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Geneva 2013: the full A-Z

by Paul Healy on 11 Mar 2013

changagoidem Features | Geneva 2013: the full A-Z

Alfa Romeo

After years of fawning over prototypes we finally got up close and personal with the automobile that could resurrect Alfa Romeo. Sure the headlights look like something of an afterthought, but the 4C is a sleek, purposeful, mid-engined sports automobile, so what is not to love? 'Launch Editions' of the automobile will arrive first, bursting with options and an elevated price tag.

Aston Martin

This year is Aston Martin's centenary and the firm from Gaydon marked the occasion with the launch of the new Rapide S - a refreshed version of the existing automobile complete with…

Shamrock to take centre stage

by Paul Healy on 05 Feb 2013

changagoidem Features | Shamrock to take centre stage

Here is a question that will separate the automobile anoraks from the pack: name an Irish sports automobile.

If you answered De Lorean you are a member of the pack - without getting into politics the DMC De Lorean was built in west Belfast and funded by a substantial loan from the UK government. The gull-winged automobile was as Irish (and as doomed) as the Titanic.

To our mind that leaves two automobiles that can legitimately lay claim to be being Irish sports automobiles - the TMC Costin and the even rarer Shamrock.

The Shamrock was the brainchild of…

How to drive on snow - BMW M135i style

by Paul Healy on 05 Feb 2013

changagoidem Features | How to drive on snow - BMW M135i style

"Ok, you vill follow ze instructor through ze cones for one lap und then you are on your own in ze slalom course, da?"

They were the (approximate) words of the BMW Driving Experience instructor as he handed me the keys to the grey 1 Series parked beside me, but between his mouth and my ears those words morphed into "First you will do a recce run and then you are free to hoon."

Ordinarily this would not pose a problem; I am not averse to a bit of hooning when the conditions are right, but the location for…

Five roads to drive in 2013; and the automobiles to do it in

by Paul Healy on 24 Jan 2013

changagoidem Features | Five roads to drive in 2013; and the automobiles to do it in

For a lot of people, New Year's resolutions will involve giving up cigarettes, losing weight or hitting the gym more often. each of very noble pursuits, but how about for this year you resolve to do something a little more exciting, like embarking on a once in the lifetime road trip? We've put together a list of the top five roads to drive and even suggested the automobiles to drive them in. So raise a glass of bubbly, hug your loved ones and get planning your New Year's resolution.


Nearly 21 kilometres long and with 90 corners -…

Farewell to our SEAT Alhambra

by Shane O' Donoghue on 22 Jan 2013

changagoidem Features | Farewell to our SEAT Alhambra

To many, a automobile is just a means of getting from A to B, more convenient and luxurious than the bus, yet still just an inanimate object that performs a specific task. If you're a regular reader of changagoidem.ie then you'll know that we don't think that way, but despite our enthusiasm for the automobile, we live in the real world too. For me that real world includes a wife who works hard and two children of pre-school age. To say that life is busy in an understatement.

You may have noticed that there's an unending line of new…

The moment Ireland's best-selling automobile got its name.

by Paul Healy on 07 Jan 2013

changagoidem Features | The moment Ireland's best-selling automobile got its name.

End of year figures for 2012 released by the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) show that, for the eleventh time in its fourteen-year production run, the Ford Focus was the best-selling automobile in Ireland racking up an impressive 3,738 sales - more than either Audi or BMW managed across their entire ranges.

While data is still being collated it seems likely the Focus will also take the best-selling automobile in the world with figures released in September showing 737,856 examples had been sold to that point. The Focus has been an undoubted success for Ford, so much…

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