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The case for driving enjoyment

by Maurice Malone on 24 Mar 2016

changagoidem Features | The case for driving enjoyment

I love driving. Always have done. Learnt the basics of over- and understeer, centres of gravity and the merits of plastic tyres on a diet of pedal tractors and go-karts. Practiced on-the-limit handling via PlayStation controllers and pixels on Gran Turismo and Colin McRae Rally. Progressed onto actual tractors as soon as I could reach the pedals (only experienced oversteer on agricultural machinery once, a story for another time and not something I’m in a hurry to try again...) and, finally, automobiles. Like most farmers' sons, initial introductions consisted of a decrepit rust-mobile, ideally ran on green diesel, in which…

Moroccan motoring madness

by Melanie May on 10 Mar 2016

changagoidem Features | Moroccan motoring madness

I'm standing on the footpath trying to cross the road, well many roads, as this seems to be a large unmarked junction. The mosque is to my right and the call to prayer is echoing out across the city. Men in robes and flip flops dash across the roads, but I (literally) haven't got the balls to step out in front of the speeding onslaught of traffic like they do. I'm still trying to work out what direction the automobiles are coming from, plus here comes another photo opportunity: a Volkswagen Golf MkI followed by a Jetta MkII. The windscreen…

Editor's picks - Geneva 2016

by Dave Humphreys on 04 Mar 2016

changagoidem Features | Editor's picks - Geneva 2016

Being on neutral ground, Geneva is the one motor show where the really get rolled out. But this year's event certainly seemed to be more about sensibilities and, of course, . The Volkswagen Group's Apology Tour of 2015 seems to have come to an end, although that didn't stop a comedian attempting to disrupt Jürgen Stackmann during the Volkswagen press conference...

On hand were a facelifted up! and a convertible crossover concept called

In defence of the square automobile

by Neil Briscoe on 03 Mar 2016

changagoidem Features | In defence of the square automobile

I cannot truly explain it, but I'll try to. I have always had a strange attraction to those automobiles whose designers rolled up to work with a set-square rather than a protractor. I just have a thing for square automobiles.

Take a recent motor show, for example. The Tokyo show of 2013. I could have been wowed by any number of the swoopy, low-slung stuff with engines in the middle and exotic names apparently picked from a food blender catalogue. But no, my heart was won by the Nissan IDx concepts, a pair of throwbacks to the Datsun Violet that…

Nissan Qashqai vs. Renault Kadjar...

by Neil Briscoe on 23 Feb 2016

changagoidem Features | Nissan Qashqai vs. Renault Kadjar...

Some 15 years from the turning of the last century, a young warrior did strike forth to make his fortune and maybe his fame, but many and treacherous were the turns and fates that awaited him on his path. From the House of Renault did he come and Kadjar was his name. A tall, broad, handsome lad, with narrow, piercing eyes and a vast diamond-shaped shield held in front. No similar warrior had ever held that shield before them, so breaking new ground young Kadjar certainly was.

But, said the doubters and the throwers of…