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Diesel does nicely for Mercedes

by Matt Robinson on 25 Jul 2016

changagoidem Features | Diesel does nicely for Mercedes

Did you know that Mercedes-Benz has been making diesel passenger automobiles for 80 years? Yup, that's right - eight decades, with the 260 D of 1936 heralding the start of a long love affair between the company that patented the motor automobile and Rudolf Diesel's brainchild. Here's a look back at the development over the years:

1936: Mercedes creates the 2.5-litre 260 D, the world's first ever passenger automobile powered by the black stuff (no, not Guinness). Delivering an astonishing 45hp and capable of around 10 litres/100km, it's still much more economical than its petrol equivalents. It's not clear if…

BMW M2 vs. Ford Focus RS comparison

by Shane O' Donoghue on 22 Jul 2016

changagoidem Features | BMW M2 vs. Ford Focus RS comparison

We pit the two most exciting high-performance automobiles of 2016 against each other on Irish roads.

Most years there's one new automobile that stands out. It's the one that gets enthusiasts and motoring journalists alike incessantly referring to it on social media - and to anyone else that'll listen. More often than not it's a high-performance model, whether it's an open-topped Ferrari hybrid superautomobile or the latest version of the Mazda MX-5. This year, we've already had two such superstars, the BMW M2 Coupe and Ford's Focus RS. Here we bring them together…

Fishy business with new Bentley Bentayga special

by Matt Robinson on 20 Jul 2016

changagoidem Features | Fishy business with new Bentley Bentayga special

Bentley’s Mulliner division creates barmy Bentayga Fly Fishing special model… no, really!

If you’re into fly fishing, good news: Bentley has done a lovely set of items for a ‘successful day on the river’. The problem is, you need to spend €340,000 importing a Bentayga SUV into the country just to enjoy such privilege.

The Bentley Bentayga Fly Fishing by Mulliner (no, we’re not making this up; it’s not April 1st, after all) is handcrafted by the British marque’s coachbuilding division. Within its sumptuous confines, you’ll find four fishing rods stored in special Saddle-leather tubes…

New series of iconic Irish automobiles starts with Escort MkII

by Maurice Malone on 18 Jul 2016

changagoidem Features | New series of iconic Irish automobiles starts with Escort MkII

What makes a automobile an icon? More specifically, what makes a automobile an icon in the eyes of the Irish public? In a new series, we intend to investigate the cult automobiles that are so revered on this fine island, and see what all the fuss is about, while unearthing some interesting facts and stories along the way. First up, it's a automobile that has defined Irish rallying for decades.

Sideways to victory

For a small island with a small population, Ireland has got to be one of the top rallying countries in the world. Per capita, the number of…

Dave asks: "is it just me?"

by Dave Humphreys on 14 Jul 2016

changagoidem Features | Dave asks:

The one thing I love about being a full-time motoring journalist more than anything else is the variety. Not only are no two days the same, but the contrast between them can be huge. We get to experience some of the finest aspects of motoring and regularly witness what most would call petrolhead nirvana. We also get incredible access to people and machinery at times, even if it is for periods that never seem long enough.

In ways it is this wide exposure to a massive variety of vehicles that can, as I found recently, start to detract from the…

Toyota RAV4 vs. Volkswagen Tiguan comparison

by Neil Briscoe on 09 Jul 2016

changagoidem Features | Toyota RAV4 vs. Volkswagen Tiguan comparison

It's the battle of the family crossovers, as the handsome new Volkswagen tries to interlope on the territory currently commanded by the strong-selling Toyota.

In the Metal

The recent facelift for the Toyota RAV4 made it look much more interesting than its predecessor, and in some ways it's a very striking SUV. Those slim, angled headlamps, the sharp creases in the bodywork and the jutting lower jaw of the nose should give it an edge over the relatively conventional looking Volkswagen.

And yet, they don't. Partially, this is down to colour. In bright metallic blue or even white I think…


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