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Skoda Fabia vs. Toyota Yaris comparison

by Dave Humphreys on 10 Jun 2016

changagoidem Features | Skoda Fabia vs. Toyota Yaris comparison

The reliable old Toyota Yaris has to face an onslaught of contenders these days, including this pup, the impressive Skoda Fabia.

When these automobiles first arrived in Ireland they were two very different propositions. The Toyota Yaris was cute and quirky looking, featuring a centrally-mounted dashboard display. It cashed in on the strong Irish love affair with the Toyota brand and soon became a common sight on our roads. Skoda's Fabia had things a little tougher when it first arrived. The Czech automobile maker was still recovering from its butt-of-motoring-jokes status and the Fabia was far from desirable in appearance.

Going the extra mile with the Ford GT

by Dave Humphreys on 08 Jun 2016

changagoidem Features | Going the extra mile with the Ford GT

This June will see the 84th running of the Le Mans 24-hour race. It will also mark 50 years since Ford took first, second and third places with its 7.0-litre V8-powered GT40 MkII sports automobiles. Fitting then that half a century on, Ford will once again head to the Circuit de la Sarthe with a full factory effort that will see four automobiles attempt to relive past glories.

The build-up includes the 6 Hours of Spa, which would be the final race before Le Mans. Ford has enjoyed a respectable opening season so far in its partnership with Chip Ganassi…

BMW X5, Lexus RX, Volvo XC90 hybrid SUV comparison

by Neil Briscoe on 30 May 2016

changagoidem Features | BMW X5, Lexus RX, Volvo XC90 hybrid SUV comparison

Do big SUVs make sense as plugin hybrids? And if they do, which one is best? And is an old-school hybrid actually better? We bring together the BMW X5 xDrive40e, Lexus RX 450h and Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine for the large luxury hybrid SUV group test of 2016.

Film critic Mark Kermode rails against the 'first-but-wrong' culture in modern media in his fantastic book Hatchet Job. He is talking about films, of course, not automobiles, but the action of rushing to both a conclusion and a review in an effort to get a piece out online or in print…

Passing the driving theory test; part 2

by Melanie May on 23 May 2016

changagoidem Features | Passing the driving theory test; part 2

As mentioned in the last edition of the iPad Mag, I am currently trying to get my motorcycle licence and for the next few months I will be writing about how I am getting on and how you too can also apply for your licence. The tips and advice in this column and my previous one can apply to both motorcycle, moped and automobile licences. So let's get cracking.

I had managed to book my theory test, but the hard bit was passing it. I get terrible exam anxiety so I…

How to book the driving theory test

by Melanie May on 29 Apr 2016

changagoidem Features | How to book the driving theory test

In 2014, on a flight from Mexico City to San Antonio, the guy sitting next to me told me all about his son who was in prison. He then proceeded to ask me out to dinner. I smiled politely and opened my mouth to scream for help, but then he said those words I've longed to hear all my life “I'll pick you up on my motorbike". My intended scream for help turned into a giggle and a ‘what time will I expect you?'

You see, up until that point, I had never been on a motorcycle and ever since…

Fascination with Luca di Montezemolo

by Neil Briscoe on 22 Apr 2016

changagoidem Features | Fascination with Luca di Montezemolo

Luca di Montezemolo is a man who knows his onions, assuming that by onions you mean the delicate, preautomobileious business of selling super-fast superautomobiles to the super-rich. For decades, di Montezemolo's name was spell-checkingly-synonymous with that of Ferrari. Back in the early seventies, Enzo himself gave young Luca, barely out of business college, the keys to the kingdom, granting him the manager's gig at a perennially troubled, perennially losing Ferrari Formula One team. Within a season, di Montezemolo had turned things around, brought in Niki Lauda and started racking up wins and titles again.

After a brief absence from the…