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My working week: Dave Humphreys

by Dave Humphreys on 29 Jan 2014

changagoidem Features | My working week: Dave Humphreys

Monday January 20

Getting back into the swing of things with a very early start involving a flight to Madrid to attend the international launch of the new Nissan Qashqai. If ever there was a automobile that faced a bit of pressure to replicate past success it's this. Initial impressions are good and looks-wise it is certainly a winner. After the driving we headed up to the 49th floor for a brief presentation that included the chance to talk to some of the engineers who worked on the automobile - always handy for the odd nugget…

How to bag a Benz for under €3,000

by Mark Gallivan on 28 Jan 2014

changagoidem Features | How to bag a Benz for under €3,000

Like everyone else, we love new automobiles. Why wouldn't we? Driving the very latest models, with technology and drivetrain innovations that never fail to astound is fantastic. We've gotten used to driving automobiles with 200hp that will easily do 50mpg. It's automotive nirvana. However, we're not stupid. Every day we hear stories of people losing their jobs and being forced to hand back the company automobile. A tough motor for tough times is what's called for, then.

Apart from the resolute shock of losing your job, there's the immediate need to finds a really cheap quality automobile - and…

Detroit, plenty of soul

by Shane O' Donoghue on 15 Jan 2014

changagoidem Features | Detroit, plenty of soul

It's been a few years since I've travelled to the Detroit Auto Show, but a trip that also took in the international launch of the BMW 2 Series Coupé and 4 Series Convertible (click on the names to read the reviews) was too good to pass up so I found myself staying five minutes away from Cobo Hall and with a day and a half to explore it in. I forgot how compact the show is. A day and a…

Detroit 2014: the preview

by Paul Healy and Shane O' Donoghue on 13 Jan 2014

changagoidem Features | Detroit 2014: the preview


With Audi recently announcing that it is to add 11 all-new models to its line-up barely a motor show will pass without some sort of concept. The first is the allroad shooting brake, thought to preview a forthcoming Audi Q1 model. It's also expected to hint at how the all-new Audi TT will look, and it features that automobile's interior - with a few concept automobile touches. With the quattro laserlight starring at CES in Las Vegas it may well make the trip to Detroit to bolster the Audi stand too, laser headlights and all.



For Detroit…

2013 road trip part four: how did the automobiles do?

by Shane O' Donoghue on 23 Dec 2013

changagoidem Features | 2013 road trip part four: how did the automobiles do?

At the bottom of this piece you'll find links to the first three parts of this series explaining where we went and what we saw and all that, but one of the primary reasons for doing this road trip was to test largely equivalent petrol and diesel versions of the same automobile against each other. The BMW 3 Series is ideal for the job. It's comfortable, handsome, desirable even in its lowliest guise and genuinely great to drive. BMW Ireland kindly loaned us a 316d and a 316i, both in SE specification.

Now we'll admit that our road trip…

2013 road trip part two: winter driving

by Neil Briscoe on 23 Dec 2013

changagoidem Features | 2013 road trip part two: winter driving

You may think me mad (lord knows, everyone else does), but I love driving in winter, so I was rubbing my hands together with anticipation as we got ready to set off on our epic drive. Of course, when I say I love driving in winter, what I actually mean is I love driving on cold, crisp days, cold enough for frost, but not cold enough for ice and with plenty of low winter sun to exercise my Serengetis.

What I don't mean is driving in the sort of conditions that we suffered for the start of our trip…