At around the same time as regular Drivesouth contributor Richard Bosselman was sampling the ultra-efficient three-cylinder 1.0-litre version of the Ford Fiesta in Thailand, I was enjoying time behind the wheel of a sporty version of the same car here in Otago.
Strong drivetrain and chassis, intriguing road in a fascinating country: today's nip around hill country behind Changmai in northern Thailand has all the elements of being a memorably happy day out in the new Ford Fiesta 1.0 EcoBoost.
In a strategic about-face, General Motors will drop the Chevrolet brand in Europe by the end of 2015 after it failed to build significant market share, and the company will focus instead on its Opel and Vauxhall lines to try to return to profitability there.
Nascar enthusiasts should book a trip to Auckland in January if they want to see the ultra-successful 1998 DuPont Chevrolet Monte Carlo run a few demonstration laps over both weekends of the Ferrari Festival.
No-one at Holden Australia was prepared to admit that a swath of big changes for the Colorado family - one-tonne ute and seven-seater wagon - are a reaction to the 2012 originals being found wanting when measured against a ''certain other''.
It takes twice as long on average - over 28 hours - for Hyundai Motor Co to make a car in South Korea than in the United States, even though its domestic plants have far more workers for each production line.
Williams might be seen as a step down for Felipe Massa after eight years at Ferrari but he sees it more as a chance to step up and become a leader, as well as following in the footsteps of illustrious compatriots.
When Drivesouth spoke to management at Highlands Motorsport Park this week, five months of preparation for the three-day Highlands 101 race meeting, which started yesterday and runs until tomorrow, was finally coming to fruition.