation, who are trying to offload assets from failed Korean savings banks. The cars were repossessed when their owners failed to pay up. Via Wall Street Journal http://on.wsj.com/L1CQiS

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British TV Show Top Gear comes to Korea

by Philip Gowman 24 August 2011
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South Korea’s version of the hit UK TV series Top Gear debuted at the weekend, complete with The Stig: WSJ http://on.wsj.com/n4AUHM (#). Videos can be found on YouTube here.

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Formula 1 Fan Forum with Mark Blundell

by Philip Gowman 20 August 2011
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To mark the second Korean Grand Prix coming up in October, the KCC will be holding a Formula 1 event on 5 September. This is the first Global Korea event related to sports, and should draw in a diverse audience. F1 Fan Forum Hosted by Former F1 Driver and Le Mans 24hrs Winner Mark Blundell […]

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Formula 1 accommodation

by Philip Gowman 22 October 2010
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£150 a night for a love motel? That's what the Formula One teams are paying, says The Sun. http://bit.ly/b1rp6l #

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Formula 1 comes to Gwanghwamun

by Philip Gowman 4 October 2010
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Great pic: Admiral Yi Sun-shin and King Sejong, two of Korea's greatest ancient heroes, look down on a Formula 1 car: http://bit.ly/aqkYKL #

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Will the Formula 1 circuit be ready in time?

by Philip Gowman 27 September 2010
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Bernie Ecclestone sticks the boot in: will the Korean Grand Prix circuit be ready in time? http://bbc.in/b6Trph # “We will rush to complete work and FIA officials will see a complete circuit when they conduct a final inspection in two weeks,” said Kim Jae-ho, for the organisers.

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Is the Kia Rio is safer than houses?

by Philip Gowman 1 August 2010
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Is the Kia Rio is safer than houses? A motorist smashes through a wall and into a house in Cleveland, UK. http://bit.ly/cti3eV #. The unnamed driver was taken to hospital but suffered only bruising, said police. Companies: Kia

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Kia Cee’d is Top Gear’s Sensible Car

by Philip Gowman 3 July 2010
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"The Kia Cee’d is a car that lobs the paving slab of reality into the windscreen of preconception". Review on Top Gear, where it gets a creditable 11/20. It’s also the “sensible” car driven by celebs in the new TV series. http://bit.ly/9Qmh4s # Companies: Kia

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Warming up for the first Korean Grand Prix

by Philip Gowman 25 January 2010
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Warming up for the first Korean Grand Prix to be held in Jeollanamdo this Autumn: http://bit.ly/55QBp5. From JoongAng Ilbo

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Hyundai Pony named design icon

by Philip Gowman 3 October 2009
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Hyundai Pony voted the most iconic industrial design in Korea over last 50 years by Design magazine http://bit.ly/4lzdRl. # Designed by the famous Italian car designer Giorgetto Giugiaro in 1975, the Pony was praised for its sleek and modern design and is thought to have elevated the level of design of Korean industrial products to […]

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Kia Cee’d gets the thumbs up

by Philip Gowman 12 February 2007

The consensus among the motoring journalists is that Jeremy Clarkson might have to start revising his views on Korean cars [1]. Korean cars in the UK have the reputation of competing on price rather than quality. But all this seems to be changing with the Kia Cee’d. From the FT this weekend: This is the […]

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Kia Cerato LX CRDi

by Philip Gowman 23 July 2006

Well, it’s not going to win any design awards, but it’s a perfectly OK car. It’s got one of those strange flaps on the boot, and a skirt below the radiator at the front. I think they’re meant to make the car go faster, but if you exit the petrol station too enthusiastically there’s a […]

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Motoring supplement

by Philip Gowman 16 July 2006

Ever on the look-out for yet more subjects on which I am totally unqualified to speak, this time I’m trying my hand as motoring correspondent. I don’t have a car (I don’t need one in London), and on the rare occasions when I need a set of wheels I use the local rental shop, which […]

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Korean driving

by Philip Gowman 24 May 2006
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Anyone who has been in a taxi in Busan will understand completely how Korea can be second in the OECD car accident rankings. (The mystery is: why only second, and how come there are any cars left on the road?) It must be something in the blood. Thanks to Tom Coyner for circulating this image […]

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