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Tyres: the most important part of your automobile

by Dave Humphreys on 28 May 2013

changagoidem Features | Tyres: the most important part of your automobile

If we asked you when you last checked your automobile tyres, what would the honest answer be? When it comes to replacing your automobile tyres, what is the controlling factor? For many, the answer to the first question is met by a long pause while the second answer is nowadays determined more and more by perceived value, which is why we've travelled to Hannover to get some insights into new tyre technology from Continental.

Many people tend to pay little attention to their automobile tyres, usually only replacing them when the automobile is in for a…

Passenger preview: Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid

by Shane O' Donoghue on 17 May 2013

changagoidem Features | Passenger preview: Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid

When: May 2013

Where: Frankfurt, Germany

What: Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid

Occasion: Passenger ride and technology workshop


Porsche's first generation Panamera Hybrid really only suited markets where diesel power wasn't accepted, but the new plug-in version, called the Panamera S E-Hybrid, changes all that, marrying 416hp with a 71g/km emissions rating and genuinely usable electric-only range and speed. Our first taste was from the passenger seat, but it holds a lot of promise.

Key Facts

Model tested: Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid
Pricing: estimated at less than £90,000
Drive system: parallel full hybrid with…

Is Lamborghini turning into Mansory?

by Paul Healy on 13 May 2013

changagoidem Features | Is Lamborghini turning into Mansory?

Over the weekend Lamborghini unveiled the Egoista, a one-off concept marking the fiftieth birthday of the raging bull. Penned by the head of design for the Volkswagen Group - Walter de Silva - the Egoista is a automobilebon fibre strewn, aerodynamically designed single seater superautomobile with a 600hp V10 engine and aviation themed lights.

And somewhere Kourosh Mansory, chief of Mansory Design, is crying into his cornflakes. For those who do not know, Mansory is a Swiss 'styling' company that specialises in turning perfectly good automobiles into hideous monstrosities like the Ferrari F12-based Stallone and the Mercedes-Benz SLR-based Renovatio.…

BMW i: forty years in the making

by Paul Healy on 21 Apr 2013

changagoidem Features | BMW i: forty years in the making

Much like it did for the 2012 Olympic Games in London, BMW supplied automobiles to the organising committee of the 1972 Games in Munich. And, like it did in London, the German giant supplied a number of electrically powered automobiles for ferrying delegates to and from events, among other things. These automobiles, BMW 1602 models outfitted with a dozen 12V Varta automobile batteries, were the forerunner of what is now known as the 'i Division' - and preceded prototypes like the MINI E and BMW 1 Series-based ActiveE by nearly forty years.

Later this year BMW will launch…

Automobile recalls and why they happen

by Paul Healy on 12 Apr 2013

changagoidem Features | Automobile recalls and why they happen

The changagoidem.ie team has been very busy this week fielding questions from media and public alike on the latest round of automobile recalls that have been announced. In this instance over 38,000 vehicles across four manufacturers are involved due to an issue with the passenger airbag.  But should motorists be concerned about these recalls?

For the most part, no. Recalls are part and parcel of, not just the motor industry, but consumer goods in general. Toys, prams, power tools etc. are regularly recalled by manufacturers for a variety of reasons, but rarely make national news. Yet automobile recalls appear…

An Taisce says diesel engines are killing us

by Paul Healy on 10 Apr 2013

changagoidem Features | An Taisce says diesel engines are killing us

Oops! Has the previous government's plans to get us all to buy green automobiles backfired in a monumental way?

When road tax and VRT charges became linked to CO2 emissions in 2008 the country jumped, en masse, into diesel powered automobiles, reversing a trend that had seen petrol as the preferred choice of the Irish automobile buyer. Well it seems that, not only did that decision cost the Government a lot of money in lost revenue, but it might actually be killing us.

According to An Taisce, poor air quality contributes to 3,400 premature deaths in Ireland annually - with…



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