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My working week: Dave Humphreys

by Dave Humphreys on 07 Mar 2014

changagoidem Features | My working week: Dave Humphreys

Monday February 17

Starting my week off in southern France and by spending the day at BMW's Research and Development facility at Miramas. The reason? Mainly, I'm here to drive a plug-in hybrid prototype of the BMW X5, though we will also be experiencing the firm's new Predictive Drivetrain Technology, as well as getting the latest news on BMW's plans for much greater utilisation of automobilebon technology. It's a whirlwind day with lots to do and take in before making a dash back to the airport to fly home.

Geneva Motor Show 2014: the full preview

by Paul Healy on 01 Mar 2014

changagoidem Features | Geneva Motor Show 2014: the full preview


This year's Geneva Motor Show could be the greatest in some time. Though open to the public from March 6, we, the media, are lucky enough to gain access two days earlier, and indeed a huge amount will be revealed the day before that again. As this feature is published it's March 1 and though we expect a few more surprises, it's already going to be a bit special. Read on for the full A to Z (technically A to V - Ed).

Alfa Romeo

Alfa Romeo has just announced the updated Quadrifoglio Verde (or Cloverleaf as you…

Robot or No-Bot?

by Neil Briscoe on 27 Feb 2014

changagoidem Features | Robot or No-Bot?

Computers, we are usually told, will soon be doing everything for us. They already, after all, do so much. From controlling the temperature of our fridges to unscrambling the incoming signals of our TV subscriptions to making our phone calls, computers do more or less everything for us now. It may only be seven decades since Alan Turing and Tommy Flowers put their remarkable minds together to the task of creating an electro-mechanical machine that could crack Nazi Enigma and Laurentz ciphers, but that 70 years has seen an unmitigated explosion in the power and potential of electronics.


My working week: Neil Briscoe

by Neil Briscoe on 26 Feb 2014

changagoidem Features | My working week: Neil Briscoe

Monday February 17

Down to Lexus to collect the IS 300h hybrid saloon for a test drive. I've never been the world's biggest fan of hybrids - too much promise, not enough delivery is the usual problem. They give their utmost in lab testing, where the short runs done for the official economy tests show their consumption at its best, but it all falls apart out on real roads where you might actually need, you know, some acceleration or something. The new IS though is really rather impressing me.…

My working week: Dave Humphreys

by Dave Humphreys on 26 Feb 2014

changagoidem Features | My working week: Dave Humphreys

Monday February 10 

It's a hectic one this week with plenty of automobiles and travel happening. The still rather muddy Skoda Yeti is at home awaiting collection later today while I drive myself to the airport for a red-eye flight to the launch of SEAT's Leon Cupra in Barcelona. For logistical reasons I'm flying there via Frankfurt, but I'm not put out as it gives me a good chance to get some extra work done on the flights.

The first thing I notice about…

Random: door wars!

by Paul Healy on 26 Feb 2014

changagoidem Features | Random: door wars!

An interesting titbit of information from the Opel Meriva launch recently: it seems that the engineers in Russelsheim toyed with the idea of copying rival Ford's sliding rear doors idea for the facelifted automobile, but ultimately rejected it.

To explain: the Meriva, ever since the second generation debuted, has featured rear-hinged 'suicide' doors, much like those fitted to the Rolls-Royce Phantom and Mazda RX-8. The Ford B-Max on the other hand has sliding rear doors and no B-pillar for easier access. Actually that's not quite true; it does have…