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Shoe-string motoring: our own fleet of bangers

by Craig Castle on 03 Aug 2012

changagoidem Features | Shoe-string motoring: our own fleet of bangers

Being an advocate of running cheaper, older automobiles that is exactly what I do myself. I have three principle reasons for this:

First, they cost next to nothing to buy. If they get dinged in a automobile park it doesn't matter.

Secondly, as a passionate automobile enthusiast I cannot bear to see a perfectly serviceable automobile scrapped when it still has plenty of life left to give. We are still a throwaway society when it comes to automobiles. Many of us think nothing of condemning a automobile that could still give good service to someone.

Lastly, as a petrol-head, I…

Readers' automobiles: Skoda Superb Combi 4x4

by James Larkin on 02 Aug 2012

changagoidem Features | Readers' automobiles: Skoda Superb Combi 4x4

James Larkin bought a new Superb Combi 4x4 TDI six months ago. Here's what he thinks so far:

The four-wheel drive estate market is not very crowded compared to say the two-wheel drive small SUV segment, so when I went shopping for a comfortable 4x4 estate automobile it came down to just four options: the Skoda Superb Combi , the Subaru Legacy Estate, the Audi A6 Avant and the Volvo XC60.  each of of these models are available with four-wheel drive and any options you could want from heated seats to panoramic roofs. It came down to the Subaru and the…

Motoring on a shoe-string budget

by Craig Castle on 26 Jul 2012

changagoidem Features | Motoring on a shoe-string budget

You may have heard the term 'bangernomics' before and that is what we are talking about here. Now if you don't think about your motoring costs, as you don't have to - or if you are fussy about what you drive and how shiny it looks, or the year of the registration on the front, you can stop reading.

The rest of us can seek some real value and cost effective motoring. To buy a cheap automobile for pittance and then run it for anything from a few months to a few years is a satisfying feeling on its own.

What we think Toyota is really saying about pre-registering

by Paul Healy on 04 Jul 2012

changagoidem Features | What we think Toyota is really saying about pre-registering

It appears that Toyota Ireland Managing Director David Shannon has launched a scathing attack on rivals who use the practice of pre-registering automobiles as a way to boost sales figures.

Pre-registration - the practice of registering vehicles without having a customer for the vehicle - is primarily used by Irish importers and distributors to meet sales targets and claim the lucrative bonuses that go with them but it does have the knock on effect of distorting a brand's market share.

"In terms of the market we do notice an increasing level of 'pre-registered' vehicles," said Mr Shannon. "The practise of…

BMW trademarks M10 name

by Paul Healy on 05 Jun 2012

changagoidem Features | BMW trademarks M10 name

It has long been mooted that BMW's M Division has wanted to build a halo superautomobile to rival the Mercedes-Benz SLS built by AMG and the Audi R8 by quattro, and if the latest trademark filings are to be believed it may get its own way.

A quick search of the databases at the Office of Harmonization for the Internal Market (OHIM) - the agency responsible for registering trademarks and designs valid across Europe - reveals that BMW is on something of a trademark offensive. In between various derivatives of the new M Performance automobiles (M140, M440 etc.), a…

Bavaria City Racing Dublin: was it good for you?

by Shane O' Donoghue on 05 Jun 2012

changagoidem Features | Bavaria City Racing Dublin: was it good for you?

Despite piss-poor weather in the capital over 100,000 spectators turned out on Sunday (June 3) to see one of the most exciting motorsport events ever to hit Irish shores. While there was no competition element to Bavaria City Racing Dublin it did allow Irish fans to get incredibly close to the automobiles and the day's action was headlined by none other than Jenson Button in his Vodafone-sponsored McLaren-Mercedes Formula One race automobile.

The anoraks in the crowd (ok, everyone wore anoraks on Sunday) will have noticed that the automobile driven by Button was the very chassis he won…