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  • BUSINESS

    Toyota keen on local hybrid battery plant

    Business, Published on 11/04/2018

    » Toyota Motor Corporation is set to establish a production base for batteries for hybrid vehicles in Thailand, aiming to start operations at the beginning of 2020, sources close to the matter said Tuesday.

  • AUTO

    BMW 530e plug-in hybrid (2017) review

    Life, Richard Leu, Published on 08/05/2017

    » BMW's newest 5-series lineup has never expanded so quickly in serving customers with different demands. Munich's crucial executive saloon has only been renewed in the new-generation form in world markets this year, yet it comes with a plethora of engines to choose from.

  • AUTO

    2017 Nissan Note E-Power hybrid review

    Life, Richard Leu, Published on 26/12/2016

    » Taking global trends for small cars into consideration, the diesel engine may not be a feasible option in the future. Combine that with high development costs, and small cars have wafer-thin margins.

  • AUTO

    Toyota Aqua ranks top in compact fuel efficiency

    Published on 28/03/2015

    » TOKYO — Toyota Motor Corp's Aqua hybrid ranked top in fuel efficiency among compact vehicles for the third year in a row in 2014, the government said Friday.

  • LEARNING

    The cronut: the next sweet craze?

    Terry Fredrickson, Published on 17/06/2013

    » Will there be a Bangkok cronut (a croissant-doughnut) craze similar to the one that greeted the Krispe Kreme operation not so long again? If New York is any indication, the answer could be “yes”.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Just like honey

    Brunch, Chanun Poomsawai, Published on 11/11/2018

    » In her own curated Spotify playlist "The Music That Inspired Honey", Robyn has put together more than a handful of tracks that helped will her long-anticipated sixth album into existence. Opening with the celebrated Soviet pianist Emil Gilels' rendition of Mozart's Piano Sonata No.14b In C Minor, K457: II Adagio, the playlist encapsulates her wide-ranging taste in music as it flits from the funk/soul/disco of the 70s (Gwen McCrae, George McCrae, Sylvester, Mary Clark) to a full spectrum of electronic music ranging from ambient and IDM to house and techno (Brian Eno, Aphex Twin, DJ Koze, Bicep, Roman Flügel). Listening to the record, one could almost trace all of these influences which are strewn across its nine tracks, precisely making up 40 minutes of thoughtful, unadulterated pop exhilaration.

  • LIFESTYLE

    From seedling to bar

    Guru, Nianne-Lynn Hendricks, Published on 22/06/2018

    » MarkRin Chocolate was born out of the love for chocolate by Assoc Prof Dr Sanh and his wife Kanokked "Thip" La-Ongsri, who also created it as a long-term research project in Chiang Mai. Sanh found that the agricultural geography of Thailand qualified for planting cacao trees. The first cacao plant in Chiang Mai, Sanh crossed two cacao varieties and created his own hybrid called "I.M.1". He and Thip formed MarkRin Farms, to support and form a cooperative, so cacao farmers have a stable occupation since cacao is a monocrop and intercrop. Sanh and Thip also studied and researched cocoa beans fermentation together to develop chocolate from premium quality dried beans.

  • BUSINESS

    The future of rice production

    Asia focus, Tanyatorn Tongwaranan, Published on 29/10/2018

    » Rice, one of the world's most important staple foods, is now facing a challenging time with increasing competition for dwindling resources such as land and water, unpredictable climate, farm labour shortages and lack of technical expertise.

  • BUSINESS

    Toyota head aims to steer EV market

    Business, Piyachart Maikaew, Published on 29/11/2017

    » The government policy to promote the country's automotive industry as a hub for electric vehicles (EV) has Toyota Motor Thailand, the local unit of the Japanese car maker, optimistic about future hybrid car manufacturing here.

  • LIFESTYLE

    More play, please

    Brunch, Chanun Poomsawai, Published on 21/10/2018

    » While a compilation of cover songs is not an earth-shattering concept by any stretch of the imagination, a good one does have the power to bridge the gap between eras and connect/re-connect generations of artists as well as listeners. Conceived in 2009 by the Thai media conglomerate GMM Grammy to celebrate its 25th anniversary, Play Project gave rock-leaning artists a chance to cover their favourite tunes in their own playful style. Its first edition saw the likes of Bodyslam, Potato, Clash and Paradox reinterpreting a range of Thai pop classics including Bird Thongchai's Sia Dai, Mai Charoenpura's Sia Jai Dai Yin Mai and Nantida Kaewbuasai's Lakorn Chaak Sud Tai.

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