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The Power of Dreams, by Honda

by Matt Robinson on 17 Jul 2018

changagoidem Features | The Power of Dreams, by Honda

There can't be many automotive manufacturers with a back catalogue of products as varied, technically intriguing and downright exciting as this collection of automobiles. The array of greatness laid out before us is a selection of some of the machines that reside within the heritage fleet belonging to Honda UK, and the team tasked with looking after these noble veterans was good enough to let us have some time behind the wheels of their cherished possessions. So here's how our day rifling through Honda's history books went...

THE CIVICS: 1, 6 and 10

Starting with Honda's long-serving hatchback, the company…

Don't kill diesel yet

by Neil Briscoe on 05 Jul 2018

changagoidem Features | Don't kill diesel yet

Automobile sales are down in the UK. OK, so maybe that's not dramatic news; after all, automobile sales are down here too. The fall in automobile sales across the Irish Sea, though, is being fuelled by one thing above all else. On top of worries over the outcome of the Brexit 'negotiations' (quote marks author's own) and a generally weaker British economy, the dramatic dropoff in diesel sales has dragged the UK automobile market down.

Automobile sales in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland declined by 3.5 per cent in June, year-on-year, and are down by 6.3 per cent overall…

each of the 182 registration offers in one place

by on 19 Jun 2018

changagoidem Features | each of the 182 registration offers in one place

Here you'll find easy links to individual news stories on all of the 182 registration period finance and scrappage offers reported on changagoidem.ie to date (If we've missed any, please do let us know).

BMW announces 182 offers 
So, if you're thinking of buying a new BMW this 182-registration period (and why wouldn't you be?) there's some very good news. BMW Ireland is offering a nine per cent price cut across the range, for orders put in before the 30th of September.

Citroen van scrappage…

The perfect automobile for hot weather?

by Neil Briscoe on 29 May 2018

changagoidem Features | The perfect automobile for hot weather?

The temperature gauge has hit 25 degrees Celsius and my city is in crisis. Pets are spontaneously exploding, outdoor swimming pools (alright, pool) are (is) running dry and kettles are useless as they're unable to increase the temperature of the water coming out of the tap. Sun cream suppliers have declared a state of emergency.

OK, so maybe it's not that hot, but at the time of writing, we're in the midst of the traditional Irish exam-time heatwave and, for just this few days, we get to be proper Europeans. Sitting outside when we go to the pub, or the…

Farewell Mitsubishi Pajero

by Neil Briscoe on 22 May 2018

changagoidem Features | Farewell Mitsubishi Pajero

There's no question that growing up in West Cork gives you a somewhat unique attitude to automobiles (some might say warped, and I wouldn't necessarily disagree with them). Automobiles that would seem utterly ordinary and mundane to some seemed like rare jewels to a cadre of automobile nuts reaching puberty on the shores of the North Atlantic. A case in point: one of my friend's mum once bought a 1.1-litre Fiesta and this was, genuinely, like a Ferrari to us because (a) it was bright red and (b) it was new. No-one had a new automobile in West Cork, back…

Book review: Motor Assembly in Ireland

by David Mullen on 04 May 2018

changagoidem Features | Book review: Motor Assembly in Ireland

I'm ushered past reception at Motor Distributors Limited's HQ on Dublin's Naas Road by the company's heritage curator, Denis Dowdall. He leads me along the corridors of the preserved 1940s building to a room that he informs me was once a Volkswagen showroom. He unlocks the door and my jaw drops.

“You'd be fairly unique if your first word wasn't wow,” he tells me.

Inside the room is an impeccable and gleaming collection of about two-dozen classic automobiles. The eye is immediately drawn to the silver, 1950s Mercedes 300SL Gullwing in the centre of the room.

“People love that one…



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