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Friday Find 13th March 2015

by Neil Briscoe on 13 Mar 2015

changagoidem Features | Friday Find 13th March 2015

With today being Friday the 13th, today's Friday Find pair are all about the numbers. In the sensible corner, is this Mazda6 Tourer estate. The 6, with its 2.2-litre diesel engine, is one of our very favourite mid-size family automobiles, and it looks best (and works best too) as an estate. Massively practical, terrific to drive and deeply, deeply handsome. Just watch that fuel consumption - with 150hp on tap, it's often too tempting to dip into the engine's power reserves, which drives you consumption up rather a lot.

We've found this 131-plate…

Triska-decka-GTFO

by Neil Briscoe on 12 Mar 2015

changagoidem Features | Triska-decka-GTFO

I can still remember the sheer, forehead-slapping, face-palming stupidity of it. Actual, real politicians (ok, so one of them was a Healy-Rae) were standing up in Dail Eireann and declaiming the fact that Ireland was blundering into an unlucky numberplate, with a 13 on it. The sky is falling! The giant ants are chasing me! And, there's a 13 on my numberplate! Aaaaaaaarrgqgghhhhh!!!!

Remember that? There really were genuine fears that people would avoid buying automobiles in 2013 because the numberplate had an unlucky 13 on it. It was believed to lead to the massive change in our registration…

The Next Big Thing?

by Dave Humphreys on 12 Mar 2015

changagoidem Features | The Next Big Thing?

Your automobile says as much about you as the social media network you choose to invest the majority of your time in. However, the automotive world, like that of social media, is in a greater state of flux than ever before and the truth is nobody really knows how it's going to play out exactly.

The traditional internal combustion engine is experiencing a similar plight to Facebook. Virtually everyone has one and it's now starting to become socially uncool in certain circles to keep it going, with many informed opinions suggesting it has had its day.

Then there are…

The weirder side to Geneva Motor Show

by Dave Humphreys on 08 Mar 2015

changagoidem Features | The weirder side to Geneva Motor Show

The Geneva Motor Show always had good form when it comes to the best superautomobile manufacturers trotting out their latest, greatest, fastest and lightest new models. But, venture a little further from some of the main halls and you'll soon come across some less well-known makers and designs. Here's a look at just a few.

Borgward Isabella Coupe

No, you haven't slipped through a wormhole to the 1957 Geneva Motor Show; this is the new Isabella Coupe from Borgward. Originally founded in 1929, Borgward was based in Bremen, Germany, but has been defunct since it went bankrupt in 1961.

Friday Find 6th March 2015

by Neil Briscoe on 06 Mar 2015

changagoidem Features | Friday Find 6th March 2015

With all the hoopla surrounding the launch of the new (and rather brilliant) Volvo XC90, spare a thought for the outgoing model, thirteen years on since it was launched, and still one of the most popular premium family seven seaters around. You could have picked a new one up for a hair under €50k last year, but for a proper bargain, how about this; a D5 automatic in SE spec for the price of a basic Skoda Fabia?

It's even a one-owner automobile and comes from a main Volvo…

Volkswagen Group Night at the Geneva Motor Show

by Dave Humphreys on 03 Mar 2015

changagoidem Features | Volkswagen Group Night at the Geneva Motor Show

Even though every major motor show is now pre-empted by a Volkswagen Group Night, such is the breath of brands and models within that simply enormous portfolio that it still manages to generate a genuine buzz.

For the uninitiated, it is a fast-paced spectacle and vying for a prime viewing spot is akin to being thrown into the deepest of deep ends. It is literally dog eat dog, every automotive journalist for themselves, and with the limited Wi-Fi having a similar effect as being starved of oxygen, it's always fun.

The evening's procession of automotive high fashion got…





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