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Automobile psychology 101: what your automobile says about you.

by Melanie May on 12 Feb 2016

changagoidem Features | Automobile psychology 101: what your automobile says about you.

So the '161' edition of our iPad mag is upon us and while the changagoidem.ie men are helping you choose a new automobile based on performance, road handling and value for money, I am here to help you in a slightly different way. I'm here to help you choose the right colour of automobile, because, you know, I'm the token girl and that is all us females know about automobiles.

Of course, I jest. You see, not a lot of you will know this, but I hold an MSc. in Psychology from Trinity and was…

Driving the hydrogen-powered Audi A7 Sportback

by Shane O' Donoghue on 08 Feb 2016

changagoidem Features | Driving the hydrogen-powered Audi A7 Sportback

Hydrogen fuel-cell power may not be just around the corner, but it has potential, as a drive in Audi's latest technology demonstrator reveals.

The star of the Audi stand at this year's Detroit Auto Show in January was the h-tron quattro concept, a sporty looking SUV that many believe will morph into a production automobile called the Q6. Under the aggressive styling lines, however, is a potentially bigger story. The 'h' stands for hydrogen, as this concept is powered by a fuel cell stack fed by the stuff. Most will dismiss that aspect of the concept as airy-fairy motor show…

Land Rover Discovery Sport in Australia

by Kyle Fortune on 29 Jan 2016

changagoidem Features | Land Rover Discovery Sport in Australia

Land Rover Discovery Sport gets a new diesel engine; we test it over 1,000km of Australia's tough Outback to make sure it's up to the job of coping with our own roads.

Model tested: Land Rover Discovery Sport TD4 180
Pricing: €tbc
Engine: 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbodiesel
Transmission: nine-speed automatic, four-wheel drive
Body style: five-door, seven-seat SUV
CO2 emissions: 139g/km (Band B2, €280 per annum)
Combined economy: 53.3mpg (5.3 litres/100km) 
Top speed: 188km/h
0-100km/h: 8.9 seconds
Power: 180hp at 4,000rpm
Torque: 430Nm at 1,750rpm
Boot space: 150 litres

Fascination: The new number plate

by Neil Briscoe on 24 Jan 2016

changagoidem Features | Fascination: The new number plate

It's a flat rectangle of plastic, a little over 30cm long and 10cm deep. You can pick one up from any motor parts supplier in the country and they cost next to nothing. They're regulated by both the Government and the EU, so you can't (or at least you're not supposed to) go modifying them for aesthetic purposes. Yet, at this time of year, they achieve such boundless importance that we are prepared to prostrate ourselves on an altar of depreciation and deposits just so that, for about five minutes, we can say that we had the newest one.


Volkswagen Golf GTE or GTI? An owner decides...

by Shane O' Donoghue on 21 Jan 2016

changagoidem Features | Volkswagen Golf GTE or GTI? An owner decides...

It's all very well and good us so-called experts writing in-depth new automobile reviews and spouting our opinions all over the place. We should, in fairness, at this stage know what we're talking about, but that doesn't mean our readers always agree with us. Every motorist has their own set of circumstances, their own idea of budget and running costs and their own preferences. Otherwise we'd announce the best automobile, everyone would buy it and it'd be a very boring automotive world we live in.

Obviously, the automobile makers realise all this, which is why they're constantly striving to find…

The Autobest 2016 awards

by Dave Humphreys on 21 Jan 2016

changagoidem Features | The Autobest 2016 awards

Last month I undertook one of my most important tasks in role as a motoring journalist, by casting my votes in the Autobest 2016 awards. This organisation is made up of one motoring journalist from each country, and now stretches across 26 markets from Ireland to Russia. Its role as an organisation is to determine the best automobile for consumers to buy, with that caveat that it must cost no more than €20,000 excluding all local taxes in each country. The automobile buyer is at the very centre of this so it's a task that I take pretty serious.




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