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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…

Blog: James washes his Skoda Superb after 50,000km

by James Larkin on 05 Apr 2013

changagoidem Features | Blog: James washes his Skoda Superb after 50,000km

Having passed the half century a while back I suppose I should have something to write about my Skoda. Something to point out or comment on in a detailed fashion. Something about the automobile or customer service from my dealer. Well I do have something to comment on and it's a positive point - nothing has gone wrong. Sure, one of the kids put something in the rear power socket and it blew the fuse for both it and the front socket, but I can't blame the automobile for that. I have to say it is good to know…

Blog: Volvo wants you to take your online life with you

by Paul Healy on 03 Apr 2013

changagoidem Features | Blog: Volvo wants you to take your online life with you

In a digital world with always-on technology our automobiles are sometimes the last bastion of quiet; a place to escape from our smartphones, tablets, smart televisions and fridges that can connect directly to Tesco online shopping when it senses you are running low on milk. Volvo wants to change that - it envisions a world where you do not have to leave your online life behind you the moment you jump in your automobile and so has introduced Sensus Connected Touch, which will be available across the Volvo range soon.

Connected Touch is based around a seven-inch touchscreen unit…

When is 200hp not 200hp?

by Paul Healy on 02 Apr 2013

changagoidem Features | When is 200hp not 200hp?

If you walk into an American Ford dealership tomorrow and hand over $22,000 you can drive off in a 200hp Fiesta ST. Walk into an Irish dealership and fork over €25,760 and you get a 182hp Fiesta ST! Surely the European market would the ideal location for a higher powered version of the hot Fiesta, especially when you consider that its chief rivals from Renault and Peugeot offer 200hp? Is this another case of the American market getting the plum choice like BMW only offering a manual M5 in the states?

Nope - it all comes down to homologation!

Riding shotgun - in BMW's new Golf-sized i3 electric automobile

by Graeme Lambert on 25 Mar 2013

changagoidem Features | Riding shotgun - in BMW's new Golf-sized i3 electric automobile

When: February 2013

Where: Arjeplog, Northern Sweden

What: BMW i3 prototype

Occasion: International first drive

Key Facts

Model tested: BMW i3 Concept
On sale: late 2013
Engine: 125kW electric motor
Transmission: rear-wheel drive, single-speed automatic
Body style: five-door hatchback
CO2 emissions: 0g/km (Band A0, €120 per annum)
Range: 225 kilometres (FTP72 cycle), 130 - 160 kilometres (everyday range)
Top speed: 150km/h (electronically limited)
0-100km/h: sub-7.0 seconds
Power: 170hp
Torque: 250Nm

At first I think the wheels are special winter sizes, their diameter and width so greatly exaggerated from the…