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Why are automobiles not properly changed to RHD?

Hi! Hope you're well and hope you don't mind having a read of my rant to see what you think.

I'm wondering lately what is it with automobile manufacturers, in particular European ones, who in recent years have decided to skimp on doing full right-hand-drive conversions on their automobiles. For example, in the current Skoda Octavia, the bonnet release is on the left, as it was designed to be. The access buttons for the stereo are also to the left for easy access by the driver. If you take a look at the right-hand-drive model though you see the handbrake, bonnet release and stereo controls still placed for the left-hand-drive market. Same applies to the latest Golf; Volkswagen has been doing that with the Golf since the MK3 model.

And marques outside of VAG are also guilty - in particular Renault and Peugeot stand out as prime offenders for this - so much so as not bothering to convert the wipers to the right side.  It looks so lazy - and I presume it's saving a meager sum on each automobile sold. You'd know this is the case as the premium brands such as Audi, BMW and Mercedes still go to the trouble of doing the conversions properly - but what's frustrating is that Skoda was doing proper conversions until recently. Their MK2 Octavia, sold until 2013, had it done properly. So it's a shame to see it going in the wrong direction.

Is there any way you could run this by your people in the motoring industry? I love new automobiles, but I'm sure most people would be willing to pay the extra €100 per automobile or whatever it is to have it as intended for the market. I'm sure some acknowledgement of it might make them reconsider. The poor attempts at the minute look very, very shoddy and I wish they'd give us the same attention as they do the left-hand-drive world.

Thank you for reading. I know - first world problems right?

Filed under miscellaneous - Asked by Colin Moynihan (Waterford) - Thu, 03 Aug 2017 16:57

Audi A3 or Volkswagen Golf, for space?

Which automobile has the most interior space: the Volkswagen Golf or the Audi A3?

Filed under choosing new automobile - Asked by F D (Dublin) - Thu, 03 Aug 2017 20:32

Kia Optima or Volkswagen Passat?

Considering buying a 2016 Kia Optima, but am sceptical of its resale value or trade in value. Other options being considered are a 2015/16 Passat, which will be more expensive now, but would it be better in the long run from a trade in value perspective in the future?

Filed under resale value - Asked by Daithi Glynn (Limerick) - Sun, 06 Aug 2017 07:25

Worth using fuel additives in my Skoda?


I have a 1.6 TDI Greenline 2012 Skoda Superb with 70k km up. An injector recently had to be replaced. I don't know why, possibly because the automobile is unused for a few months each year. Is there any benefit in using a fuel additive to prevent further damage and, if so, which?

I also have a 2.0-litre petrol turbocharged Mercedes-Benz C-Class (245hp) of much more recent vintage. Is there a benefit of using a fuel additive from early in a automobile's life? Is there any evidence that these products. work?

Many thanks,


Filed under aftermarket - Asked by Philip Donegan (Ballina) - Sun, 06 Aug 2017 22:04

How much to tax an imported MINI?

If I bring a 2004 MINI home, how much will road tax be for its 1.6-litre petrol engine?

Filed under taxation - Asked by John O Sullivan (Tralee) - Tue, 08 Aug 2017 01:37

What are the Irish motor tax bands?

What are the Irish motor tax bands for new automobiles in Ireland?

Filed under taxation - Asked by Johnson Thoppilan (Angamaly) - Wed, 09 Aug 2017 03:42

How do I calculate VRT on a Countryman?

I'm looking at importing a MINI Countryman from the UK, but the revenue site doesnt even have that version under MINI, never mind the model. I'm asking if you know of a point of to get an approximation from before importing as I don't want to arrive at an NCT centre and get told that I owe something crazy.


Pat, Slane

Filed under VRT - Asked by Pat Ryan - Wed, 09 Aug 2017 08:49

How is the 2014 Ford Fiesta auto?

How is the 2014 Ford Fiesta Zetec automatic and what's it worth?

Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by Kate Mackey (Tralee) - Mon, 31 Jul 2017 17:14

When to order a new automobile for 2018?

Going to order a new automobile for delivery in 2018. When will garages start taking order for the New Year? I have no trade in either, so should I push for a discount because of this?

Filed under choosing new automobile - Asked by David McDonald (Meath) - Tue, 01 Aug 2017 16:24

Does the automatic MINI have no stop-start?

My 2013 MINI Ccooper S Clubman does not have auto engine stop; is this because it is automatic or was it an option when new?

Filed under optional extras - Asked by Alan Seary (ABERDEEN) - Mon, 31 Jul 2017 11:36