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Twin test: Ford Mondeo vs. Volkswagen Passat

by Shane O' Donoghue on 04 Nov 2016

changagoidem Features | Twin test: Ford Mondeo vs. Volkswagen Passat

Ford's Mondeo and the Volkswagen Passat go head-to-head in our latest large family automobile comparison test.

In the Metal

My these automobiles have grown! Park the 2015 models next to their 2004 equivalents and it's quite eye-opening how much bigger the new automobiles are. They're encroaching on vehicles from the class above now and their size adds to their presence on the road. The Mondeo is perhaps the most striking of the two automobiles with its slender, sharp headlights and distinctive grille design, but it's a little under-wheeled in most specifications so only looks at its best when you add…

SUV twin test: BMW X3 vs. Lexus NX 300h

by Neil Briscoe on 04 Nov 2016

changagoidem Features | SUV twin test: BMW X3 vs. Lexus NX 300h

C'mon, can a posh Toyota with a hybrid powertrain and a CVT really knock the king of the compact luxury SUVs off its perch?

In the Metal

Well, the Lexus certainly wins this round. OK, I accept that not everyone is going to utterly love its multi-angled, sharp-edged styling, and that big gaping grille with its 'spindle' fangs is as divisive as a film by Lars Von Trier. But, just as with controversy-baiting Lars, we can't fault the Lexus for trying. Being as its major German rivals are ma-out on mundane styling, the only thing to do if it was…

Irish Icons: Toyota Corolla GT

by Maurice Malone on 02 Nov 2016

changagoidem Features | Irish Icons: Toyota Corolla GT

I’m going to say it straight out: I don’t get the whole AE86 thing. At the risk of being castigated by a large percentage of the Irish automobile enthusiast community, I find it difficult to get excited about a 1980’s Toyota Corolla. There seems to be two distinct camps on this island, both fiercely protective of their own interpretations of what makes the Twin Cam great: on one side you’ve got the ‘’UK-spec’’ devotees with their Janspeed pipes and numberplate fetishes. On the other are the JDM boys, inspired by Takumi Fujiwara and his tofu-delivering shenanigans up and down Mount…

Group B rallying: the beasts bite back

by Maurice Malone on 18 Oct 2016

changagoidem Features | Group B rallying: the beasts bite back

With six manufacturers fielding all-wheel drive superautomobiles on the stages, 1986 promised to be the most spectacular year yet. The reality was more tragic and eventful than anyone could have dared to imagine.

Toivonen trounced all comers to dominate the traditional season-opener in Monte Automobilelo, despite a collision with a road automobile between stages which twisted his Lancia’s chassis by quite a considerable amount. In the words of Henri himself: ‘’Right corner sideways, left corner understeer. It’s a banana automobile…’’. Not much else of note happened apart from the debut of the ungainly and slow Citroen BX 4TC, a machine…

Happy 40th birthday to the Ford Fiesta

by Melanie May on 11 Oct 2016

changagoidem Features | Happy 40th birthday to the Ford Fiesta

Life begins at 40 for the Ford Fiesta. Here's how the past four decades have gone.

In 1976, Ireland was in deep recession. Sure, what’s new? Cearbhall O Dalaigh was president before resigning and then Patrick Hillery became Ireland’s sixth President. The UK also had two Prime Ministers that year, the US had two Presidents and Fidel Castro became the President of Cuba.

Concorde started service, the Apple Computer Company was formed by Jobs and Wozniak and Matsushita introduced the VHS home video cassette recorder. What a time to be alive!

In the motoring world a few notable new models…

Paris Motor Show 2016

by Shane O' Donoghue on 28 Sep 2016

changagoidem Features | Paris Motor Show 2016

The biennial Paris Motor Show opened its doors to the media on 29 September, 2016. We travelled to the French city to get up close and personal with all the new production automobiles and concept models. Here's our A-Z rundown following the media day.

Alfa Romeo

A quick glance at the traditional black-and-red Alfa Romeo stand reveals nothing new. No Stelvio SUV as we were hoping for (presumably that'll be at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show now), for example. However, the Paris show did host the debut of new Veloce versions of the…



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